Bike and Sail in North Holland

Bike and Sail in Holland

On the three-masted clipper Elizabeth around the IJsselmeer and in Frisia

  • Round trip from Amsterdam
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Full board
  • Bike & Sail: Three-masted clipper Elizabeth


km / day avg.

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The wind fills out the white sail over your heads and the waves of Lake Yssel rush past while you look forward to your next holiday in cyclists' paradise – Holland! By bike you explore beautiful landscapes and former maritime towns like Enkhuizen and Hoorn as well as Frisia's oldest town, Stavoren. You sail on the three-masted clipper Elizabeth on Lake Yssel in North Holland. If you want, you can help out on the boat setting the sail; get a whiff of the adventure of the life of a sailor. You don't need any previous experience: The crew is happy to let you in on the secrets of a seafarer.


Our Bike & Boat Holidays are fully booked for 2018

Unfortunately bookings can no longer be taken for this holiday for the 2018 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 Sail in North Holland

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
  • Start / Destination
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 120 – 180 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 25 and 60 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    There is a number of public car parks close to the pier which can't be reserved in advance.
    Secure parking (outdoors), costs approx. 90 € per week incl. transfer, can be booked in advance.
    Valet Parking: Your car is picked up from the boat on your day of arrival and taken to a covered, secure car park. On your day of departure it is brought back to the boat. Costs approx. 150 € per week.
    Please always drive to the boat first to hand in your luggage before parking.
    Alternative you can book an additional night in Volendam. There are bus tickets to the pier and back included, as well as free of charge parking in Volendam for one week.
  • Minimum number of participants
    No minimum number of participants
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; we reserve the right to make changes.
  • Note
    For this tour only the arrival and departure harbours are definite destinations.
    The itinerary is very much dependent on weather and tides and is decided upon on a daily basis. The shown itinerary is only a suggestion and is subject to change.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

The three-masted clipper Elizabeth

Sailing majestically across Lake Yssel on the Elizabeth is a wonderful adventure! She was launched in 1913 as a typical Dutch flatboat. Over one hundred years later, this three-masted schooner is stylish, comfortable and luxuriously fitted. If you want, you can help set the sail! If not, there's always a nice place to be found on the sundeck or in the spacious saloon.

MS Elizabeth


MS Elizabeth - Deck

MS Elizabeth


MS Elizabeth - Saloon

MS Elizabeth


MS Elizabeth - Cabin

MS Elizabeth

Cabin plan

MS Elizabeth - cabin plan

Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam

As your boat is at anchor tour in the port of Amsterdam on the first night of your bike and sailing, you have enough time to explore this lively city. Stroll along the canals and be inspired by the town's atmosphere. And you'll soon see that absolutely everyone in Holland rides a bike – students and museum directors, pupils and pensioners!

Day 2: Amsterdam – Monnickendam, approx. 25 / 40 km

You leave Amsterdam by bike heading north and soon find yourself in the idyllic Waterland: green meadows and fields, long, sweeping canals and small lakes are to the left and right of the cycle paths. You must take a break in Broek: this lovely town looks like it has just jumped right out of a picture frame with its wooden houses, canals and gardens. The Elizabeth is waiting for you in the port at Monnickendam, where you spend the night.

Day 3: Monnickendam – Hoorn, approx. 35 / 60 km

Following the banks of Lake Yssel, you cycle to Volendam. Stroll through this lively harbour town, try some of the fresh catch of the day or enjoy the tiny pictures in the town's unique cigar-band museum. Next, you cycle to Edam. No cheese-lover can leave Edam without trying a knob of the cheese. If you want, take a trip to the old whaling town of de Rijp. With its century-old buildings, it's like walking round an open air museum! Today's destination, Hoorn, formerly an important harbour town, lent its name to the south-most point of South America: Cape Horn.

Day 4: Hoorn – Enkhuizen, approx. 25 km, Enkhuizen – Lemmer (by boat)

From the old maritime town of Hoorn you cycle to Enkhuizen. This town is over 1000 years old and grew into a large city with magnificent buildings when Dutch seafaring was at its prime. Your sailing boat is in the harbour waiting for you at lunchtime. You spend the afternoon on the wate,: sailing right across Lake Yssel to Frisia and laying anchor in Lemmer. In this lovely little town, brick buildings line the streets, one after the other. If you're interested in technology, visit the steam-driven pumping station. It is the only station of its kind in the world that is still in use!

Day 5: Lemmer – Stavoren, approx. 35 – 50 km

The province of Frisia is at its best between Lemmer and Stavoren: you'll be cycling through wide-stretching sandy areas and dreamy moorland, passing lakes of crystal clear water and lovely old villages. The end of this bike section, Stavoren, happens to be Frisia's oldest town. The Wyfke fan Starum monument, the widow of Stavoren, watches over the harbour. She is the main character in one of the most well-known Dutch legends.

Day 6: Stavoren – Enkhuizen (by boat)

Listen to the wind in the mighty sails of the Elizabeth as you cross back over Lake Yssel to Enkhuizen. You spend the afternoon in the old trading town. You'll have enough time to visit the very worthwhile Zuiderzee Museum. Partially out in the open and partially in exhibition rooms, the history of this region is told vividly. It's a great trip for children and adults alike.

Day 7: Enkhuizen – Amsterdam (by boat)

This section is completed not by bike but by sail! Out on the water, you boat along the coast, towards Amsterdam. If you want, the crew of the Elizabeth is very happy to have a helping hand on board! There's no need for any previous experience with sailing. With a good wind, you'll reach Amsterdam by afternoon. That gives you ample time for an evening stroll through this major city.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay in Volendam

After breakfast, your bike and sail holiday in Holland unfortunately comes to an end. We hope you have a good 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.