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Holland IJsselmeer lake classic old ship Sail & Bike Tour (E)
Does it get any better than this? Combine a week of sailing and living on board a classic clipper built in 1913 on Holland’s lake IJsselmeer with cycling touring to a long list of historic towns and villages. There really is no better way for anyone interested in sailing and cycling to explore what is a truly historic, beautiful and fascinating part of the world!
Your exciting tour of discovery on a stylish and beautifully appointed sailing clipper starts and finishes in Amsterdam and takes you along large sections of the IJsselmeer coast over the course of a week of sailing and cycling. Lake IJsselmeer was created in 1933 when the 32 km long “Afsluitdijk” (Enclosure dike) was constructed as part of the larger Zuiderzee land reclamation project. The construction of the Afsluitdijk across the Zuiderzee (a salt water inlet of the North Sea) resulted in the salt water inlet becoming the freshwater lake IJsselmeer. Today the many historic towns and the villages on the IJsselmeer are testament to a time when ships from the Dutch East India Company sailed from here to source their precious cargos of spices from across the seas. The entire region is crisscrossed by excellent cycle paths that you can pedal along to discover the charm of towns such as Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.
On the eastern shore of the IJsselmeer you will visit the provinces of Friesland and Flevoland and the former islands of Urk and Schokland. On the final day of your tour, wind and weather permitting, you will experience the thrill of sailing under full sail as you return to Amsterdam where you will have plenty of time to enjoy a last evening exploring the beautiful and exciting capital of The Netherlands.
The sailing ship has ten twin cabins (6 m² – 65 sq.ft.), which all have been fully renovated recently. Eight cabins are situated on the lower deck, two on the upper deck. All cabins have two single beds. Some of the cabins can be booked as a three-bed or four-bed cabin (the third and fourth beds as bunks). Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have central heating and a window that can be opened. On the lower deck, the ship offers a large lounge with a snug seating corner, dining area and a bar. Wi-Fi is available. On the upper deck offers a beautiful sundeck with benches and tables where you can relax on nice evenings and enjoy the scenery while sailing
Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam
Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner)
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning
Welcoming drink on the first evening
On board tour guide by the crew(multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual self-guided bike tours
Daily complimentary coffee and tea between 3 PM and 4 PM
Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam
Entrance fees & excursions
Fees for ferries
Drinks on board
Personal (travel) insurances
Gratuities (at your discretion)
If you would like to rent a bike (80 euro) or e-bike (180 euro) , please contact our office when you book: [email protected]
Child reduction: 15% reduction for children up to incl. 15 yrs old. Only applicable when staying in the cabin with 2 adults
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Amsterdam – Monnickendam / Volendam
Your week of sailing and cycling starts in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board around 2 p.m. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails under motor to Monnickendam or Volendam. From the port of one of these former fishing villages, a short warm-up ride leads you through the rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages.
Monnickendam / Volendam | Volendam – Hoorn (32 km/19 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)
A very Dutch start of the day: you cycle to a nearby, family-run cheese and clog shop for a short demonstration of cheese and clog making, and of course a cheese tasting. Continue pedaling along the dikes to Purmerend, in the heart of a polder named De Beemster, 11½ feet (3.5 meters) below sea level. It was created more than 400 years ago, when the Dutch transformed an inland lake into pasture land. Divided into a tight geometric pattern of squares and quadrants, it is recognized by UNESCO as “a creative masterpiece”.
Your next destination is Edam, a lovely town whose lanes and canals deserve a stroll. Edam is known worldwide for its cheese covered in red or yellow wax. This practical solution keeps the cheese fresh for a long time, so 17th century sailors could take it on their voyages or trade it for spices and other riches of the East. Via the main dike of the IJsselmeer you arrive at the promenade of Volendam, where the ship is docked. Later in the afternoon, the ship sails to Hoorn.
Hoorn – Enkhuizen | Enkhuizen – Urk (28 km/17 mi. or 39 km/24 mi.)
Through small rural hamlets and villages, today’s ride brings you to Enkhuizen. Pass by windmill De Krijgsman (The Warrior), the highest windmill in the province of North-Holland and one of a handful of old Dutch windmills still in use to produce flour commercially. The area is also known for its many greenhouses, where vegetables are grown. In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in Holland, thanks to its harbour that shipped then-costly spices from Asia. Be astonished by the stately mansions, canals, churches and city walls that to this day reflect the city’s rich history and wealth.
In the afternoon, weather permitting, we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Urk. On board, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and enjoy the invigorating journey, while keeping watch for marine bird life. In the evening you may stroll through the narrow streets and alleys of Urk. The houses in this picturesque fishing village were built close to one another on elevated grounds to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today.
Urk – Vollenhove (37 km/23 mi.)
After breakfast, cycle along the lake on a tarmacked cycle path to the former island of Schokland. Since the reclamation of the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder) in 1942, Schokland – just as Urk – is no longer an island. Since 1995, it belongs to the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Continue your bike ride through the polder to Vollenhove, another charming, former fishing village.
Vollenhove – Giethoorn (37 km/22 mi. or 49 km/30 mi.)
From Vollenhove, cycle paths through open countryside lead you to the small town of Blokzijl. This is where you enter the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe and a peaceful oasis for plants, animals and humans.
A bicycle path through the center of the park takes you far away from roads, immersing you in the tranquility of this region. Keep your eyes peeled for a fleeting kingfisher or—if you’re really lucky—an otter, the symbol of the park. You pass through Kalenberg, a village that till the fifties of the last century could be reached by boat only.
A twisting route through an agricultural landscape of narrow strip fields surrounded by dikes takes you to the lovely town of Giethoorn, known as “small Venice of the North”.
Giethoorn – Lelystad
Today you can enjoy a full day of sailing and relaxing on board. Again, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and relax. Early afternoon the Elizabeth will arrive in Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland that was entirely reclaimed from the sea.
Here you can stretch your legs and visit the Batavia Werf, an extraordinary shipyard, where ships with an important maritime history are taken from oblivion and returned to their former glory. Or go shopping at Batavia Stad, an outlet center with all the famous brands.
Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler | Blocq van Kuffeler – Amsterdam (20 km/12 mi. or 29 km/18 mi.)
In the morning you’ll disembark for your last half day of cycling. You’ll ride through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve on new land, left to find its own balance like nature did in old times on old land. Sections of the ride wind through forested areas, while others give you panoramic views of expansive reed beds and marshes. This is a bird watchers’ paradise.
The ship picks you up in the small harbor of Oostvaardersdiep for the return voyage to Amsterdam. Celebrate this marvelous week around the IJsselmeer while having a farewell dinner aboard the ship.
Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 a.m
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 27 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jul 04 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jul 18 2020||Jul 25 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Jul 25 2020||Jul 25 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Aug 29 2020||Sep 05 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||35||Single rooms||1,439€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||35||Single rooms||1,289€|
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