Northern Holland and Friesland, MS Serena

Through the province North Holland by bike & boat.

Flat countryside up to the horizon, windmills, canals (Grachten) and cycling, that are the Netherlands. And there is so much more. Dis-cover the Netherlands in a unique way on an 8-days-journey by bike and boat. Well-built cycle paths as well as wide and extensive waterways guarantee anunforgettable holiday. Throughout the day you are cycling on your own through the beautiful landscapes in Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s country and in the late afternoon your swimming hotel MS SERENA will be at your disposal. And if you don’t like to cycle every day, you can stay on board and enjoy the pass-ing countryside. The Province of theNorthern Netherlands: The Dutch province of the North Netherlands is situ-ated on a peninsula the North Sea and the IJsselmeer (IJssel Sea). The Northern Netherlands were founded due to the separation of the north and south of the Netherlands in 1840. Its capital is Haarlem, the biggest city is Amsterdam. Discover the folklore and tradition in the flat Polderland, on the North Sea and in romantic ports. You are travellingthrough a former lake and marsh region that has been drained by the help of wind-mills since the 17thcentury. Experience varying, typically Dutch Polder-countryside, dunes and North Sea beaches, the North Sea island Texel and many picturesque harbour villages on the coast of the IJsselmeer.
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • self guided


Check-in on board in the afternoon. Embarkation at 3 pm. Maybe you will take some time forexploring the city of Amsterdam and a shopping tour. At 5:30pm MS SERENA will leave Amsterdam for Hoorn with its historical old part of town.

Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17thcentury (e.g. the Regentur of Westfriesland – today a museum -, the town’s scales at the Rodesteen, the harbour tower as well as the storage houses at the old quai). Today you are cycling from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. Tip: you should visit the Zuiderzeemuseum.

Today you are shipping over the IJsselmeer to Lemmer. You are starting your roundtrip by bike: over the Oosterzee Buren to the Tjeukemeer, further to Munnekeburen, then around the Rottige Meente over Scherpenzel and Schoterzijl back to Lemmer with its historical old part of town and beautiful gable houses.

Tip: Optional visit of the largest still-functioning steam pumping station in the world, “Woudagemaal”.

You are going by bike to Sondeler Leien Lake, from there you are going through the woods of Rijsterbos past the Mokkebank (a birds’ reservation) to the Roode Klif at Stavoren. From there you are cruising to Oudeschild on Texel.

You are going on a round trip by bike on the biggest North Sea Island of the Netherlands – Texel. There are numerous routes you can choose ffrom. Tip: We also recommend you to visit the beer brewery of Texel. Around 6 pm shipping back to Den Helder.

In the morning you are cycling through the dunes to Alkmaar. It is possible for you to go on board the MS SERENA in St. Maartensvlotburg and cruise the rest of the way to Alkmaar. As an alternative, you can also start your bike tour in St. Maartensvlotburg.

In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar(ca. Apr to Sep). At midday we are shipping to Wormerveer from where you shouldcycleto the open-airmuseum Zaanse Schans (wind-mills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc.). You are cycling through the recreational area Twiske to Amsterdam. Tip:In the afternoonyou shouldtake part in a “Grachtenrundfahrt” (shipping on the channels of Amsterdam in small boats).

After breakfast checkout until 9:00 amand we are saying goodbye – have a safe journey.

Tour character

You cycle between 25 and 45 km each day. Nearly all routes are flat and easy to cycle along. You cycle on asphalted bike paths with routes that are signposted.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Oct 3, 2020 |
Season 2
Sep 26, 2020 |
Season 3
Sep 12, 2020 | Sep 19, 2020 |
Season 4
Sep 5, 2020 |
Season 5
Jun 6, 2020 | Jun 13, 2020 | Jun 20, 2020 | Jun 27, 2020 | Jul 4, 2020 | Jul 11, 2020 | Aug 22, 2020 | Aug 29, 2020 |
Bike & Boat North Holland - MS Serena - main deck, 8 days, NL-NHSNS-08I-H
Base price
Extra charge junior suite
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Bike & Boat North Holland - MS Serena - promenade deck, 8 days, NL-NHSNS-08I-P
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Rental bike 7-gear with pedal break
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike

Services and infos


  • Program according to tour itinerary from/to Amsterdam
  • 7 overnight stays in cabins with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, small lunch or lunch package for bike tours, coffee and tea in the afternoon, 3-course-dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • GPS tracks
  • Linen and change of towels if required
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • Daily briefing of bike tours
  • 1 route book per cabin for self-guided trips 
  • Tour representative on board


  • Amsterdam train station close to the pier
  • Parking Oosterdok economy fare approx. € 20 for 24 h or Valet 
  • Car park /Valet Parking Services: Drop off your car at the pier on the day you arrive. Car will be back at the pier on day of departure, price €150 per week (application form in the travel documents)

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 50 people until 21 days before arrival

Route MS SERENA 01.08.-08.08.2020

  • 01.08.Arrival Amsterdam - boat tour Hoorn
  • 02.08. Hoorn - Enkhuizen, approx. 20-25 km
  • 03.08. Schifffahrt Enkhuizen - Lemmer, bike tour Lemmer, approx. 35-45 km
  • 04.08. Lemmer - Stavoren approx. 35 km, Boat tour to Oudeschild (Insel Texel)
  • 05.08. Insel Texel, 20/35/45/70 km (different routes available)
  • 06.08. Insel Texel - Medemblik, approx. 70 km
  • 07.08. Medemblik - Enkhuizen, approx. 30 km
  • 08.08. Departure from Enkhuizen

Route MS SERENA 08.08.-15.08.2020

  • 08.08.Arrival Enkhuizen
  • 09.08. Bike tour Enkhuizen, approx. 30-35 km
  • 10.08. Boat tour Enkhuizen-Lemmer, bike tour Lemmer, approx. 30-45 km
  • 11.08. Lemmer-Stavoren approx. 35 km, boat tour Stavoren-Oudenschild (Insel Texel)
  • 12.08. Insel Texel, (different bike routes available)
  • 13.08. Insel Texel-Medemblik, approx. 70 km
  • 14.08. Medemblik -Hoorn, approx. 25-35 km
  • 15.08. Hoorn-Enkhuizen - Departure

Route MS SERENA 15.08.-22.08.

  • 15.08. Arrival Enkhuizen
  • 16.08. Enkhuizen. approx. 30-35 km
  • 17.08. Boat tour Enkhuizen-Lemmer, bike tour Lemmer approx. 30-45 km
  • 18.08. Lemmer - Stavoren, approx. 35 km, boat tour Stavoren - Oudeschild (Insel Texel)
  • 19.08. Insel Texel, biek tour (different tours available) Boat tour Oudeschild - Den Helder
  • 20.08. Den Helder - Alkmaar, approx. 25-55 km
  • 21.08. Alkmaar - Amsterdam, approx. 30 km22.08. Departure from Amsterdam