Location: Holland - Amsterdam
Price: From € 1.499,-

Bike and Barge Tour Holland: Grand Tour of Holland | MS Angela Esmee

All highlights in the Northern and Western part of the Netherlands

During this grand tour of Holland you will visit all major cities and highlights in the north and west of the Netherlands by bicycle and boat. The trip starts and ends in the capital Amsterdam. You can discover the diverse flat polder land on numerous cycle paths and quiet country roads. See the green rural area north of Amsterdam, the beach and dunes along the North Sea and romantic harbor towns on the IJsselmeer coast during wonderful cycling tours. Many guests consider a visit to the very cycle-friendly island Texel among the highlights of the trip. You will also cross the large lake IJsselmeer to Stavoren, to visit the southwestern part of Friesland. Other highlights during this part of the tour include the Waterland region, the “Zaanse Schans” open air museum, Enkhuizen with the Zuiderzee Museum and the old city centers of Alkmaar, Medemblik, Hoorn and Volendam.
You will also visit the most well-known historical cities and towns in the west of the Netherlands, picturesque little villages and the beautiful scenery of the “Green Heart of Holland”,to the south of Amsterdam. Highlights during this part of the trip include Amsterdam with its beautiful canals, the cathedral city of Utrecht, the port of Rotterdam, Delft with its famous Delft Blue factories, the cheese city of Gouda, the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk (UNESCO Heritage Site), the silver city of Schoonhoven, the beautiful city center of Haarlem and the dunes and North Sea beach.

You will reside and stay in the same cabin for two weeks on board the ship ANGELA ESMEE, which has for many years been a very popular vessel for bike-boat holidays. Depending on your travel dates in 2018 you have the choice of a week of North Holland followed by a week South Holland (5x) or first South Holland and then North Holland (5x).

– All highlights of Holland during one tour;
– No change of ship, nor cabin;
– approx. € 110 p.p. discount compared to booking the tours separately.

During the Grand Tour of Holland, on both days when a visit to the “Zaanse Schans” open air museum is planned, on board we will offer additional optional cycling tours, through some villages of the Waterland area, to avoid that guests will see the Zaanse Schans twice.



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  • Ship information

    MS Angela Esmee

    The ship Angela Esmee caters for approx. 80 guests in total comfort and is your floating hotel and restaurant during your cycling cruise. The vessel has 10 cabins on the upper deck (supplement) and 31 cabins on the lower deck (approx. 9 M² = 97 square feet) with en-suite bath room (shower + toilet), 2 single beds next to each other and (partial centrally regulated) air-conditioning and an automated ventilation system. All cabins have a window (the windows in the upper deck cabins can be opened; the windows on the lower deck are for security reasons fixed). There are a limited number of single, triple and quadruple cabins (3rd and 4th beds as bunk beds).

    In 2012 the ship was extended by 16 meters and 10 new twin cabins were created which are located at the front of the lower deck. During the winter of 2015/2016 all cabins on the upper deck and the remaining cabins on the lower deck were renovated.

    The salon / lounge area features large windows, a separate restaurant area, a bar, and in the front of the ship, a large lounge area with seats, tables and full glass panoramic windows where you can relax and also use the Wi-Fi network. The large and partially roofed sundeck of the 78 meter-long ship is equipped with tables and chairs and there is a separate deck to store the bikes. In short, the Angela Esmee is perfectly set up to host boat & bike tours.

    The Angela Esmee has its own bikes on board; some of these feature hand brakes and a back pedal brake and some have hand brakes only, on request. There are bikes with various frame heights. Children’s bikes, e-bikes and tandems are also available on request. After four weeks use the bikes will be taken out of circulation for a week for maintenance purposes.

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  • Northern part of the tour

    Tour Details Holland: North-Holland Route | MS Angela Esmee

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: 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, drink, dinner and first briefing on board. First night on board in Amsterdam.

    Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (ca. 32-45 km / 19-28 miles*)
    You will cycle out of Amsterdam via a well maintained cycling track. Very soon you will leave the city and cycle through the green area of Waterland and the recreational area of Twiske to the open air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum continue just a few more miles to Zaandam. If you want to take a detour, opt for an additional cycling tour through through Assendelft. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore and enjoy Zaandam.

    Day 3 (Mon): Zaandam – Alkmaar  (Approx. 50 km/31 mi.) | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Your second day of cycling leads you pedaling through the beautiful flat and green polder landscape via small villages. This “Land of Leeghwater” is a scenic green area located between the cities of Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn. Leeghwater was a 17th Century scientist, who invented a revolutionary system to reclaim marshland from the sea by pumping out water with a system of windmills, smaller and larger canals. Today’s destination is the city of Alkmaar, where the Angela Esmee will be waiting for you with a hot shower, a good glass of wine, a cool beer and a delicious meal. During dinner the ship will navigate the Noordhollands Kanaal to the naval port of Den Helder.

    Day 4 (Tue): Den Helder – Oudeschild | North Sea island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (your choice 15-65 km/9-41 mi.*) | Texel – Den Oever
    During breakfast the  Angela Esmee will cross the Marsdiep, a deep tide-race between Den Helder and Texel Island to the harbor of Oudeschild.**
    You will quickly understand why the island of Texel is a favorite destination for many tourists as you cycle around this enchanting Dutch island. Charming villages, beautiful beaches and areas of natural importance are crisscrossed by a network of cycling tracks, making all areas of the island easily accessible. Swim at one of the wide sandy beaches, visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” and/or cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 25 miles) through picturesque villages and landscapes. At the end of your cycling tour yua can enjoy a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery in the harbor of Oudeschild. In the evening the  Angela Esmee will return to Den Oever on the mainland. The highlight of the evening will be a night of live music on board.

    Day 5 (Wed): Den Oever – Stavoren | Stavoren South-west Friesland round trip (approx. 43-55 km/26-33 mi.*)
    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.

    Day 6 (Thu): Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen (approx. 30-50 km/19-31 mi.*)
    Sail to Medemblik during breakfast. Take the short pedaling from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer (former “Zuiderzee”) 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, an historical old town center 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, in the 17th century one of the world’s leading harbors and name giver of Cape Horn. Enjoy your lunch break and make a short stroll of the old city. Continue by bike through some picturesque rural villages to Enkhuizen. In the evening enjoy a short city walking tour.

    Day 7 (Fri): Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (Approx. 35-50 km/22-31 mi.*)
    During breakfast the ship 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, where you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm. Recommended (extra miles) is a detour to the former island of Marken, to 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 tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    *: Both possibilities are being offered – the guest can choose. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    **: In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the captain may decide to sail to Texel on Monday evening or not at all: in the latter case you can reach Texel ferry (price approx. 5€ not incl.).

    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    If guests don’t want to cycle a day (or more) they are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing.
    On the arrival (first) day is it possible to put your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.

  • Southern part of the tour

    Tour Details Holland: Southern Tour | MS Angela Esmee

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 PM in Amsterdam (centre). While you are in Amsterdam make sure you take the opportunity to do some shopping, visit a museum or enjoy a canal tour (reduced price tickets available on board, until 10 PM). A canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from a different perspective. Your first night on board will be spent in Amsterdam, so you will have plenty of time to explore the city.

    Day 2 (Sun): During breakfast: Amsterdam – Breukelen | Breukelen – Utrecht (Approx. 25-40 km*/15-25 mi.) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Rotterdam
    During breakfast the MS Angela Esmee will cruise to Breukelen where, following the distribution of bicycles, your first day of cycling will see you tour along the beautiful and winding river Vecht with its enchanting background of imposing castles, country houses and quaint tearooms… there is simply no better way to start a cycle tour. You will follow the Vecht into the centre of Utrecht where you will have the opportunity to explore the Dom Cathedral tower and the beautiful centre of the old village. In the afternoon you will continue by ship from Utrecht to Rotterdam, your destination for the day. 

