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Sail + Bike Holland’s Treasure IJsselmeer

Historical ports, green polder scenery and the IJsselmeer

Map Bike+Sail IJsselmeer


Tour profile:

The cycling tours lead you on paved bike paths, and side roads with less traffic. There are no uphill climbs.

Day 1: Amsterdam – Monnickendam/Volendam

Individual arrival. Embarkation between 1 and 2 pm. After all guests have checked in, the ship will sail to Monnickendam or Volendam. After dinner you will have time for a short walk into the city center.

Day 2: Monnickendam – Volendam – Hoorn, approx. 32 - 51 km

Today starts with a drive to a family run cheese farm and wooden shoe store. Here you can observe the production and also taste a little bit of the cheese. Then continue along the dikes to Purmerend, located in the heart of the polder De Beemster and about 3.5 m below sea level. Your next destination is Edam, a beautiful town whose alleys and canals are worth a walk. Edam is of course famous for its cheese covered with red or yellow wax.
Across the main dike of the IJsselmeer you will finally reach the promenade of Volendam, where the ship has docked. Here you will have some time for a short stroll before dinner. In the late evening the ship continues to Hoorn.

Day 3: Hoorn – Enkhuizen – Urk, approx. 28 - 39 km

Today’s bike tour leads through rural villages to Enkhuizen. You will pass the windmill De Krijgsman (the Warrior), the highest windmill in North Holland and one of the few old windmills still grinding flour. Enkhuizen is home to many impressive mansions, canals, churches and city walls that still reflect the city’s rich history. If the weather is nice, in the afternoon you will sail across the IJsselmeer to the traditional fishing town of Urk. On board, you can assist the captain with the sailing if you wish. Or you can just sit back and enjoy the trip.

Day 4: Urk – Vollenhove, approx. 37 km

After breakfast the Elizabeth takes you to the "new land". From Schokkerhaven you start your bike tour along the polders. You cycle along the water to the former island of Schokland, which has been completely surrounded by the mainland since land reclamation. A museum documents the history of the small island, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Beautiful bike paths lead along the former coastline. You continue your bike tour through the polders to the charming former fishing village of Vollenhove.

Day 5: Vollenhove – Giethoorn, approx. 37 - 49 km

From Vollenhove, bike paths lead through the open countryside to the small town of Blokzijl. Here begins the National Park Weerribben-Wieden, with the largest marshland in northwestern Europe. An oasis of peace for plants, animals and people. In the middle of the national park a cycle path leads far away from the hustle and bustle and you can completely immerse yourself in the silence of this area. With a little luck you may spot a kingfisher or even an otter (the symbol of the park). Continue through Kalenberg, a village that until the 1950s was only accessible by boat. A winding route through a rural landscape with narrow fields surrounded by dikes leads you to the beautiful town of Giethoorn.

Day 6: Giethoorn – Lelystad, sailing day

Today you can take a full sailing day and make yourself comfortable on board. If you wish, you can assist the captain with the sailing again. In the early afternoon, the Elizabeth arrives in Lelystad, the capital of Flevoland province. Flevoland consists almost entirely of land reclaimed from the IJsselmeer. In the evening, after the ship has docked at the harbor, you will enjoy a real captain’s dinner on board.

Day 7: Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler – Amsterdam, approx. 20 - 29 km

In the morning you can visit the interesting Batavia shipyard. Or you can go to Batavia Stad, an outlet center with many famous brands. After breakfast your last bike tour starts. You will cycle through the Oostvaardersplassen, an almost untouched natural area. Parts of this route wind through forested areas, while others offer panoramic views of vast grasslands and marshes. This is a true paradise for birdwatchers. The ship will be waiting for you in the small harbor of Oostvaardersdiep to sail you back to Amsterdam.

Day 8: Amsterdam

After breakfast disembarkation until 9.30 am. Individual departure or extension in Amsterdam.


Due to different wind and weather conditions, as well as organizational necessities, we reserve the right to change the itinerary. The skipper and his crew discuss the possibilities daily with the guests and will do everything to offer you an unforgettable, varied and active week.


