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North of Holland & Friesland by Bike + Boat

open water, flat rural land, picturesque harbour towns - the "Northern tour"

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Tour profile / Level 1

Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads, ideal for children. If you don’t want to cycle, you can stay on the house boat.

Day 1: Amsterdam – Zaandam

Individual arrival in Amsterdam. Embarkation between 2 pm and 4.30 pm. Take the opportunity to explore the city center, go shopping, take a canal tour or visit a museum. At 5 pm welcome drink and safety briefing, first dinner and tour briefing on board. During dinner the ship departs for Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar, approx. 44 km

The first tour takes you through small villages and the beautiful flat and green polder country. The first stop is the open-air museum "Zaanse Schans" (free entrance), an old traditional village with quaint wooden houses, a cheese dairy, a traditional clog maker and various windmills. After visiting the museum, continue cycling through the land of Leeghwater, a green, drained nature area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. Visit the former whaling village De Rijp and the museum mill Schemerhorn. In Alkmaar the ship awaits you near the historic old town.

Day 3: Alkmaar – Den Helder, approx. 33 - 40 km

Today you can discover the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This is a 5.300 hectare large forest- and dune area with its unique landscapes. In these dunes the drinking water for almost the whole province of North-Holland is gained. After a visit to the beach and artists village Bergen you will return to Alkmaar where you can visit the wonderful city center. In the afternoon the ship will sail over the North-Holland Canal to the navy harbor of Den Helder.

Day 4: Round trip North Sea island of Texel from/to ’t Horntje, approx. 34 - 51 km

After breakfast, you will take the large ferry (ticket included) from Den Helder to the island of Texel, where you can make a bike tour over the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands. You will cycle through meadows, dunes and beautiful nature reserves. Take a break at the North Sea beach and maybe a little swim or visit the seal sanctuary Ecomare. In the late afternoon you will take the ferry back to Den Helder. During dinner the ship sails across the Wadden Sea to the port of Den Oever.

Day 5: Round trip Stavoren, approx. 43 - 55 km

The ship crosses lake IJssel during breakfast to call at the port of Stavoren in the province of Friesland. Here you can decide whether you want to take a shorter or a longer cycling tour: Visit the nature area Gaasterland, roam the southern part of the famous Frisian Lake District or combine the tour. You will spend the evening in the small harbor of Stavoren, one of the eleven traditional towns of the province.

Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, approx. 39 - 51 km

Early in the morning the ship again crosses lake IJssel. After breakfast, you will take the short bike ride over the dike of lake IJssel directly to Enkhuizen, an old, historic town with a centuries-long shipping tradition, which has a beautiful harbor, a well-preserved historic city center and the extremely interesting "Zuiderzeemuseum", which you can visit in the afternoon. The longer bike tour will first take you to the VOC city of Hoorn, one of the most important world ports in the 17th century. Take a detour into the old town: it’s well worth it! Through some picturesque little farming villages, you will return to Enkhuizen in the afternoon. After dinner, a short walk is offered in Enkhuizen.

Day 7: Enkhuizen – Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam, approx. 28 - 50 km

Early in the morning the ship sails to Volendam. On your last day of cycling, you will discover the beautiful region of "Waterland" with its countless small lakes, ditches and canals. And if you want to cycle a few extra kilometers, be sure to make a detour to the former island of Marken, and then cycle through the waterlogged landscape of Waterland back to the capital city of Amsterdam. Here you’ll have all afternoon and evening to look around Amsterdam. If you haven’t done a canal tour on the first day, for example, you can do so now.

Day 8: Amsterdam

Individual departure. Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 am.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to different wind and weather conditions as well as organizational necessities we reserve the right to change the route.

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 booked category

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunch, 7x three-course dinner)

  • Coffee and tea daily until 4 pm

  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily on request)

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Welcome drink

  • Daily informational talks

  • On board tour guide (German, English, Dutch), the tour guide is on the road by bike during the day and can always be reached by cell phone

  • Some short tours with the tour guide

  • Music evening on board

  • Wi-Fi in the ship’s restaurant (data credit is not included)

