Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours
Explore the northern province of Holland by bike & boat
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This bike and boat tour to the northern Frisian region reveals the hidden Holland, a tranquil and peaceful place. Here, water and land intermingle in a uniquely Dutch way. Not only was the construction of dykes necessary to hold back the water, as is the norm in Holland, but the land needed to be built up as well.
This large network of locks, dikes, and pumps makes it possible to live here. The unique mudflats of the Wadden Sea are on the Unesco's world treasures list.
Your itinerary not only includes the Wadden Sea and Islands, but also the mainland. You’ll cycle the wonderful Dutch cycling network, along canals and lakes, through open farmland, and visit small villages that were granted city rights in medieval times.
- Unique nature of Friesland
- Flora, fauna, and birdlife of this incredible province
- Small historic cities and picturesque fishing villages
- UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadden Sea
- Island of Terschelling
- Small ship experience
- National Park De Alde Feanen
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Day 1: Enkhuizen - Stavoren (about 2.5 hours sailing)
Day 2: Stavoren - Makkum, 19 or 30 mi. (32 or 49 km)
Day 3: Makkum - Terschelling (about 4 hours sailing)
Day 4: Terschelling - Harlingen (about 3 hours sailing) | Harlingen - Franeker - Leeuwarden, 21 or 27 mi. (35 or 45 km)
Day 5: Leeuwarden - De Alde Feanen - Grou, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Grou - Sneek, 18 or 27 mi. (30 or 45 km)
Day 7: Sneek - Stavoren, 23 or 29 mi. (38 or 48 km) | Stavoren - Enkhuizen (about 2.5 hours sailing)
Day 8: Enkhuizen
*All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical, or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety even with no advance notice. During the days when two distance options are possible, you can make a choice for the longer or the shorter option, but not all the mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
Parts in Italics are undertaken on board.
Day 1: Enkhuizen – Stavoren (about 2.5 hours sailing)
The Lena Maria will be moored and waiting in the harbor of Enkhuizen, a beautiful town overlooking IJsselmeer Lake. One of the most prominent towns of the Dutch Golden Age, it still retains its historic grandeur. Embarkation begins at 2 pm but you may drop off your luggage from 11 am. Please note, on June 12, embarkation is at 4 pm and it is not possible to bring your luggage on board any earlier.
Once settled in, you can meet your cabin and crew and fellow travelers. On your first cruise you’ll cross the former Zuiderzee, the once notoriously wild South Sea, to reach the province of Friesland. You’ll enter the small Hanseatic trade village of Stavoren, the oldest city in Friesland. for your first night on board.
Day 2: Stavoren – Makkum, 19 or 30 mi. (32 or 49 km)
The cycling route will lead north, following the Frisian coast. You’ll pass through the small fishing villages of Hindeloopen and Workum with their historic harbors. In Workum you can visit the museum dedicated to the painter Jopie Huisman, an iconic local artist with a uniquely Frisian approach to life and art. Final destination is Makkum, with a long heritage in fishing, sea trade, and boat building. The crew will welcome you back on board with tea and coffee.
Day 3: Makkum – Terschelling
In the morning, the Lena Maria will maneuver through sea locks onto the Wadden Sea and then navigate for about four hours through the UNESCO-listed tidal sea flats to the island of Terschelling. You may spot a seal if you are lucky!
On the island, you’ll have plenty of time to explore. There are many tiny villages, sandy beaches, and dunes. The eastern part of Terschelling is one large nature reserve where you’ll have a chance to spot black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills, and great black-backed gulls.
Day 4: Terschelling – Harlingen (about 3 hours sailing) | Harlingen – Franeker – Leeuwarden, 21 or 27 mi. (35 or 45 km)
The Lena Maria will navigate back to the mainland once again. In the historic fishing town of Harlingen, you depart by bike, leaving the coast for the first time this week to visit Franeker, another of Friesland’s 11 cities. The Royal Planetarium is well worth a visit if only to see the working model of the solar system built by amateur astronomer Eise Eisinga in the 18th century. He planned to create it in six months, but in the end, it took seven years. Today’s destination is Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland. Leeuwarden is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see and do. Among them, the church tower of Oldehoeve is certainly a highlight. Nicknamed the ‘Frisian tower of Pisa’ you can imagine how it looks!
