The Hanseatic Tour will take you through the central region of the Netherlands, a region shaped over millennia by the numerous rivers and streams that crisscross the area. You will cycle through the Rhine valley and its very beautiful tributary the IJssel River, cross the so-called border lakes region of the Netherlands and will visit fascinating cities and villages such as Amsterdam, Arnhem, Deventer, Kampen, Harderwijk and Elburg, to name a few. Given the flat terrain along the 125 km IJssel valley, the tour is perfect for anyone who wants to leisurely cycle along the many winding trails in this diverse area. The natural beauty of the region is sure to impress as will the Hanseatic towns of the region that flourished during the Middle Ages when the IJssel was one of the most important trade routes in Europe. Another attraction is the so-called border lakes, between the “old” land with many beautiful harbor towns and the “new” land of the Flevoland, which was once the bottom of the sea, before the land was reclaimed in the 1950s and 1960s. In this area you will leisurely cycle through a number of picturesque fishing harbors where life seemingly moves at a much slower pace. For many Dutch, this probably not so well-known area is one of their favorite cycling areas.
Itinerary: Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede – Arnhem – Doesburg – Zutphen – Deventer – Kampen – Harderwijk – Amsterdam
TOUR DATES 2018 – SARAH: departures on august 25
TOUR DATES 2018 – LENA MARIA: departures on august 18, august 25, sept 1, sept 8, sept 15
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Barge Sarah (22 passengers/10 cabins)
The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere.
The Sarah has a cozy, airconditioned lounge / restaurant. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals are served – weather permitting, of course.
In front there are 10 twin cabins (2 with 1 extra bunk bed) with private bathrooms. The cabins also have central heating. The corridor is airconditioned. In each cabin you will find a hairdryer.
Barge Lena Maria (24 passengers/12 cabins)
Ideal for bike and barge tours is this spacious river cruiser, Lena Maria. She offers lots of room and comfort to a maximum of 24 passengers. All of the 12 cabins, that are located on the lower deck, are provided with 2 low beds, storage facilities for your luggage, and a small, private bathroom. On the upper deck you’ll find a restaurant area on one side and on the other a salon with nice seats. A perfect spot to regain your strength after a few hours on your bicycle.
Tour Details Hanseatic tour
Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Amsterdam. At approximately 2 p.m. the barge will leave Amsterdam to sail over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine where you will spend your first night.
Day 2 (Sun): Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen | Wageningen – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 44 km/28 mi.)
While you are enjoying breakfast, the barge will sail to Wageningen where you are finally off and cycling through the picturesque river valley of the Rhine. Along the way you will cycle through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe. At the end of the day you pedal through the suburbs and past lovely parks such as Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal to Arnhem, where you spend the night close to the city center. During the second world war Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. The operation ended in a failure because of the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulting in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.
Day 3 (Mon): Arnhem – Doesburg | Doesburg – Zutphen | Zutphen – Deventer (26 km/16 mi. or 42 km/26 mi.)
Today’s cycling tour takes you along the Hanseatic Town Route to the small village of Doesburg and along the IJssel to Bronkhorst, which has the distinction of being recognised as the smallest town in Holland. Guests will have two choices today – a shorter tour along the riverbank to Zutphen; or a longer bicycle trip via Vorden passing country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the barge will sail to Deventer where you have the option of a short guided walking tour in the evening.
Day 4 (Tue): Deventer – Hattem | Hattem – Kampen (36 km/23 mi. or 48 km/29 mi.)
This morning you will enjoy a short bicycle ride along the IJssel riverbank before boarding a ferry at Wijhe to cross the river to Hattem. The 800-year-old town of Hattem has a rich history that is still clearly visible today. Guests have the opportunity, if they want, to stretch their legs with a longer bicycle trip through east Veluwe. During dinner the ship will sail to Kampen where you have the opportunity to go on an optional guided walking tour in the largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.
Day 5 (Wed): Kampen – Elburg – Harderwijk (48 km/29 mi.)
In the morning the barge will sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes. Today’s cycling tour starts at a lock, Roggebotsluis. From the lock you cycle along the border lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg, where swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favorite summertime activities. From Elburg the cycling tour goes to lovely Harderwijk through the woods and moorland at Elspeet. The night will be spent in Harderwijk’s old fishing harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region and it is still a fascinating old city to explore.
Day 6 (Thu): Harderwijk – Bunschoten – Spakenburg (35 km/21 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)
Today guests have two cycling choices: a short pedal along the coast or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that also takes in adjacent woodlands. The night will be spent in Spakenburg, a village well-known for its traditional costumes.
Day 7 (Fri): Spakenburg – Huizen | Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam (35 km/21 mi.)
During breakfast you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the barge. From Huizen you will cycle to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, famous for its historic castle. From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam. While you are there take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city or maybe you could go on a canal tour.
Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
Parts that are printed in italics 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).
Included in the cost of the tour
– 8 days / 7 nights
– 7 x breakfast
– Packed lunches
– 7 x 3-course dinner
– Coffee and tea on board
– Welcome drink
– Use of bed linen and towels
– 1 x cleaning of the cabin during the tour
– Daily briefings
– Fully guided cycling tours
– Some short walking tours
– Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
– GPS tracks
– Use of a waterproof pannier bag
– Bike rental or E-bike rental
– Helmet rental
– Personal insurances
– Gratuities (at your discretion)
– Entrance fees and excursions excursions (not mentioned under included)
– Fees for ferries
– Transfers to / from the docking place
– Parking fees
Bike rental: € 70 per week
E-bike rental: € 165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
Helmet: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment
Gluten free or lactose free diet: € 50 per week. only on prior reservation and payment
Canal cruise Amsterdam:
Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 12,50 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
Good to know
The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice for the longer or the shorter option together with the group.
Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
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.
Level of difficulty
The trip is rated as level 1: easy.
These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
Type of bike
The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
E-Bikes of the brand Batavus Mont Blanc with 10-gear, only handbrakes, lock and pannier bag. E-Bikes are only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended.
On board are bicycles of the brand Azor with easy-to-handle Shimano 7-speed gears, handbrakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels. There are bicycles with 7-gear and backpedal brake on request available.
The E-bike is a Flyer with 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).
The trip starts and ends in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam the barge is docked in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.
We expect you on board the ship on Saturday at 2 p.m. And the ship will leave the harbor at 2.30 p.m.
If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?
Tel Office: + 31 (0) 29931371