from/to Amsterdam By bike & boat 2019 - North Holland - De Holland
Explore areas steeped in tradition in the level "Polderland" on your bike and boat tour in Holland on the North Sea and romantic harbour towns on the IJsselmeer. You cycle through the former sea area and marshland which was drained for over 3 centuries slowly with the help of windmills. Fertile Polderland sceneries, quiet cycle paths, the miles long North Sea beach and the breath-taking sandy dunes alternate on your bike and boat holiday in North Holland. The North Sea Island Texel counts for many visitors to the climaxes of their cycling holiday in Holland. Charming sceneries, small dreamy farming villages and picturesque harbour towns in the Ijsselmeer are typical for the second part of the bike and boat trip in North Holland. Your bike and boat trip in Holland offers still much more places of interest: the open-air museum "Zaanse Schans", the old town of Alkmaar and the harbour towns of Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn and Volendam. Of course the canal town of Amsterdam is climaxes of the north route through the province Noord Holland.
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Detailed information about this offer
- 7 nights on board the De Holland in comfortable booked outer cabins with shower/WC
- daily full board (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunches/7x 3-course dinner)
- afternoon coffee and tea on board at 4 pm
- welcome drink and information meeting
- daily cleaning of cabin
- bed linen and towels (changes of towels daily if requested)
- guide and tour information on board
- 2 city stroll (Zaandam, Enkhuizen) with the tour guide
- 1 evening with live music on board of De Holland
- use of WiFi in the lounge of De Holland
- map- and information material per cabin
- all harbour, locks and bridge taxes
Day 1 - Individual arrival to AmsterdamIndividual arrival in Amsterdam for your bike and boat holiday and embarkation on board of the De Holland is from 2 pm. Take the opportunity to go shopping, to explore downtown Amsterdam, to make a canal cruise or to visit a museum. Welcome drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.
Day 2 - Boat trip Amsterdam–Zaandam, Zaandam––„Zaanse Schans“–Alkmaar, approx. 44 km by bikeThe first bike trip of this tour takes you via small villages through the beautiful flat and green polder landscape. The first stop is at the Zaanse Schans open air museum (free entry) with its traditional Old Dutch wooden houses, windmills and the cheese- and clog factory. After this visit you will cycle through the “Land of Leeghwater”, a green polder area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. Stroll through the former whaler's village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. Your ship De Holland will be waiting for you near the historical city centre of Alkmaar.
Day 3 - Alkmaar–Alkmaar, bike tour approx. 33-40 km, boat trip Alkmaar– Den HelderToday 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 centre. In the afternoon De Holland will sail over the North-Holland Canal to the navy harbour of Den Helder.
Day 4 - Boat trip Helder–Oudeschild, North Sea Island round trip from/to Oudeschild, your choice approx. 15–65 km by bike, boat trip Texel–Den OeverDuring breakfast De Holland will sail to the isle of Texel, where you can make a tour on the largest of the Dutch North Sea Isles. You will cycle through beautiful natural parks and have the opportunity for a stop and some bathing at the beach. Suggestion: Cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 25 miles) through picturesque villages and landscapes and visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” At the end of your cycling tour you can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild. During dinner De Holland will return to the mainland and sail to Den Oever. The highlight of the evening will be a night of live music on board.
Day 5 - Boat trip Den Oever–Stavoren, Stavoren round trip south-west–Friesland, bike tour approx. 43-55 kmThe vessel will cross the large inland lake IJsselmeer to sail to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. You can choose a shorter or longer cycling tour: Discover the nature area of Gaasterland or explore a part of the wide Lake District that Friesland is well-known for. You can also combine both options. Night in the small harbour of Stavoren, one of the famous traditional 11 cities of Friesland.
Day 6 - Stavoren-Medemblik, Medemblik–Hoorn–Enkhuizen, bike tour approx. 30–50 kmDe Holland will cross the IJsselmeer again during breakfast. Take the short bike trip from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer coast directly to Enkhuizen, where you can spend the afternoon. Enkhuizen is an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. The “herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbour, an historical old town centre and the very interesting Zuiderzee Museum. If you prefer a longer cycling tour, ride from Medemblik to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, in the 17th century one of the world's leading harbours. Enjoy your lunch break and make a short stroll in the old city centre. Continue by bike to Enkhuizen via some picturesque rural villages. In the evening you can join a short city walk.
Day 7 - Boat trip Enkhuizen–Volendam, Volendam–Waterland–Amsterdam, bike tour approx. 35–50 kmDuring breakfast the ship will sail to Volendam. Your final day of cycling will lead you through the beautiful area of Waterland, with its hundreds of small lakes and tiny canals. Near Volendam you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. Recommended (extra cycling miles) is a tour to the former island of Marken, to continue through the water shaped region of Waterland back to the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn't go for a canal cruise on the first day, you can do so today.
Day 8 - Individual departure to AmsterdamAfter breakfast disembarkation from the De Holland and individual departure from your bike and boat holiday in Holland.
River cruise ship: „ De Holland”
De Holland is a 257 ft. long and 24 ft. wide cozy river cruise ship. The vessel has 34 cabins for max. 68-72 passengers. All of the rooms are well-equipped outside cabins.
The lower deck has 24 twin cabins. All cabins (approx. 108 sq. ft.) have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets, 2 single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and bath products and a window (2.55 ft. x 1.28 ft.) that – for safety reasons – cannot be opened. Three “regular” twin cabins in the front have single beds, set in L-shape, and an additional Pullman Bed as optional third bed. Five twin cabins and 16 “superior” twin cabins have separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (78 x 62 inches). The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to engine room, stairs and salon and/or (in 3 cases) beds set in L-shape (optional triple cabin).
The upper deck offers 9 identical superior twin cabins (accommodation: s. lower deck) and 1 suite. The suite (approx. 140 sq. ft.) has the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but is larger and – in addition – also has a mini-bar and a sofa bed as optional third bed. All upper premium deck cabins and the suite have a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a regular window.
Beds in most cabins are normally set as hotel-style beds (78 x 62 inches) or, optional, on previous request, can be arranged as 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches).
De Holland has a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. WiFi is available for guests in the salon (limited data packages included / additional data packages can be purchased online).
On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.
Inside areas of DE HOLLAND are non-smoking areas; the sun deck has a smokers’ area.
Onboard languages: English/German (international guests, international crew.
Year built: 1952; full refit: winter 2017-2018; registry/flag: Dutch; length: 78.25 m (257 ft.), width: 7.32 m (24 ft.)
Passenger capacity: 68-72; cabins: 34; number of crew: 11.
Currency on board: Euro. Accepted cards: Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard (only with PIN).
Rates and additional services to book
Arrival: 06.04.2019 - 05.10.2019
fully booked: 13.04.2019 – 14.09.2019
Arrival: 06.04.2019 - 05.10.2019
Simply enter the discount code when booking: AUT2019
Bike hire (7-speed-unisex bike)
€ 75,- per stay
Electrically powered bike
€ 175,- per stay
Rent bike helmet:
€ 10,- per stay