Visit Copenhagen and Malmö, among others
Helsingborg and Landskrona, the islands of Ven and Møn
Guided cycling tours, international group
Three-masted sailing ship with max. 32 passengers
During this beautiful Sail & Bike trip on the “tall ship” Atlantis, you’ll discover beautiful cities, small villages and islands around and in the Øresund – the strait between Denmark and Sweden. The narrow Øresund is an ancient trade route, like the Strait of Gibraltar and the Bosphorus, a strait of great strategic and economic importance for centuries. Charming old harbors and fortified towns lie along its shores.
The journey starts and ends in Copenhagen and along the way you’ll visit Malmö as well: two of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe. You first sail to Helsingør (Elsinore) and cycle along the coast of the “Danish Riviera” with its long sandy beaches, then further through the slightly hilly landscape of Nordsjælland (North Zealand). Helsingør, at the narrowest part of the Øresund, was founded as early as 1420 and the town is dominated by Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s drama Hamlet.
On the Swedish side of the strait, Helsingborg is a coastal gem. From here, a bike ride along the coast of Skåne County (Scania) leads to the fortified town of Landskrona. The ship will then take you to the idyllic island of Ven, which rises above the sea like a plateau. It’s only 7.5 km2 (2.9 mi2) in size and has fewer than 400 inhabitants. The steep limestone cliffs, beautiful farmhouses and the observatory of the 17th-century astronomer Tycho Brahe are fascinating. Today, many artists and craftsmen live and work on Ven. From Ven, you’ll sail on to Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. Enjoy the unique combination of modern architecture and the old town, including Malmöhus Castle and the 14th-century St. Peter’s Church.
This is followed by a long sail to the Danish island of Møn, the southernmost point of the journey, which, like Dover and the German island of Rügen, is known for its steep white limestone cliffs with many fossils. Møn is located in a sparsely-populated area, which means that on clear nights, the starry sky can sometimes shine especially brightly. The cycling tour on Møn starts with a long climb along the limestone cliffs and through the beautiful inland. The next morning you’ll sail from Møn to Rødvig. This is where the last cycling stint on the coast starts: along quiet country roads and cycle paths, you’ll reach the medieval town of Køge where the ship will be waiting for you in the harbor. In the afternoon you’ll sail to Malmö where the ship will moor again at the old city center.
The ship – your floating hotel
In between cycling routes, you’ll sail along with the ship, which goes to a new destination every day. You’ll dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. Every day, you’ll receive a packed lunch and you’ll be offered a beautiful pre-planned bike route. If you want, you can take a day off and sail along with the ship. There are rental touring bikes and e-bikes on board.
If you wish, you can also help with navigating and hoisting the sails – with instructions from the experienced crew, of course: no sailing experience needed. Or you might prefer to just relax and enjoy sailing and take in the view from the ship.
What’s special about the Atlantis is that in some places you’ll be taken ashore by the crew using a dinghy (a large rubber boat) and/or picked up again – depending if the ship’s draft is too deep in the water to moor dockside, in which case it drops anchor offshore. The crew will ensure your safety, of course, but it’s also a bit exciting. During this trip, this happens on the islands of Ven and Møn and in Rødvig.
Accompanied by two experienced tour leaders, you and the group will visit interesting places and sights on the daily cycling tours. During the briefings and along the way you’ll hear everything about the route and the sights. You can also choose to cycle the tours independently and at your own pace using the free Ride with GPS navigation app and our BBT cycle map (available on board). The bike rides during this trip are not long in themselves, but they do have some elevation changes: some short stretches can be tough, and some short distances lead over semi-paved gravel paths. This is why we’ve rated this tour as difficulty level 3.
Day 1: Copenhagen
Embarkation and check-in. Starting from 5:30 pm, the crew will welcome you aboard the ship, moored close to the center of town, the Kastellet and the Little Mermaid. After you’ve stowed your luggage in your cabin, the skipper, crew and tour leader invite you for a welcome drink, followed by dinner on board. During the first briefing, after dinner, you’ll hear what to expect during the trip, details about the ship and also about the safety measures on board. The bicycles will be distributed in the evening or the next morning.
