Amsterdam is always brimming with life in the Netherlands! Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Bike path in scenic Schokland, Holland. Photo via Flickr:bert knottenbeld
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Bike and Sail the Ijsselmeer

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Bike the beautiful harbors and varied landscapes and sail the waters of Holland’s largest lake

  • This Bike and Sail experience in Holland will alternate biking on lovely trails, paths, and quiet roads with sailing on Holland's largest lake. Similar to our bike and boat tours, this adventure offers accommodations on an authentic and lovingly restored "flat bottom" sailing vessel, the three masted Elizabeth, or the three masted barquetine, the Leafde Fan Frysln You will even be offered the opportunity to hoist the sails if you like!

    Once a part of the Southern Sea, the Ijsselmeer now covers an area of an astonishing 1100 m2, formed when the sea water was closed off and sealed out by a man-made dyke. Standing on the shore, with the immense sweep of water and the great expanse of the dramatic Dutch skies overhead, it is hard to remember that it is a lake.

    The landscape of this area is rich in history and nature. The polders, dam, and dykes testify to the ingenuity of the Dutch as they reclaim the land from the sea. There is bio-diversity to be enjoyed, as this is a favored area for birds and wildlife.

    The many old fishing and trading towns all have a story to tell and after this bike and sail adventure, you will understand more the Dutch rural life and culture and their history of the struggle with the sea.

    Highlights:

    • Waterland
    • Whaling village of de Rijp
    • Former islands Urk and Schokland
    • Province of Friesland

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  • 2017

    ElizabethJune 3All other departure dates
    Twin Cabin £ 861 $ 1,339 889 NOK 9038 kr 8343 $ 1,085 £ 919 $ 1,429 949 NOK 9648 kr 8906 $ 1,158
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1219 $ 1,896 1259 NOK 12800 kr 11815 $ 1,536 £ 1277 $ 1,987 1319 NOK 13410 kr 12378 $ 1,609
    Triple cabin (3 people) £ 822 $ 1,279 849 NOK 8632 kr 7968 $ 1,036 £ 870 $ 1,354 899 NOK 9140 kr 8437 $ 1,097
    Quadruple cabin (4 people) £ 793 $ 1,234 819 NOK 8327 kr 7686 $ 999 £ 851 $ 1,324 879 NOK 8937 kr 8249 $ 1,072

    2018

    Elizabeth (self guided)All  departure dates
    Twin Cabin £ 919 $ 1,429 949 NOK 9648 kr 8906 $ 1,158
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1277 $ 1,987 1319 NOK 13410 kr 12378 $ 1,609
    Triple cabin (3 people) £ 870 $ 1,354 899 NOK 9140 kr 8437 $ 1,097
    Quadruple cabin (4 people) £ 851 $ 1,324 879 NOK 8937 kr 8249 $ 1,072
    Leafde fan Fryslân (guided)High seasonMid season
    Twin cabin £ 1006 $ 1,565 1039 NOK 10563 kr 9751 $ 1,268 £ 909 $ 1,414 939 NOK 9547 kr 8812 $ 1,146
    Single cabin £ 1248 $ 1,941 1289 NOK 13105 kr 12097 $ 1,573 £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451
    Twin cabin/single use £ 1461 $ 2,273 1509 NOK 15342 kr 14161 $ 1,841 £ 1364 $ 2,122 1409 NOK 14325 kr 13223 $ 1,719
    Triple cabin £ 909 $ 1,414 939 NOK 9547 kr 8812 $ 1,146 £ 812 $ 1,264 839 NOK 8530 kr 7874 $ 1,024

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116 Helmet rental, must be reserved at time of booking: £ 10 $ 15 10 NOK 102 kr 94 $ 12 Children's discount available: 15% reduction for children up to and incl.15 yrs old only applicable on base cabin price and when staying in the cabin with 2 adults ( triple or quadruple cabin).

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam (Schiphol).

    Local Travel

    Shuttle train to Amsterdam Central Train Station. Taxi or public transportation to boat.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. A good web site to research the weather in the area in which you will travel is www.weatherbase.com. Here you can see average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more.

    Remarks

    Children are very welcome on board, however, before booking, we advise you to assure yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of ca. 30-55 km.Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-child-tandems, slip streamers etc. are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days on board instead of cycling (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision).Life jackets for children can be arranged on request.


