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The MS Rigoletto

North Holland, MS Rigoletto

IJsselmeer & North Sea Beaches

8 Days / 7 Nights
The MS Rigoletto

Flat countryside up to the horizon, windmills, canals (Grachten) and cycling, that are the Netherlands. And there is so much more. Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-days-journey by bike and boat. Well built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday.The Province of the Northern Netherlands : The Dutch province of the North Netherlands is situated on a peninsula between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer (IJssel Sea). The Northern Netherlands were founded due to the separation of the northand south of the Netherlands in 1840. Discover the folklore and tradition in the flat Polderland, on the North Sea and in romantic ports. You are travelling through a former lake and marsh region that has been drained by the help of windmills since the 17th century. Experience varying, typically Dutch Polder-countryside, dunes and North Sea beaches, the North Sea island Texel and many picturesque harbour villages on the coast of the IJsselmeer.The province of Friesland, with its unique lake landscape, numerous rivers and canals, is a true paradise for cyclists. The tranquillity and vastness of nature is omnipresent and perfect for a bike & boat experience.

itinerary at a glance

Check-in on board in the afternoon. Perhaps you take a first short walk through the pretty harbor town with its charming old town.

Begin your day by discovering the pretty harbour town on the banks of the Ijsselmeer.The rich history of the city can still be felt during a walk through the old town with its numerous villas, canals, churches, city walls and ports. Tip:You should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum.You then set off on your first cycle tour to Hoorn. Look forward tot he historic old town with its many buildings from the 17th century (e.g. the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quai).

In the morning you are shipping across the IJsselmeer to Lemmer in the province of Friesland.Lemmer is known for its historic old town and pretty gabled houses.Start your roundtrip by bike via Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer and via Munnekeburen, Scherpenzeeland Schoterzijl back to Lemmer. The longer tour also takes you around the Rottige Meenthe and Brandemeer nature reserve. Tip: Visit the largest steampumping station in the world, "Woudagemaal", which is still in operation.

You are going by bike to Sondeler Leien Lake, from there through the woods of Rijsterbos passing the Mokkebank (a birds’reservation) to the Roode Klif at Stavoren. From there you are shipping to Harlingen. The Frisian town is known for its magnificent warehouses and patrician homes, canals and bridges, for its tidal harbour Noorderhaven and for its many café terraces and stores.

Another varied cycle tour around Harlingen is waiting for you. Enjoy the sweeping views and the beautiful nature of the province of Friesland. At around 16:00, your ship departs and you cross over to the North Sea island of Texel.

You are going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands–Texel. There are numerous alternative routes 28/35/48. About 5:00 pm shipping to Den Helder.

You cycle south through the dunes to Callantshoeg with one of the most beautiful beaches in the Netherlands. Then you turn eastwards via the picturesque dyke village of Oudesluis, which was once a landing place for the ships of the Dutch East India Company, and Kolhorn, formerly also a port on the Zuiderzee and now surrounded by meadows, to Medemblik, the oldest town in West Friesland and the IJsselmeer with a beautiful town center and many cosy restaurants and cafés


Early in the morning shipping to Enkhuizen. Checkout until 9:00 am and we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey.

route information


You cycle between 25 and 45 km each day. Nearly all routes are flat and easy to cycle along. You cycle on asphalted bike paths with routes that are signposted.

Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

services & information

Further details about this tour


  • Program according to itinerary from/to Enkhuizen
  • 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:  € 39,- (on request only, limited)
  • Helmets € 40,-/week/, reservation necessary and to be paid for at the time

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Enkhuizen train station close to the pier
  • Parking at the main station free of charge (no reservation in advance)

Things to note

  • Minimum number of participants: 80 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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