Sail & Bike Holland Ijsselmeer (guided)

Sail & Bike Holland Ijsselmeer (guided) (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 270 km )


Discover the southern part of the Ijsselmeer, once a salty sea and now the largest sweet water lake in all of Holland, on this spectacular trip by bike & sailing ship. Cycle through quaint historic harbor towns and merchant cities, the Polderland with its numerous windmills and past peaceful inland villages. On one of the best cycling routes in Europe you will encounter historical towns such as Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, whose magnificent buildings give a vivid impression of the richness of the golden 17th century. Enjoy the rich nature while cycling through various Dutch national parks and the province of Overijssel.

On Board of the three-masted barquentine Leafde fan Frylsan or the two-mast schooner Wapen fan Fryslan we hoist sails together with expert guidance from the crew on board and enjoy the wonderful sea breeze to the fullest.

Good to know: All our tours in Holland are operated by a partner tour operator, experts in the field, and can vary in their execution in comparison to traditional Islandhopping tours. The Ijsselmeer Tour is offered on another ship as an unguided tour.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Nature: Broek in the region Waterland - a settlement developed in the moor
Culture: Visit one of the museums, where the works of the great Dutch masters are exhibited
Activity: Free as the wind! Sailing between Enkhuizen and Urk
Culinary: Poffertjes and Stroopwafel are "lekker" dutch specialities
Souvenir: Dutch cheese and Appelstroop

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Amsterdam (Embarkation) - Monnickendam/Volendam (aprx. 6 mi./ 10 km)

Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation between 1 and 2 pm. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails (with motor) to Monnickendam or Volendam. From the port of one of these former fishing villages, a short warm-up ride leads you through the rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages.

2nd Day (Sun) Monnickendam/Volendam – Volendam (aprx. 20 or 32 mi./32 or 51 km) – Hoorn

A very Dutch start to the day: you cycle to a nearby, family-run cheese and clog shop for a short demonstration of cheese and clog making, and of course a cheese tasting. Continue pedaling along the dikes to Purmerend, in the heart of a polder named De Beemster, 11 ½ ft. (3.5 m) below sea level. It was created more than 400 years ago, when the Dutch transformed an inland lake into pasture land. Divided into a tight geometric pattern of squares and quadrants, it is recognized by UNESCO as “a creative masterpiece”. Your next destination is Edam, a lovely town whose lanes and canals deserve a stroll. Edam is known worldwide for its cheese covered in red or yellow wax. This practical solution keeps the cheese fresh for a long time, so 17th century sailors could take it on their voyages or trade it for spices and other treasures in the East. Via the main dike of the IJsselmeer you arrive at the promenade of Volendam, where the ship is docked. You will have some time on your own to check out the souvenir shops. After dinner, let the historical city center lure you into a digestive walk. Later in the evening, the ship sails to Hoorn.

3rd Day (Mon) Hoorn – Enkhuizen (aprx. 17 or 24 mi./28 or 39 km)

Through small rural hamlets and villages, today’s ride brings you to Enkhuizen. Pass by windmill De Krijgsman (The Warrior), the highest windmill in the province of North-Holland and one of a handful of old Dutch windmills still in commercial use. The area is also known for its many greenhouses, where vegetables are grown. In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in Holland, thanks to its harbor that shipped then-costly spices from Asia. Be astonished by the stately mansions, canals, churches and city walls that to this day reflect the city’s rich history and wealth.

4th Day (Tue) Enkhuizen – Stavoren (aprx. 15 or 23 mi./25 or 37 km)

Weather permitting, we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Stavoren in Friesland (aprx. 4 hours). On board, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and enjoy the invigorating journey, while keeping watch for marine bird life. Upon arrival a bike tour is planned that first takes you to Hindeloopen, a picturesque and lively fishing village. From there you go to Workum, home to the Jopie Huisman Museum. This museum is dedicated to the work and life of the Frisian realist painter Jopie Huisman, whose work is very much loved by the Dutch.

