Boat and Bike on the IJsselmeer
North Sea coast, North Holland and Texel Island on De Holland
- Round trip from Amsterdam
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- Bike & Boat: De Holland
km / day avg.
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.
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
8 days, 7 nights
approx. 205 – 305 km
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between 15 and 65 km, Ø 45 km
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- 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.
- 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.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Your cruiser De Holland
Meeting point of the river cruiser, De Holland, is the big sundeck. It is fitted with tables and chairs to enjoy pleasant evenings and the play of light on the shore. And if it gets a bit breezy, move to the saloon. It has a lovely bar serving different specialty coffees and other refreshing beverages.
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.