Harbor in Hoorn, North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:b k

Lighthouse on Texel - one of the Frisian Islands on the Wadden Sea. Photo via Flickr:Jurgen Knops
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North Holland Tour

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Holland below sea level, a Dutch bike & boat tour through Northern Holland

  • During this bike and boat tour in Northern Holland, you will explore the best of the urban north, such as Amsterdam, Alkmaar, and Volendam, but also the best of the rural landscape. You will bike the flat “polder” landscapes, the North Sea coast, towering sand dunes, long sandy beaches, historic windmills, the island of Texel and the many picturesque harbor towns along the coast of IJsselmeer Lake. This is a tour not to be missed!

    Each boat has a slightly different itinerary so please be sure to check corresponding itineraries to see what will be highlighted on each boat.

    Highlights:

    • Typical fishing villages of Volendam and Enkhuizen
    • Isle of Texel with its thousands of sheep and magnificent nature reserve
    • Alkmaar, the capital of cheese
    • Land of Leeghwater, Purmer, and the Beemster
    • AMSTERDAM!

    Be sure to check out all of our bike and boat tours in Holland.

  • 2020 Dates & Prices

    Please note: Due to popular demand, some dates/boats are already limited or sold out, please contact us for availability.

    Deluxe Class Boats

    Saturday - Saturday
    Early season: March 28, 2020
    Season A:  April 4, April 11, and October 10, 2020
    Season B: April 18 and October 3, 2020
    Season C: April 25 and September 26, 2020
    Season D: May 2, May 9, and September 19, 2020
    Season E: May 16, May 23, May 30,  and September 12, 2020
    Season F: All other departure dates, weekly from June 6 up to and incl. September 5, 2020

     Season ASeason BSeason CSeason DSeason ESeason FEarly season
    Twin cabin/lower deck $ 1443 £ 720 $ 1,244 799 $ 1489 kr 8920 $ 888 $ 1534 £ 765 $ 1,322 849 $ 1582 kr 9478 $ 943 $ 1624 £ 810 $ 1,400 899 $ 1676 kr 10036 $ 999 $ 1714 £ 855 $ 1,478 949 $ 1769 kr 10594 $ 1,054 $ 1786 £ 891 $ 1,540 989 $ 1843 kr 11041 $ 1,099 $ 1859 £ 927 $ 1,603 1029 $ 1918 kr 11487 $ 1,143 $ 1263 £ 630 $ 1,089 699 $ 1303 kr 7803 $ 777
    Triple cabin/lower deck $ 1407 £ 702 $ 1,213 779 $ 1452 kr 8696 $ 866 $ 1497 £ 747 $ 1,291 829 $ 1545 kr 9255 $ 921 $ 1588 £ 792 $ 1,369 879 $ 1638 kr 9813 $ 977 $ 1678 £ 837 $ 1,447 929 $ 1731 kr 10371 $ 1,032 $ 1750 £ 873 $ 1,509 969 $ 1806 kr 10817 $ 1,077 $ 1823 £ 909 $ 1,571 1009 $ 1881 kr 11264 $ 1,121 $ 1226 £ 612 $ 1,057 679 $ 1266 kr 7580 $ 754
    Twin cabin/lower deck/single-use $ 2075 £ 1035 $ 1,789 1149 $ 2142 kr 12827 $ 1,277 $ 2166 £ 1080 $ 1,867 1199 $ 2235 kr 13385 $ 1,332 $ 2256 £ 1125 $ 1,945 1249 $ 2328 kr 13943 $ 1,388 $ 2346 £ 1170 $ 2,023 1299 $ 2421 kr 14501 $ 1,443 $ 2419 £ 1206 $ 2,085 1339 $ 2496 kr 14948 $ 1,488 $ 2491 £ 1242 $ 2,148 1379 $ 2570 kr 15395 $ 1,532 $ 1895 £ 945 $ 1,634 1049 $ 1955 kr 11711 $ 1,166
    Twin cabin/upper deck $ 1804 £ 900 $ 1,556 999 $ 1862 kr 11152 $ 1,110 $ 1895 £ 945 $ 1,634 1049 $ 1955 kr 11711 $ 1,166 $ 1985 £ 990 $ 1,712 1099 $ 2048 kr 12269 $ 1,221 $ 2075 £ 1035 $ 1,789 1149 $ 2142 kr 12827 $ 1,277 $ 2148 £ 1071 $ 1,852 1189 $ 2216 kr 13273 $ 1,321 $ 2220 £ 1107 $ 1,914 1229 $ 2291 kr 13720 $ 1,366 $ 1624 £ 810 $ 1,400 899 $ 1676 kr 10036 $ 999
    Twin cabin/upper deck/single-use $ 2437 £ 1215 $ 2,101 1349 $ 2514 kr 15060 $ 1,499 $ 2527 £ 1260 $ 2,179 1399 $ 2607 kr 15618 $ 1,554 $ 2617 £ 1305 $ 2,257 1449 $ 2701 kr 16176 $ 1,610 $ 2708 £ 1350 $ 2,335 1499 $ 2794 kr 16734 $ 1,666 $ 2780 £ 1386 $ 2,397 1539 $ 2868 kr 17181 $ 1,710 $ 2852 £ 1422 $ 2,459 1579 $ 2943 kr 17627 $ 1,755 $ 2256 £ 1125 $ 1,945 1249 $ 2328 kr 13943 $ 1,388
    Suite/upper deck $ 2075 £ 1035 $ 1,789 1149 $ 2142 kr 12827 $ 1,277 $ 2166 £ 1080 $ 1,867 1199 $ 2235 kr 13385 $ 1,332 $ 2256 £ 1125 $ 1,945 1249 $ 2328 kr 13943 $ 1,388 $ 2346 £ 1170 $ 2,023 1299 $ 2421 kr 14501 $ 1,443 $ 2419 £ 1206 $ 2,085 1339 $ 2496 kr 14948 $ 1,488 $ 2491 £ 1242 $ 2,148 1379 $ 2570 kr 15395 $ 1,532 $ 1895 £ 945 $ 1,634 1049 $ 1955 kr 11711 $ 1,166

    Comfort Class Boats

    Saturday - Saturday 
    July 25, 2020

      
    Twin cabin $ 2235 £ 1115 $ 1,927 1238 $ 2306 kr 13815 $ 1,375
    Twin/single-use $ 3138 £ 1565 $ 2,706 1738 $ 3238 kr 19397 $ 1,931
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for twin use $ 2425 £ 1209 $ 2,091 1343 $ 2502 kr 14987 $ 1,492
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for triple use $ 2028 £ 1011 $ 1,748 1123 $ 2092 kr 12531 $ 1,247

    Saturday - Saturday
    May 16, May 23, June 13, and July 11, 2020 

     All departures
    Luxury double cabin $ 2804 £ 1398 $ 2,418 1553 $ 2894 kr 17331 $ 1,725
    Twin cabin $ 2515 £ 1254 $ 2,169 1393 $ 2595 kr 15545 $ 1,547
    Small double/front of boat $ 2188 £ 1091 $ 1,887 1212 $ 2258 kr 13525 $ 1,346
    Small cabin/single-use/front of boat $ 3175 £ 1583 $ 2,737 1758 $ 3276 kr 19620 $ 1,953

    Standard Class Boats

    Saturday - Saturday
    Low season: July 4, July 18, and August 1, 2020
    Standard season: May 9, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 20, and August 15, 2020
    High season: September 12, 2020

     LowStandardHigh
    Twin  $ 1901 £ 948 $ 1,639 1053 $ 1962 kr 11750 $ 1,169 $ 2091 £ 1043 $ 1,803 1158 $ 2157 kr 12922 $ 1,286 $ 2280 £ 1137 $ 1,966 1263 $ 2353 kr 14094 $ 1,403
    Twin for single-use $ 2188 £ 1091 $ 1,887 1212 $ 2258 kr 13525 $ 1,346 $ 2434 £ 1214 $ 2,099 1348 $ 2512 kr 15043 $ 1,497 $ 2651 £ 1322 $ 2,286 1468 $ 2735 kr 16383 $ 1,631
    Triple $ 1928 £ 961 $ 1,663 1068 $ 1990 kr 11917 $ 1,186 $ 2127 £ 1061 $ 1,834 1178 $ 2195 kr 13145 $ 1,308 $ 2262 £ 1128 $ 1,951 1253 $ 2334 kr 13982 $ 1,392

