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Discover North Holland by Bike + Boat MV SERENA

from/to Enkhuizen

map Northern Holland by bike + boat Serena

Route

Tour profile / Level 1

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

Day 1: Enkhuizen

Individual arrival to Enkhuizen. Embarkation in the afternoon up from 4 pm. Perhaps you take a first short walk through the pretty harbor town with its charming old town.

Day 2: Round trip Enkhuizen, approx. 29 - 36 km

Today you will discover the pretty harbor town on the banks of the IJsselmeer and its beautiful surroundings. 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 Zuiderzee museum.

If you would like to make a day trip to Amsterdam: The Enkhuizen train station is within walking distance of the berth. There are train connections to Amsterdam and back every 30 minutes. Duration approx. 1 h (ticket not incl.)

Day 3: Enkhuizen – Lemmer, Around Lemmer, approx. 33 - 41 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. Tip: visit of the largest still-functioning steam pumping station in the world, "Woudagemaal".

Day 4: Lemmer – Stavoren – Texel, approx. 32 - 41 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, Oudeschild – Den Helder, approx. 29 - 49 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 (31/49/70 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. 27 - 57 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: Alkamaar – Wormerveer – Hoorn, approx. 55 km

In the morning you start from Wormerveer to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc). After your visit you will continue in the direction of Volendam. On the way you have the opportunity to visit a cheese dairy in Katwoude. Here you can see how Gouda cheese and the traditional Dutch wooden shoes are made. Via Volendam, known as a traditional fishing village with typical authentic cottages, you cycle to Hoorn. For a short visit of the 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) you should take some time.

Day 8: Enkhuizen

Early in the morning shipping to Enkhuizen. Individual departure. Disembarkation after breakfast until 9 am.

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.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities

  • Fullboard (7x breakfast, packed lunch, 7x 3-course 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 & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   23.03. - 30.03.24
    S1   30.03. - 06.04.24
    S2   06.04. - 13.04.24
    S2   13.04. - 20.04.24
    S3   20.04. - 27.04.24
    S3   27.04. - 04.05.24
    S4   04.05. - 11.05.24
    S4   11.05. - 18.05.24
    S4   18.05. - 25.05.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   25.05. - 01.06.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   01.06. - 08.06.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   08.06. - 15.06.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   15.06. - 22.06.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   22.06. - 29.06.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   29.06. - 06.07.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   06.07. - 13.07.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   13.07. - 20.07.24
    S4   20.07. - 27.07.24
    S4   27.07. - 03.08.24
    S4   03.08. - 10.08.24
    FULLY BOOKED
    S4   10.08. - 17.08.24
    S4   17.08. - 24.08.24
    S4   24.08. - 31.08.24
    S4   31.08. - 07.09.24
    S3   07.09. - 14.09.24
    S3   14.09. - 21.09.24
    S2   21.09. - 28.09.24
    S2   28.09. - 05.10.24
    S1   05.10. - 12.10.24

    Extras

    Child discount
    on request
     
    Bicycle & equipment
    7-speed-bike UNISEX (back pedal brake or hand brakes only) incl. insurance 89
    E-bike incl. insurance 199
    Bringing of own bike/e-bike 29
       
    Extras
    special diet (payable on spot) 25-50
     
    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

     

    *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 aboard 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 people
    Length: 90m
    Width: 9,90m
    Height: 7,40m
    Draft: 1,65m
    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/toilet and ventilation.


    Catering

    The catering consists of 7 x full board. The chef 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, a lunch snack will be served on board.


    Languages on Board

    German, English

    Bicycle

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    Touring bikes

    Our bikes are state-of-the-art quality bikes based on proven brand quality of the bicycle manufactory Velo de Ville. All Velo de Ville bikes use only braking systems from renowned manufacturers such as Magura or Shimano. Minimum body height for our rental bikes: 1.50 m

    The following rental bikes (including pannier) are available for you:

    • 7-speed UNISEX touring bikes
    • 8-speed E-bikes

    E-bikes | Electrical bikes | Pedeclecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes (pedelecs) with Nexus 8-speed hub gears, gradually selectable aid of pedaling power, puncture-proof tires and deep UNISEX comfort entry. The electric bikes from Velo de Ville are equipped exclusively with Bosch mid-mounted motors and fully integrated 500 Wh Bosch batteries. The design of the batteries allows them to almost disappear into the frame. This gives you better weight distribution and a low center of gravity without missing the convenience of easy entry. You save your battery by starting with as low a support as possible and increasing as needed. Please note that with the newer models of our e-bikes it is not possible to attach handlebar bags due to the additional fixed speedometers and wider handlebars.

    IMPORTANT: Please reserve ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.


    Breakdowns

    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.


    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.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    per train to Enkhuizen- duration approx. 1 h

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Enkhuizen (near the docking station)

    Arrival by car

    Parking: Free parking at the train station in Enkhuizen, located directly at the harbour, within walking distance of the berth. No reservation possible.


    Embarkation

    Embarkation is from 4 pm.
    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 approx. € 25-50 payable locally. (except vegan cost) Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

    The trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

    Bringing of own bikes/helmets
    Please bring your own helmets as there are no rental helmets available!
    The bringing of own bikes/e-bikes is limited available against a surcharge and only on request!

    Videos

    Travel stories

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    What a joy to be back in The Netherlands on a bike and boat tour in the spring time!... S.M. 05/22
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    At Last!

    Overall: What a joy to be back in The Netherlands on a bike and boat tour in the spring time! Highlights Towns of Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Lemmer, Sloten and Stavoren visited on this tour. The natural world: trees in blossom, spring flowers, water ...
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    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
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    • Bicycle + equipment 6
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    5.1 01.05.2022 | Stephen M. Discover North Holland by Bike + Boat MV SERENA

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    Overall: While it embodies the modern — just look at the startling architecture in its bigger towns and cities — wherever you go in the Netherlands, history abounds. Even much of the countryside is the result of the centuries-old battle ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 4
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    Review of holiday tour on MS Serena in Holland

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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, ...
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    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
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