Holland's Hanseatic Route - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights



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Why we love this tour

"Get to know the medieval trade routes of Holland as you cycle and cruise from and back to Amsterdam. Your onboard guide will help to provide interesting information for your rides. The city of Kampen has wonderful merchant ships and a historic centre that are well worth seeing."

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

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Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
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Riverside Routes

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.

Guests can choose between a self-guided tour or a guided tour. 


De Nassau - Self Guided - 2020 departures

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

De Nassau

MS Gandalf - Guided - 2020 departures

This cosy and comfortable river cruiser accommodates up to 22 guests in 10 cabins, all with separate twin beds, central heating and private shower and wc. All cabin windows can be opened. Some cabins can take a 3rd bed on request. There is a spacious saloon and restaurant area and two sun decks, offering seating areas with tables and chairs and storage space for the bikes. The environmentally-friendly solar roof panels make for peaceful nights on board, as the ship needs to make little use of the generator to produce power.

MS Gandalf

MS Gandalf

De Holland - Self Guided - 2021 departures

The superior river cruiser " De Holland" is 78m long and 7m wide and offers 34 cabins for up to a maximum of 72 passengers. All cabins come with air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, private shower and wc. On the lower deck are three cabins with L shaped twin beds plus an optional pull down bed, five twin and 16 superior twin cabins. The upper deck has nine superior twin cabins and one larger suite with mini-bar and a sofa bed, all of which have a French balcony with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors instead of a window. The twin beds in most cabins are pushed together but can be set up as two single beds on request. There is a spacious lounge with large panoramic windows with bar and restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available with additional data packages available. The large, partially roofed sun deck offers plenty of space for chairs and sun loungers and a separate area for bike storage.

De Holland

De Holland

Lena Maria - Guided - 2021 departures

The comfortable Lena Maria barge has 12 lower deck twin cabins with a shower, toilet, hair dryer and a window.

The upper deck has a lounge with a bar and a dining area and you can relax on the sundeck with a drink as you take in the views. 

Guests on the Lena Maria will have guided daily cycling with an English speaking tour leader. 



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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation: on the ship 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

Guided cycling (for Gandalf and Lena Maria boats)

Ferry Fees (for Gandalf and Lena Maria boats)

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 (for De Nassau and De Holland boats)

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

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

Hybrid bike (2020 departures)


E-bike (2020 departures)

On request only - limited availability


Hybrid bike (2021 departures)


E-bike (2021 departures)

On request only - limited availability


Other Extras


Helmet hire

Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet (50 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable



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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 and take the train (NS) to Amsterdam Central Station and then take 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. 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.


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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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