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Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Easy. The bicycle tours are individual self-guided, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with detailed bicycle maps and directions. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

Distance: 188 - 257 km

Travel Season: Saturday departures Season A: March 26 and October 8, 2022
Season B: April 2 and October 1, 2022
Season C: April 9 and September 24, 2022
Season D: April 16; April 23; September 10 and September 17, 2022
Season E: April 30; May 7; May 14; May 21; May 28; June 4; June 11; June 18; June
25; July 2; July 9; July 16; July 23; July 30; August 6; August 13; August 20;
August 27 and September 3, 2022

A comfortable river boat with restaurant and bar (air-conditioned). There is a partly roofed sundeck with seats and store place for the bicycles. On the whole MS Serena comprises 33 cabins on the Main Deck and 18 cabins on the Promenade Deck with two bed cabins (approx. 8-9 square meters) with two single beds. The two Junior Suites (approx. 12 square meters) on the Main Deck have a grand lit (lying surface 1.40 x 2.00 m). There are in total 3 single cabins (2 on the Main Deck and 1 on the Promenade Deck, 6 square meters). All cabins have windows that can be opened on both decks, shower/WC, colour TV and ventilation.

Flat countryside up to the horizon, windmills, canals (Grachten) and cycling that are the Netherlands. And there is so much more. Discover the Netherlands in a unique way on an eight day journey by bike and boat. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday. Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your swimming hotel MS Serena will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the passing countryside. The province of the Northern Netherlands: The Dutch province of the Northern Netherlands is situated on a peninsula of the North Sea and the Ijsselmeer (Ijssel Sea). The Northern Netherlands was founded due to the separation of the north and south of the Netherlands in 1840.  Its capital is Haarlem, the biggest city is Amsterdam.  Discover the folklore and tradition in the flat Polderland, on the North Sea and in romantic ports. You travel through a former lake and marsh region that has been drained by the help of windmills since the 17th century. Experience varying, typically Dutch Polder countryside, dunes and the North Sea beaches, the North Sea island Texel and many picturesque harbour villages on the coast of the Ijsselmeer.

Itineraries

Day 1

Individual arrival at Amsterdam, sailing from Amsterdam to Hoorn

Check-in on board in the afternoon. Embarkation at 3:00 p.m. Maybe you will take some time to explore the city of Amsterdam and a shopping tour. At 5:30 p.m. the MS Serena will leave Amsterdam for Hoorn with its historical old part of town.

Day 2

Hoorn to Enkhuizen 20 - 26 km

Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17th century (e.g. the Regentur of Westfriesland. Visit a museum, the town’s scales at the Rodesteen, the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quay). Tip: You should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum (optional).

Day 3

Sailing from Enkhuizen to Lemmer – Cycling from Lemmer and back 32 - 45 km

Today you sail from IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You start your roundtrip by bike: over the Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer, further to Munnekeburen, then around the Rottige Meente, over Scherpenzel and Schoterzijl and back to Lemmer, with its historical old part of town and beautiful gable houses. Tip: optional visit of the largest still functioning steam pumping station in the world, “Woudagemaal”.

Day 4

Cycling from Lemmer to Stavoren 33 km – Sailing from Stavoren to Oudeschild (Island of Texel)

You are going by bike to Sondeler Leien Lake, from there through the woods of Rijsterbos, passing the Mokkebank (a birds’ reservation) to the Roode Klif at Stavoren. From there you travel to Oudeschild on the Island of Texel.

Day 5

Island of Texel - Cycle tour from Oudeschild and back up to 70 km, sailing from Oudeschild to Den Helder

You are going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands – Texel. There are numerous alternative routes (29/32/47/70 km). Tip: We also recommend you to visit the beer brewery of Texel (optional). About 6:00 pm sailing back to Den Helder.

Day 6

Cycling from Den Helder via Sint Maartensvlotbrug to Alkmaar 25 - 55 km

In the morning you cycle through the dunes to Alkmaar. It is possible for you to go on board the MS Serena in St. Maartensvlotburg and boat the rest of the way to Alkmaar. As an alternative, you can also start your cycling tour in St. Maartensvlotburg.

Day 7

Sailing from Alkmaar to Wormerveer – Cycling from Wormerveer to Amsterdam 28 km

In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar (April to September). At midday we are travelling to Wormerveer from where you cycle to the open air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc.). You cycle through the recreational area Twiske to Amsterdam. Tip: In the afternoon you can take part in a “Grachtenrundfahrt” (sailing on the channels of Amsterdam in small boats, optional)

Day 8

Amsterdam

After breakfast check out until 9:00 a.m. and we say goodbye – have a safe journey.

Prices

    Included:

    • Seven nights in outside cabins with shower/WC in the booked cabin category
    • Programme according to the routing to/from Amsterdam
    • Welcome drink
    • Room cleaning every day
    • Changing of towels and bed sheets if wanted
    • Full board consisting of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7x 3 course dinner
    • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
    • Daily meeting for the cycling tours
    • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
    • Tour guide on board
    • GPS tracks

    Not Included:

    • Journey to/from Amsterdam
    • Shuttles
    • Bike rental
    • Entrance fees and excursions
    • Ferry tickets
    • Drinks on board
    • Gratuities (at your discretion) and own expenses

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