Sunday - 19
miles / 15 km
board the Elodie in Amsterdam where the crew will welcome you with a nice
cup of coffee or tea. Introduction to the crew, explanation of the rules on
board, information on the program. After the introduction we will sail to
Volendam. In the evening we will make a short bike ride to Monnickendam to
make you feel comfortable with riding your bike which may need a little bit
of adjustment here and there.
- 28 miles
/ 46 km
Today we will
experience a medley of wonderful landscapes and
Villages. We will start in Volendam and will follow the IJsselmeer coast to
Edam, at short distance from Volendam. This town is the origin of the famous
Edammer cheese. From here we will continue to follow the coastline of the
former South sea to Hoorn. “The
in South America was named after this place, home of some of the most famous
Dutch explorers. In the beautiful harbor of this town you can still sense
the rich maritime history. Leaving Hoorn our next stop will be Enkhuizen.
Enhuizen was one of the residences of the VOC (United East India company).
From here the freight ships left for Indonesia and other exotic destinations
to get the valuable trading products that made the Dutch prosper very well
in those days. The architecture of the old houses in Hoorn and Enkhuizen
clearly reflects on the wealth of its inhabitants from those day's.
Enkhuizen - Texel
miles / 44 km
cycle path's like in fact mostly on this whole tour will bring us from
Enkhuizen via Medemblik to Den Oever. Here is the beginning of the big dam
that closed the interior of Holland from the open sea.
flooding and the desire to "create more land this 32 km dam was made between
1927 and 1933. A tremendous achievement in those day's for it was mainly
done by hand. In the Oever the Elodie will be waiting for you to take you to
the island of Texel. Between the mainland and the island you will find the
waddensea. A sea more or less enclosed by Island's and many sandbanks. There
are many seal's in this area that can sometimes be admired as the lay on the
sandbanks at low tide.
At Texel we
will stay for the next whole day.
Texel - Den Helder
Wednesday - 27
miles / 44 km
We will cycle
completely round the island with those that are keen to do so; because this
day also offers you an excellent opportunity to make your own itinerary.
Your guide will take you to the seal centre "Ecomare", the Nature Reserve
"de Slufter", the beach by "de Koog" There are many other interesting things
to visit that are easy to find and at reasonable distances like the Jutters
museum with a fine collection of rarities that have been found on the beach
or fished out of the sea by the fishermen, the market in Den Burg or the
local beerbrewery. At the end of the day we will sail to Den Helder.
Den Helder is
the hometown of the Dutch navy. Sailing into the harbor you will notice the
many navy vessels. Den Helder also contains a very nice open air museum with
some remarkable ships. Admission is free and after diner your guide will
take you there for a walk for it is very close to where the Elodie is
Den Helder - Alkmaar
Thursday - 14
or 28 miles / 22 km or 44 km
You can either
start cycling from here or spend some more time on board and start at St
Maartensvlotbrug where you can join up with the others.
Through the dunes , a beautiful slightly hilly landscape we will continue
our bike tour to resorts such as Schoorl, Bergen and Groet . Along the tour
it is possible to spend some time at the beach and maybe take a dive in the
The Elodie is
lying waiting for you in the town centre of Alkmaar. After dinner, our guide
takes you for a walk around this charming town, famous throughout the world
for the cheese markets.
Friday - 25
miles / 40 km
experience a real windmill day. After visiting the cheesemarket in Alkmaar
in the morning, we cycle via Oterleek and Ursem along the Eilandpolder to
Graft and de Rijp. Here we pause and visit this pleasant village. After that
we take the ferry at Spijkerboor to cross one of the many canals of this
wetland. We will get to the "Zaansche Schans". We take time for this
open-air museum because there is a great deal to be seen.
Frequently we can see the Zaansche mustard mill in action, and take home
with us a jar of mill-pressed mustard. We will spend the night in Zaandam.
Zaandam - Amsterdam
Saturday - 12
miles / 20 km
In the morning
we will start the last bicycle ride for this tour to Amsterdam.
It is only a
short distance and by know we have had some cycle training over the last few
days so you will be in time in Amsterdam to spend some time there. If you
want to skip the cycling and enjoy the boat ride into Amsterdam you will be
able to see some of the interesting harbor activities of this town.
Amsterdam is certainly well worth exploring because of its many
possibilities: a boat tour around the canals, the Van Gogh museum, and the
Rijks museum; or just savour the atmosphere and gape at the colourful
procession of people strolling by as you enjoy a cup of coffee at an
Amsterdam sidewalk café.
In the evening you can choose a restaurant to you liking out of the many
good restaurant you can find in Amsterdam.
We take leave
of you after breakfast.
Some day's a shorter tour is optional.
means that you possibly miss some of that day's Highlight's. All
distances mentioned are approximate and are subject to change due to
weather, road or water situations or other circumstances that might
occur during the tour and where not foreseen at the moment of offering