In the 13th and 14th century one of the most important trade routes of Europe ran through the IJssel valley. Nowadays you can recognize many remains during the bike and barge tour to the hanseatic cities with Boat Bike Tours. In Doesburg, Zutphen, Deventer, Zwolle and Kampen the refined merchant houses and old city walls are reminders of this age.
From Kampen the route continues over cycle paths through the afforested nature reserve the Veluwe and through old fisherman towns, such as Elburg and Spakenburg. This last port town, situated along the former Zuiderzee, is well-known for its characteristic regional costume. Elburg can easily be recognized from the accurately straight streets and the surrounding rampart. Take your time to discover these nice towns.
Furthermore you’ll visit the old fortified town Naarden, with its unique star shape and double ring of canals, and the Muiderslot – a castle from the middle ages situated in Muiden. From there you will cycle via quiet paths and roads to Amsterdam. Here you can spend the rest of the afternoon and evening, perhaps with a canal cruise or ashore with a revealing city walk. Like every night, the chef will prepare you a wonderful three course dinner.
During this tour you’ll be staying aboard a comfortable cabin with private sanitary facilities. The best thing about sleeping on a ship is, that every day you have breakfast with a different view, but you do not have to pack and unpack your bag daily. Aboard of the ships Gandalf, Sarah or the Lena Maria the crew (captain, chef, waitresses and housekeeping) will do their very best to make you feel at home.
During this eight-day hanseatic tour there will be a tour leader who, each day, talks you through next days’ route and who will also be cycling along. You can also decide to cycle the daily routes on your own pace, on the basis of detailed maps and route descriptions. Just as you feel like or are comfortable with.