Location: Netherlands - Amsterdam
Price: From € 599,-

Bike and Barge Tour Holland: North-Holland Tour | MS Angela Esmee

During this fascinating Northern Holland cycling cruise on board the ship Angela Esmee you will discover the best of what the beautiful Provinces of North Holland and Friesland offer. Explore flat “polder” landscapes – a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments – the North Sea coast, towering sand dunes, long sandy beaches, historic windmills, the island of Texel and the many picturesque harbor towns along the coast of IJsselmeer Lake. It is without doubt a tour not to be missed!

Historical towns and villages, rural countryside and beaches above Amsterdam – the “North-Holland tour”

Nowhere else in the world will you find an area as fascinating to explore as the Dutch Provinces of North Holland and Friesland, two areas rich in tradition, full of romantic fishing and harbor villages, picturesque lakes and expansive North Sea vistas. Over the course of your week on board your floating hotel, the ship Angela Esmee, you will be able to discover typical Dutch culture in picturesque harbor towns and small villages while you cycle through a flat “polder land”, extensively reclaimed over the centuries from the North Sea. What you will soon realize is the truth behind the proverb “God created the earth but the Dutch made Holland”, such has been the extent of land reclamation in the region you will be cycling through. Since the 17th century in an effort to save disappearing land from encroaching water, protective dikes have been built, low lying land has been pumped dry and tidal dams have been created in creeks to prevent flooding, with the result that today’s green flat polder landscape is full of agricultural enterprise. Given the Dutch love of cycling, the region is crisscrossed with many quiet cycle tracks that stretch from one end of the region to the other. You will be amazed by the beauty of the North Sea beaches, the towering sand dunes – who said there were no hills in Holland! – the extremely bike friendly island of Texel, the beautiful flat landscapes, small dreamlike farm villages and picturesque harbor villages. During the second part of the tour you will cross the large lake IJsselmeer to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. Other highlights during your week tour include the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”, the historic city center of Alkmaar and the old harbor cities of Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn and Volendam, the  islands of Texel and Marken and – of course – Amsterdam with its beautiful canals.

All of the above and much, much more is in store for you when you set sail on board the ship Angela Esmee for a week of discovery.

On five departure dates in 2018 ( April 28, May 26, July 7, August 4 and September 1, 2018), the Angela Esmee will be sailing on the Southern Tour of Holland. This gives you the opportunity to book the “Grand Tour of Holland” and travel 2 weeks on the same ship and in the same cabin. Depending on your travel dates in 2017 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). Please click here for more information.


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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. There are bikes with various frame heights. Children’s bikes, e-bikes and tandems are also available on request. 

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  • Program/Route

    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 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 you 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.

  • Included

    – Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category;
    – Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily light cleaning of the cabin;
    – 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;
    – 2 Short city walks with the tour leader;
    – Discounts on entrance fees and excursions as mentioned in the program, value up to €25 p.p.;
    – 1x night live music on board;
    – Use of Wi-Fi in the lounge of the ship;
    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 PM.

    – Transfers to/from the docking place Sumatrakade in Amsterdam;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Rental bicycle or e-bike(optional);
    – Rental bike helmet: € 10 per piece/week (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 : €70 per week
    Rental E-Bike (brand: Flyer or similar) with 3 support levels, 7-8 gears, range 60-65 km (36-39 miles), pannier bag: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Rental bike helmet: € 10 per piece/week (optional)
    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
    Visits (optional): open-air museum Zaanse Schans, visitor center windmill Schermerhorn, beer brewery Oudeschild (Texel), seal sanctuary Ecomare (Texel); steam engine museum (Medemblik), open-air Zuiderzeemuseum (Enkhuizen), cheese farm, and more (entrance fees not included, but for our guests with discount);