  • GPS tracks

  • Waterproof pannier

  • Ticket ferry to the island of Texel

  • 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 through the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    Information
    Booking
    • S1   30.03. - 06.04.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • CANCELLED
    • S1   06.04. - 13.04.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S2   13.04. - 20.04.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S2   20.04. - 27.04.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S3   27.04. - 04.05.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   04.05. - 11.05.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   11.05. - 18.05.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   18.05. - 25.05.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   25.05. - 01.06.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   01.06. - 08.06.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   08.06. - 15.06.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   15.06. - 22.06.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   22.06. - 29.06.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   29.06. - 06.07.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   06.07. - 13.07.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   13.07. - 20.07.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   20.07. - 27.07.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   27.07. - 03.08.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   03.08. - 10.08.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   10.08. - 17.08.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   17.08. - 24.08.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   24.08. - 31.08.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   31.08. - 07.09.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S4   07.09. - 14.09.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S3   14.09. - 21.09.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S3   21.09. - 28.09.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S2   28.09. - 05.10.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S1   05.10. - 12.10.24
    • MV DE WILLEMSTAD
    • S2   14.04. - 21.04.24
    • MV DE HOLLAND
    • S3   28.04. - 05.05.24
    • MV DE HOLLAND
    • S4   26.05. - 02.06.24
    • MV DE HOLLAND
    • S4   23.06. - 30.06.24
    • MV DE HOLLAND
    • S4   18.08. - 25.08.24
    • MV DE HOLLAND

    Extras

    Bicycles & Equipment
    7-speed-UNISEX 90
    E-bike 225
    Rental helmets 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
       
    Extras
    Ticket canal tour Amsterdam, duration approx. 60 min 16
    Gluten and lactose free diet (payable locally) 65
    Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle 10
    Limitaion 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

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    On this route you can choose between the ships MV DE HOLLAND and the MV DE WILLEMSTAD. Both are very comfortable ships who will be your swimming accommodation on your tour.


    MV DE HOLLAND

    DE HOLLAND is a cozy, small river cruise ship. In the winter of 2017/2018 the ship has been completely refitted: new marshalling, spacious and more luxurious cabins and a full restyle of the interior. The vessel has 34 cabins for max. 71 passengers. All 34 cabins aboard De Holland have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. >>more


    MV DE WILLEMSTAD

    The DE WILLEMSTAD is a comfortable ship, which was is ompletely renovated and converted in 2017/2018. In the salon/bar with large panoramic windows on the upper deck, you can review the day’s experiences in a pleasant way while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine. >>more

    Bicycle

    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.

     

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    continue by train directly to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - Price approx. € 5,-


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal
    continue by bus Line 48 to the ship landing stage - duration approx. 15 min. - Price approx. € 2,90.


    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 2.10m high). The economy rate is about € 175,- 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".


    Embarkation

    Please plan your journey accordingly to be on time for embarkation between 2 pm and 4.30 pm. Thank you for your understanding, that it is not possible to go on board before embarkation started. 


    Participants

    Minimum: not required
    Maximum: 96 person

     

    Videos

    Travel stories

    5,1 of 6 Stars | 9
    This was our fourth bike & boat trip. We loved the individual touring so we could go our own pace and make stops where we wished. The instructions were excellent and biking in Holland is pretty easy even if you make a wrong turn...R.S. 05/16
    6 09.10.2023 | Yonith W. North of Holland & Friesland by Bike + Boat

    Unforgettable experience

    All was perfect very good boat - our cabin at the upper side was better than in any cruise. Staff very professional and servicial. Dinner- high level Gourmet. The ride was very good organized through beautiful places and adecuaded for our level. Thank ...
    • 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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    5.4 06.07.2022 | Francesca E. North of Holland & Friesland by Bike + Boat

    We enjoy the trip but not so much dinner time

    The time for dinner was too much long (2 hours minimum, and since we were on holiday we didn?t like follow the same timetable every day. We ask for having dinner later one day and we were told that It was not possible. It was like and obligation to have ...
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 4
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5.7 10.01.2020 | Robert S. North of Holland by Bike + Boat DE HOLLAND

    A trip not to miss - Northern Holland on the De Holland - mid July 2019

    Several years ago we had been on this trip and loved it. This time we brought our family (son, daughter-in-law and four grandsons) and they all loved it also! The ship had been refurbished with fewer cabins so they were larger and there were fewer passengers. ...
    • 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 3
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    4.6 14.10.2019 | Breege L. North of Holland by Bike + Boat DE HOLLAND

    North of Holland Tour

    Our group enjoyed the holiday. The weather was very inclement which somewhat reduced our enjoyment of the designated routes. Many of the restaurants along the route were closed for the season reopening 2020. It was very difficult to get tea or coffee ...
    • Overall satisfaction 4
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 4
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 4
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