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8 Days Bike and Boat Cycling Holiday Aboard MS Serena in the Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sightseeing and Cycling Holiday in the Netherlands

Discover the Netherlands in a unique way by bike and boat. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee an unforgettable holiday. Throughout the day, you will be cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country, and in the late afternoon, you can go swimming at the hotel at your own leisure.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Type of transportation: Cycling
  • Terrain: Flat terrain
  • Starts in: Amsterdam
  • Ends in: Amsterdam
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 164 miles / 264 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent at 165 EUR per week
  • Minimum number of participants: 50 persons

Highlights

  • Cycle through stunning landscapes
  • Cruising in a comfortable river boat
  • Chance to explore the city of Amsterdam
  • Pass through the beautiful and historical part of towns
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Styles


5 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 99
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Accommodation

You will be provided seven nights of accommodation on this tour. Options are a two-bed main deck, junior suite main deck, or a two-bed promenade deck.

MS Serena

The MS Serena is a comfortable river boat with restaurant and bar (air-conditioned). There is a partly roofed sundeck with seats and store place for the bicycles. On the whole, MS Serena comprises 33 cabins on the main deck and 18 cabins on the promenade deck with two-bed-cabins (approximately 8 to 9 square meters) with two single beds.

The two junior suites (approximately 12 square meters) on the main deck have a grandlit. There are in total three single cabins (two on the main deck and one on the promenade deck, 6 square meters). All cabins have windows that can be opened on both decks, shower/WC, colored TV, and ventilation.

The MS Serena has a length of 90 meters, width of 9.90 meters, maximum capacity of 99 passengers, three decks, Dutch flag and guidance. The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone. Smoking is only allowed on the sun deck.

Program

Your journey to and from Amsterdam will be individual. Basically, SE-Tours reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety, though this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal.

Embarkation is from 03:00 p.m. to 04:30 p.m, and disembarkation is after breakfast by 09:00 a.m. For the cycle tours, all distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she or he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbor.

The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Bicycles on board

There are unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), with 7 gears, hand brake, and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are on these tours only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number. Please indicate your body height when you book.

You can bring your own bike, but upon request only due to lack of space on sundeck. A well working quality bike is crucial for a successful cycle holiday. The right material makes or breaks the perfect bike trip.

That is why SE Tour make it a point to only work with the best. In 2018, they started working with Velo de Ville, a renowned bike manufacturer, that produces bikes and pedelecs to customized specifications. The three main priorities are quality, comfort, and safety. This way, SE Tours want to guarantee the best cycle experience, high comfort, and confidence in your safety on all of the cycle tours.

All bikes are equipped with only the best components from renowned brands and manufacturers. Both, bikes and pedelecs are fitted with comfortable Selle Royal saddles. Bikes come with coaster brakes or a freewheel hub, all hub gears come from Shimano, and you can pick whichever one you favor.

The frames were developed and are designed to offer the highest possible comfort. The bikes offer a well-rounded cycling experience for trained cyclists while also being perfect for untrained and casual cyclists. All bikes are additionally equipped with tyre pumps, repair kits with tools, and spare inner tubes.

For extra storage room, most bikes are fitted with panniers and/or handlebar bags. In order for you to find your perfect bike aboard our ships, three frame sizes 45, 50, and 55 are offered.

All Velo de Ville bikes are equipped with brakes by Megura. Made in Germany, all products are of the highest quality and the HS11 system guarantees direct and safe braking, due to the oil-hydraulic technique. Nothing less but state of the art brakes are used for the bikes.

All of the pedelecs are equipped with Bosch mid-drive motors that come with fully integrated 500 Wh Bosch rechargeable batteries. The innovative way of construction allows the batteries to become almost invisible. That way, cyclists gain the advantage of a well-balanced bike, that is easily operated, and hence guaranteeing a perfect support and a high level of comfort even on long tours.

Velo de Ville, a German bicycle manufacturer based in Altenberge in the region of Münster, is a traditional and family-run company, that still produces bikes and pedelecs locally. Thanks to the modular way of assembling the bikes, individual wishes can be taken into consideration and are being fulfilled on a regular basis.

On certain tours, especially on small ships, there may be bicycles and pedelecs of other brands or of local bike hires in use. The accessories may also vary. Kindly note that for e-bikes, early booking is necessary as the number of e-bikes per ship is limited. In order to determine the frame size that matches your body, please indicate your body height when you book.

If a cycle insurance is listed as part of “services included”, then it is included in the price for one rental bike and covers both, theft and accidental damages. If the need should arise, SE Tours will provide a replacement as soon as possible. Not covered are negligence or willful destruction.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam

You will check-in on board in the afternoon. You will embark at 03:00 p.m, and maybe you will have some time for exploring the city of Amsterdam and a shopping tour. At 05:30 p.m, the MS Serena will leave Amsterdam for Hoorn with its historical old part of town.

