Especially for the sportive cyclists among us, we arrange a sportive tour! You will cycle along the shores of this ancient sea. As you ride peacefully on quiet roads and bike lanes, you’ll pass a variety of interesting towns, monuments and places of interest. This circuit gives you the opportunity to explore the friendly atmosphere of the fishing ports, historical trading towns and small rural villages where we’ve selected a series of comfortable accommodations.
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…? Pick and choose
Waterland awaits, with wet meadows, wooden bridges and windswept reeds and rushes. Waterlandsmuseum “De Speelklok” in the pretty village of Monnickendam explains (in English) the history of this extraordinary cultural landscape. Then cycle up the shore of Lake Markermeer to friendly Volendam. The quaint stone houses in the distinctive heart of the catholic fishing village seem to have been drawn up without an organized street plan. "De Dijk”, overlooking the harbour, is lined with souvenir shops, pavement cafes and restaurants.
Then it continues up the coast to Edam, Hoorn and then Enkhuizen. Beautiful buildings are reminders of the prosperous 17th century Golden Age when they were affluent harbour towns, focussed on trade and shipbuilding. For centuries, small, round, salty cheeses produced by dairy farmers in neighbouring polders were shipped out of Edam and exported all over Europe. For six weeks in summer a traditional Wednesday-morning cheese-market is put on for tourists (10.30 -12.30 hrs). If you’re into cheese, opt to plan your trip around this Edam spectacle. In Zuiderzee Museum, in Enkhuizen, learn all about the days when ships from villages on the Zuiderzee sailed the seven seas trading in bulbs and spices. The biggest attraction is a re-created Zuiderzee village of old, boasting adorable local architecture.
In the morning you will cross the IJsselmeer by ferry to the Frisian town of Stavoren. From here you can make a tour of scenic Hindeloopen. Cycling further through the wooded, hilly countryside of Gaasterland, you will reach the portal town of Lemmer. Pass the Lemmer steam pumping station before crossing the Weerribben. This National Park is a unique peat land area with an exceptional wealth of characteristic flora and fauna. Your hotel is in Giethoorn, the spectacularly pretty "Venice of the North", with its myriad arched bridges, boats and thatched farmhouses.
From Giethoorn you will cycle to the Hanseatic city of Kampen, situated on the IJssel river. Via the attractive fortress city of Elburg, and passing many small lakes, you will reach your goal of Harderwijk.
Set those wheels in motion and pedal along the shores of Randmeren lakes. Arkemheen-Eemland is a National Heritage Landscape. The area was surrounded by dikes in the year 1360 to stop crop fields from being flooded. Arkemheen polder is so special because the original lots are still intact. The lots are divided by creeks, remainders of Zuiderzee tidal streams. Some plant species still recall the influence of salt water. Part of the polder is being preserved as a bird habitat for “Natura 2000”. The visitors’ centre has more information. Should you have an abiding interest in the Age of Steam, you may like to visit steam-driven pumping station Hertog Reijnout. It controlled water levels in the low-lying polder from 1883 till 1983. From here follow the southern shore of the IJsselmeer until you reach Muiden, where you will find the medieval castle of Muiderslot. From here, it is a short ride to Amsterdam, where you will cycle through the city centre. A pleasant cycle along the former estuary brings you to Waterland, with its bird-rich peat meadows, ancient canals and watercourses.
The cycling holiday draws to a close. After breakfast at your hotel, it is time to go home.
|Daily from May 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
|Per person in a double room
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
|A supplement will be required for:|
|Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5)||13,75|
|Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room||15,00|
|Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room||30,00|
|Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
15 - 17 and 28 - 30 May
13 - 15 June
14 - 18 September
staying overnight in a double room
staying overnight in a single room
|Amsterdam (or Muiderberg)|
In collaboration with:
Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****
Enkhuizen - Hotel die Port van Cleve***
Giethoorn - Hotel de Harmonie****
Harderwijk - Hotel Monopole***
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
Amsterdam Sloterdijk / Amsterdam CS
Parking possibilities at the hote
Any ferry crossings are not included
We had a very good time in spite of the bad weather ...
The paper materials and maps you provide are very good. Sometimes (I believe I counted 6 times over all 7 days, which is not many times) there are errors in the knooppunts where the next knp on your daily map is not listed on the sign. The supplemental maps you provided were helpful resolving those cases, but several times I also had to refer to maps on my phone to figure out our route. We eventually found our way back to the route every time, and the knp system in Netherlands is absolutely wonderful.
We will hope to return to Netherlands and bicycle there some more ... in sunshine. It is one of the most wonderful places to bicycle in the world.