Northern Holland and Friesland, MS Serena

Northern Holland by bike & boat

Ijsselmeer & North Sea Beaches

Cycle in northern Holland tracing folklore and tradition in this flat area along the northern sea and in romantic harbours. You cycle through former lakes and marsh which was dried up in the 17th century with wind mills.

The peninsula between the North Sea and IJsselmeer, where Texel island is located is characterised by water, banks and dunes, nature reserves, bloomy meadows, grassland and numerous picturesque cities. And if you do not want to cycle you can stay on board and enjoy the passing landscape.


Province Northern Holland

Surrounded by water – the Dutch province northern Holland is located on an island in-between the North Sea, the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer. North Holland's rich history can still be seen nowadays in many places. Picturesque cities are telling stories from a time where IJsselmeer was named Zuiderzee and had an open access to the North Sea.

A visit to the Zuiderzee museum in Enkhuizen brings the olden days back to life again. Northern Holland also has a unique flora and fauna. You cycle through former lakes and marsh, which was dried up in the 17th century with wind mills. A diversified, typical Dutch landscape is awaiting you, dunes and North Sea beaches, the North Sea, Texel island and many picturesque harbour cities at Ijsselmeer.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • self guided


Boat: Amsterdam – Hoorn

Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Check-in on board in the afternoon. Maybe you will take some time for exploring the city of Amsterdam. At 6 pm MS SERENA will leave Amsterdam for the harbour town Hoorn

Cycling: Hoorn – Enkhuizen

Hoorn is an ancient city in which you can still find many buildings dating back to the 17th century (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.

Boat: Enkhuizen – Lemmer | Cycling: round trip Lemmer

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”.

Cycling: Lemmer – Stavoren | Boat: Stavoren – Oudeschild

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.

Cycling: round trip Island of Texel | Boat: Oudeschilde – Den Helder

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.

Cycling: Den Helder – Alkmaar | Boat: access and exit Sint Maartensvlotbrug possible

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.

Boat: Alkmaar – Wormerveer | Cycling: Wormerveer – Amsterdam

In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar (ca. Apr. to Sept). At midday we are shipping to Wormerveer from where you are cycling to the open air museum Zaanse Schans (windmills, ancient Dutch village, cheese factory, etc.). You are cycling through the recreational area Twiske to Amsterdam. Tip: In the evening you have the opportunity to take part in a “Grachtenrundfahrt” (cruise on the channels of Amsterdam in small boats)

After breakfast disembarkation and individual trip home.

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 2018 at a glance
Season 1
Mar 31, 2018 | Oct 6, 2018 |
Season 2
Apr 7, 2018 | Sep 29, 2018 |
Season 3
Apr 14, 2018 | Sep 22, 2018 |
Season 4
Apr 21, 2018 | Apr 28, 2018 | Sep 1, 2018 | Sep 8, 2018 |
Season 5
May 5, 2018 | May 12, 2018 | May 19, 2018 | May 26, 2018 | Jun 2, 2018 | Jun 9, 2018 | Jun 16, 2018 | Jun 23, 2018 | Jun 30, 2018 | Jul 7, 2018 | Jul 14, 2018 | Jul 28, 2018 | Aug 4, 2018 | Aug 11, 2018 | Aug 18, 2018 | Aug 25, 2018 |
Bike & Boat North Holland - MS Serena - main deck, 8 days, NL-NHSNS-08I-H
Base price
Extra charge junior suite
Bike & Boat North Holland - MS Serena - promenade deck, 8 days, NL-NHSNS-08I-P
Base price
Rental bike 7-gear with back pedal brake
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
  • 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

Services extra nights Volendam (Hotel Van der Valk)

  • Overnight with 1x breakfast
  • 2x bus ticket to Amsterdam and back
  • Car park during your cruise
  • Visitor's tax

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Amsterdam train station close to the pier
  • Parking Oosterdok, economy fare approx. € 15 for 24 h or Valet Parking Service, approx. €150 per week (application form in your travel documents)

  • 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)


  • Program and details are subject to change due to nautical and meteorological reasons (this is no reason for a free cancellation).
  • Dietary requirements (i.e: lactose free or gluten free) possible upon request and for a surcharge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

Number of participants

  • Minimum of 50 people

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