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In the footsteps of the Hanseatic, MPS Liza Marleen

Fascinating nature and ancient history

8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore the Hanseatic route in the Netherlands as it winds through the Rhine Valley, the Ijssel Valley, and the Dutch border lake region, adorned with charming fishing villages and idyllic landscapes. The flat terrain ensures cycling is a breeze, and the historical sites never fail to amaze. An exceptional aspect of this cycling tour is the accommodation where each night you'll reside on the MPS Liza Marleen, a ship thoughtfully and comfortably furnished. As you unwind on deck following your daily cycling stage, our floating hotel smoothly carries you to the next destination.

Your journey commences with boarding in Amsterdam and the initial leg to Wijk bij Duurstede, before embarking on the first cycling stage the next day near Wageningen. You pass through Veluwe National Park and reach Arnhem, where you have ample time to explore the city. Continuing the journey by ship, you head to Doesburg and then cycle through Bronkhorst to Zutphen, known as the City of Towers.


Throughout the upcoming days, you'll cruise distances by ship during breakfast and dinner, and in between, you'll hop on your bike. This will lead you to the Hanseatic city of Zwolle with its medieval city center and the charming fishing town of Elburg. Enjoy the Veluwemeer, inviting you for swimming and water sports. Along the coast and the Eem, you'll reach Spakenburg. The final stop is the Muiderslot Castle before the tour takes you back to Amsterdam.

  • Water sports and swimming at Lake Veluwe: Relaxation is a must! Take a break at Veluwemeer, one of the inland lakes of the Veluwerandmeere. Try your hand at kitesurfing or simply stretch out your legs on the beach.
  • Muiderslot Castle: The castle, located not far from Amsterdam, is around 700 years old and is a true sight to behold with its corner towers and moat. Besides serving as a residence, the castle is believed to have functioned at times as a court and a prison.
  • The many sights of Amsterdam: The characteristic canals give the Dutch capital a special atmosphere. There's something to see at every corner, whether in the numerous museums, the Red Light District, or at the Royal Palace, Paleis op de Dam.

Our cycling and sailing tours combine an active vacation with variety and comfort. In short, you opt for a holiday where nothing is lacking. A beautiful cycling route is complemented by relaxing boat trips and full board fine dining.


First-class cycling paths running along rivers and passing through interesting cities – Holland and Belgium are excellent choices for a tour by bike and boat. However, our ships also travel in Italy, France, and Eastern Europe. Explore our diverse destinations!

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


You cycle between 30 and 55 km a day. Almost all routes can be classified as easy. You cycle on well-maintained and signposted cycle paths.

Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

services & information

Further details about this tour


  • Program according to itinerary from/to Amsterdam
  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • 1 welcome drink
  • Full meals (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board, 7x 3-course-dinner)
  • On board tour guide incl. daily tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • 1 route book per cabin
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • GPS-data


  • Bringing your own bike/electric bike:  €29,- (on request only, limited)

Arrival / Parking / Departure

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


  • Minmum number of participants: 18 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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