Bike and Barge Tour on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands

Bike and Barge Tour on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands

North Holland and Texel with the MS Serena

  • Round trip from Amsterdam
  • Texel island, capital Amsterdam
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Serena


km / day avg.

Travelling by Bike and Barge on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands is simply wonderful. You will get to know not only Yssel, Frisia and Texel island in the North Sea but also the historic cheese town of Alkmaar, the open air museum Zaanse Schans and its wonderful windmills, and the Netherland’s lively capital, Amsterdam. Your boat accompanies you on your tour, so there is no need to pack up luggage and you get to cycle the most beautiful sections of the route. In North Holland you will find all that is so typical of the Netherlands. Canals, the once so important trading towns such as Hoorn, colourful fields of flowers and windmills to the left and right of these level cycle paths.

This Bike & Boat holiday is fully booked for 2019

Unfortunately bookings can no longer be taken for this holiday for the 2019 season. Our Bike & Boat holidays are often booked out very early.
But don't give up! You're sure to find alternatives. And we're very happy to help you do so!

Bike and Barge Tour on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
  • Start / Destination
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 180 – 265 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 25 and 70 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking opportunities
    Parking deck Oosterdok (nearby central railway station), approx. EUR 20/24h. No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
    Parking deck Amsterpark, from 145 € per week, parking lot is bookable up to 14 days prior to arrival, has to be paid in advance. You will receive the registration form with your confirmation.
  • Minimum number of participants
    The minimum number of 50 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; the right to change is reserved.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

Your cruiser MS Serena

Look forward to the river cruiser, the MS Serena, which cruises gently along the waterways around North Holland. If you're not up on your bike, you are enjoying the day on the sundeck of the boat or chatting in the restaurant with your fellow passengers. The crew will spoil you on a daily basis with delicious meals and provide you with all the information you need on your cycle tour.

MS Serena

MS Serena

MS Serena

The Bar

MS Serena Bar

MS Serena

The Salon

MS Serena Salon

MS Serena


MS Serena Cabin

MS Serena

Cabins and decks

MS Serena - cabins and decks

Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam, Amsterdam ‒ Hoorn (by boat)

The MS Serena awaits your arrival in the port of Amsterdam. The many canals, bikes and parks create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere in this the great city of Amsterdam. During your evening meal, you set sail and the MS Serena takes you to Hoorn. This small harbour town used to be one of the most important hubs in Europe.

Day 2: Hoorn ‒ Enkhuizen, approx. 25 km

On you go by bike to Enkhuizen at the northern part of Lake Yssel. You will love the flair of the harbour. Lake Yssel used to be called Zuiderzee - and the wonderful open-air museum in Enkhuizen bears the same name. If you take a tour you will get an impression of what places used to look like in Holland in the 18th and 19th century. It is particularly impressive in the summer, as village life is re-enacted.

Day 3: Enkhuizen ‒ Lemmer (by boat), Round trip, approx. 30 ‒ 45 km

In the morning, feel the fresh sea breeze around your gills as you sail over Lake Yssel. Once arrived in Lemmer you set off on a small trip through Frisia, the province of lakes, canals and waterways. The paths along the banks are perfect for cycling. First you get to Tjeukemmer and then cycle on via Munnekeburen and Scherpenzeel back to Lemmer.

Day 4: Lemmer ‒ Stavoren, approx. 35 km, Stavoren ‒ Texel island (by boat)

Back on the bike you pedal away from Lemmer. You continue cycling to Sondeler Leijen See Lake. From there you cycle past the wooded Rijsterbos area at Mokkebank, which is an important bird sanctuary, to Roode Klip heading for Stavoren. This is the oldest of the eleven Frisian towns and used to be the residence of Friesian kings. It later became a Hanseatic town. The boat takes you to Texel island.

Day 5: Round trip Texel island, 30 ‒ 70 km, Oudeschild ‒ Den Helder (by boat)

Texel island is the biggest, most western-lying of the West Friesland islands. Enjoy the day on the island, cycling around the south part before returning to the mainland in the afternoon. The countryside is diverse and animals rich in variety live here. From Oudeschild you are taken by boat to Den Helder, which means Gateway to Hell. Harbours, ships and maritime museums still shape the character of the town today.

Day 6: Den Helder ‒ Alkmaar, approx. 25 / 55 km

Today you will cycle through the windy sand dunes to Alkmaar. As the boat lands in St. Maartensvlotbrug, you can cycle only the first or second section. Alkmaar awaits you with its picturesque old town and many small museums. The charming cheese market is not only well known in Holland. Since 1365, cheese is tasted, weighed and sold on the market square.

Day 7: Alkmaar ‒ Wormerveer (by boat), Wormerveer ‒ Amsterdam, approx. 35 km

There is still time for a pleasant walk through Alkmaar before you set off by boat to Wormerveer. From there you cycle via the open air museum Zaanse Schans, with its historic windmills, to Amsterdam. In the evening you have the chance to go on a canal trip. The view from the water gives you a very special perspective on this metropolis.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay in Volendam

After breakfast, your Bike and Barge Tour through the Netherlands comes to end. You must disembark by 9.30 am and can then set off on your journey home.

Would you like to extend your holiday on Lake Yssel? Then simply book additional nights in a 4* hotel in Volendam, just 20 km from Amsterdam's city centre. You can also book additional nights at the beginning of the tour.
Included in the price are two bus tickets (bike cannot be taken on the bus) from the boat to Volendam and back to the jetty in Amsterdam. You can also park your car in Volendam for a week while you're out and about by bike & boat. This will save you high fees for parking in Amsterdam.