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Northern Holland 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (SE)
Flat countryside up to the horizon, windmills, canals (Grachten) and cycling, this is the Netherlands. And there is so much more. Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-day 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 floating 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 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. Its capital is Haarlem, the biggest city is Amsterdam. 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
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.
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental bike: 7-gear bike with back bags and rental bike insurance 75 euro
Rental e-bike: (advance reservation, limited number) with pannier bags and rental bike insurance 165 euro
Promenade deck cabins and junior suites on lower deck available - ask us [email protected] for availability and prices
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Individual arrival at Amsterdam, Shipping from Amsterdam to Hoorn
Check-in on board in the afternoon. Embarkation at 3 pm. Maybe you will take some time for exploring the city of Amsterdam and a shopping tour. At 5:30 pm the ship will leave Amsterdam for Hoorn with its historical old part of town.
Cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen, cycle tour: approx. 20 - 26 km
Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17th century (e.g. the Regentur of Westfriesland – today a museum -, the town’s scales at the Rodesteen, the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quai). Today you are cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. Tip: you should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum.
Shipping from Enkhuizen to Lemmer – Cycling from Lemmer and back, cycle tour: approx. 32 - 45 km
Today you are sailing over the IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You are starting your round-trip 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 historical old part of town and beautiful gable houses. Tip: Visit of the largest still-functioning steam pumping station in the world, “Woudagemaal”.
Cycling from Lemmer to Stavoren, Cycle tour: approx. 33 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 sailing to Oudeschild on the Island of Texel.
Island of Texel - Cycle tour from Oudeschild and back, cycle tour: approx. up to 70 km, Sailing 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 6:00 pm the ship will sail back to Den Helder.
Cycling from Den Helder via Sint Maartensvlotbrug to Alkmaar, cycle tour: approx. 25 to 55 km
In the morning you are cycling through the dunes to Alkmaar. It is possible for you to go on board in St. Maartensvlotburg and stay onboard the rest of the way to Alkmaar. As an alternative, you can also start your cycling tour in St. Maartensvlotburg.
Sailing from Alkmaar to Wormerveer – Cycling from Wormerveer to Amsterdam, cycle tour: approx. 35 km
In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar (ca. Apr. to Sept). At midday we are sailing to Wormerveer from where you should cycle to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc.). You are cycling through the recreational area Twiske to Amsterdam. Tip: In the afternoon you should take part in a “Grachtenrundfahrt” (sailing on the canals of Amsterdam in small boats)
Departure from Amsterdam
After breakfast checkout until 9:00 am and we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey.
If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Mar 28 2020||Apr 04 2020||99||Single rooms||749€|
|Apr 04 2020||Apr 11 2020||99||Single rooms||855€|
|Apr 11 2020||Apr 18 2020||99||Single rooms||1,005€|
|Apr 18 2020||Apr 25 2020||99||Single rooms||1,125€|
|Apr 25 2020||May 02 2020||99||Single rooms||1,125€|
|May 02 2020||May 09 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 23 2020||May 30 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|May 30 2020||Jun 06 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 27 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jul 04 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jul 18 2020||Jul 25 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Jul 25 2020||Aug 01 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Aug 08 2020||Aug 15 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Aug 15 2020||Aug 22 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Aug 29 2020||Sep 05 2020||99||Single rooms||1,199€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||99||Single rooms||1,125€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||99||Single rooms||1,005€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||99||Single rooms||1,005€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||99||Single rooms||855€|
|Oct 03 2020||Oct 10 2020||99||Single rooms||750€|
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