Sail & Bike Holland Ijsselmeer (guided)

Sail & Bike Holland Ijsselmeer (guided)

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 223 km )

Sail & Bike along the coast of the IJsselmeer. Once a salty sea, now the largest sweetwater lake in all of Holland! Discover this unique part of the Netherlands aboard a magnificent and comfortably furnished sailing ship, and while riding excellent cycle paths and tracks. Sailing experience is not necessary. Just a desire to give it a go. Cycling can be done on your own or by joining a tour leader. Whatever you like best.

Up until 1932, the IJsselmeer was an inland sea called the Zuiderzee. Since the Middle Ages, the area played a major role in the economic development of the Netherlands, but was also often severely flooded. A 32 kilometer long dike, finished in 1932, put an end to the flooding and turned the salty sea into a sweetwater lake. Along its banks many picturesque, historical harbor and trading towns, centuries-old polders (fields of reclaimed land below sea level) and beautiful inland villages are still witness to a rich seafaring past.

The Ijsselmeer’s now sweet water is home to a huge diversity of birds, plants and fish. You will visit many of those historical towns and polders on both the western and eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. The tour also leads you through various Dutch national parks and gets you as far as the province of Overijssel. On the final day the ship sails back to Amsterdam, while you can relax on board. We do stop for a last short bike ride though: through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve known for its rewilding, meaning that the area is left alone to create its own natural balance of animal and plant life.

If you feel up to the challenge, you may – instructed by the experienced crew – lend a hand during navigating and raising of the sails on board your ship. Of course, you are just as welcome to relax and enjoy the fresh air, sailing and scenery.

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.

BEGINNING OF THE SEASON AND SPECIAL OFFER 2020: Our Sail and Bike tours in Holland will start on 17/06/2020. We are offering 25% off all 2020 Sail and Bike tours in Holland and including a hybrid rental bike free of charge (e-bike rental only costs the difference between hybrid and e-bike prices).

Attention: This itinerary has been updated for 2021. The itinerary should remain unchanged. All tour dates for 2021 are now online and available to book.


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


1st Day (Sat) Amsterdam (Embarkation) - Volendam (warm up ride: aprx. 6 mi./10 km)

Individual arrival to Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board at 2 pm. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails under motor to 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) Volendam (aprx. 22 or 31 mi./36 or 49 km) / Volendam – 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 will return to the promenade of Volendam, where the ship is waiting for you. You will still have some time on your own to check out the souvenir shops. During diner the ship will take you to Hoorn. Let the historical city center lure you into a digestive walk.

3rd Day (Mon) Hoorn – Enkhuizen (aprx. 16 or 27 mi./26 or 44 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 use to produce flour commercially. 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 (loop 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. 20 – 25 mi./33 - 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 Day (Thu) Lemmer – Urk (loop aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

In the morning we sail across the Ijsselmeer to the port of Urk. 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. In Urk you may stroll through the narrow streets and alleys. The houses in the picturesque fishing village where built close to one another on elevated grounds to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today. In the afternoon a short optional bike ride is planed through the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder).

7th Day (Fri) Urk - Lelystad / Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler (aprx. 12 or 17 mi./20 or 28 km) / Blocq van Kuffeler - Amsterdam

After breakfast 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!


Wapen fan Fryslân

The Wapen fan Fryslan is the biggest two-mast schooner in the Netherlands. It was built in 1965 as a freight vessel for salt and baptized, Twente Lek. In 2003 it was carefully rebuilt into the passenger boat, Wapen fan Fryslan, and has been sailing in Dutch waters with enthusiastic guests on board ever since. The cabins are comfortable and the spacious saloon welcoming. On deck you will find a spacious wheelhouse in which you will not only find the ships wheel but also a well-stocked bar. The best view over the water can be enjoyed here. A second helm stand is located outside at the stern; also accompanied by an outdoor bar. An especially unique experience on board is the setting of the 8 giant sails which make up a total sail surface of 550 m². The crew are pleased when eager guests help with the setting and trimming thereof.


