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Historical towns and villages, rural countryside and beaches above Amsterdam

During this fascinating Northern Holland cycling cruise on board the ship Angela Esmee you will discover the best of what the beautiful Provinces of North Holland and Friesland offer. Explore flat “polder” landscapes – a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments – the North Sea coast, towering sand dunes, long sandy beaches, historic windmills, the island of Texel and the many picturesque harbor towns along the coast of IJsselmeer Lake. It is without doubt a tour not to be missed!

Bike Boat Northern Tour

Tour operator: Boat-Bike Tours
Type of holiday: self-guided, bike-boat tour
Luggage transport: included
Accommodation: cabin (boat)
Number of days: 8 days
Price: from € 599,-

Nowhere else in the world will you find an area as fascinating to explore as the Dutch Provinces of North Holland and Friesland, two areas rich in tradition, full of romantic fishing and harbor villages, picturesque lakes and expansive North Sea vistas.

Over the course of your week on board your floating hotel, the ship Angela Esmee, you will be able to discover typical Dutch culture in picturesque harbor towns and small villages while you cycle through a flat “polder land”, extensively reclaimed over the centuries from the North Sea.

What you will soon realize is the truth behind the proverb “God created the earth but the Dutch made Holland”, such has been the extent of land reclamation in the region you will be cycling through. Since the 17th century in an effort to save disappearing land from encroaching water, protective dikes have been built, low lying land has been pumped dry and tidal dams have been created in creeks to prevent flooding, with the result that today’s green flat polder landscape is full of agricultural enterprise.

Given the Dutch love of cycling, the region is crisscrossed with many quiet cycle tracks that stretch from one end of the region to the other. You will be amazed by the beauty of the North Sea beaches, the towering sand dunes – who said there were no hills in Holland! – the extremely bike friendly island of Texel, the beautiful flat landscapes, small dreamlike farm villages and picturesque harbor villages.

During the second part of the tour you will cross the large lake IJsselmeer to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland. Other highlights during your week tour include the open air museum “Zaanse Schans”, the historic city center of Alkmaar and the old harbor cities of Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn and Volendam, the islands of Texel and Marken and – of course – Amsterdam with its beautiful canals.

All of the above and much, much more is in store for you when you set sail on board the ship Angela Esmee for a week of discovery.

On five departure dates in 2018 ( April 28, May 26, July 7, August 4 and September 1, 2018), the Angela Esmee will be sailing on the Southern Tour of Holland. This gives you the opportunity to book the “Grand Tour of Holland” and travel 2 weeks on the same ship and in the same cabin.

Angela Esmee

The ship Angela Esmee for approx. 80 guests is sailing the Northern Tour. In the winter of 2011/12 the ship has been refurbished and extended by a new section of approx. 16 meters (52 ft.).

On board of this vessel are a total of 41 cabins (approx. 9 m² = 97 square feet) with en-suite bath room (shower + toilet), all cabins with 2 single beds next to each other and (partial centrally regulated) air-conditioning and ventilation system. After the reconstruction the vessel has 10 cabins on the upper deck (supplement) and 31 cabins on the lower deck. All cabins have a window (the windows in the upper deck cabins can be opened; the windows on the lower deck are for security reasons fixed). There are some single, triple and quadruple cabins.

The salon with large windows has a separated restaurant area, a bar and in front of the ship a new large lounge with seats & tables and full glass panoramic windows where you relax and also use the WLAN/Wifi network. On the large and partially roofed sun deck of the 78 meter long ship are tables and chairs and there is separate deck to store the bikes. The ship is very popular and appropriate for boat & bike tours on this route.

Bike Boat Northern Tour photo nr. 1
Bike Boat Northern Tour photo nr. 1

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