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7 days
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 5
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
7-00
Culture IJsselmeer Amsterdam History
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Bike Tour: Lake IJssel and V.O.C.Tour - 7 days

Lake IJssel used to be a saltwater inlet of the North Sea called Zuiderzee. After yet another big flood in 1916 it was finally decided to build a dike across the mouth of the Zuiderzee, cutting it off from the North Sea. The Closure Dike was completed in 1932. Fresh water from the River IJssel replaced the salt water creating a lake. By 1968, the Dutch had transformed part of the lake into squares of usable land called polders. But most of the lake remained water, used mainly for recreational purposes.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Alkmaar
Day 4: Alkmaar - Enkhuizen
Day 5: Enkhuizen - Harderwijk
Day 6: Harderwijk - Utrecht
Day 7: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht

Day 2:    Utrecht - Amsterdam
67 km

In the morning, the lively centre of the big city of Utrecht will draw you to its attractive canals and unique wharves, of which Oude Gracht is a prime example. Explore the pretty Museum Quarter or go (window) shopping on one of the quieter shopping streets. Then plunge into peaceful countryside. On the banks of the River Vecht, beautiful stately homes and garden pavilions built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries are reminders of the Golden Age. Follow the River Amstel into Amsterdam. Why not crown your day by roaming the prized canal district? In the evening, the bright white lights coming from the many windows of the tall narrow canal houses make for an enchanting scene.

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Alkmaar
62 km

Just north of Amsterdam, the Zaan is a region of great interest. On the banks of the River Zaan, you will discover the rich industrial heritage of many centuries. If you are into industrial architecture, you’re in luck! Seventeenth century Amsterdam was global leader in shipping and trade. The tiny Zaan region provided the industry to make it all possible - fuelled by wind power! Around six hundred industrial mills, sawmills for example, drove the economic growth. Millers, blacksmiths, weavers, carpenters, ship builders and countless other craftsmen helped produce paint, cloth, sailcloth, paper, tobacco, candles, barrels, whale oil, etc. Find out more at Zaans Museum. Next door is Zaanse Schans, a collection of 17th and 18th century local architecture: adorable green wooden buildings, bridges and windmills. Tourists watch clog-, cheese- and tin-making demonstrations. Treat yourself to a pancake before you hop back onto your bike and head for Heiloo and the final destination Alkmaar. 

Day 4:    Alkmaar - Enkhuizen
55 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 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 – 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 5:    Enkhuizen - Harderwijk
75 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 6:    Harderwijk - Utrecht
64 km

Set off along the shore of Randmeren lakes. In the afternoon the forest takes centre stage and harbours all kinds of surprises: a famous pancake inn, castles, a royal palace and – for the adventurous among you – a forest rope-climbing experience. 

Day 7:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices & dates
Starting dates:  

Daily from April 1 till September 24

 
   

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
6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
605,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Dinner (€ 27,50 x 6) 180,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 6) 72,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 6) 150,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 6) 16,50
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*** & ****

Alkmaar - Grand Hotel Alkmaar****

Enkhuizen - Hotel de Koepoort****

Harderwijk - Best Western Hotel Baars****

practical info

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

CS Utrecht

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

reviews

30-06-2016

...We loved the bike tour.  The quality of the bikes, the baggage delivery and so on was excellent.  We had a fantastic time and we will do it again.  It is a wonderful way to visit your beautiful country...

27-06-2016

...we really enjoyed the trip. It was well organised with interesting sights to see each day. The hotels were good also. Casa in Amsterdam offered us towels at reception when we arrived as it was a bit wet that day. I also liked it that there was indoor storage for the bikes at all the hotels...

16-08-2015

....Everything was fine....

09-06-2015

...GENERALLY THE HOLIDAY WAS MOST ENJOYABLE AND MOST THINGS WORKED OUT FAIRLY WELL. THE STANDARD OF THE HOTELS AND BREAKFASTS WERE VERY GOOD, THE RESTUARANTS WE FOUND WE GREAT AND THE LUGGAGE TRANSFER WORKED VERY SMOOTHLY...

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