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In the footsteps of the Hanseatic, MPS Liza Marleen

Rhivers, Hanseatic Towns and Fishing Villages

8 Days / 7 Nights

The Hanseroute takes you to the middle of the Netherlands, a region that has been shaped over millennia by countless intersecting rivers and waterways. You will cycle through the Rhine valley with the beautiful tributary IJssel, pass the so-called border lake area of Holland and visit among others fascinating cities and towns like Amsterdam, Doesburg, Deventer, Hardenwijkund Elburg.

Considering the flat terrain along the 125 km long IJssel valley, this tour is perfect for those who want to discover a varied and astonishingly beautiful environment in a relaxed way by bike on the many winding paths. The natural beauty of this area also impresses with the Hanseatic towns, which experienced their heyday during the Middle Ages, when the most important trade routes in Europe passed through the IJssel Valley.

Another attraction are the so-called border lakes on the IJssel, which lie between the "old" land with many beautiful harbor towns and the "new" Flevoland, which once lay on the bottom of the IJssel lake before the land was reclaimed in 1932. This area is wonderful for relaxed cycling, passing picturesque fishing villages where there is still nothing of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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itinerary at a glance

From 12:30 pm, embarkation in Amsterdam, Oosterdok, near the main station. At 2:00 pm, the ship leaves and sails through the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, an enchanting town with a beautiful medieval market square on the Lower Rhine. After dinner, you may enjoy a stroll through the old lanes of the town.

During breakfast, your ship sets sail for Wageningen. Here, you start for your first cycle route through the picturesque Lower Rhine River Valley. The tour leads then through the woodlands and heathlands of the Veluwe National Park. The Park is approx. 54 km2 (14,000 acres) in area and is home to many plants and animals. (If you want to visit the park, the day pass is about € 13.-). In the afternoon, cycle through the outskirts of Arnhem with its beautiful parks Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal. Overnight stop in Arnhem, near the city centre.

Shipping to Doesburg. From here, follow the Hanse Cycle Route along the IJssel River to Bronkhorst, a hamlet that is proud to be considered the Netherlands`smallest town. Today`s destination is Zutphen, the city of towers. Already from afar, you can see the big and small church towers that characterise the panorama of the city. During dinner, your ship sails to Deventer. The historic „Stadsplein de Brink“square has already been a central meeting point during the heyday of the Hanseatic League and is today surrounded by numerous cosy terraced cafes.

During breakfast, the ship sails to Wijhe, from here you go on a cycle tour. Cross the IJssel River by ferry (approx. € 1.50 per pers.) and cycle through woodlands and the magnificent unspoilt landscape of the Eastern Veluwe. In the afternoon, you reach Hattem respectively Zwolle. Both cities are lively Hanseatic cities and have a charming medieval old town. During dinner boat tour to Kampen, with one of the best preserved historic city centres in the Netherlands. The city is also home to the Cog Ship of Kampen, a reconstructed medieval Hansa cog ship.


In the morning, shipping to Reevesluis. Here you begin your cycle tour. Along the Lake Veluwe – here you can take a bath, rent a boat, go surfing and much else – you cycle through typical Dutch landscape to Elburg, a charming medieval fortified town and ancient fishing town. You should not miss out on a visit of the historic Old Town, which is no larger than 250 by 350 metres. Afterwards continue through the huge woodlands of the Veluwe to reach Harderwijk. A stroll through the city leads inevitably to the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, a basilica that dates back to the 14th/15th century. Overnight stop in the old fishing port.

Today your cycle ride leads through flat coastal landscape as well as through woods and moorland. If the weather is nice, you may want to take a bathing break in the recreation area of Strand Nulde. Alongside the Eem River, you cycle to Spakenburg, an old fishing port. Today the museum port is the heart of this small town.

During breakfast, you sail to Huizen. From there, you cycle to the marvellous fortified city of Naarden and to the castle in Muiden (Dutch Muiderslot). Along a quiet route, you reach Amsterdam. The afternoon and the evening you spend in Amsterdam.

After breakfast, disembarkation until 09:30 am and individual journey home

route information


After breakfast, disembarkation until 09:30 am and individual journey home

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Prices per person in EUR

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Further details about this tour


  • Seven nights in outside cabins with private facilities in the booked cabin category
  • Programme according to travel itinerary from/ to Amsterdam
  • All charges for ports, bridges and locks are included
  • Welcome-drink
  • Change of linens and towels on demand
  • Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cycle tours, 7x 3-course dinner

  • Coffee, Tea and Water on board
  • Daily meeting for the cycle tours
  • Instructed tour guide on the guided cycle tours
  • Booklet with detailed instructions and maps for individual cycle tours, 1 x per cabin
  • GPS tracks

Optional extras

  • Bring your own bike/elektrobike: € 29.- (on request only, limited number)

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Amsterdam train station is close to the pier
  • Parking garage Oosterdok: Parking garage at Central Station (www.parkingcenterumoosterdok.nl/deutsch)

Number of participants

  • minimum participants: 18 person up to 21 days before arrival


  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • The use of your own bike is limited due to space on deck! Please specify when booking whether your own bike is an electric or normal bike.
  • The owner of the ship, the crew, the tour guide and the organiser are not liable for the damage or theft of own bicycles. 
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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