The ship MS Angela Esmee caters for approx. 80 guests in total comfort on the Holland Northern Tour route. The cruiser is maintained all year round so that every guest is welcomed on board a well looked after ship. The vessel has 10 cabins on the upper deck (supplement) and 31 cabins on the lower deck (approx. 9 M² = 97 square feet) complete with ensuite bath room (shower + toilet), 2 single beds next to each other and (partial centrally regulated) air-conditioning and a ventilation system. All cabins have a window (the windows in the upper deck cabins can be opened; the windows on the lower deck are for security reasons fixed). There are a limited number of single, triple and quadruple cabins.
During the winter of 2015/2016 all 10 cabins on the upper deck and some of the cabins on the lower deck were fully renovated. Bathrooms have been updated: some have undergone a number of improvements and others completely replaced. Everything has been freshly painted, (some) mattresses and carpets are new and sockets have been added for charging mobile devices. In 2012 the ship was extended by 16 meters and new double cabins built which are located at the front of the lower deck.
The salon lounge area features large windows, a separate restaurant area, a bar, and in the front of the ship, a large lounge area with seats, tables and full glass panoramic windows where you relax and also use the Wi-Fi network. On the large and partially roofed sundeck of the 78 metre-long ship are tables and chairs and a separate deck to store the bikes. In short, the MS Angela Esmee is perfectly set up to host boat & bike tours on the Holland | Northern Tour route.
The Angela Esmee has its own bikes on board; some of these feature hand brakes and a back pedal brake and some have hand brakes only, on request. There are bikes with various frame heights, some with a low instep and/or small frame. Children’s bikes, e-bikes and tandems are also available on request. After four weeks use the bikes will be taken out of circulation for a week for maintenance purposes. The ship is very popular and appropriate for boat & bike tours on this route.
– Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
– Full board; 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner;
– Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning service of the cabin;
– Welcome drink, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening;
– Tour leader (multilingual) for fully guided cycling tours, daily briefings of the bike tours,1 full day guided tour of Paris (walking / public transportation);
– Printed instructions and maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
– Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.
– Transfers to/from the docking places
– Rental bicycle, other transfers
– Parking fee, entrance fees & excursions
– Drinks on board
– Personal insurances
– Gratuities (at your discretion)
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is between 2 PM and 5 PM in Amsterdam (centre). Take the opportunity to go shopping or explore downtown Amsterdam, world famous for its canals, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, museums, the Anne Frank’s House, the Waterlooplein Market, Amsterdam’s permanent market place and Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city. A canal tour is a unique way to see the capital of Holland from another side. At approx. 6 PM enjoy a short “dinner cruise” to Zaandam, your destination for the night.
Day 2 (Sun): Zaandam – „Zaanse Schans“ – Alkmaar (Approx. 50 km/31 mi.)
First up this morning you will visit the open-air museum “Zaanse Schans“ (incl.) with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. Following the distribution of bicycles your first day of cycling will see you pedal through the beautiful polder landscape via small villages and the Land of Leeghwater, a scenic area located between the cities of Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Hoorn, to Alkmaar where the MS Angela Esmee will be waiting for you with a hot shower, a good glass of wine and a delicious meal. In the evening you can enjoy a city walk (incl.) in Alkmaar.
Day 3 (Mon): Alkmaar– Callantsoog – Den Helder (Approx. 60 km/37,5 mi.) | Den Helder – Oudeschild (Texel)
Today’s bicycle tour is all about the beauty of the North Sea coastline. From Alkmaar you will cycle via the artist village of Bergen to the North Sea where you will alternate your cycling between tracks along the beach and through the sand dunes. Along the way you will enjoy views of the flat polder landscape and, of course, the beautiful coastline. Your destination for the day is the naval port of Den Helder, an area rich in diversity and unique nature reserves. In the evening the MS Angela Esmee will cross the Marsdiep, a deep tide-race between Den Helder and Texel Island to the harbour of Oudeschild.**
Day 4 (Tue): Island of Texel: Round trip Oudeschild – Oudeschild (Approx. 15-65 km/9-41 mi.*) | Texel – Den Oever
You will quickly understand why the island of Texel is a favourite destination for Dutch holidaymakers as you cycle around this enchanting Dutch island today. Charming villages, beautiful beaches and areas of natural importance are crisscrossed by a network of cycling tracks, making all areas of the island easily accessible. If you want enjoy a swim at the beach, visit the seal sanctuary “Ecomare” and/or cycle the beautiful “Thijsse-route” (with signposting, approx. 25 miles) through picturesque villages and landscapes. Enjoy a locally brewed beer with a visit to a small beer brewery in Oudeschild. In the evening the MS Angela Esmee will sail to Den Oever. The highlight of the evening will be a night of music on board.
Day 5 (Wed): Den Oever – Medemblik | Medemblik – Enkhuizen (Approx. 30-50 km/19-31 mi.*)
The MS Angela Esmee will sail to Medemblik during breakfast after which you can make an optional visit to the Dutch steam engine museum. At the conclusion of the tour you are off and pedalling again from Medemblik along the IJsselmeer (former “Zuiderzee”) coast or, if you prefer, a longer tour through an inland route via Opperdoes and the beautiful village of Twisk to Enkhuizen. An old city with many centuries of maritime tradition, Enkhuizen boasts a beautiful harbour, an historical old town and the very interesting “Zuiderzeemuseum“. In the evening enjoy a city walking tour (included).
Day 6 (Thu): Enkhuizen – Hoorn – Volendam (Approx. 50 km/31 mi.)
Today you will cycle via the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn (enjoy a short tour of the old city) on the IJsselmeer to the “cheese town” of Edam before finishing your day at the historic fishing harbour of Volendam. While you are in Volendam make sure you taste the famous smoked eel ‘paling’ or another Dutch favourite, salted herring.
Day 7 (Fri): Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (Approx. 35-50 km/22-31 mi.*)
Your final day of cycling will see you tour through the beautiful ‘Waterland’ region of Holland complete with its hundreds of small lakes and canals. Along the way you will visit a cheese farm where you can buy traditional Dutch cheese and, if you are keen to cycle some extra kilometres, make a detour to the former island of Marken, then through the water shaped region of Waterland back to the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. If you didn’t go for a canal tour on the first day, you will have the opportunity to do so today.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
You can also book this tour individual through Boat Bike Tours.
You can rent bicycles with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes and a pannier bag.
Prices for 7 days € 70,00 per bike / €165,00 per E-bike
Canal barge as ‘boatel’ on a location of your choice
Our canal barges are also available as “boatels”. Are you organizing an event, are you participating in a fair, does your company need sleeping accommodation for a group of people on a location where no hotels are available? If this location can be reached, renting a “boatel” (also in winter) may be the perfect solution to your problem. Arrangements with full board, half board or Bed & Breakfast can be offered.
Travel and cancellation insurance
We advise you to look into our casualty, baggage or cancellation insurance (if you have not already got continuing travel insurance, of course). Please note that most insurance companies demand that cancellation insurance is arranged at the same time or shortly after you book your holiday.
We are pleased to inform and advise you. Just ask for an offer without any obligations, for renting a barge.
We can also inform you about the availability.