Tour Dates

2017:
August 5, and August 12, 2017
2018:
Elizabeth: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, and September 8,  2018
Leafde fan Fryslân: May 19, June 9, June 16, July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28, 2018
 

Where You’ll Stay

On board the comfort vessels, the Elizabeth, a restored Dutch clipper and the Leafde Fran Fryslân, an imposing, three-masted barquentine/

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunches during bike tours, 7 x three course dinners
  • Bed linen and towels (change of towels on request)
  • Cleaning of cabin on request
  • 7 gear bicycle with hand- and/or pedal brakes with pannier bag
  • Welcome drink and -speech on the first evening
  • On board tour guide who will provide detailed instructions of the day’s route (Elizabeth)
  • Cycling tour guide (Leafde fan Fryslân)
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for self guided cycling
  • Daily coffee and tea till 4 pm

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Ferries fees
  • Gratuities
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From889 Rates
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Skill Level

This self guided or guided bike and sail experience is rated easy. Tours on the Elizabeth are self guided and tours on the Leafde fan Fryslân are guided. The route leads on quiet country roads and paths through a flat landscaped through picturesque villages.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bike and Sail the Ijsselmeer Map

We are now busy updating our site for 2018. Therefore, an itinerary that you have booked in 2017, may be slightly different  from what you now see on our site. If you have any questions at all, please contact us and we will provide your detailed itinerary.

On board the Elizabeth, self guided:

Day 1
: Arrival in Amsterdam and embarkation
Day 2 Amsterdam – Waterland – Monnickendam, 15 or  24 mi.  (25 or 40 km)
Day 3: Monnickendam – Volendam – Edam – Hoorn, 21 - 36 mi. (35 - 60 km) 
Day 4: Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 15 mi. (25 km).  Sailing:  Enkhuizen – Lemmer or Stavoren
Day 5: Lemmer – Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland – Stavoren, 20 or 34 mi. (34 or 56 km) or the other way around 
Day 6: Lemmer or Stavoren - Enkhuizen
Day 7: Enkhuizen - Amsterdam
Day 8: End of tour

A Bike and Sail tour is an adventure! 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. The skipper and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned so you 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 might be altered.

Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam
Embarkation on board your sailing vessel is between 2 and 6 pm. In the afternoon and evening, there is ample opportunity to stroll about the city, visit a museum, the flea market , or take a canal cruise in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Waterland – Monnickendam, 15 or  24 mi.  (25 or 40 km)*
After breakfast following the distribution of bicycles your first cycling leg of the trip will take you through the magnificent rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages, canals and rivers. A highlight along the way is the village of Broek, a picturesque spot in the center of Waterland that features wooden houses, canals and manicured gardens. If you have time and feel like cycling some more kilometers, the island of Marken which used to be on the Zuiderzee, is another village worth visiting. Your destination for the night is the port town of Monnickendam. Enjoy a stroll around the old port area after dinner.

Day 3: Monnickendam – Volendam – Edam – Hoorn, 21 or  36 mi. (35 or 60 km)* 
Cycling in Holland doesn’t get much better than today’s offering 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 many splendid homes and warehouses, which are still well maintained and to this day continue to characterize the image of the old towns you will be cycling through. When you wander through Hoorn, your destination for the day, you will marvel at the many beautifully ornate buildings that tell the history of this former Dutch East India Company town. A shorter cycling route for the day will take you via Volendam and Edam across the IJsselmeer dike to Hoorn.

Day 4: Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 15 mi. (25 km).  Sailing:  Enkhuizen – Lemmer/Stavoren
This morning you will enjoy beautiful views of the IJsselmeer as you pedal along an old dike from Hoorn to the port of Enkhuizen where you will enjoy your lunch today on board the Elizabeth. In the afternoon test out your sea legs for the first time as you sail across the IJsselmeer to Lemmer oder Stavoren in the province of Friesland (depending on the weather conditions). In the evening you will have the opportunity to take a stroll through the port. Make sure you take the opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Lemmer which has many cafés and quaint pubs along the canals and close to the old neo-gothic lock.

Day 5: Lemmer – Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland – Stavoren, 20 or 34 mi. (34 or 56 km) or the other way around 
Cycle from Lemmer through the rolling hills of Gaasterland. As you cycle from idyllic village to idyllic village highlights along the way are the Frisian lakes of De Morra and Fluessen, the historic centre of Sloten and Molkwerum a village that features many small canals. You can extend the bike tour with a de-tour to Hindelopen. The tour ends in Stavoren, the oldest town in Friesland. If you sailed to Stavoren on Tuesday, today's bike tour is from Stavoren to Lemmer.

Day 6: Lemmer or Stavoren – Enkhuizen 
This route begins in 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.

Day 7: Sailing Enkhuizen – Amsterdam
This is the day where you pray to the weather Gods for a stiff breeze for the trip under full sail from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast back to Amsterdam. If you are interested the captain will let you take an active part in sailing the vessel; no maritime experience is required. In the afternoon, after you reach the Dutch capital, you will still have plenty of time to discover the “real” Amsterdam, world famous for its canals, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, museums, Anne Frank’s home, the Waterlooplein Market, Amsterdam’s permanent market place and Dam Square, the very center and heart of the city and much, much more.

Day 8: End of tour in Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast.

