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This tour offers an attractive combination of towns and countryside in Holland. It starts with a sailing trip right across the centre of Amsterdam. Soon after having left the city behind, it appears that amidst the larger Dutch towns lies a splendid rural area: the Green Heart. One moment you’ll be cycling in the middle of quiet lakes, the next you’ll experience the old Dutch atmosphere in the historical centre of towns like Haarlem and Leiden. Furthermore this tour will show you the North Sea beach, dune areas and old port towns like Hoorn which breathe the Dutch Golden Age.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS BIKE AND BOAT TOUR Zaanse Schans: open air museum including several windmills. Hoorn: port town dating from the 17th century. Schermerhorn: visit museum windmill Landscapes of Rembrandt cycle tour along the river Amstel Excursion or visit museum. This tour will be organised aboard one of our barges in the Comfort class (A) or Convenient Class (B)
After your embarkment in Amsterdam, you’ll be sailing right through the centre of Amsterdam. There’s a short cycle trip following the banks of the river Amstel ending in Uithoorn / Kudelstaart.
Today you’ll cross the real Green Heart of Holland: on cycle paths through the lake areas of the Langeraarse Plassen and Braassemer Meer. Your trip ends in the university town of Leiden. A city walk in the historical centre of this birth place of Rembrandt with its numerous courtyards is certainly recommendable.
Today’s itinerary leads to the seaside resort Katwijk and then through the dune area to Zandvoort. If weather permits, you may spend some time on the beach. Cycling along the path which was used by fishermen’s wifes to go to the market, you’ll end up in Haarlem. The small and surveyable centre invites one to do some shopping in this ‘best shopping town of the Netherlands’. Don’t forget to sit down and have a drink on one of the terrasses at the big market place.
The first village you arrive in is Spaarndam (the village of Hans Brinker). After the crossing of the North Sea canal by ferry, you continue cycling through rural villages like Nauerna. You visit open air museum the Zaanse Schans and continue following the river Zaan and the Knollendammer canal to our cheese town Alkmaar.
Today the boatel stays in Alkmaar. There’s a cycle trip to the unique wooded dune area near the villages Bergen and Schoorl and to the Hondsbossche Zeewering, a sea wall. You’ll have plenty of time to have a drink at an outdoor café or to walk on the beach. If you feel like it, you are of course, free to spend a day on your own sightseeing in Alkmaar or relaxing at the seaside.
After passing Oterleek and Avenhorn, you arrive in Hoorn. After you have got acquainted with this historical port town, you take the road along the coast from where you have a splendid view over the IJssel Lake. Thereafter you take a ride following the canal ‘Beemsterringvaart’ to Purmerend. On the way we visit the museum windmill in Schermerhorn.
First you cycle to and look around in the picturesque village of Edam. Then you visit the fishing village of Volendam. Take your time for a break and enjoy the atmosphere and the people in traditional costume. The cycle trip continues along the coastline of the IJssel Lake through Uitdam and Durgerdam. Via the ferry crossing the IJ, you arrive at the finish of your tour in the centre of Amsterdam. You visit the Rembrandt House, where the painter lived for years with his wife Saskia. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a walk though the centre or you may go for a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.
After breakfast your guide and the crew will say good-bye and your stay aboard has come to an end.
The cabin deck on the JELMAR was completely renovated in 2007. The lower deck of the 40m long JELMAR, can accommodate 20-22 passengers. The vessel has 10 small sleeper cabins with 2 low single beds each. Each cabin has en-suite, private facilities in a bath room, a sink, and a window (porthole). The skipper Albert and his crew will take care of meals, cleaning and will give you comprehensive information concerning the barge and the tour program. The life on board is intimate and you and your fellow passengers will soon get to know each other well. On the main deck there is a spacious salon in a nautical atmosphere with large windows, dining tables, small bar and a sun deck.
Since 1897 the TIJDGEEST has been sailing with tourists, in the early years as a passenger ship on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship has been completely renovated and rebuild into a nice hotel ship. Our ship TIJDGEEST is clasified as class B. On the lower deck you’ll find the cabins, all with private facilities. A number of cabins are provided with twin beds, in other cabins one sleeps in a bunk bed. On the upperdeck a very spacious living/dining room with panoramic view. This ship is mostly booked for bike & boat holidays but can also be booked as a party ship.
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