    Saturday - Saturday
    Low season: July 4, 2020
    Standard season: May 23, May 30, and June 13, 2020

     LowStandard
    Twin $ 1901 £ 948 $ 1,639 1053 $ 1962 kr 11750 $ 1,169 $ 2091 £ 1043 $ 1,803 1158 $ 2157 kr 12922 $ 1,286
    Bunk bed $ 1630 £ 813 $ 1,406 903 $ 1682 kr 10075 $ 1,003 $ 1793 £ 894 $ 1,546 993 $ 1850 kr 11080 $ 1,103
    Single $ 2008 £ 1001 $ 1,731 1112 $ 2072 kr 12408 $ 1,235 $ 2235 £ 1115 $ 1,927 1238 $ 2306 kr 13815 $ 1,375

    2021 Dates & Prices

    Deluxe Class Boats


    Sunday - Sunday
    Season A:  March 28, April 4, April 11 & October 10, 2021
    Season B: April 18, April 25, September 26 & October 3, 2021
    Season C: September 12 & September 19, 2021
    Season D: All other departure dates, weekly from May 2 up to and incl. September 5, 2021

     Season ASeason BSeason CSeason D
    Twin cabin/lower deck $ 1362 £ 679 $ 1,174 754 $ 1405 kr 8417 $ 838 $ 1633 £ 814 $ 1,408 904 $ 1685 kr 10092 $ 1,004 $ 1814 £ 904 $ 1,564 1004 $ 1871 kr 11208 $ 1,116 $ 1922 £ 958 $ 1,657 1064 $ 1983 kr 11878 $ 1,182
    Twin cabin/lower deck/single use $ 1948 £ 971 $ 1,680 1079 $ 2010 kr 12040 $ 1,198 $ 2354 £ 1174 $ 2,030 1304 $ 2429 kr 14552 $ 1,448 $ 2625 £ 1309 $ 2,264 1454 $ 2709 kr 16226 $ 1,615 $ 2761 £ 1377 $ 2,381 1529 $ 2849 kr 17064 $ 1,698
    Twin cabin/upper deck $ 1633 £ 814 $ 1,408 904 $ 1685 kr 10092 $ 1,004 $ 1904 £ 949 $ 1,642 1054 $ 1964 kr 11766 $ 1,171 $ 2084 £ 1039 $ 1,797 1154 $ 2151 kr 12883 $ 1,282 $ 2265 £ 1129 $ 1,953 1254 $ 2337 kr 13999 $ 1,393
    Twin cabin/upper deck/single-use $ 2354 £ 1174 $ 2,030 1304 $ 2429 kr 14552 $ 1,448 $ 2761 £ 1377 $ 2,381 1529 $ 2849 kr 17064 $ 1,698 $ 3032 £ 1512 $ 2,614 1679 $ 3128 kr 18738 $ 1,865 $ 3303 £ 1647 $ 2,848 1829 $ 3408 kr 20413 $ 2,032
    Suite/upper deck $ 2084 £ 1039 $ 1,797 1154 $ 2151 kr 12883 $ 1,282 $ 2355 £ 1174 $ 2,031 1304 $ 2430 kr 14557 $ 1,449 $ 2536 £ 1265 $ 2,187 1404 $ 2617 kr 15674 $ 1,560 $ 2717 £ 1355 $ 2,342 1504 $ 2803 kr 16790 $ 1,671

    Saturdays to Saturday
    May 8, May 15, & May 22, 2021

    Twin/double: $ 2953 £ 1473 $ 2,546 1635 $ 3047 kr 18252 $ 1,817 Twin cabin for single use very limited. Please ask.

    Comfort Class Boats

    Saturday to Saturday
    Standard Season:  June 12 & August 7, 2021

     Standard season
    Luxury double cabin $ 2962 £ 1477 $ 2,554 1640 $ 3057 kr 18308 $ 1,822
    Twin cabin $ 2673 £ 1333 $ 2,305 1480 $ 2758 kr 16522 $ 1,645
    Small double/front of boat $ 2285 £ 1139 $ 1,970 1265 $ 2358 kr 14122 $ 1,406
    Small cabin/single-use/front of boat $ 3369 £ 1680 $ 2,905 1865 $ 3476 kr 20820 $ 2,072

    Sunday - Sunday
    Low season: July 10 & July 24, 2021
    Standard season: May 8, 2021

     

    Low Standard
    Twin cabin $ 2104 £ 1049 $ 1,814 1165 $ 2171 kr 13006 $ 1,294 $ 2321 £ 1157 $ 2,001 1285 $ 2395 kr 14345 $ 1,428
    Twin/single-use $ 2962 £ 1477 $ 2,554 1640 $ 3057 kr 18308 $ 1,822 $ 3269 £ 1630 $ 2,819 1810 $ 3374 kr 20206 $ 2,011
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for twin use $ 2502 £ 1247 $ 2,157 1385 $ 2581 kr 15462 $ 1,539 $ 2718 £ 1355 $ 2,344 1505 $ 2805 kr 16801 $ 1,672
    Superior cabin (15 m²) for triple use $ 1951 £ 973 $ 1,682 1080 $ 2013 kr 12057 $ 1,200 $ 2140 £ 1067 $ 1,846 1185 $ 2209 kr 13229 $ 1,317

    Standard Class Boats

    Saturday - Saturday

    Low season: July 3, July 17, & July 31, 2021
    Standard season: June 5 & June 19, 2021
    High season: August 14, August 21, & August 28, 2021

     

    LowStandardHigh
    Twin  $ 1960 £ 977 $ 1,690 1085 $ 2022 kr 12112 $ 1,206 $ 2159 £ 1076 $ 1,861 1195 $ 2227 kr 13340 $ 1,328 $ 2348 £ 1171 $ 2,025 1300 $ 2423 kr 14513 $ 1,444
    Twin for single-use $ 2276 £ 1135 $ 1,962 1260 $ 2348 kr 14066 $ 1,400 $ 2511 £ 1252 $ 2,165 1390 $ 2591 kr 15517 $ 1,544 $ 2735 £ 1364 $ 2,358 1514 $ 2822 kr 16902 $ 1,682
    Triple $ 1824 £ 910 $ 1,573 1010 $ 1882 kr 11275 $ 1,122 $ 2005 £ 1000 $ 1,729 1110 $ 2069 kr 12392 $ 1,233 $ 2186 £ 1090 $ 1,884 1210 $ 2255 kr 13508 $ 1,344

    Saturday - Saturday
    Standard season: May 15, May 22, & May 29, 2021

     Standard
    Twin $ 2159 £ 1076 $ 1,861 1195 $ 2227 kr 13340 $ 1,328
    Bunk bed $ 1851 £ 923 $ 1,596 1025 $ 1910 kr 11443 $ 1,139
    Bunk bed cabin for single-use $ 2312 £ 1153 $ 1,994 1280 $ 2386 kr 14289 $ 1,422

     

    extra options

    Zwaan, Wending, Anna Antal, and Liza Marleen

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 149 £ 74 $ 128 83 $ 154 kr 921 $ 92 Gluten-free and vegan meals: $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 558 $ 56 Set of maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation and payment required): $ 38 £ 19 $ 33 21 $ 39 kr 234 $ 23 *Children's discounts, child bikes, tagalongs, bike trailers, and child seats available.

    De Holland


    Electric bicycle rental: $ 181 £ 90 $ 156 100 $ 186 kr 1116 $ 111 Helmet rental: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 112 $ 11 Gluten-free and dairy-free meals, payable onboard: $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 558 $ 56

    Merlijn

    Electric bicycle rental, per diem, payable onboard, advanced reservation required: $ 54 £ 27 $ 47 30 $ 56 kr 335 $ 33

    Zwaan, Wending, Anna Antal, and Liza Marleen

    Electric bike: $ 154 £ 77 $ 132 85 $ 158 kr 949 $ 94 Gluten-Free, Celiac or Vegan Diet: $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 558 $ 56 Tag-Along Bike with helmet (ages 5-9): $ 99 £ 50 $ 86 55 $ 103 kr 614 $ 61 Bike Seat with helmet (age 11 mos-5 yrs): $ 27 £ 14 $ 23 15 $ 28 kr 167 $ 17 Bike Trailer: $ 359 £ 179 $ 310 199 $ 371 kr 2222 $ 221 Child's 21-speed bike with helmet (ages 9+): please ask
    Children's discounts are available. 

