Thursday April 30:
Arnhem - Kampen
Embarkation for this new holiday takes place in Arnhem. As soon as everyone is on board we will leave Arnhem and set sail for Kampen. This Hanseatic town on the River IJssel was formerly one of Europe’s major trading cities. The inner town is full of beautiful monuments which serve as a reminder of these times.
Friday May 1:
Kampen - Urk - Medemblik
We leave the IJssel early and as soon as we enter the IJsselmeer lake, Urk comes into sight. Before the reclaiming of the Zuiderzee, Urk was still an island where fishing played an important role. You can treat yourselves at one of the street cafes in the delightful harbour to delicious smoked IJsselmeer eel or freshly fried fish from one of the Urk fishermen. A visit to the lighthouse or the IJsselmeerafslag part of town is well worth the effort. During lunch we will cross the IJsselmeer to Medemblik. The Old Harbour and Eastern Harbour, together with several monuments in the town centre are recognisable remains of the flourishing Golden Century. Medemblik gained its prosperity through trading in timber and trade on the Baltic Sea.
Saturday May 2:
Medemblik - Oudeschild (Texel)
We cross over to the island of Texel in the morning. You can take a trip round the island from Oudeschild harbour on a coach tour(*). It is the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands but has only 7 villages. The ‘Texel Dunes’ National Park is the largest protected nature area on the island. In the middle of this park is the Ecomare sanctuary where stranded seals and birds are taken care of until they regain their strength. In the days of the East India Company, Texel was the supplies depot for the trading ships that were preparing to sail to faraway places.
Sunday May 3:
Oudeschild (Texel) - Stavoren - Hoorn
We set sail for the mainland. We will arrive in Stavoren at around coffee time. The statue of the ‘Lady of Stavoren’, a rich merchant’s widow who featured in a famous story can be seen in the harbour. During lunch we cross the IJsselmeer once again to Hoorn, a delightful shopping town with an attractive centre. The busy harbour contains many sights from the wealthy East India Company times. The Hoofdtoren tower prominently adorns the harbour and is one of the last remaining defences from the late Middle Ages.
Monday May 4:
Hoorn - Wijk bij Duurstede
We leave the delightful town of Hoorn and set sail for the final destination on this amazing holiday. The Duurstede Castle and the ‘Rhine and Lek’ windmill are witness to Wijk bij Duurstede’s rich history. In the evening the captain will invite you to the Captain’s Dinner.
Tuesday May 5:
Wijk bij Duurstede - Arnhem
This lovely new holiday through the Netherlands is almost at an end. After you have enjoyed a delicious brunch we will arrive back in Arnhem at 11:00 and say goodbye to each other.
Coffee and tea included
Various excursion opportunities
Live entertainment on two evenings