Your exciting tour of discovery on the stylish and beautifully appointed sailing clipper Elizabeth starts and finishes in Amsterdam and takes you along large sections of the IJsselmeer coast over the course of a week of sailing and cycling. Lake IJsselmeer was created in 1933 when the 32 km long “Afsluitdijk” (Enclosure dike) was constructed as part of the larger Zuiderzee land reclamation project. The construction of the Afsluitdijk across the Zuiderzee (a salt water inlet of the North Sea) resulted in the salt water inlet becoming the freshwater lake IJsselmeer. Today the many historic towns and the villages on the IJsselmeer are testament to a time when ships from the Dutch East India Company sailed from here to source their precious cargos of spices from across the seas. The entire region is crisscrossed by excellent cycle paths that you can pedal along to discover the charm of towns such as Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 2 PM and 6 PM. The Elizabeth will be moored in the port of Amsterdam on the first night. In the afternoon and evening you will have plenty of time to stroll around the city, visit a museum, the flea market or to enjoy a canal cruise.
Day 2 (Sun): Amsterdam – Waterland – Monnickendam (25-40 km**/15-24 mi.)
After breakfast following the distribution of bicycles your first cycling leg of the trip will take you through the magnificent rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages, canals and rivers. A highlight along the way is the village of Broek, a picturesque spot in the center of Waterland that features wooden houses, canals and manicured gardens. If you have time and feel like cycling some more kilometers, the island of Marken which used to be on the Zuiderzee, is another village worth visiting. Your destination for the night is the port town of Monnickendam. Enjoy a stroll around the old port area after dinner.
Day 3 (Mon): Monnickendam – Volendam – Edam – Hoorn (35-60 km**/21-36 mi.)
Cycling in Holland doesn’t get much better than today’s offering from Monnickendam via Volendam, Edam, De Rijp and Schermerhorn to Hoorn. Along the way you can visit a cheese factory, take a break in Volendam’s bustling harbor and stroll through the narrow streets of the old whaling village of De Rijp. The wealthy merchants of the 17th century built many splendid homes and warehouses, which are still well maintained and to this day continue to characterize the image of the old towns you will be cycling through. When you wander through Hoorn, your destination for the day, you will marvel at the many beautifully ornate buildings that tell the history of this former Dutch East India Company town. A shorter cycling route for the day will take you via Volendam and Edam across the IJsselmeer dike to Hoorn.
Day 4 (Tue): Hoorn – Enkhuizen (25 km/15 mi.) | Enkhuizen – Lemmer or Stavoren
This morning you will enjoy beautiful views of the IJsselmeer as you pedal along an old dike from Hoorn to the port of Enkhuizen where you will enjoy your lunch today on board the Elizabeth. In the afternoon test out your sea legs for the first time as you sail across the IJsselmeer to Lemmer oder Stavoren in the province of Friesland (depending on the weather conditions). In the evening you will have the opportunity to take a stroll through the port. Make sure you take the opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Lemmer which has many cafés and quaint pubs along the canals and close to the old neo-gothic lock.
Day 5 (Wed): Lemmer – Frisian Lakes & Gaasterland – Stavoren (34/56 km**/20/34 mi.) or the other way around
Cycletour from Lemmer through the rolling hills of Gaasterland. As you cycle from idyllic village to idyllic village highlights along the way are the Frisian lakes of De Morra and Fluessen, the historic centre of Sloten and Molkwerum a village that features many small canals. You can extend the bike tour with a de-tour to Hindelopen. The tour ends in Stavoren, the oldest town in Friesland. When you sailed to Stavoren on Tuesday, today's bike tour is from Stavoren to Lemmer.
Day 6 (Thu): Lemmer or Stavoren – Enkhuizen
Today you will set the sails again for a sailing trip to Enkhuizen. In the afternoon you will have time for a short bike tour and the opportunity to visit the very interesting “Zuiderzeemuseum” and/or a stroll through the port where many Dutch East India Company ships berthed to unload their precious cargos of spices.
Day 7 (Fri): Enkhuizen – Amsterdam
This is the day where you pray to the weather Gods for a stiff breeze for the trip under full sail from Enkhuizen along the IJsselmeer coast back to Amsterdam. If you are interested the captain will let you take an active part in sailing the vessel; no maritime experience is required. In the afternoon after you reach the Dutch capital you will still have plenty of time to discover the “real” Amsterdam, world famous for its canals, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, museums, Anne Frank’s home, the Waterlooplein Market, Amsterdam’s permanent market place and Dam Square, the very center and heart of the city and much, much more.
Day 8: (Sat): End of tour in Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM: End of your trip. A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.
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 one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
Adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike program: the departure and arrival day and the location – Amsterdam – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. The captain decides the precise route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his onboard guests. The crew does everything in its power to enable the program to run according to plan and to offer you as fascinating, varied and active a week as possible, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is, however, not unthinkable that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the program itself – may be adjusted during the week. Enjoy the ride and be led by the elements!
Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help the crew sail and steer the ship is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.
– Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam;
– Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
– Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning;
– Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening;
– Board tour guide by the crew(multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours;
– Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual self-guided bike tours;
– Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 pm.
– Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam
– Reservation fee
– Other transfers
– Rental of bike or E-Bike
– Rental bike helmet
– Parking fees
– Entrance fees & excursions
– Fees for ferries
– Drinks on board
– Personal (travel) insurances
– Gratuities (at your discretion).
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €70 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike with 3 levels of support, 7 gears, reach approx. 60-65 km/36-39 mi: €165 per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
Rental Bike helmet: € 10 per week/piece (optional)
PRICES PER PERSON | HOLLAND – SAIL & BIKE AROUND THE IJSSELMEER 2018 – ship Elizabeth:
|Cabin type:||for:||all dates|
|Twin cabin||2 pers.||€ 859|
|Single use of twin cabin||1 pers.||€ 1,229|
|Triple cabin||3 pers.||€ 809|
|Quadruple cabin||4 pers.||€ 789|
Triple and Quadruple cabins are only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.
DATES SEASON 2018 – ship Elizabeth (all dates dd/mm):
Departures on 23/06, 30/06, 07/07, 14/07, 21/07, 28/07, 04/08, 11/08, 18/08, 25/08/ and 08/09/2018.
PRICE REDUCTION FOR CHILDREN
We will be offering a reduced rate for children on the Sail & Bike IJsselmeer tour with the Elizabeth in 2018:
15% reduction for kids up to incl. 15 yrs old, only applicable when staying in the cabin with 2 adults ( triple or quadruple cabin)
The standard bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and/or pedal brake and pannier bag. Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes) and child seats (front or rear) are only available on these tours after prior request (by booking) and confirmation as a very limited number are available. Bike rental is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost). Please note that the space on board the sailing ship is limited. The crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
In the Netherlands cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Please bring your own – good fitting – helmet. Bike helmets are not available on board. If you pre-reserve a bike helmet (price € 10 per helmet), we can bring it on board for you.
Elizabeth: The daily bike tours are individual, conducted at your own pace and without a tour guide. There are daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions are available.
The cycling and sailing routes on the IJsselmeer are dependent on the sail program, weather and weather expectation. The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours.
Children are very welcome on board, however, before booking, we advise you to satisfy yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of ca. 30-55 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-child-tandems, slip streamers etc. are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days on board instead of cycling (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision). Child discount on request. Life jackets for children can be arranged on request: please mention the age, height and weight of your child when you book the tour.
The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the 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 areas.
Boat Bike Tours BV
’t Prooyen 3-B
1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Updated: October 2nd, 2017