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North Sea & IJsselmeer by Bike + Boat / Guided

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Flat, well-prepared bike paths and side roads - well suited for children!

Day 1: Amsterdam – Zaandam – Zaanse Schans, approx. 8 km

Embarkation and check-in from 14:00, where the crew will welcome you on board in the city center of Amsterdam. Around 15:00, the ship will sail to Zaandam, where you will embark on your first cycle tour to the Zaanse Schans open-air museum.

Day 2: Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar, approx. 29 - 40 km

From Zaanse Schas, you cycle through the polder area ’Land des Leeghwater’ to the former whaling village of De Rijp. You then cycle past the windmills of Schermerhorn towards Alkmaar, where your boat is already waiting for you.

Day 3: Alkmaar – St. Maartensvlotbrug – Den Helder – Texel, approx. 30 - 53 km

The day starts with a tour to the North Sea, where you can explore the impressive dune area of North Holland. In Den Helder you will meet your ship, which will take you across the Wadden Sea to the island of Texel, weather permitting (alternative crossing the next day).

Day 4: Texel Island round tour/ Texel – Medemblik, approx. 43 - 48 km

If the weather conditions prevented the ship from crossing the previous day, there is the option of taking the ferry to the island of Texel today. Once there, you will cycle through nature reserves, charming landscapes and picturesque villages. Tip: Plan a stop at the seal sanctuary and the Ecomare nature museum! In the afternoon, return to the mainland by boat or ferry.

Day 5: Medemblik – Enkhuizen, approx. 39 - 51 km

Today the tour takes you along the coast of the IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen. Both the famous inland sea and the town of Enkhuizen have their own charm and invite you to linger. In Enkhuizen for example, visit the historic harbor or the old city center. Dinner is not included today - take the opportunity to try out one of the nice restaurants in town!

Day 6: Enkhuizen – Hoorn, approx. 23 - 35 km

Today’s route takes you to Hoorn, the former city of the Dutch East India Company. In the 17th century, Hoorn was considered one of the most important ports in the world. Nowadays you can explore the city on foot and marvel at the historic old town.

Day 7: Hoorn – Volendam – Amsterdam, approx. 23 - 45 km

After breakfast, your ship arrives in Volendam. Your last cycle tour starts from here. You cycle back to Amsterdam through the impressive Waterland, which is criss-crossed by canals and small lakes. The afternoon is at your disposal - take a stroll through the city and explore the many sights of Amsterdam!

Day 8: Amsterdam

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 am.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to varying wind and weather conditions as well as organizational necessities, we reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary.

Please keep in mind that the ship is both your hotel and a machine that needs to be maintained and operated - both during the day and at night. Operational noise is therefore unavoidable.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabin of the booked category 

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunch for bike tours, 6x three-course dinner)

  • Coffee and tea on board

  • Welcome drink

  • Use of bed linen and towels

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Daily informational talks

  • Fully guided bike tours

  • Waterproof pannier

  • Ferry and Waterbus fees

  • WIFI (limited data)

  • GPS tracks

  • Detailed maps and information material per cabin

  • For the environment’s benefit:
    1 biodegradable water bottle.
    The CO2 emitted during this trip will be compensated by the non-profit organization Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   27.04. - 04.05.24
    MV GANDALF
    S2   04.05. - 11.05.24
    MV GANDALF
    S2   20.07. - 27.07.24
    MV GANDALF
    S2   27.07. - 03.08.24
    MV GANDALF
    S2   14.09. - 21.09.24
    MV GANDALF

    Extras

    Bicycles & Equipment
    7-speed (SARAH and GANDALF) 90
    24-speed (FLORA) 90
    E-Bike 225
    own bike/own E-bike 10/25
    Helmet 10
    Rental bike disclaimer 10
    Rental bike disclaimer 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
       
    Extras and Discouts
    Ticket canal cruise Amsterdam, duration approx.. 60 min. 16
    Gluten free or lactose free diet 65
    3rd bed in Cabin (up to 15,99 yrs) S1 -60
    3rd bed in Cabin (up to 15,99 yrs) S2 -100

     

    *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

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    Our three ships convince with comfort and a pleasant atmosphere - let Flora, Gandalf and Sarah enchant you!


    MV FLORA

    The Flora is a small, cozy and comfortable passenger ship that has been successfully sailing the Green Heart of Holland Tour for several years.
    The nostalgically furnished salon with bar has a quaint atmosphere and serves as a dining and lounge area. WLAN (Wi-Fi) is available. The sun deck is a great place to enjoy the evenings on board and during the cruise you can let the landscape glide by. >>more


    MV GANDALF

    The Gandalf is a small and comfortable passenger barge. The ship, owned and operated by skipper Hans Petrus, sails under Dutch flag has been sailing in various areas in The Netherlands and Belgium for many years. The crew will do their best to make you feel at home. >>more


    MV SARAH

    The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, "feels-like-to-be-at-home" atmosphere. >>more

    Bicycle

    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rent:

    • 7-speed touring bikes (available on SARAH and GANDALF)
    • 24-speed touring bikes (FLORA)
    • E-Bikes (all ships)

    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 on the boats 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.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 
    From airport per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - costs approx. € 6,-.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal (near the docking station) For details see your final travel documents.

    Taxi from Trainstation to docking station approx. 5min and € 15,-


    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".


    Additional Information

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

    3-bed cabin just possible for max. 2 adults and one child up to 15,99 years!

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