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Northern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (SE)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Enkhuizen round trip to Northern Holland Bike & Barge Tour

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. Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your swimming hotel will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the passing countryside. 

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.

Accommodation:

A comfortable river boat with restaurant and bar (air-conditioned). There is a partly roofed sundeck with seats and store place for the bicycles. The ship comprises 33 cabins on the Main Deck and 18 cabins on the Promenade Deck (approx. 8-9 sqm) with two single beds. The two Junior-Suites (approx. 12 sqm) on the Main Deck have a double bed. There are in total 3 single cabins (2 on the Main Deck and 1 on the Promenade Deck, 6 sqm). All cabins have windows that can be opened on both decks, shower/WC, colour TV and ventilation.

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins, shower/WC in the booked cabin category
  • Programme according to routing from/to Enkhuizen
  • Welcome Drink
  • Room cleaning every day
  • Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
  • Full board consisting of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon,
  • 7x 3-course-dinner
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Daily meeting for the cycling tours
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin) plus GPS tracks

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to and from Enkhuizen
  • Parking fees
  • Shuttles
  • Bike rental
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Ferry tickets
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurances
  • Helmet

If you would like to rent a bike (89 EUR) or e-bike (199 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

Notes:

  • Promenade deck cabins (from 849 EUR p.p.)  and junior suites on lower deck from (699 EUR p.p.) 
  • Please bring your own bike helmet as there is no selling on board
  • Minimum 50 guests
  • This trip is not suitable for those with reduced mobility
  • Cycle tours: all distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.
  • Languages on board: German, English
  • Excursions: 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).
  • Luggage: we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.

Parking / Departure:

  • Free parking at the train station in Enkhuizen, located directly at the harbor, within walking distance of the berth. No reservation possible
  • Embarkation from 4:00pm/ Disembarkation until 09:00 am
  • Saturday departure only

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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 harbor town with its charming old town

  • Day 2

    Cycling from Enkhuizen and back, cycle tour: 
approx. 28 - 36 km

    Today you will discover the pretty harbor town on the banks of the IJsselmeer and its beautiful surroundings. 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 Zuiderzee
museum. If you would like to make a day trip to Amsterdam: The Enkhuizen train station is within walking distance of the berth. There are train connections to Amsterdam and back every 30 minutes. Journey time approx. 1 h (ticket not incl.)

  • Day 3

    Shipping from Enkhuizen to Lemmer – Cycling from Lemmer and back, cycle tour: approx. 32 - 42 km

    Today you are shipping over the IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You are starting your roundtrip by bike: over the Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer, further to Munnekeburen, then around the Rottige Meente over Scherpenzel and Schoterzijl back to Lemmer with its old part of town and beautiful gable houses. Tip: visit of the largest still-functioning steam pumping station in the world, “Woudagemaal”

  • Day 4

    Cycling from Lemmer to Stavoren, Cycle tour: approx. 33 - 48 km – Shipping from Stavoren to Oudeschild (Island of Texel)

    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 Oudeschild on the Island of Texel.

  • Day 5

    Island of Texel - Cycle tour from Oudeschild and back, cycle tour: approx. 31 - 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 (29/32/47/70 km). About 5:00 pm shipping back to Den Helder.

  • Day 6

    Cycling from Den Helder via Sint Maartensvlotbrug to Alkmaar, cycle tour: approx. 27 to 57 km

    In the morning you are cycling through the dunes to Alkmaar. It is possible to board in St. Maartensvlotburg already and ship the rest of the way to Alkmaar. As an alternative, you can also start your cycling tour in St. Maartensvlotburg.

  • Day 7

    Shipping from Alkmaar to Wormerveer – Cycling from Wormerveer to Hoorn, cycle tour: approx. 55 km

    In the morning you start from Wormerveer to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc). After your visit you will continue in the direction of Volendam. On the way you have the opportunity to visit a cheese dairy in Katwoude. Here you can see how Gouda cheese and the traditional Dutch wooden shoes are made. Via Volendam, known as a traditional fishing village with typical authentic cottages, you cycle to Hoorn. For a short visit of 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) you should take some time.

  • Day 8

    Shipping to Enkhuizen

    Early in the morning shipping to 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.
May 18 2024 May 25 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
May 25 2024 Jun 01 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jun 01 2024 Jun 08 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jun 08 2024 Jun 15 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jun 22 2024 Jun 29 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jul 20 2024 Jul 27 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Jul 27 2024 Aug 03 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Aug 03 2024 Aug 10 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Aug 10 2024 Aug 17 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Aug 17 2024 Aug 24 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Aug 24 2024 Aug 31 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Aug 31 2024 Sep 07 2024 99 Single rooms 1,574€
Double rooms 1,049€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 14 2024 99 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 899€
Sep 14 2024 Sep 21 2024 99 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 899€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 99 Single rooms 1,199€
Double rooms 799€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 99 Single rooms 1,199€
Double rooms 799€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 99 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 699€

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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