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9 days
Cycling days :
 7
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
9-01
Culture Cities Beach IJsselmeer History
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Bike Tour: Cheese and Coasts Tour - 9 days

Visit two "cheese towns” on this tour. Both Gouda (Thu) and Alkmaar (Fri) have traditional cheese markets. Also, two coasts feature on this tour. Firstly, you will explore the coast of former Zuiderzee. An exhibition in Lelystad explains how this sea was made into Lake IJsselmeer and partly drained to make Flevopolder. In Holland’s Golden Age, Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Harderwijk were prosperous trading towns on the Zuiderzee.
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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Harderwijk
Day 3: Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
Day 4: Enkhuizen - Alkmaar
Day 5: Alkmaar - Zandvoort
Day 6: Zandvoort - Scheveningen
Day 7: Scheveningen - Gouda
Day 8: Gouda - Utrecht
Day 9: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht

Day 2:    Utrecht - Harderwijk
67 km

Todays scenery of woods, water and polder will enchant you. Hidden away in the woods youll find a famous pancake inn, a castle where Queen Beatrix will return to live when she retires and a palace where Juliana and Bernhard lived. Along the shores of Randmeren lakes youll reach Harderwijk which used be a prosperous port but is now no longer by the sea!

Day 3:    Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
62 km

Cycle through the woods and farmland of Flevopolder to Lelystad, where you can visit an exhibition on how the polder came to be. Cross Lake IJsselmeer atop a 32 km dike from Lelystad to Enkhuizen. You will see our Golden Age reflected in the historical buildings of pretty Enkhuizen. Dont miss the excellent Zuiderzee Museum!

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 July and August 2018 the cycle path will be open.

Day 4:    Enkhuizen - Alkmaar
63 km

After looking around pretty Hoorn, which made its fortune trading in the Golden Age, you will set off on today’s coast-to-coast bike route from Lake IJsselmeer to the North Sea. You will pass by Holland’s oldest polder, Beemster, drained by windmills in 1612(!). You can also visit an interesting "museum windmill” as well as cheese town Alkmaar -the market is on Fridays.

Day 5:    Alkmaar - Zandvoort
49 km

The sandy beaches of the North Sea are backed by dune systems that safeguard the hinterland from the sea. Today you will cycle through a Dune Reserve and a National Park that protect the many species of dune flora and fauna. Cross the North Sea Canal by ferry. Zandvoort is a well-known seaside resort.

Day 6:    Zandvoort - Scheveningen
42 km
Behind the dunes, get the camera out again for the multicoloured bulb fields (daffodils, hyacinths and tulips). On the coast, check out the resorts and beaches which each attract their own crowd. When you arrive in lively Scheveningen with its famous Kurhaus and busy seafront, choose one of many attractions to visit in the afternoon.
Day 7:    Scheveningen - Gouda
63 km

The Hague, our seat of government, is brimming with things to do and see. Our pick: Vermeers "Girl with a Pearl Earring in Mauritshuis Museum and Mesdags tranquil "Panorama of Scheveningen. The route goes through the green heart of Holland via Bodegraven to the beautiful Gouda.

Day 8:    Gouda - Utrecht
66 km

Rivers, polders, lakes (bird lovers bring your binoculars!) and marshy fens make for todays lovely scenery. On route you will have time to explore the heart of the lively city of Utrecht. Discover the pretty Museum Quarter and admire the beautiful canal Oude Gracht. Its wharves are unique to Utrecht and make a pleasant setting for waterside cafes where you might like to stop for Dutch style apple pie.

Day 9:    Return Home
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
prices & dates
Starting dates:  
Daily from April 1 till September 22.  
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room
8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
770,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 8) 240,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 8) 240,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 8) 96,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 8) 200,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 8) 22,00
GPS rental 10,00
   
Extra night 70,00
   
Starting point:  
Utrecht or Harderwijk  

5***** Hotel Upgrade
Treat yourself to a night in one of the Netherlands’ loveliest hotels.
The grand Amrath Kurhaus Hotel***** in Scheveningen dates back to 1884 and is situated directly on the seafront (endless sandy beach just in front). Enjoy the modern luxury and allow yourself to be thoroughly spoilt. Additional charge per person in a double room: € 30,00.
accommodation

Utrecht - Hotel Mitland****

Harderwijk - Best Western Hotel Baars****

Enkhuizen - Hotel de Koepoort****

Alkmaar - Grand Hotel Alkmaar****

Zandvoort - Palace Hotel Zandvoort****

Scheveningen - Boulevard Hotel***

Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****

practical info

8 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

CS Utrecht

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

reviews

11-05-2017

...Well organised holidays that take care of everything...

06-06-2016

...The Netherlands is a great country to bike through, especially for folks who do not like cycling on busy roads.  I regret not leaving one week earlier (ex.  end of April or first start of May) as we came at the very tale end of the tulips.  However, the weather was relatively good, everything was in bloom, the air was full of wonderful fragrants and bird calls, and everywhere you look, nature lovers are treated to some fine landscaping....

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