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Sail and bike Ijsselmeer and national parks

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Cycling and sailing trip aboard the Elizabeth through the national parks of Holland and along the shores of Lake Ijssel in full board from Amsterdam.

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Sailboat and bike on Lake Ijssel and Holland’s national parks



Take a memorable trip aboard the Elizabeth sailboat and discover Holland's national parks by bicycle. Lake Ijssel is the largest lake in the Netherlands and was once part of the Zuiderzee Sea. Today it is fed by several rivers: the Amstel, the Rhine, the Vecht and the Ijssel.
You travel aboard a comfortable sailboat and cycle on beautiful cycle paths to discover picturesque villages and unique landscapes.


Highlights of the stay:

  • Picturesque port towns like Stavoren
  • Weerribben National Park
  • The experience aboard the sailboat the Elizabeth
  • Around Lake Ijssel

Day 1: Amsterdam - Monnickendam / Volendam

Your journey aboard the sailboat begins in the port of Amsterdam. You are warmly greeted by the crew at 2 p.m. When all the passengers are on board, the Elizabeth sails towards Monnickendam or Volendam, charming fishing villages. After dinner you can visit the historic city center of the city where the sailboat is moored.



Day 2: Monnickendam / Volendam (32 km or 51 km) | Volendam - Hoorn


This day begins by discovering the traditions of Holland with a visit to a cheese factory and a family clog shop. You cycle along the dikes to Purmerend, which lies in the heart of the De Beemster polder, created over 400 years ago. This polder is recognized as a masterpiece by Unesco. You then reach the town of Edam, named after the famous cheese.
Your bike tour ends in Volendam where your sailboat is located. You then sail to Hoorn where you spend the night.



Day 3: Hoorn - Enkhuizen (28 km or 39 km) | Enkhuizen - Urk


Cross hamlets and villages to reach Enkhuizen by bike. On the way, you can admire the Krijgsman windmill, the highest in North Holland. It is still used to produce flour. Enkhuizen has majestic houses, canals, and ramparts that remind us of its ancient wealth.
In the afternoon, depending on the weather, you cross the IJsselmeer to the port of Urk. You can quietly visit this picturesque village in the evening.



Day 4: Urk - Vollenhove (37 km)


Sail to "New Earth" to Schokker Haven to start your cycling tour. A beautiful paved cycle path through the polder guides you to the ancient island of Schokland. Then drive to Vollenhove, another charming fishing village where you join the sailboat.



Day 5: Vollenhove - Giethoorn (37 km or 49 km)

Departure from Vollenhove on the cycle paths to reach the town of Blokzijl. You enter the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. It is the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe and a haven for flora and fauna. You may be lucky enough to spot an otter or kingfisher. Pass through Kalenberg and then continue through farmland surrounded by dykes to Giethoorn, a town known as the Venice of the North.



Day 6: Giethoorn - Lelystad


Today is the opportunity to enjoy a full day of sailing and relaxing aboard the sailboat. If you wish, you can help the captain navigate. Or you can just relax on the deck. In the early afternoon, the Elizabeth arrives in Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland.



Day 7: Lelystad - Blocq van Kuffeler (20 km or 29 km) | Blocq van Kuffeler - Amsterdam


In the morning you can visit the Batavia shipyard where 17th century ships are restored. Or you can go shopping at Batavia Stad.

Then go on your last bike ride of the week. You will pass through the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. Parts of the route meander through wooded areas, while others offer you panoramic views of vast marshes. You are in bird watchers paradise.

The sailboat awaits you in the small port of Oostvaardersdiep for the return trip to Amsterdam. Celebrate this amazing cycling and sailing trip around the IJsselmeer with a final dinner aboard the Elizabeth.



Day 8: Amsterdam


Your cycling trip ends after breakfast. Do not hesitate to extend your trip to visit the capital of the Netherlands.

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General informations :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Boat comfort level: Standard
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :

Departure dates 2023 :


Departures on Saturdays from 10/06 to 09/09/2023

  • Low season : 09/09
  • High season : from 10/06 to 02/09


Included :

  • Full board (picnic lunch)
  • coffee and tea on board
  • welcome cocktail
  • sheets and towels
  • cabin cleaning once a week
  • daily debriefing on the itinerary
  • logbook given on site
  • GPS tracks
  • waterproof bag 
  • Wifi

Not included :

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

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental 
  • Bike theft insurance (for rented bikes)
  • cancellation insurance
  • Additional 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 climate is sometimes windy.




- 0 to 58 km of hiking per day, or 3 to 5 hours of cycling.
- Easy to follow route. No difficulties, accessible to all.




- Guide and maps on the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr

- Official website of the Dutch Tourist Office


The participants :


On board you will meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children. There are 10 cabins on board the sailboat.



On board, the captain and his boy. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.


Meals :


Breakfasts: on the boat you will find a hearty, Dutch breakfast, fit for a cyclist.

Lunches: after breakfast, you will prepare a “lunch” yourself (sandwiches, fruits, snacks, drinks).

Snack: after the daily trip, you will find, when you arrive on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.

Dinners: 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.


The bike :


At the start, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your size will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (VTC: 21-speed bike) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over.

The bikes will be fitted with saddlebags 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. Don't forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.




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 run to and from France daily.
The Thalys is the fastest.
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 Parking Centrum Oosterdok website.


Cancellation insurance :


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

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