Mare fan Fryslân

The Mare fan Fryslan is the epitome of luxury sailing in the Netherlands. Built as a cargo vessel under the name Neptunia, she was later rebuilt as a passenger ship in 2007 and has sailed as a three-mast schooner through Dutch waters with enthusiastic guests on board ever since. Below deck, you will find the saloon with its great atmosphere along with the comfortable guest cabins. The saloon leads to the wheelhouse and bar, which offer a great view over the front deck and passing landscapes. The ships’ deck offers plenty of seating, an outdoor bar and BBQ, the helm stand, a whirlpool and plenty of storage space for the bicycles. The sails on the Mare fan Fryslan can be operated wither manually or electronically.



Port of embarkation and disembarkation - Amsterdam

You will find your boat on the day of embarkation in the port of Amsterdam (probably) Pontsteiger, Oude Houthaven, Amsterdam.

Embarkation on Saturday is between 1 – 2 pm. Please don’t forget to bring your passport or ID-card. The ship leaves Amsterdam at about 2:30 pm.

Arrival by car

Navigation System: Pontsteiger, Oude Houthaven, Amsterdam.

From all directions: you drive on Motorway Centrum Ring Amsterdam (A 10), until you reach: Motorway Ring East (Oost) or North (Noord): take exit S 114
(direction Zeeburg) and drive through the Piet Hein tunnel and then right on the Piet Heinkade (S 100), continue following this road (name changes to De
Ruijterkade and Westerdoksdijk). Right after the bridge turn right on Pontsteiger.

Motorway Ring South (Zuid): direction Zaanstad, take exit S 102, direction Amsterdam-Centrum and drive over the Basisweg (direction Centrum). After 2.8
km turn left on Pontsteiger.

Please drive to the ship first and drop-off your luggage and your bike (in case you brought your own), and then drive to the parking location.

Parking recommendations in Amsterdam

Do you plan come to Amsterdam by car? Assure yourself that you have a good parking place.

The best way to be on the safe side is to make a reservation with us (in cooperation with our partner Boat Bike Tours).

Benefits: a guaranteed and secure parking spot at a favourable rate.
Furthermore you are able to park close to the ship and do not need to use public transport or taxi.

Our parking recommendations:

A – Valet Parking – 
Price € 145 – 8 days (as off 2019)
Only available after reservation in advance. For payment, please follow the instructions mentioned in the confirmation.

How does the Centralparking Parking Service work?
– Drive to the ship, where you will meet the Valet Parking driver. He will help you with your luggage.
– The driver will drive your car to the parking, on a covered area with 24/7 camera surveillance.
– On day of departure, your car will be  waiting for you at the ship’s location and you can drive home immediately.

B – Parking Centrum Oosterdok – directly at Amsterdam Centraal Station / Parking
Centrum Oosterdok is the cheapest possibility in the centre of Amsterdam to park for a longer period. This parking garage is only accessible for cars with a
max. height of 2.10 m. Parking Centrum Oosterdok offers a total of 1,355 parking slots in a brand new and clean building guarded by video and is situated close to Amsterdam Centraal Station. The rate for long-term parking is 20 € per 24 hours. You pay between 140 to 160 € per week (depending on the time of your arrival/departure).

Navigation: Oosterdoksstraat 150, 1011
DK, Amsterdam (Tel: +31 20 4203381;

Arrival by plane to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The best international airport to use for this trip is Schiphol. Amsterdam Schipol Airport (AMS) is accessible from virtually all major airports in Europe.

For flight bookings we recommend the use of the common flight search engines, i. e.

Your flight can be organized once we have confirmed that your journey is taking place.

