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Guided Bike and Boat IJsselmeer - 8 days
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Guided Bike and Boat IJsselmeer - 8 days


Bike Tour: Guided Bike and Boat IJsselmeer - 8 days - 8 days

Sail & Bike along the coast of the Ijsselmeer. Once a salty sea, now the largest sweetwater lake in all of Holland! Discover this unique part of the Netherlands aboard a magnificent and comfortably furnished sailing ship, and while riding excellent cycle paths and tracks. Sailing experience is not necessary. Just a desire to give it a go. Cycling can be done on your own or by joining a tour leader.

Day 1: (Sat): Amsterdam – Volendam
Day 2: (Sun): Volendam - Hoorn
Day 3: (Mon): Hoorn – Enkhuizen
Day 4: (Tue): Enkhuizen – Stavoren | Stavoren loop
Day 5: (Wed): Stavoren – Lemmer
Day 6: (Thu): Lemmer – Urk
Day 7: (Fri): Urk – Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler – Amsterdam
Day 8: (Sat): Amsterdam

Day 1:    (Sat): Amsterdam – Volendam

Your week of sailing and cycling starts in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2 P.M. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails under motor to Volendam in approximately 2½ hours. From the port of this former fishing village, a short warm-up ride leads you through the rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages. (10 km / 6 mi.)

Day 2:    (Sun): Volendam - Hoorn
36 km

A very Dutch start of the day: you cycle to a nearby, family-run cheese and clog shop for a short demonstration of cheese and clog making, and of course a cheese tasting. Continue pedaling along the dikes to Purmerend, in the heart of a polder named De Beemster, 11½ feet (3.5 meters) below sea level. Divided into a tight geometric pattern of squares and quadrants, it is recognized by UNESCO as “a creative masterpiece”. Your next destination is Edam, a lovely town whose lanes and canals deserve a stroll. Edam is known worldwide for its cheese covered in red or yellow wax. Via the main dike of the IJsselmeer you arrive at the promenade of Volendam, where the ship is docked. You will have some time on your own to check out the souvenir shops. After dinner, let the historical city center lure you into a digestive walk. Later in the evening, the ship sails to Hoorn. (36 km / 22 mi. or 49 km / 31 mi.)

Day 3:    (Mon): Hoorn – Enkhuizen
28 km

Through small rural hamlets and villages, today’s ride brings you to Enkhuizen. Pass by windmill De Krijgsman (The Warrior), the highest windmill in the province of North-Holland and one of a handful of old Dutch windmills still in use to produce flour commercially. In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in Holland, thanks to its harbour that shipped then-costly spices from Asia. Be astonished by the stately mansions, canals, churches and city walls that to this day reflect the city’s rich history and wealth. (28 km / 17 mi. or 39 km / 24 mi.)

Day 4:    (Tue): Enkhuizen – Stavoren | Stavoren loop
25 km

Weather permitting, we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Stavoren in Friesland (approx. 4 hours). On board, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and enjoy the invigorating journey, while keeping watch for marine bird life. Upon arrival a bike tour is planned that first takes you to Hindeloopen, a picturesque and lively fishing village. From there you go to Workum, home to the Jopie Huisman Museum. This museum is dedicated to the work and life of the Frisian realist painter Jopie Huisman. (25 km / 15 mi. or 37 km / 23 mi.)

Day 5:    (Wed): Stavoren – Lemmer
40 km

Following the dike along the Ijsselmeer we arrive in Gaasterland, renowned for its sandy heights that are over 32.8 feet (10 meters) high. The name Gaasterland derives from gaasten, the Frisian word for these elliptically shaped heights. Leaving the dike, you enter the Rijsterbos, a 300-year-old forest. Through this wooded area you ride to the town of Balk and along the tree-lined river Luts. Shortly afterward, you’ll arrive at the fortress city of Sloten, one of the smallest cities in The Netherlands. Take the time to leisurely wander the narrow streets and to find a spot for a lunch on your own. The last  tretch of today’s tour brings you to the fishing port of Lemmer, where the ship moors for the night. An after dinner stroll into town is definitely worth your while. (40 km / 25 mi.) 

Day 6:    (Thu): Lemmer – Urk
20 km

In the morning we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Urk. On board, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and enjoy the invigorating journey, while keeping watch for marine bird life. In Urk you may stroll through the narrow streets and alleys. The houses in this picturesque fishing village were built close to one another on elevated grounds to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today. In the afternoon a short optional bike ride is planned through the Northeast polder. (20 km / 12 mi.) 

