Bike&Ship tour Holland
Bike&Ship travel Holland
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Boat and bike North Holland DE Holland

North Sea, tidelands and Ijsselmeer

Holland with bike & barge on the northern route

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. 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.


  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Embarkation and check-in from 2 PM in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

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 centre of Alkmaar. (ca. 44 km/27 mi)

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.

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 “Thijsseroute” (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. (frin 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.).

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

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. (30 km/19 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. (35 km/22 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.)

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

The route

Almost all of the cycle tours can be classified as "easy".

Netherlands with bike

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
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Season 1
Apr 6, 2019 | Apr 13, 2019 | Apr 20, 2019 |
Season 2
Sep 21, 2019 | Sep 28, 2019 | Oct 5, 2019 |
Season 3
Apr 27, 2019 - May 25, 2019
Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Season 4
Jun 1, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019
Boat & Bike North Holland - DE Holland - Upper Deck 8 days, NL-NHSAE-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge double cabin for one person
Reduction 3-bed-cabin
Boat & Bike North Holland - DE Holland - Lower deck - 8 days, NL-NHSAE-08I-U
Base price
Surcharge double cabin for one person
Abschlag 2-Bett-Kabine vorne/hinten
7-Gang, Freilauf
Electric bike
Zuschlag Suite

Services & Extras

Included Services

  • 7 overnights in the booked cabin category with shower and toilet
  • Full board (7x breakfast buffet, lunch package or lunch, 7x three-course-dinner, coffee and tea in the afternoon)
  • Program as mentioned in the tour course
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • 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-trakcs
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Wi-Fi
  • Live music on board

Not included Services

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




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