Around the IJssel Lake (YWR)

This itinerary roughly follows the coastline of the former Zuiderzee, now called IJsselmeer. Lively harbour towns with lots of traditional sailing boats and a variety of landscapes are the ingredients of this remarkable tour.

From the old Dutch harbour town of Hoorn you cycle across the polder landscape, so typical for this region, to Enkhuizen. Here you embark for to sail to Friesland. You pass lakes, waterways and canals before you arrive in Ossenzijl, situated in the heart of national reserve the Weerribben.

Cycling through this unique marshland you reach Blokzijl or Vollenhove, two small towns formerly located at the Zuiderzee.A roundtrip by ‘punter’ on the small canals of Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the North’, is certainly worth a try!

From Zwartsluis, a ferry takes you to the other side of the Zwarte Water (Black Water). Cycling on top of the Kamper Zeedijk you reach the hanseatic town of Kampen. Passing the beautiful conserved fortified town of Elburg you cycle through the forestries before arriving in Harderwijk.

Spakenburg is a traditional village, where you can still find people wearing their traditional costumes. The cycle trip takes you through the exurb of Blaricum to the walled town of Naarden.
A roundtrip of the Amsterdam Canals migth be a nice closing of your holiday.

In 2017 this tour will be organised aboard one of our barges in the Standard Class (C) or split level Class (C+).