  • Cabin types and prices 2018


     Cabin type: occupation super saver middle season main season late
    Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €   599 €    789 €    829 €    769
    Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €   729 €    919 €    959 €    899
    Single cabin lower deck 1 pers. €   819 € 1,019 € 1,069 €    989
    Single cabin upper deck 1 pers. €   949 € 1,149 € 1,199 € 1,119
    Triple cabin lower deck 3 pers. €   579 €    769 €    809 €    749
    Triple cabin upper deck 3 pers. €   709 €    899 €    939 €    879
    Quadruple cabin lower deck 4 pers. €    569 €    749 €     789 €    729
    Quadruple cabin upper deck 4 pers. €    699 €    879 €     919 €    859

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

    Super saver season: departure date on April 14 and April 21;
    Middle season:   departure date on May 5, 12 and 19; September 8;
    Main season:  all other departure dates, weekly from June 2 up to and incl. August 25 (except for 7 July and 4 August);
    Late season:  departure date on September 16.

    On five departure dates in 2018 (April 28, May 26, July 7, August 4 and September 1, 2018), the Angela Esmee will be sailing on the Southern Tour of Holland. This gives you the opportunity to book the “Grand Tour of Holland” and travel 2 weeks on the same ship and in the same cabin. 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). Please click here for more information.

  • Family Special 2018

    What could be more fun than sleeping in a cabin in your own bunk-bed? This in itself is a wonderful adventure for many children. There are 2 bunk beds in a 4 person cabin, ideal for the whole family. Every cabin has its own shower and toilet, in some cabins there is space for a cot. Once the children are tucked up in bed after a lovely day outdoors, parent can enjoy a drink in the bar.

    Children’s bikes and seats, , as well as child car or slipstreamer (limited) are available to hire from us, as are adults bikes, or you can of course bring your own bikes. We’d be glad to inform you of what’s available.

    Safety is of paramount importance on board. Thanks to the guardrails children are able to walk around deck safely; children’s life jackets are also available.
    Children must always be overseen under a parent’s watchful eye.

    Dinner is served at 18.30 (6.30 PM). Children are, where possible taken into consideration in terms of the menu.

    Sunday: 30-45 kilometers* (19-28 mi.)
    Monday: 50 kilometers (31 mi.)
    Tuesday: On Frisian Island Texel you can make your own round
    Wednesday: 45 or 55 kilometers* (28-33 mi.)
    Thursday: 30 or 50 kilometers* (19-31 mi)
    Friday: 35 or 50 kilometers* (22-31 mi.)
    * 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.


    Saturday: Embarkation Amsterdam
    Afternoon: Explore downtown Amsterdam: to visit a museum or to make a canal tour

    Sunday: Amsterdam – „Zaanse Schans“ – Zaandam
    (Approx. 30-45 km/19-28 mi.)
    Visit open air museum „Zaanse Schans“ (free entrance) with a.o. traditional wooden houses, windmills, cheese and wooden shoe (“clog”) manufacture.
    Bike tour to Zaandam.

    Tips for children:
    – ‘Ballorig’ indoor play area: a child’s dream. Children from 1 year: € 7,50; Adults supervising are free.

    Monday: Zaandam – Alkmaar (Approx. 50 km/31 mi.)  | Alkmaar – Den Helder
    Bike tour to Alkmaar. “diner cruise” to Den Helder

    Tips for children:
    – Monkey Town in Alkmaar: indoor play area. Dive into the famous ball pits, jump on the trampolines and inflatables or climb and scramble all over the apparatus.
    Children €7./Adults supervising a child go free. Opening hours 9 – 18 hrs.

    Tuesday: Morning: Den Helder –  Oudeschild | Island of Texel: Round trip Oudeschild – Oudeschild (As desired 15-65 km/9-41 mi.*) | Evening:  Texel – Den Oever
    Round trip on the largest of Dutch islands, Texel. Through beautiful natural areas with the possibility to have a break on the most beautiful beaches.

    Tips for children:
    – ‘Sommeltjes’ path: Take a walk down the Sommeltjes gnome trail in Texel with your children; a nature path specially designed for children aged between 3 to 8 years. Free entrance.
    – Pirate ship: Be captain of a pirate ship for the day. This spectacular 34 m long ship wreck is full of endless climbing and scrambling fun for children aged between 3 and 16 years. Free entrance.
    – ‘Ecomare’: Whilst in Texel a visit to the nature centre where there are seals, porpoises, a sea aquarium and a large museum is a must. The seals are fed at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Children 4-13
       years old € 8,50 / > 13 years: €12,50. Opening hours 9:30 – 17 hrs.

    Wednesday: Morning: Den Oever – Stavoren | Stavoren round trip (Approx. 45-55 km/28-33 mi. *)
    Short of longer bike tour through the lake district of Friesland.

    Tips for children:
    – First Frisian ice-skate museum in Hindeloopen.

    Thursday: Morning: Stavoren – Medemblik | Medemblik – Hoorn – Enkhuizen (Approx. 30-50 km/19-31 mi.*)
    Short bike tour directly to Enkhuizen or longer bike tour via Hoorn to Enkhuizen.

    Tips for children:
    – Steam engine museum in Medemblik. Children 4–12 years old: €5. / Adults: €7. Opening hrs 10 – 17 hrs.
    – ‘Zuiderzee’ museum: cultural historical in and outdoor museum, where the culture and the maritime history of the former Zuider Sea are bought to life. Children 4–12 years old: €5. /
       Adults: €7,50. Opening hrs: 10 – 17 hr.
    – Sprookjeswonderland: Theme park depicted entirely in fairy tales. >2 years old: €9,50. Opening hrs 10 – 17 hr.

    Friday: Enkhuizen – Volendam | Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (Approx. 35-50 km/22-31 mi. *)
    Bike tour through the beautiful ‘Waterland' region of Holland complete with its hundreds of small lakes and canals.

    Tips for children:
    – Visit the “Volendam Experience”. Children 5–8 years old: €6,75/> 8 years old: €8,75. Opening hrs 10 – 18 hr.
    – Cheese farm in Katwoude. Entrance free.
    – Go back in time during Glow in the dark miniature’s golf; back to the future. Familyspecial (2 children + 2 adults) € 27,50.
    – Nemo: Take a visit to the most educational attraction in Amsterdam; a unique experience for both young and old, brimming with science and technology. Children >4 years old: €15.
      Opening hrs 10 – 17:30 hr.

    Saturday: Disembarkation: Amsterdam
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

    On April 21st and during the months of July and August 2018 (departure June 30th until August 25th) you will pay half fare for each child sleeping in your cabin. This offer is valid for children aged up to and including 11 years. Discount will be processed after booking.

    Cabins lower deck Adults Children Total Price
    April 22nd, 2017 and April 21st, 2018
    Total Price Departure
    July and August
    Twin cabin 1 adult 1 child up and incl. 11 years € 898.50 € 1,243.50
    Triple cabin 1 adult 2 children up and incl. 11 years € 1,158 € 1,618
    Triple cabin 2 adults 1 child up and incl. 11 years € 1,447.50 € 2,022.50
    Quadruple cabin 2 adults 2 children up and incl. 11 years €1,707 € 2,367
    Quadruple cabin 1 adult 3 children up and incl. 11 years € 1,422.50 € 1,972.50
    Cabins upper deck Adults Children Total Price
    April 22nd, 2017 and April 21st, 2018
    Total Price Departure
    July and August
    Twin cabin 1 adult 1 child up and incl. 11 years € 1,093.50 € 1,438.50
    Triple cabin 1 adult 2 children up and incl. 11 years € 1,418 € 1,878
    Triple cabin 2 adults 1 child up and incl. 11 years € 1,772.50 € 2,347.50
    Quadruple cabin 2 adults 2 children up and incl. 11 years € 2,097 € 2,757
    Quadruple cabin 1 adult 3 children up and incl. 11 years € 1,747.5 € 2,297.50
  • 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. There are a few 7-gear bicycle with hand brake & hub brake on request 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 (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 bike helmets on board, which can be rented for € 10 per piece. (please pre-book).

    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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