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Holland Bike & Boat: Northern Circuit

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.4 Read 8 reviews
  • Enjoy cycling along the easy, flat waterways and cycle paths of Holland
  • Explore the cobbled streets and canals of Amsterdam
  • Relax on the Frisian Island of Texel
  • Discover the secrets of Edam cheese making
  • Journey through Polder fields and Windmills
Cycle and sail from the cultural hub of Amsterdam to the Frisian Island of Texel. Return each evening to the comfort of your boat to relax and recharge for the next day of Dutch exploration. Beyond the cosmopolitan café culture of Amsterdam is the 30km sea wall, Afsluitdijk, gateway to Northern Holland. Flat cycle paths lead you across a landscape of polder fields, windmills and onto the Frisian Island of Texel renowned for it’s pristine beaches and traditional fishing villages. A visit to the cheese town of Edam and the town of Voldendam where artists such as Picasso and Renoir exchanged sketched for lodgings, rounds off this very different tour of Holland.

What To Expect

This boat & bike tour is well-suited to those who want easy flat biking on cycle paths, small roads and canals paths through many iconic sites and towns of Holland. There are ample opportunities to take a break in a typical Dutch cafes and you can always head out on foot if you want a day off the bike. At the end of each cycling day you'll re-join your comfortable barge to enjoy on-board hospitality.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Bike and Boat | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families, Multi-Generational, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • Special Occasions

Inspiration:

  • Classic

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.

Navigation

You will be issued with tour specific route notes and maps upon arrival. Your onboard tour leader will also give you a briefing each evening or in the morning about the day's cycle. Each daily ride is not guided but the onboard 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 waymarked 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.

Accommodation Information

You will spend each night on the boat in your very comfortable cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day. 

De Holland (2020 Season)

The ‘De Holland’ is a 34 cabin stylish river cruiser and has been renovated in 2018. 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 minibar and sofa. Enjoy a warm welcome from the crew as you board. Relax on the spacious deck to soak up the last of the sunshine after a day of cycling. The bar and restaurant area are perfect for gazing out over the water 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 be stored in the cupboard or under the beds. All inside areas of the boat are non-smoking.

De Willemstad (2021 Season)

The "De Willemstad" is a comfortable ship that was completely renovated and converted in 2017/2018. In the salon/bar, there are large panoramic windows on the upper deck, you can review the day’s experiences in a pleasant way while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine. All cabins are ‘outside cabins’ and equipped with two single beds, TV, mini-safe and individually controlled air conditioning. Each cabin has a bathroom with shower, toilet and hairdryer. Look forward to meeting nice people, riding beautiful bike tours and spending pleasant hours on board. 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 be stored in the cupboard or under the beds. All inside areas of the boat are non-smoking.

Meals

All meals onboard are included. Breakfast usually consists of fruits, granola, yoghurt, bread, cheeses, and meats. There are also extra cheeses, meats, bread and snacks to make yourself a picnic lunch each day. In the evenings, return to the 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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Amsterdam
  • Transfers to docking areas
  • Entrances or excursions
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Gratuities
Extras
  • Electric bike hire (as a 7-speed bike is included this will just be a supplement)
  • Upper Deck Cabin Supplement

When To Go

The Northern Holland Circuit departs every Saturday between April and October. Please check the website for departure and availability.

Getting to the Start

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.

Equipment

Bike Rental: The bikes onboard 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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam & Embark Day 2: Cycle Zaandam to Alkmaar 27 miles / 44 km Day 3: Circular Cycle from Alkmaar 25 miles / 40 km Day 4: Cycle the island of Texel 40 miles / 65 km Day 5: Cycle Southwest Friesland 34 miles / 55 km Day 6: Cycle Medemblik to Enkhuizen 31 miles / 50 km Day 7: Cycle Volendam to Amsterdam 31 miles / 50 km Day 8: Disembarkation & Onward Travel

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