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North of Holland and Friesland 8 Day Bike and Boat Tour (RIG)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Picturesque harbour towns on the IJsselmeer Dunes and North Sea beaches (Self-Guided)

Flat countryside up to the horizon, windmills, canals (Grachten) and cycling, that are the Netherlands. And there is so much more. Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-days-journey by bike and boat. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday.

The Province of the Northern Netherlands: The Dutch province of the North Netherlands is situated on a peninsula between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer (IJssel Sea). The Northern Netherlands were founded due to the separation of the north and south of the Netherlands in 1840. Discover the folklore and tradition in the flat Polderland, on the North Sea and in romantic ports. You are travelling through a former lake and marsh region that has been drained by the help of windmills since the 17th century. Experience varying, typically Dutch Polder-countryside, dunes and North Sea beaches, the North Sea island Texel and many picturesque harbour villages on the coast of the IJsselmeer. The province of Friesland, with its unique lake landscape, numerous rivers and canals, is a true paradise for cyclists. The tranquillity and vastness of nature is omnipresent and perfect for a bike & boat experience.

Accomodation: 

The boat is a very cozy and well-kept riverboat with a pleasant salon, bar, reception, on-board store, small library and restaurant where you can enjoy your meals. The appealing interior design is characterized by a tasteful colour scheme paired with wood and brass. Large panoramic windows in the lounge allow beautiful views of the passing landscapes. All public areas are air-conditioned. Partially covered sun deck with seating, outdoor bar and space for the bicycles. 57 cabins all together, friendly and comfortably furnished with shower/WC, hairdryer, on-board telephone, TV/radio, safe and air conditioning. All cabins on both decks have a large panoramic window, of which the upper part can be opened. 25 x 2-bed-cabins on the main deck and 28 x 2-bed-cabins on the upper deck. All 2-bed-cabins are approx. 11.5 m2 in size and are equipped with two pullman beds (can be stowed away during the day for greater comfort on request). On the upper deck there are also 2 x 1-bed cabins (approx. 8 m2) with a pullman bed, 1 x 3-bed cabin (approx. 12 m2) with two foldaway beds and a pullman bed and 1 x junior suite (approx. 22 m2) with a double bed and a small seating area with two armchairs.

Tour Character: Level 1 Self-Guided

Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy

Included in the Boat and Bike Tour:

  • Seven nights in outside cabins with privaten the booked cabin category
  • Program according to routing from/to Enkhuizen
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Room cleaning every day, changing of towels and bed cloths as necessary
  • Welcome-Drink
  • Full board consisting of 7x breakfast, 6x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 7x 3-course-dinner
  • Coffee and tea facilities (24h)
  • Daily meeting for the cycle tours
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Onboard tour guide

Not included:

  • Journey to and from Enkhuizen
  • Shuttles
  • Bike rentals
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Ferry and parking fees
  • Travel insurances
  • Tips
  • Drinks on board
  • Helmet (please BYO or onboard selling 40 EUR cash only)

If you would like to rent a bike (89 EUR) or E-Bike (199 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking

Notes: 

  • Upper Deck Cabins on request
    • 2-bed cabin from 949 EUR p.p 
    • Junior Suite cabin from 1199 EUR p.p
    • 3-bed cabin from 849 EUR p.p
  • Single travellers on request due to limited cabins
  • To bring your own bike/ e-bike: 39 EUR on request only
  • This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • We recommend that you take out a travel health insurance with repatriation coverage as well as baggage, accident and travel cancellation insurances
  • We offer a small excursion program, that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English).
  • We recommend to bring rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.

Arrival/ Departure/ Parking:

  • Free parking at the train station in Enkhuizen, located directly at the harbour, within walking distance of the berth. No reservation possible
  • Embarkation from 4:00pm | Disembarkation until 9:00am
  • Departures Saturday

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  • Day 1

    Individual arrival at Enkhuizen

    Check-in on board in the afternoon. Perhaps you take a first short walk through the pretty harbour town with its charming old town.

