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, Stavoren and Urk. 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.

Friday June 5: Arnhem – Haarlem

You are welcome on board the Rembrandt van Rijn from 17:00. 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.

Saturday June 6: 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.

Sunday June 7: Zaandam - Hoorn

Hoorn was one of the strongest 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. Here there is a replica of the Dutch East India Company ship 'Halve Maen'. This ship played a leading role in the first Dutch exploration of Manhattan in 1609.

Monday June 8: Hoorn - Enkhuizen – Stavoren

We will follow the coast of the IJsselmeer to the north. The first place where we'll dock is Enkhuizen. In the past. 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.

Tuesday June 9: 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.

Wednesday June 10: 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.

Thursday June 11: Oudeschild (Texel) - Den Helder – Urk

Den Helder lies at the northernmost point of the tip of the Province of North Holland. Thanks to its strategic location it is home to the Navy. In the city centre you can enjoy the shopping or just relax at one of the many outdoor cafes. During lunch, we'll continue our trip towards Urk. This old fishing village still has the largest fishing fleet of the Netherlands and has retained its historic character.

Friday June 12: Urk - Hasselt – Deventer

Hasselt, Deventer and Zutphen are all Hanseatic cities. Historically, thanks to the Hanseatic League and their fortuitous location on the river, trade in goods was easier and there was a 'golden age' for these cities. This rich period is still visible in the beautiful buildings in the city centres. We'll arrive in Deventer in the course of the afternoon. This city is also known as the “Koekstad”, City of Cake, because the “Deventer Koek”, Deventer Cake, has been baked and traded here according to strict guidelines for centuries.

Saturday June 13: 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.

Sunday June 14: Zutphen – Arnhem

As a conclusion to our trip you can enjoy a delicious Champagne Brunch in our restaurant. At the end of the morning we will leave the Ijssel and arrive in Arnhem via the Nether Rhine around 11:00, where we will bid you farewell. We are sure that you will have enjoyed all that the Netherlands has to offer.

  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Several opportunities for excursions
  • Local entertainment once
  • High Tea and High Wine
  • Live entertainment throughout
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Champagne Brunch
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