Holland Highlights Bike and Boat

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  • Category

    Bike and Boat
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    202 miles/325 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £746


This easy bike and boat cycling holiday in Holland offers the perfect mix of relaxation and activity as you cruise and cycle around some of the country’s most iconic sights. Starting and finishing in Amsterdam, you’ll journey into the green heart of the country, cycling through unique, polder landscapes on a wonderful network of dedicated cycle paths.

Cruise along Holland’s many canals and rivers, disembarking for leisurely rides through wonderful countryside to historic towns and cities. You’ll start and finish the tour in the heart of Amsterdam – your barge is moored very close to the main central station, just perfect for exploring the many highlights of this fascinating city.

During your week afloat you’ll visit and explore wonderful historic towns such as Haarlem, Leiden, Alkmaar, Hoorn and Edam. Daily guided cycle rides will lead you through the beautiful polder landscapes, so typical of Holland, as well as along the sea defences, beaches and dunes of the North Sea Coast. Each night you will moor somewhere new making after dinner strolls a new and rewarding experience each time.

Windmills on the Ellands polder near Schermerhorn

Windmills on the Ellands polder near Schermerhorn

Highlights of this enjoyable tour include an afternoon cruise through the centre of Amsterdam, cycling past windmills and along the ancient dikes of Holland’s polders, strolling through the ancient town centres of Haarlem, Alkmaar and Edam, and visiting the windmill museum at Schermerhorn

As you’d expect, the terrain is almost completely flat and makes use full-use of Holland’s incredible cycle path network. Daily rides average around 30 miles leading you alongside canal towpaths, riversides and coastal paths. Anyone can enjoy this sociable, easy-paced trip.

Itinerary & Map

As you’d expect, the terrain is almost completely flat, taking you along canal towpaths, riversides and coastal paths. You’ll be using dedicated cycle paths, well-maintained tracks and a few quiet country roads. Anyone can enjoy this sociable, easy-paced trip.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam – Uithoorn/Kudelstaart, 12 miles/20 kms

Amsterdam canal scene in summer


On arrival make your way to your barge. Embarkation is between 12.30 and 1pm and the barge sets sail at 1.30pm. After settling into your cabin you’ll enjoy a wonderful cruise through the centre of the Dutch capital. Then it’s onto the bikes for a short ride along the banks of the River Amstel, this is an ideal opportunity to ensure the bike is set up exactly to your liking, before rejoining your floating home at Uithoorn/Kudelstaart where the barge is moored for the night.

Day 2: Uithoorn/Kudelstaart – Leiden, 35 miles/55 kms

Leiden - Holland


Today you’ll cycle into the green heart of Holland, passing pretty farmland and the lakes of Langeraarse Plassen and Braassemer Meer. You’ll be making your way to the bustling university town of Leiden, where you’ll stop for the night. It’s a pleasant, historic town and an after-dinner stroll through the atmospheric centre is highly recommended.

Day 3: Leiden – Haarlem, 31 miles/50 kms

Adriaan windmill - Haarlem - Holland

Adriaan windmill – Haarlem

Today’s cycle ride leads you out to the Dutch coast, first to the seaside resort of Katwijk and via a lovely coastal cycle path to the sand dunes of Zandvoort. If the weather is good remember to pack your swim things so you can stop at one of the many beaches along the way for a dip. At Zandvoort you’ll leave the coast and follow a cycle path inland to Haarlem, where the barge is waiting for you. This attractive, bustling little town is the perfect place to moor for the night. Be sure to visit the lovely main square – the Grote Markt – to enjoy a coffee or something stronger at one of the many cafes and bars.

Day 4: Haarlem – Alkmaar, 31 miles/50 kms

Alkmaar - Holland*

Alkmaar cheese market

From Haarlem it’s not too far to Spaarndamm, and then you’ll cross the North Sea Canal by ferry to continue cycling through a rural, green landscape. You’ll cycle through traditional Dutch villages, stopping at the open air museum of Zaanse Schans. You’ll then make your way along the River Zaan and Knollendammer Canal through some of the country’s oldest polder landscape (reclaimed land, bordered by dikes and windmills ) to Alkmaar, an attractive old town famous for its cheese market.

