Sail & Bike Holland Ijsselmeer (unguided)

Sail & Bike Holland Ijsselmeer (unguided)

(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 the three-mast clipper Elizabeth, we hoist sails together with the expert guidance of the crew on board and enjoy the wonderful sea breeze to the fullest.The comfortable sailer offers cozy cabins with private shower/WC and  by its characteristic flat hull it’s tailor-made to ride shallow waters like the Ijsselmeer.

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. A shared similarity is the accommodation on the boat, bike tours during the day – with exception to the guided tours – however are self-guided with the support of provided maps and signposts. The Ijsselmeer Tour is offered on another ship as guided tour.


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) – Monnickendam (aprx. 6 mi./ 10 km)

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

2nd Day (Sun) Monnickendam – 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) - Urk

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.

In the afternoon, weather permitting, 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 the evening you may stroll through the narrow streets and alleys of Urk. The houses in this picturesque fishing village were built close to one another on elevated grounds to protect them against the water. This is still visible today.

4th Day (Tue) Urk – Vollenhove (aprx. 23 mi./37 km)

After breakfast, you cycle along the lake on a tarmacked cycle path to the former island of Schokland. Since the reclamation of the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder) in 1942, Schokland – just as Urk – is no longer an island. Since 1995, it belongs to the cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Continue your bike ride through the polder to Vollenhove, another charming, former fishing village.

5th Day (Wed) Vollenhove - Zwartsluis (aprx. 34 mi./55 km)

From Vollenhove, cyclepath through open countryside lead you to the small town of Blokzijl. 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 break in Kalenberg, a village that till the fifties of the last century could be reached by boat only. A twisting route through an agricultural landscape of narrow strip fields surrounded by dikes take you first to the town of Sint-Jansklooster and subsequently to the small city of Zwartsluis. Here you’ll get back on the ship.

6th Day (Thu) Zwartsluis - Lelystad (Sailing day)

Today you can enjoy a full day of sailing and relaxing on board. Again you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and relax. Early afternoon the Elizabeth arrives in Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland that was entirely reclaimed from the sea. Here you can stretch your legs and visit the Batavia Wharf, an extraordinary shipyard, where ships with an important maritime history are taken from oblivion and returned to their former glory. Or go shopping at Batavia Stad, an outlet center with all the famous brands.

7th Day (Fri) Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler (aprx. 12 or 18 mi./20 or 29 km) – Amsterdam

In the morning 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 farwell dinner aboard the ship.

8th Day (Sat) Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 am. Individual trip home or extended stay in Amsterdam.



The ELIZABETH cruises on the Ijsselmeer for self-guided bicycle trips. The imposing three-mast clipper was built in 1913 and has been fully refurbished. The conversion to a passenger ship was carried out cautiously. The aim was to preserve much of the original character of the Dutch flat-bottomed vessel as possible. The ten comfortable cabins, newly designed in winter 2014/15, can accommodate up to 35 passengers. All cabins have their own shower / WC. Two of the ten guest cabins are located on deck. The large salon has a cozy seating area as well as a bar and invites you to linger and socialize. The Elizabeth is 41 meters long, 7 meters wide and has a sail surface of 445 M².


Embarkation harbor in Amsterdam

Your trip starts in Amsterdam. The Elizabeth is docked at the Mt. Ondinaweg on the NDSM-dock, near the IJ-Kantine (restaurant)

Arrival by car

Navigate to: Mt. Ondinaweg 15 – 17, 1033 RE Amsterdam.

From all directions: Drive on the Motorway Centrum Ring Amsterdam (A10) until you reach Motorway Ring North (Noord). From the directions of Haarlem, The Hague or Zaandem choose Exit S118. Coming from Utrecht/Amersfoort, you can also choose Exit S116 (direction IJ-tunnel), where you have the chance to turn into Exit S118 just before the tunnel.  We recommend to store all your belongings, such as luggage or a bike, on board before parking the car. The parking situation in Amsterdam can be a bit tricky, check out the parking suggestions in Amsterdam here.

Arrival by plane (Shiphol International Airport)

The airport has a regular train connection to the central station of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Centraal). Saturdays aprx. 8 times per hour with a travel duration of 20 minutes. The train costs about 4,20 euro. Tickets can be purchased at several ticket machines on spot. Of course there is also a possibility to take a taxi, which is about 40 – 55 euro to the center of Amsterdam. We recommend the official Shiphol Travel Taxi.

Arrival by train (Amsterdam Central Station)

The embarkation harbor in only a ferry trip away from the busy Central Station. Take the North exit at the “De Ruyterkade” and hop on one of the free NDSM-ferries to Mt. Ondinaweg. The ferries leave the dock about twice an hour.  

Prices & Accomplishments

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

– from 799 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 briefings with the crew
• Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
• Bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning (once a week)
• (limited) Wi-Fi/WLAN connection available throughout the ship (harbour area only)
• Daily complimentary coffee and tea on board till 4 pm

Additional optional services (on request)

    • Surcharge for a single cabin/ double cabin for single use: 390 euro (Sept 07th, 19: 350 euro)
    • Rental bike with pannier: hybrid bicycle: 75 euro/week; e-bike: 175 euro/week (limited)
    • 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

          Price reductions

            With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 150 euro discount on the basic tour price for the third person. With four persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 200 euro discount on the basic tour price for the third and fourth person.

              Things to note

              Partner Tour Operator & Itinerary changes

              Good to know: All 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. A shared similarity is the accommodation on the boat, bike tours during the day – with exception to the guided tours – however are self-guided with the support of provided maps and signposts.

              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! You’ll get to know.

              Cancellation Conditions

              As this tour is operated in cooperation with a partner tour operator, the cancellation 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.

              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 cycle tours: Level 1-2

              Not too difficult tours with generally flat stages of 6 to 32 miles (10 to 51 km). Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours are provided as well as daily instructions. 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.


              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.

              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
              June 2019
              DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
               22.06-29.06Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               29.06-06.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
              July 2019
              DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
               06.07-13.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               13.07-20.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               20.07-27.07Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               27.07-03.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
              August 2019
              DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
               03.08-10.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               10.08-17.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               17.08-24.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               24.08-31.08Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
               31.08-07.09Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam889
              September 2019
              DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
               07.09-14.09Holland - Ijsselmeer (individually)ElizabethAmsterdamAmsterdam799

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