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Northern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour from/to Amsterdam (dH)
During this fascinating cycling cruise you will discover the best of what the beautiful Provinces of North-Holland and Friesland offer. Explore flat “polder” landscapes – a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments – the North Sea coast, towering sand dunes, long sandy beaches, historic windmills, the island of Texel and the many picturesque harbor towns along the coast of IJsselmeer Lake. It is without doubt a tour not to be missed! Nowhere else in the world will you find an area as fascinating as the Dutch Provinces of North Holland and Friesland, two areas rich in tradition.
Over the course of your week, you will be able to discover typical Dutch culture and cycle through a flat “polder land”, extensively reclaimed over the centuries from the North Sea and the former Southern Sea (now IJsselmeer). What you will soon realize is the truth behind the proverb “God created the earth but the Dutch made Holland”, such has been the extent of land reclamation in the region you will be cycling through. Since the 17th century in an effort to save disappearing land from encroaching water, protective dikes have been built, low lying land has been pumped dry and tidal dams have been created in creeks to prevent flooding, with the result that today’s green flat polder landscape is full of agricultural enterprise.
Given the Dutch love for cycling, the region is crisscrossed with many quiet cycle tracks that stretch from one end of the region to the other. You will be amazed by the beauty of the North Sea beaches, the towering sand dunes – who said there were no hills in Holland! – the extremely bicycle friendly island of Texel, the beautiful flat landscapes, small dreamlike farm villages and romantic picturesque harbor villages. During the second part of the tour you will cross the large lake IJsselmeer to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. Other highlights during your week tour include the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”, the historic city centre of Alkmaar and the old harbor cities of Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn and Volendam, the islands of Texel and Marken and – of course – Amsterdam with its beautiful canals.
The ship has a large salon with wide panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax and have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.
The upper deck offers nine identical superior twin cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.) and one suite (13 m² – 140 sq.ft.), all with two separate beds set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches). All upper deck cabins and the suite have a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a regular window.
The lower deck has 24 twin cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.). Three twin cabins in the front have two separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches) and an additional fold away bunk bed as optional third bed. 21 twin cabins have two separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches). All lower deck cabins have a window (80 x 40 cm – 31 x 16 inches) that – for safety reasons – cannot be opened. On previous request, in most cabins beds, normally set as hotel-style beds, can be arranged as two separate single beds.
All 34 cabins aboard have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. The suite has the same amenities as the superior twin cabins but is larger.
8 days/7 nights
7 x breakfasts and packed lunches
7 x 3-course dinners
Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Semi guided cycling tours (guest cycle independently, tour leader also cycles the tour)
Some short walking tours
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Live music on board
Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM
Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Fees for ferries
Transfers to/from the docking place
If you would like to rent a bike (75 euros,80 in 2020) or e-bike (175 euros, 180 in 2020), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
For prices of suites, upper deck or triple cabins, please contact our office: [email protected]
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Embarkation and check-in from 2-5 PM in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum. At 5pm a welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (44 km/27 mi.) | Alkmaar – Enkhuizen
The first cycling trip of this tour takes you via small villages through the beautiful flat and green polder landscape. The first stop is at the Zaanse Schans open air museum (free entry) with its traditional Old Dutch wooden houses, windmills and the cheese- and clog factory. After this visit you will cycle through the “Land of Leeghwater”, a green polder area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. Stroll through the former whaler’s village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. A local guide will take you on a guided walking tour through the historical city center of Alkmaar. At the end of the afternoon a coach will bring you back to “De Holland” in Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen is a beautiful 17th century city at the banks of the IJsselmeer with a rich cultural and maritime tradition.
Dune tour: Alkmaar – Den Helder (50 km/31 mi.)
After breakfast a coach will bring you back to Alkmaar, from where the bike tour starts. Today you can discover the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This is a 5.300 hectare large forest- and dune area with its unique landscapes. In these sand dunes the drinking water for almost the whole province of North-Holland is gained.The sandy beach here is one of the most wonderful to walk along in the entire Netherlands, the perfect spot for feeling the wind in your hair or simply enjoying the view. Close by — and certainly worth a visit — is the artist’s village of Bergen. Then you will bike on through the dunes to the navy harbor of Den Helder.
Den Helder – Oudeschild * | North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild | Texel – Den Oever (several options from 15 km/9 mi. to 65 km/41 mi.)
During breakfast the ship will sail to the isle of Texel, where you can make a tour on the largest of the Dutch North Sea Isles. You will cycle through beautiful natural parks and have the opportunity for a stop and some bathing at the beach. Suggestion: cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 40 km/25 mi.) through picturesque villages and landscapes and visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” At the end of your cycling tour you can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild. During dinner the ship will return to the mainland and sail to Den Oever.
Den Oever – Stavoren | Southwest Friesland: round trip from/to Stavoren (43 km/27 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)
The vessel will cross the large inland lake IJsselmeer to sail to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. You can opt for a shorter or longer cycling tour: discover the nature area of Gaasterland or explore a part of the wide lake district, that Friesland is well-known for. You can also combine both options. Night in the small harbor of Stavoren, one of the famous traditional 11 cities of Friesland.
Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen (30 km/19 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)
The ship will cross the IJsselmeer again during breakfast. Take the short cycling trip from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer coast directly to Enkhuizen, where you can spend the afternoon. Enkhuizen is an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. The “herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbor, a historical old town centre and the very interesting Zuiderzeemuseum. If you prefer a longer cycling tour, ride from Medemblik to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, in the 17th century one of the world’s leading harbors. Enjoy your lunch break and make a short stroll in the old city centre. Continue by bicycle to Enkhuizen via some picturesque rural villages. In the evening you can join a short city walk.
Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (35 km/22 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)
During breakfast the ship will sail to Volendam. Your final day of cycling will lead you through the beautiful area of Waterland, with its hundreds of small lakes and tiny canals. Near Volendam you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. Recommended (extra cycling miles) is a tour to the former island of Marken, to continue through the water shaped region of Waterland back to the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal cruise on the first day, you can do so today.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Mar 28 2020||Apr 04 2020||71||Single rooms||949€|
|Apr 04 2020||Apr 11 2020||71||Single rooms||1,049€|
|Apr 11 2020||Apr 18 2020||71||Single rooms||1,049€|
|Apr 18 2020||Apr 25 2020||71||Single rooms||1,099€|
|Apr 25 2020||May 02 2020||71||Single rooms||1,149€|
|May 02 2020||May 09 2020||71||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||71||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||71||Single rooms||1,239€|
|May 23 2020||May 30 2020||71||Single rooms||1,239€|
|May 30 2020||Jun 06 2020||71||Single rooms||1,239€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 27 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jul 04 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jul 18 2020||Jul 25 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Jul 25 2020||Aug 01 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Aug 08 2020||Aug 15 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Aug 15 2020||Aug 22 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Aug 30 2020||Sep 05 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||71||Single rooms||1,279€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||71||Single rooms||1,239€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||71||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||71||Single rooms||1,149€|
|Oct 03 2020||Oct 10 2020||71||Single rooms||1,099€|
|Oct 10 2020||Oct 17 2020||71||Single rooms||1,049€|
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