8 Day Hansa Highlights include WII bridge to far

Start Point

Amsterdam

End Point

Amsterdam

Days

8 days & 7 nights

Price Per Person

EUR 0.00 Twin/EUR 0.00 Single

Tour Description

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This tour leads you through a region that’s one of the most beloved among Dutch cyclists. Come and explore it yourself, by bike and barge. Every day while cycling, you’ll get to know more of its numerous historical cities, beautiful river landscapes, and diverse natural areas. Every evening, you’ll return to your floating hotel barge named the Nassau, docked in a picturesque harbor along the route. The Nassau has room for up to sixty guests. You’ll cycle at your own pace, while your well-trained tour leader is only a phone call away for your questions, problems or emergencies. *

Cycle along with an important trading route
The area you’ll be traversing was shaped over millennia by numerous rivers and streams. It thrived during the Middle Ages when the rivers Rhine and IJssel were among the most important trade routes in Europe. Many of the cities along their banks were members of the Hanseatic League. This confederation protected the economic interests of its members in large parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Northern Europe. The affluence of those years is visible everywhere in abundant civil and religious architecture.

Through the natural beauty of the Rhine Valley
Your tour starts in the delightful city of Amsterdam. From there, you’ll sail and cycle to much larger and smaller Hanseatic towns like Arnhem, Deventer, Zutphen, Kampen, Harderwijk and Elburg. The natural beauty of the Rhine valley and its enchanting tributary, the IJssel, will duly impress you. Another attraction along the way is the so-called Bordering Lakes. These are situated between the “old” mainland with many beautiful harbor towns, and the “new” reclaimed land of the province of Flevoland, that was once the bottom of the sea.

The flat terrain in the 125 km long IJssel valley makes this a perfect tour for those who love to cycle leisurely along many winding trails in a diverse area.

* The Hanseatic Tour is a semi-guided tour. You’ll get a daily briefing by the tour leader, but you cycle on your own. On certain dates, it is an option to book the tour as fully-guided.

New in 2019: a guided option on De Nassau
On a few departure dates, you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests.
If you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability).
The dates are June 1, September 7 and 21. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.

Day 1 Amsterdam

Place visiting
Amsterdam – Wijk bij Duurstede
Today's Highlights

Embarkation and check-in in Amsterdam.

The crew welcomes you on board between 1 and 2 p.m. At approximately 2 p.m.

De Nassau sails from Amsterdam on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, a town on the Rhine River.

Here, you will spend your first night aboard the ship.

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Day 2 Wijk bij Duurstede - Wagening - Arnhem

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Wageningen – Arnhem (35 km/21 mi. or 44 km/28 mi.)
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While you are enjoying breakfast, the ship sails to Wageningen.

From this town, your first cycling tour of the week takes you through the lovely valley of the Lower Rhine river, and then on through the Veluwe, a large area of woods and heathlands.

At the end of the day you pedal to Arnhem, via suburbs and past the lovely parks named Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal.

Close to the center of this former Hanseatic city, the Nassau docks for the night. During World War II,

Arnhem was the battle scene of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history.

It ended in a failure, as the inability to capture a bridge over the Rhine River resulted in the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division.

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Day 3 Arnhem - Doesburg - Zutphen - Deventer

Place visiting
Doesburg – Zutphen – Deventer (45 km/27 mi. or 55 km/35 mi.)
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We leave Arnhem on the De Nassau, and then today’s cycling tour starts in the small town of Doesburg. 

There are two cycling options to get you to Zutphen and Deventer. The shorter option goes along the river IJssel to Bronkhorst, a seeming hamlet that’s proud to be the smallest town in Holland.

From Bronkhorst you continue to Zutphen along the riverbank.

The longer longer trip goes via Vorden, where you’ll be passing country houses, castles and rural estates.

Both options end in Deventer, a city known for its delicious spicy gingerbread.

In the evening, your tour leader offers a short guided walking tour of the city. Make sure to join!

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Day 4 Deventer -Wijhe - Kampen

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Wijhe – Kampen (40 km/25 mi or 56 km/35 mi.)
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During breakfast the De Nassau will take you to Wijhe, where your bicycle ride begins.

In the morning you will enjoy a nice bicycle ride to Hattem. You can choose a short option along the banks of the river, or opt for a longer ride across the east Veluwe area.

Hattem has a rich history, which is still clearly visible today.

Leaving Hattem, it is only a short ride to the city of Zwolle, one of the most beautiful Hanseatic cities.

From Zwolle you continue to Kampen. In the evening, an optional guided walking tour takes you to some of the most interesting sights in this largest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands.

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Day 5 Kampen - Hardewijk

Place visiting
Elburg – Harderwijk (48 km/29 mi.)
Today's Highlights

From Kampen, our cycling tour leads along the Border Lakes to the fishing harbor of Elburg.

Here, swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are favorite summertime activities.

From Elburg the cycling tour continues through the woods and moorlands of the Veluwe to lovely Harderwijk, where the night will be spent in its old fishing harbor. In the 1500s Harderwijk boasted the largest fish market in the Zuiderzee region.

Today, it is still a lovely old city very much worth exploring.

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Day 6 Harderwijk

Place visiting
Spakenburg – Huizen (45 km/28 mi. or 56 km/35 mi.)
Description

Again, you have two routes to choose from. A shorter bike ride along the coast of the Border Lakes, or a combination of the coast route and a longer alternative that runs through adjacent woodlands. In the afternoon you will pass Spakenburg, a fishing village well-known for its traditional costumes that are worn to this day. Docking destination for today is Huizen.