    Day 3 (Mon): Rotterdam – Schiedam – Delft – Rotterdam (Approx. 50 km/32 mi.) 
    Today the ship stays in Rotterdam. You will cycle today via the ‘jenever city of Schiedam (jenever is a traditional Dutch gin) and through the Delfland area to Delft, famous, of course, for its blue earthenware. Visit the beautiful city centre with its small canals, picturesque streets, bridges and alleys. For many guests a visit to the Delftware factories of “Royal Delft” is one of the highlights of the tour. In the evening: a (free) short city walking tour.

    Day 4 (Tue): Rotterdam – Alblasserdam/Kinderdijk with the “waterbus”  |   Kinderdijk – (Gouda) – Schoonhoven (Approx. 30-50 km*/18–32 mi.)
    Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in just 30 minutes to Alblasserdam or Kinderdijk (depending on the departure time of the waterbus). After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! You then have the choice between a longer bike tour with a visit to the beautiful cheese city of Gouda or a short bike tour through the Alblasserwaard. Both tours end in the “silver city” of Schoonhoven on the Lek River, where you can visit a silversmith. In the evening a (free) city walk through Schoonhoven.

    Day 5 (Wed): Schoonhoven – Oudewater – Utrecht (Approx. 45-50 km*/27-32 mi.) | Afternoon: Utrecht – Beverwijk
    Today you will cycle from Schoonhoven through the beautiful “Green Heart” of Holland via Oudewater (visit the Witches Weigh House) to Utrecht. Near Oudewater you can visit a traditional cheese farm where you can also buy delicious farm-made Gouda cheese. In the late afternoon the ship will sail from Utrecht to Beverwijk, your destination for the night. 

    Day 6 (Thu): Beverwijk – North Sea coast – Haarlem – Beverwijk (Approx. 45-55 km*/27-33 mi.) | Evening: Beverwijk – Zaandam
    You will have the choice of 2 bike tours today, with both finishing in the historic city of Haarlem. If you are up to the challenge the longer tour takes you through the sand dunes of the North Sea coastline via Bloemendaal and Zandvoort; the shorter tour heads inland to Haarlem. On both tours you will cycle back to Beverwijk. In the evening your ship will sail to Zaandam.

    Day 7 (Fri): Zaandam – Amsterdam (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
    From Zaandam your final day of cycling will take you to the open air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. After exploring the museum continue to cycle through the recreational area of Twiske to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today. 

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
    Disembarkation after breakfast: End of your trip.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
    * Both possibilities are being offered – the guest can choose.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle, he/she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • Included

    – Tour and accommodation on board 15 days/14 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
    – Full board (14x breakfast, 12x picnic lunch during bike tours, 14x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily light cleaning of the cabin;
    – Full cleaning of cabin incl. change of bed sheets on 2nd Saturday of the tour;
    – Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
    – Experienced and local Tour leader (multilingual incl. English) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours, during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and can be reached on his/her cell phone;
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Short city walks (North-Holland: Zaandam, Enkhuizen; South-Holland: Rotterdam, Schoonhoven) with the tour leader;
    – Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program, value up to €50 p.p.;
    – North-Holland: 1x night live music on board; South-Holland: 1x live music night on board;
    – Use of Wi-Fi in the lounge of the ship;
    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 8 PM.

    – Transfers to/from the docking place Sumatrakade in Amsterdam;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional);
    – Bike helmet (optional);
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fees;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Fees for ferries during cycling tours;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion/optional);
    – Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated (pre-booking is necessary).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligatory )
    Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag : €140 for 2 weeks
    Rental E-Bike (brand: Flyer or similar) with 3 support levels, 7-8 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles), pannier bag: €330 for 2 weeks (only on request, limited number available)
    Rental bike helmet: € 20 per piece
    Visits (optional): (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discounts)
    North-Holland: open-air museum Zaanse Schans, visitors centre windmill Schermerhorn, beer brewery Oudeschild (Texel), steam engine museum, open-air museum Enkhuizen, and more
    South-Holland: Delftware factory, visitors centre windmills Kinderdijk, St-Jans church Gouda, cheese farm Oudewater, silversmith Schoonhoven, city hall Zaandam, and some more
    Ticket canal tour Amsterdam, approx. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: €12.50 (at the ticket desk approx.: €16)
    Parking Amsterdam (valet parking): rates and reservation on request

