Day 1. Arrival in Amsterdam
Check-in between approx. 15.00-16.30h. Already at 18.00h we depart for the historic town of Hoorn on the IJsselmeer, and during the voyage you will be served your first dinner on board.
Day 2. Hoorn - Enkhuizen, cycling distance approx. 20-26 km
There is probably time for a small tour of Hoorn with the old, historic 18th century buildings and the charming harbour, before setting out on the first cycling stage to Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen is a city with a very special atmosphere, where narrow cobblestone passageways cross the small intimate canals, and in the city, you will also find the Zuiderzee Museum, where you can see pictures from before the reclamation of land, together with modern Dutch art. The museum is absolutely worth a visit.
Day 3. Enkhuizen - Lemmer, cycling distance approx. 32 or 45 km (round trip)
The day starts with a sail across the IJsselmeer to the town of Lemmer, known for its old town centre with the beautiful traditional Dutch gabled houses. The day's stage goes through the nature areas around Lemmer, including Oosterzee-Buren, Tjeukemeer, Munnekeburen, Scherpenzeel and Schoterzijl, before heading back to Lemmer, where we’ll moor overnight. For the energetic, it's also possible to do a detour to the world's largest steam-pumping station still in use. If it wasn't for these pumping-stations, Holland would be under water.
Day 4. Lemmer - Stavoren, cycling distance approx. 33 km + sailing to Oudeschild on the island of Texel
A day where different experiences await. First you follow a lovely route to lake Sandeler Leijen and through lovely forest areas at Rijsterbos, past the Mokkebank bird sanctuary to Roode Klif and ending in Stavoren. From here, you sail to Oudeschild on the North Sea island of Texel, where we'll moor overnight. A recommendation from Ruby Rejser: having a glass of cold draft beer from the Texel Brewery.
Day 5. Texel, cycling distance up to approx. 70 km (round trip)
The whole day is spent on Holland's largest island in the North Sea, Texel. You can choose either a short cycling route and enjoy the beach life on Texel's long white sandy beaches, or cycle along the well-signposted "Thijsse-route" through idyllic villages and beautiful bird and nature reserves. A visit to the seal sanctuary and nature museum, "EcoMare", is also an option today. It's a day where you are free to choose between many opportunities for different activities and relaxation. The Texel Brewery can also be visited today. The day’s possible cycling routes vary between 29 and 70 km. The sailing departure for the mainland, Den Helder, is scheduled for approx. 18.00h.
Day 6. Den Helder - Sint Maartensvlotbrug - Alkmaar, cycling distance approx. 25/55 km
Today you also have several options. You can choose between two short cycling stages or a long one. The first stretch goes from Den Helder, through dune landscapes along the coast, to Sint Maartensvlotburg. Here the boat makes a short stop, where you can either board again or wait until here to disembark and cycle from here to Alkmaar. Or you can cycle the whole of this lovely stretch of approx. 55 km. In Alkmaar we'll moor overnight.
Day 7. Sailing: Alkmaar - Wormerveer, cycling to Amsterdam: approx. 35 km
In Alkmaar you can experience the famous big cheese market from April to September, therefore the boat will wait until noon to sail to Wormerveer, where it'll make a short stop allowing you to cycle the last stretch from here into Amsterdam. First you cycle to the open-air Zaans Schans Museum, where you can truly experience the old Dutch village idyll with market stalls as in the old days. Here you can also see how the klompen (wooden clogs) are made. You continue through the recreation and holiday area "Twiske", before reaching Amsterdam for your last evening of the bike cruise. If you haven't yet been on a canal tour, now is your chance (it’s possible to book on board).
Day 8. Departure Day
Checkout after breakfast and return journey home.