Northern Holland by Bike + Boat SERENA
    • Travelcode: 195

    Northern Holland by Bike + Boat SERENA

    North Holland and Friesland

    • 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. Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your swimming hotel MS SERENA will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the passing countryside.

       

       

      Tour profile / Level 1

      Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads. Also ideal for children.

      Itinerary June 06 - Oct. 03 (except Aug. 15)

      Day 1: Amsterdam

      Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation in the afternoon between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Maybe you will take some time for exploring the city of Amsterdam and a shopping tour. At 5:30 p.m. MS SERENA will leave Amsterdam for Hoorn with its historical old part of town.

      Day 2: Hoorn - Enkhuizen, approx. 20 - 26 km

      Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17th century (e.g. the Regentur of Westfriesland – today a museum -, the town’s scales at the Rodesteen, the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quai). Today you are cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. Tip: you should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum (optional).

      Day 3: Around  Lemmer, approx. 32 - 45  km

      Today you are shipping over the IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You are starting your roundtrip by bike: over the Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer, further to Munnekeburen, then around the Rottige Meente over Scherpenzel and Schoterzijl back to Lemmer with its historical old part of town and beautiful gable houses.

      Day 4: Lemmer - Stavoren, approx. 33 km

      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 Oudeschild on the Island of Texel.

      Day 5: Island of Texel, approx. up to 70 km

      You are going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands – Texel. There are numerous alternative routes (29/32/47/70 km). Tip: We also recommend you to visit the beer brewery of Texel (optional). About 6:00 p.m. shipping back to Den Helder.

      Day 6: Den Helder - Sint Maartensvlotbrug - Alkmaar, approx. 25 - 55 km

      In the morning you are cycling through the dunes to Alkmaar. It is possible for you to go on board MS SERENA in St. Maartensvlotburg and ship the rest of the way to Alkmaar. As an alternative, you can also start your cycling tour in St. Maartensvlotburg.

      Day 7: Wormerveer - Amsterdam, approx. 35 km

      In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar (ca. April to Sept). At midday we are shipping to Wormerveer from where you are cycling to the open air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc. – entrance fee is not included). You are cycling through the recreational area Twiske to Amsterdam. Tip: In the evening you have the opportunity to take part in a “Grachtenrundfahrt”. (shipping on the channels of Amsterdam in small boats, optional)

      Day 8: Amsterdam

      Individual departure. Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.00 a.m.

       

      Modified Itinerary March 28 - May 30 (closed lock in Zaandam)

      Day 1: Amsterdam

      Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation in the afternoon between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Maybe you will take some time for exploring the city of Amsterdam and a shopping tour. At 5:30 p.m. MS SERENA will leave Amsterdam for Hoorn with its historical old part of town.

      Day 2: Hoorn - Enkhuizen, approx. 20 - 26 km

      Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17th century (e.g. the Regentur of Westfriesland – today a museum -, the town’s scales at the Rodesteen, the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quai). Today you are cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. Tip: you should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum (optional).

      Day 3: Around  Lemmer, approx. 32 - 45  km

      Today you are shipping over the IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You are starting your roundtrip by bike: over the Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer, further to Munnekeburen, then around the Rottige Meente over Scherpenzel and Schoterzijl back to Lemmer with its historical old part of town and beautiful gable houses.

      Day 4: Lemmer - Stavoren, approx. 33 km

      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 Oudeschild on the Island of Texel.

      Day 5: Island of Texel, approx. up to 70 km

      Discover the beautiful West Frisian island. You are going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands – Texel. There are numerous alternative routes (29/32/47/70 km). In the late afternoon shipping to Medemblik.

      Day 6: Medemblik - Hoorn, approx. 24 - 38 km

      Today’s destination of your cycle tour is once again the magnificent town of Hoorn. The past of the mighty East Indian Company, which maintained trade relations with Asian countries in the 17th and 18th centuries, can still be seen everywhere.

