Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL022

Holland / Northern tour

Texel and IJsselmer

What you will experience in this tour are folklore and traditions in the Dutch coutryside and lovely villages on the shores of the North Sea. During the XVII century the whole area, which used to be covered with marshes, was reclaimed through the use of windmills. Enjoy your stay in the island of Texel, the beautiful beaches and the ancient port towns on the IJsselmeer, which will accompany you up to Amsterdam and its canals.
  • Day by Day


    1° Amsterdam. 

    Embarkation and check-in starts at 2 PM in Amsterdam (centre). Take the opportunity to go shopping or explore downtown Amsterdam, world famous for its canals, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, museums, the Anne Frank House, the Waterlooplein Flea Market, the Dam Square in the historical center and heart of the city. A canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from another side. Welcome meeting, cocktail, dinner and first briefing will be on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

    2° Amsterdam – Alkmaar (45 km - 27 miles)

    The first cycling stretch of this tour takes you through small villages scattered in the beautiful flat and green polder landscape. The first stop is at the Zaanse Schans open air museum (free entry) with its traditional Old Dutch wooden houses, windmills and the cheese- and clog factory. After this visit you will cycle through the “Land of Leeghwater”, a green polder area between Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. Stroll through the former whaler’s village De Rijp and pass by the windmills of Schermerhorn. Your boat, De Holland, will be waiting for you near the historical city centre of Alkmaar.

    3° Alkmaar – Den Helder (50 km - 31 miles)
    Today you will explore the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This is a 5.300 hectare  forest- and dune area with its unique landscapes. Drinking water for almost the whole province of North-Holland is gained among these sand dunes. After a visit to the beach and Bergen, the artists’ village,  you will return to Alkmaar, where you can visit the characteristic city centre. In the afternoon De Holland will sail over the North-Holland Canal to the navy harbor of Den Helder. 

    4° Den Helder – Den Oever (15/65 km - 9/41 miles).
    During breakfast De Holland will sail to the isle of Texel, where you can make a tour on the largest of the Dutch Northsea Isles. You will cycle through beautiful natural parks and have the opportunity for a stop and maybe a swim at the beach. Suggestion: cycle the beautiful “Thijsse- route” (with signposting, approx. 40 km/25 mi.) through picturesque villages and landscapes and visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” At the end of your cycling tour you can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild. During dinner De Holland will return to the mainland and sail to Den Oever.

    5° Den Oever – Stavoren (45/55 km - 26/33 miles)
    The vessel will cross the large inland lake IJsselmeer to sail to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. You can opt for a shorter or longer cycling tour: discover the nature area of Gaasterland or explore a part of the wide lake district, that Friesland is well-known for. You can also combine both options. Night in Stavoren, one of the famous 11 cities of Friesland.

    6° Stavoren – Enkhuizen (30/50 km - 19/31 miles)

    De Holland will cross the IJsselmeer again during breakfast. Take the short cycling trip from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer coast directly to Enkhuizen, where you can spend the afternoon. Enkhuizen is an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. The “herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbor, a historical old town centre and the very interesting Zuiderzeemuseum. If you prefer a longer cycling tour, ride from Medemblik to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, one of the world’s leading harbors in the 17th century. Enjoy your lunch break and have a short stroll in the old city centre. Continue by bicycle to Enkhuizen pedalling though some picturesque contry villages. In the evening you can join a short city walk.

    7° Enkhuizen – Amsterdam (35/50 km - 22/31 miles)
    During breakfast the boat will sail to Volendam. Your final day of cycling will lead you through the beautiful area of Waterland, with its hundreds of small lakes and tiny canals. Near Volendam you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. A tour to the former island of Marken (extra cycling miles) is recommended to then continue through the water shaped region of Waterland back to the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal cruise on the first day, you can do so today.

    8° Amsterdam

    After breakfast: disembarkation around 9:30 a.m. and end of the tour.


    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.


  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat landscape, beneath the sea level. The cycling path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signals and with small numbered stumps called “mushrooms”,   signalled on the maps.

    It will not be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention. Ask your guide on board, he/she will be able to give you more information.


  • How to get there
    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. Consider about a 15 minute bus ride from the train station to the point of embarkation (the busses are frequent).


    By Plane
    The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam.
    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.
    In order to get to the embarkation point you need to leave from Amsterdam central station by taking the train directly at the airport. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 20 minutes, the cost is about €5. To book the train tickets in advance visit


    By Train
    The nearest arrival point is Amsterdam Centraal Station. More information on


    By Car
    Parking in the centre of Amsterdam is very expensive, we suggest parking on the outskirt of  the city.
    On this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: .
    In particular, we suggest the following parking places:
    • parking place at the Schiphol Airport in the Smart parking area, you can book it on The cost for 8 days is about 70/100 €.
    •  P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre: (Prins Hendrikkade 20A). This is the closest parking place to the embarkation points Scheepvaart Kwartier e Oosterdok. You can make a reservation on The cost for 8 days is about 160 €.


