Highlights of this tour

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Multi guidance: For this tour various types of guidance are available
Independent Individual
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1

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Sail and Bike Netherlands: IJsselmeer | Elizabeth

Sail & Bike along the coast of the IJsselmeer. Once a salty sea, now the largest sweetwater lake in all of Holland! Discover this unique part of the Netherlands aboard a magnificent and comfortably furnished sailing ship, and while riding excellent cycle paths and tracks. Sailing experience is not necessary. Just a desire to give it a go. Cycling can be done on your own or by joining a tour leader. Whatever you like best.

Up until 1932, the IJsselmeer was an inland sea called the Zuiderzee. Since the Middle Ages, the area played a major role in the economic development of the Netherlands, but was also often severely flooded. A 32 kilometer long dike, finished in 1932, put an end to the flooding and turned the salty sea into a sweetwater lake. Along its banks many picturesque, historical harbour and trading towns, centuries-old polders (fields of reclaimed land below sea level) and beautiful inland villages are still witness to a rich seafaring past. The IJsselmeer’s now sweet water is home to a huge diversity of birds, plants and fish.

You will visit many of those historical towns and polders on both the western and eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. The tour also leads you through various Dutch national parks and gets you as far as the province of Overijssel. On the final day the ship sails back to Amsterdam, while you can relax on board. We do stop for a last short bike ride though: through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve known for its rewilding, meaning that the area is left alone to create its own natural balance of animal and plant life.

Day to day program 2018

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 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 Volendams 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

Cycle tour 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 detour to Hindeloopen. 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 a.m.
A beautiful journey full of new experiences has come to an end.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • The daily bike tours are individual, conducted at your own pace and without a tour leader. There are daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and route notes are available. GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, you can make a choice for the longer or the shorter option.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

 

PRICE REDUCTION FOR CHILDREN
We will be offering a reduced rate for children on the Sail & Bike IJsselmeer tour with the Elizabeth in 2018/2019:
15% reduction for kids up to incl. 15 yrs old, only applicable when staying in the cabin with 2 adults ( triple or quadruple cabin)

Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
A little bit of adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike tour: the departure and arrival day and the location – Enkhuizen – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the winds and – on the Wadden Sea – high and low tide. The skipper decides the best route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his 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, also possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – may be adjusted. Enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements!
Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help the crew to sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.

Day to day program 2019

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Monnickendam / Volendam

Your week of sailing and cycling starts in Amsterdam. The crew welcomes you on board around 2 p.m. Once all guests have checked in, the ship sails under motor to Monnickendam or Volendam. From the port of one of these former fishing villages, a short warm-up ride leads you through the rural nature reserve of Waterland with its many villages.

Day 2 (Sun):  Monnickendam / Volendam | Volendam – Hoorn (32 km/19 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)

A very Dutch start of the day: you cycle to a nearby, family-run cheese and clog shop for a short demonstration of cheese and clog making, and of course a cheese tasting. Continue pedaling along the dikes to Purmerend, in the heart of a polder named De Beemster, 11½ feet (3.5 meters) below sea level. It was created more than 400 years ago, when the Dutch transformed an inland lake into pasture land. Divided into a tight geometric pattern of squares and quadrants, it is recognized by UNESCO as “a creative masterpiece”.

Your next destination is Edam, a lovely town whose lanes and canals deserve a stroll. Edam is known worldwide for its cheese covered in red or yellow wax. This practical solution keeps the cheese fresh for a long time, so 17th century sailors could take it on their voyages or trade it for spices and other riches of the East. Via the main dike of the IJsselmeer you arrive at the promenade of Volendam, where the ship is docked. Later in the afternoon, the ship sails to Hoorn.

Day 3 (Mon): Hoorn – Enkhuizen | Enkhuizen – Urk (28 km/17 mi. or 39 km/24 mi.)

Through small rural hamlets and villages, today’s ride brings you to Enkhuizen. Pass by windmill De Krijgsman (The Warrior), the highest windmill in the province of North-Holland and one of a handful of old Dutch windmills still in use to produce flour commercially. The area is also known for its many greenhouses, where vegetables are grown. In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in Holland, thanks to its harbour that shipped then-costly spices from Asia. Be astonished by the stately mansions, canals, churches and city walls that to this day reflect the city’s rich history and wealth.

In the afternoon, weather permitting, we sail across the IJsselmeer to the port of Urk. On board, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and enjoy the invigorating journey, while keeping watch for marine bird life. In the evening you may stroll through the narrow streets and alleys of Urk. The houses in this  picturesque fishing village were built close to one another on elevated grounds to protect them against the water, and that is still visible today.

