Sailing vessel Elizabeth
Day 1 : Dinner
Day 2 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 : Breakfast
On this cycling holiday you will sail from Amsterdam and visit the many harbour cities around Lake IJsselmeer even having the opportunity to help the crew with sailing and navigating.
Combine a week of sailing and living on board a classic clipper built in 1913 on Holland’s lake IJsselmeer with cycling touring to a long list of historic towns and villages. There really is no better way for anyone interested in sailing and cycling to explore what is a truly historic, beautiful and fascinating part of the world - a real adventure!
Your exciting tour of discovery on the stylish and beautifully appointed sailing clipper Elizabeth starts and finishes in Amsterdam and takes you along large sections of the IJsselmeer coast over the course of a week of sailing and cycling. Lake IJsselmeer was created in 1933 when the 32 km long “Afsluitdijk” (Enclosure dike) was constructed as part of the larger Zuiderzee land reclamation project.
The construction of the Afsluitdijk across the Zuiderzee (a salt water inlet of the North Sea) resulted in the salt water inlet becoming the freshwater lake IJsselmeer. Today the many historic towns and the villages on the IJsselmeer are testament to a time when ships from the Dutch East India Company sailed from here to source their precious cargos of spices from across the seas. The entire region is crisscrossed by excellent cycle paths that you can pedal along to discover the charm of towns such as Monnickendam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.
On the eastern shore of the IJsselmeer you will visit the province of Friesland. On the final day of your tour, wind and weather permitting, you will experience the thrill of sailing under full sail as you return to Amsterdam where you will have plenty of time to enjoy a last evening exploring the beautiful and exciting capital of The Netherlands.
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