Day 2: Cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen (20 to 26 kilometers / 13 to 16 miles)

Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17th century, such as the Regentur of Westfriesland, a museum. You can visit the town’s scales at the Rodesteen, the harbour tower, as well as the storage houses. On this day, you will be cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. A visit to the Zuiderzee Museum is recommended.

Day 3: Enkhuizen to Lemmer (32 to 45 kilometers / 20 to 25 miles)

On this day, you will be shipping over the IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You are starting your roundtrip by bike: over the Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer, further to Munnekeburen, then around the Rottige Meente over Scherpenzel and Schoterzijl back to Lemmer, with its historical old part of town and beautiful gable houses. You can visit the largest still-functioning steam pumping station in the world, the Woudagemaal.

Day 4: Lemmer to Stavoren (33 kilometers / 21 miles)

You will be going by bike to Sondeler Leien Lake, and from there through the woods of Rijsterbos, passing the Mokkebank (a birds’ reservation) to the Roode Klif at Stavoren. From there, you will be shipping to Oudeschild on the Island of Texel.

Day 5: Island of Texel and Oudeschild to Den Helder (70 kilometers / 44 miles)

You will be going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands, Texel. There are numerous alternative routes (29, 32, 47, 70 kilometers). About 06:00 p.m, you will be shipping back to Den Helder.

Day 6: Den Helder via Sint Maartensvlotbrug to Alkmaar (25 to 55 kilometers / 16 to 34 miles)

In the morning, you will be cycling through the dunes to Alkmaar. It is possible for you to go on board MS Serena in St. Maartensvlotburg and ship the rest of the way to Alkmaar. As an alternative, you can also start your cycling tour in St. Maartensvlotburg.

Day 7: Alkmaar to Wormerveer and Wormerveer to Amsterdam (35 kilometers / 22 miles)

In the morning, you will have the opportunity to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar (valid from April to September). At midday, you will be shipping to Wormerveer, from where you should cycle to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc.).

You will go cycling through the recreational area Twiske to Amsterdam. In the afternoon, you should take part in a Grachtenrundfahrt, shipping on the channels of Amsterdam in small boats.

Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam

After breakfast, you will checkout until 09:00 a.m, and then time to say goodbye.

Included excursions

You will be offered a small excursion program that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants, some excursions could be carried out in two languages (German or English).

Location

This tour will be held in Netherlands, covering places including Amsterdam, Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Ijsselmeer, Lemmer, Oosterzee Buren, Tjeukemeer, Munnekeburen, Rottige Meente, Scherpenzel, Schoterzijl, Woudagemaal, Sondeler Leien Lake, Rijsterbos, Mokkebank, Oudeschild, Island of Texel, Den Helder, St. Maartensvlotburg, Wormerveer, Alkmaar, and Twiske.

The province of the Northern Netherlands

The Dutch province of the North Netherlands is situated on a peninsula the North Sea and the IJsselmeer (IJssel Sea). The Northern Netherlands were founded due to the separation of the north and south of the Netherlands in 1840. Its capital is Haarlem, the biggest city is Amsterdam.

Discover the folklore and tradition in the flat Polderland, on the North Sea and in romantic ports. You will be travelling through a former lake and marsh region that has been drained by the help of windmills since the 17th century.

Experience varying, typically Dutch Polder-countryside, dunes and North Sea beaches, the North Sea island Texel, and many picturesque harbor villages on the coast of the IJsselmeer.

Food

The cost of the packages include seven breakfast buffet, six lunches, snacks on board for non-cyclists, six coffee or tea in the afternoon, and seven 3-course dinner meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Cycling program according to routing from and to Amsterdam
  • Daily meeting for the cycling tours
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome drinks
  • Room cleaning every day
  • Changing of towels and bed clothes if wanted
  • 7 breakfast buffet
  • 6 lunches
  • Snacks on board (for non-cyclists)
  • Lunch package for cycle tours
  • 6 coffee or tea in the afternoon
  • 7 3-course dinner
  • All charges for harbors, bridges, and locks
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
  • Services of a tour guide

What's not included

  • Journey to and from Amsterdam
  • Parking fees
  • Shuttles
  • Bike rental (70 EUR)
  • Entrance fees
  • Excursions
  • Ferry tickets
  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Travel insurances

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • March 30 - April 6
  • October 5 - 12

 

Mid season

 

  • April 6 - 13
  • September 28 - October 5

 

High season

 

  • April 13 - 20
  • September 14 - 28
 
Holiday season
  • April 20 - May 4
  • September 7 - 14
 
Peak season
  • May 4 - September 7

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