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Northern tour bike and boat on Zwaan

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8 days and 7 nights bike and boat trip from Amsterdam with full board on board the Zwaan. Bicycle cruise on the northern route in Holland.

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On the road of traditions by bike aboard the Zwaan

Discover the typical landscapes of the Dutch countryside by bicycle aboard the Zwaan.
The northern route takes routes through the Dutch polders and in the most beautiful dune region of the Netherlands between Bergen and Schoorl. Visit the island of Texel, charming Dutch villages and of course the very beautiful city of Amsterdam on this unforgettable cycling trip.


The highlights of your cycling holiday in Holland :

  • The fishing villages of Volendam and Enkhuizen
  • Texel Island
  • Beemster Polder
  • Windmills at Zaanse Schans

Day 1 - Amsterdam, boarding at 4 p.m. / 15-20 km


Arrived on board the boat scheduled between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., you can settle in your cabin. Then meet the guide, the skipper, his crew and other passengers. You can take your first bike tour north of Amsterdam. The program of the stay will be explained to you at dinner time.

Day 2 - Amsterdam - Hoorn 46 km


You drive through rural Waterland, here the roads and houses are almost at the same level as the water!
Then you visit Marken, an ancient island that can only be visited on foot or by bicycle. Driving is prohibited, except for residents.
After Marken you continue to Volendam, once a small fishing village. Now it is an important tourist spot, where locals still wear traditional dress.
You then sail to Hoorn, another important port town in the 17th century where you can admire the old facades, canals and bridges.


Day 3 - Hoorn - Enkhuizen 30 km


The road to Enkhuizen follows the dike while enjoying a magnificent view of the Markermeer on your right and small Dutch villages on your left. The Enkhuizen dyke in Lelystad was built recently (1976), to create a new large polder: the Markerwaard, but the project was unsuccessful because the environment and freshwater supply were priorities.
The stage ends in Enkhuizen. You can visit the Zuiderzee Museum which shows the daily life of the inhabitants of the Zuiderzee seaside, before the construction of the Afsluitdijk. This dike transformed in 1932 the Zuiderzee (a sea in open connection with the North Sea) into IJsselmeer (a lake in fresh water).


Day 4 - Enkhuizen - Medemblik, navigation to Texel 34 km

Before crossing a nature reserve, you follow the IJsselmeer dyke and then cross typical villages of the region to Medemblik. You can admire the castle of Radboud. You embark aboard the Zwaan to sail the IJsselmeer and the Waddenzee (the Wadden Sea) to the island of Texel. The Waddenzee is the world's largest uninterrupted system of mud flats and sandbanks. There is a multitude of habitats there: tidal channels, sandbanks, seagrass meadows, mussels, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes. The place is home to many species of plants, animals and marine mammals such as seals.


Day 5 - Texel, round trip 35/48 or 62 km


The island of Texel is the largest Dutch island with an average length of 20 km and a width of 8 km. Texel is very popular with bird watchers with its 300 different bird species. The dune ridge presents a hilly expanse of flowers and wild grasses and the beaches are wide. You cross wheat fields and meadows colonized by cows. A visit to this island with its many cycle paths is a must. You can choose between 35, 48 or 62 km loops.


Day 6 - Texel - Alkmaar 58 km


The boat takes you back to the mainland to Den Helder, the main port of the Netherlands Navy. Once on the bike, you cross the dunes and the Zwanenwater which is an impressive nature reserve, with its lakes and marshes. Further on, on the dike of Hondsbossche Zeewering, you have a wonderful view of the North Sea. Towards Schoorl you contemplate the highest dunes in the country covered with dense forest.

The stage ends in Alkmaar, a historic city with 400 monuments classified as national monuments. One of the best known is the 15th century Grote Kerk. Alkmaar is known as the 'city of cheese'. It used to be that they weighed and sold cheese à la Waag (an old word for "balance"). This public scale is housed in a 16th century building. Every Friday the famous cheese market takes place in front of the Waag.


Day 7 - Alkmaar - Amsterdam 55 km


After visiting the cheese market, you cycle through some remarkable polders including the Beemster Polder, which is an exceptional example of land conquered from water.

On the way to Amsterdam you visit Zaansche Schans and its traditional wooden houses, warehouses and windmills. You can also visit a cheese factory, a clog factory and a traditional bakery.
In Amsterdam, it's time to leave your bike on the boat and enjoy a last night on the town along the canals.


Day 8 - Amsterdam

End of stay after breakfast before 10am.


Due to the navigation plan, the route may be reversed or changed.

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General information : 

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Comfort level of the barge : Comfort
  • Child prices : please contact us

Dates :


Departure dates 2023:


Departures on Saturdays 17/06, 24/06, 01/07, 08/07, 22/07, 29/07 and 12/08/2023




Included :

  • Full board stay (picnic lunch).
  • Travel book : we will provide you with the information about your stay as well as the itinerary at the validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • accompanying guide
  • coffee and tea on board
  • at least 3 city walks with the guide
  • free wifi limited to the lounge and deck
  • GPS tracks on request
  • road book in English on site

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits

Options :

  • Bike rental (helmet included)
  • Theft insurance for rented bikes
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Extra night(s) at the start or end of the tour in a hotel in Amsterdam

Level :

1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :

Flat, very smooth roads and paths. 90% program on cycle paths.


Weather :

Contrary to popular belief, the temperature in the Netherlands is similar to the temperature in France. Near the coast, the weather is sometimes windy.

Technicality :

0 to 40 km of cycling per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.


Bibliography :

Guide and maps about the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr


Participants :

On board, you will meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children. We offer boats with 20 to 26 places in cabins of 2 and 3 people.


Accompaniment :

People responsible for your bike and boat holidays are : 
On board, the captain and his mate. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and bring the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.
Participants are accompanied by a guide. This will help you in the event of a breakdown, advise you on the route to follow and give you the necessary tourist information. He or she is multilingual.


Meals :

Breakfast : on board, you will find a substantial and dutch breakfast, worthy of a cyclist.
Lunch : after the breakfast, you will prepare by yourself a “lunch” (sandwich, fruit, snack, drinks).
Snack : after the daily route, you will find, when you arrive on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.
Dinner : at least three very good quality dishes. After dinner, you will have a choice of coffee and tea.
Other drinks, such as wine, beer, lemonade and mineral water, are not included but can be purchased on board at a reasonable price.


Bike :

At the beginning, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your height, will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (21-speed bike) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over. The bike will be fitted with panniers as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. If you prefer a 7-speed bike, please let us know (this must be specified when booking). It will not be possible to order a bicycle once on the boat. If you take your own bike, it cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Do not forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.


Transport : 

By train : the departure towns for the bike and boat tours are served by the railway.
Amsterdam train station is very well connected : several trains daily run to and from France.
Thalys is faster.
By plane : AMSTERDAM international airport.


Your vehicle : 

We strongly advise against parking cars on the streets of Amsterdam. Information on guarded parking lots in the city can be found.


Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the refund of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. 

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