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Holland Texel-island tour

May 11 - 18 / 2024

Departure date: 11 may 2024
Average biking distance per day 35 to 55 KM / Level: Easy

Highlights

Bike Barge & Cruise the north/western part of the Netherlands. Start and finish in Amsterdam, make sure to reserve some extra time before or after your cruise in this vibrant city! Next stop; ‘de Zaansche schans’ with its open air museum and windmills. You then head to Texel island, ‘a country’ on its own, to reach this island you’ll cruise the beautiful open waters of the UNESCO Heritage Wadden Sea, where you might be able to spot some seals. As if it were all not enough, you also see many little fishing towns on the way back to Amsterdam. 

Holland Texel-island tour
Departure port: Amsterdam Destination: Amsterdam Travel time: 8 days Countries: Netherlands Average biking distance per day: 35 to 55 KM / Level: Easy
Bike, Barge and Cruise Northern-Netherlands. Bike along 'the Zaansche schans' and experience Texel-Island 'a country on it's own'. Visit to a cheese farm included.
€ 2.245,- p.p.

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam – Zaandam

Check in: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Merlijn will set sail for Zaandam where there is an overnight stay. We’ll present you with a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We will also provide information on the tour, the ship, and offer you a safety briefing. During dinner we will arrive in Zaandam. In the evening there will be time for a city walk through Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam – Alkmaar
Day 3: Alkmaar – Den Helder
Day 4: Den Helder - Texel
Day 5: Texel – Wadden Sea – Stavoren
Day 6: Stavoren – Lemmer – Urk
Day 7: Urk – Lelystad – Amsterdam
Day 8: Amsterdam

Your bike & barge cruise includes:

  • 7 nights onboard Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit, bathrope & slippers
  • culinary care: 7x breakfast buffets, 6x packed lunches and 6x 3 course dinners
  • coffee, tea and ice water
  • service of a tour guide
  • daily information about the trip of the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a waterproof pannier, towel and universal helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS-tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees
  • all ferry fares en route
  • visit to a cheesefarm

 

Your bike & barge cruise doesn’t includes:

  • one dinner
  • drinks other than mentioned
  • excursions other than mentioned
  • inbound and outbound journey
  • city maps (though a few are available on board)
  • bike maps
  • insurance
  • gratuities

For your comfort we rent electric bikes € 30 each per day, reservations ahead are advisable.

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12 january 2024

What a phenomenal experience! We absolutely loved staying onboard the Merlijn, and the itinerary took us through some of the most charming towns along the Moselle as we made our way through France, Luxembourg, and Germany, led each day by our fantastic guide Lia. Wed booked our trip over a year in advance and my knee had significantly deteriorated in that time, so thank goodness for the e-bikes which made the rides a breeze. Cristinas culinary skills were showcased nightly in what were essentially 5-star meals something we looked forward to after a day of riding in the cool, damp fall weather. The accommodations were comfortable, always tidy, and being part of such a small tour was an absolute delight. We cant wait to join Coen, Cristina, and the rest of the crew again in the future.