  • Accommodation and meals

    In this tour overnight, breakfast and dinner will be on board of the river boat.



    A 257 ft. long and 24 ft. wide cozy river cruise ship. The vessel has 34 cabins for max. 68-72 passengers. All of the rooms are well-equipped outside cabins.


    Lower deck cabins

    The lower deck has 24 twin cabins. All cabins (approx. 108 sq.ft.) have:

    • an individual climate control system
    • digital TV
    • mini-safe
    • small wardrobe
    • hair dryer
    • 230V sockets,
    • 2 single beds (78 x 31 inches) and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and bath products and a window (2.55 ft. x 1.28 ft.) that – for safety reasons – cannot be opened.


    Three “regular” twin cabins in the front have single beds, set in L-shape, and an additional Pullman Bed as optional third bed. Three twin cabins and eighteen superior twin cabins have separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (78 x 62 inches). The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is their location in relation to engine room, stairs and salon and/or (in 3 cases) beds set in L-shape (optional triple cabin).


    Upper deck cabins

    The upper deck offers 9 identical superior twin cabins (accommodation: s. lower deck) and 1 suite. The suite (approx. 140 sq. ft.) has the same amenities as the superior twin cabins, but is larger and – in addition – also has a mini-bar and a sofa bed as optional third bed. All upper premium deck cabins and the suite have a “French Balcony” (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors) instead of a regular window.

    Beds in most cabins are normally set as hotel-style beds (78 x 62 inches) or, optional, on previous request, can be arranged as 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches).


    Restaurant and lounge

    De Holland has a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available for guests in the salon (limited data packages included / additional data packages can be purchased online).



    On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.


    Have a look at the De Holland photo gallery



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    • a lightweight frame unisex touring bike (name brand Gazelle Chamonix), equipped with  Shimano 7 gears, gel-saddle and hand brake. All wheels are 28 inch, but a few different frames are available on board for shorter/taller individuals.
    • a unisex e-bike Trenergy E-Relax Pro with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand brakes.


    The bikes are equipped with: 

    • pannier bag;
    • lock.


    You will be provided with a pump and a repair kit per cabin.


    In Holland bike helmets are not mandatory. We advise you wear one for your safety anyway, A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment



  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few day before departure, you wll receive via email the following:

    • embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
    • Tour Notes
    • Final Tour Details

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.


    Tour maps will be delivered on site.



  • By your side

    Every morning or evening our tour leader  will illustrate the route of the day. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, you will be able to reach the tour leader on his/her mobiles. The tours are unaccompanied and unguided.  Languages spoken on board are English and German. 


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 4 Client reviews
    • Marta

      Departure 04-11 August 2018

      Online from 25 August 2018

      Organizzazione perfetta, barca De Holland completamente ristrutturata quindi sia le cabine che le zone comuni davvero nuove, belle e pulitissime!
      Molta natura: dune sul mare, foreste e campi verdi.
      Paesini di mare deliziosi.
      Tour fattibile anche per i non allenati, un po’ di vento contro ma il sole è stato quasi sempre dalla nostra parte! Itinerari davvero semplici da seguire!
    • Nicolò

      Departure 11-18 August 2018

      Online from 23 August 2018

      Tour indicato per chi cerca una settimana di completo relax a contatto con la natura.
    • Georgia

      Departure 04-11 August 2018

      Online from 16 August 2018

      Bellissima esperienza; ottima la sistemazione in barca, il vitto e le bici; la rotta è stata incantevole.
    • Marcella Maria

      Departure 07-14 July 2018

      Online from 19 July 2018

      Assolutamente da consigliare
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Tour details


from 799 €

8 days / 7 nights, barge De Holland

Tour type
self-guided tour
Price per person
799 € standard cabin


every Saturday from 6.04 to 5.10.19


  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
  • maps
  • on board tour guide (German and English)
  • bed linen and towels;
  • Hotline service

Not included:

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board 
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • extra transport
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included


40 € high season supplement (from 1.06 to 24.08.19)

360 € single cabin lower deck

500 € superior single cabin upper deck


200 € superior cabin upper deck

60 € superior cabin lower deck 

300 € suite upper deck


75 € rental bike

175 € e-bike

10 € helmet

50 € gluten free/ nodiary menu (to be paid on spot)



190 € APRIL OFFER (departures 6.04, 13.04 and 20.04.19)

20 € low season (from 21.09, 28.09 and 5.10.19)

60 € 3rd person in cabin

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