     

    please note

    *Please note:  Pricing on the Liza Marleen, Wending, and Zwaan is based on fuel costs as of March 2020. If the fuel cost increases 5%, additional fees may apply (even for reservations already booked).

    If traveling solo, we can try to find a roommate of the same gender to avoid the increased charge for a single cabin.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS).

    Local Travel

    There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. We will inform you of the exact docking location of your barge with your final travel information. Some boats moor within walking distance, and others will require a short taxi ride. If you prefer to travel by taxi from the airport to the barge, this takes about 30 minutes and costs about €45.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. There are many good websites to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more. Don’t forget your rain gear! Average high/low temp in °F for the region is approximately April, 53/40°, May, 61/46°, June, 66/52°, July, 69/55°, August, 70/55°, September, 64/51°, and October, 57/46°.

    Recommended

    For those who want to spend some time in Amsterdam either before or after your tour:
    Amsterdam City Card
    Museum Card

    Remarks

    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) 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.

    Discounted optional visits on board the De Holland:

    Optional visits (entrance fees not included, but offered with discount or free of charge:
    * Open air museum Zaanse Schans
    * Visitors center windmill Schermerhorn
    * Beer brewery Oudeschild
    * Seal sanctuary Ecomare De Koog
    * Steam engine museum Medemblik
    * Open air museum Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen and more


Tour Dates

2020

De Holland
Early season: March 28, 2020
Season A:  April 4, April 11, & October 10, 2020
Season B: April 18 & October 3, 2020
Season C: April 25, & September 26, 2020
Season D: May 2, May 9, & September 19, 2020
Season E: May 16, May 23, May 30, & September 12, 2020
Season F: All other departure dates, weekly from June 6 up to & incl. September 5, 2020

Please note that the first ten departures from the 28th of March up to and including the 30th of May have a slightly different itinerary than the other departures. Please see below in Day to Day details for more information.

Please note that due to the nautical event Sail Amsterdam, the itineraries on August 1, August 8, & August 15, 2020 had to be adjusted.

About SAIL Amsterdam 2020
SAIL is the largest nautical event in the world, organized every five years, and will be held for the tenth time in 2020.
For five days the entire port area of Amsterdam will then be the homeport for numerous tall ships from all over the world, as well as for several thousand smaller and larger sailing ships, yachts and naval vessels. SAIL Amsterdam is freely accessible to the public.

 

August 1: Tour does not end in Amsterdam but in Alkmaar. Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol are easily accessible by train to Alkmaar and from Alkmaar.
August 8: Tour starts and ends in Alkmaar.
August 15: Tour does not begin in Amsterdam but in Alkmaar. 

See below in Day to Day details from more information.

Zwaan:
All departures:  May 16, May 23, June 13, & July 11, 2020 
 

Liza Marleen: 
Low season: July 25, 2020

Wending:
Low season: August 1, 2020
Standard season: May 9, & August 15, 2020
High season: September 12, 2020
Anna Antal:
Low season: July 4, 2020
Standard season: May 23, May 30, & June 13, 2020

2021

De Willemstad
Sunday departures
Season A:  March 28, April 4, April 11 & October 10, 2021
Season B: April 18, April 25, September 26 & October 3, 2021
Season C: September 12 & September 19, 2021
Season D: All other departure dates, weekly from May 2 up to and incl. September 5, 2021

Merlijn:
May 8, May 15, & May 22, 2021

Zwaan:
Standard season: June 12 & August 7, 2021
 

Liza Marleen: 
Low season: July 10 & July 24, 2021
Standard season: May 8, 2021

Wending:
Low season: July 3, July 17, & July 31, 2021
Standard season: June 5 & June 19, 2021
High season: August 14, August 21, & August 28, 2021
 

Anna Antal:
Standard season: May 15, May 22, & May 29, 2021

Skill Level

Easy, self-guided or guided tour with average daily distances of ± 30 miles on flat terrain and well-maintained asphalt roads with little traffic. On the De Holland, the onboard tour guide will give extensive descriptions of the day’s cycling route. Guests will bike using provided route descriptions and maps. The guide will also cycle the route but does not guide the group. The main role of the tour guide on this boat is to provide assistance if needed during the cycling itinerary. On all other boats, tours are fully guided, with the option to cycle self-guided. This tour is suitable for families with children.

Where You’ll Stay

Different class boats are available for this tour. See dates and pricing. Click here for detailed barge information.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, & 3-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Minimum of 3 city walks with the tour guide
  • 24-speed city touring bicycle (Batavus Boulevard) with high handlebars and more upright riding position equipped with hand brakes, panniers, lock, water bottle, & repair kit
  • Helmet
  • Road book (1 per cabin)
  • Ferry fares en route
  • †Free limited WiFi in lounge & on deck (for more than 100 MB, there will be surcharge
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, 3-course dinners
  • Bed linens & 2 towels (change of towels is possible)
  • Daily light cleaning of cabin
  • Daily complimentary coffee & tea until 4 pm
  • Welcome drink
  • Onboard tour leader (see below)
  • Roadbook (1 set per cabin)
  • Short city walks with the tour guide
  • Discounts on entrance fees & excursions as mentioned in the program
  • Live music on board
  • 7-speed unisex city touring bike with 28-inch wheels, handbrakes, gel saddles, & frame lock. Accessories include one rear pannier, repair kit, & pump.
  • †Use of WiFi in the lounge
  • GPS tracks
  • Please note: tours onboard De Holland are not fully guided bike tours but rather supported by a guide who ensures the safety of riders & takes care of mechanical issues. The guide is cycling the route & can be reached by cell phone for quick assistance
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 7 breakfasts (buffets), 6 packed lunches, & 6 three-course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, & water
  • Daily itinerary information
  • Tour guide
  • 27-speed hybrid bike of the brand Sensa, a famed Dutch company. Bikes come equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, waterproof pannier, water bottle, towel, & universal helmet
  • Canal, bridge, & harbor fees
  • Visit to a cheese farm
  • †Wifi
  • †Important to note, due to steel construction of the ship, cruising locations, & other factors, Wifi signal speed &strength may not be what you are accustomed to & may not meet your expectations. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, & reliable signal at all times, please consider a personal hot spot. See our FAQ page.
  • What’s Not Included

    • Arrival transfers
    • Museum/excursion entrance fees not mentioned as included
    • Beverages other than those mentioned as included
    • Electric bike rental. Available for supplement. See pricing.
    • Maps for self-guided option. Available with supplement. See pricing.
    • Gratuities
    • Bicycle Protection
    • Travel Insurance
    • Arrival transfers
    • Museum/excursion entrance fees not mentioned as included
    • Beverages other than those mentioned as included
    • Electric bike rental. Available for supplement. See pricing
    • Helmets, available on request with supplement, reserve at time of booking. See pricing.
    • Ferry fares
    • Optional excursions, see travel section
    • Gratuities
    • Bicycle Protection
    • Travel Insurance
    TourBike + Boat
    TypeBoth
    SkillEasy
    Length8 days
    From699 Rates
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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    North Holland Tour Map

    All distances are approximate. The itineraries are subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. Each boat has a slightly different itinerary so be sure to check each boat's daily itinerary, as well as what is included and not included.


    *Aboard these boats, it is possible to do the tour as self-guided with route descriptions. Please specify at the time of booking if you wish to do this. Maps are available for a small, additional fee. Ask us for details.

    Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam by pm; optional cycling, 9 mi. (15 km)
    Day 2: Amsterdam - Volendam, 29 mi. (46 km)
    Day 3: Horn - Enkhuizen, 19 mi. (30 km)
    Day 4: Enkhuizen - Medemblik, sailing to Texel, 23 mi. (35 km)
    Day 5: Texel, roundtrip, 22/30/41 mi. (35/48/62 km)
    Day 6: Texel - sail to Den Helder and cycle to Alkmaar, 37 mi. (60 km)
    Day 7: Alkmaar – Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam, 37 mi. (60 km)
    Day 8: Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

    Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam by 4 pm; optional cycling, 9 mi. (20 km)
    Boarding begins between 1 and 2 pm. Mooring location in Amsterdam is Oosterdok, near the Nemo Science Museum.  Please be prompt and plan on having completed your embarkation by 4 pm. You can bring your luggage on board at noon but cabins will not be ready for check-in.  When you arrive onboard, you can put your baggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is a great time to become acquainted with the guide, skipper, crew, and of course, your fellow passengers. The bicycles are distributed and straight from the moorings of the boat, you can have a short bike trip through quiet parts of town. If time permits, you can also bike outside the city.

