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Rivers and streams, the Rhine valley and diverse natural areas

During this fascinating bike and barge cruise on board the barge Gandalf or the barge Sarah you will be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in the medieval Hanseatic period of Dutch history.

Bike Boat Hanseatic 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 € 829,-

On a daily basis you will cycle through the central region of Holland and will have the opportunity to discover the region’s fascinating history, beautiful river landscapes, diverse natural areas, numerous historical cities and picturesque harbour towns.

This area of modern-day Holland thrived during the Middle Ages under the auspices of the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation created to protect the economic interests of cities and countries throughout the Baltic region. Explore this area – one of the most loved amongst Dutch cyclists – by bike and barge.

The Hanseatic Tour will take you through the central region of the Netherlands, a region shaped over millennia by the numerous rivers and streams that crisscross the area. You will cycle through the Rhine valley and its very beautiful tributary the IJssel River, cross the so-called border lakes region of Holland and will visit fascinating cities and villages such as Amsterdam, Doesburg, Deventer, Hardenwijk and Elburg, to name a few.

Given the flat terrain along the 125 km IJssel valley, the tour is perfect for anyone who wants to leisurely cycle along the many winding trails in this diverse and fascinating area. The natural beauty of the region is sure to impress as will the Hanseatic towns of the region that flourished during the Middle Ages when the IJssel was one of the most important trade routes in Europe.

Another attraction is the so-called border lakes of the IJssel, which lie between the “old” land of many beautiful harbour towns and the “new” land of the Flevoland, which was once the bottom of the IJssel lake before the land was reclaimed in 1932. In this area you will leisurely cycle through a number of picturesque fishing harbours where life seemingly moves at a much slower pace.

MS Gandalf

On this very beloved tour sails the small and comfortable passenger barge MS Gandalf for max. 22 guests. On board of this cosy ship are a total of 10 cabins (ca. 8 m²) with shower + toilet, all with 2 low beds and central heating; All cabins windows can be opened. The salon is a large room for common use and is your restaurant area as well. On the two sun decks of the approx. 45 meter long ship are sitting areas with tables + chairs and storage room for the bikes.

Equipped with a double-roof of solar panels, it runs for a great part on green energy! This is not only environment- friendly, but also comfortable for guests: since the ship hardly needs to use a generator to produce electricity, the nights are still and quiet on board. The popular ship sails under Dutch flag and has been sailing in Holland, and Belgium for many years. Skipper Hans Petrus and his experienced crew offer you an exceptional vacation aboard!

Sarah

The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere. The barge has 10 twin cabins (10 sq.meters / 108 sq.ft.), a light and cozy lounge and a large sun deck with seating and space to store bicycles. This makes the Sarah perfect barge for cycling cruises.

Bike Boat Hanseatic Tour photo nr. 1
Bike Boat Hanseatic Tour photo nr. 1

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