Amsterdam & The Sea by Bike and Boat

5/5 (2)
7 nights
31 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 999
Countries: Holland
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Bike and boat tours

Amsterdam & The Sea by Bike and Boat

5/5 (2)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Bike and boat tours

7 nights
31 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 999
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Anna Antal or Wending
Countries: Holland

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  • A journey of Dutch discovery

    It wasn't until the 17th Century that large parts of the area north of Amsterdam were recovered from the lingering grip of the ocean to become the typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills, harbors, and tulips.

    The route on this dynamic Dutch bicycle tour brings you over small dykes and country roads, riding past a number of windmills that are still in working order. You can get a feel for the old Dutch atmosphere in Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Volendam, where your eyes will be dazzled and delighted by traditional costumes, sail ships, and longjohns drying on the clotheslines!

    Day 4 of the tour sees you sailing to Texel, an inspiring island home to thousands of sheep, myriad bird species, 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 provides a unique picture of life in ancient times. As the capital of Dutch cheesemaking, Alkmaar boasts its own lively cheese market and intriguing weigh houses. And for another look into life in traditional Holland, Zaanse Schans, a lovely little hamlet on the River Zaan, charms its visitors with mills, houses and shops selling traditional Dutch crafts.

    • Zaanse Schans, Zaandam, North Holland, the Netherlands.
    • Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Catalina Fedorova, Unsplash
    • Lighthouse in Texel, North Holland, the Netherlands. Joppe Spaa, Unsplash
    • Waalseilandgracht, Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Steven dosRemedios, Flickr
    • Amsterdam & the Sea Bike & Boat Tour
    • Amsterdam & the Sea Bike & Boat Tour

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    • Beautiful Dutch landscapes of polders, mills, harbors, and tulips
    • Enkhuizen - Traditional Dutch town
    • Texel - Island with rich nature reserve
    • Zuiderzeemuseum
    • Holland's most beautiful dune area
    • Alkmaar - Capital of Dutch cheese
    • Traditional fishing villages
    • Zaanse Schans

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    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Amsterdam.

  • CC-BY-3.0 - Volendam, North Holland, the Netherlands. CC:Henk Monster' data-type='image'> Volendam, North Holland, the Netherlands. CC:Henk Monster
    CC-BY-ND-2.0 - Waalseilandgracht, Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Steven dosRemedios, Flickr' data-type='image'> Waalseilandgracht, Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Steven dosRemedios, Flickr
    CC0 - Herring is typical Dutch food. CC:Janericloebe' data-type='image'> Herring is typical Dutch food. CC:Janericloebe
    CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Texel, North Holland, the Netherlands. CC:Giggel' data-type='image'> Texel, North Holland, the Netherlands. CC:Giggel
    CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Frikandel with fries is a Dutch indulgence. CC:Guusbosman' data-type='image'> Frikandel with fries is a Dutch indulgence. CC:Guusbosman
    CC-BY-ND-2.0 - Magna Plaza in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Steven dosRemedios, Flickr' data-type='image'> Magna Plaza in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Steven dosRemedios, Flickr
    CC-BY-2.0 - Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. ContextTravel, Flickr' data-type='image'> Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. ContextTravel, Flickr

    Amsterdam and the Sea

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam (9 miles/15 km)
    The barge is moored at the Oosterdok in central Amsterdam, near the train station. You are expected to arrive at the barge on Saturday between 3 PM and 4 PM. When you arrive on board, you can settle in and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the tour leader, skipper and crew, and of course, your fellow passengers. Once everyone is ready, the tour guide will take you on your first short bike ride around the northern and more quiet part of Amsterdam. During dinner aboard the ship, the program for the next day and the global planning of the week are discussed. Instructions on cycling and safely procedures will also be given.

    Day 2: Amsterdam – Volendam | Cruise to Hoorn (28 miles/45 km)
    This morning you'll leave Amsterdam. A ferry takes you to the Amsterdam Noord quarter from where you'll set off cycling through the rural area of Waterland. In this soggy peat land, the houses and villages are hardly above the level of the water.

    You'll then visit the former isle of Marken, which was not connected by dike to the mainland until 1957, and which retains its own particular character. The inhabitants are the only ones allowed to use their cars, so Marken can only be visited on foot or bike! The route then continues to the historic village of Monnickendam, which received its municipal charter in 1355.

