Northern Tour by Bike + Boat / Guided
    • Travelcode: 193

    Northern Tour by Bike + Boat / Guided

    Windmills & golden beaches

    • Discover the Netherlands - the country of wind mills, tulips and canals - in a different way: Cycle through a fascinating landscape during the day and enjoy the evenings on a typical Dutch house boat. Not until the 17th Century were large parts of the area north of Amsterdam were recovered from the sea and reclaimed through the use of hundreds of windmills. It´s here that you will find the typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills and harbours.





      Tour profile / Level 1

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

      Day 1: Amsterdam

      Individual arrival. Embarkation between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Short bike round trip with approx. 15 km. Simple settlement at the mouth of the river Amstel, with open connection to the sea: this was Amsterdam in the 12th century. Back on board, after the bike ride, the programme for the next day and the rest of the week will be explained to you at dinner time.

      Day 2: Amsterdam - Volendam, approx. 46 km

      You now leave Amsterdam, which is still very quiet at this hour. A ferry takes you to the Amsterdam Noord quarter and soon you will be cycling through the rural area of Waterland. In this soggy peat land the houses and villages are hardly above the level of the water. The route continues to Volendam, today’s destination. From Volendam you sail in northerly direction towards the city of Hoorn.

      Day 3: Hoorn - Enkhuizen, approx. 30 km

      You continue on the dike with a wonderful view over the Markermeer on your right and West-Frisian villages on your left-hand side. The recently built dike from Enkhuizen to Lelystad appears on the horizon. The trip for today ends in Enkhuizen, a town which came into existence when two adjoining villages amalgamated. In Enkuizen you can visit the Zuiderzeemuseum. This museum, which consists of an indoor and outdoor part, shows you the history of everyday life around the Zuiderzee until the middle of the 20th century.

      Day 4: Enkhuizen - Medemblik, sailing to Texel, approx. 35 km

      The cycling tour starts on the Ijsselmeer dike and is then left behind to go through a nature reserve and some typical West-Frisian villages. Then Medemblik comes in sight, the oldest city of West-Friesland (1289), with an illustrious past and with Radboud castle, dating from the 13th century. At Medemblik you get on board and sail to the isle of Texel.

      Day 5: Texel, round trip, approx. 35 - 62 km

      The isle of Texel, which is one municipality, is the largest of the Dutch Waddeneilanden (Wadden islands). The average length of Texel is 20 km and the average width 8 km. Texel is highly appreciated by bird-watchers. In springtime about 80 different types of birds breed her, mainly in the dune areas, but all in all about 300 different species have been perceived on Texel. A tour around this island with its numerous cycle tracks is well worth the effort.

      Day 6: Texel - Alkmaar, approx. 60 km

      The ship takes you back to the mainland, where you disembark in the city of Den Helder. Today’s route takes you through the dunes. Your destination for today is Alkmaar, also called the City of Cheese. Its weigh-house was the first in the country (for weighing and trading of cheese).

      Day 7: Alkmaar - Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam, approx. 60 km

      After leaving Alkmaar the stage takes you through the ’droogmakerij’ land with the 17th century towns of Schermerhorn, Graft and De Rijp. In Schermerhorn three windmills ’in series’ (a ’Molendriegang’) can be seen. If you have not spent too much time at the Alkmaar cheese market you may have time to pay a visit to the Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The last stretch of the trip takes you through ’t Twiske (the Twiske) Leisure Park. In the afternoon there is still some time to go into town and after dinner you may want to finish off your trip by going on a city walk or taking a trip on one of Amsterdam’s canal boats.

      Day 8: Amsterdam

      Disembarkation after breakfast before 10 a.m., individual departure.

      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. 17 min. - costs approx. € 5.
      per taxi approx. 30 min. - costs approx. € 50.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station:

      Amsterdam Centraal

      The docking place is in walking distance (about 10 to 15 minutes) from Amsterdam Centraal.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking:

      Parking Oosterdok (approx.€ 150/ week, 500 m to the docking place, near Amsterdam Centraal)
      http://www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl

      More information about parking possibilities under www.iamsterdam.com


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 12 persons


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Diet: (i.e.: glutenfree, vegan) possible on request, supplement € 50,-. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.
       


