Boat and Bike Hanseatic tour
This so called Hanseatic Tour leads you by boat and bike along the Hanseatic towns, picturesque fishing harbours and the rivers Rhine and IJssel.
The Hanseatic Tour takes you through the central region of the Netherlands, which was originally shaped by rivers. It cuts through the Rhine valley and its very beautiful tributary the IJssel, and across the so-called border lakes. The IJssel forks from the Rhine near Arnhem. Of great scenic beauty, the 125 km winding river valley offers the cyclist a fantastic area in which to take trips without the inconvenience of any noteworthy differences in height. You visit various Hanseatic towns that flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries, due to the fact that the IJssel was then one of the most important trade routes in Europe. You then go on to visit the so-called border lakes of the IJssel lake which lie between the “old” land of many beautiful harbour towns and new Flevoland (once the bottom of the Ijssel lake) which was reclaimed in 1932. In this area you visit some picturesque fishing harbours. During the whole tour you travel through wood and moorland sections of the Achterhoek, Veluwe and Gooi nature reserves; this area is very suitable for bike tours and also loved by the Dutch bikers.
Day to Day schedule
Day 1 (Sat)
Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam | Afternoon:
Boarding as from 3 PM in Amsterdam. At approximately 4 PM the Sarah sails from Amsterdam over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine.
Day 2 (Sun)
| Wageningen – Oosterbeek – Arnhem (ca. 35-50 km / 21-30 miles**)
During breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen. Once there, the first bicycle trip is taken, first through the flat river valley of the Rhine, then along the protected nature reserve “De Blauwe Kamer” (the Blue Chamber), followed by the wood and moorlands of the Veluwe nature reserve. You ride through suburbs with lovely parks such as Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal to Arnhem, where you spend the night close to the centre.
Day 3 (Mon)
| Doesburg – Vorden – Zutphen (ca. 35-55 km / 21-33 miles**) | Evening: Zutphen – Deventer
We sail to the small Hanseatic town of Doesburg. Then, via the Hanseatic Town Route we cycle along the IJssel to the beautiful small town of Bronkhorst. Shorter variation: along the riverbank to Zutphen; longer bicycle trip via Vorden passing country houses, castles and rural estates. During dinner the ship sails to Deventer for an optional short guided walking tour in the evening.
Day 4 (Tue)
Deventer – Hattem – Zwolle (ca. 40-55 km / 24-33 miles**) | Evening:
A short bicycle trip along the IJssel riverbank and then we board the ferry at Wijhe to cross to Hattem; longer bicycle trip through east Veluwe. During dinner the ship sails to Kampen where we will have an optional guided walking tour and spend the night in the largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.
Day 5 (Wed)
Kampen – Elburg – Elspeet – Harderwijk (ca. 40 or 60 km / 24 – 36 miles**)
We sail to the IJssel estuary and across the so-called border lakes of the IJssel lake to the fishing harbour of Harderwijk. The cycle trip takes us along some of the banks of the Veluwe lake. The longest cycle trip also takes in the wood and moorland at Elspeet. We spend the night in the lovely old fishing harbour of Harderwijk.
Day 6 (Thu)
Harderwijk – Bunschoten – Spakenburg (ca. 25, 40 or 55 km / 15, 24 or 33 miles**)
A short or long bicycle trip along the coast or also through the woodlands. The night is spent in Spakenburg, which is well-known for its traditional costumes.
Day 7 (Fri)
| Huizen – Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam (ca. 35 or 50 km / 21 or 33 miles**)
After breakfast by bike or with the ship to Huizen. The bike tour will takes us to the beautiful fortress town of Naarden and the Muider stronghold in Muiden. Along quiet roads to Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are spent in Amsterdam.
Day 8 (Sat)
Amsterdam: end of the tour
After breakfast you go ashore and conclude the tour.
In italics printed parts will be covered by ship.
**: Both possibilities are being offered: the guest can choose.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Program + details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
- Tour and accommodation on board 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.) from/to Amsterdam, cabin in the booked category
- Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7 x three course dinner)
- Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
- Welcoming drink and -speech on the first evening
- Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours, during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and reachable on his cell phone
- Printed instructions and detailed maps
- Daily coffee and tea during breakfast and between 3 PM and 4 PM.
- Transfers to/from the docking place Oosterdok (Nautisch Kwartier) in Amsterdam;
- Rental bicycle (optional);
- Fees for ferries;
- Other transfers
- Parking fee;
- Entrance fees & excursions
- Drinks on board;
- Personal insurances;
- Gratuities (at your discretion/optional);
- Dietary requirements on request / surcharges may be calculated.
The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring or. trekking bikes with light-weight frames and normal mount (ladies model), with 7 gears, hand brake & hub brake and pannier bag.
- Prices of other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, parent-and-child tandems etc.) and child’s saddles (front or rear) are on request.
- Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost).
- However, the crew or tour operator are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles. In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet.
- Bike helmets are not available on board.
In principle, children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you to satisfy yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of 30-60 km. Children’s bikes, tandems, parent-and-child tandems, slip streamers etc. or child’s saddles are available on request. Of course you may stay one or more days longer on board (children under the age of18 years must be under supervision).
The interior of the ship is a no-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are no-smoking zones