As you wander through ‘De Rijp‘ with its beautifully restored 17th century houses. Centuries of history are still evident. In ‘Alkmaar‘ you can moor in the historic center with more than 400 monuments.
The ‘Waag’, in its most original appearance of the 14th century, the 16th century Town Hall, The Big St. Laurenschurch and the many courtyards, facades and canals give the city a unique appearance. Time stood still on the ‘Zaanse Schans“. With operating mills, traditional wooden houses, cheese and clog makers. With stunning Zaans Museum and Verkade Pavilion. A glorious past in a beautiful neighborhood at the ‘Zaan’. Subsequently, it is possible to still visit the ‘Keukenhof‘.
(about 3 hours by boat)
Today you cruise across the ‘Braassemermeer‘, the ‘Drecht’ and capricious twists of the ‘Amstel’ to ‘Uithoorn‘. At the dock you will find some restaurants and shops. Around ‘Uithoorn‘ are several forts that were part of the ‘Stelling of Amsterdam’.
For beginners we recomend to traveel towards ‘Amsterdam‘, the ‘Westeinder Plassen‘, ‘Nieuwe Meer” and the ‘Schinkel of Kostverlorenvaart”. You can then spend the night in on the ‘Westeinder Plassen‘ or ‘Aalsmeer‘.
(about 3 hours by boat)
Today you cruise onwards over the ‘Amstel’ towards ‘Amsterdam‘.
‘Amsterdam‘ is a bustling hub of commerce that welcomed other cultures with open arms. Learn more about this lovely canal-side city, including the rich history. Or enjoy the nightlife and museums.
Experience ‘Amsterdam‘ by walking along the canals and beautiful canal buildings. Enjoy the rich cultural offerings and the special history through various museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, ‘Museum het Rembrandthuis‘, the Anne Frank House and the Hermitage Amsterdam.
A recommended port is the ‘Sixhaven’. The ‘Sixhaven’ has a unique connection to the center of ‘Amsterdam‘ by the proximity of two mooring points of free ferries to Central Station ‘Amsterdam‘, both about 5 minutes by foot. Cross over by ferry to the center of the ‘Amsterdam‘ takes about 5 minutes. The ferries sail frequently day and night.
(about 5 hours by boat)
Starting from ‘Sixhaven’ in ‘Amsterdam‘ you can enter the ‘Noordhollands Kanaal’, following by ‘Trekvaart Het Schouw’ along ‘Broek in Waterland’ towards ‘Monnickendam’. Because the insurance does not allow it, it is not allowed to cross the ‘ IJsselmeer/Markermeer’ to exit or enter ‘Monnickendam’ or ‘Edam‘.
Coming from inland waters you first need to pass one or two locks to get to the marinas of ‘Monnickendam’. In the center is the ‘gemeentehaven’ (municipality harbor) consisting of various quays. If you want sociability then it’s worth trying to get a place in the ‘gemeentehaven’. However this will mostly not succeed, because it is often very busy. Our advice is to stay the night in ‘Edam‘ or ‘Purmerend’.
From ‘Monnickendam’ it is approximately 2 hours by boat towards ‘Edam‘ via the ‘Purmer Ee’ and the ‘Purmerringvaart’.
In the center of ‘Edam’, enjoy a wonderful stay in port. Attractions such as the Cheese Market and the historic center of ‘Edam‘ are just a few minutes from your dock. You can moor at the ‘Nieuwehaven’ or the ‘Klein Westerbuiten’.
(about 3 hours by boat)
Today you will travel from ‘Edam‘ about 1.5 hours on the ‘Purmerringvaart’ direction ‘Purmerend’. ‘Purmerend’ is a charming city where there are 30 state and 127 municipal monuments. An important place in the town is the ‘Koemarkt’ (Cow market). Through cenuries, trades were very mch alive. Now it is a pleasant pedestrian square with plenty a choice of cafes and restaurants. ‘Purmerend’ unites beauty of the past with the comforts of modern life. More on http://www.vvvpurmerend.nl/
From ‘Purmerend’ traveling further about 1.5 hours across the’Noordhollandsch Kanaal’ and ‘Beemster Ringvaart’ to ‘De Rijp‘ where you can stay overnight.
