Arrival in Huizen
After breakfast, cycle a short route back to Amsterdam. This will leave you plenty of time to continue exploring this city with many faces. The red light district attracts millions of tourists every year. It is actually the oldest part of the city, built around the Oude Kerk (Old Church). First founded as a wooden chapel by fishermen of the River Amstel around the year 1300, it developed over time into an imposing church. Just round the corner is another interesting place of worship known as "Onze Lieve Heer op Solder” (Our Lord in the Attic). From the outside, you would never guess there is a church in the attic of these three adjacent buildings. It was constructed clandestinely by Catholics during the Reformation when they were not allowed to hold public services. The lower floors have been furnished as a 17th century house. Do you prefer some well-earned relaxation? Take a seat on one of the pavement cafes on Rembrandtplein and watch the world go by whilst street performers compete for your attention.
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam. Have you seen the new and improved Rijksmuseum? The Maritime Museum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank…? Pick and choose and then hop back on your bike and plunge into peaceful countryside: Waterland awaits, with wet meadows, wooden bridges and windswept reeds and rushes. Via the isle of Marken you'll boat / cycle up to Volendam. The quaint stone houses in the distinctive heart of the catholic fishing village seem to have been drawn up without an organized street plan. "De Dijk”, overlooking the harbour, is lined with souvenir shops, pavement cafes and restaurants.
Your first stop is the town of Hoorn, pleasantly situated on a bay. The historical town centre has hundreds of listed buildings, many dating back to the 17th century. The street plan has been beautifully preserved. There are two marinas. From Hoorn you will continue along the old Zuiderzee sea dike. Windmills and church spires mark the horizon of an extensive polder landscape dotted with quaint regional style farmhouses with a square base and pyramid roof. At the end of the afternoon you will reach the town of Enkhuizen. Its historical town centre is said to be one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful. It is perfectly situated on the lake and is crisscrossed by numerous canals. The seventeenth century city wall and unique fifteenth century churches make the town a Mecca for lovers of history. If you would like to spend a whole day in open-air ZuiderZeeMuseum it is a good idea to book an extra night in Enkhuizen. The museum illustrates what life was like on the shores of Zuiderzee. Appeals to kids too!
Space and tranquillity; and an endless expanse of water are what we have in store for you today. After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you will cycle to the town of Lelystad: 32 km atop a dike with water all around! You’ll have Lake Markermeer to your right and Lake IJsselmeer to your left. The town of Lelystad is relatively new. It is situated in Flevoland Polder which was reclaimed from Lake IJsselmeer in 1968. Do you want to know more about why and how the Zuiderzee was turned into Lake IJsselmeer; and how parts of the lake were drained and turned into polders? Visit Nieuwland Museum! Shopaholics might like to visit Batavia Stad: a fashion-outlet shopping village in traditional-style architecture. Neighbouring Batavia Shipyard boasts a splendid replica of a famous 17th century sailing ship built using traditional working methods. You may board the ship and look around. A second ship is under construction.
In the summer months it is also possible to cycle to the village Urk via a ferry. This lively fishing village is full of character, with small monumental houses and narrow cobblestone streets. From Urk you can also expand the route with a cycle trip to the UNESCO heritage and the former island of Schokland. This is approx. 21 km extra. Schokland is a unique combination of cultural history and nature, and is rich in archaeological resources.
Please note that until further notice the cycle path on the dike is partly closed due to construction works. There is a shutte bus you can take (incl. bike). You will receive more information in your travel documents. In the summer months the cycle path is expected to be open again.
Leaving behind the buzz of town life, enter a unique nature reserve known as the Oostvaardersplassen. As you may know, unspoilt natural environments do not exist in the Netherlands: Man has had a big hand in shaping all the landscapes we see today. But this spot is little different. After the polder was finished in 1968, this expanse of fertile clay soil was "left to nature”. The marsh eco-system spontaneously developing here, the food chains that have established themselves, the balanced variety of life that occurs here now, have been interfered with by man as little as possible – except for the introduction of large herbivores in 1984. Feast your eyes on near-true wilderness! Today’s route continues to Almere, the Netherlands’ newest town, and ends in Muiderberg, a former seaside resort.
After breakfast in your hotel it’s time to go home.
|Daily from April 1 till September 24|
|Single room, breakfast||790.00|
|Double room, breakfast||610.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam||10.00|
|Surcharges per room||€|
|Stay in Amsterdam on saturday||35.00|
|Stay in Amsterdam from:
2019-09-12 - 2019-09-16
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 2.75 x 6||16.50|
|Child seat||€ 5.00 x 6||30.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 6||18.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 6||36.00|
|Add on bike||€ 6.00 x 6||36.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 6||105.00|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
Huizen - Fletcher Hotel Nautisch Kwartier***
Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****
Volendam - Hotel Old Dutch***
Enkhuizen - Hotel de Koepoort****
Lelystad - Apollo Hotel Lelystad City Centre****
6 Nights included
3/4 Star Hotels
Breakfast included, Halfboard optional
Tourist information on all the places of interest
The possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service-hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
Amsterdam Sloterdijk / Amsterdam CS
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
...Really enjoyed the tour...
...We have liked all of the tours that Dutch Biketours have arranged for us. I find email communication with the staff to be both friendly and efficient. I also particularly like that the GPS routes are made available in advance of the trip...