Day 7 Huizen - Naarden - Muiden - Amsterdam

Place visiting
Naarden – Muiden – Amsterdam (35 km/21 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Huizen is the starting point for a ride to the beautiful fortress towns of Naarden and Muiden.

The latter is famous for its historic castle on the waterfront.

From Muiden you will cycle along quiet roads to your final destination, the world famous city of Amsterdam.

You have the afternoon and evening to spend in the Dutch capital any way you like. Seize the chance to do a canal tour, to visit Anne Frank’s home or any of a number of world renowned museums around the Museumplein.

Or just enjoy looking at everyday life in this bustling city.

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Day 8 Amsterdam

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End of Tour
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The last part of your tour is today, but we won’t let you leave with an empty stomach.

So before disembarkation until 9.30 a.m., enjoy a nice breakfast first

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Good to know
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Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available on board. He/she will provide you with all necessary tour information during daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS-tracks and printed route notes (available on board). The tour leader will also be cycling the daily tours and can – for assistance – be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle. During days when several bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the shorter cycling options.

Guided option on De Nassau On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests. If  you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability). The dates are: May 11, June 1, September 7 and 21. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.

If you don’t feel like cycling for a day (or more) you are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing. But please note: lunch will not be served on board. So you can enjoy your packed lunch.

On the arrival (first) day it is possible to put your luggage on board from 11:00 a.m..

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What is all included

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8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches

7 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board till 4 p.m.

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Semi guided cycling tours (independent cycling, tour leader is available for questions and/or emergencies)

Some short walking tours

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi

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What is not included

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Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

Fees for ferries

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

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Additional options & information

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Enjoy your cycling
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Rental bicycle: €75 per week Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available) You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

Guided option on De Nassau On a few departure dates you can book a fully guided option. That means you will cycle with a tour leader in a small group of max. 20 guests. If  you have already booked a semi-guided tour on one of these dates, you can add the fully-guided option. (limited availability). The dates are: June 1, September 7 and 21. The surcharge for this ‘fully-guided’ option is € 125 pp.

Canal cruise Amsterdam: Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 12,50 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.

Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

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Map of Hansa route

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Find your way
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About this ship De Nassau

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She brings you from city to city
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About this ship De Nassau is a medium-sized cozy river cruise ship. In the summer of 2018 the cabins and the salon/restaurant in front of the ship will be completely refitted: spacious and more luxurious cabins and a full restyle of the interior. The ship sails under Dutch flag and management and has always been very popular and appropriate for the Southern Tours of Holland.

Description of the cabins
The lower deck has 22 twin cabins. Fourteen “regular” twin cabins in the middle and back (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.) have two single low beds (200 x 80 cm – 78 x 31 inches).  One cabin has the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds). Eight “superior” twin cabins in the front (9,5 – 11,5 m² – 102 – 124 sq.ft.) have two separate beds, set next to each other as a hotel style bed (200 x 160 cm – 78 x 62 inches). The difference between twin and superior twin cabins on the lower deck is that the superior twins are the renovated cabins. All lower deck cabins have a small window that can be opened.

Beds in the superior cabins are normally set as hotel-style beds (78 x 62 inches) or, optional, on previous request, can be arranged as 2 separate single beds (78 x 31 inches).

The upper deck offers twelve twin cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.), ten cabins with two single low beds and two have a double bed (200 x 140 cm – 78 x 55 inches). Four cabins have the possibility for a third bunk bed (above one of the beds). All upper deck cabins have a window that can be opened.

All 34 cabins aboard De Nassau have an individual climate control system, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

Description of the ship
De Nassau has a large salon with large panoramic windows on the upper deck that combines the restaurant, bar and a lounge area. Wi-Fi is available. On the partially roofed sun deck, chairs and sun loungers invite for a stay. Here you can relax and have a drink and enjoy the scenery while sailing.  Bicycles will be stored on a separate part of the sun deck.

Facts about the ship

Length:              72 m (236 ft.)
Width:                8,6 m (28 ft.)
Crew:                12
Cabins:             34
Pass.:               73 (max.)

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AVAILABILITY

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The Hansa Highlights is always popular and in high demand
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As this is one of the Hansa Highlights tour what cover most of the famous sights around Amsterdam and popular places is always in high demand

May 04 fully booked ,  Sorry

May 11 fully booked ,  Sorry

May 18 has still limited availibilty

May 25 fully booked , Sorry

June 01 departure still open for booking

June 08 departure still open for booking

June 15 departure still open for booking

 

June 22 fully booked , Sorry

June 29 departure still open for booking

July 06  departure still open for booking

July 13  departure still open for booking

July 20  departure still open for booking

July 27  departure still open for booking

August 03 Fully booked , Sorry

August 10  departure still open for booking

August 17  departure still open for booking

August 24  departure still open for booking

August 31 departure still open for booking

September 07  departure still open for booking

September 14 Fully booked , Sorry

September 21  departure still open for booking

September 28  departure still open for booking

October 05  departure still open for booking

AVAILABILITY-It is always popular in high demands


As this is one of the Southern Tour Of Holland   what cover most of the famous sights around Amsterdam and popular places is always in high demand
departure still open for booking-Blue
 

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2020-05-14 2021-03-30 Available