Day 7:    (Fri): Urk – Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler – Amsterdam
20 km

The day starts with approximately three hours of sailing to Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland that was entirely reclaimed from the sea. In its harbour you’ll disembark for your last day of cycling. You’ll ride through the Oostvaardersplassen — a nature reserve on new land, left to find its own balance like nature did in old times on old land. Sections of the ride wind through forested areas, while others give you panoramic views of expansive reed beds and marshes. This is a birdwatchers’ paradise. The ship picks you up in the small harbor of Oostvaardersdiep for the return voyage to Amsterdam (approx. 2 hours). Celebrate this marvelous week around the Ijsselmeer while having a farewell dinner aboard the ship. (20 km / 12 mi. or 39 km / 24 mi.)

Day 8:    (Sat): Amsterdam

Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 AM.

Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.

Ship 'Wapen fan Fryslân'            
  Small 2P Cabine 2P Cabine 1P Cabine Twin for single use 3P Cabine Juniorsuite
Price per person €  Euro   Euro  Euro  Euro  Euro  Euro
Saturday 04-07-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949.00 1239,00
Saturday 11-07-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949.00 1239,00
Saturday 18-07-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949.00 1239,00
Saturday 25-07-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949.00 1239,00
Saturday 01-08-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949.00 1239,00

Rental bike: € 80,-
E-Bike: € 180,-


Ship 'Leafde fan Fryslân'            
  Small 2P Cabine  2P Cabine 1P Cabine Twin for single use 3P Cabine Juniorsuite 
Price per person € Euro  Euro   Euro  Euro  Euro  Euro
Saturday 09-05-2020 759,00 949,00 1249,00 1423,00 849,00 1139,00
Saturday 16-05-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949,00 1239,00
Saturday 23-05-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949,00 1239,00
Saturday 30-05-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949,00 1239,00
Saturday 13-06-2020 839,00 1049,00 1349,00 1573,00 949,00 1239,00

Rental bike: € 80,-
E-bike: € 180,-


Sailing Ship Wapen fan Fryslân

With its 55 meters of length, the Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch waterways. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a sailing passenger ship. On board of this marvelous five star ship you will immediately notice its warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a large pilothouse with a cozy and stylish bar and seating area. The panorama windows offer a perfect all around view of the water. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer taps and a Jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas. There is enough room to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors. The sundeck offers plenty of seating including comfortable deckchairs. The large salon, also restaurant, is characterized by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. All 12 spacious cabins (ca. 8,5 m² - 91 sq.ft) have two separate box spring beds (90×200 m) that can easily be transformed into a double bed and a folding bed as a third bed which can be used if needed. Each cabin has its own shower, toilet and washbasin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating and two portholes of which one can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and 230-Volt-electric sockets in each cabin.


Sailing Ship Leafde fan Fryslân

The Leafde fan Fryslân, an imposing, three-masted barquentine, makes its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owner-operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined. The ship has thirteen cabins on the lower deck. Sumptuous meals are carefully prepared in the restaurant and the ship’s full-service, cozy bar is fully stocked. The wheelhouse is equipped with a seating area and the best views over the water are available here and on deck. There are 10 well-equipped twin cabins, 1 smaller twin cabin and 1 junior-suite with two separate beds and 1 single cabin. In some of the twins a third (bunk) bed can be added, which makes it perfect for a family. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation and heating, portholes and a hatch that can be opened. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a hairdryer, a mini safe and a 230-Volt socket.

practical info


  • 7 nights accommodation in the cabin category booked with shower and toilet
  • Full-board /7 x breakfast, 6x self-made packed lunch, 7 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board till 4PM
  • Welcome drink
  • Sailing- , cycling- and some short walking tour as described
  • Bedding and sheets, (optional fresh daily) hand towels
  • Service of cabin cleaning
  • Maps and route descriptions (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Fully guided cycling tours

Tour price excludes:

Drinks, Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM, bicycle rental, helmet rental, personal insurances, gratuities (at your discretion), entrance fees and excursions, fees for ferries, transfers to/from docking place, parking fees.

Tour info: The cycle routes are on sealed cycle paths, farm roads and along secondary roads with little traffic. There are no significant gradients.

Bicycle rental

Rental bikes are Gazelle Esprit C7 bicycles (Wapen fan Frysland: Gazelle type Paris) with 7-speed hub gear, luggage rack and bag, hand brakes and freewheeling. Rental E-bikes are Gazelle Orange C330 HMB (Wapen fan Fryslan: Orange Comfort) E-bikes are with stepless hub gears, front suspension and hand brakes. Each participant is given his or her personal bicycle; when booking please state your height. Own bikes are possible.

Arrival by plane / train:

Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol. Train to Amsterdam’s main station (Amsterdam Centraal) every 10 min. (€ 4.90). 

Parking in Amsterdam:

Oosterdok underground car park near the station for 20,– € for 24 hours as at July, 2018, but only for cars up to 2.1 metres high. You cannot reserve parking spaces. Alternative: Centralparking, secure parking can be reserved in advance for approx. 150.– € per week including pick-up service. A valet will bring your car from the vessel to the underground car park and back to the vessel on the day of your departure.

Minimum number of participants 10; reference date 4 weeks before departure. 

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