Northern Holland, DE Holland
North Sea coast, Polder land and harbours at Ijsselmeer.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival to Amsterdam.
From 2pm onwards you can embark the boat in Amsterdam. To get to know the city you could explore the old town, go shopping, visit some museums or go on a canal cruise. At about 6pm there will be a dinner cruise to Zaandam.
On the first day of your tour, you cycle from Amsterdam on a quiet bike path through Waterland and "Twiske", a leisure area and then on to the open-air museum "Zaanse Schans" where you can visit lovely windmills, an old traditional village with rustic wooden houses, a cheese dairy and where you can see a traditional clog-maker at work. After visiting the museum, you cycle continue cycling to Zaandam. Those who would like can cycle a longer route through Assendelft. The rest of the afternoon and evening is left free for you to look around Zaandam.
Your second day's cycling takes you through the wonderful polder landscape via small villages to Alkmaar. In Alkmaart you will rejoin the MS Angela Esmee where a warm shower and a glass of wine or beer are awaiting you as well as a delicious dinner. In the late afternoon the boat will go to Den Helder's naval port via the Noord-hollands canal.
Whilst you have breakfast on board, the MS Angela Esmee is already moving on to Oudeschild via Marsdiep, which is a deep shipping channel. It will quickly become apparent to you why the North Sea Texel island is so popular amongst holiday makers. There are charming little places, wonderful beaches and nature protection areas, which are connected together with a perfectly designed cycle network allowing for easy access. Go for a bit of a swim at the beach, visit "Ecomare", which is a seal rescue centre. Another option is to cycle along the charming "Thijsse-route" (with signposts, approx. 40km). This ride takes you through picturesque villages and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a beer that has been brewed on the island whilst visiting the small brewery located at Oudeschild's harbour. In the evening, the MS Angela Esmee will head back to the mainland, more specifically to Den Oever. This evening's highlight is a lovely live music evening on board.
The boat will cross the IJselmeer whilst you are having breakfast today in order to moor at Stavoren harbour in the province of Friesland. Here you can decide whether you would like to go on a shorter or a longer bike ride. You can also visit the Gaasterland nature area or the southern part of the Friesian lake area. Spend the evening in the small port in Stavoren, which is one of eleven towns in the province that are steeped in tradition.
Early in the morning, the boat crosses the IJselmeer once more. After breakfast you cycle a short way over the IJselmeer dyke to Enkhuizen, which is an old and very historic town with a long shipping tradtion (over a century). It has a wonderful harbour, a well-kept old town and an extremely interesting "Zuiderzee" museum, which you can visit in the afternoon. The longer bike tour additionally takes you to Hoorn, which was one of the most significant ports worldwide in the 17th Century. Take a detour into the old town - it's worth it! In the afternoon, go through some picturesque little farming villages to Enkhuizen. After dinner there will be time to go for a little walk in Enkhuizen.
You have two bike tours to choose between today, however both options finish in the historic city of Haarlem. If you are up to the challenge, the longer tour takes you through the sand dunes of the North Sea coastline via Bloemendaal and Zandvoort; the shorter tour heads inland to Haarlem. On both tours you will cycle back to Beverwijk. In the evening your ship will sail to Zaandam.
From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum, continue cycling through the leisure area of Twiske to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.
After breakfast it is time to disembark. Your bike and boat tour has come to and end.
To travel in Holland by bike and boat is the best way to because it conforms with the Netherlands the most. It is a paradise for cyclists.
There are several thousands of kilometres of well-built cycle paths in Holland meaning that there are many interesting and relaxing tours that can be done. This allows you to explore the country in a personal way and explore the loveliest and prettiest parts of this flat country. Not only is Holland a flat country, but it is also a water country. Pretty much every significant town and every tourist attraction can be reached via the water.
- Program according to itinerary
- 7 nights stay in cabins with own shower/toilet in the booked category
- Full board: breakfast buffet, snack or packed lunch for your bike tours, coffee and tea daily until 4 pm, 3 course dinner
- Welcome drink
- Daily bike tour briefing
- Daily cleaning of cabins (change of towels daily if desired )
- All harbour, bridge and lock fees
- At least 2 city walks (Alkmaar, Enkhuizen)
- 1x music evening on board
- Wifi in the lounge area
- Tour representative on board
- 1 set of maps and information per cabin
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Amsterdam Central station is about 3 km away from the pier
- Guarded park & ride area, price around €120 to €140 per week. No reservation possible
Number of participants
- No minimum number of participants - all departures are guaranteed!
- Program and details are subject to change due to nautical and meteorological reasons (this is no reason for a free cancellation).
- Monday cruise to Texel island doesn’t take place if there is bad weather. Alternative program: Cruise Den Helder – Texel and back by ferry.
- Dietary requirements and vegetarian food can be provided upon request. Surcharge is €25 per person per week (to be paid there). Please inform at the time of booking.
DE HOLLAND is a 257 ft. long and 24 ft. wide cozy, small river cruise ship and is getting renovated in winter 17/2018