Cycling holiday: sail & bike IJsselmeer


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  • Starting point: Amsterdam, final destination: Amsterdam.
  • Enjoy this beautiful cycling and sailing journey over IJsselmeer lake and the Frisian lakes.
  • Sleep, breakfast and dine on a handsome ship and let everything be organised for you.

Book now: 8 days, prices from €799,-

Enjoy 8 days of wonderful sailing and cycling on and around IJsselmeer lake. Spend your nights on the impressive three-mast clipper ELIZABETH and enjoy a high level of comfort as you discover the most beautiful towns and nature reserves around IJsselmeer lake. The ship has an experienced crew, meaning that you need no sailing experience whatsoever to be able to enjoy this wonderful journey. And if you do not feel like cycling for a day, stay aboard the ship and relax as you are ferried to the next destination!

All aboard!

After boarding and meeting the crew, the first day is reserved for discovering all Amsterdam has to offer. Canals, museums, the flower market... then comes your first night of comfort in your own cabin, followed next morning by the first cycling trip through the water-rich nature north of Amsterdam, to the port town of Monnickendam on IJsselmeer lake. The third day will be spent exploring other fishing villages in the area on the way to Hoorn.

Discover the Frisian lakes

The following days will see you sailing across IJsselmeer lake on a variety of trips to unique towns like Urk, Schokland, Enkhuizen and Lemmer. You will see how parts of the lake have been drained and how the villages protect themselves against the water, then – after your visit to Lemmer – go deeper into Frisian country, cycling past the Frisian lakes and through the nature reserve Gaasterland.

Amsterdam ahoy!

At the end of the journey, you will sail from Enkhuizen back to Amsterdam. You can help sail the ship if you feel like it, but you are also free to simply enjoy the view over the lake slip by. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will once again have the opportunity to explore the city. Then, after a final night aboard the ship, the journey is over, and you can start enjoying the memories of a unique holiday.

Practical information:

  • Start and end point: Amsterdam.
  • Number of days: 8.
  • No sailing experience required for this holiday
  • The program may be modified in consultation due to weather and tides.
  • Average distance per day: c. 35/40 kilometers.
  • You can rent an electric bicycle (e-bike).
  • This tour is suitable for recreational cyclists and families with children.
  • The cycling tours are individual: you will cycle at your own pace with the aid of detailed maps.