Holland - boat&bike - Lake IJsselmeer and Amsterdam

A cycling and sailing tour around the lake IJsselmeer and historic harbor towns, green polder scenery and former islands Relax and enjoy on the ELIZABETH, a large traditional and beautifully appointed sailing ship.
  1. 1 Independent arrival Amsterdam

    Day 1 (Sat): Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam

    Individual arrival and embarkation between 2 and 6 pm. The vessel stays in the port of Amsterdam on the first night. In the afternoon and evening you have time to stroll around the city, visit a museum, the flea market or take a canal cruise in Amsterdam.

  2. 2 Amsterdam 35-50 km / 22-31 miles Monnickendam

    Day 2 (Sun): Biking: Amsterdam - Waterland - Monnickendam (35-50 km / 22-31 miles)

    After breakfast you take off on a bike ride through the magnificent rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages, canals and rivers. One highlight of the trip is Broek in Waterland, a picturesque spot in the center of Waterland with its wooden houses, canals and gardens. If you feel like pedaling a bit further, you can visit the island of Marken, which used to be on the Zuiderzee. The bike ride ends in the port town of Monnickendam, where you also spend the night.

  3. 3 Monnickendam 52 km / 33 miles Hoorn

    Day 3 (Mon): Biking: Monnickendam - Volendam - Edam - Hoorn (52 km / 33 miles)

    A bike ride from Monnickendam via Volendam, Edam, De Rijp and Schermerhorn to Hoorn. Along the way you can visit a cheese factory, take a break in Volendam's bustling harbor and stroll through the narrow streets of the old whaling village of de Rijp. The wealthy merchants of the 17th century built some splendid homes and warehouses, which are still well maintained today and characterize the image of the old towns. Also as you wander through Hoorn, our endpoint for today, you can marvel at many of these beautifully ornate buildings. A shorter route goes via Volendam and Edam across the IJsselmeer dike to Hoorn.

  4. 4 Hoorn 28 km / 18 miles Urk

    Day 4 (Tue): Biking: Hoorn - Enkhuizen (28 km / 18 miles) | Sailing:  Enkhuizen - Urk

    In the morning you cycle along the old dike on the IJsselmeer from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. You're expected for lunch on board the ship in the port of Enkhuizen. You then sail across the Ijsselmeer to the traditional fishing village of Urk. Take a stroll through its narrow streets, down to the beach and through the port of this picturesque village. The houses in the old village of Urk were built very close together on elevated sites as protection from flooding, which resulted in a town full of winding alleyways that are still evident today.

  5. 5 Urk 34 km / 21 miles Lemmer

    Day 5 (Wed): Biking: Urk and Schokland (34 km / 21 miles) | Sailing: Urk - Lemmer
    After breakfast you ride alongside the water to the former island of Schokland, which since land was reclaimed is now completely surrounded by terra firma. A museum documents the fate of this little island, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Attractive cycle paths run alongside the former coastline. You cycle back to Urk and then board the vessel and set sail for Lemmer in the province of Friesland. The water sports center at Lemmer has many cafés and quaint pubs along the canals and close to the old neo-gothic lock.

  6. 6 Lemmer 48 km / 30 miles Enkhuizen

    Day 6 (Thu): Biking: Lemmer - Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland - Stavoren (48 km / 30 miles) | Sailing: Stavoren - Enkhuizen

    The cycle path goes from Lemmer on the rolling hills of Gaasterland with its idyllic villages alongside the Frisian lakes such as De Morra and Fluessen. Along the way you pass the historic center of the small town of Sloten. You then cycle via Molkwerum, a village with numerous small canals to Stavoren, the oldest town in Friesland. In the late afternoon the sails are hoisted and you will sail to Enkhuizen. The evening is the best time for a stroll through the port, in which many East India Company ships were once berthed.

  7. 7 Enkhuizen Amsterdam

    Day 7 (Fri): Sailing: Enkhuizen - Amsterdam

    With a stiff breeze and under full sail you return from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast to Amsterdam. If you wish, you can take an active part in sailing the vessel; no maritime experience is required. In the afternoon you reach the Dutch capital and still have time to explore the city center of the capital of the Netherlands.

  8. 8 Amsterdam Amsterdam

    Day 8: (Sat): End of tour in Amsterdam

    Disembark by 9:30 am after breakfast and return home.