    Amsterdam first saw the light of day as a simple village at the mouth of the Amstel River but expanded rapidly with its famous rings of canals in the Golden Age (18th century). The palace on the Dam Square is sometimes called the 8th wonder of the world because it is built on 13,659 piles. Amsterdam, as we know it today, is famous for being able to cater to all tastes, including lovers of diamonds. In the evening, you dine on board. During the meal, the plans for the rest of the week are discussed.

    Day 2: Amsterdam -  Volendam, sailing to Hoorn, 29 mi. (46 km)
     Amsterdam will be very quiet as you begin to cycle. A ferry takes you to the Amsterdam Noord quarter and soon you will be cycling through the rural area of Waterland. In this soggy peatland, the houses and villages are barely above the level of the water. You will visit the former Isle of Marken. It was not until 1957 that this island was connected to the mainland by a dike and it has retained its own particular character. The inhabitants are the only ones allowed to use their cars, so Marken can only be visited on foot or by bike. The route continues to the historic village of Monnickendam, which received its municipal charter in 1355.  Gouwzee dike to Volendam is next on the agenda. Originally Volendam was a small fishing community. Practically all its inhabitants used to wear their distinctive and picturesque traditional costumes. Volendam started as a settlement when Edam dug its new, shorter waterway to the Zuiderzee in the 14th century. The old harbor became superfluous, a new dike was built and soon farmers and fishermen settled down. In the second half of the 15th century, a new village came into being: Volendam. From Volendam, you sail in a northerly direction towards the city of Hoorn. Hoorn was a major trading town in the 17th century. From here ships sailed for the Dutch East Indies, (now Indonesia), America, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. The most beautiful gable is in the former town hall; the Statenpoort which houses an interesting museum with paintings and exhibits concerning the V.O.C. The V.O.C. (United East Indies Dutch Trading Company) was a very powerful almost monopolistic trading company in the 17th century. During the evening walk, you will have the opportunity to get a good impression of this beautiful city with its rich past. 

    Day 3: Horn - Enkhuizen, 19 mi. (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 (1976) built dike from Enkhuizen to Lelystad (in the Noordoostpolder) appears on the horizon. This was meant to be a polder dike for a huge new polder: the Markerwaard. However, the plans were never executed. The environment and freshwater supply became more important. So today the dike is there, but no polder…
    The trip for today ends in Enkhuizen, a town which came into existence when two adjoining villages joined. You can end your day with a visit to the Zuiderzeemuseum. This museum showcases the history of everyday life around the Zuiderzee until the middle of the 20th century. 

    Day 4: Enkhuizen - Medemblik, sailing to Texel, 23 mi. (35 km)
    If you haven't visited the Zuiderzeemuseum yesterday you'll have some time for a visit this morning. 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. The cycling route begins over the dike of the IJsselmeer, but we leave it to ride through a nature reserve and then some of the characteristic villages of West Friesland. Medemblik comes into view, one of the old Zuiderzee harbors with an illustrious past and a castle dating from the 13th century. You take a break here, and if you wish, you can board the boat.

    After Medemblik, the route goes through a polder, Wieringermeer, which was created at the same time as the famous Afsluitdijk in 1932. This created new land out of the old Zuiderzee and turned the inland sea (IJsselmeer) into the largest sweet water basin of The Netherlands.

    The food crisis resulting from the 1st World War created a need for more agricultural land so, in 1927, work on the Wieringermeer commenced. The dikes and pumping stations were built in the open sea. The polder itself was reclaimed during a period of mass unemployment and most of the work for preparing the land for agricultural use was done by hand and horsepower.

    Halfway over the polder, you can step onboard again or otherwise ride through a forest to the fishing town of Den Oever. Sail by boat over the Wadden Sea to the harbor of the island of Texel.

    Day 5: Texel, roundtrip, 22/30/41 mi. (35/48/62 km)
    Today you could if you would like, you can visit the beach or take a bike ride on the island of Texel. There are numerous bicycle paths here. In the north, you have the nature reserve ‘de Slufter’, with an open connection to the sea.

    The largest village on the island is Den Burg, which could easily be the prototype of the typical Dutch town with its circle of canals around an old church. You will find most of the shops on the island in this village. The local museum is a good representation of island life and is housed in a building dating from 1599. De Koog is the principal bathing resort and is only a stone's throw away from the widest beach on the island. As well as a nature center, which has a lot of information about the flora and fauna to be found on Texel, De Koog has a rescue center for seals.

    Cocksdorp is entered through a tunnel of interlocking tree branches, which give it a unique character. If you cycle to the most extreme northerly tip of the island you may be able to see Vlieland, the next island making up the chain of Wadden islands. This part of the island is called the Slufter, a nature reserve open to the sea and the rhythm of the tides.

    The villages of Den Doorn, Oosterend, and de Waal have escaped modern architectural influences and are now officially protected. In Den Hoorn, some of the old 'Commandeurs' dwellings have been preserved. These were the houses belonging to the captains of the whaling ships that sailed from Texel. The oldest church is situated in Oosterend. In clear weather, you can see the neighboring island Vlieland. Oudeschild, where the boat is moored, was the entrance port of the island until 1962.

    Day 6: Texel - sail to Den Helder and cycle to Alkmaar, 37 mi. (60 km)
    The ship takes you back to the mainland, where you disembark in the city of Den Helder, the Dutch naval port, situated at the mouth of the Noord-Hollandskanaal or further south at the canal. Today you ride through the dunes (the dunes between Schoorl and Bergen have the highest dunes in The Netherlands) and over the Hondsbossche Zeewering (seawall) with its spectacular view over the North Sea. On your left, you will see the dunes, and on your right, the sweep of a 5 km long dike keeping the sea at bay. This was at once time all dunes. However, in 1421, in what is known as the St Elizabeth's Floods, the dunes were swept away along with the village of Hondsbossche. The dike replacing the dunes is called the Hondsbossche Sea Dike. If the weather allows you to cross to the island of Texel, you will head straight for Den Helder. Otherwise, you will take a leisurely tour around the land bounded by the dikes. This part of the country, known as the Kop van Noord Holland (head of North Holland), is well known for bulb growing with the town of Anna Paulowna at its center. The bulbs bloom in April and May.

    The stage ends in Alkmaar, which boasts almost four hundred buildings on the monument list, and typical Old-Dutch canals and harbor. Alkmaar is often called the cheese town as the weighing and selling of cheese in the 'Waag' (weighing house) was a popular activity in the past.

    Day 7: Alkmaar – Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam, 37 mi. (60 km)
    The last stage of the week takes you through the ‘droogmakerij’ land with the 17th-century towns of Schermerhorn, Graft and De Rijp. In Zaandam, you will visit the world-famous hamlet and open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. A unique place 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. Since the beginning of the Christian era, the peat region around the Zaan had been used for cattle grazing. In the peatland, ditches were dug to help to drain the land. The dried peat was used as fuel. Once you are back at the barge in Amsterdam it is time to take leave of your bikes. 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 - Day of departure
    Breakfast as usual, and departure by 10 AM.

    Please note that the first ten departures from the 28th of March up to and including the 30th of May have a slightly different itinerary than the other departures. The itinerary will be as follows:

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 27 mi. (44 km) | Alkmaar - Enkhuizen by bus transfer
    Day 3: Enkhuizen - Alkmaar by bus transfer | Alkmaar – Den Helder, 24 or 31 mi. (38 or 55 km)
    Day 4Den Helder – Oudeschild* | North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (your choice 9 - 41 miles/15 - 65 km) | Texel – Den Oever
    Day 5: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland round trip, 27 or 34 mi (43 or 55 km)
    Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 mi (30 or 50 km)
    Day 7Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam, 22 or 31 miles (35 or 50 km)
    Day 8: Disembarkation: Amsterdam

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in start at 2 PM in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping or explore downtown Amsterdam, world-famous for its canals, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, museums, the Anne Frank House, the Waterlooplein Flea Market, the Dam Square in the historical center and heart of the city. An optional canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from another side. Be back on board by 5 pm as you will enjoy your welcome meeting, drink, followed by dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

    Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 27 mi. (44 km) | Alkmaar - Enkhuizen by bus transfer
    During breakfast, your ship will sail to Zaandam. The first cycling 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 rural polder area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar, and Hoorn. Stroll through the former whaler’s village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. Your cycling tour ends in the historical center of Alkmaar. All bicycles will be parked and stored safely and monitored in Alkmaar. At the end of the afternoon, a coach will bring you back to “De Holland” in Enkhuizen, a beautiful 17th-century town at the banks of the lake IJsselmeer with a rich cultural and maritime tradition.

