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Top of Amsterdam

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Amsterdam
Schiphol Airport

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Amsterdam
Schiphol Airport

Not until the 17th Century large parts of the area north of Amsterdam were recovered from the sea and reclaimed through the use of hundreds of windmills. It’s here that you will find the typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills and harbours.

Volendam: traditional costumes, sailing ships and long johns on the clotheslines. If you want to experience what it was to live in one of those villages in the old days we recommend to visit ‘het Zuiderzeemuseum‘. On day 4 you’ll sail to Texel, an island with thousands of sheep and a magnificent nature reserve. Back on the mainland the route brings you to Holland’s most beautiful dune area. These are also the only kilometers you will be cycling above sea level! Alkmaar will also provide a good picture of ancient times. It is the capital of Dutch cheese with its own cheese market and weigh-house for cheese. In Zaanse Schans, a lovely little hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan, the mills, houses, shops and traditional Dutch crafts bring the past to life.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40
  • Typical fishing villages Volendam and Enkhuizen
  • Isle of Texel
  • Alkmaar, the capital of cheese
  • Land of Leeghwater, Purmer and the Beemster

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Amsterdam, embarkation at 4 pm, round tour.

15KM

A simple settlement at the mouth of the river Amstel, with open connection to the sea: this was Amsterdam in the 12th century. Back on board, after the bike ride, the programme for the next day and the rest of the week will be explained to you at dinner time.

Day 2

Sunday: Amsterdam-Volendam, sailing to Hoorn

46KM
Sunday: Amsterdam-Volendam, sailing to Hoorn

You now leave Amsterdam, which is still very quiet at this hour. A ferry takes you to the Amsterdam Noord quarter and soon you will be cycling through the rural area of Waterland. In this soggy peat land the houses and villages are hardly above the level of the water.
The former isle of Marken is visited. 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 on bike. The route continues to the historic village of Monnickendam, which received its municipal charter in 1355.
Now you continue your way along the Gouwzee dike to Volendam. 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 harbour 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 northerly direction towards the city of Hoorn. During the evening walk you will have the opportunity to get a good impression of this beautiful city with its rich past.

Day 3

Monday: Hoorn – Enkhuizen, visit Zuiderzeemuseum

34KM
Monday:  Hoorn – Enkhuizen, visit Zuiderzeemuseum

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: with time perception changed. The environment and fresh water 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 amalgamated. You can end your day with a visit to the Zuiderzeemuseum. 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.

Day 4

Tuesday: Enkhuizen – Medemblik, sailing to Texel

34KM
Tuesday: Enkhuizen – Medemblik, sailing to Texel

The cycling tour starts on the IJsselmeer dike and is then left behind to go through a nature reserve and some typical West-Frisian villages. Then Medemblik comes in sight, the oldest city of West-Friesland (1289), with an illustrious past and with Radboud castle, dating from the 13th century. At Medemblik you get on board and sail the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea to the isle of Texel.

Day 5

Wednesday: Texel, round trip

35KM
Wednesday: Texel, round trip

The isle of Texel, which is one municipality, is the largest of the Dutch Waddeneilanden (Wadden islands). The average length of Texel is 20 km and the average width 8 km. Texel is highly appreciated by bird-watchers. In springtime about 80 different types of birds breed her, mainly in the dune areas, but all in all about 300 different species have been perceived on Texel. A tour around this island with its numerous cycle tracks is well worth the effort. You can choose between round trips of 35, 48 or 62 km. The guide will cycle the 35 km.

Day 6

Thursday: Texel, sailing to Den Helder and cycling to Alkmaar

58KM
Thursday: Texel, sailing to Den Helder and cycling to Alkmaar

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.
Today’s route takes you through the dunes. You pass by the unique nature reserve Het Zwanenwater (The Swans’ Water), with its lakes and boggy hollows in the dunes. A little further you cycle on the Hondsbossche Zeewering (Hondsbossche Sea Dike), with a spectacular view of the North Sea. You enter the area of the Schoorlse Duinen (Schoorl Dunes), where you will find the highest dunes in the country. During the last century many pine trees were planted here so now it is a rather woody region. Bergen is an artists’ village which attracts many painters, writers and architects.
Your destination for today is Alkmaar, also called the City of Cheese. Its weigh-house was the first in the country (for weighing and trading of cheese).

