You will sleep on the Soeverein, a 3-master built in the style of the East Indiamen merchant ships of the 17th Century. From the big upper deck you have a magnificent view out over the water and the coastline. Below deck there are comfortable sleeping cabins, a professional kitchen and a large lounge to make your stay on board a pleasure. Gerard, Denise and their crew are our hosts during this week-long Zuiderzee Coast tour. Daily programs are flexible allowing you to choose from among tours of different lengths for that particular day. Or you may choose to just relax and enjoy the day's sail on board.
All cabins are approx. 9 m². Twin cabin: two single beds, Triple cabin: two single beds and a foldaway upper bed. Single cabins are twin cabins for single use. The ship has a bar with beertap, a sitting area, heating, TV, CD, DVD, tables and chairs on deck, WiFi (limited capacity).
Technical Details: Length: 59,00 m, Beam: 7,20 m, Sail surface: 589 m², Passengers: 30-44
Payments on board can only be made in Euros. No EC or credit card payments are accepted.
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Bataviahaven, Lelystad
Embarking on the Soeverein in Bataviahaven in Lelystad at 6 pm. The Batavia Shipyards with full-scale replicas of two impressive East India Company ships are nearby. Around 7 pm, we will have dinner together on board.
Day 2 (Sun): Lelystad – Urk | Urk – Schokland (Approx. 38 km/22,8 mi.)
From Lelystad, the Soeverein sails across the IJsselmeer to Urk. Since the draining of the Noordoost polders, several former Zuiderzee islands are now part of the mainland. The harbour town of Urk is the first former Zuiderzee island we visit. Worth seeing here is the fishing harbour and the historical town center. We will go by bike to the second former island of Schokland which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The open-air museum in Middelbuurt brings the history of the island to life.
Day 3 (Mon): Urk – Stavoren | Stavoren – Hemelum – Bakhuizen – Stavoren (Approx. 30 km/18 mi.)
After breakfast we sail from Urk to Stavoren in Friesland. Typical for Friesland are the lakes and the agriculture activities. The land between the lakes consists largely of grass meadows. This makes the Frisian lake territory an excellent place for cycling tours. The route leads you to Molkwerum, Koudum and Galamadammen, situated between the lakes ‘De Morra' and ‘De Fluessen'. Through the villages Hemelum, Bakhuizen and the smallest Frisian fisher's place Laaxum you cycle back to Stavoren. Stavoren is the oldest city in Friesland and scene of the action of the folk tale of the Lady of Stavoren. The tale is a reminder of the maritime wealth once enjoyed by the town and its merchants. An alternative route (about 25 km/15 mi.) leads to Hindeloopen at the IJsselmeer.
Day 4 (Tue): Stavoren – Enkhuizen | Enkhuizen – Medemblik – Enkhuizen (Approx. 54 km/32,4 mi.)
In the morning we set sail from Stavoren to Enkhuizen. Under the guidance of the crew, you can help set the sails, steer the ship or learn how to read a nautical chart. There will be a midday snack on board. Then there's cycling from Enkhuizen across the old Zuiderzee dike to Medemblik, the oldest Westfrisian town where today you can explore historical houses, street cafes, small museums or Schloss Radboud. Return by way of the green polders and small nature reserves. After dinner, enjoy a long stroll through Enkhuizen.
Day 5 (Wed): Enkhuizen – Hoorn or Enkhuizen – Hoorn (Approx. 45 km/27 mi.)
The Soeverein sails in the morning for about two hours from Enkhuizen to the historical IJsselmeer town of Hoorn. You have the choice of completing this leg of the trip by ship or by bike across the old Zuiderzee dike (ca. 24 km). Sailors and cyclers then meet up for lunch on board. Afterwards, it's back on the bikes for a ride through the splendid Westfrisian landscape in the direction of Wognum and Rustenburg back to Hoorn. Touring Hoorn, you see many monuments from the days of the East India Company which had a subsidiary here.
