Sail and Bike: IJsselmeer
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Comfortable voyage of discovery
Sail & Bike along the coast of the IJsselmeer. Once a salty sea, now the largest sweetwater lake in all of Holland! Discover this unique part of the Netherlands aboard a magnificent and comfortably furnished sailing ship, and while riding excellent cycle paths and tracks. Sailing experience is not necessary. Just a desire to give it a go. Cycling can be done on your own or by joining a tour leader. Whatever you like best.
Up until 1932, the IJsselmeer was an inland sea called the Zuiderzee. Since the Middle Ages, the area played a major role in the economic development of the Netherlands, but was also often severely flooded. A 32 kilometer long dike, finished in 1932, put an end to the flooding and turned the salty sea into a sweetwater lake. Along its banks many picturesque, historical harbour and trading towns, centuries-old polders (fields of reclaimed land below sea level) and beautiful inland villages are still witness to a rich seafaring past. The Ijsselmeer’s now sweet water is home to a huge diversity of birds, plants and fish.
You will visit many of those historical towns and polders on both the western and eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. The tour also leads you through various Dutch national parks and gets you as far as the province of Overijssel. On the final day the ship sails back to Amsterdam, while you can relax on board. We do stop for a last short bike ride though: through the Oostvaardersplassen—a nature reserve known for its rewilding, meaning that the area is left alone to create its own natural balance of animal and plant life.
If you feel up to the challenge, you may – instructed by the experienced crew – lend a hand during navigating and raising of the sails on board your ship. Of course, you are just as welcome to relax and enjoy the fresh air, sailing and scenery. Since the ships are very large (up to 55 meters/60 yards) and very stable, there is almost no risk of seasickness.
- 8 Days
- Flat (mostly)
- Tour Type:
- Family|Bike and Boat
- More Options:
- Loop/Roundtrip|Electric Bike
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- EUR 949
Tour Distance & Dates
- 192 Km
- Saturdays (check for availability)
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
8 days/7 nights
7 x breakfast
7 x 3-course dinner
Coffee and tea on board till 4 p.m.
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Daily briefings by the tour leader
Fully guided cycling tours
Fees for ferries
Some short walking tours
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.
Bicycle rental or e-bike rental
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Transfers to/from the docking place
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.
Reduced rates for families with children
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