Texel and the Ijsselmeer | Feenstra river cruises

Texel and the IJsselmeer

This wonderful trip through the Netherlands on-board the lively Rembrandt van Rijn touches on a large part of Dutch fisheries history, in towns such as Enkhuizen, Oudeschild on Texel and Stavoren. A wonderful combination with the old Hanseatic towns we will visit later on this trip. In Hasselt, Deventer and Zutphen many old buildings and attractions have been preserved.

Thursday/Friday: Arnhem - Haarlem

You are welcome on board the Rembrandt van Rijn from 5pm. During dinner, we'll cast off and set sail for Haarlem. During the evening, you can get to know your fellow passengers over a drink in the lounge.

Friday/Saturday: Haarlem - Zaandam

After breakfast you can visit Haarlem. Many museums are located in the centre. Most of them are housed in one of the beautiful monuments that Haarlem has. The largest and most famous are the Frans Hals Museum and the Teylers Museum. A visit to the St. Bavo church or the Jopen church is also worthwhile. The latter, however, no longer serves as a church but as a beer brewery. Around noon we will continue to Zaandam. The nearby Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, windmills, barns and workshops. When you sign up on board for the excursion(*) to the Zaanse Schans, you will become acquainted with the life that took place here in the 18th and 19th century.

Saturday/Sunday: Zaandam - Hoorn

Hoorn was one of the mightiest cities during the Dutch East India Company period. In the old centre, you can still see buildings from this period, and that atmosphere is also present in the old harbour. Nowadays the beautiful historical buildings house chops, restaurants and musea.

Sunday/Monday: Hoorn - Enkhuizen - Stavoren

We will follow the coast of the IJsselmeer to the north. The first place where we'll dock is Enkhuizen. Experience the beautiful history of this city. At the end of the afternoon we'll cross the IJsselmeer to Stavoren. Its position on the Ijsselmeer and the connection to the lakes of Friesland make this place an ideal spot for water sports enthusiasts. That's why in the summer months it's always very lively here.

Monday/Tuesday: Stavoren – Harlingen

We'll depart Stavoren and cross the Waddenzee to Harlingen in Friesland. In the centre, there are many beautiful buildings which reflect the historic character of the city. The many narrow streets, where warehouses once stood, connect the canals with each other.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Harlingen - Oudeschild (Texel)

Early in the morning we'll cross over to the Wadden Island of Texel. You can take a bus tour(*) of the island from the harbour at Oudeschild. A visit to the seal rescue centre Ecomare is also recommended.

Wednesday/Thursday: Oudeschild (Texel) - Lemmer

During breakfast we continue our journey to Lemmer via the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. The location on the Frisian lakes and the IJsselmeer makes Lemmer one of the most famous water sports places in Friesland. In the attractive maritime centre you can stroll along the original shops or settle down on one of the cosy terraces along the quays. Lovers of architecture, water and steam can indulge themselves at the Woudagemaal. The oldest working steam pumping station in the world.

Thursday/Friday: Lemmer - Hasselt - Deventer

Hasselt, Deventer and Zutphen are all Hanseatic cities. Due to the Hanseatic League and the favourable location on the river, trade in goods became easier and a golden age began for these cities. That rich period is still clearly reflected in the beautiful buildings in the inner cities. In the course of the afternoon we arrive in Deventer. When you say Deventer, you say cake. Deventer and cake are interconnected because of the Deventer Cake, which has been baked and traded here for centuries according to strict regulations.

Friday/Saturday: Deventer - Zutphen

In the afternoon, we will continue our trip towards the “Torenstad”, City of Towers. This is another name for Zutphen due to the many tall historical buildings that form the skyline of the city. In the evening, you will enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner.

Saturday/Sunday: Zutphen - Arnhem

At the end of the trip, a delicious breakfast awaits you in the restaurant this morning. When we leave the IJssel at the end of the morning, we will arrive back in Arnhem via the lower Rhine at 11am where we will say goodbye to you. We are sure that you have enjoyed all the beauty that the Netherlands has to offer.

  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Various excursion opportunities (not included)
  • Live entertainment three times
  • High Tea and High Wine
  • Farewell Dinner
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