    Next, you'll continue your way along the Gouwzee dike to Volendam, which became 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, creating a village by the 15th Century. In days of old, practically all Volendam's inhabitants wore their distinctive and intriguing traditional costumes!

    From Volendam, you'll sail in a northerly direction towards the city of Hoorn. During the evening walk you'll have the perfect opportunity to gain an impression of this beautiful city and its rich past.
    Overnight near Hoorn.

    Day 3: Hoorn – Enkhuizen, visit Zuiderzeemuseum (28 miles/45 km)
    You'll continue on the dike with a wonderful view over the Markermeer on your right and West-Frisian villages on your lefthand side. The recent (1976) dike from Enkhuizen to Lelystad (in the Flevoland Polder) appears on the horizon. This was meant to be a dike for a huge new polder: the Markerwaard. However, the plans were never executed - with time, perception changed, and the environment and fresh water supply became more important. So today, you'll find the dike, but no polder!

    The day's cycling ends in Enkhuizen, a town created 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 section, shows you the history of everyday life around the Zuiderzee until the middle of the 20th century. Enkhuizen itself is a charming, historical harbor town.
    Overnight in Enkhuizen.

    Day 4: Enkhuizen – Medemblik | Cruise to Texel (22 miles/35 km)
    Today's cycling tour starts on the IJsselmeer dike, then passes through a nature reserve and the typical West-Frisian villages of Oostwoud, Twisk and Opperdoes. You'll emerge into Medemblik, the oldest city in West-Friesland (1289), which boasts an illustrious past and the commanding Radboud Castle, dating back to the 13th Century. At Medemblik, hop back on board and sail the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea to the enchanting isle of Texel.
    Overnight in Texel.

    Day 5: Texel loop tour (22, 30, or 39 miles/35, 48, or 62 km)
    The isle of Texel, which is one municipality, is the largest of the Dutch Waddeneilanden (Wadden islands), at 20 km long and 8 km wide. Texel is highly appreciated by bird-watchers since, during springtime, around 80 different species of bird breed on the island, mainly in the dune areas. In total, Texel visitors and inhabitants have reported sightings of around 300 different bird species! You'll find that a tour around this island, following its numerous cycle tracks, is well worth the effort.
    Overnight in Texel.

    Day 6: Cruise Texel – Den Helder | Cycle Den Helder – Alkmaar (37 miles/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.

    Today’s route takes you through the dunes. You'll pass by the unique nature reserve known as Het Zwanenwater (The Swans’ Water), with its lakes and boggy hollows. A little further on, you'll cycle on the Hondsbossche Zeewering (Hondsbossche Sea Dike), with a spectacular view of the North Sea. Entering the area of the Schoorlse Duinen (Schoorl Dunes), you'll find the highest dunes in the country! Thanks to the planting of many pine trees during the last century, the area is now pleasantly wooded, adding to the picturesque quality of the scenery.

    You'll bike on to Bergen, an artists’ village which attracts many painters, writers and architects, before riding on to today's destination - Alkmaar. Also known as the 'City of Cheese', Alkmaar's weigh house (used for the weighing and trading of cheese) was the very first in the country.
    Overnight in Alkmaar.

    Day 7: Alkmaar – Zaanse Schans – Amsterdam (37 miles/60 km)
    Around the Schermer Polder you'll find beautifully preserved original windmills, used for pumping water out of the area. You'll visit these picturesque windmills, the museum at Schermerhorn, and walk around the iconic village de Rijp.

    The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th Century, is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, which are all laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles. These unique features earned Beemster a UNESCO world heritage listing!

    Near Zaandam, you will visit the world-famous hamlet and open air museum of Zaanse Schans. This is a unique place where people live and work amongst the original houses and windmills from the River Zaan area.

    An extensive network of bicycle paths ensures a relatively easy way back into Amsterdam, showing you some remarkable sites in the center of the city. Then it's time to say goodbye to your bike! Before the farewell dinner, you may want to take a walk into town or even enjoy a canal trip.
    Overnight in Amsterdam.

    Day 8: Amsterdam
    End of tour after breakfast (disembarkation by 10:00 am).

    Don't want the trip to end? Add a day tour in Amsterdam to the end of your itinerary! View all of our Amsterdam day tours here.

