Family IJssel Lake - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights


Why we love this tour

"The mix of kid-friendly activities alongside easy cycling each day made this a great tour for our family. The guides organised beach games, lake swimming, visits to local attractions, ice cream stops, etc., as well as a group barbecue one evening. And no cooking!"

Flexible activities, including a theme park, beaches and a dolphinarium

Canoe trips and punting, shopping, swimming and sightseeing

Traditional villages and riverside towns, ideal for ice-cream stops

Short daily cycle tours, tailored to 7–11 year olds

Jul, Aug
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Spend a week discovering Holland’s coastal lakes, villages and nature reserves on this exciting boat and bike tour that’s tailor-made with children aged 7 to 11 in mind. Skirt the shores of IJssel Lake, a former inland sea, stopping off at popular holiday spots and authentic villages for ice-creams and cold drinks. Expect diverse days where you can pick activities to suit your mood, whether it’s a day on the beach, a morning watching dolphin shows or an afternoon of shopping.

The capital city of Amsterdam is an exciting place to start and finish and the open-air museum on day two provides a good opportunity to learn more about Holland’s traditional way of life. With a perfect balance of historic sites and natural landscapes, you’ll be riding through forests and moorlands, passing fields of flowers and grazing cattle. A canoe trip to experience the streams and marshland of Weerribben nature reserve is something to get excited about and, in Giethoorn, you can go punting along the interconnected canals.


Basic Class Barge

Several barges are used for this tour, the name of the barge used will be advised at the time of booking. The barges offer similar standards and facilities, please see below an example of a basic class barge.


The "Amsterdam" is one of the barges used during this specially designed family holiday tour. The barge offers 16 cabins with 2 bunk beds and 1 cabin with 4 bunk beds. There are shared shower and toilet facilities. On the upper deck there is a spacious saloon where meals are served and a separate room with an "honesty" bar. You help yourself to wine, beer or soft drinks and record what you have taken so that you can pay at the end of the week.

Amsterdam Barge

Amsterdam Barge

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation on board a basic class barge with bunk beds

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch and two-course dinner

English speaking tour guide on board and on bike

Maps and route information

Welcome meeting on arrival

Visit to the open air museum at Zuiderzee

Canoe trip National Park Weerribben

City walk

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Hybrid bike with 7 gears and pannier

Cycle helmets

Drinks aboard the barge

​​Special diets - except vegetarian, diabetic & low-sodium 

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Hybrid bike with 7 gears and pannier. Child bikes, child tag-alongs and child bike seats also available. Tandems and child trailers available at a supplement on request - please enquire

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 7 gears



E-bike hire - on request.


Other Extras

Board upgrade

​Special diets - except vegetarian, diabetic & low-sodium



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Friendly service with expert knowledge

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Easy to book and pay online

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Full financial protection

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Amsterdam Aiport Schiphol. Take the train (NS) to Amsterdam Central Station and then a taxi to your barge.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam.

How do I get back?

Take the train (NS) from Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Fly from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Amsterdam or ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich, UK.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

 We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Do most places take credit & debit cards?

No, in Holland many places do not not accept foreign credit or debit cards, make sure you have enough cash.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Are shops open on Sunday?

Make sure you have snacks and drinks for Sunday as the majority of the shops are closed.

What should we bring for the evenings?

Bring cards, favourite board games and books to keep the whole family entertained in the evenings.

What is the average temperature on this tour?





Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

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