2021
Bike and Barge Tour on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands

Bike and Barge Tour in the Netherlands

North Holland and Texel with the MS Serena

 Amsterdam – Lemmer – Amsterdam

  • Texel island, capital Amsterdam, open air museum Zaanse Schans
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Serena

days
8

km / day avg.
45

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.

Bike and Barge Tour on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands
  • Booking Code
    NL-NHSNS-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 180 – 265 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 25 and 70 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

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.

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MS Serena, Ship view

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.
If you want to book the extra days in Volendam please note this in the free text field on the booking form. Please also include how many people will be staying, and if you want to stay in Volendam before or after your tour.

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Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from Sat, 03/27/2021 - 00:00 to Sat, 10/02/2021 - 00:00Early booking discount: -30 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Main deck

Season A

27.03.
02.10.

Season B

03.04.
25.09.

Season C

10.04.
11.09.
18.09.

Season D

17.04.
24.04.
04.09.

Season E

25.04. - 28.08.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

Promenade deck

Season A

27.03.
02.10.

Season B

03.04.
25.09.

Season C

10.04.
11.09.
18.09.

Season D

17.04.
24.04.
04.09.

Season E

25.04. - 28.08.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 overnight stays on board in the selected category
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied and changed as needed
  • All harbour, bridge and lock fees
  • Daily routing discussion, On-board tour guide
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
  • The minimum number of 50 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
  • Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.
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Not included:

  • Drinks on board
  • Admission fees and excursions
  • Tips

The minimum number of 50 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accommodation

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MS Serena

MS Serena-Ship view

MS Serena

Salon

MS Serena-Salon

MS Serena

Cabin

MS-Serena-Cabin

MS Serena

Bar

MS-Serena-Bar

MS Serena

Cabin plan

MS-Serena-Cabinplan

MS Serena

  • 51 outer cabins
  • 18 cabins on the promenade deck
  • 33 cabins on the main deck
  • Fittings: Shower / WC, air conditioning system
  • Windows on all decks can be opened
  • Promenade deck, 2-bed cabins: 2 single beds, approx. 8 – 9 m²
  • Promenade deck, single cabins: approx. 6 m²
  • Main deck, junior suite: French bed, approx. 12 m²
  • Main deck, 2-bed cabins: 2 single beds, approx. 8 – 9 m²
  • Main deck, single cabins: approx. 6 m²

Boat facts

  • 2 passenger decks: Promenade deck | Main deck
  • Maximum capacity: 99 passengers
  • Length 90 m 
  • Width 9.90 m
  • Fittings: Saloon, bar, restaurant (air conditioned), partially roofed sundeck with seating, bike parking
  • Languages on board: German, English
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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person
Main deck
Promenade deck

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

50 %

50 %

Supplement juniorsuite

50 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Volendam

99 €

99 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Volendam

145 €

145 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
75 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
165 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike hub gears with back-pedal brakes or free-wheel (limited number)
  • E-Bike, 8-speed unisex wheel with back-pedal or freewheel (limited number)
Fittings

Saddle back

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Rental Bike

7-gear Rental Bike

75 €

E-bike

165 €

Bike and Barge Tour on Lake IJssel in the Netherlands
  • Booking Code
    NL-NHSNS-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • 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 centralparking.nl/en, from 150 € 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.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
45