Holland's Hanseatic Route - Boat & Bike

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Visiting: Holland

Boat & Bike

7 nights from £683 to £1246pp
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Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code NL041
Good For Riverside Routes
Distance 145mi/233km !
Runs May - Oct
Departs Saturday
Fly to Amsterdam
Return from Amsterdam


What to expect

Delve into Holland’s Hanseatic history as you cycle and cruise along the Rhine and the river IJssel - one of Europe's key medieval trade routes. Experience riverine landscapes, ancient cities and scenic harbour towns that have thrived since the Middle Ages. Along the way, you'll pedal past castles, heathlands and Holland's smallest town, with the IJssel border lakes a highlight on day five. You will also visit Arnhem, riding through an area which played host to the WWII Battle in 1944.

A naturally beautiful area that's cherished by Dutch cyclists, you'll be riding on flat terrain and winding trails. Most evenings, you'll have the option to explore important Hanseatic cities, like Deventer and Kampen, on foot. Choose between longer and shorter distances each day, or take a day off to relax on deck and cruise to the next town. Your round-trip starts and finishes in Amsterdam, giving you time to enjoy the Dutch capital’s famous canals and museums.

On this self-guided tour, you'll benefit from the briefings provided by your onboard guide, who can also answer any questions that you may have. If you book a tour on 11 May, 1 June or 7 & 21 September, there is also the opportunity to ride with a cycle guide for a supplement. 

  • Hanseatic cities with medieval houses, gates and towers
  • Fortress towns, fishing harbours and peaceful villages
  • Woods, moorlands and the beautiful Ijssel border lakes
  • Flat and leisurely cycling, with longer and shorter options on most days

The Trip



  • Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede

    In Amsterdam, your crew will welcome you aboard between 1pm and 2pm. Leave Amsterdam at around 2pm and sail over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to the riverside city of Wijk bij Duurstede.

  • Day 2 (Sun): Wijk bij Duurstede - Wageningen - Arnhem 21/28 miles (35/44 km)

    Sail to the historic town of Wageningen during breakfast, then cycle through the Rhine Valley. Pass through the woods and moorlands of Veluwe National Park. Continue through Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal parks to Arnhem, cycling within an area that saw the WWII Battle of Arnhem.

  • Day 3 (Mon): Arnhem - Doesburg - Zutphen - Deventer 28/35 miles (45/55 km)

    Ride along the Hanseatic Town Route to the village of Doesburg. Continue beside the IJssel to Bronkhorst, Holland's smallest town. Next, choose a shorter tour along the riverbank to Zutphen; or a longer ride via Vorden, passing country houses, castles and estates. Sail to Deventer during dinner, followed by an optional evening walking tour.

  • Day 4 (Tue): Deventer - Zwolle - Kampen 27/35 miles (44/56 km)

    Pedal beside the IJssel to Wijhe, then catch the ferry to the 800-year-old town of Hattem with its beautiful church and 17th-century town hall. Add an optional cycle ride through the heathlands of east Veluwe. Sail to Kampen during dinner, then join an optional walking tour of the Netherlands' largest Hanseatic town which is home to an array of impressive sights including gothic houses, a 14th century fish market and a medieval merchant ship.

  • Day 5 (Wed): Kampen - Elburg - Harderwijk 29 miles (48 km)

    Sail to the IJssel estuary and scenic IJssel border lakes to reach the historic fishing harbour of Harderwijk. Cycle along Lake Veluwe, which is popular for summer watersports. Continue through woods and moorland at Elspeet. Spend the night in the old fishing town of Harderwijk, which has been involved in European trade since as far back as the 14th century and is home to plenty of pretty shopping streets.

  • Day 6 (Thu): Harderwijk - Spakenburg - Huizen 28/35 miles (45/56 km)

    Choose between a short coastal ride, or a longer route that takes in the coast and nearby woodlands. Pass through Spakenburg village, which is famous for its traditional costumes, before spending the night in Huizen. 

  • Day 7 (Fri): Huizen - Naarden - Muiden - Amsterdam 21 miles (35 km)

    From Huizen, ride to the fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden, then continue along quiet roads to Amsterdam. Spend the rest of the day in Amsterdam, visiting famous sites such as Anne Frank’s house and the Rembrandt House Museum.

  • Day 8 (Sat): Depart from Amsterdam

    Step ashore by 9.30 a.m. after breakfast and make your way home, or stay longer in Amsterdam and enjoy the many museums, parks and galleries of this famous city.


De Nassau

The De Nassau sleeps up to 60 guests in en-suite air-conditioned cabins. The lower deck has 14 twin cabins (one can be made into a triple bunk cabin) and 8 superior twin cabins. All of the lower deck cabins have a small window that opened.  The upper deck has 10 twin cabins and 2 double cabins, four of the cabins can be made into triple bunk cabins. All upper deck cabins have a window that can be opened. 

It has a large saloon, restaurant and bar area with panoramic windows on the upper deck. There is a partially covered sun deck where you can relax in a sun lounger and enjoy the scenery. The cabins, restaurant and the saloon in the front of the ship have been completely refurbished in 2018.

  • De Nassau 

  • Bar

  • Lounge

  • Superior Twin Lower Deck (Artist's Impression) 

  • Twin Lower Deck

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2020 dates on sale

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation: on the De Nassau and cabin of your choice
  • Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunches and three course dinners 
  • Services of an English speaking guide on-board only with daily briefings
  • Maps and route information (1 set per cabin) - GPS tracks available on request
  • Welcome meeting and drink on the first evening
  • Free tea and coffee until 4 p.m. 
  • Some short city walking tours 
  • Daily cabin cleaning 
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Entrance fees & excursions 
  • Drinks & tips on board
  • Special dietary requests - see below
  • Transfers to/from the docking in Amsterdam
  • Ferry fees 

2020 guided cycle tours available

  • May 11, June 1 & September 7 & 21
  • Maximum 20 people

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier, a small repair kit, and lock all included at no extra cost.

uni bike
Bike hire - 2019 departures
E-bike hire - 2019 departures

On request only - limited availability

Hybrid bike
Bike hire - 2020 departures
E-bike hire - 2020 departures

On request only - limited availability

Helmet rental
Helmet hire


Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet


Daily guided cycling for 2019 departures with an English speaking bike guide - May 11, June 1 & September 7 & 21

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Amsterdam Aiport Schiphol

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

Alternatively, take the Eurostar to Amsterdam or ferry from Harwich, UK to Hook of Holland.

Getting 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.

News, Reviews & FAQs


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Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

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

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. 

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

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