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North Holland's Landscapes and Seascapes (8 days)
This gorgeous cycling cruise is guaranteed to help you understand why the Dutch say “God created the earth but the Dutch made Holland.” The tour takes you through “polder” landscapes: low-lying land that has been drained of its water – reclaimed from the sea – using dikes and windmills. That means you’ll cycle past plenty of windmills, as well as dune landscapes, long sandy beaches, and picturesque harbor towns along the coast of Ijsselmeer Lake. This is an unforgettable tour!
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Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam – Zaanse Schans (8 km/4 mi.) Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 2 p.m. near the center of Amsterdam. Around 3 p.m. the barge sails to Zaandam. For your first bike ride, the tour leader will take you the short distance to Zaanse Schans. This is an open-air museum with a collection of windmills, traditional wooden houses, and cheese and clog factories.
Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (29 km/18 mi or 40 km/24 mi.) From Zaanse Schans you will cycle through the “Land of Leeghwater”, a green polder area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. You’ll visit the former whaling village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. You’ll rejoin the ship near the historical city center of Alkmaar.
Alkmaar – St. Maartensvlotbrug – Den Helder (30 km/18 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.) | Den Helder – Texel Today you’ll leave Alkmaar via the artist village Bergen, then reach the North Sea to see the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This is a forest and dune area of 5,300 hectare (20 square miles). You’ll find the ship again in the naval port of Den Helder. Next, if the weather allows, you’ll sail with the ship across the Wadden Sea to the island of Texel, the largest Dutch island.
Texel, round trip (43 km/26 mi. or 48 km/29 mi.) | Texel – Medemblik No worries if the ship wasn’t able to cross to Texel. In that case, today you can cross via ferry to Texel. On the island you’ll cycle through some beautiful natural areas and through charming villages and landscapes in the south of the island. If you want, take a break along the way on a beautiful long beach. A suggestion: make a stop at the seal sanctuary and nature museum, Ecomare. At the end of the afternoon the ship will leave from Texel over the beautiful Wadden Sea back to the mainland, or else you’ll take the ferry back.
Medemblik – Enkhuizen (39 km/24 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.) After spending the night moored in Medemblik, you’ll cycle along the coast of the IJsselmeer. The IJsselmeer is a lake, but used to be part of the North Sea before a huge dike, the Afsluitdijk, cut it off from the sea. You’ll finish today’s ride in Enkhuizen, a picturesque old city that used to be a fishing and shipping port. It has a beautiful historic harbor and old center, and is home to the Zuiderzeemuseum, a great place to see what life was like in fishing ports like this. Dinner tonight (not included) will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).
Enkhuizen – Hoorn (23 km/14 mi. or 35 km/21 mi.) A shorter ride today, taking you to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn. This was one of the world’s most important harbors back in the 17th century. Enjoy the afternoon in Hoorn and take a stroll in the old city center.
Hoorn – Volendam | Volendam – Amsterdam (23 km/14mi. or 45 km/27 mi.) On this, the last day of your cycling tour, you’ll arrive in Volendam as you eat your breakfast. Today’s route will lead you through a particularly pretty area called Waterland, which is dotted with hundreds of small lakes and tiny canals. Early in the afternoon you’ll cycle back to Amsterdam. Spend the afternoon and evening enjoying Amsterdam’s sights or doing some last-minute shopping.
Amsterdam The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach. So before disembarkation until 9.30 a.m., enjoy a nice breakfast first.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Jun 03 2023||Jun 10 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jun 17 2023||Jun 24 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jun 24 2023||Jul 01 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 08 2023||Jul 15 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Jul 15 2023||Jul 22 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 05 2023||Aug 12 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 12 2023||Aug 19 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Aug 19 2023||Aug 26 2023||24||Single rooms||1,574€|
|Aug 26 2023||Sep 02 2023||24||Single rooms||0€|
|Sep 09 2023||Sep 16 2023||24||Single rooms||1,649€|
|Sep 16 2023||Sep 23 2023||24||Single rooms||1,574€|
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