Day 6 (Thu): Hoorn – Volendam or Hoorn – Schermerhorn – Graft – De Rijp – Edam – Volendam (Approx. 45 km/27 mi.)
The ship sails in the morning from Hoorn to Volendam, with a swing around the island of Marken. Your choice of programme:
– Sail from Hoorn to Volendam. Lunch on board; afterwards a short cycling tour to Monnickendam (ca. 22 km/13.2 mi.), Edam (ca. 10 km/ 6 mi.) or Marken (ca. 40 km/24 mi.).
– Cycling tour from Hoorn via Schermerhorn, Graft, De Rijp and Edam to Volendam . In De Rijp, take a walk back through the 17th Century. Sailors and fishermen formerly lived in the houses with wooden gables. Lunch on board or a packed lunch for those on the road. Those who still have energy after this tour for more discovery trips – or take a comfortable ride on the ferry from Volendam to the picturesque island of Marken (bikes can be taken along). Marken is also a former island that today is linked to the mainland by a dike. Volendam offers a lively harbour scene with cafes, souvenir- and fish shops, idyllic side streets and an eel smoke-house.
Day 7 (Fri): Volendam – Lelystad |(Approx. 39 km/23,4 mi.)
After breakfast on board, we sail for about 4 hours back to Lelystad. The cycling tour takes you through a unique region: the Nature Reserve Oostvaardersplassen. Since its reclamation from the freshwater lake IJsselmeer, the vegetation of this wetland below sea level has rapidly developed by natural succession. Oostvaardersplassen is home to a large variety of bird species. Also heck cattle, red deer and konik horses live here in wild herds. There are various vantage points where you can observe the animals.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Bataviahaven, Lelystad
Approx. 10 am disembarking after breakfast and departure home.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. Cycling tours are at own risk.
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.
– Your transfers to/from Lelystad;
– Other transfers;
– Bicycle rental;
– Reservation fee;
– Parking fee;
– Entrance fees and excursions;
– City maps;
– Gratuities (at your discretion);
– Other personal expenses.
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: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommendable)
Tour dates Zuiderzee 2018:
Departure and arrival always on Saturday; from/to Lelystad on:
June 30; July 7, 14, 21 and 28; August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018
Tour prices 2018 per person:
Twin cabin per person: € 869
Triple cabin p.p.: (based on triple occupancy) € 769
Single cabin: € 1,299
Bicycle rental: € 70
E-Bike (Flyer): € 165
Reservation fee: € 15 (per booking/group, obligated surcharge)
Child reduction till 15 yrs in a cabin with at least one adult: 15% on the tour price.
If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.
Vegetarian meals are possible at no surcharge. Other diets (like gluten free or for lactose intolerance) are possible at a surcharge of €35. All diets and vegetarian meals must be booked and confirmed well in advance.
The rental bikes are Azor bikes (unisex bikes), with 7 gears (Shimano), with rack and luggage bag, hub dynamo, hand brakes (drum brakes) and freewheel. Each participant will receive his personal bike, tailored to the body size. Please specify your body length if you want to reserve a rental bike.
It is possible to use your own bicycles for this tour. Transport and the storage of the bikes on the ship are at the owners’ risk.
ARRIVAL BY PLANE:
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Direct trains to Lelystad station via Amsterdam Central Station, journey time approx. 60 min.
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN:
From Amsterdam Central Station, trains leave every 30 minutes (journey time approximately 45 minutes) to Lelystad station. The bus no. 3 runs every 30 minutes from Lelystad station to Bataviahaven. Bus stop: Bataviastad.
PARKING IN LELYSTAD:
Secure parking on Museumweg (approx. €4 per day) or in a garage at the VOC-weg for €10 per day.
Boat Bike Tours BV
’t Prooyen 3-B
1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Minimum number of participants for this tour is 10; reference date 4 weeks before departure.
Legal Notice: Tour and general conditions of the organizing tour operator may also apply.
Tour operator: Kootstra Schiffsreisen GmbH , Münster (D).
We recommend to purchase cancellation and/or travel insurance.
Updated: July 21, 2017