2019
Boat and Bike tour in Holland

Boat and Bike tour in Holland

River Landscapes and Hanseatic Towns

  • Round trip from Amsterdam
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS De Nassau
  • New ship 2019!

8
days

45
km / day avg.

From the saddle of your bike and on board the boat you will be exploring the old route of the cargo vessels that sailed to The Netherlands from all over the world. You'll discover the ancient winding streets of those once so important harbour towns. Dignified old estates, small fishing ports and wonderful nature sanctuaries such as the Blauwe Kamer are also on your route. The Amsterdam and Gelderland with Boat and Bike tour in Holland along the Dutch Hanseatic Route has another appealing advantage: almost every day you can choose between a longer or shorter section, depending how much time you would like to spend in the saddle.

Itinerary

Boat and Bike tour in Holland

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    NL-NLSHN-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 250 – 295 km
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    There is a number of unmanned car parks close to the jetty, but it is not possible to reserve them.
    Manned car parks, outdoors, costs about EUR 90 / week incl. transfer, bookable in advance.
    Valet Parking: Your car is fetched from the boat on your day of arrival and taken to a roofed, manned car park and brought back to the boat on your day of departure. Costs involve about EUR 150 / week.
    Please always drive to the boat first and hand in your luggage before parking.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Minimum number of participants
    No minimum number of participants
    Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

Your Cruiser: MS De Nassau

The medium-sized river cruiser, the MS de Nassau, is perfect for bike & boat trips in The Netherlands. You will be living in a lovely cabin on either of the two decks of the boat, which was partially renovated in 2018. On the De Nassau there is a large saloon with big panoramic windows on the upper deck, connecting the restaurant, bar and lounge. Enjoy watching the countryside pass by – in sunny weather from the large, partially roofed sundeck. If you don't feel like cycling one of the sections, you can sit back and relax as the boat takes care of this for you!

De Nassau

Bar

De Nassau, Bar

De Nassau

Lounge

De Nassau, Lounge

De Nassau

Cabin plan

De Nassau, Cabin plan

Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam, Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede (by boat)

The colourful variety of Dutch traditions and international flair in Amsterdam draws many visitors to the city every year from all over the world. Embarkation starts at 14.00, and at around 15.00 the boat departs for Wijk bij Duurstede. From the water you have fine views of the windmills on the dykes – a wonderful welcome from one of Holland's most well-known sights.

Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen (by boat), Wageningen – Arnhem, approx. 35 / 45 km

While you're having breakfast, the boat takes you to Wageningen. Now that you're fortified, you can set off on your first bike section. The level route through the valley of the Lower Rhine is great for cycling. You soon pass the nature sanctuary De Blauwe Kamer. Small herds of wild ponies live here in this unspoiled piece of countryside. You also go past another nature reserve called Veluwe. Cycling via Zijpendaal you arrive in Arnhem.

Day 3: Arnhem – Doesburg (by boat), Doesburg – Deventer approx. 45 / 55 km

The boat takes you to the harbour of the Hanseatic town of Doesburg. Setting off on your bike you follow the Hanseatic Route along the River IJssel. Now you have to decide whether you want to cycle past castles and elegant country estates or whether you want to take the shorter route along the river to the next destination. It doesn't matter which you choose – they are both beautiful.

Day 4: Deventer – Wijhe (by boat), Wijhe – Kampen, approx. 40 / 55 km

While you're having your breakfast enjoy sailing on the De Nassau to Wijhe, where you then, feeling refreshed, hop on to your bike. You're now spoilt for choice: The shorter tour takes you along the bank of the river straight to Hattem; the longer route goes through Veluwe, the biggest area of forest land in The Netherlands. With its unspoiled town centre from the 16th-18th century, Hattem is a perfect place to stop for a break. Just a few kilometres further on you reach the Hanseatic town of Zwolle and then follow Yssel to Kampen, the biggest Hanseatic town in The Netherlands.

Day 5: Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk, approx. 50 km

If you're up for more action, you can take the longer section to Harderwijk. The wonderful coastline of Veluwemeer and the heath at Elspeet line your way. You can also follow the coast to the mouth of the IJssel and then along the so-called Randseen – the lakes that skirt the IJsselmeer – to Elburg. Your destination is the old fishing port of Harderwijk.

Day 6: Harderwijk – Spakenburg – Huizen, approx. 45 / 55 km

Blue or green? That's what you have to ask yourself today. You can cycle along the coastline of the IJsselmeer or explore the forests further inland. Sailors will love Bunschoten-Spakenburg: Lots of old sailing boats are moored here - boats that used to be used for fishing. The place is well known for its traditional costumes, which are exhibited in the Costume Museum Vurhuus.

Day 7: Huizen – Amsterdam, approx. 35 km

Huizen is where you start the last leg of your tour. You cycle past lovely towns such as Naarden with its magnificent fortifications and Muider Castle in Muiden, which rises, almost enchanted, out of the water. You soon reach Amsterdam and have sufficient time to explore this exciting metropolis.

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast your boat and bike trip in Holland along the hanseatic route through Gelderland onboard the MS Gandalf comes to an end. You will disembark and return home.