Day 5: Alkmaar, 35 miles/55 kms

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Cycling in Holland

Your floating home won’t be moving today so you can choose how to spend your day. You could opt for a short ride out to the lovely beaches nearby or you could enjoy exploring the narrow streets of Alkmaar old town. If you opt to join the day’s ride the guide will cycle out into the unique woodland and sand-dune countryside near Bergen and Schoorl. You’ll enjoy a seaside ride along the impressive sea defences of Hondsbossche before returning to Alkmaar via a pleasant rural cycle path.

Day 6: Alkmaar – Purmerend, 28 miles/45 kms

Windmills on the Ellands polder near Schermerhorn

Windmills on the Ellands polder near Schermerhorn

Today you’ll cycle through iconic polder scenery to the historic port city of Hoorn on the shores of the Ijssel Lake. After enjoying a stroll along the cobbled streets of this ancient town you’ll cycle along the lake shore for a while before diverting inland through the sublime polder landscape around the village of Schermerhorn where we will visit the museum windmill. You re-join the barge in nearby Purmerend where you spend the night.

Day 7: Purmerend – Amsterdam, 31 miles/50 kms



Your last day of cycling leads you first to the pretty little village of Edam, famous of course for its distinctive cheese. You then cycle on to the nearby fishing village of Volendam where it is quite common to see people in traditional costume. Continue cycling along the shore of the IJssel Lake then take your bikes on the ferry to cross back into the heart of Amsterdam. Your barge is based at her home mooring for your last night enabling you to enjoy an evening in the exciting Dutch capital.

Day 8: Amsterdam

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates

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2019 Prices
Per person
25 May
07 Sep
Tijdgeest - comfort
Double/twin £794                    
Single £1010                    
Triple £746                    
Flora - comfort
Double/twin £832                    
Single £1049                    

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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard your barge. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information
Bike damage protection
Maps & route information
Tour guide
Entrance fee Museum Windmill Schermerhorn
Entrance fee to the Edam museum
City walks
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Drinks on-board
Special diets (see supplements)


Special diets (excludes vegetarians) (£41)
Electric bike with bike insurance (£146)


60% for one child, 0-3 years sharing with 2 adults
33% for one child, 4-11 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information


Example of the bike used on this tour

Example of the bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, light 27-gear city bikes with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.

The bikes also come equipped with a pannier.

E-bikes are also available to rent.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.


On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

We offer accommodation aboard the following vessels on this tour.

Tijdgeest (comfort)



This lovely barge offers a warm welcome and cosy accommodation. On the upper deck there is a spacious living/dining room with panoramic views and air-conditioning. Wi-fi is available.

On the lower deck there are 14 compact cabins. 8 are double cabins with lower double beds. 1 is a double with 2 lower single beds. 2 are double cabins with single split level beds in an L shape one above the other. 1 is a triple cabin with lower single beds. Finally there are 2 cabins for single use with a lower single bed. All have en-suite facilities with shower & toilet. Bedding and towels are provided.

Flora (comfort)



A cosy comfortable barge with a spacious lounge with large windows, a communal dining area and a small bar. There is also a sundeck with seating area. Wi-Fi is available.

10 compact twin cabins with separate single beds. All have en-suite facilities with shower & toilet. Cabins also have portholes which can be opened. Bedding and towels are provided.

On both vessels, a hearty breakfast is provided each morning along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening.

Getting There

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar.

Research flights from the UK here.

You can then take the short train ride directly into Amsterdam Central Station. From here you can walk or take a cab to the barge mooring point.


Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 4.0
  • Date - 11/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - This was my first cycling holiday and Ally was very helpful to ensure that we booked the right tour.
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  • Product comment - Comfortable barge, good food and an excellent tour guide.
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for taking the time to send your kind comments. We are glad to have been able to assist with your choice of cycle tour and happy to hear you had a good time and liked the barge. We hope you are already considering another bike and boat holiday with Flexitreks in 2016. Please call us on 01273 410 550 or email info@flexitreks.com. Many thanks again, the Flexitreks team.