      Day 7: Zaandam - Amsterdam, approx. 25 km

      Early in the morning shipping from Hoorn to Zaandam. Start of your cycle tour. Don’t miss a visit to the Zaanse Schans open-air museum (windmills, old Dutch village, cheese dairy, etc.). Through the local recreation area "Twiske" you cycle comfortably back to Amsterdam.

      Day 8: Amsterdam

      Individual departure. Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.00 a.m.

      Important Information:

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport:
      Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
      per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - costs approx. € 5.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station:
      Amsterdam Centraal (near the docking station)

      Some docking locations are in 5-10-minute walking distance from the main station (f.e.: Tolhuis/Buiksloterweg:please take the pedestrian ferry “Buiksloterweg”, departure in front of the main station exit to the water side).

      For some docks, we recommend to take a taxi from the main staion Amsterdam Centraal (exit city centre).

      You will receive the detailled describtion with the travel documents.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking:

      Parking Oosterdok: economy fare approx.€ 20/day

      or

      Valet Parking Services
      costs about € 145/week. (payable in advance, reservation necessary, latest by 2 weeks prior departure)
      Your car will be picked up on arrival day at the docking station and will be brought to the parking place.
      You can download the application form HERE and return it to us per mail, fax or e-mail to office@radreisen.at

      More information for  P+R-places you can find under www.iamsterdam.com/en


      EMBARKATION

      Embarkation is between 3 and 4:30 p.m.
      Due to organizational reasons it is not possible to go on board earlier.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 50 persons
      Maximum: 99 persons


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, supplement € 25, payable locally.
      (except vegan cost)
      Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

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    • Included Services:

      • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities
         
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
         
      • coffee or tea in the afternoon
         
      • welcome drink
         
      • daily meeting for cycling tours
         
      • tour guide on board
         
      • room cleaning every day
         
      • changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
         
      • all charges for harbours, bridges and locks
         
      • GPS
         
      • maps and information material per cabin

       

    • Dates / Availability

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      S1 28.03. - 04.04.20 changed route!
      S2 04.04. - 11.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S3 11.04. - 18.04.20 changed route!
      S4 18.04. - 25.04.20 changed route!
      S4 25.04. - 02.05.20 changed route!
      S5 02.05. - 09.05.20 changed route!
      S5 09.05. - 16.05.20 changed route!
      S5 16.05. - 23.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 23.05. - 30.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 30.05. - 06.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 06.06. - 13.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 13.06. - 20.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 20.06. - 27.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 27.06. - 04.07.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 04.07. - 11.07.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 11.07. - 18.07.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 18.07. - 25.07.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S5 25.07. - 01.08.20
      S5 01.08. - 08.08.20
      S5 08.08. - 15.08.20
      S5 15.08. - 22.08.20
      S5 22.08. - 29.08.20
      S5 29.08. - 05.09.20
      S4 05.09. - 12.09.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S3 12.09. - 19.09.20
      S3 19.09. - 26.09.20
      S2 26.09. - 03.10.20
      S1 03.10. - 10.10.20 FULLY BOOKED

      Extras

      Discounts for children
      0 - 12,99 years  -20% on the tourprice up from 1 full paying person
      (3rd bed not available)
       
      Bicycle & equipment
      7-speed-bike UNISEX (back pedal brake) 75
      E-bike 165
         
      Additional night Amsterdam 3-4*
      S1* (dbl/sgl) 89/154
      S1* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 113/200
      S2* (dbl/sgl) 93/160
      S2* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 117/209

      *S1: March, April, May, June, September, October
      *S2: July, August


      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 on board of the MV SERENA!

      The MV SERENA is a comfortable river boat with restaurant and bar (air-conditioned). There is a partly roofed sundeck with seats and store place for the bicycles.