  • Cabin types and prices 2018


     Cabin type: occupation 21.04. 28.04. + 19.05. + 01.09. 02.06. – 04.08. 26.05. + 25.08.
    Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers.  € 1,309  €    1,499  €    1,579 €    1,539
    Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers.  € 1,569  €    1,759  €    1,839 €    1,799
    Single cabin lower deck 1 pers.  € 1,748  €    1,949  €    2,039 €    1,999
    Single cabin upper deck 1 pers.  € 2,009  €    2,209  €    2,299 €    2,239
    Triple cabin lower deck 3 pers.  € 1,269  €    1,459  €    1,539 €    1,499
    Triple cabin upper deck 3 pers.  € 1,529  €    1,719  €    1,799 €    1,759
    Quadruple cabin lower deck 4 pers.  € 1,239  €    1,419 €     1,499 €    1,459
    Quadruple cabin upper deck 4 pers.  € 1,499  €    1,679 €     1,759 €    1,719

    Triple and Quadruple cabins are limited and only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book a triple or quadruple cabin.

    Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (compulsory fee)
    Rental bicycle
    with 7 gears, handbrakes, pannier bag :  € 140 for 2 weeks
    Rental E-Bike
    (brand: Flyer or similar) with 5 support levels, 8 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles): € 330 for 2 weeks (only on request, limited number available)
    Rental bike helmet: € 20 per piece
    Ticket canal tour Amsterdam,
    approx. 60 minutes – for our guests with discount: € 12,50 (at the ticket desk: € 16)


    Departures first North-Holland and then Southern Holland:
    21.04. – 05.05., 19.05. – 02.06., 30.06. – 14.07., 28.07. – 11.08., 25.08. – 08.09.

    Departures first Southern Holland and then North-Holland:
    28.04. – 12.05., 26.05. – 09.06., 07.07. – 21.07., 04.08. – 18.08., 01.09. – 15.09.

  • Good to know

    The bicycles on board are unisex touring bikes of the Brand Gazelle Chamonix with lightweight frames and normal mount (ladies model), with easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, hand brakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels.  Some smaller frames are available on board for smaller persons. For large gentlemen (from 1.90m and above) we have a few traditional men’s models (with a horizontal bar) available.
    Aboard the Angela Esmee there are a few e-bikes available (on request).  The e-bike is a Trenergy E-Relax Pro with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).
    Prices of other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes or electrical bikes and 7-gear bicycle with hand brake & hub brake,  (limited stock, pending availability), children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandem bicycles etc. and child’s saddles (rear) are on request.
    Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no additional fee). However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles.
    In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. There are some rental bike helmets on board (please pre-book, € 20 per piece).

    Throughout the Netherlands there is a network of interconnecting cycle routes, with a total length of more than 4,500 km, called the ‘Cycle junction network’ (Dutch: fietsknooppunten netwerk). A cycle junction is a numbered intersection that is part of a regional cycle route network. Each junction is provided with a number and an information panel. The distance to the next junction is displayed on this panel. The routes between two junctions are signposted in two directions with white and green signs (see picture). On the information panel you can orientate where you are and decide to extend or shorten the route to your destination. We use the cycle junction network in the description of the daily bike tours in the Netherlands and Flanders. The junctions are marked on the maps our guests use for the daily bike tours. The tour guide on board will explain to our guests how this easy system works. He/she will tell you the daily highlights and the detours which are worthwhile as well. On our website we show in a short video how this cycle junction network works. You can watch this video and other useful and interesting videos on:

    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as the confirmation and cancellation of such tours. Children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you consider whether your child is able to manage a daily cycle trip of 30-55 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-and-child tandems, slip streamers etc. or child’s saddles are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days longer on board (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision). The interior of the ship is a no-smoking area: smoking is only allowed on the (outside) sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking rooms.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    Updated: August 9, 2017

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