A fascinating discovery tour along castles and historical cities on the banks of the river IJssel
In the Middle Ages a treaty existed among many trading towns located nearby waterways. This cycle tour starting and ending in Amsterdam shows several of these so-called Hanseatic towns. In the vicinity you will find lots of grand castles and estates often situated in pretty nature areas.
By barge you head for Wijk bij Duurstede, a fortified town founded in the year 1500 BC. In National Park De Hoge Veluwe you visit the Kröller Müller Museum known for a fine collection of Van Gogh paintings.
You pass castle ‘Rosendael’ and follow the winding river IJssel to hanseatic town Zuthpen. From Deventer you pedal across lovely river landscapes to the hanseatic town of Kampen. An evening walk through the historical centre shows you lots of monumental buildings.
A bike trip around the hanseatic town of Harderwijk leads through the moorlands and the forestries surrounding this lively port town. Spakenburg is a very traditional fishing village, maybe you can spot some people wearing their typical costumes! Through the attractive port town and past the castle of Muiden you cycle back to Amsterdam.
In the evening you can see and experience the glory and history of Amsterdam by making a roundtrip of the canals.
Visit our interesting blog for more info about the mediaeval hanseatic towns.
This tour will be organised aboard one of our barges in the Comfort class (A) or Convenient Class (B+)
Saturday: cycling ± 15 km
After the embarkation in Amsterdam you’ll be sailing the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal to Wijk bij Duurstede, the stop for the night. In the evening there’s a short ‘warming-up’ cycle trip in the vicinity which passes the castles Zandenburg and Walenburg.
Sunday: cycing ± 50 km
The barge sails the river Nederrijn to the locks near the village Heveadorp, where the cyclists disembark to start their cycle trip. You will cycle to National Park ‘De Hoge Veluwe’ . In this park you will find the museum Kröller-Müller, where you’ll find a fantastic exhibition of Vincent van Gogh paintings. A visit to the famous sculpture garden is also very worthwhile. The cycle trip ends in Arnhem, where the ship is moored in the river Nederrijn.
Monday: cycling ± 50 km
Today you will cycle past castle Rosendael to the ferry near Rheden. The ferry takes you across the river IJssel and the trip continues through the villages Doesburg and Brummen to the hanseatic walled town of Zutphen, situated at the river IJssel.
Tuesday: cycling ± 60 km
While the barge stays in Zutphen, you will make a roundtrip. Cycling along the castle of Vorden you reach the rural community of Lochem. You pass the mansion of Verwolde and follow the Twente Kanaal back to Zutphen. Alternatively you may wish to spend a day shopping and/or go visiting musea in Zutphen. The Stedelijk Museum has an interesting cultural-historical collection that creates a telling image of Zutphen and its surroundings.
Wednesday: cycling ± 60 km
Today you sail by barge to the hanseatic town of Deventer, where the cyclists disembark. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes while following the river IJssel to Diepenveen, castle Oude Rande and the rural estate Hoenderloo. Through the village of Windesheim the trip ends in Kampen, a historic hanseatic town.
Thursday: cycling ± 30 km
Today’s motto is ‘relaxing aboard’ as there’s a 4 hrs sailing trip to Harderwijk, where you’ll stay for the night. In the afternoon there’s a cycle trip through the rural area around Harderwijk.
Friday: cycling ± 60 km
By barge you will sail to Spakenburg today. After the disembarkation you will cycle to Spakenburg, a former fisherman’s village which is still famous for the traditional costumes. Via a lake area called Ankeveense Plassen you cycle to the attractive port town of Muiden. You continue cycling to your hotel barge right in the centre of Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a walk through the centre or you may (on your own account) go for a round trip of the Amsterdam canals by touring boat.
After breakfast you say good bye to your tourleader and the crew say. Your bike & barge holiday has come to an end.
(subject to changes)