Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:30 Miles/day average
Dates: Saturdays: Apr 18-Sep 19, 2015
Tour price:€679
Start city:Amsterdam, Holland
End city:Amsterdam, Holland
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Rural Areas, Island of Texel, IJsselmeer Coast
Holland by Bike and Boat, Northern Tour

Tour Description: Self-guided

Explore the rich tradition in the flat “polder-land”, along the North Sea coast and in romantic fishing villages. On this bicycle tour in the Netherlands, you will cycle across a distinctly rural area, a former lake and marsh land area. In the 17th Century, this land was recovered from the sea by pumping it dry with windmills.

Green flat polder-landscapes with quiet cycle tracks, the stretching North Sea beach and the beautiful sand dunes will alternate each other. For many guests one of the highlights on this tour is the extrememly bike friendly island of Trexel. The beautiful beaches, small dreamlike farm villages, and picturesque harbor towns on the shores of the IJsselmeer (the former Zuiderzee) will be the setting of the second part of the tour.

A typical day
Between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. you will leave your ship, which will be sailing to the next meeting place, and in the meantime you will cycle along the most scenic routes. During self-guided tours, with your bicycle map & tour documentation (included), you can plan your own daily tour yourselves or with the crew. En route, various stops can be individually planned for sightseeing and coffee and lunch breaks.

At the end of your bicycle day, the staff will welcome you on board and coffee and tea are available. In the evening, a delicious three-course dinner will be served on board. Drinks (like wine, beer and soft drinks) are available at a small charge in the bar.

Every evening you will have the opportunity to visit and explore a different town or city or to share your experiences with other guests from various countries in the cozy living room, the bar or on the sun deck of your ship. Daily bicycling distances may vary between approx. 30 and 60 kilometers (18 – 35 miles). Most routes can be considered as "easy", as major parts of the country are flat.

Therefore, our tours are suitable for both experienced, as well as for novice cyclists. In fact, we have many very satisfied guests over 55 years of age, who enjoyed a boat and bike tour very much!

If you prefer to stay on board for one or more days and enjoy the sailing: no problem! That is exactly what makes a boat and bike tour so special and what makes it an ideal holiday for couples, parties of friends, families, small groups and single travelers.

Our self-guided, individual bike tours are very suitable for those who do not like to bike in a group. Everyone can choose his or her own speed and, obviously, daily tours can be individually arranged or organized according to your personal interests and daily constitution. On board, you will have many opportunities to meet with other enthusiastic cyclists from various countries.

Therefore, “Boat and Bike Tours” are an excellent way to explore the most beautiful and interesting regions, towns and cities of the Netherlands. Enjoy flowers, cheese and wooden shoes, windmills and waterways, beautiful old towns and romantic villages, cultural highlights and natural beauty in the country of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

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