      Technical data

      Capacity   99 persons
      Length   90m
      Width   9,90 m
      Height   7,40 m
      Draft   1,65 m
      Decks   3

       

       


       

       


      Cabins

      33 cabins on the main deck

      18 cabins on the upper deck

      The 2-bed-cabins on both decks are about  8-9 sqm with two single beds.

      The two Junior-Suites (approx. 12 sqm) on the main deck have a grandlit (lying surface 1,40 x 2,00 m).

      There are in total 3 single cabins (2 on the main deck and 1 on the upper deck, 6 sqm).

      All cabins on both decks have windows that can be opened, shower/WC and ventilation.


      Catering

      The catering consists of 7 x full board.

      The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and the 3-course dinner.

      The cyclists can prepare lunch packages for the cycle tours. For those who want to stay on board lunch snack will be served on board.

       For more information please refer to  www.msserena.nl.


       Languages on Board

       German, English

       

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      7-speed-bikes UNISEX with back pedal brake

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake

      with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.


      E-bike

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
      Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Additional information
      Bicycle 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 touroperator/local representative and their approval.

      You will have the opportunity to take out an insurance for the bicycle (not for own bicycles) for the whole journey.


      Own Bikes
      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.


    • 6,0 30.09.2019 | David O. Northern Holland by Bike + Boat SERENA

      Review of holiday tour on MS Serena in Holland

      We had a fantastic holiday. The food was amazing, the staff, tour guide, the tour chief and the captain were all most helpful and friendly. Any small problems were dealt with immediately and the only hiccups were out of the control of the staff. Only ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,5 08.04.2019 | Helen R. Northern Holland by Bike + Boat SERENA

      Excellent trip!

      We had a great holiday. The boat was comfortable, food good and the bikes excellent. The cycle routes were well thought out and there were some wonderful rides. We were the only English speakers on the tour but this didn?t matter as the tour guides, ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,0 28.06.2018 | Sandi F. Northern Holland by Bike + Boat MV SERENA

      We loved the MS Serena and our Tours

      We were pleasantly surprised with the ship, the accommodations and the Board. The bikes also surpassed our expectations. The crew was amazing and our tour guide, Andreas, was encouraging and very helpful. We have already highly recommended the trip to ...
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 3
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,9 06.06.2016 | Cheryle P. Northern Holland by Bike & Boat MV SERENA

      Northern Holland 2016

      Maps of recommended tripsShould have approximate distance of routes. Distance scale in mapsDirections Hard to find, perhaps use other forms of signage together with those used. Signage in Netherlands complicated which makes it difficult for mapping. ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,7 25.04.2016 | Maria M. Northern Holland by Bike & Boat MV SERENA

      My North Holland Spring Tour.

      Wonderful organisation, staff and travel companions all helped to make my cycling tour a marvellous experience . The spring weather was mostly kind to us, and the peace emanating from the animals in the fields and the sky lifted my spirits. As the briefings ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      4,4 20.07.2015 | Bruce L. Northern Holland by Bike & Boat MV SERENA

      Overall a Very Good Trip

      This was the second boat/bike tour taken. The first was on the Danube in Austria/Germany/Hungary. We really enjoyed spending a week in Holland. The towns, scenery and bike paths were all excellent. The staff and boat crew were all consistently helpful, ...
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 4
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,2 06.07.2015 | Jean-Claude J. Northern Holland by Bike & Boat MV SERENA

      Good but boat not very comfortable due to high temperature and lack of AC in the cabins

      Very good rad trip with e.bike of perfect quality (range, assistance,...).We regret one thing: consideering the price of the trip, the comfort (AC) of the boat was under the normal requirements; Only german language on the boat (fortunately we had the ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 5
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more
      4,1 05.05.2015 | Sharon C. Northern Holland by Bike & Boat MV SERENA

      Northern Holland Serena

      We understood this was a German English tour The staff on the Serena made it very clear they only wanted to do things in German Welcome introduction one and half hour in German only Staff introduced German only The boat only had 44 passengers and 8 had ...
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 2
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 4
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 4
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