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Northern tour bike and boat on Anna Antal

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The Netherlands by bike and boat in 8 days and 7 nights from Amsterdam full board on the Anna Antal. Discover the north of Amsterdam by bike during a unique stay.

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The northern route in the Netherlands on the Anna Antal

 

 

 

Discover the typical landscapes of the Dutch countryside by bike.
The northern route follows circuits in the famous Dutch polders, then in the most beautiful region of dunes in the Netherlands: from Bergen to Schoorl. Also discover the island of Texel, charming Dutch villages and of course the very beautiful city of Amsterdam on this exceptional cycling trip.

 

The highlights of the stay:

  • The fishing villages of Volendam and Enkhuizen
  • Texel Island
  • Beemster Polder, UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Windmills at Zaanse Schans


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


Once on board the boat, boarding between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., you can store your luggage in your cabin. Meet the guide, skipper, his crew and other passengers. Then, you can take your bike in hand for a short ride north of Amsterdam. The schedule for the next day and the week will be explained to you at dinner time.
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, was in the 12th century a simple village on the banks of the Amstel river which had an open connection with the sea. The marshes and the sea around Amsterdam are now polders. The Zuiderzee (the south sea) became the IJsselmeer (the lake of IJssel).


Day 2 - Amsterdam - Hoorn 46 km


You cycle through the rural area of ​​Waterland where roads and houses are almost at the same level as the water!
Then you visit Marken. Until the middle of the 20th century Marken was an island. You can only visit Marken on foot or by bicycle. Car traffic is prohibited there, except for residents.
After Marken you continue to the historic town of Volendam, once a small fishing village. Now it is an important tourist center, where part of the inhabitants still wear the traditional costume.
You then sail to Hoorn, also an important port town in the 17th century where you can admire old facades, canals and bridges.

 

Day 3 - Hoorn - Enkhuizen 30 km


The road to Enkhuizen follows the dike with a magnificent view of the Markermeer on your right and the small Dutch villages on your left. The Enkhuizen dike in Lelystad was built recently (1976), to create a new large polder: the Markerwaard. But the project did not come to fruition. The environment and the supply of fresh water have become a priority.
The stage ends in Enkhuizen. There you can visit the Zuiderzee Museum which shows you everyday life on the Zuiderzee seaside, life 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, then navigation to Texel 34 km


Before crossing a nature reserve, you follow the IJsselmeer dike and then continue your way through typical villages of the region. In Medemblik, whose Radboud Castle is a testament to a glorious past, you embark to sail the IJsselmeer and the Waddenzee (the Wadden Sea) to the island of Texel. The Waddenzee is known as the world's largest uninterrupted system of mudflats 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 and animals, including 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. There are no less than 300 different species of birds. The dune ridge presents a hilly expanse of flowers and wild grasses. The beaches are wide. The wheat fields alternate with the meadows colonized by cows. A visit to this island with its many cycle paths is definitely worth it. You can choose between 35, 48 or 62 km loops.

 

Day 6 - Texel - Alkmaar 58 km


The boat takes you back to the mainland and you disembark at Den Helder, the main port of the Netherlands Navy. Once on the bike, you cross the dunes. Zwanenwater (swan water) is an impressive nature reserve, with its lakes and marshes. Further on, on the dike of Hondsbossche Zeewering, you have a beautiful view of the North Sea. Towards Schoorl you contemplate the highest dunes in the country. Over the past century, many pine trees have been planted there, so these dunes are 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 Grote Kerk (large church) which dates from the 15th century. Alkmaar is known as the 'city of cheese'. In the past, cheese was weighed and sold 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 a possible visit to the cheese market, you cross some remarkable polders. In the 17th century, two lakes were drained and turned into farmland. The Beemster Polder is an exceptional example of land taken from water. It has preserved its landscape of fields, roads, canals, dikes and developed villages.
On the way to Amsterdam you can visit Zaansche Schans, with its traditional wooden houses, warehouses and windmills. You can visit a cheese factory, a clog factory and a traditional bakery.
Back in Amsterdam, it's time to say goodbye to your bike. Perhaps you want to enjoy the city again or take a canal boat trip? It will be possible during this last evening.

 

Day 8 - Amsterdam, end of stay after breakfast before 10am.

 

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

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General information :

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

 

Dates :

 

Departure from Amsterdam on Saturdays
On 15, 22 and 29/05

 

Included :

  • Full board stay (picnic lunch)
  • Travel documents : we will provide you with the information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary upon validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • Guided loop tour

 

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 49 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 : Geographic location


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 on the following website : parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl.

 

Cancellation insurance :


In order to guarantee the refund of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more, please click here.

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