    Day 3: Enkhuizen - Alkmaar by bus transfer | Alkmaar – Den Helder, 24 or 31 mi. (38 or 55 km)
    After breakfast, a coach will bring you back to Alkmaar, where today’s bike tour starts. Today you can discover the beautiful coastal area of North-Holland: approx. 70 km (45 miles) long strip with forest, heathland and sand dunes and of course the wide sandy beaches of the North Sea. On the route — and certainly worth a visit — is the artist’s village of Bergen. Then you will bike all the way through the dunes and along the coast and beaches northward, to the navy harbor of Den Helder. There is a 17 km (10.5 mi.) shorter option if you do not cycle to Den Helder, but to Schagen instead, and take the train (limited capacity for bicycles - approx. 30 min. - train tickets approx. € 13.00 not included) to Den Helder. After dinner visit and guided tour (incl.) of the light ship museum in Den Helder. Night on board in Den Helder.

    Day 4: Den Helder – Oudeschild*| North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (your choice 9-41 miles/15-65 km)** | Texel – Den Oever
    During breakfast the Angela Esmee will cross the Marsdiep, a deep tide-race between Den Helder and Texel Island to the harbor of Oudeschild.** You will quickly understand why the island of Texel is a favorite destination for many tourists as you cycle around this enchanting Dutch island. Charming villages, beautiful beaches, and areas of natural importance are crisscrossed by a network of cycling tracks, making all areas of the island easily accessible. Swim at one of the wide sandy beaches, visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” and/or cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 25 miles) through picturesque villages and landscapes. At the end of your cycling tour, you can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery in the harbor of Oudeschild. In the evening the boat will return to Den Oever on the mainland. The highlight of the evening will be a night of live music on board.

    ** In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the captain may decide to sail to Texel on Monday evening or not at all.  In the latter case you can reach Texel by ferry (price approx. € 5 pp, not incl.).

    Day 5: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland, round trip from/to Stavoren, 27 or 34 miles (43 or 55 km)
    The vessel will cross the large inland lake IJsselmeer to sail to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. You can opt for 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 Stavoren, one of the famous 11 cities of Friesland.

    Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 miles (30 or 50 km)
    Sail to Medemblik during breakfast. Take the short pedaling from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer (former “Zuiderzee”) 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 harbor, a historic old town center and the very interesting “Zuiderzeemuseum“. 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 harbors and name givers of Cape Horn. Enjoy your lunch break and make a short stroll of the old city. Continue by bike through some picturesque rural villages to Enkhuizen. In the evening you enjoy a short city walking tour.

    Day 7 (Fri): Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (Approx. 35 or 50 km/22 or 31 mi.)
    During 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, where you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. Recommended (extra miles) is a detour 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 tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.

    Day 8: Amsterdam
    After breakfast, disembarkation, and end of the tour.

    All other departures except for August 1, August 8, and August 15, 2020

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 27 mi. (44 km)
    Day 3: Dune tour, Alkmaar – Alkmaar, 20 or 25 mi. (33 or 40 km) | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Day 4Den Helder – Oudeschild* | North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (your choice 9 - 41 mi./15 - 65 km) | Texel – Den Oever
    Day 5: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland round trip from/to Stavoren, 27 or 34 mi (43 or 55 km)
    Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 mi (30 or 50 km)
    Day 7Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam, 22 or 31 mi. (35 or 50 km)
    Day 8: Disembarkation: Amsterdam

    Parts in italics are covered by the ship. A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available onboard. He/she will provide you with all necessary tour information during daily briefings. Y during daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks, and printed route notes. The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle. During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options.

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in starts at 2 PM in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to go shopping or explore downtown Amsterdam, world-famous for its canals, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, museums, the Anne Frank House, the Waterlooplein Flea Market, the Dam Square in the historical center and heart of the city. An optional canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from another side. Be back on board by 5 pm as you will enjoy your welcome meeting, drink, followed by dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

    Day 2:  Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 27 mi. (44 km)
    The first bike trip of this tour takes you via small villages through the beautiful flat and green polder landscape. You will cycle out of Amsterdam via a well-maintained cycling track. The first stop is the open-air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum, you will cycle through the "Land of Leeghwater", a green polder area between  Amsterdam, Alkmaar, and Hoorn. Leeghwater was a 17th Century scientist, who invented a revolutionary system to reclaim marshland from the sea by pumping out water with a system of windmills, smaller and larger canals. Stroll through the former whaling village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. Your ship De Holland will be waiting for you near the historical city center of Alkmaar.  

    Day 3: Dune tour, Alkmaar – Alkmaar, 20 or 25 mi. (33 or 40 km) | Alkmaar – Den Helder*
    Today you can discover the beautiful North Holland Dune Reserve. This is a 5.300-hectare  forest and dune area with 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 center. In the afternoon, the De Holland will sail over the North Holland Canal to the navy harbor of Den Helder.

    Day 4: Den Helder – Oudeschild*| North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (your choice 9-41 miles/15-65 km)** | Texel – Den Oever
    During breakfast the Angela Esmee will cross the Marsdiep, a deep tide-race between Den Helder and Texel Island to the harbor of Oudeschild.** You will quickly understand why the island of Texel is a favorite destination for many tourists as you cycle around this enchanting Dutch island. Charming villages, beautiful beaches, and areas of natural importance are crisscrossed by a network of cycling tracks, making all areas of the island easily accessible. Swim at one of the wide sandy beaches, visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” and/or cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 25 miles) through picturesque villages and landscapes. At the end of your cycling tour, you can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery in the harbor of Oudeschild. In the evening the boat will return to Den Oever on the mainland. The highlight of the evening will be a night of live music on board.

    ** In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the captain may decide to sail to Texel on Monday evening or not at all.  In the latter case you can reach Texel by ferry (price approx. € 5 pp, not incl.).

    Day 5: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland, round trip from/to Stavoren, 27 or 34 miles (43 or 55 km)
    The vessel will cross the large inland lake IJsselmeer to sail to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. You can opt for 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 Stavoren, one of the famous 11 cities of Friesland.

    Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 miles (30 or 50 km)
    Sail to Medemblik during breakfast. Take the short pedaling from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer (former “Zuiderzee”) 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 harbor, a historic old town center and the very interesting “Zuiderzeemuseum“. 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 harbors and name giver of Cape Horn. Enjoy your lunch break and make a short stroll of the old city. Continue by bike through some picturesque rural villages to Enkhuizen. In the evening you enjoy a short city walking tour.

    Day 7 (Fri): Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (Approx. 35 or 50 km/22 or 31 mi.)
    During 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, where you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. Recommended (extra miles) is a detour 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 tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.

    Day 8: Amsterdam
    After breakfast, disembarkation, and end of the tour.

    August 1:

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 27 mi. (44 km)
    Day 3: Dune tour, Alkmaar – Alkmaar, 20 or 25 mi. (33 or 40 km) | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Day 4: Ferry to North Sea island of Texel: cycling round trips from ‘t Horntje | Den Helder – Den Oever (several options from 9 to 41 mi. (15 to 65 km)
    Day 5: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland, round trip from/to Stavoren, 27 or 34 mi. (43 or 55 km)
    Day 6: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 mi. (30 or 50 km)
    Day 7Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Alkmaar, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Day 8: Disembarkation by 9:30 am, Alkmaar

    August 8:

