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11 days
Cycling days :
 9
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period:
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
11-00
Cities Beach IJsselmeer History
price from € 950
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Bike Tour: Sand and Sea Tour - 11 days

If you love the sea and beautiful sandy beaches and if you’re interested to find out about Holland’s struggle against the waters and about our seafaring history, this might well be the tour for you. The landscape is so varied; it will never cease to delight you. The beach is backed by beautiful windswept dunes. Behind the dunes, in spring, multicoloured bulb flower fields will take your breath away. A string of coastal villages and resorts lead you down to modern Rotterdam which has the largest port in Europe. River landscapes, lush meadows, ancient farmhouses and dikes will feature on the last part of the tour.
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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 - Rotterdam
Day 8: Rotterdam - Papendrecht
Day 9: Papendrecht - Gorinchem
Day 10: Gorinchem - Utrecht
Day 11: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht.

Day 2:    Utrecht - Harderwijk
67 km

Hidden away in the woods, hamlet Lage Vuursche will surprise you with a famous pancake inn and Queen Beatrix castle Drakensteyn, where shell return when she retires. Next stop is her parents palace. Along the shores of Randmeren lakes youll reach Harderwijk which used be a prosperous port but is now no longer by the sea... find out what happened!

Day 3:    Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
62 km

Cycle through the woods and farmland of Flevopolder to Lelystad. In Nieuwland Museum you can see an exhibition on how the polder came to be. Cross Lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen atop a 30 km dike! You will see our Golden Age reflected in the historical buildings of pretty Enkhuizen. Dont miss the excellent Zuiderzee Museum! There is an exhibition about the days when trading ships from towns on the Zuiderzee sailed the seven seas. Moreover, in the park you can visit a recreated Zuiderzee village of old.

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 also 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 traditional cheese market is on Friday mornings.

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 and then set course for Zandvoort, a well-known seaside resort.

Day 6:    Zandvoort - Scheveningen
43 km

This stretch of the cycle tour takes you through sandy dunes and past multicoloured bulb fields (daffodils, hyacinths and tulips). On the coast, check out the resorts and beaches which each attract their own crowd.

Day 7:    Scheveningen - Rotterdam
55 km

Cycle south, along the coast through dunes and past seaside resorts. Then pedal east along the New Waterway ship canal, past fishing villages, windmills and jenever distilleries, to Rotterdam.

Day 8:    Rotterdam - Papendrecht
31 km

Modern Rotterdam offers architecture, art, port tours, a maritime museum and shops galore. The re-developed inner-city harbours are hotspots. You'll cycle via the village of Kinderdijk, explore the site where 19 windmills have been standing majestically in rows since 1740. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. One of the mills is open to the public. Your destination, Papendrecht, is just a ferry crossing away from of one of Holland’s oldest towns; Dordrecht. Dordrecht is completely surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. Around the harbour you will see many monumental buildings.

Day 9:    Papendrecht - Gorinchem
59 km

The island of Dordrecht borders on National Park De Biesbosch, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe. Today you will ride your bike through polders, past mills, pollard willows, lush meadows grazed by cattle, farms, pretty villages, historical towns and wide rivers.

Day 10:    Gorinchem - Utrecht
55 km

Gorinchems walled town centre has a long, turbulent history and over two hundred monuments to remember it by. It used to be big in fishery, markets and trade, but was often plagued by floods and conquerors (the town was the gateway to Holland). In the heart of the city of Utrecht lies the peaceful Oude Gracht (= Old Canal). Its characteristic wharves are unique to Utrecht. Nowadays they are the pleasant setting for waterside cafes and restaurants. Explore the Museum Quarter and go (window) shopping on some of the quieter shopping streets.

Day 11:    Return Home
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
prices & dates
Starting dates:  
Daily from June 1 till September 20.  
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room
10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
950,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 10) 300,00
Dinner (€ 27,50 x 10) 300,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 10) 120,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 10) 250,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 10) 27,50
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade to 4**** hotel in the centre from Dordrecht
Bikes can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance)
30,00
Upgrade to the 5***** Kurhaus hotel in Scheveningen 30,00
   
Extra night 70,00
   
Starting point:  
Utrecht or Harderwijk  
 
accommodation

Utrecht - Hotel Mitland****

Harderwijk - Best Western Hotel Baars****

Enkhuizen - Hotel de Koepoort****

Alkmaar - Grand Hotel Alkmaar****

Zandvoort - Palace Hotel Zandvoort****

Scheveningen - Boulevard Hotel***

Rotterdam - Hotel SS Rotterdam****

Papendrecht - Apollo Hotel Papendrecht****

Gorinchem - Hotel Gorinchem***

practical info

10 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

06-08-2018

...Global level was Ok (much easier than Paris-london we did with our luggage just before :-) ) One day was too short but it was easy to extend the route with Maps. Very nice bike trip...

26-04-2017

...The route was well planned and we loved the variety we saw in the Sand & Sea tour. Loved the bike route and pace of our trip - one of our best trips...

24-08-2015

....Thanks, the tour was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. I also rode to Bunnik and back home (via Harwich Ferry), so I did 850 kilometres from my front door and back again. It was good to have luggage transfer as I could get my two panniers carried each day. It is much harder work with them on - I had five days riding with them on, so having them carried on the tour itself was very welcome. The GPS turned out to be essential on the tour, and made finding the way on each stage so much easier. On the non-tour days I used the Fietsersbond App on my android phone and it was okay, but not as good as a proper GPS. All the hotels were good, but I think that Hotel Gorinchem was the best of the lot. I have done bike and boat tours, and this time I wanted to do Hotel-Hotel touring, and travel light, so this is perfect and just what I wanted - about 50-60km a day and a three/four star hotel each day.  So a self-guided tour of this type is definitely my preferred way of cycle-touring. I did start trying to plan one myself, but in the end you took care of all of that for me and made it much easier, and I only then had to pick one or two hotels either side of the tour....

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