  • Day 2

    Cycling from Enkhuizen to Hoorn, cycle tour: approx. 20 - 26 km

    Begin your day by discovering the pretty harbour town on the banks of the Ijsselmeer. The rich history of the city can still be felt during a walk through the old town with its numerous villas, canals, churches, city walls and ports. Tip: You should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum. You then set off on your first cycle tour to Hoorn. Look forward to the historic old town with its many buildings from the 17th century (e.g. the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quai).

  • Day 3

    Shipping from Hoorn to Lemmer – Cycling from Lemmer and back, cycle tour: approx. 33 - 44 km

    In the morning you are shipping across the IJsselmeer to Lemmer in the province of Friesland. Lemmer is known for its historic old town and pretty gabled houses. Start your roundtrip b bike via Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer and via Munnekeburen, Scherpenzeel and Schoterzijl back to Lemmer. The longer tour also takes you around the Rottige Meenthe and Brandemeer nature reserve. Tip: Visit the largest steam pumping station in the world, "Woudagemaal", which is still in operation.

  • Day 4

    Cycling from Lemmer to Stavoren, Cycle tour: approx. 32 - 41 km – Shipping from Stavoren to Harlingen

    You are going by bike to Sondeler Leien Lake, from there through the woods of Rijsterbos passing the Mokkebank (a birds’ reservation) to the Roode Klif at Stavoren. From there you are shipping to Harlingen. The Frisian town is known for its magnificent warehouses and patrician homes, canals and bridges, for its tidal harbour Noorderhaven and for its many café terraces and stores.

  • Day 5

    Cycling from Harlingen and back, cycle tour: approx. 40 - 50 km – Shipping from Harlingen to Oudeschild (Island of Texel)

    Another varied cycle tour around Harlingen is waiting for you. Enjoy the sweeping views and the beautiful nature of the province of Friesland. At around 16:00, your ship departs and you cross over to the North Sea island of Texel.

  • Day 6

    Island of Texel - Cycle tour from Oudeschild and back, cycle tour: approx. 29 - 49 km, Shipping from Oudeschild to Den Helder

    You are going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands – Texel. There are numerous alternative routes 28/35/48. About 5:00 pm shipping to Den Helder.

  • Day 7

    Cycling from Den Helder to Medemblik, cycle tour: approx. 55 km – Shipping from Medemblik to Enkhuizen

    You cycle south through the dunes to Callantshoeg with one of the most beautiful beaches in the Netherlands. Then you turn eastwards via the picturesque dyke village of Oudesluis, which was once a landing place for the ships of the Dutch East India Company, and Kolhorn, formerly also a port on the Zuiderzee and now surrounded by meadows, to Medemblik, the oldest town in West Friesland and the IJsselmeer with a beautiful town center and many cosy restau-rants and cafés.

  • Day 8

    Enkhuizen

    Checkout until 9:00 am and we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 12 2025 Apr 19 2025 113 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 899€
Apr 19 2025 Apr 26 2025 113 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 999€
Apr 26 2025 May 03 2025 113 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 999€
May 03 2025 May 10 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
May 10 2025 May 17 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
May 17 2025 May 24 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
May 24 2025 May 31 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
May 31 2025 Jun 07 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jun 07 2025 Jun 14 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jun 14 2025 Jun 21 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jun 21 2025 Jun 28 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jun 28 2025 Jul 05 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jul 05 2025 Jul 12 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jul 12 2025 Jul 19 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jul 19 2025 Jul 26 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Jul 26 2025 Aug 02 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Aug 02 2025 Aug 09 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Aug 09 2025 Aug 16 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Aug 16 2025 Aug 23 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Aug 23 2025 Aug 30 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Aug 30 2025 Sep 06 2025 113 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,149€
Sep 06 2025 Sep 13 2025 113 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 999€
Sep 13 2025 Sep 20 2025 113 Single rooms 1,449€
Double rooms 999€
Sep 20 2025 Sep 27 2025 113 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 899€
Sep 27 2025 Oct 04 2025 113 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 899€
Oct 04 2025 Oct 11 2025 113 Single rooms 1,249€
Double rooms 799€

Car rental in Netherlands

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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