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:
    221-291 km/137-181 mi
  • Distance per day:
    28-55 km / 17-34 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 759 €

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 2 pm. Discover Amsterdam by day, While you enjoy your dinner, the ship will take you to Zaandam.

Day 2 Zaandam - Alkmaar, 44 km/27 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, 34-51 km/21-32 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, 39-51 km/24-31 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,28-50 km/17-31 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.

Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

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 concession tickets to local attractions, to be purchased on board


  • 8 suites on upper deck, approx. 15 sqm (162 sq ft) with french balcony
  • 2 single cabins on upper deck, approx. 8 sqm (86 sq ft)
  • 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 2024:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    30.03. + 06.04. + 13.04. + 20.04.
    27.04. + 04.05. + 11.05. + 18.05.
    25.05. + 01.06. + 08.06. + 15.06.
    22.06. + 29.06. + 06.07. + 13.07.
    20.07. + 27.07. + 03.08. + 10.08.
    17.08. + 24.08. + 31.08. + 07.09.
    14.09. + 21.09. + 28.09. + 05.10.


All prices are per person.

 lower deckupper deck
30.03. + 06.04. + 05.10.  
2-bed cabin759 €959 €
suite 1259 €
single cabin 1249 €
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1139 €1439 €
13.04. + 20.04. + 28.09.  
2-bed cabin959 €1159 €
suite 1459 €
single cabin 1509 €
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1439 €1739 €
27.04. + 14.09. + 21.09.  
2-bed cabin1069 €1319 €
suite 1619 €
single cabin 1719 €
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1604 €1979 €
all other dates  
2-bed cabin1169 €1419 €
suite 1719 €
single cabin 1849 €
2-bed cabin for single occupancy1754 €2129 €
rental bike90 €
e-bike225 €
private bike10 €
private e-bike25 €
canal boat cruise Amsterdam15 €

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. 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. Advance booking necessary.
    -If you have bike racks mounted on the car, the cost increases by 35 €/week.
    -You can park your car free of charge in the streets or on a P+R- parking lot in Abcoude. Good train connection to Amsterdam, duration approx. 20 minutes, departure approx. every 30 minutes, cost approx. 4,20 €.
    Parking details are included in the travel documents.
  • Arrival by train:
    Amsterdam Centraal station, get the 48 bus to the quay, duration approx. 10 minutes, cost approx 3 €.
  • Arrival by plane:
    Shiphol Airport, take the train to Amsterdam Centraal station (approx. 20 minutes, approx. 5 €), followed by the 48 bus to the quay (approx. 10 minutes /3 €)
    Alternatively, get a taxi from the airport to the quay, cost: approx. 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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