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Boat and bike North Netherland | DE Willemstad

North Sea, tidelands and Ijsselmeer

Northern Tour of Holland

During this fascinating cycling cruise on board the ship De Willemstad 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 center 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.

 

Netherlands
Easy
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

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. During dinner short cruise to Zaandam.

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 will be waiting for you near the historical city center of Alkmaar.

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 center. In the afternoon the ship will sail over the North-Holland Canal to the navy harbor of Den Helder.

After breakfast you’ll take a 20-minute ferry ride (ticket included) from Den Helder to the isle of Texel, where you can make beautiful cycling tours on the largest of the Dutch North Sea Isles. Ride through meadows, nature parks and dunes to small villages and have the opportunity for a stop and some bathing at the sandy North Sea beach, or visit the “Ecomare” seal sanctuary. In the late afternoon you will return by ferry to Den Helder. During dinner your ship will sail to Den Oever.

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.

The ship 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.

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.

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

Tour character

Holland is a paradise for cyclists. The routes are flat and well suited for pleasure bikers.

Netherlands with bike

Prices and events

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Amsterdam
  Season 1
30.03.2024 | 06.04.2024 | 05.10.2024 |
Season 2
13.04.2024 | 20.04.2024 | 28.09.2024 |
Season 3
27.04.2024 | 14.09.2024 | 21.09.2024 |
Season 4
04.05.2024 | 11.05.2024 | 18.05.2024 | 25.05.2024 | 01.06.2024 | 08.06.2024 | 15.06.2024 | 22.06.2024 | 29.06.2024 | 06.07.2024 | 13.07.2024 | 20.07.2024 | 27.07.2024 | 03.08.2024 | 10.08.2024 | 17.08.2024 | 24.08.2024 | 31.08.2024 | 07.09.2024 |
Boat and bike North Holland | DE Willemstad - under deck, NL-NHSNW-08-U
Base price
759.00
959.00
1,069.00
1,169.00
Grachtenfahrt durch Amsterdam (1 Stunde) 16.00 16.00 16.00 16.00
2-bed-cabin single use 50% 50% 50% 50%
Boat and bike north holland, DE Willemstad, upper deck, NL-NHSNW-08-O
Base price
959.00
1,159.00
1,319.00
1,419.00
Grachtenfahrt durch Amsterdam (1 Stunde) 16.00 16.00 16.00 16.00
2-bed-cabin single use 50% 50% 50% 50%
Boat and bike north holland, DE Willemstad, suite upper deck, NL-NHSNW-08-OS
Base price
1,259.00
1,459.00
1,619.00
1,719.00
Grachtenfahrt durch Amsterdam (1 Stunde) 16.00 16.00 16.00 16.00
Season 1
Mar 30, 2024 | Apr 6, 2024 | Oct 5, 2024 |
Season 2
Apr 13, 2024 | Apr 20, 2024 | Sep 28, 2024 |
Season 3
Apr 27, 2024 | Sep 14, 2024 | Sep 21, 2024 |
Season 4
May 4, 2024 | May 11, 2024 | May 18, 2024 | May 25, 2024 | Jun 1, 2024 | Jun 8, 2024 | Jun 15, 2024 | Jun 22, 2024 | Jun 29, 2024 | Jul 6, 2024 | Jul 13, 2024 | Jul 20, 2024 | Jul 27, 2024 | Aug 3, 2024 | Aug 10, 2024 | Aug 17, 2024 | Aug 24, 2024 | Aug 31, 2024 | Sep 7, 2024 |
Boat and bike North Holland | DE Willemstad - under deck, NL-NHSNW-08-U
Base price
Grachtenfahrt durch Amsterdam (1 Stunde)
2-bed-cabin single use
Boat and bike north holland, DE Willemstad, upper deck, NL-NHSNW-08-O
Base price
Grachtenfahrt durch Amsterdam (1 Stunde)
2-bed-cabin single use
Boat and bike north holland, DE Willemstad, suite upper deck, NL-NHSNW-08-OS
Base price
Grachtenfahrt durch Amsterdam (1 Stunde)
759.00
16.00
50%
959.00
16.00
50%
1,259.00
16.00
959.00
16.00
50%
1,159.00
16.00
50%
1,459.00
16.00
1,069.00
16.00
50%
1,319.00
16.00
50%
1,619.00
16.00
1,169.00
16.00
50%
1,419.00
16.00
50%
1,719.00
16.00
Filter
7-Gang mit Freilauf
Elektrorad mit Freilauf
Mitnahme eigenes Tourenrad
Mitnahme eigenes E-Bike
90.00
225.00
10.00
25.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and extras

