Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam and Embark
Amsterdam is one of the most cultured cities Europe has to offer, so if you arrive early you can drop your bags off at the boat and explore the wonders of “The Dam”. Boarding is between 1400 and 1700. Later that evening meet your fellow guests and enjoy dinner. You will also receive a briefing from the on board tour leader about the week ahead.
Day 2 Cycle to Alkmaar
Begin the day with a relaxed boat journey to the town of Zaandam. From here, hop into the saddle and cycle to the open air museum Zaanse Schans, a true authentic experience of Holland. The polder fields open up the landscape and smells of cacao fill the air. An abundance of tulip fields, agricultural land and canal paths lead you into the impressive modern city of Alkmaar where you will rendezvous with your and you are free to relax on deck with a chilled beer or wine.
Cycle: Approx 40-50km
Day 3 Alkmaar to Den Helder
Cycling through a collection of sleepy villages, where forested lanes give way to wind sculpted dunes and the North Sea. After a visit to the beach and the artists village of Bergen, return to Alkmaar where we sail to the Naval and fishing port of Den Helder.
Cycle: Approx 35-40km
Overnight: Den Helder
Day 4 Explore the island of Texel
Relax over breakfast as we sail to the Isle of Texel. Cycle along beaches, through colourful villages and visit the Ecomare seal sanctuary. Towwards the end of your ride, why not sample the local delicacy kibbling; small delicious cod pieces cooked in a spiced batter accompanied with a locally brewed beer from Oudeschild. Over dinner, the boat will return to the mainland port of Den Oever.
Cycle: 15km – 65km
Overnight: Den Oever
Day 5 Den Oever to Stavoren
Cruise into Holland’s largest inland lake, Ijsselmeer in the province of Friesland. Biking along the impressive Ijsselmeer coast is one of the more relaxed days of cycling as you head to the small harbour of Stavoren, one of the famous 11 cities of Friesland.
Cycle: Approx 40-55km
Day 6 Stavoren to Enkhuizen
Your boat will cross Ijsselmeer once more as you enjoy breakfast. Hop off at Medemblik and cycle along the coast to Enkhuizen. An ancient maritime city, spend the afternoon exploring the old city and Zuiderzeemuseum. If you prefer a longer ride, cycle from Medemblik via the 17th century Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn before continuing onto Enkhuizen.
Cycle: Approx 30-50km
Day 7 Enkhuizen to Amsterdam
Begin with a sail to Volendam before leaving the boat to cycle through a network of canals and lakes. Along the way visit a local cheese and learn the traditional methods of producing the Dutch cheese of Gouda. Later, ride into the Dutch capital Amsterdam and further explore this fascinating city either on foot or from a canal cruise.
Cycle: Approx 35-50km
Day 8 Amsterdam and Onward Travel
Depending on your onward travel arrangements, you may like to further explore Amsterdam. Your on board crew will be happy to help with onward taxis should you require.
Accommodation & Boat Information
You will spend each night on the boat in your very comfortable cabin. The standard twin cabins are on the lower deck. There is also the opportunity to upgrade to a premium twin on the lower or the upper deck cabin. There are also a small number of upper deck suites available. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.
All meals on board are included. Breakfast usually consists of fruits, granola, yogurt, breads, cheeses and meats. There are also extra cheeses, meats, breads and snacks to make yourself a picnic lunch each day. In the evenings, return to comfort of your boat and
enjoy 3-course dinners with your fellow cyclists. Dietary requirements will be
catered for where possible, please let us know at the time of booking if you
have any dietary requirements. Some special or unusual dietary requests may
incur a surcharge.
The ‘De Holland’ is a 34 cabin stylish river cruiser. The lower deck has 24 en-suite cabins with windows (non-opening for safety reasons), TV, air conditioning, a hairdryer and a twin bed configuration (either side by side or in an L-shape).
The upper deck offers 9 larger superior cabins with floor to ceiling sliding French windows. The is also 1 suite complete with mini bar and sofa.
Enjoy a warm welcome from the crew as you board. Enjoy the spacious deck to soak up the last of the sunshine. The bar and restaurant area is perfect for gazing out over the river while you enjoy a cold beer after a day of cycling.
Although the cabins are spacious they will be smaller than an average hotel room so you may wish to consider using softer luggage that can easily stored in the cupboard or under the beds.
All inside areas of the boat are non-smoking.
Lower deck premium cabin
Upper deck suite
The Northern Holland Circuit departs every Saturday between April and October. Please check the website for departure and availability.
Grade & Terrain
Almost completely flat, this cycle tour is graded easy. The daily distance ranges between approximately 15km-60 km. You will be biking mostly on dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. Please be mindful of other cycle path or road users at all times. Especially on routes that are shared with traffic.
This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.
You will be issued with tour specific route notes and maps upon arrival. Your on board tour leader will also give you a briefing each evening or in the morning about the days cycle. Each daily ride is not guided but the on board tour leader will be cycling the route each day and be available on their phone should you require assistance.
Each day usually follows the ‘Cycle Junction Network’ which takes you safely through the Netherlands. The route is way marked throughout and we supply you with a detailed route map, guidebook and information pack so you will have no problem following the route. You will also be provided with an emergency telephone number for the trip.
The bikes on board are 7-gear unisex hybrid bikes with pedal brakes and are included in the cost of your trip. There are also E-bikes available upon request (at a supplement). All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag). Helmets are included but we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you for safety reasons.
Due to very restricted space on board there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good cycling shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Getting to and from Amsterdam
By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam, is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.
By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.
By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.
- 7 Nights private en-suite cabin
- All meals
- Bike hire
- On board tour leader
- 24/7 Telephone support
- Information pack & detailed route notes and map
- 2 x Guided city walks
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to and from Amsterdam
- Transfers to docking areas
- Entrances or excursions
- Drinks & Snacks
- Electric bike hire (as a 7-speed bike is included this will just be a supplement)
- Single / Solo cabin supplement(s)
- Upper Deck Cabin Supplement
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised in order to secure you preferred cabin choice. This tour is particularly popular between the months of June-September.
How fit do I need to be?
Almost completely flat, this cycle tour is graded easy. The daily distance ranges between approximately 15km-60 km. You will be biking mostly on dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is on the level and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.
What equipment do I need?
You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.
What happens if I can't cycle a stage?
If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call. Please always talk to the on board tour leader to discuss options.