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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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8-02
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Bike Tour: Dunes and Canals Tour - 8 days

This very attractive cycle route takes you on a tour of an enchanting variety of landscapes: woods, lakes, polders, meadows, dunes, beaches, canals and rivers. Learn all about the Zuiderzee Works, whereby sea was transformed into lake, and part of the lake was made into land. Discover Holland’s Golden Age in the historical buildings of ancient trading towns. Spend a day on the coast, and another in Amsterdam. Check out Alkmaar’s world famous cheese market, and find out everything you always wanted to know about windmills! As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transfer and excellent accommodation.
Route
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Zandvoort
Day 4: Zandvoort - Alkmaar
Day 5: Alkmaar - Enkhuizen
Day 6: Enkhuizen - Harderwijk
Day 7: Harderwijk - Utrecht
Day 8: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht

Day 2:    Utrecht - Amsterdam
64 km

Idyllic scenery today as you cycle to Amsterdam on the banks of the lovely River Vecht. Characteristic for this area are the many stately homes and summerhouses built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries. At the end of the day, Amsterdam awaits! Everyone has their own reasons for loving this remarkable city. What will yours be?

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Zandvoort
42 km

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…? Then take your leave of the city, set those wheels in motion and head west. As you approach elegant Haarlem, St. Bavo basilica dominates the skyline. A great city for shopping, the pedestrianized city centre is a delight. Look up at the façades of historical buildings on the wonderful main market square. Will you have enough time to pop in at Frans Hals museum of 17th-century Dutch masters? Be sure to make it to the beach in time to see the sun set into the sea! Zandvoort is a well-known seaside resort. 

Day 4:    Zandvoort - Alkmaar
54 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. 

Day 5:    Alkmaar - Enkhuizen
54 km

Alkmaar is world famous for the traditional Friday morning cheese market put on for tourists from the beginning of April through to the beginning of September. On today’s scenic coast-to-coast bike ride you will stop off at the picturesque village of Schermerhorn on the border of Schermer and Beemster polders. Schermerhorn was an island of whalers until, in the 17th century, private investors from Amsterdam decided to transform the lakes surrounding the village into polders and then sell off the new land. The polders were drained by windmills that scooped the water up over the dike into a discharge canal. Just outside the village stand three of the windmills that did this job – and what a pretty picture they make! Opt to visit Schermer Museum Windmill and experience the workings and rhythmic creaking of the moving parts. “The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles” is how the entry on the World Heritage List reads. On the shore of Lake IJsselmeer, you will see the Dutch Golden Age reflected in the historical buildings of the pretty towns of Hoorn and Enkhuizen. For a history lesson go to Zuiderzee Museum. It boasts a recreated village of old, complete with traditional craftsmen in folk costume. You can also learn about the trading routes sailed by seafaring villagers from the shores of the Zuiderzee: For centuries, dried fish and Edam cheese were exported all over Europe; grain from Poland was shipped to Italy; wine shipped back to Amsterdam etc.

Day 6:    Enkhuizen - Harderwijk
62 km

A 32-km dike will take you across the waters to the town of Lelystad in the Flevo Polder, the newest part of the Netherlands, reclaimed in 1968! Lelystad is named after the architect of the Zuiderzee Works, Cornelis Lely. The Zuiderzee Works started with the building of the great closure dam (1932) that cut off Zuiderzee sea from the North Sea. It turned a choppy sea into a harmless lake and put a stop to regular floods. Subsequently, polders were created in the lake because there was a great need for more farmland. Museum Nieuwland explains in detail why and how the Flevo Polder came to be and how it affected the people who used to live by the sea.  Our bicycle route continues on the new land, through woods and cropfields, while we try to imagine how much fun spatial planners and urban planners must have had planning this whole place from scratch. At the end of the day you will reach Harderwijk. Once upon a time it was a bustling Hansa town and a thriving fishing port by the sea  - but now it’s on a lake overlooking a polder!  

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 7:    Harderwijk - Utrecht
67 km

Along the shores of Randmeren lakes you’ll reach Hertog Reijnout steam-driven pumping station (1883-1983), used to drain Arkemheen polder. The next stop is Spakenburg, a former fishing village with a picturesque museum harbour and shipyard for “botters”, Zuiderzee fishing boats. In the afternoon, the woods hold all kinds of surprises including a royal palace, a famous pancake inn and a treetop climbing park.  

Day 8:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices & dates
Starting dates:  

Daily from April 1 till September 23.

 
   

In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
of € 17,50 per person in a double room

 
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
710,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 7) 175,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 7) 19,25
GPS rental 10,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00

Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
13 - 15 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019

14 - 18 September 2018
staying overnight in a double room   
staying overnight in a single room







52,50
105,00
   
Extra night 70,00
   
Starting point:  
Utrecht or Amsterdam  

 

 
accommodation

Utrecht - Hotel Mitland****

Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****

Zandvoort - Palace Hotel Zandvoort****

Alkmaar - Grand Hotel Alkmaar****

Enkhuizen - Hotel de Koepoort****

Harderwijk - Best Western Hotel Baars****

practical info

7 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

21-08-2018

...liked the route along the coast and beside the zee...

04-08-2015

....We were on the Dunes & Canals Tour from July 14-July 21. Overall we had a grand time seeing the Netherlands by bike. The bikes were excellent, accommodations fine, and the trip was well organized. The ride on the Dike  from Hoorn to Enkhuizen  with the wind at our backs was bliss!! Also the ride north in the Dunes towards Alkmaar was magnificent!! We would take another trip with you; and probably stay more than one day in at least one hotel. Thank you for a wonderful adventure!!....

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