2016 PRICES -  HOLLAND - Boat&Bike - Lake Ijsselmeer and Amsterdam

Twin cabin 2 pers.
Main season € 829
Mid-season  € 799

Single use of twin cabin 1 pers.
Main season € 1,199
Mid-season € 1,169

Triple cabin 3 pers.
Main season  € 789
Mid-season € 759

Quadruple cabin 4 pers.
Main season € 759
Mid-season € 729

Reservation fee € 15 per booking/group (obligatory)
Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: € 70 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike (Flyer) with 3 levels of support, 7 gears, reach approx. 60-65 km/36-39 miles: € 165 per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)

DATES SEASON 2016 (all dates dd/mm):

Mid-season : departure on 11/06.

Main season : departures on 18/06, 25/06, 02/07, 09/07, 16/07, 23/07, 30/07, 06/08 and 13/08/2016.

  1. Holland - Boat&Bike - Lake IJsselmeer - FAQ2


    The impressive clipper ELIZABETH was built in 1913 and boasts a plush interior design. During the painstaking renovation to become a modern passenger sailing vessel great attention was paid to retaining the original features of the characteristic Dutch flat bottom boat. Roomy cabins with en-suite shower and lavatory, a large salon with bar and a snug seating area ensure your stay will be comfortable. The vessel has a total of 10 guest cabins with two single beds. Some of the cabins can be booked as a three-bed or four-bed cabin (the third and fourth beds as bunks). Eight cabins are located on the lower deck, two cabins on the upper deck. You can open a window or porthole in all the cabins. All cabins have a 220-volt socket. The ELIZABETH is 41 meters long, 7 meters wide and has a sail surface of 445 M2.

  2. Holland - Boat&Bike - Lake IJsselmeer - FAQ1


    - Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8d/7n (Sat/-Sat/) from/to Amsterdam;
    - Full board (7 x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
    - Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning;
    - Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
    - Board tour guide by the crew(multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours;
    - Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual self-guided bike tours;
    - daily coffee and tea between 3 and 4 PM.


    Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam, reservation fee € 15,00 per booking/group (obligatory surcharge), other transfers, bike rent, parking fee, entrance fees & excursions, fees for ferries, drinks on board, personal (travel) insurances, gratuities (at your discretion).

  3. Holland - Boat&Bike - Lake IJsselmeer - FAQ4


    There's a network of through-going cycle routes throughout the Netherlands, with a total length of more than 4,500 km, called the "Cycle junction network" (Dutch: fietsknooppunten netwerk). A cycle junction is a numbered intersection that is part of a regional cycle route network. Each junction is provided with a number and an information panel. The distance to the next junction is displayed on this panel. The routes between two junctions are signposted in two directions with white and green signs (see picture). On the information panel you can orientate where you are and decide to extent or shorten the route to your destination.

    We use the cycle junction network in the description of the daily bike tours in the Netherlands and Flanders. The junctions are marked on the maps our guests use for the daily bike tours. The tour guide on board will explain to our guests how this easy system works. He/she will tell you the daily highlights and the detours which are worthwhile as well.

  4. Holland - Boat&Bike - Lake IJsselmeer - FAQ3


    The standard bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake and pannier bag. Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children's bikes) and childs saddles (front or rear) are on these tours only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and a very limited number possible. Bike rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost). Please note that the space on board of a sailing ship is limited. However, the crew or tour operator are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles. In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Bike helmets are not available on board.

  5. Holland - Boat&Bike - Lake IJsselmeer - FAQ5


    A Sail & Bike tour is like a little bit of adventure: the only thing which is really fixed on this cruise is the departure and arrival harbor Amsterdam. The sailing routes to be taken depend largely on the weather and the wind. The skipper will determine from day to day the exact sailing schedule and discuss the possibilities with the guests. The skipper and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned soyou can enjoy a fascinating week with a variety of activities, nature and culture, but it is possible that the departure and sailing times and/or the order of the program has to be changed.

    Enjoy and relax: the elements will lead you! Various parts of the tour will be sailed. All distances are "approximate distances" of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while sailing to the next harbor. Program + details barring changes, among other things for nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

On selected dates mid-May and early August the barge offers some special long cycling cruises (14 days) between Ghent/Bruges (Belgium) and Paris (France) or vice versa, or Bruges to Amsterdam (7 days): info on request.