Included services

  • 7 nights accommodation in the cabin category booked with shower and lavatory 

  • Full board (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches or packed lunch, 7 three-course-dinners)

  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible) 

  • Cabin cleaning 1x per week

  • Daily briefing of bike trips by the crew

  • GPS Tracks

  • All port and lock charges

  • Detailed Maps and information material per cabin

  • WIFI

  • For the environment’s benefit:
    1 biodegradable water bottle
    The emmitted CO² during this trip will be compensated by the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
    • S2   08.06. - 15.06.24
    • S2   15.06. - 22.06.24
    • S2   22.06. - 29.06.24
    • S2   29.06. - 06.07.24
    • S2   06.07. - 13.07.24
    • S2   13.07. - 20.07.24
    • S2   20.07. - 27.07.24
    • S2   27.07. - 03.08.24
    • S2   03.08. - 10.08.24
    • S2   10.08. - 17.08.24
    • S2   17.08. - 24.08.24
    • S2   24.08. - 31.08.24
    • S2   31.08. - 07.09.24
    • S1   07.09. - 14.09.24


    Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
    Children 0-15,99 years  -15%
    Bicycle & equipment
    7-speed-bike-Unisex 90
    E-bike 225
    Helmet-rental 10
    Parking own bicycle 10
    Parking own E-bike 25
    Additional nights Amsterdam
    S1* (dbl/sgl) 119/206
    S1* Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 150/238
    S2** (dbl/sgl) 169/256
    S2** Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 200/288
    Canal Tour Amsterdam, duration approx. 60 min 16
    Gluten and lactosefree diet (payable locally) 65
    Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicyle 10
    Limitation of liability (damage) rental E-bike 25


    *S1: March to October except dates from S2
    **S2: Fair dates March 29-31, April 20, April 26-28, May 09-11, May 17-19
    A minimum stay of 2 nights is required on these dates!

    Locked dates: May 13-16, June 05, June 13-19, July 05-11, September 13-17, September 25-28

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR


    Welcome aboard the ELIZABETH!


    The impressive clipper built in 1913 boasts a plush interior design. During the painstaking renovation to become a modern passenger sailing vessel great attention was paid to retaining the original features of the characteristic Dutch flat bottom boat. Roomy cabins with ensuite shower and lavatory, a large salon with bar and a snug seating area ensure your stay will be comfortable.

    Technical data

    Capacity: 20 - 35 Passengers
    Length: 41m
    Width: 6,90m
    Sail surface: 445m²


    The vessel has a total of 10 guest cabins with two single beds. Some of the cabins can be booked as a three-bed or four-bed cabin (the third and fourth beds as bunks). Eight cabins are located on the lower deck, two cabins on the upper deck. All cabins are approx. 8 square meters. You can open a window or porthole in all the cabins. All cabins have a 220-volt socket.


    Full board (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches or packed lunch, 7 three-course dinners)

    Guests with any kind of food intolerance or special diets, are asked to inform us directly with your booking. According to the needed diet it may be necessary to charge a supplement. No supplement will be charged for vegetarian meals.

    Languages on board

    German, English



    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rental:

    • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and 7-or 8-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
    • E-Bikes
    • Other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!

    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.

    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles is ony available in a limited number and a fee needs to be paid as there is not much space. Due to safety reasons you must not charge your E-Bike batteries in your cabin!

    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes.

    Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.



    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schipol (AMS)
    From here every 10 min. trains to Amsterdam main station (Amsterdam Centraal) approx. € 6,- per way. From there take a taxi or a bus (approx. 20 mins).

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal
    The berth is not far from the railway station.

    Arrival by car

    Almost everywhere in Amsterdam - within the Ringweg ring road - parking is only allowed in official car parks and multi-storey car parks. Parking in the city centre of Amsterdam is now charged at around €5,-/hour. There are several car parks in the city centre. Some are connected to the parking guidance system. The blue and white signs of this system point to the next car park where there are still free spaces. Parking on yellow kerbs is prohibited. Caution: Wheel clamps (Wielklemm) may be used. Fines for parking violations are high.

    Oosterdock car park
    A monitored multi-storey car park right next to the Central Station (exclusively for cars up to 2.10 m high). The economy rate is about € 275,- per week. No advance reservation possible. You can find more information >>here.

    Centralparking.nl/Valet Parking Services
    We are happy to reserve a parking space for you on request and subject to availability. On the day of arrival, your car will be picked up at the pier and returned to the ship on the day of departure. Cost per week (8 days/7 nights) - car: approx. € 175,- (payment in cash on site) >>booking-form.

    For more information and other P+R parking spaces, please visit the Iamsterdam page under "Plan your trip" / "Transport" / "Parking in Amsterdam".


    Minimum: 10 participants

    Additional Information

    Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, supplement € 65,- payable locally. (except vegan diet) This requirement must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.




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