Day 4 (Tue):  Urk – Vollenhove (37 km/23 mi.)

After breakfast, cycle along the lake on a tarmacked cycle path to the former island of Schokland. Since the reclamation of the Northeast polder (Noordoostpolder) in 1942, Schokland – just as Urk – is no longer an island. Since 1995, it belongs to the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Continue your bike ride through the polder to Vollenhove, another charming, former fishing village.

Day 5 (Wed): Vollenhove – Zwartsluis (55 km/34 mi.)

From Vollenhove, cycle paths through open countryside lead you to the small town of Blokzijl. This is where you enter the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe and a peaceful oasis for plants, animals and humans.

A bicycle path through the center of the park takes you far away from roads, immersing you in the tranquility of this region. Keep your eyes peeled for a fleeting kingfisher or—if you’re really lucky—an otter, the symbol of the park. You pass through Kalenberg, a village that till the fifties of the last century could be reached by boat only.

A twisting route through an agricultural landscape of narrow strip fields surrounded by dikes takes you to the town of Sint-Jansklooster and subsequently to the small city of Zwartsluis. Here you’ll get back on the ship.

Day 6 (Thu): Zwartsluis – Lelystad

Today you can enjoy a full day of sailing and relaxing on board. Again, you can help the captain sail the ship if you wish. Or you can simply sit back on deck and relax. Early afternoon the Elizabeth will arrive in Lelystad, capital of the province of Flevoland that was entirely reclaimed from the sea.

Here you can stretch your legs and visit the Batavia Werf, an extraordinary shipyard, where ships with an important maritime history are taken from oblivion and returned to their former glory. Or go shopping at Batavia Stad, an outlet center with all the famous brands.

Day 7 (Fri): Lelystad – Blocq van Kuffeler | Blocq van Kuffeler – Amsterdam (20 km/12 mi. or 29 km/18 mi.)

In the morning you’ll disembark for your last half day of cycling. You’ll ride through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve on new land, left to find its own balance like nature did in old times on old land. Sections of the ride wind through forested areas, while others give you panoramic views of expansive reed beds and marshes. This is a birdwatchers’ paradise.

The ship picks you up in the small harbor of Oostvaardersdiep for the return voyage to Amsterdam. Celebrate this marvelous week around the IJsselmeer while having a farewell dinner aboard the ship.

Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam

Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 a.m.


Prices & information

Prices
Cabin type For June - August Sept 7
Twin cabin 2 pers. €889 €799 Twin cabin for single use 1 pers. €1279 €1149 Triple cabin 3 pers. €839 €749 Quadruple cabin 4 pers. €789 €699
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

7 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Cleaning of the cabin once a week

Daily briefings by the crew

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi

Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam

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

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: €75 per week
Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Helmets:          
A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

Important observations for the Sail & Bike program:
A Sail & Bike tour is like a little bit of adventure: the only thing which is really fixed on this cruise is the departure and arrival harbor Amsterdam. The sailing routes to be taken depend largely on the weather and the wind. The captain will determine from day to day the exact sailing schedule and discuss the possibilities with the guests. The captain and his crew will do everything they can to offer you the program as planned so you can enjoy a fascinating week with a variety of activities, nature and culture, but it is possible that the departure and sailing times and/or the order of the program has to be changed. Enjoy and relax: the elements will lead you! Various parts of the tour will be sailed.



Reviews

Rated 9.2 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
5 stars

J Bird and N Madge

A great experience on the Elizabeth. Good route information for the interesting and enjoyable routes- we did the long ones without issues. Perhaps some better details on getting to the firstwaypoint would help. Comfortable rooms and good food. It really felt like we were being welcomed to the crew’s home because of the warm and […]

5 stars

Walter Fink

Wir haben vom 30.06. – 07.07.2018 die kombinierte Segel- und Radtour am (und auf dem) Ijsselmeer mit der Elizabeth gemacht – mit nur 17 Gästen an Bord. Wir hatten fantastisches Wetter, eine tolle Crew mit Skipper Alwin, Alexandra, Vinzent und Koch Sandy. Höhepunkte war das Segeln mit allen 5 Segeln (einschließlich der Mithilfe beim Hissen […]

4 stars

Jon

Great crew, very friendly. It was a wonderful week. Thanks

4 stars

Alan Carlson and Cathy A. Broan

We had no expectations when we arrived at the ship. Had we had expectations they would have been met beyond what we could have imagined. Wonderful experience. The ship, the crew, the food, the traveling companions could not have been more pleasurable. Accomodations are not “cruise ship” accomodations, this is a sailboat and if you […]

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