    Day 1: Embarkation: Alkmaar
    Embarkation and check-in between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Alkmaar. Take the opportunity to go shopping or to explore the beautiful historic city. At 5 p.m. welcome drink and safety instructions, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Alkmaar.
    Day 2: Dune tour, Alkmaar – Alkmaar, 20 or 25 mi. (33 or 40 km) | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Day 3: Ferry to North Sea island of Texel: cycling round trips from ‘t Horntje | Den Helder – Den Oever (several options from 9 mi. (15 km) to 41 mi. (65 km)
    Day 4: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland round trip from/to Stavoren, 27 or 34 mi. (43 or 55 km)
    Day 5: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 mi. (30 or 50 km)
    Day 6Enkhuizen – Haarlem | cycling tour to North Sea Beach, 16 mi. (25 km) or visit Sail Amsterdam
    In the morning, the ship will sail over the IJsselmeer to Amsterdam, where it will slowly pass the SAIL-area with hundreds of large sailing vessels and so-called “tall ships” from all over the world. The ship will reach Haarlem in the early afternoon. You can take a short afternoon cycling tour to the sandy beaches of Zandvoort. Alternatively, you can hop on the train to Amsterdam (train station nearby, train ride approx. 20 min., €4,50 one-way, not incl.) to visit the huge SAIL event during the afternoon and evening
    Day 7Haarlem – Zaandam | Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (27 mi. (44 km)
    During breakfast, the ship will sail to Zaandam. The last cycling 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. The De Holland will be waiting for you near the historical city center of Alkmaar.
    Day 8: Alkmaar

    August 15: 

    Day 1: Embarkation: Alkmaar
    Embarkation and check-in between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Alkmaar. Take the opportunity to go shopping or to explore the beautiful historical city. At 5 p.m. welcome drink and safety instructions, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Alkmaar.
    Day 2: Dune tour, Alkmaar – Alkmaar, 20 or 25 mi. (33 or 40 km) | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Day 3: Ferry to North Sea island of Texel: cycling round trips from ‘t Horntje | Den Helder – Den Oever (several options from 9 mi. (15 km) to 41 mi. (65 km)
    Day 4: Den Oever – Stavoren | South-west Friesland round trip from/to Stavoren, 27 or 34 mi. (43 or 55 km)
    Day 5: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, 19 or 31 mi. (30 or 50 km)
    Day 6Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam, 22 or 31 mi. (35 or 50 km)
    Day 7: Amsterdam – Zaandam | Zaandam – Amsterdam, 19 or 28 mi. (30 or 45 km)
    Short breakfast cruise to Zaandam. From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open-air museum the Zaanse Schans (free entry), with its beautiful windmills, an Old Dutch village with traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum, you cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. You will have the opportunity to make a canal cruise, visit a museum or do some sightseeing or shopping. Last night on board in Amsterdam.
    Day 8: Amsterdam

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans
    Day 2: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar
    Day 3: Alkmaar - Den Helder
    Day 4: Den Helder - Texel
    Day 5: Texel - Wadden Sea - Stavoren
    Day 6: Stavoren - Lemmer - Urk
    Day 7: Urk - Lelystad - Amsterdam
    Day 8: Amsterdam

    Average daily distances are 35 - 55 km.

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans
    Check-in begins at  3:30. You can drop your luggage off beginning at 10 am but please note that the cabins will not be ready for check-in. The Merlijn sets sail at 4:30 pm for Zaanstad for mooring overnight. Once you board, as you enjoy a complimentary beverage, you will be introduced to the crew, and be informed about the tour, the ship and safety.  Dinner will be during the cruise. In the evening there is a city walk through the picturesque scenery of de Zaanse Schans.

    Day 2: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar
    After breakfast, you will have more time to stroll through the very interesting area of Zaanse Schans, best known for its collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. In its 18th and 19th century heyday, the Zaan region was an important industrial area dotted by hundreds of windmills. Here you will get a sense of ancient Dutch history. The cycling route leads from here to Alkmaar,  through an attractive Dutch landscape. After dinner, you can take part in an evening stroll through this pretty city.

    Day 3: Alkmaar - Den Helder
    Today you will cycle through a part of the Netherlands that is ‘Dutch nature at its purest’. Meadows, canals, lovely farms and houses, and more, showcasing rural Holland.  Your tour ends in Den Helder, the most northern part of the province of North Holland.

    Day 4: Den Helder - Texel
    While you enjoy your breakfast, the Merlijn navigates to the isle of Texel, sailing very close to open sea. If you look very carefully, you may see England. After arrival in Texel, you will have the opportunity to cycle this island, featuring dunes, beaches and of course, great bike paths. You will have the chance to visit a cheese farm today or tomorrow and if you want to take a break from cycling you will definitely enjoy the nature and the sea. Dinner is on your own this evening and you will enjoy experiencing local cuisine.

    Day 5: Texel - Wadden Sea - Stavoren
    You will be able to cycle more this morning on this beautiful island. Early afternoon, the Merlijn will sail across the Wadden Sea to Stavoren, providing you a stunning view of the shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. It has great biological diversity and is an important area for both breeding and migrating birds. You may even spot some seals. Early evening we will arrive in Stavoren. Enjoy your stroll through this ancient harbor city!

    Day 6: Stavoren - Lemmer - Urk
    Your bike tour starts in Stavoren and takes you through the charming landscape of the province of  Friesland, with lots of small canals and lakes, to Lemmer. Here you will board the Merlijn to sail to Urk, once an island and still a very traditional fishery village. There is a lighthouse, a fishing museum and the old part of the town is very authentic and you will enjoy a walk through it.

    Day 7: Urk - Lelystad - Amsterdam
    Early in the morning, the boat will navigate from Urk to Lelystad, along the coast of Holland's new land, the youngest province of Flevoland. Once this was the ‘Zuiderzee’, an open sea. Flevoland was reclaimed in the sixties and has become the 12th province of the Netherlands. After some cycling,  you board the Merlijn again, for a three-hour cruise to Amsterdam. Farewell dinner on board and last overnight stay.

    Day 8: Amsterdam
    Breakfast, check out and departure.

    Extend your stay in Holland,  go on a ride through the canals, or visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum.

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    Tour Reviews

    • Gertie B. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      A perfect experience - great staff - very flexible - excellent meals

      Boat: Sailing Home

    • LEONIDAS ROUSSINOS 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      We have completed many boat and bike tours all through TripSite who have always done an outstanding job to make sure the customers get their information on time. Carla and her team do a great job.
      The North Holland tour is the least desirable tour to choose for a number of reasons.
      The De Holland boat is the least agreeable thing to ever float on a river, a box with no charm at all. On the other hand the cabins inside even though they are small, they are clean and the bathrooms are fitted nicely and roomy. It also has a decent deck from where to enjoy the view when in port or sailing.
      The administration of this company are not doing themselves any favours. They have cut down the crew to the level that they are unable to properly serve their customers. The persons working as crew on this boat are killing themselves to provide the best service possible without much success most of the time. Just not enough people to do the jobs. Furthermore if you plan to charge for WiFi Read more… service you are simply daft by asking for the 10 euros for the week. Just up the trip price and tell everyone WiFi is FREE. What a a bargain! Nickel and dimeing your customers is a poor way of doing business. Also changing the itinerary in order to save fuel is a disservice to your customers. The excuse that the boat is not able to dock at Ouderchild on Texel is rubbish as they have been doing it before and cycling through the harbour there, we saw no difference to facilities or space than all the other docking places we did dock at. So boat wise and management wise this trip is poor.
      However, the guide person was outstanding. She knew everything about the area and the routes and she was soooooo patient she was great! The day (Day 3) of cycling the dunes east of Alkmaar can easily be deleted. There is little to see and of very little interest to almost all the riders we spoke with. It is far more interesting to cycle in Alkmaar city and explore the city museums and other historical venues than riding the dusty windy dunes. The most interesting cities visited are Alkmaar, Enkhuisen and Volendam.
      The food on board was adequate but nothing special or even Dutch. Not a single Dutch meal or treat was offered during the week. Then the issue with the coffee and cake time upon return after a day of cycling. Are they nuts or what? One day coffee time is 4 to 5 pm. The next day 3:30 to 4:30 and the next day different again. Get real and set the time 3:30 to 5:00 and get on with life. No need to confuse things and have people expect a cup of coffee and then find out that the time was earlier today. Really?
      Asking for ice in the water was like asking for gold plated silverware. One napkin per person like napkins are a euro each. Are you kidding? Put a napkin holder on each table like every where else. What is this 1910 world paper shortage or are you pretending to be the world leader in paper napkin savings??
      The bikes were of top quality and well maintained. The crew that was looking after the bikes were there when you needed them and helped everyone to make sure the bikes were set up properly and safe for them. First Class service.
      What is great about these trips? The people you meet and the fun things that happen during the tour. The fun places you meet strangers and have lunch with, the help you may get or give on the way to a destination and memories that stay behind. I am afraid to say this trip was short on great memories, but some nevertheless. Perhaps another boat and this trip could have been a better one.