Services
  • 8 days/7 nightson board of the DE Willemstad
  • 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
  • Ferry ticket to Texel
  • Wi-Fi is available in restaurant – data use is not included
  • Live music on board

Services not included

  • parking fee
  • shuttles
  • bike rental
  • entrance fees and excursions
  • ferry tickets
  • drinks on board
  • tips
  • travel insurances.
Extras

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Amsterdam Central Station: approx. 3 km from the pier.
  • Guarded Park & Ride area - costs approx. € 145,- per week, reservation possible with travel documents
  • Number of participants

no minimum number of participants - guaranteed departure!

Can be booked separately

Canal cruise, duration 1 hour - special price for our guests € 13 (at the ticket counter approx. € 18). You will receive the ticket on board.

Note

  • The schedule and programme are subject to change. If a route cannot be sailed due to low or high water, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this is not a free reason for cancellation).
  • Crossing to the island of Texel by boat on Monday not in case of unfavourable weather conditions: In this case crossing Den Helder - Texel and back by ferry.
  • Special requests for food such as dietary or vegetarian food will be taken into consideration after consultation and if possible. The extra charge for this is approx. € 25,- per person and week (to be paid directly). Please inform us when booking.
Notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Ship

Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
5 stars
Beate W. DE | 19.10.2023
Passt alles.
Tolle Reise, super Service an Bord, erstklassiges Essen, fantastische Tagestouren
Anke Tammen
Anke Tammen answered:
Perfekt, so soll es sein🚴 - wir warten im nächsten Jahr auf Sie. Aber selbst jetzt ist schon wieder Eile geboten für die neue Saison!
5 stars
Thomas Wiggers DE | 08.10.2023
Unsere erste, aber bestimmt nicht letzte boatbiketour
Insgesamt ein super schönes Erlebnis - von der Buchung über Reiseunterlagen, Mitnahme eigener Fahrräder, Anreise inkl. Parkservice, Betreuung, Unterbringung, Service, Radtouren, Essen, ... es hat alles gepasst. Hervorzuheben ist das exquisite Abendessen. Die Messlatte für weitere Touren liegt jetzt seeeehr hoch ;-)
Anke Tammen
Anke Tammen answered:
Herzlichen Dank für Ihre 5✨-Bewertung. Toll, dass Ihnen alles rundum so gut gefallen hat. Wenn Sie wieder Interesse an einer schönen Rad & Schiffreise haben, ist jetzt der richtige Zeitpunkt für eine Buchung, da die Boat Bike-Touren so lange im Voraus gebucht werden. Da ist die Nachfrage viel größer als das Angebot.
5 stars
Michael T. DE | 14.07.2023
Sehr zu empfehlen
Ruhiges Radeln auf guten Strecken durch eine schöne Landschaft und nette Ortschaften. Meine Begleitung und ich hatten während der Reise Geburtstag. Perfekter Service wäre es gewesen, wenn wir an diesen Tagen eine kleine Aufmerksamkeit (Blume, Karte, o. ä.) in der Kabine vorgefunden hätten.
Anke Tammen
Anke Tammen answered:
Vielen Dank für Ihre nette Bewertung - schön zu hören, dass Sie so zufrieden waren. Es ist auf Schiffen eigentlich Usus, dass Geburtsgäste eine kleine Überraschung an Bord erhalten. Uns liegen die Geburtsdaten der meisten Kunden gar nicht vor, erst die Reederei holt durch das Bordmanifest die Daten ein und veranlaßt dann Entsprechendes. Es tut uns leid, wenn das bei Ihnen nicht geklappt hat, schade. Wir leiten Ihren Hinweis gerne an die Crew weiter, damit das zukünftig besser beachtet wird.

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