Day 2: Sailing Copenhagen – Helsingør | Helsingør–Hornbaek–Esrum–Helsingør (45 km / 28 mi)
The ship departs from Copenhagen before breakfast. During your breakfast you’ll sail north to Helsingør, where the ship will arrive around 11:00 am. You’ll first cycle along the coast of the “Danish Riviera” with its extensive sandy beaches to the harbor of Hornbaek. Then you’ll turn inland through a slightly hilly landscape towards Esrum for a stop at the medieval monastery on Lake Esrum. Next, you’ll cycle through bucolic wheat fields and past some lovely castles and country houses back toward Helsingør, where you’ll reach the historic city center after a long descent. The harbor is dominated by the imposing Kronborg Castle, the place Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote Hamlet. Nearby, old harbor buildings have been beautifully restored and are home to a street food market, among other things.
Day 3: Sailing Helsingør – Helsingborg | Helsingborg – Landskrona (28 km / 17 mi)
Today you’ll again sail while you eat breakfast, but after about an hour you’ll already have reached the port of Helsingborg on the Swedish side of the Øresund. In the morning you can visit Helsingborg, which is both a beautiful city and considered one of Europe’s most innovative places. Next, you’ll cycle along the coast of Skåne County (Scania) to the fortified town of Landskrona. On the way, you’ll pass a few beaches and the former fishing village of Borstahusen with its quaint old fishermen’s houses. The 16th-century citadel of Landskrona – with a double moat – is still almost intact. Enjoy the view of the island of Ven, a few kilometers off the coast, ahead of tomorrow’s visit there.
Day 4: Sailing Landskrona – Ven | visit island of Ven (15 km / 9 mi.) | sailing Ven – Malmö
This morning the ship will take you to the small island of Ven, which lies on a sandstone plateau off the coast of Landskrona. You’ll be brought ashore (including your bicycles) by dinghy. This tiny (only 7.5 km2 / 2.9 mi2) island, which has less than 400 inhabitants, is a small gem in the Øresund. You can cycle around the island and visit artists, goldsmiths, cafes, the whiskey distillery or the 16th-century observatory of astronomer Tycho Brahe. Once you’ve been brought back on board using the dinghy, the Atlantis sails south to Malmö, where you’ll spend the evening and night.
Day 5: Bike tour through Malmö (20 km / 12 mi.) | sailing Malmö – Møn
After breakfast, you’ll tour Malmö by bike: it’s one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe. Founded around 1200 and located opposite Copenhagen on the Øresund, Malmö offers a perfect mix of old-world charm and ultra-modern cosmopolitan vibes. The Turning Torso, a spiraling skyscraper and Sweden’s tallest building, looms over bustling centuries-old squares. Modest brick facades harbor a wealth of modern artistic creations. In the afternoon, your longest sail will take you to the Danish island of Møn, the southernmost destination of your journey, where the ship will anchor for the night. Møn is located in a sparsely-populated area and is an “International Dark Sky Community”: on clear nights, the starry sky – formerly essential for navigating at sea – can be stunningly clear here.
Day 6: Bike ride on Møn (30 km / 19 mi.) | afternoon sailing to Rødvig
Also today the dinghy will bring you ashore with your bike. From Klintholm Havn, you’ll cycle in a gradual, but not strenuous, climb to the top of the 130-meter-high (427 feet) white chalk cliffs of Møns Klint, which rise steeply from the sea, comparable to those in Dover and on Rügen. The GeoCenter at the top shows the 70-million-year-old history of the cliffs, which are known for the numerous fossils that can be found there. Next, via the charming 18th-century castle of Liselund with its English-style landscaped park, you’ll cycle through woods and rolling countryside to the cute little village of Borre, then back to the harbor of Klintholm. In the afternoon, the Atlantis sails to Rødvig to drop anchor for the night.