Day 5: Leeuwarden - De Alde Feanen - Grou, 24 mi. (40 km)
You kick off your cycling adventure after having breakfast, pedaling out of the city, and heading towards the stunning National Park De Alde Feanen. This park boasts diverse landscapes with small lakes, reed beds, and swamp forests. Back in the 17th century, the area was extensively mined for wet peat. However, centuries later, these former mining grounds have transformed into a breathtaking nature reserve with more than 400 different plant species. As you journey through the park, you'll experience both open vistas overlooking vast grasslands and waving reed beds and sheltered pathways through enchanting marshy forests. Eventually, you make your way back to Grou, where the barge is moored for the night.
Day 6: Grou – Sneek, 18 or 27 mi. (30 or 45 km)
Today you pedal in a westerly direction for a day of quiet bike paths and expansive views. Today’s destination is Sneek, the oldest fortress town in the province. Sneek, or Snits in Frisian, played a key role in the Friso-Hollandic wars of the 13th-15th centuries when the counts of Holland attempted to conquer the free Frisian territories. One of the city’s highlights is the Waterpoort, an impressive gate connecting city and harbor that is both defensive and decorative. Tonight, the Lena Maria docks in Sneek.
Day 7: Sneek – Stavoren, 23 or 29 mi. (38 or 48 km) | Stavoren – Enkhuizen (about 2.5 hours sailing)
The last cycling route of the tour leads you from Sneek to Heeg. This 18th-century village is known for its long history of eel trade with London, which continued up until 1938. From Heeg, traditional wooden eel boats would sail across the Channel and right up the Thames to moor in the center of London. Eels were transported live in the bottom of the boats, which had special holes to allow water to flow in and out. From Heeg, you’ll cycle past Fluessen Lake through classic Frisian countryside. When you arrive in Stavoren, the Lena Maria will be ready to take you back to Enkhuizen.
Day 8: Enkhuizen
Enjoy your last breakfast on board before check out and disembarkation at 09:30. End of the tour.
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Boats & Bikes
- Lena MariaComfort 4.7 out of 5 (3 Reviews)
Comfort Class Barge
The barge Lena Maria is a former freight ship rebuilt in 2004 into a comfortable cruise barge. In 2020, owners Eelke and Carlijn renovated the main gathering spaces, bringing a fresh and modern look to the space. They will continue to update this vessel into 2023, the cabins will have air conditioning which will result in the Lena Maria moving up to the premium class. There is a lounge for relaxation with many windows to create an open atmosphere and allows for a nice view while motoring. There… Read More
- FloraStandard 4.7 out of 5 (10 Reviews)
Standard Class Barge
Captain Berthus and Hostess Jonne van den Berg proudly welcome you on board their newly renovated boat. Along with the talented cook and enthusiastic crew, you will feel right at home! Read More
- Accommodations for 7 nights
- Welcome drink
- 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 6 three-course dinners
- Coffee & tea onboard until 4 pm
- Daily cleaning of the cabin
- Daily briefings by the crew
- Bike rental
- Helmet (included on the Lena Maria)
- Maps & notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
- GPS tracks
- Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit
What’s Not Included
- Beverages other than those mentioned as included
- Coffee & tea after 4 pm
- Cycling guide
- Helmet rental
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Entrance fees & excursions
- Fees for ferries
- Helmet (on the Flora)
- Transfers to/from the docking places
- Bike protection
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, & July 29, 2023
July 20, July 27, & August 3, 2024
June 8, June 22, June 29, & July 13, 2024
- Rates are per person, based on double occupancy
- Tour prices are based on the fuel costs at time prices are set, often months or years in advance. In rare cases, additional fees may apply for fuel cost increases.