From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport via Amsterdam Centraal station to the port

It’s very easy to find public transport at Schiphol. It’s barely a 3-minute walk to train, bus, taxis … Simply collect your bags, follow the signs from the Arrivals Hall, and you’ll be on your way in no time. Trains run regularly and take only aprx. 20 minutes. You can buy a ticket in the central arrival hall at the airport. (single fare aprx. 4.50 €, see

The docking location Pontsteiger is situated aprx. 2,000 meters (2 km) from the Central Station. You can use a city bus to go to the ship: City Bus 48 (GVB) from Centraal Station (exit: IJ-side), direction Houthavens.

Get off at bus stop Houtmankade. From here it is an 5-minute walk to the docking place. On Saturdays the busses depart every 15 minutes, duration of
the tour 4 minutes. Price aprx. € 3 (one way). You can buy the 1-hour ticket at the driver. This is the cheapest and most reliable option.

Prices & Accomplishments

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

Beginning of May 2021
– from 1,019 euro

Mid-May, June, July & August 2021
– from 1,099 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 double cabin for single use: 50% of the basic tour price
    • Rental bike with pannier: hybrid bicycle: 85 euro/week; e-bike: 185 euro/week (limited)
    • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle: 10 euro/week / rental e-bike: 25 euro/week
    • Rental helmet: 10 euro/week (payment with booking)
    • Parking on board for own bicycle: 10 euro/week (only a limited number of parking places are available; reservation with booking)
    • Parking on board + charge station for own e-bike: 25 euro/week (only a limited number of parking places available; reservation with booking)
    • Parking Amsterdam (valet parking)

      Not included in the basic tour price

      • Journey to/from 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
      • Helmet rental
      • Personal (travel) insurances
      • Gratuities for crew and tour guides (at your discretion)

      Price reductions (on request)

      With three persons sharing a cabin, 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.

      The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety. 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. As for the rest, the planned daily sailing routes partially depend on the strength and direction of the winds. The skipper decides day by day on the best route and discusses the options with his guests. 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. So enjoy the ride and let yourself led by the elements! Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged. Anyone who likes to help the crew sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. Sailing experience is not necessary.

      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 packed lunch, 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.


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

      Luggage & payment on board

      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

      Bringing your own bike

      You are welcome to bring your private bike with you on tour. If you are bringing your private bike, please inform us of the category type (hybrid/e-bike).

      Please note: If you bring your private bike you do so at your own risk. The owner of the boat, the crew, the tour guides and the tour operator will not be held liable for any damages to the bike or for the theft thereof which may occur during your time on tour.

      Requirements of the bicycle tours: Level 1-2

      Not too difficult tours with generally flat stages of 6 to 31 miles (10 to 49 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. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader. On days with two tour options, the guide will accompany either the short or longer tour in consultation with the group. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike tour option. You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.

      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.

      Please note: On our regular cycling tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bicycles. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that also the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. Thank you for your understanding.

      Use and Liability of Rental (E-) Bikes

      For the duration of your cycling cruise you can rent a regular bicycle or an e-bike, whereby the use of a pannier bag is included. As long as the (e-) bike is not on deck of the vessel during the rental period, you are responsible and liable for your rental bicycle plus accessories. This means, amongst other things, that you should always lock your bicycle when you park it on land and that you always take your pannier bag with you. It is of great importance that you always take notice of the instructions given by the tour leader where and how to park your bike. In case of damage to or theft of the bike, the costs will be charged to you.

      Please note: For safety reasons, it is not allowed to use the rental (e-) bikes for self-arranged rides in Amsterdam.


      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).

      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.

      Dates & Booking

      • = fully booked
      • = 1-4 bookings possible
      • = 5+ bookings posible
      • = departure confirmed
      May 2021
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       08.05-15.05Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Mare Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1019 book
       22.05-29.05Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Mare Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1099 book
      July 2021
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       17.07-24.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Wapen Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1099 book
       24.07-31.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (guided)Wapen Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1099 book

      Any questions?

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