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Bike and boat: Hanseatic route

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This tour takes you through one of the most popular cycling regions in the Netherlands. Explore this area by bike and boat. On the bike tours you will learn more about the many historic towns, beautiful river landscapes and diverse natural areas every day. Each evening you return to your floating hotel ship, De Holland/De Nassau, moored in one of the picturesque harbors along the route. The De Holland can accommodate up to 71 guests. You cycle at your own pace and your experienced tour guide is always available by phone for your questions, problems or emergencies

Follow an important trade route by bike. The area you are crossing here was formed over thousands of years by numerous rivers and streams. It flourished in the Middle Ages, when the Rhine and IJssel rivers were among the most important trade routes in Europe. Many of the towns on the banks belonged to the Hanseatic League. This alliance protected the economic interests of its members in large parts of the Netherlands, Germany and northern Europe. The prosperity of those years is still evident today in the opulent secular and religious architecture.

View over the canal from the bridge

Day 1: Amsterdam – Wijk near Duurstede

Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam. The crew will welcome you on board between 13:00 p.m. and 14:00 p.m. At around 14:00 p.m. the ship departs from Amsterdam via the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine. Here you will spend your first night.

Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede – Wageningen / Wageningen – Arnhem, approx. 35-44 km

During breakfast the ship sails to Wageningen. From here, the first tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine and on through the Veluwe, a large area of ​​forest and heath. In the late afternoon you cycle through the suburbs and past the beautiful Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal parks to Arnhem. De Nassau is close to the city center of this former Hanseatic city for the night. During World War II, Arnhem was the scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. It ended in failure as it was not possible to capture a bridge over the Rhine, resulting in the destruction of the British 1st Parachute Division.

Day 3: Arnhem - Doesburg / Doesburg - Zutphen / Zutphen - Deventer, approx. 45-55 km

You disembark the Nassau in Arnhem and start today's bike tour in the small town of Doesburg. From there you drive along the IJssel to Bronkhorst, a small hamlet that prides itself on being the smallest town in Holland. From Bronkhorst there are two ways to cycle to Zutphen. You can either take a shorter tour along the riverbanks or a longer route via Vorden, where you will pass stately homes, castles and country estates. During dinner, the ship sails to Deventer, a city known for its delicious gingerbread. In the evening, the tour guide offers you a short guided tour of the city. You should not miss this!

Day 4: Deventer - Zwolle / Zwolle - Kampen, approx. 40 or 56 km

This morning you can enjoy a short bike ride along the banks of the IJssel before crossing the river to Hattem on a ferry in Wijhe. This 800-year-old city has a rich past that is still clearly visible today. And if you haven't had enough, you can train your leg muscles during a longer bike ride through the area east of the Veluwe. The ship will be waiting for you near Zwolle and will sail to Kampen during dinner. In the evening, an optional walking tour takes in some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic city in the Netherlands.

Day 5: Kampen - Elburg - Harderwijk, approx. 48 km

From Kampen, the bike tour leads along the border lakes to the fishing port of Elburg. There are many popular water sports activities here during the summer. From Elburg the bike tour continues through forests and moors of the Veluwe to beautiful Harderwijk, where you stay overnight in the old fishing port. In the 16th century, Harderwijk had the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region. Today it is still a beautiful old town worth exploring.

Day 6: Harderwijk - Spakenburg - Huizen, approx. 45 or 56 km

Again you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the shores of the marginal lakes, or a combination of the coastal route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent forests. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village known for its traditional costumes, which are still worn today. Today's berth is in Huizen.

Day 7: Huizen - Naarden - Muiden - Amsterdam, approx. 35 km

Huizen is the starting point for a tour of the beautiful fortified towns of Naarden and Muiden. The latter is famous for its historic castle on the water. From Muiden you drive on quiet roads to your destination, the world-famous metropolis of Amsterdam. You have all afternoon and evening to explore this vibrant city. Take the opportunity to take a canal tour or visit the Anne Frank House or one of the other world-famous museums around the Museumplein. Or just enjoy the lively life in this multicultural city.

Day 8: Amsterdam, individual departure

Today the last part of your journey ends, after breakfast disembarkation until 9:30 am and individual departure.

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast packed lunches
  • 7 x three-course menu
  • Coffee and tea on board until 16 p.m
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Air-conditioned cabin
  • Daily program reviews
  • Individual, non-guided bike tours: Guests ride individually, travel guides also follow the route
  • Some short tours
  • Bike map and route descriptions for bike tours (1x per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • WLAN available in the restaurant – data credit is not included.
  • The CO2 emitted during this trip is offset by the non-profit organization Justdiggit
Price in € per person * Under deck upper deck
2 bed cabin €699 €799
2-bed cabin for single use €1048.5 €1198.5
2-berth cabin superior €799 -

Seasonal prices

From 13.04.2024/20.04.2024 to XNUMX

  • €220,00 surcharge on lower deck
  • €220,00 surcharge in the upper deck

From 28.09.2024/04.10.2024 to XNUMX

  • €220,00 surcharge in the upper deck
  • €220,00 surcharge on lower deck

From 27.04.2024/03.05.2024 to XNUMX

  • €330,00 surcharge in the upper deck
  • €330,00 surcharge on lower deck

From 14.09.2024/21.09.2024 to XNUMX

  • €330,00 surcharge for lower deck and upper deck for single use

From 04.05.2024/07.09.2024 to XNUMX

  • €430,00 surcharge on lower deck
  • €430,00 surcharge in the upper deck

Rental bikes

  • 7-speed unisex rental bike - €90,00
  • Electric rental bike - €225,00
  • Taking your own bike - €10,00
  • Bringing your own e-bike - €25,00

Additional Services

  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bike - €10,00
  • Limitation of liability (damage) e-bike - €25,00

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travel code

Bike and boat: Hanseatic route

8 days
Overnight stays
7 nights
Overnight stays
about 256 km

Arrival on Saturdays: weekly from 06.04. - 05.10.2024

Price in € per person * 2024 Under deck upper deck
2 bed cabin From €699 From €799
2-bed cabin for single use From €1048.5 From €1198.5
2-berth cabin superior From €799 -

Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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Train: to/from Amsterdam Central Station "Centraal Station"
Parking: (valet parking) Prices and pre-reservation on request

• large salon with large panoramic windows with restaurant, bar & lounge
• e.g. T. Covered sun terrace with chairs and loungers

• Upper deck: 10 x cabins with 2 single beds (approx. 10 m²), 2 x cabins with double bed (approx. 10 m², 200 x 140 cm), possibility of a third bunk bed in 4 cabins
• all upper deck cabins with opening windows
• Lower deck: 14 x 2-bed cabins with 2 single beds in the middle and at the back (approx. 10 m², 200 x 80 cm), 1 cabin with the option of a third bunk bed, 8 x superior double cabins at the front with 2 single beds as a hotel bed (approx. 9,5, 11,5 - 200 m², 160 x XNUMX cm),
• All cabins with shower / toilet / sink, hair dryer, individually adjustable air conditioning, mini safe & wardrobe

Dimensions: L: 72,00 m / W: 8,60 m
Passengers: maximum 73 guests
Crew: 12 people
Flag: Netherlands
Renovation: summer 2018 cabins, salon / restaurant renov.


The three decks of MS De Nassau

Bar on board MS De Nassau View of the sun deck of the MS De Nassau
deck plan Superior cabin bar area Sundeck
MS De Nassau's lounge Double cabin on the lower deck The bikes on board the MS Nassau  
Lounges & restaurants Lower deck cabin with two single beds bike deck  

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