On board the Leafde fan Fryslân, guided:

Day 1: Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Waterland - Monnickendam, 22 or 31 mi. (35 or 50 km)
Day 3: Monnickendam - Volendam - Edam - Hoorn, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Hoorn - Enkhuizen, 20 mi. (28 km) | Sailing from Enkhuizen - Urk
Day 5: Urk and Schokland, 22 mi. (34 km) | Sailing from Urk - Lemmer
Day 6: Lemmer - Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland - Stavoren, 30 mi. (48 km) | Sailing from Stavoren - Enkhuizen
Day 7: Sailing from Enkhuizen - Amsterdam
Day 8: Amsterdam

On days where two distances are offered, guests can choose to cycle the shorter or longer routes. Guests can choose to stay on board on any day they do not wish to cycle.

A Bike and Sail tour is an adventure! 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. The skipper and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned so you 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 might be altered.

Day 1: Amsterdam
I
ndividual arrival in Amsterdam, embarkation between 2 pm and 6 pm.  During the first night, the ship is moored in Amsterdam, close to the city centre. Take the time in the afternoon or evening to visit museums, or to shop or relax on a canal cruise.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Waterland - Monnickendam, 22 or 31 mi. (35 or 50 km)
Your first cycling tour begins after breakfast when you wind your way through the stunning rural nature reserve of Waterland, with its villages, canals, creeks and lakes. One of the highlights is the village of Broek in Waterland, replete with typical wooden houses with exquisitely-kept gardens in the middle of this natural, water-filled environment. If you would like to cycle an extra 15 kilometers (approx. nine miles), then the former island of Marken is a must see. The cycling tour ends in the attractive port village of Monnickendam, where you spend the night.

Day 3: Monnickendam - Volendam - Edam - Hoorn, 32 mi. (52 km)
Time for a cycling tour from Monnickendam through Volendam, Edam, De Rijp and Schermerhorn to Hoorn. Visit a cheese farm en route, savour the fresh fish in the lively harbor of Volendam and wander through the quaint little streets and alleys in Rijp, a former whaling station. The well-to-do merchants in the Golden Era of the 17th century built magnificent residences and trading centers here that have been carefully restored and now dominate the village skyline. You can marvel at numerous buildings of yesteryear as you stroll through Hoorn, the final stop on this cycling tour. A shorter route cuts approximately 15 km (approx. nine miles) off the cycling tour and takes you through Volendam and Edam over theIJsselmeer dyke directly to Hoorn.

Day 4: Hoorn - Enkhuizen, 20 mi. (28 km) | Sailing from Enkhuizen - Urk
In the morning, cycle over the centuries-old dyke along the IJsselmeer, from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. You are expected back on board for lunch in the port of Enkhuizen. In the afternoon, you sail straight across the IJsselmeer to Urk. Stroll through the narrow streets and alleys to the tiny beach and on to the harbour of this picturesque port village. The houses in Urk were built close to one another on elevated ground to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today.

Day 5: Urk and Schokland, 22 mi. (34 km) | Sailing from Urk - Lemmer
After breakfast, cycle along the lake on a tarmacked cycle path to the formerisland of Schokland. Since the reclamation of the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder) in 1942, Schokland – just as Urk – is no longer an island. Since 1995, it belongs to the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Then cycle back to Urk, get back on board and sail on to Lemmer, gateway to Friesland. This is an attractive water sport center with its many canal-side cafés and its old, neo-gothic locks.

Day 6: Lemmer - Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland - Stavoren, 30 mi. (48 km) | Sailing from Stavoren - Enkhuizen
The bike route takes you from Lemmer over the higher sandy soil of the Gaasterland, with its idyllic villages, and then through the lower-lying peat bogs with their Frisian lakes such as the Morra and the Fluessen. En route, you pass by the historic little town of Sloten. You’ll travel through Molkwerum, a village literally criss-crossed by canals, to the oldest town of Friesland, Stavoren. Late afternoon, we set sail again, this time for Enkhuizen. Enjoy an evening stroll through the old harbour and the center of this enthralling town that flourished in the time of the United East India Company.

Day 7: Sailing from Enkhuizen - Amsterdam
If the wind is favourable, we proceed under full sail from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast back to Amsterdam. Anyone who would like to sail and maneuvre the ship along with the crew is welcome to do so: sailing experience is not necessary. You sail into Amsterdam in the afternoon and there is plenty of time to go exploring.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast by 9.30 am. End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end!

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  • Rebekah R. 3 months ago

    The most memorable part was hoisting sails as a team.

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Bike and Sail the Ijsselmeer Boats + Barges

Elizabeth Photo

Elizabeth Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The impressive clipper ELIZABETH was built in 1913 and boasts a plush interior design. The vessel is equipped with 10 roomy guest cabins all with an en-suite shower and lavatory. The large salon features a bar and seating area to ensure you will feel right at home.

Leafde Fran Fryslân Photo

Leafde Fran Fryslân Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Leafde Fran Fryslân is an imposing, three-masted barquentine, managed by its owner/operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit, who bring years of maritime experience. The ship has 12 well-appointed twin cabins with two separate beds, and one single cabin.

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