Day 7

Friday: Alkmaar – Zaanse Schans – Amsterdam

55KM
Thursday: Texel, sailing to Den Helder and cycling to Alkmaar

Alkmaar’s famous Friday cheese market starts at 10.00 am. After leaving Alkmaar the stage takes you through the ‘droogmakerij’ land with the 17th century towns of Schermerhorn, Graft and De Rijp. In the next Zaandam, you will visit the world famous hamlet 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 peat land ditches were dug to help draining 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

Saturday, Amsterdam, end of tour after breakfast, before 10 am.

Thursday: Texel, sailing to Den Helder and cycling to Alkmaar

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/19/2018 - 5/26/2018 Limited Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
5/26/2018 - 6/2/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
6/2/2018 - 6/9/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
6/9/2018 - 6/16/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
6/16/2018 - 6/23/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
6/23/2018 - 6/30/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
6/30/2018 - 7/7/2018 Limited Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
7/7/2018 - 7/14/2018 Fully Booked Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus
7/21/2018 - 7/28/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
7/28/2018 - 8/4/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
8/4/2018 - 8/11/2018 Limited Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
8/18/2018 - 8/25/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
8/18/2018 - 8/25/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/25/2018 - 9/1/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
9/1/2018 - 9/8/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
9/8/2018 - 9/15/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
9/15/2018 - 9/22/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
9/29/2018 - 10/6/2018 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
5/5/2018 - 5/12/2018 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin
Anna Antal 2-berth cabin bunk bed € 1598,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal 2-berth cabin bunk bed for single occupancy € 1055,- 0 0
Anna Antal 2-berth cabin low beds € 1900,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending 2-berth cabin € 1900,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending 2-berth cabin for single occupancy € 1155,- 0 0
Wending 3-berth cabin € 2685,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen 2-berth cabin € 2070,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen 2-berth cabin for single occupancy € 1500,- 0 0
Liza Marleen 2-berth cabin Superior (15m²) € 2270,- 0 0
Liza Marleen 3-berth cabin Superior (15m²) € 2835,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 2-berth cabin € 2110,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 2-berth cabin for single occupancy € 1540,- 0 0
Zwaan 3-berth cabin € 3075,- free of charge 30% reduction

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid, 24-gears Hybrid, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard €80
Electric bike Electric bike Batavus Ventoux easy €160
Child’s bike, 21 gears Child’s bike, 21 gears Bike helmet included €55
Child seat Child seat with bike helmet €15
Trailer bike, 3 gears Trailer bike, 3 gears For children between 5-9 years €50
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40
Set of 2 bike maps Set of 2 bike maps Falk, scale 1:50,000 (1 inch = 0.8 miles) €19.50
Bike helmet Bike helmet included for children €10

Included

  • All nights on board (Sat.-Sat. 8 days / 7 nights),  cabin in the booked category;
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner)
  • Use of bed linen and 2 towels (change of towels possible)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Min. 3 city walks with the tourguide
  • Free WiFi is limited availabe in lounge and on deck, for more than 100 MB there is a surcharge.
  • Road book, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not Included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 15 per tour
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a diet), we ask you to mention this when booking.
    In case of Glutenfree diet there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

You are expected on our barge on Saturday at the latest 4 PM.
You can recognise the barge by the banner with Cycletours written on it. The name of your barge is printed on the voucher, which you will receive separately. After arrival there’s coffee and tea on board. Other drinks are also available on cash payment. If you want you can bring your luggage in advance: from noon onwards.

The mooring place of the barge in Amsterdam is Oosterdok Zip-code 1011 VX (near the Science Center: ‘Nemo’, Oosterdok 2).

amsterdam map

 Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).
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. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the barge in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It costs about € 45,-.

Train

The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is Amsterdam Central Station. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the station to the barge takes about 5 minutes: Costs about € 10,-.

Car

If you arrive by car, we recommend you to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. You can find more information about parking possibilities at www.iamsterdam.com. The nearest parking is Parking Oosterdok, www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/english (about € 80,- per week, it is not necessary to reserve in advance; 500m walking distance to the barge).

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later on Saturday morning after breakfast before 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Amsterdam. After the tour ends in you can take the train back to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Should you have an early flight, no problem.  You may leave as early as you need to.

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.

What are the cabins like?