    • Helen W. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Scenery was great, bring a camel back if you like to drink water while riding, most bikes did not have a cage for the water bottle, instead you kept it in the pannier. Our guide, Eduaro, did not seem to know where we could stop to take a break or use a bathroom, he said everythng was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, this was a problem for the women in the group, it was hot and we needed to keep hydrated.
      The captain, chef and assistant Vera were wonderful and did all they could to make us comfortable.

      Boat: Liza Marleen

    • Maryann B. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

      This was a wonderful trip, highly recommended to both cyclists and non-cyclists! The staff went out of their way to make sure all the guests were well looked after.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Susan O. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

      The De Holland is a lovely barge with a proficient staff and nice upper level staterooms. The food was above average and the after-ride beer is a great value. The North Holland area is very rural with small towns but mostly agricultural routes. Easy navigating because The Netherlands has an extensive network of bikeways and understandable wayfinding. The history of diking, watermills and pumping is fascinating and would be good to know about as you ride through this area. Our trip was in the beginning of October and we had beautiful weather although it can be windy along some portions of the ride.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Paul Alper 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      On the Liza Marleen there were 6 of us from our family ranging in age from 82 to less than 2 years of age. The staff on the ship was superb, especially the cook who was particularly considerate regarding the granddaughters who roamed the dining area. She was quite creative with her menus and happy to socialize with the participants. Moreover, because it was my daughter's birthday (birthdays are Big Deals in the Netherlands) on the last night of the trip, the cook ignored my request for one cupcake with a candle and instead presented gorgeous cakes for the entire ship. Her English assistant was equally kind; the skipper turned out to be a first-class guitar player and had the entire ship singing along.

      It was a wonderful and successful excursion and I am very grateful to the staff on board the Liza Marleen for everything they did to accommodate us and make it a memorable 50th wedding anniversary.

      Boat: Liza Marleen

    • Stephen T. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The North Holland barge and bike is a fantastic experience and a great opportunity for a family to share a unique adventure together. The scenery is spectacular, the villages immaculate, the people friendly, the barge comfortable, the food good, the bikes new and the staff accommodating. To improve the experience, breakfast could be better and the lunch selections more varied. Early risers generally helped themselves to all of the pastries before others cold enjoy them. Seating could be unassigned so that more people could meet and enjoy different parts of the dining room. Otherwise they have this trip wired.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Marion B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Most Memorable Part: How well everything was organized for each day - even when weather was challenging (very rainy), being able to re-accommodate the trip itinerary in such short notice.

      Boat: Wending

    • Jill L. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      A number of things stand out. First, the size of the room (which was shown as 4 single beds but ended up being a tiny room with two bunkbeds where we could not all stand in the room). Second, the fact that after active days covering 50 Kms or more there was no water provided (a bottle of water was provided at breakfast only) and no food available in the hours before dinner. Third, all meals had to be taken at the same assigned table reducing any opportunity to mingle with other guests. Fourth, on an active holiday with healthy active people, the meals did not include any colorful vegetables. The staff were mostly lovely and the rides were picturesque, but the overall experience was not positive.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Alene G. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      This was our first time at a bike & barge trip and it was a great adventure! Staff was amazing and the other guests all gelled - we all worked together to have a fun experience. Getting to see various areas in Northern Holland up close was amazing. Be prepared for weather changes! Layer and bring clothes for rain! But most of all be prepared for a great vacation!

      Boat: Wending

    • D. Dray 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We have been on seven self-guided bike trips (two of them with boats) and this was truly one of the best! The accommodations on our Prague ship, the MS Florentina were nicer (larger lounges, expansive deck, etc) than the Angela Esmee to be frank, but the Angela's superb crew, the charming towns as ports of call, and along the route, and our tour leader, Margaret, more than made up for it. I highly recommend this tour!

      Boat: De Holland

    • Cathy G. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I already have recommended this trip to several people. By far this trip was the best trip I have ever been on. Thank you.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Kim E. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Complete day from start to finish! Staff were super friendly and efficient! Breathtaking views of countryside and timeless villages! Supper dining was plentiful, varied and delicious! Basic rooms were always tidy and clean. Wow...what an incredible adventure.

      Boat: De Holland

    • J. Post 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The wifi on the barge needs to be upgraded. It was inadequate and inconsistent.This is really the only criticism I have - the rest was great. But it is important to travelers these days.

      Boat: Liza Marleen

      • Jehiel 4 years ago     Staff

        Hi J. Post,
        I'm sorry you found the onboard wifi inadequate. We often tell our guests that onboard wifi is not guaranteed and that signals can be weak from time to time. It is because of this we recommend looking into Portable Wifi for travel found on our FAQ page.

    • K. Jevons 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      It was a great bicycle trip. Beautiful countryside, bike paths were excellent and the guide "Hugo" was exceptional. Barge was perfect. We were able to see the real Holland, not the typical tourist city Holland. Communication and arrangement of the tour with Tripsite was very good. Thanks.

      Boat: Sailing Home

    • C. Abernethy 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The small tour group was perfect for my 12 year old son and I. The biking was awesome - we both loved cycling through the farms and along the canals. Although it was rainy and windy for majority of the time - we still enjoyed it very much. The food was fantastic!!

      Boat: Wending

    • J. Caffrey 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We have been on 4 barge based bike trips plus 3 hotel based bike trips, all in Europe and this was the best. There are simply not enough superlatives to use to praise this trip. From the guide to the cook to the quality of the bikes and the barge we add the wonderful route and great scenery.

      Boat: Wending

    • L. Scrutton 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I would have liked was some variety in the lunch fruit. Apples every day but one ...... got a bit boring. I would also have liked to have a condiment (mustard or mayonnaise) to add to the meat/cheese sandwiches as they were a bit dry. All in all, a great trip! Too bad the weather wasn't a bit better, but nothing could be done about that.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Margaret Terrett 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I would recommend the trip with reservations. The food on the boat was not special but ok. While our leader was competent I did not find him helpful at times and other times I found him condescending. The route descriptions were well done but we had to argue to have one for each rider even though it clearly stated we would each a have one. I would have like much more about the places we were visiting included on the daily route descriptions. Carrying a visitor guide is not easy on a bike. The bikes were not in good shape for our trip. The mechanic tried to do his best but they were not a "freewheeling" experience. On mine the gears did not work, others had similar issues. When the holiday depends on a good cycling experience then the bike becomes a priority.
      I cannot recommend the experience whole heartily except for the amazing landscape of northern Netherlands. That part I really enjoyed. Also I enjoyed being part of a group. I would not recommend a person Read more… or couple try the trip because no effort was made to mix the people. I was part of a big group and so I always had people to cycle with.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Sue Cousineau 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      1. Food was mediocre - not great...lots of canned or frozen vegetables. Meat was consistently over cooked and dry. There was lots of choices for breakfast and we especially liked the variety to make our lunches. Had to pay for hot water, tea & coffee after 4:00 pm was a ridiculous and cheap policy which angered many.
      2. Room service - towels were not replenished each day as expected until the guide told us to put them in the shower to indicate we wanted towels refreshed each day. This was a problem of no signage to indicate this practice and that the guide forgot to tell us until day 4 when someone complained.
      3. Maps and route descriptions - we always marvel at the signage for cycling in the Netherlands. Our country should adopt this method. But we were only given one map/booklet per room. Again, a very cheap practice as all travelers are paying cyclists and each want their own maps. Can't guarantee that those who room together actually cycle together. Read more… This again angered many in our group all of whom are avid cyclists who have traveled extensively by bike in Europe.
      4. Route - Wonderful! Northern Netherlands is so beautiful, the route selected was varied and very picturesque, and towns we visited were charming.
      5. Staff - Every staff person, but one, was extremely polite, helpful and courteous, from the kitchen staff, the captain, servers, and bike support fellas. The one exception was our guide who was rigid, rude, impatient and grumpy. He warmed up as the week progressed but his welcoming manner was less than desirable. He didn't seem to like to deal with women or English clients, as we saw that he got along very well with the German clients. It could have been a factor of language and fatigue due the fact that it was the end of the season.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Paul Hough 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The nickel and diming on the boat was annoying - i.e., free coffee until 4 pm but nobody gets back before then; coffee and tea not included with dinner (extra cost); bottled water sold at the same price as a beer (one token worth 2.5 Euros). Our guide, Marcel, was clearly out of sorts and was not someone I would recommend - rude, disinterested, unhelpful, condescending, and refused to answer questions. I trust that other guides are much better.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Diane Thomson 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The bikes did show some wear but the two mechanics on our barge were wonderful in making repairs overnight. The maps were on the whole very good but each person on the trip should be given their own set of maps and the accompanied daily itinerary descriptions.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Carolyn Dunbar 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      This was a nice trip which I chose after research. I learned that I prefer smaller groups.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Thomas Reid 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Marcel is a great guide/tour leader.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Susan Monaghan 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      There was some disconnect in passing along information. For example the barge had to leave earlier than 6:30 but info was not passed on. Fortunately my friends and I arrived and boarded the sister ship and got the info that the Angela Esmee was instructed to leave the port due to some Dutch holiday celebration. Good thing we took the initiative. There was no one waiting on the dock to give us this info.
      Info about running a tab for drinks was false. We had to purchase tokens from a machine to use at bar. Bikes were somewhat rickety, having seen their 2nd season (according to a mechanic I talked to). Mine and some others made a grinding noise the entire time. The mechanic tried to fix it, but eventually I just tolerated it. I heard one mech say the bikes had a couple more trips this season. Good luck to the next owner.
      Food was very good and the staff were very friendly. I would recommend a Bike and Barge trip to friends, but we ran into another group on a similar Read more… tour riding green bikes...they LOVED their bikes. We couldn't come close to saying that about ours. The green bike tour paid similar costs.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Marnie Terrett 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I found the conditions of the bikes quite poor. They were obviously wearing out after a season of use. The food was adequate but not spectacular. The information about how to get clean towels was given 5 days into the trip.
      The routes were well described but I would have liked further information about the towns we were passing through and where we were staying the night. Our group happened upon a cemetery with Canadian war dead but it was just luck. That type of information should be included I the route description of the day. Despite the things mentioned I did enjoy the trip and would recommend it to others.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Fair Rapsey 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I had a lot of trouble with the bike seat. That created pain/discomfort for the whole week. We saw other barges participants en route with much better bikes than we had. Ours were quite old and clunky but they worked OK when you got used to them. The bike mechanics were great. The seven gears were adequate for the terrain.