5th Day (Wed) Stavoren – Lemmer (aprx. 25mi./40 km)

Following the dike along the IJsselmeer we arrive in Gaasterland, renowned for its sandy heights that are over 32.8 ft. (10 m) high. The name Gaasterland derives from gaasten, the Frisian word for these elliptically shaped heights. They were formed during the Ice Age, when boulder clay from Scandinavia was deposited on this terrain. Leaving the dike, you enter the Rijsterbos, a 300-year-old forest. Through this wooded area you ride to the town of Balk and along the tree-lined river Luts that flows through the center of town. Shortly afterward, you’ll arrive at the fortress city of Sloten. With less than 800 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest cities in The Netherlands. Take the time to leisurely wander the narrow streets, to relax and to find a spot for lunch on your own. The last stretch of today’s tour brings you to the fishing port of Lemmer, where the ship moors for the night. Dinner will be served on board. An after dinner stroll into town is definitely worth your while.

6th (Thu) Lemmer – Zwartsluis (aprx. 32 mi./51 km)

From Lemmer, cycle paths through open polder countryside and a forested area lead you to the small town of Ossenzijl. This is where you enter the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe and a peaceful oasis for plants, animals and humans. A bicycle path through the center of the park takes you far away from roads, immersing you in the tranquility of this region. Keep your eyes peeled for a fleeting kingfisher or – if you’re really lucky – an otter, the symbol of the park. Your morning ride ends with lunch in Kalenberg, a village that till the fifties of the last century could be reached by boat only. Once out of the park, the extremely pretty town of Blokzijl invites you to stop and to take a good look around. A twisting route through agricultural landscapes of narrow strip fields surrounded by dikes takes you first to the town of Sint-Jansklooster and subsequently to the small city of Zwartsluis. Here you’ll get back on the ship.

7th Day (Fri) Zwartsluis – Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler (aprx. 12 or 24 mi./20 or 39 km) – Amsterdam

The day starts with aprx. four hours of sailing to Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland that was entirely reclaimed from the sea. In its harbour you’ll disembark for your last half day of cycling. You’ll ride through the Oostvaardersplassen – a nature reserve on new land, left to find its own balance like nature did in old times on old land. Sections of the ride wind through forested areas, while others give you panoramic views of expansive reed beds and marshes. This is a birdwatchers’ paradise. The ship picks you up in the small harbor of Oostvaardersdiep for the return voyage to Amsterdam. Celebrate this marvelous week around the Ijsselmeer while having a farewell dinner aboard the ship.

8th Day (Sat) Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

While a little bit of adventure is part of every Sail & Bike tour, departure and arrival days as well as the location – Amsterdam – are fixed. Everything else depends on the strength and direction of the winds. The crew does whatever it can to run the program according to plan and to offer you a fascinating, varied and active week, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is however possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – has to be adjusted. Anyway, enjoy the ride and the elements!

Ships

Leafde fan Fryslân

The Leafde fan Fryslân, an imposing, three-masted barquentine, taking its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owner/operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. For many years, they have run the MARE FAN FRYSLN, a three-masted clipper. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined. The ship has 12 well-appointed twin cabins with two separate beds, and one single cabin. A third (bunk)-bed can be added in some cabins. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and toilet. A porthole can be opened in every cabin. Sumptuous meals are carefully prepared in the restaurant and the ship’s full-service, cosy bar is fully stocked. The wheelhouse is equipped with a well-appointed seating area and the best views over the water are available here and on deck. The  Leafde fan Fryslân can comfortably carry 25 (max. 30) guests and is 50 meters (aprx. 165 ft.) long and seven meters (aprx. 23 ft.) wide with a sail surface of 760 m² (aprx. 2,500 sq. ft.).

 

Wapen fan Fryslân

The 55 metres Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-mast schooner sailing on Dutch waterways. In 1965 the schooner was launched as a freight ship that transported all kinds of freight throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a luxury passenger ship.

On board this marvellous five star ship you are guaranteed to revel in the warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a large pilothouse, an intimate and stylish bar and a seating area. The panoramic windows offer a perfect 360 degree view over the water and the ship. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas where you can enjoy a lovely meal outdoors. The sundeck features deckchairs and offers plenty of seating. The large salon, which doubles as the restaurant, is characterised by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. All 12 spacious cabins (aprx. 10 m²) have two separate box spring beds (90 x 200 m) that can be easily transformed into a double bed. Each cabin has its own shower, toilet, wash basin, a folding bed that can be used as a third bed and a porthole that can be opened.

