Explore the amazing cycling paths of the Netherlands, off the beaten track!

  • Easy biking
  • ~35 mi/day
  • max. 25
  • 110 mi

This tour starts in Amsterdam, and docks at the following places for the night:

Amsterdam (first night)

Wijk Bij Duurstede

Arnhem

Deventer

Kampen

Bunschoten Spakenburg

Amsterdam (last night)

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Day-to-day program

  1. Arrival at Amsterdam

    On our first day, you are welcome to board at around 1.30 pm. Today there is no sailing and no… Read more
  2. Amsterdam to Wijk bij Duurstede

    During breakfast, we will start sailing on the Amsterdam Rijn Channel and follow that for an hour or so. We… Read more
  3. Wageningen to Arnhem

    Today is a special day, for we will cycle through the largest National Park of the Netherlands: de Hoge Veluwe.… Read more
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Departures & pricing

GJun 29th 2023 €1660
G = Guaranteed departure

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Day-to-day

  1. Arrival at Amsterdam

    On our first day, you are welcome to board at around 1.30 pm. Today there is no sailing and no biking yet! You can drop off luggage after 9.15 am and explore the city centre that is pretty close to the docking in the Oosterdok.

    In the afternoon we will have a welcome meeting and a guided walk through Amsterdam.

  2. Amsterdam to Wijk bij Duurstede

    During breakfast, we will start sailing on the Amsterdam Rijn Channel and follow that for an hour or so. We start our cycling from there and see if we arrange for a pick-up or if you cycle all the way to Wijk Bij Duurstede.

    Wijk Bij Duurstede is an old crosspoint of waterways and has a castle ruin and walled inner historic city. And a windmill YES!

  3. Wageningen to Arnhem

    Today is a special day, for we will cycle through the largest National Park of the Netherlands: de Hoge Veluwe. In this park we will pay a visit to the Museum, which holds the largest collection of Van Gogh Paintings outside of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

    A private collection, now belongs to a foundation. After this great break, we will down to the Rhine Valley where the IRIS is docked. Next to the John Frost bridge, known from the Allied Operation Market Garden in 1944.

  4. Arnhem - Deventer

    After a nice sail on the Rhine, we enter the IJssel, a side arm of the Rhine, ending in the former Zuiderzee, now the IJsselmeer (IJssel Lake).

    Doesburg is the first of many lovely towns along the IJssel where we will start cycling. We will have a break in Zutphen and continue to Deventer, with its narrow streets that put us right back in past times. What a great city. Enjoy a drink at the town square. The ship is docked on walking distance!

  5. Deventer Kampen

    Our route takes along beautiful countryside, dikes and meadows, and the meandering IJssel river. Our destination is Kampen, once the biggest and most important town of the Dutch Hanze Cities, and still a regional center. We are now close to the place where the IJssel flows into the IJsselmeer.

  6. Kampen - Spakenburg

    Today we will sail a while, before we drop you of to go cycling! We might also sail a bit after you come on board again. Our docking for the night will be in Spakenburg, where there is a big harbour with traditional wooden ships, once used as Fishermans boats. These boats are called Botters. Spakenburg still is a centre with fish everywhere! We will taste some, if you like!

  7. Spakenburg - Amsterdam

    Although it seems like we are far away from the hectic city life, we are nearly back in Amsterdam!

    We will ride into the town, on cycle paths and with a last stop at a local brewery on our way.

    Before that we will visit the Muiderslot, an important castle in Dutch history.

  8. Amsterdam

    Time to say goodbye!

     

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Accommodations

  • the IRIS

    In 2023 we will have installed a brand-new main engine, a MAN, 400 PK, with brings a huge reduction of CO2 output.

    This investment brings us amongst only a few passenger barges that make a difference by truly striving to have a lower footprint.

     

  • our new cabins, separate beds

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  • view into the modern bathroom

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Included: on barge IRIS

7 nights on board
Bed linen and towels
Breakfast
5 x dinner on board, 2 on your own account
Packed lunches for bike trips
Coffee, all sorts, and tea on board 24/7
Tour guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
Cabins cleaned daily
Climate-controlled cabins
Helmets, panniers and waterbottle

Entrance of National Park Hoge Veluwe and Kroeller Mueller Museum
Fish tasting, Beer tasting

Entrance of the Muider Slot (Castle Muiden)

Not included:
Bike rental € 100,– for a regular bike
E-bike € 210,–
Travel and cancellation insurance
Miscellaneous beverages and expenses on excursions.
Gratuities for Staff and Guides, advise around 120 euro per guest.

The Bike & Barge tours do not use a Van. Guests can stay on board instead of biking. The guide will explain the daily cycle route every day and will cycle in front of the group!

Departures & pricing

GJun 29th 2023 €1660
G = Guaranteed departure