Bike & Sail: The Zuiderzee Explorer
8 days | Soeverein | Self-guided bike tours
Set sail in historic Dutch style to explore the magnificent city treasures of Holland’s great ‘Golden Age’, all clustered around the impressive expanse of water known as the ‘Zuiderzee’. Pedal out across the greenest reclaimed polderlands to discover villages which still remember being islands, on gentle, linear or circular cycle tours near some of Hollands’ most picturesque and time-honoured ports. Visit Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Urk and Stavoren and sail and sleep on board the fine 3 mast tall ship, Soeverin - a most fitting replica of a 17th century merchant vessel from those East India ‘Golden Age’ trading days. With magnificent views across the Zuiderzee and its coastline from the extensive upper-deck and below deck, comfortable cabin and lounge / dining facilities served by a professional kitchen, the Soeverein is a stunning way to make this real voyage of discovery.
Your host for this week-long tour are Gerard and his experienced crew. Daily programmes are designed to be flexible - bike tour options let you to choose distances you are comfortable with for each cycling day; alternatively you are welcome to relax on board and enjoy the day’s sailing or get more hands-on with the sailing activity and take part in assisting the crew.
Nice & Easy - Gentle touring by bike along flat cycle tracks and minor roads. Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. Cycle map includes route options, so you have the flexibility to shorten or extend your bike tour as you wish.
* Lelystad – The waterfront and Bataviawerf shipyard with tall ship replicas * Urk – former Zuiderzee island, known for its traditional costume * Schokland – UNESCO designated World Hertiage Site *Stavoren – the oldest city in Friesland *Enkhuizen * Medemblik *Hoorn - historic towns of the Dutch Golden Age * Edam / Volendamm – because every Dutch tour needs a cheese stop! * Marken – former island with traditional wooden houses * Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve.