Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:30 Miles/day average
Dates: Saturdays: Apr 19-Sep 20, Oct 11, 2014
Tour price:€669
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.

The Netherlands are “El Dorado” for cyclists: Many thousands of kilometers of cycle tracks enable bike travelers to make relaxing and interesting bike tours, to explore the most beautiful parts of the country and to visit famous towns and picturesque villages, various sights and other highlights.

Furthermore, the “Low Lands” are “a barge traveler’s dream”: almost every important city, town or village and most sights and places of interest can be reached when navigating one of the many inland waterways. Our ships and barges sail in a very relaxing pace, allowing the passengers to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Mooring places are mostly in the very center of historical towns: the most charming places, sights, museums, and shops are often within walking distance. Our guests can take fantastic excursions, enjoy major tourist highlights and meet “the locals” every day.

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.

Discover the best of the Netherlands in eight days by boat and bicycle.
Visit places of interest you would never see during a "regular" tour by car or coach. In the morning, an extensive Dutch breakfast will be served and you may make your own packed lunch (sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink).

A boat and bike tour in Holland is unique!
Traveling and staying on a ship means that your hotel room and restaurant in fact follows you during your tour. This means: no daily change of room, no packing and unpacking of suitcases, yet traveling and visiting highlights every day and staying in different places every night. The friendly and multilingual crew and kitchen staff on board will serve delicious meals.

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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