    This program is subject to change without notice.

    Surface and terrain

    The terrain for the tour is mostly flat with occasional, moderate hills. The tour follows a leisurely pace.


    These barges are former working river vessels, converted specifically for this kind of passenger vacation. The barges comply with the strict safety regulations set forth by the Dutch Shipping Inspection Authorities. Do not expect a luxury cruise ship. The experience of the tour is built around guests being active cyclists. The layout of the barge supports a social environment in common spaces.

    How to get there

    Tour start and end
    Nearest airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    Nearest train stations: Centraal Station

    There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol Amsterdam is €5 per person for a single journey.

    A taxi from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to the barge in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It costs about €50. A taxi from the Central Train Station in Amsterdam to the barge takes about 5 minutes: Costs about €10.

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    Amsterdam and the Sea

     Tour Photos Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Anna Antal: Jul 18, 25; Aug 08, 2024
    Wending: Aug 01, 2024

    Low season: Jul 18, 2024 - Aug 15, 2024


    Anna Antal

    Per person, double occupancy Low season
    Standard twin cabin €1175
    Bunk bed cabin €999
    Single use, bunk bed cabin (1 person/1 cabin) €1275


    Per person, double occupancy Low season
    Standard twin cabin €1175
    Triple cabin (per person, triple occupancy) €1095
    Single use (1 person/1 cabin) €1495

    Bike Rentals

    Standard touring bike €110
    Electrically assisted bike €220
    Children's bike €60
    Child's seat €15
    Tag-along €55

    Additional Options

    Gluten free or vegan meals €75


    Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price) 100%
    Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price) 30%

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation on board (including bed linens and towels)
    • Breakfast and dinner on board
    • Lunch packages when on the road
    • Coffee and tea on board
    • Tour guide
    • Road book (1 per cabin)*
    • Ferry fares on the route
    • At least 3 city walks with tour guide
    • Free Wifi (limited availability in lounge and on deck)
    • GPS tracks (upon request)

    *The road book (1 per cabin) includes the detailed itinerary. Although the tour is guided, if you wish to cycle any of the days on your own, you may request the GPS tracks to assist you with navigation.

    Note: special wishes concerning meals as dietary or vegetarian food can be provided upon request. Extra fees may apply. Please inform us when booking your tour.

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available to be rented (booked in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Standard touring bike, 24-speed
    • Electrically assisted bike, 24-speed, detachable lithium-Ion battery, unisex*
    • Children's bike, child seats (rear of bike), trailer bike (one-wheeled bicycle attached to adult standard bike), bike trailer
    • Bike insurance included with bike rental

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Helmet
    • Pannier bag
    • Lock
    • Water bottle
    • Repair kit (when cycling self-guided)

    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets are available with your bike rental. A helmet is required for children in the Netherlands; however, we recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.

    More information about the electrically assisted bike
    Your electrically assisted bike has 24 gears, a detachable lithium-Ion battery, hand brakes, pannier bags, a good lock, water bottle and you can get a repair kit. We draw your attention to the fact that you will be held responsible for damage to or theft of the bike, as long as the bike is not on board. (the E-bike has a value of more than €2000). Never leave it unattended. Always lock it and fasten it to a fixed object, and don’t forget to remove the information panel from your steering wheel. If you didn't arrange cycle insurance when booking you can do this on board (the first day). Payment in cash is required.

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    Amsterdam and the Sea

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    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Amsterdam and the Sea

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Dewey July 5, 2019

      One of the most memorable vacations ever

      This was a marvelous tour of Holland for an entire family: Grandparents through grandchildren - youngest age 12. Every one was ecstatic about the tour. Our guide outstanding, countryside beautiful, accommodations first rate and, best of all, the food was a treasure.

      What was the date of your tour?
      15 June - 22 June
      How many tours have you completed?
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      • 1/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • dsr1691 August 8, 2017

      Great crew in North Holland on board Zwaan.

      We had a great family vacation on board the Zwaan. The crew and our guide were marvellous and totally spoiled us. Dinner was a meal to look forward to with creative 3/4 course meals with a different country theme each night.
      Wind was a bit of a problem and some cycling days were shortened due to strong head winds. Instead the captain cheerfully moved us ahead to less exposed trails. It was recommended that we use the services of a guide which turned out to be very good advice.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 29, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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