Most cabins are 2-person cabins, but some barges also have cabins for 3 persons (2 low beds+upper bed). There are four categories: Standard Plus (cabins with private shower/toilet; bunk beds), Comfort (cabins as Standard Plus but with twin beds), Comfort Plus (cabins as Comfort, small ship) and Comfort DeLuxe (a very comfortable and tastefully furnished 5-star ship; cabins have twin beds and air-conditioning). In all categories the cabins have central heating and a porthole or window; they are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower/toilet and 220 voltage. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing. The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you. If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a diet), we ask you to mention this when booking. In case of Gluten Free diet there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, and Spain. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, men and women, singles and couples and also families with children (during the school holidays). Most groups are made up of 12 to 30 people.

Cycling in Holland

Holland is a cycling country: 16 million inhabitants all with bikes. The number of cyclists necessitates a cycling infrastructure: cycle paths (30,000 km), cycle routes (long and short distance), cycle bridges, cycle tunnels, cycle ferries and special signposts for cyclists. Cycling is part of normal life in the Netherlands; parents bring their children to school by bike, people go to work by bike, factory workers, doctors, even the prime minister! Cyclists, of course, have to observe traffic rules and regulations. The most important rule is to remember that you are not alone on your bike and that you are sharing the road with your group and other road users. Your guide on board will tell you all you need to know about the traffic rules and regulations.

The most beautiful cycling routes

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Bike maps can be purchased when booking and will be handed over to you on board.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Which countries do the participants come from?

    The principal countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, France, Germany, and Spain. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

  • Can you rejoin the barge before the end of a stage?

    No, the ship doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles).  But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour for April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good shoes
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    extra towel
    •    soap/ insect repellent
    •    hairdryer (220V)

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Accommodations

Wending
Wending

About the barge Wending

The “Wending” is a former freight barge that started a new life in the early nineties as a luxury passenger motor barge. Since then the “Wending” is a familiar fixture on several routes in the Netherlands and Belgium. Mooring place of the Wending is Amsterdam. In 2015 renovated barge sails exclusively for Cycletours Holidays.The“Wending” has a roomy and cosy saloon, equipped with a complete music installation and TV. After a strenuous bike ride it is a great place to relax.

Cabin plan

10 double and 2 triple cabins, the beds in the cabins are side by side. In the triple cabin one bed is placed over the other two.All cabins with private bathroom and central heating

  • Offical name Wending
  • Length 41.5 m
  • Width 6.3 m
  • Capacity 26 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Liza Marleen
Liza Marleen

About the barge

The “Liza Marleen” is a luxury motor passenger barge, built in 1997-98 on the completely dismantled shell of a seafaring freight logger. This barge is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways, like the Dutch Waddenzee, the IJsselmeer and the Zeeland Streams, but it can also be found cruising on the smaller inland waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. The tastefully decorated lounge is equipped with an audio installation, television and video. In the evenings it is possible to come together in the spacious sitting area. Winter of 2015 on 2016 The Liza Marleen is converted to a more luxurious barge.

Cabin plan Liza Marleen

8 cabins have two low beds, which can be placed together. Two cabins are so spacious, that they can expand with 2 lower beds or a third bed and a cot. All cabins have a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, heating and air conditioning.

  • Offical name Liza Marleen
  • Length 38 m
  • Width 6.6 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Anna Antal
Anna Antal

About the barge

The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge which was converted into a luxury motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012 the saloon and cabins were renovated.

The Anna Antal has a cosy salon, a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles. All cabins are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower and toilet, 220 voltage and central heating. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

Cabin Plan

9 cabins, each with their own shower, washbasin, toilet and central heating.

5 x 2-berth cabins with low beds (Comfort) and 4 x 2-berth cabins with bunk beds (StandardPlus).

  • Offical name Anna Antal
  • Length 38 m
  • Width 6.1 m
  • Capacity 18 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

Top of Amsterdam

Top of Amsterdam

 

What others think of this tour

Vacaciones Ideales!
Mr. Maller - 23/07/2016

Absolut empfehlenswert
Frau Gies - 30/07/2016

Beautiful country, relaxed pace, excellent crew! The food was wonderful. The bikes were great. There is not one thing that I could complain about!
Mr. Miller - 06/06/2014

the crew, the trip, the country , the guide. IT WAS FANTASTIC. <3 HOLLAND
Martin Tanguy - 11/07/2015

always enjoyable, trip was fantastic as usual
Julianne pinto - 11/05/2015

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