Family Special IJssel Lake

Tour details
Family tour boat bike
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Family boat bike tour children
Family tour barge and bike
Family boat and bike tour
Family boat and bike tour

Boat and Bike tour for parents and kids 

This bike and barge holiday is especially developed for families with children in the age 7 -11 (including). Both the bike trips and the tour program have been adjusted to children. 

Therefore some very interesting visits and activities are included.

  • Along the coastline of the IJssel Lake and the former Zuiderzee you’ll sail to beautiful historic places like Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Elburg. 
  • The Zuiderzee open air museum in Enkhuizen visualizes life in the former fisherman’s villages. 
  • In the heart of National Park 'De Weerribben' a very special canoe trip is planned and in Giethoorn, the Venice of the North, a roundtrip by ‘punter’ is a must. 
  • In Harderwijk you have a ‘day off’ with your family in and around town. 
  • There are lots of options such as: attraction park Walibi World, dolphin shows in the Dolfinarium or a day at the beach at the Veluwe Lake.

Day to day schedule

Saturday: sailing trip and cycling ± 10 km From Amsterdam, the barge sails through the locks to the IJssel Lake. The sailing trip to Hoorn takes approximately 4 hours and you’ll see several traditional sailing ships on the way. In the evening there’s a test ride on your bike in and around Hoorn.

Sunday: cycling ± 20 km, excursion and sailing trip. By bike we continue along the coastline of the IJssel Lake. In Enkhuizen you’ll visit the Zuiderzee museum. In this open air museum you will get a nice impression about everyday life in former days in the fisherman’s villages around the old 'Zuiderzee'. In the afternoon the barge crosses the IJssel Lake to Urk in the province of Flevoland.

Monday: sailing, cycling ± 22 km and canoe trip During the barge trip to Blokzijl you can see lots of smaller and bigger boats. In the afternoon we’ll give it a try ourselves: on the program is an adventurous canoe trip through to reedlands of the nature reserve the Weerribben. To and fro we go by bike, we sleep in Blokzijl.

Tuesday: cycling ± 25 km The area called North-West Overijssel is spotted with little lakes surrounded by reedland and meadows. A visit to the village of Dwarsgracht is one of the highlights of today. Our destination today is Giethoorn, where in old days all transportation used to go by ship. We may recommend the rental of a so-called ‘whisper boat’ and steer it yourself through the canals! We stay overnight in Zwartsluis. Wednesday: sailing and cycling ± 30 km A sailing trip over lakes and canals takes you to the protected fortified town of Elburg. Here you disembark and after a visit you start cycling cross the woodlands of the Veluwe to the hanseatic town of Harderwijk.

Thursday: ‘day off’ Today you make your own plans. Ideas for spending the day in Harderwijk are: a visit to attraction park Walibi World, the dolphin show in the Dolfinarium, a day at the beach at the Lake ‘Veluwemeer’, a visit to a swimming pool or shopping in down-town Harderwijk.

Friday: sailing trip and cycling ± 25 km By barge you head for Almere-Haven, an attractive ‘new’ town. Then by bike to Muiden, Schellingwoude and back to the ship in the centre of Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a walk through the centre or you may (on your own account) go for a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.

Saturday: After breakfast your guide and the crew will say goodbye and your holiday has ended. (subject to changes)


  • Stay aboard (8 days/7 nights)
  • Full board (breakfast + packed lunch + 2-courses dinner)
  • Tour leader
  • Visit open air Museum Zuiderzee
  • Canoe trip National Park Weerribben
  • Information booklet and map
  • Bicycle with gears and cycle bag
  • Bike Compensation
  • 1 Citywalk


  • Journey there and back (Amsterdam)
  • Drinks aboard
  • Excursions out of program
  • Surcharges for special bikes like tandems and trailers
  • Bicycle insurance: €30 (incl. taxes)
Pax Price total Price p.p.* 2020
2 adults/2 child till 11 years old € 2.052,- € 513,-
2 adults/1 child till 11 years old € 1.624,- € 538,-
1 adult/2 children till 11 years old € 1.467,- € 489,-
1 adult/1 child till 11 years old € 1.026,- € 513,-
* based on staying in double cabin