2021
Boat and Bike on the IJsselmeer

Boat and Bike on the IJsselmeer

North Sea coast, North Holland and Texel Island

 Amsterdam – Stavoren – Amsterdam

  • The open air museum "Zaanse Schans", pretty villages on the IJsselmeer
  • Full board included!
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: De Willemstad
  • New ship 2021!

days
8

km / day avg.
50

It seems like in the Netherlands, children learn to cycle before they walk. People, both young and old, love cycling there. It's a perfectly normal way to get around. Following canals and rivers, waterlets and along the coast – Holland's flat terrain makes for easy cycling along what are often excellently built cycle paths. On this boat and bike cruise you will explore northern Holland and the IJsselmeer. You'll pass windmills and the historic buildings of what used to be very important towns such as Enkhuizen or Alkmaar. You can taste the famous Edam cheese in the town of the same name and can spend relaxed evenings trying freshly caught fish and sipping cool drinks off the North Sea coast and on the IJsselmeer.

Boat and Bike on the IJsselmeer
  • Booking code
    NL-NHSNH-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 210 – 305 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 15 and 65 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruiser De Willemstad

The De Willemstad is a 4* ship that offers a familiar atmosphere. The ship was completely modernised in 2017/ 2018. Every cabin on the upper and lower deck is an outside cabin and is equipped with two single beds, a shower, a toilet, a hair dryer, an adjustable air conditioning, a TV, and a mini safe. The large and partly roofed sun deck and the panorama salon can fit everyone comfortably, no matter what the weather is like. Here you can relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape of North Holland.

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De Willemstad
De Willemstad

Day 1: Individual arrival in Amsterdam

One of the most beautiful metropolitan cities in Europe is waiting to be discovered. The colourful mixture of Dutch traditions and an international flair appeals to all its visitors. Amsterdam is particularly known for its canals - so a canal trip is a must and shows you some unique sides of the town, otherwise hidden to trippers. You will embark in the afternoon. Once you have checked into your cabin, start getting into the holiday mood with your welcome cocktail!

Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam (by boat), Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar, approx. 45 km

The first section takes you to the flatlands. Many canals, small lakes and windmills mark the way out of the town. You soon pass the "Zaanse Schans". The open air museum here is particularly worthy of mention. Go visit and take a look at a historic village and watch a wooden shoemaker at work between the wood houses. The longer stretch to Zaandam is also the more beautiful path: the villages in Waterland are a very special sight to visit.

Day 3: Dune trip around Alkmaar, approx. 40 km, Alkmaar – Den Helder (by boat)

From Zaandam, you cycle through the charming Polder countryside in Leeghwater. This area used to be a swamp and has been drained. Today, you'll see a lot of windmills here. Alkmaar is a city with a lot of history - it is over 1,000 years old and has a wonderful old town centre that you can easily wander about by foot. The cheese museum and the national beer museum await your visit. In the evening, take the boat to Den Helder.

Day 4: Trip to Texel island, approx. 15 – 65 km, Texel – Den Oever (by boat)

The crossing to Texel island is either on the previous evening or in the morning, depending on the weather. Texel is synonymous with pure rest and relaxation amidst beautiful countryside. Over the centuries, this impressive dune countryside has been shaped by wind and water. Purple blossoming sea lavender and wild orchids are the splashes of colour you'll see amidst the sandy dunes. Enjoy your cycling holiday on the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands. You'll always have time for a dip into the salty waves of the North Sea.

Day 5: Den Oever – Stavoren (by boat), trip to South West Frisia, approx. 45 / 55 km

The harbour town of Stavoren is the oldest of the eleven Frisian towns. Idyllically located on Lake Yssel it’s a great starting place for a trip to South Frisia. Today you decide which cycling tour you prefer. The shorter tour takes you to Gaasterland nature reserve and the longer one goes to the Frisian lake district. In the evening you have time again to stroll through Stavoren.

Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik (by boat), Medemblik – Enkhuizen, approx. 30 / 50 km

In the town of Medemblik, the castle and many of the wonderfully restored houses remind us of long since times passed. The longer cycle tour takes you to Hoorn. The harbour alone is worth a visit. Your destination today is Enkhuizen. The town used to be an important trading town for the United East Indian Company. From here, boats used to depart for the other side of the world. Visit the Zuiderzee Museum, which vividly documents maritime history on Lake Yssel.

Day 7: Enkhuizen – Volendam (by boat), Volendam – Amsterdam, approx. 35 / 50 km

The last day is reserved for the so-called "Waterland" with this many small lakes and canals. Next, you reach your starting point, Amsterdam. If you missed going on a canal trip at the beginning of the trip, now's your chance to make up for it. Bring your week in the saddle to a relaxing conclusion in one of the romantic cafes, watch the world passing by and soak in the atmosphere.

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast, your boat and bike tour on the IJsselmeer comes to an end. You disembark and start your journey home.

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Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Sundays from 28.03.2021 to 10.10.2021Early 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

Lower deck

Season A

28.03.
04.04.
11.04.
10.10.

Season B

18.04.
25.04.
26.09.
03.10.

Season C

12.09.
19.09.

Season D

26.04. - 05.09.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

Upper deck

Season A

28.03.
04.04.
11.04.
10.10.

Season B

18.04.
25.04.
26.09.
03.10.

Season C

12.09.
19.09.

Season D

26.04. - 05.09.

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 nights on board in the selected category
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea daily until 4 pm
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied and changed as needed
  • Welcome drink
  • Some short city tours
  • 1 evening with music
  • Daily Routing discussion, on-board tour guide
  • Parking space when bringing your own bike or e-bike
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included: 

  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Fees for excursions, entries and ferries
  • Transfers

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.

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Accommodation

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De Willemstad

De Willemstad

De Willemstad

Salon

De Willemstad, Salon

De Willemstad

Cabin on the lower deck

De Willemstad, cabin on the lower deck

De Willemstad

Cabin on the upper deck

De Willemstad, cabin on the upper deck

De Willemstad

Suite on the upper deck

De Willemstad, suite on the upper deck

De Willemstad

  • 48 outer cabins
  • On the lower deck:
    24 double cabins with single beds at ground level, approx. 10 m², small hinged windows that can be opened
  • On the upper deck:
    16 double cabins with separate single beds at ground level, approx. 10 m², opening panoramic windows
    8 suites, each with two single beds at ground level, approx. 15 m², with french balcony (floor level, glazed sliding door)
  • Equipment: Shower / WC, individually adjustable air conditioning, television, mini safe, hair dryer

Boat facts

  • Built in 1986, Renovated in 2017 / 2018
  • 2 passenger decks | 48 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 96 passengers
  • Crew: 20
  • Length: 91,35 m
  • Width: 10,45 m
  • Draught: 1,45 m
  • Fittings: restaurant on the lower deck, salon / bar with panoramic windows on the upper deck, sun deck with deck chairs (partly covered), W-LAN (for a fee)
  • Languages on board: German, English
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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person
Lower deck
Upper deck

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

50 %

50 %

Supplement twin cabin upper deck

250 €

Channel round trip Amsterdam

14 €

14 €

Rental Bikes

Mietrad
Mietrad
75 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
175 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike, backpedal brake
  • E-Bike
Fittings

Pannier

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Rental Bike

7-gear Rental Bike

75 €

E-bike

175 €

Boat and Bike on the IJsselmeer
  • Booking code
    NL-NHSNW-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Amsterdam
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 210 – 305 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 15 and 65 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    There is a number of public car parks close to the pier which can't be reserved 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.
  • 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.
  • Own bikes
    When traveling with your own bike, please indicate in the booking form whether you are riding an e-bike or a conventional 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.
50