When you walk through ‘De Rijp‘ and see the beautifully restored houses from the seventeenth century, you will see why Jan Adriaanszn. Leeghwater called this “the best village of Holland’. On your walk you will taste the bygone era. The ‘Raadhuis’ (town hall) with the ‘Waag’, the ‘Grote kerk’ (BigChurch), the farms and wooden houses still look just as it did then. Guides like to tell you about the ‘Rijper Glass’, the ‘van der Heyden’ fire engine and herring, and Whaling. Discover the nature reserve ‘Eilandspolder’ while walking, biking, rollerblading or by boat.
In ‘De Rijp‘ you can stay at the marina ‘Watersportvereniging Eilandspolder’, a small cozy port provided with all comfort like showers etc. .
Alternatively, you can consider to proceed to ‘Alkmaar‘ and spend the night there.
(about 2 hours by boat)
In about two hours you travel from ‘De Rijp‘ to ‘Alkmaar‘. You traveling slightly back on the ‘Beemster ringvaart’ over the ‘Vinkenhop’ to the ‘Alkmaardermeer. Continue traveling along the ‘Kogerpolderkanaal’ (along the Alkmaardermeer), then you automatically reach the ‘Noordhollandsch Kanaal’ to ‘Alkmaar‘.
‘Alkmaar‘ is historical with around 400 monuments. the Waag, dating back in its earliest form to the 14th century, the 16th century town-hall, Grote St. Laurens Church and the many courtyards, facades and canals give the town an ambience all of its own.
You can moor your boat in the historic center, near the cheese market, cafes, shops, restaurants, cinema, museums and much more. Now that’s a great boating holiday!
The ‘Bierkade’ (at Accijnstoren) is the contact point for all boats arriving in ‘Alkmaar; . After consultation with the harbor master you will be allocated a berth in center of ‘Alkmaar‘. You can also call the harbormaster ‘Alkmaar‘ at +31(0)725200014.
(about 2 hours by boat)
Today you can travel to the ‘Zaanse Schans‘. Time stood still on the ‘Zaanse Schans‘. With operating mills, traditional wooden houses, cheese and clog makers. With stunning ‘Zaans Museum’ and Verkade Pavilion. A glorious past in a beautiful neighborhood at the Zaan.
From ‘Alkmaar’ you travel back over the ‘Noordhollandsch Kanaall’ to the ‘Alkmaardermeer. You cross the ‘Alkmaardermeer’ between the buoys, to the ‘Wijde Stierop’. Continuing on the ‘Markervaart’ and ‘Zaan’, you will pass along the ‘Zaanse Schans‘.
There are two public piers in the ‘Zaanse Schans‘. To visit the ‘Zaanse Schans‘, you can choose two free mooring or marina ‘De Onderlinge’. Would you rather stay in ‘Zaandam‘ itself, you can just continue to travel and dock at one of the moorings or marina at the ‘Beatrixbrug’.
(about 2.5 hours by boat)
You can be in ‘Haarlem‘ in about 2.5 hours by boat. Travell the ‘Zaan’ and ‘Voorzaan’ down to the ‘Noordzeekanaal’. Then you travel the ‘Noordzeekanaal’ in the direction of ‘Haarlem‘. Stay well on the right! And pay attention to the commercial shipping before and behind you. In “zijkanaal C’ you enter ‘Noordzeekanaal’ towards ‘Spaarndam’.
Continue travelling on the ‘Noorder Buiten Spaarne’ and you will enter the center of ‘Haarlem‘, where are several moorings. There is much happening in ‘Haarlem’, all year round. Discover the city known for its high-quality cultural offering, wide range of shops, cosy restaurants and cafés. A city with a rich history, stunning monuments and bon-vivant atmosphere.
(about 1:30 hours by boat)
‘Keukenhof‘, the best day out among the flowers! There are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. An unique and unforgettable experience! The ‘Keukenhof‘ is open daily from March 21, 2020 until May 10, 2020.
Alternative: From ‘Leiden‘ you can also visit the ‘Keukenhof‘. Cruise the ‘Braassemermeer‘ and the ‘Kagerplassen‘ and enjoy the many mills in the landscape that are easy to see from the water. In the evening you can enjoy the terraces and nightlife in the center of ‘Leiden‘. From ‘Haarlem’ it is about 3 hours by boat till ‘Leiden‘.