Family Special IJssel Lake

Bike / Barge Tour Around IJssel Lake

Family Special Ijssel Lake Scene

Family Special Ijssel Lake Scene

The Family Special IJssel Lake cycle and sail holiday is especially developed for families with children between the ages of 7 to 11. Both the cycle trips and the tour program have been adjusted to children. Therefore some very interesting visits and activities are included.

Along the coastline of the IJssel Lake and the former Zuiderzee you’ll sail to beautiful historic places like Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Elburg. The Zuiderzee open air museum in Enkhuizen visualizes life in the former fisherman’s villages.

In the heart of National Park ‘De Weerribben’ a very special canoe trip is planned and in Giethoorn, the Venice of the North, a round trip by ‘punter’ is a must.

In Harderwijk you have a day off with your family in and around town. There are lots of options such as: attraction park Walibi World, dolphin shows in the Dolfinarium or a day at the beach at the Veluwe Lake.

Route: Amsterdam > Urk > Blokzijl > Zwartsluis > Harderwijk >Almere-Haven > Amsterdam

2019 Pricing

$675.00 USD per person based on a family of 4: 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years of age.
$725.00 USD per person based on a family of 3: 2 adults and 1 child under 11 years of age.
$640.00 USD per person based on a family of  3: 1 adult and  2 children under 11 years of age.



Please contact us for additional pricing on family tours.
Due to possible currency fluctuation this price could change.  Therefore payment in full at the time of booking will protect your price.

Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate.

2020 Dates: July 18, 25;  August 1, 8, 15

Day by Day Itinerary

Family Special IJssel Lake route

Family Special IJssel Lake route

Saturday  Sailing trip and cycling ± 10 km.

From Amsterdam, your boat sails through the locks to the IJssel Lake. The sailing trip to Hoorn takes approximately 4 hours and you”ll see several traditional sailing ships on the way. In the evening there’s a test ride on your bike in and around Hoorn.

Sunday:  Cycling ± 20 km

First of all we bike along the coastline of the IJssel Lake. Since Enkhuizen is home to the Zuiderzee museum we include this interesting site. The museum is open air and  provides an interesting look at everyday life in former days in the fisherman’s villages around the old “Zuiderzee”. In the afternoon the barge crosses the IJssel Lake to Urk in the province of Flevoland.

Monday  Sailing, cycling ± 22 km and canoe trip.

During the barge trip to Blokzijl you can see lots of smaller and bigger boats. Rather than just observe the boats, in the afternoon we’ll give it a try ourselves.  Our program includes an adventurous canoe trip through to reed lands of the nature reserve the Weerribben.

Tuesday  Cycling ± 25 km.

The area called North-West Overijssel is spotted with little lakes surrounded by reed lands and meadows. A visit to the village of Dwarsgracht is one of the highlights of today. Our destination today is Giethoorn, where in old days all transportation used to go by ship. Since you want to experience as much as you can we recommend the rental of a so-called ‘whisper boat’. Enjoy the adventure and steer it yourself through the canals! We stay overnight in Zwartsluis.

Wednesday  Sailing and cycling ± 30 km.

A sailing trip over lakes and canals takes you to the protected fortified town of Elburg. Here you disembark and after a visit you start cycling cross the woodlands of the Veluwe to the hanseatic town of Harderwijk.

Today you make your own plans because free time allows you to fully enjoy your vacation. Ideas for spending the day in Harderwijk are: a visit to attraction park Walibi World, the dolphin show in the Dolfinarium, a day at the beach at the Lake ‘Veluwemeer’, a visit to a swimming pool or shopping in down-town Harderwijk.

Friday Sailing trip and cycling ± 25 km.

By barge you head for Almere-Haven, an attractive “new” town.  Then by bike to Muiden, Schellingwoude and back to the ship in the center of Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a walk through the center or you may rather join a tour for a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.

After breakfast your guide and the crew will say goodbye and your holiday has ended.

(subject to changes)

Family Special IJssel Lake tour inclusions:

  • Stay aboard (8 days/7 nights)
  • Full board (breakfast + packed lunch + 2-courses dinner)
  • Tour leader
  • Visit open air Museum Zuiderzee
  • Canoe trip National Park Weerribben
  • Information booklet and map
  • Bicycle with gears and cycle bag
  • Bike Compensation
  • 1 City walk

Family Special IJssel Lake exclusions:

  • Airfare
  • Transfers between airport and barge
  • Drinks aboard
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Excursions out of program
  • Travel Insurance