Hansa Highlights

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8 Day(s)

Tour operator:  Boat Bike Tours


Immerse yourself in medieval times

This tour leads you through a region that’s one of the most beloved among Dutch cyclists. Come and explore it yourself, by bike and barge. Every day while cycling, you’ll get to know more of its numerous historical cities, beautiful river landscapes and diverse natural areas. Every evening, you’ll return to your floating hotel barge named the Nassau, docked in a picturesque harbor along the route. The Nassau has room for up to sixty guests. You’ll cycle at your own pace, while your well trained tour leader is only a phone call away for your questions, problems or emergencies. *

The area you’ll be traversing was shaped over millennia by numerous rivers and streams. It thrived during the Middle Ages, when the rivers Rhine and IJssel were among the most important trade routes in Europe. Many of the cities along their banks were members of the Hanseatic League. This confederation protected the economic interests of its members in large parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Northern Europe. The affluence of those years is visible everywhere in abundant civil and religious architecture.

Your tour starts in the delightful city of Amsterdam. From there, you’ll sail and cycle to many larger and smaller Hanseatic towns like Arnhem, Deventer, Zutphen, Kampen, Harderwijk and Elburg. The natural beauty of the Rhine valley and its enchanting tributary, the IJssel, will duly impress you. Another attraction along the way are the so-called Bordering Lakes. These are situated between the “old” mainland with many beautiful harbor towns, and the “new” reclaimed land of the province of Flevoland, that was once the bottom of the sea.

The flat terrain in the 125 km long IJssel valley makes this a perfect tour for those who love to cycle leisurely along many winding trails in a diverse area.


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Tour Information

Bike Hire available
8 Days
Mostly flat
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 649
Single Supplement:

Tour Distance & Dates

Riding Days:
May, June, August, September, October
Saturdays (check for availability)

Additional Information


8 days/7 nights
7 x breakfast
Packed lunches
7 x 3-course dinner
Coffee and tea on board till 4 p.m.
Welcome drink
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Climate-controlled cabin
Daily briefings
Semi guided cycling tours (independent cycling, tour leader is available for questions and/or emergencies)
Some short walking tours
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
GPS tracks
Use of a waterproof pannier bag


Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.
Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
Helmet rental
Personal insurances
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Fees for ferries
Transfers to/from the docking place
Parking fees


Rental bicycle: €75 per week
Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
Guided option on De Nassau: On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests. If  you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability). The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp. The dates are: June 1, September 7 and 21.
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.
Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

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