Northern Holland - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights


Why we love this tour

"Explore the best of Northern Holland independently with the support of an on board guide who will share local knowledge during the daily ride briefings. You have a choice of longer or shorter rides through the former marshlands and historic harbour towns."

Peaceful islands and pretty harbour villages on the North Sea coast

Start and finish in the welcoming capital city of Amsterdam

Wooden clogs, Edam cheese and smoked eels

Easy cycling past flat polders and canals & windmills

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Fly to
Good for
Families, Solo

Tour across the flat polderlands of Northern Holland and ride to the North Sea coast, stopping off at romantic fishing villages and authentic waterside towns. The former marshlands and expansive pastures you’ll ride past are scattered with windmills and were reclaimed from the sea in the 17th century – a historic process you can learn about en route at an open-air museum village.

Cycling along the most scenic coastal stretches, you can take a break whenever you please and spend your evenings exploring historic harbour towns. Taste smoked eel or salted herring, visit a wooden shoe factory, try fresh Edam and look forward to the beautiful beaches and birdlife of the extremely bike-friendly Texel Island. The capital city of Amsterdam is an exciting place to start and finish  – arriving early or extending your stay to visit Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum is well worth it.

Read travel writer Adrian Lowery's report on his Northern Holland cycling holiday with Freedom Treks in The Daily Mail - April 2017.



De Holland - 2020 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

De Willemstad - 2021 departures

The superior river cruiser De Willemstad was refurbished in 2018 and has 48 cabins for up to a maximum of 96 passengers. The restaurant is on the lower deck and the saloon/bar with panoramic windows is on the upper deck. The large partly shaded sun deck is a great place to relax on a deck chair and enjoy the scenery. The upper deck has 8 suites (15m2) with a twin bed and panoramic a floor to ceiling window. There are 16 upper deck twin cabins (10m2), six rear twin upper deck cabins (you will hear engine and generator noise when the boat is moving) and two upper deck single cabins (8m2) – both the twin and single cabins have windows that open. On the lower deck there are 24 twin cabins with a ventilation window that partially opens. All the cabins are en-suite with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and air-conditioning.



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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation aboard a superior boat

Board basis: Full board including, breakfast, packed lunch on 6 cycling days and dinner

Services of an English speaking on-board with daily briefings of the bike tours

Maps and route information (1 set per cabin) - GPS tracks available

Welcome meeting and drink

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning 

Daily coffee and tea until 4pm

Some walking tours with tour leader

Music night onboard

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Cycle helmets

Entrance fees & excursions 

Ferry fees during cycle rides

Drinks & tips on board

Transfers to/from the docking in Amsterdam

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)


Hybrid bike (2021 departures)


E-bike (2021 departures)


Other Extras

Board upgrade

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


Helmet hire



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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 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. 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.

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.

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. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

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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