IJsselmeer & North Sea coast on MS De Willemstad - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    200-314 km/124-195 mi
  • Distance per day:
    15-65 km / 9-40 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    flat, however you may encounter headwinds
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

IJsselmeer & North Sea coast

Northern Holland on MS De Willemstad from EUR 689

The Tour

IJsselmeer & North Sea coast

Discover the province of North Holland by boat and bike. The sheer expanse of the IJsselmeer, the North Sea's blisteringly fresh air, the Isle of Texel's remarkable dune landscape, ancient coastal towns full of noble Captains' houses, as well as the polders slowly eroded by the sea, a hearty local cuisine and cheese-making culture steeped in tradition - these are all characteristics of your journey on the MS Willemstad. The tour on bike and boat IJsselmeer & North Sea coast is perfectly suited for expert cyclists as well as beginners.
Here you can find more details on the ship, the MS De Willemstad.

IJsselmeer & North Sea coast - De Willemstad
IJsselmeer & North Sea coast

Day 1 Arrival in Amsterdam, boat trip
Embarkation from 11 am. Discover Amsterdam by day, While you enjoy your dinner, the ship will take you to Zaandam.

Day 2 Zaandam - Alkmaar, 45 km/28 mi
You will first visit the Zaanse Schaans open air museum, then you cycle through the pretty landscape of "Leeghwater", with the former whaling village of De Rijp and the Mill-cum-museum Schemerhorn.

Day 3 Round trip Alkmaar, 33-40 km/21-25 mi, boat trip
Cycle tour through the polder landscape of the lake of De Beemster, which was drained in the 17th century, then you will continue to Den Helder aboard your ship.

Day 4 Round trip on Texel, 15-65 km/9-40 mi, boat trip
You take the ferry to the island of Texel, then you experience a cycling day, beach day or discovery day in Oudeschild. In the evening boat trip from Den Helder to Den Oever.

Day 5 Boat trip, round trip Stavoren, 43-55 km/27-34 mi
You have the choice: longer or shorter cycle tour through the Gaasterland or friesische Seenplatte.

Day 6 Boat trip, Medemblik-Enkhuizen, 30-50 km/19-31 mi
Today you will experience charming Dutch villages and towns, all of which have been shaped by the shipping industry and the sea in general.

Day 7 Boat trip, Volendam-Amsterdam, 35-50 km/21-31 mi
'Waterland' is a fitting name for this region, which is also well known for its cheese.

Day 8 Disembarkation, departure or extension
Your trip "IJsselmeer & North Sea coast" concludes after breakfast.



Here are the details on MS De Willemstad.

Included in your package "IJsselmeer and North Sea coast":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • complimentary coffee/tea until 4 pm daily
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • ticket ferry to Texel
  • several short guided city tours
  • 1 music night on board
  • on-board tour guide that is also doing all the cycling
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike
  • optional bike helmet
  • optional concession tickets to local attractions, to be purchased on board


  • 8 suites on upper deck, approx. 15 sqm (162 sq ft) with french balcony
  • outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm (110 sq ft)
    seperated, level-access beds
  • individually regulated air conditioning
  • main deck cabins have permanently locked windows
  • upper-deck cabins offer adjustable windows

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes/freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer E-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2023:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    01.04. - 07.10.​


All prices are per person.

 lower deckupper deck
01.04. + 08.04. + 07.10.  
2-bed cabin689 EUR899 EUR
suite 1139 EUR
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1034 EUR1334 EUR
15.04. + 22.04. + 23.09. + 30.09.  
2-bed cabin839 EUR1039 EUR
suite 1289 EUR
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1259 EUR1559 EUR
29.04. + 09.09. + 16.09.  
2-bed cabin949 EUR1149 EUR
suite 1399 EUR
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1424 EUR1724 EUR
all other dates  
2-bed cabin1059 EUR1309 EUR
suite 1559 EUR
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1589 EUR1964 EUR
rental bike90 EUR
e-bike195 EUR
rental helmet10 EUR
private bike10 EUR
private e-bike25 EUR
canal boat cruise Amsterdam15 EUR

The booking process

The Tour


Arrival to the tour "IJsselmeer & North Sea coast":

  • Arrival by car:
    There are three options of parking your car for the duration of the trip. In any case, please drive to the quay first and bring your luggage and (if applicable) personal bike aboard. Then
    - Drive to the car park Oosterdok near Amsterdam Centraal station. Costs are approx. EUR 175 / week.
    - Make use of our parking service from Centralparking. We will arrange for your car to be picked up from the quay, stored safely and returned to the ship. Your vehicle is insured against all types of damage or theft and will be parked in a protected underground facility. Cost: approx. EUR 150 / week.
    - Make use of the free parking space P&R at the train station in Weesp. Back to Amsterdam Centraal station by train, duration approx. 15 minutes, cost approx. EUR 4.
  • Arrival by train:
    Amsterdam Centraal station, get the 48 bus to the quay, duration approx. 10 minutes, cost approx EUR 3.
  • Arrival by plane:
    Shiphol Airport, take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station (approx. 20 minutes, approx. EUR 5), followed by the 48 bus to the quay (approx. 10 minutes / EUR 3)
    Alternatively, get a taxi from the airport to the quay, cost: approx. EUR 50.
    There are several private and scheduled providers, see e.g. here.

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.
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