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Frisian Towns and Lakes
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Frisian Towns and Lakes


Bike Tour: Frisian Towns and Lakes - 6 days

Discover attractive towns and villages, some of them with a rich historical past.Safe bicycle tracks lead you past the varied scenery of woods, dunes, marshes, crop fields and pastures with grazing piebald / Frisian cattle and proud black Frisian horses. Tourists travel from far and wide to experience the wild purity of the Wadden Islands that are a part of Friesland province. Opt to stay an extra night in the town of Harlingen to visit Wadden Islands Vlieland or Terschelling. As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transfer and excellent accommodation.
As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transfer and excellent accommodation.

It's possible to stay an extra night in the town of Harlingen to visit Wadden Islands Vlieland or Terschelling. The price for an extra night in Harlingen is €95,- pp (double room with breakfast, including boat tickets).
Day 1: Arrival in Heerenveen
Day 2: Heerenveen - Oudemirdum / Rijs
Day 3: Oudemirdum / Rijs - Harlingen
Day 4: Harlingen - Leeuwarden
Day 5: Leeuwarden - Heerenveen
Day 6: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Heerenveen

Attractive Heerenveen originated as a peat digging site in 1551 on a spot where two canals crossed. It is the Netherlands oldest peat canal village. You might like to visit nearby country estate Museumpark Landgoed Oranjewoud, a woody and elegant country park which is the lovely natural setting for the Belvédère Museum for Frisian 20th century and contemporary art.

Day 2:    Heerenveen - Oudemirdum / Rijs
47 km

The rural landscape and the lakes you will encounter between Heerenveen and Lake IJsselmeer are man-made. This is peat bog, dug up for fuel (turf) many centuries ago, then partly drained and reclaimed for pastures for grazing cattle. The first large village you will reach on the route is bustling Lemmer, a port for pleasure craft on Lake IJsselmeer. The Wouda steam driven pumping station near Lemmer is the largest of its kind in the world. It has been operational since 1920 and is a World Heritage Site. From here, you will cycle through woody, slightly undulating Gaasterland, past the curious "klifs on the coast, to Oudemirdum.

Day 3:    Oudemirdum / Rijs - Harlingen
60 km

After the varied landscape in Gaasterland you will reach Stavoren, the oldest town in Friesland. Continue up the coast of Lake IJsselmeer, remembering its amazing history and enjoying the stunning views. Pass through the towns of Hindeloopen (world famous for its painted furniture), Workum and Makkum (known for its pottery) and find out about the history of these pretty towns. End the day in Harlingen, a harbour and trading town directly connected to the sea.

Day 4:    Harlingen - Leeuwarden
65 km

This trip will take you along the Frisian coast of the Wadden Sea. The edges of the shallow Wadden Sea are characterised by mud-flats with specialised vegetation that can cope with the salty tide seeping in twice a day between the mud banks. This landscape has always been shaped primarily by the sea. However, man has built dikes and terps to try to keep the sea out. In the afternoon, follow the River Dokkumer Ee all the way to compact and friendly Leeuwarden, the interesting capital of Friesland Province.

Day 5:    Leeuwarden - Heerenveen
61 km
On your last cycling day, you will leave the monuments and cultural highlights of Leeuwarden to set off south. This part of Friesland is known as It Lege Midden (the empty centre). We hope you will enjoy the vastness and emptiness as well as the beauty of todays scenery. It is low-lying peat country, with scattered lakes in the holes in the landscape where peat was dug up centuries ago for use as fuel (turf). Your main stop will be the bustling water sports village of Grouw where you might like to pause at a waterside cafe for a bite of one of the sweet Frisian specialties.
Day 6:    Return Home
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
prices & dates
Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 25.
Prices €
Per person in a double room
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 5) (7-gear bikes) 60,00

E-Bike (€ 25 x 5)

Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5) 13,75
Extra night 70,00
Extra night in Harlingen + ferryticket for 1 day to Wadden Island Vlieland or Terschelling incl. 95,00


Price pp
Single room, breakfast 650.00
Double room, breakfast 500.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Rental bike
Child bike 50.00
Hybrid 60.00
Premium bike 100.00
Ebike 125.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 5 13.75
Child seat € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 5 15.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 5 87.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00

Starting point:


Heerenveen - Uitgerust voor zaken ***

Oudemirdum - Hotel Boschlust***

Harlingen - Anna Casparii***

Leeuwarden - Fletcher Hotel Stadhouderlijk Hof****

practical info

5 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


Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included



...All the hotels were good. We especially liked the friendliness at the Rijs and Harlingen hotels...


..Another very successful tour thank you.  We have been quite lucky with the weather and have really enjoyed the holiday...


... I would have loved to have stayed and cycled longer in Holland. I enjoyed your country, your people and your clever grid system for the cycle routes!!  I thought the choice of hotels was excellent too. I know "one person accommodation" can be difficult, but each hotel was an adventure in itself. The food offered by the hotels was good and reasonably priced, and I was made very welcome....


... First thank you for your hospitality at your office, the libations and the tour information/orientation. We thought that you might be interested in some feed back. Excellent:  bikes and accessories, GPS, maps and general information. Weather:  generally good - a bit windy - and as you know, one day of rain.  Thanks for lining me up with the baggage handler - worked out great! Trip to Terschelling - really fun, very busy as it was the day of the boat (schooner?) race.  Big party! Good:  the little "things" with the numbers.  Helpful to an extent but the GPS was more useful. Hotels:  Breakfasts:  without exception excellent.  One problem - only brown eggs (just kidding). Hospitality:  a bit mixed but generally very good.  The smaller hotels were the most guest friendly. We would definitely use your company again.  Your personal attention was greatly appreciated....

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