       

       

       

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in cabin with private facilities
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
      • coffee & cake in the afternoon on board
      • cycling tour guide
         
      • min. 3 city walks with tour guide
         
      • free WiFi (up to 100 Mb, limited available in lounge and on deck)
      • all ferry fares on the route
      • maps and information material per cabin
         
      • GPS-tracks (on request)
    • Dates / Availability

      Extras

      Discount for childen
      with min.1 full-paying person
      0 - 2,99 years -100%
      3 - 11,99 years -30%
         
      Bicycles & equipment
      24-speed-bike 93
      E-bike 175
      Children bike 60
      Children seat  15
      Tagalong 55
      Children trailer 199
         
      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 our Barges!

      Our barges are cozy, swimming hotels for approx. 20-30 persons with a very personal atmosphere.
       

      MV WENDING (Comfort)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capazity: 26 persons
      Length x width: 41,5 x 6,3 Meter


      Cabins:

      10 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating

      2 x 3-bed-cabins (one bed is placed over the other two), private facilities, central heating

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      MV LIZA MARLEEN (Comfort Plus)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 20 persons
      Length x width: 38 x 6,6 Meter


      Cabins:

      2 x 3-bed-cabins Superior of 15 m² with twin beds (can be placed together) and a 3rd bed , 4th bed for y child, private facilities, central heating

      8 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating

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      MV ZWAAN (Comfort Plus)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 14-15 persons
      Length x width: 34 x 6,2 Meter


      Cabins:
      all cabins with private facilities, central heating and air conditioning

      2 x 2-bed-cabins Superior (double bed)
      3 x 2-bed-cabins Standard (twin beds)
      1 x 3-bed-cabins (bunk bed and single bed)
      1 x 2-bed-cabin ECO (double bed, in front of the barge, accessible with steep stairs, smaller)


      CATERING

      Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      WIFI

      on board, limited available (free up tp 100 MB)

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      MV ANA ANTAL ( Cat. Standard Plus/Comfort)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 18 persons
      Length x width : 38 x 6,1 Meter

      Cabins:
      5 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating (Comfort)
      4 x 2-bed-cabins with bunk beds private facilities, central heating (Standard Plus)


      CATERING

      Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      WIFI

      on board, limited available (free up tp 100 MB)

       


    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      24-speed bike with a lock and a water bottle or

      E-bike

      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.

      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.

    • 5,1 11.06.2018 | Irmgard H. Northern Tour by Bike + Boat / Guided

      Wonderful way to experience Holland

      Great boat, guide, and bike. Only negative was the main meals provided - e.g. one night this was a potato salad with a few specks of bacon. Another night it was a bean stew. Expect better quality given the price paid.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 3
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,6 11.09.2017 | Jenny C. Northern Tour by Bike + Boat / Guided

      North Holland by bike

      We enjoyed our tour with our outstanding guide Hugo. We felt safe and looked after. Ellen was an excellent chef and Arnout an experienced skipper who was very welcoming. Miriam the first mate was very friendly and helpful. It would have been a nice ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,1 08.08.2016 | Anders G. Northern tour by Bike & Boat / Guided

      North of Amsterdam - polders, open landscape and water

      Boat and bike with a rather small group of people. All kind of weather: winds, rain and sunshine. Both nature and culture on this trip. Nice staff on the ship, including the biking tourguide. Good food. I could recommend it for other cyclists.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,8 17.06.2015 | Peter B. Northern tour by Bike & Boat / Guided

      Northern Holland

      I did not realise that Holland was such a beautiful country. One thinks of merely a flat country which, of course, it is but being on a bicycle tour meant we spent a lot of time off the beaten tourist track and we were knocked out by the pretty little ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more

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