Day 7: Rødvig Havn – Køge (37 km / 22 mi.) | afternoon sail to Malmö
The last cycling route of the trip follows the coast first from Rødvig. On quiet country roads and cycle paths, you’ll take the long-distance cycle route Eurovelo 10 and ride through the rolling countryside past Denmark’s oldest medieval castle Gjorslev and the 16th-century Renaissance and Baroque Castle Vallø. Your route ends in the medieval town of Køge where the ship awaits you in the harbor. Visit the picturesque old town before re-boarding. In the afternoon you’ll sail on the last sailing trip of the week to Malmö, where the ship will moor again in the city center.
Day 8: Malmö
This is the end of your tour, but we won’t let you leave on an empty stomach. Before disembarkation by 9:30 am, enjoy a tasty breakfast and say your farewells.
Important observations for the Sail & Bike program: A little bit of adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike tour: the departure and arrival day and the location are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the winds. The skipper decides the best route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his guests. The crew does everything in its power to enable the program to run according to plan and to offer you as fascinating, varied and active a week as possible, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is, however, also possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – may be adjusted.
Enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements! Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help the crew to sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.
The rental bikes on our ships are unisex bicycles with a low bar and a comfortable upright sitting position. These are stable and dependable bikes, good for miles in the saddle. Decide which kind of bike you want to rent and simply fill in your preference with your reservation. We’ll make sure you get the right bike for you. On most of our tours, the bike rental cost is not included in the tour’s price.
Every Boat Bike Tour rental bike is well equipped. The bikes consist of a lightweight aluminum frame and have highly-responsive handbrakes, at least seven speeds, an adjustable gel seat, normal flat pedals (no clips), an easy-to-use lock attached to the frame, and special puncture-resistant tires. All told, this is a light, stable and reliable bike, very suitable for touring long distances pleasantly.
Our e-bikes also have at least seven speeds and handbrakes. The motor runs on a 400Wh battery and offers three levels of power-assistance. The e-bikes include comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted for height, have a lock attached to the frame, and sport anti-puncture tires. Note that some of the ships have their own bikes on board. They may look a bit different, but qualitatively they are equal to Boat Bike Tours’s e-bikes.
The use of bicycle helmets is not required in the Netherlands, but for safety’s sake they are suggested. If you wish to rent one, you can do so during the booking process. If you book a premium tour and rent a bike or e-bike, then the helmet and a “limit of liability for damage or loss” for your bike or e-bike is included in the rental price.
Other rental items
Other items such as children’s bikes, tandems, family tandems (child & adult), tag-along, trailers to carry toddlers and child seats are available on request.
Taking your own bike or e-bike?
The fee for parking your own bicycle is €10 per week. For an e-bike the fee is €25 to cover parking and charging the battery. For safety reasons it is not always possible to charge your e-bike batteries in your cabin. The crew will tell you where you can charge the battery on board the ship. Neither the crew nor Boat Bike tours is responsible in any way for any damage, loss or theft of a guest’s own bike or e-bike or its accessories. Note: not all the ships are suitable or have enough room for extra bikes, so make sure you check with us well ahead of travel.
The rental bicycles on board are custom built by a small manufacturer and equipped with all the essentials of a great touring bike. Reliable Shimano 24-gear and brake systems, a pannier rack, a sturdy bike stand, mudguards and a comfortable Selle Royal touring saddle complete the package. All bikes have 28-inch wheels and there are different frame sizes available.
The e-bike is a tailormade Granville Urban. It is relatively light and has a comfortable low entry. It is equipped with a smooth functioning 9-speed chain shift and reliable hydraulic Shimano disc brakes as well as a powerful central motor from the Bosch Active+ line.
Bringing your own bike/e-bike is not possible, due to lack of space on deck. Exceptions will be made for special bikes, but only after they have been notified and confirmed in advance. Please note that on some days the bikes must be transported by dinghy.
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