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Island IJsselmeer History
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Bike Tour: Bike Boat Northern Tour - 8 days

During this fascinating cycling cruise on board the ship De Holland 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.

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Route
Day 1: (Sat.) Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam
Day 2: (Sun.) Amsterdam - Zaandam – „Zaanse Schans“ – Zaandam
Day 3: (Mon.) Zaandam- Alkmaar | Evening: Alkmaar-Den Helder
Day 4: (Tue.) North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild | Den Oever
Day 5: (Wed.) Den Oever – Stavoren
Day 6: (Thu.) Stavoren - Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen
Day 7: (Fri.) Enkhuizen - Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam
Day 8: (Sat.) Amsterdam: end of the tour

Day 1:    (Sat.) Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam

Embarkation and check-in between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum. At 5 p.m. welcome drink and safety instructions, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

Day 2:    (Sun.) Amsterdam - Zaandam – „Zaanse Schans“ – Zaandam
44 km

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. Your ship De Holland will be waiting for you near the historical city center of Alkmaar.
(44 km / 27 mi.)

*Alternative program 2020: Due to works on the locks of Zaandam in 2020, on some departure dates day 2 and day 3 of the tour will be subject to some changes. On day 2 you will spend the night in Enkhuizen instead of Alkmaar and some transfers by bus will be included.

Day 2 (Sun): 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.
(ca. 32-45 km / 19-28 miles)

Day 3:    (Mon.) Zaandam- Alkmaar | Evening: Alkmaar-Den Helder
33 km

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 dunes the drinking water for almost the whole province of North-Holland is gained. After a visit to the beach and artists village Bergen you will return to Alkmaar where you can visit the wonderful city centre. In the afternoon De Holland will sail over the North-Holland Canal to the navy harbor of Den Helder.
(33 km / 20 mi. or 40 km / 25 mi.)

*Alternative program 2020: Due to works on the locks of Zaandam in 2020, on some departure dates day 2 and day 3 of the tour will be subject to some changes.

Day 3 (Mon): Dune tour: Alkmaar – Den Helder 
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.
(ca. 50 km / 31 miles)

Day 4:    (Tue.) North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild | Den Oever
15 km

During breakfast De Holland will sail to the isle of Texel, where you can make a tour on the largest of the Dutch Northsea 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 De Holland will return to the mainland and sail to Den Oever.
(several options from 15 km / 9 mi. to 65 km / 41 mi.)

* In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the captain may decide to sail to Texel on Monday evening or not at all: in the latter case you can reach Texel by ferry (price approx. € 5 pp, not incl.).

Day 5:    (Wed.) Den Oever – Stavoren
43 km

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.
(ca. 43 km / 27 mi. or 55 km / 34mi.)

Day 6:    (Thu.) Stavoren - Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen
30 km

De Holland 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. 
(ca. 30 km / 19 mi. or 50 km / 31 mi.)

Day 7:    (Fri.) Enkhuizen - Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam
35 km

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.
(ca. 35 km / 22 mi. or 50 km / 31 mi.)

Day 8:    (Sat.) Amsterdam: end of the tour

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

prices & dates
  Twin Lower
Deck         
Triple Lower Deck Single 
Lower Deck
Twin Upper Deck Single Upper Deck Suite Upper 
Deck
Price per person € Euro  Euro Euro Euro  Euro  Euro
Saturday 28-03-2020 599,00 599,00 949,00 799,00 1149,00 949,00
Saturday 04-04-2020 699,00 699,00 1049,00 899,00   1049,00
Saturday 11-04-2020 699,00 699,00 1049,00 899,00 1249,00 1049,00
Saturday 18-04-2020 749,00 749,00 1099,00 949,00   1099,00
Saturday 25-04-2020 799,00 799,00 1149,00 999,00 1349,00 1149,00
Saturday 02-05-2020 849,00 849,00 1199,00      
Saturday 09-05-2020 849,00 849,00        
Saturday 16-05-2020 889,00 889,00 1239,00 1089,00 1439,00  
Saturday 23-05-2020 889,00 889,00 1239,00 1089,00    
Saturday 30-05-2020 889,00 889,00 1239,00 1089,00   1239,00
Saturday 06-06-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00 1279,00
Saturday 13-06-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00  
Saturday 20-06-2020 929,00 929,00   1129,00   1279,00
Saturday 27-05-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00 1279,00
Saturday 04-07-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00 1279,00
Saturday 11-07-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00  
Saturday 18-07-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00 1279,00
Saturday 25-07-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00  
Saturday 01-08-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00  
Saturday 08-08-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00 1279,00
Saturday 15-08-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00  
Saturday 22-08-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00   1279,00
Saturday 29-09-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00 1279,00
Saturday 05-09-2020 929,00 929,00 1279,00 1129,00 1479,00  
Saturday 12-09-2020 889,00 889,00 1239,00 1089,00 1439,00  
Saturday 19-09-2020 849,00 849,00 1199,00 1049,00 1399,00 1199,00
Saturday 26-09-2020 799,00 799,00 1149,00 999,00   1149,00
Saturday 03-10-2020 749,00     749,00   1099,00
Saturday 10-10-2020 699,00 699,00 1049,00 899,00 1249,00 1049,00

 

accommodation

DE HOLLAND
De Holland is a medium-sized cozy river cruise ship, built in 1952 and extended by 16 meters in 2012. In the winter of 2017/2018 the ship has been completely refitted: new marshalling, spacious and more luxurious cabins and a full restyle of the interior. The ship sails under Dutch flag and management and has always been very popular and appropriate for the Northern and the Southern Tours of Holland.

Description of the cabins
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 (only for children). 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.

The upper deck offers nine identical 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.

Always:
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 De Holland 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.

Description of the ship
De Holland has a large salon with large 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.

Facts about the ship
Length:            78,3 m (257 ft.)
Width:             7,3 m (24 ft.)
Crew:               11
Cabins:            34
Pass.:               71 (max.)

practical info

Included:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 7 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • 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)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Wi-Fi is available in restaurant – data use is not included
  • Live music on board

Not included:

  • Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Helmet rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees

Rental bicycle: € 80 per week
Rental E-Bike: € 180 per week (only on request, limited number available)
Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
Canal cruise Amsterdam: Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 13 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available on board. He/she will provide you with all necessary tour information during daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks and printed route notes (available on board). The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle. During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options.

If you don’t feel like cycling for a day (or more) you are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing. But please note: lunch will not be served on board. So you can enjoy your packed lunch. On the arrival (first) day it is possible to put your luggage on board from 11:00 a.m..

* In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the captain may decide to sail to Texel on Monday evening or not at all: in the latter case you can reach Texel by ferry (price approx. € 5 pp, not incl.).

reviews

06-07-2018

...The kilometers were more than we had expected but we didn't have any issues. Holland has awesome bike trails!...

15-04-2017

...Everything worked really well. The booking process was simple. The E-mail support was good. The information provided was really useful. The trip was brilliant. The boat staff were excellent and the Guides were attentive and informative. The Netherlands themselves are beautiful...

31-08-2015

....Thank you for the wonderful holiday!. We really enjoyed every hour of it and I believe we are planning to come back. Thanks for your kind assistance and helpfulness in planning and fulfilling the plans!...

17-07-2015

....We had a wonderful experience, and the tour was beyond our expectations. We have nothing to complain. My only suggestion is, if possible, change the towels at least once. I really don't care to use just one towel during a week. The problem is that is almost impossible have it dry, especially for us, Brazilians, that use to take more than a bath a day. But it's not a big problem, and you can be sure, we'll be back soon....

 

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