      We should each have our own maps and route descriptions, not just one per cabin. You don't necessarily cycle with your cabin mate and sometimes people get separated from cycling partners during the day.

      Our guide Marcel appeared to have a very arrogant attitude towards guests, particularly those who asked for clarification of various things. He was rude to me when I asked a question about the availability of public washrooms along the way - and what was customary in Holland. He snapped "So you think Dutch people don't go to the toilet?" He seemed to make a lot more effort as the week went on and was quite knowledgeable about a Read more… variety of things. He got off to a bad start with quite a few people however.

      Re Food: The food was good and varied. We had a lot of salads/vegetables (generally overcooked) which I appreciated. Tea, coffee and water should be available for free all the time, not just till 4. A euro for hot water and a tea bag is chintzy.

      I enjoyed the trip and the route. The route was quite varied in a lot of ways and very beautiful. Luckily the weather was reasonably cooperative and our group had a great time. The barge is a fun experience, and I would recommend it and consider another trip for myself as well.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Bob Rodney 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Marcel was a very good guide-Johnan helped keep our bikes in very good order.

      Boat: De Holland

    • Buford and Gina 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The tour was excellent. We’d have no reservations about booking another tour comparable to this, or recommending the trip to others—in fact, we already have. We enjoyed every minute.

      We were somewhat anxious about how the trip would work out: would we find the boat ok?; would we be able to get everything on-board ok?; would we have a good time? The trip worked like clockwork—everything worked exactly as it should!

      Our accommodations on-board the Angela Esmee were quite comfortable. The rooms were small, as we expected. However, they were very comfortable. Additionally, we spent very little time in our cabin. Most of our time was spent either on the bikes, walking in the great port villages, on the top deck, or in the dining salon, enjoying the company of the others on the tour or the wonderful staff. Food on-board the ship was very good, and quite filling. Just right to get us off to a good start, or to replenish us after a great Read more… day of riding.

      The staff was most accommodating. We really bonded with Arie, the tour leader. He proved to be very helpful, and knowledgeable. However, beyond that, he was personable! He is very well schooled, and has a great sense of humor. He was someone we enjoyed spending time with on our vacation. In addition to Arie, the Captain and ship’s crew (Matthew, and Peter), the hotel manager (Yvonne), cook, and the wait staff and cabin cleaning crew were all very personable, and willing to help with anything we needed.

      The cycling was fantastic. The tour routes were obviously well thought out—they led us through picturesque small villages, and natural terrain. Traffic was negligible throughout the routes. Additionally, all of our many stops resulted in very positive, enjoyable conversations and interactions with everyone we encountered. At one stop, we were offered tea, coffee, and great conversation when we stopped into a local hardware store along our route between Enkhouzen and Hoorn. We also encountered the Wervershoof bakery owner’s wife, a fantastic lady, at one of our many bakery stops. There’s a reason Dutch Apple Pie is famous, though in Wervershoof, it’s the cookies that steal the show.

      Thank you for helping us arrange rental of the Hase Pinos! They were quite enjoyable for the trip. TomTom rentals(info@tomtomtandem.nl) really went out of their way to help us get the bikes adjusted and to ensure we were comfortable on the bikes. They were with us for approximately two hours before departure to ensure everything was just right. In addition, Tom left us with a tool kit with anything we may have needed during the tour—fortunately, we didn’t need anything, the bikes performed flawlessly. I would suggest that you offer these Hase Pino Tandems as a routine option. There may be others who desire such a bike—especially cases where one rider is significantly stronger than another, or for cases where one rider may have a physical limitation that wouldn’t allow them to participate on their own. The advantages of the Pino are that two riders will stay together with their heads so close that they can carry on conversations. Plus, both have a beautiful view of the route ahead. My wife actually rode with her i-phone/camera dangling from a wrist strap—ready to snap photos at a moment’s notice, which she did quite often. During our tour, we encountered one other Hase Pino. It appeared the rider in the front may have been blind. Nevertheless, on this bike they could still participate in the ride.

      We did have one minor annoyance. I’d like to emphasize “minor.” The Wi-Fi service on-board the ship only worked sporadically. We had wanted to use this service to maintain a blog, and keep friend and family at home appraised of the trip. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t reliable enough to enable us to do this. Nevertheless, in the grand scheme of things, we consider this a minor annoyance against what was otherwise a FANTASTIC trip.

      We plan on doing a similar vacation again. When we do, you can bet that we’ll return to Tripsite for your outstanding support.

      Thank you!

      Buford and Gina

      Boat: De Holland

    • Beth Davidson 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I loved the Northern Tour aboard the Elodie. It is a nice small boat with a wonderful crew and fantastic bikes. I hope to do it again some day.

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    North Holland Tour Boats + Barges

    De Holland Photo

    De Holland Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat The former Angela Esmee, renamed now to De Holland, and was completely renovated in winter 2017/2018. The De Holland has 34 well equipped staterooms for a maximum of 71 passengers.

    De Willemstad Photo

    De Willemstad Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat Deluxe class boats are very nicely furnished 5-star ships featuring large cabins with low beds, private bathrooms, a large dining area, separate saloon, and more.

    Liza Marleen Photo

    Liza Marleen Comfort Class Boat The Liza Marleen is a lovely motor passenger barge that was built in 1998 and the cabins were completely renovated in 2016. This "robust" lady is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways. It has a beautiful salon area and a spacious deck.

    Wending Photo

    Wending Netherlands Standard Class Boat The Wending is a former freight barge that was converted into a passenger motor barge in the early nineties and faithfully maintained since. The barge has a spacious salon equipped with a television and music installation. It is a great place to relax after a fulfilling day of cycling.

    Zwaan Photo

    Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat Once a cargo boat, the Zwaan (Swan) was completely renovated and converted into a comfortable passenger barge. On board you will find seven comfortable cabins allowing a total capacity of 16 passengers.

    Merlijn Photo

    Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!

    Anna Antal Photo

    Anna Antal Netherlands Standard Class Boat The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge converted into a motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2013, the salon and cabins were renovated. The sailing area of the Anna Antal includes all Dutch, German and Belgian waterways in so far as a ship of this size can sail. She also sails on the Waddenzee, IJsselmeer and Zeeland. The Anna Antal is built according to the rules of Maritime laws and holds a valid certificate for the Rhine.

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