Prices & Accomplishments

Basic tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

– from 849 Euro

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a sailing yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
• Welcome drink
• Full board (7x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7x dinner)
• Daily briefing and daily guided cycling tours
• Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
• Short waking tours as described in the itinerary
• Bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning
• (limited) Wi-Fi/WLAN connection available throughout the ship (harbour area only)
• Daily complimentary coffee and tea on board till 4 pm
• Fees for ferries

    Additional optional accomplishments (on request)

    • Surcharge for a single cabin/double cabin for single use: 250 euro
    • Rental bike with pannier: hybrid bicycle: 75 euro/week; e-bike: 175 euro/week (limited), childrens seat or childrens bike
    • Rental helmet: 10 euro/week (payment with booking)
    • Surcharge for lactose-free/gluten-free meals on board: 50 euro (vegan cuisine is not available)

      Not included in the tour price

      • Journey to Amsterdam
      • Transfer to/from the docking place in Amsterdam
      • Parking fee (own car ect.)
      • Beverages (as well as coffee and tea after 4 pm) on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
      • Please bring a beach towel, if needed.
      • Beverages & meals ashore
      • Entrance fees & excursions
      • Fees for ferries
      • Personal (travel) insurances
      • Tips for crew and tour guides

      Price reductions

      With three persons sharing a cabin (on request), we allow a 300 euro discount on the basic tour price for the third person.

      Things to note

      Partner Tour Operator & Itinerary changes

      Good to know: All of the listed tours in Holland are operated by a partner tour operator, experts in the field, and can vary in their execution in comparison to traditional Islandhopping tours.

      While a little bit of adventure is part of every Sail & Bike tour, departure and arrival days as well as the location – Amsterdam – are fixed. Everything else depends on the strength and direction of the winds. The crew does whatever it can to run the program according to plan and to offer you a fascinating, varied and active week, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is however possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – has to be adjusted. Anyway, enjoy the ride and the elements!

      Cancelation Conditions

      As this tour is operated in cooperation with a partner tour operator, the cancelation conditions vary to those of Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH (Islandhopping). You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Your cancellation is valid when your written notification reaches us.

      – More than 60 days prior to beginning the trip: 20 %
      – 59 – 42 days prior to beginning the trip: 30 %
      – 41 – 28 days prior to beginning the trip: 60 %
      – 27 – 1 days prior to beginning the trip: 90 %

      If you cancel on the starting day of the trip or if you do not appear for the start of the trip, we charge the full trip price. If you miss the start of the trip or are prevented from traveling due to incomplete travel documents, this will be considered as a cancellation. 

      Reservation changes are handled the same way as cancellations. For changing your reservation, we will charge 50 € changing fee for changes made 28 days or more before the beginning of the trip. Any later changes (if possible) will need to be handled as a cancellation and new registration. Cancellation and reservation change fees are due immediately.

      Catering on board

      Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x dinner). Lactose- and gluten-free catering is available for a 50 € surcharge and must be communicated prior to the departure date. Vegan cuisine is not available on this cruise.

      Language

      Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

      Good to know

      Luggage: Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.
      Payment on Board: cash only

      Weight Limit of Bicycles Brought on Board

      Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own biycle/e-bike on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board.

      If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

      Requirements of the bicycle tours: Level 1-2

      Not too difficult tours with generally flat stages of 6 to 32 miles (10 to 51 km). Long and steep ascents hardly ever occur, however, a hilly countryside with regular ups and downs must be considered. Depending on the wind direction we must accept a strong headwind from time to time. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours (even if cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet in the Netherlands). You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet, than rental helmets are NOT available. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

      Our ships

      Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

      Children

      We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Children bikes, tandem, trailer bikes, childrens seat are provided on request.  At prior notice (with details about the childs weight) swim vests can be organized for young children. You are more than welcome to pass on the bike tour and stay on board to enjoy the cruise (children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

      Dates & Booking

      • = fully booked
      • = 1-4 bookings possible
      • = 5+ bookings posible
      • = departure confirmed
      May 2019
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       11.05-18.05Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Wapen Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam849 book
       18.05-25.05Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Wapen Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam849 book
       25.05-01.06Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
      June 2019
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       01.06-08.06Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
       08.06-15.06Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
      July 2019
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       13.07-20.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
       20.07-27.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
       27.07-03.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
      August 2019
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       17.08-24.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book
       24.08-31.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Leafde Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam979 book

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