Take a trip back in time and discover the Dutch 'Golden Age'. Cycle through flat green polders, along old dikes and through idyllic towns. Daily destinations are to some of the most beautiful ports from the heyday of Holland's economy and culture, such as Enkhuizen, Hoorn or Medemblik, but also to small villages and former Zuiderzee islands that through land reclamation are now part of the mainland. You will sleep on the Soeverein, a 3-master built in the style of the East Indiamen merchant ships of the 17th Century. From the big upper deck you have a magnificent view out over the water and the coastline. Below deck there are comfortable sleeping cabins, a professional kitchen and a large lounge to make your stay on board a pleasure.
Gerard, Denise and their crew are our hosts during this week-long tour.
Your week of sailing and cycling starts in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2 P.M. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails under motor to Monnickendam in approximately 2½ hours. From the port of this former fishing village, a short warm-up ride leads you through the rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages. (10 km / 6 mi.)
A very Dutch start of 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, 11½ feet (3.5 meters) below sea level. 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. 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. (32 km / 19 mi. or 51 km / 31 mi.)
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. In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in Holland, thanks to its harbour 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. (28 km / 17 mi. or 39 km / 24 mi.)
Weather permitting, we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Stavoren in Friesland (approx. 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. (25 km / 15 mi. or 37 km / 23 mi.)
Following the dike along the Ijsselmeer we arrive in Gaasterland, renowned for its sandy heights that are over 32.8 feet (10 meters) high. The name Gaasterland derives from gaasten, the Frisian word for these elliptically shaped heights. 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, 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 a 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. An after dinner stroll into town is definitely worth your while. (40 km / 25 mi.)
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 take a good look around. A twisting route through an agricultural landscape 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. (51 km / 32 mi.)
The day starts with approximately three 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 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 (approx. 2 hours). Celebrate this marvelous week around the Ijsselmeer while having a farewell dinner aboard the ship. (20 km / 12 mi. or 39 km / 24 mi.)
Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 AM.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only. The tour operator and the captain of the ship reserve the right to change the routes and programme due to nautical, technical or other reasons including weather conditions.
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Rental bike: € 75,-
E-Bike: € 175,-
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Rental bike: € 75,-
E-bike: € 175,-
Sailing Ship Wapen fan Fryslân
With its 55 meters of length, the Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch waterways. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a sailing passenger ship. On board of this marvelous five star ship you will immediately notice its warm and luxurious atmosphere. On deck there is a large pilothouse with a cozy and stylish bar and seating area. The panorama windows offer a perfect all around view of the water. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer taps and a Jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas. There is enough room to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors. The sundeck offers plenty of seating including
comfortable deckchairs. The large salon, also restaurant, is characterized by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. All 12 spacious cabins (ca. 8,5 m² - 91 sq.ft) have two separate box spring beds (90×200 m) that can easily be transformed into a double bed and a folding bed as a third bed which can be used if needed. Each cabin has its own shower, toilet and washbasin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating and two portholes of which one can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and 230-Volt-electric sockets in each cabin.
Sailing Ship Leafde fan Fryslân
The Leafde fan Fryslân, an imposing, three-masted barquentine, makes its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owner-operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined. The ship has thirteen cabins on the lower deck. Sumptuous meals are carefully prepared in the restaurant and the ship’s full-service, cozy bar is fully stocked. The wheelhouse is equipped with a seating area and the best views over the water are available here and on deck. The ship has 12 well-appointed cabins. Twelve twin cabins (10 m² - 107 sq.ft.), with two single beds, which can be set together in most cabins. Two cabins can be booked as a three-bed cabin (the third bed as bunk). Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation and heating, portholes and a hatch that can be opened. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a hairdryer, a mini safe and a 230-Volt socket.
Tour price excludes:
Drinks, Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM, bicycle rental, helmet rental, personal insurances, gratuities (at your discretion), entrance fees and excursions, fees for ferries, transfers to/from docking place, parking fees.
Tour info: The cycle routes are on sealed cycle paths, farm roads and along secondary roads with little traffic. There are no significant gradients.
Unisex bikes with seven gears with Shimano transmission, with luggage rack and bag, hub dynamo, hand brakes (drum brakes) and freewheeling. Each participant is given his or her personal bicycle; when booking please state your height. Own bikes are possible. Rental E-Bikes have 3 support levels, 7 gears, range 6065 km (36-39 miles).
Arrival by plane / train:
Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol. Train to Amsterdam’s main station (Amsterdam Centraal) every 10 min. (€ 4.90).
Parking in Amsterdam:
Oosterdok underground car park near the station for € 20 for 24 hours as at July, 2018, but only for cars up to 2.1 metres high. You cannot reserve parking spaces. Alternative: Centralparking, secure parking can be reserved in advance for approx. € 150.- per week including pick-up service. A valet will bring your car from the vessel to the underground car park and back to the vessel on the day of your departure.
Minimum number of participants 10; reference date 4 weeks before departure.