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- We recommend purchasing trip insurance
- Please see our FAQ
Twin $ 2275 £ 1195 $ 2,015 € 1354 ₪ 5487 ¥ 206853 NZ$ 2453 NOK 16602 kr 16115 $ 1,480 Twin for single-use $ 3249 £ 1706 $ 2,877 € 1934 ₪ 7835 ¥ 295384 NZ$ 3502 NOK 23707 kr 23012 $ 2,114
Discount: 10% per person for bookings until 31 May 2023. July and August departures only. For new bookings only.
Flora Lena Maria Twin $ 2292 £ 1204 $ 2,029 € 1364 ₪ 5528 ¥ 208381 NZ$ 2471 NOK 16724 kr 16234 $ 1,491 $ 2410 £ 1265 $ 2,134 € 1434 ₪ 5811 ¥ 219075 NZ$ 2598 NOK 17583 kr 17067 $ 1,568 Twin for single-use $ 3342 £ 1755 $ 2,959 € 1989 ₪ 8058 ¥ 303787 NZ$ 3602 NOK 24382 kr 23667 $ 2,174 $ 3426 £ 1799 $ 3,033 € 2039 ₪ 8261 ¥ 311425 NZ$ 3693 NOK 24995 kr 24262 $ 2,228 Triple* $ 2124 £ 1115 $ 1,881 € 1264 ₪ 5122 ¥ 193103 NZ$ 2290 NOK 15498 kr 15044 $ 1,382 N/A
*Bed in the triple cabin is only suitable for a child
Electric bike: $ 202 £ 106 $ 179 € 120 ₪ 486 ¥ 18333 NZ$ 217 NOK 1471 kr 1428 $ 131
Electric bike: $ 227 £ 119 $ 201 € 135 ₪ 547 ¥ 20624 NZ$ 245 NOK 1655 kr 1607 $ 148 Helmet rental: $ 17 £ 9 $ 15 € 10 ₪ 41 ¥ 1528 NZ$ 18 NOK 123 kr 119 $ 11
Electric bike: $ 252 £ 132 $ 223 € 150 ₪ 608 ¥ 22916 NZ$ 272 NOK 1839 kr 1785 $ 164
Skill Level — Easy
This is an easy self-guided tour that takes place on flat terrain. With a detailed map of the area and a suggested route for close-range explorations, you decide where you head and how fast you ride. During the evening prior to the next day’s cycling tour, the ship’s crew will explain some difficult parts, offer tips about the nicest places to stop for a drink or lunch, and mention the best highlights. In case of emergencies or problems, the crew can be contacted. But – as the ship is sailing to the next port – they can only offer assistance by phone. During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, you can choose between the longer and the shorter options.
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS).
From the airport, you can take a train to Enkhuizen. Travel time is 1 1/2 hours with one transfer. The cost is approximately €15. The train station at AMS is located on the lower level of the airport. A good app to download to your mobile device is the NS app (which can be found on the App Store or Google Play). You can use the app to plan your journey using every mode of public transport, not just to and from the train station, but to any address. You can also see the current location of your bus, tram, and metro, as well as the current departure times.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. There are many good websites to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more.
Bike rental is included in your tour price. If you would like to bring your own bicycle, a discount will apply, however there are only a limited number of extra parking spaces or e-bike charging stations on board. There will be a €10 supplement for hybrid bikes and a €25 supplement for electric bikes.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements, and acquisition, blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and entry into other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU and EU residents: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and your destination country or countries.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Ride with GPS
Ride With GPS is an app that you can download for free on your mobile phone. Your phone then becomes your own cycling navigation device, a bike route mapping tool for cyclists. This option is in addition to traditional printed route notes and printed maps. Once the app is installed, you can then download tour maps and daily itineraries directly to your smartphone. You will be able to use voice navigation on all the routes and access your tour content anytime. In your final travel information, you will find the code you can use to access your specific tour.
This tour is carbon neutral. To offset emissions that can't yet be reduced by any other means, carbon credits are purchased through the organization Justdiggit. Their mission is to cool down the planet by regreening Africa through rainwater harvesting, tree restoration, and the development of grass seed banks.
Country Entry Requirements
Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.
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