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IJsselmeer History Amsterdam Culture Nature
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Around Lake Markermeer
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Around Lake Markermeer


Bike Tour: Around Lake Markermeer - 7 days

Just east of Amsterdam lies Lake Markermeer. This great expanse of water still has a maritime feel to it although it was cut off from the North Sea in 1932. Popular with surfers, sailors and bird watchers, the lake takes centre stage in our fabulous new cycling holiday which starts and finishes in Amsterdam. Cycling all the way around the lake, you will find yourself captivated by charming historical towns, informative museums of cultural history and ever-changing land- and waterscapes. Visit quaint fishing village Volendam where old ladies still wear traditional clothing; and let the unique landscape of "Waterland” blow you away.
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Day 1: Arrival in Huizen
Day 2: Huizen - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Volendam
Day 4: Volendam - Enkhuizen
Day 5: Enkhuizen - Lelystad
Day 6: Lelystad – Huizen
Day 7: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Huizen

Arrival in Huizen

Day 2:    Huizen - Amsterdam
37 km

After breakfast, cycle a short route back to Amsterdam. This will leave you plenty of time to continue exploring this city with many faces. The red light district attracts millions of tourists every year. It is actually the oldest part of the city, built around the Oude Kerk (Old Church). First founded as a wooden chapel by fishermen of the River Amstel around the year 1300, it developed over time into an imposing church. Just round the corner is another interesting place of worship known as "Onze Lieve Heer op Solder” (Our Lord in the Attic). From the outside, you would never guess there is a church in the attic of these three adjacent buildings. It was constructed clandestinely by Catholics during the Reformation when they were not allowed to hold public services. The lower floors have been furnished as a 17th century house. Do you prefer some well-earned relaxation? Take a seat on one of the pavement cafes on Rembrandtplein and watch the world go by whilst street performers compete for your attention.

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Volendam
35 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…? Pick and choose and then hop back on your bike and plunge into peaceful countryside: Waterland awaits, with wet meadows, wooden bridges and windswept reeds and rushes. Via the isle of Marken you'll boat / cycle up to 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.

Day 4:    Volendam - Enkhuizen
50 km

Your first stop is the town of Hoorn, pleasantly situated on a bay. The historical town centre has hundreds of listed buildings, many dating back to the 17th century. The street plan has been beautifully preserved. There are two marinas. From Hoorn you will continue along the old Zuiderzee sea dike. Windmills and church spires mark the horizon of an extensive polder landscape dotted with quaint regional style farmhouses with a square base and pyramid roof. At the end of the afternoon you will reach the town of Enkhuizen. Its historical town centre is said to be one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful. It is perfectly situated on the lake and is crisscrossed by numerous canals. The seventeenth century city wall and unique fifteenth century churches make the town a Mecca for lovers of history. If you would like to spend a whole day in open-air ZuiderZeeMuseum it is a good idea to book an extra night in Enkhuizen. The museum illustrates what life was like on the shores of Zuiderzee. Appeals to kids too!

Day 5:    Enkhuizen - Lelystad
36 km

Space and tranquillity; and an endless expanse of water are what we have in store for you today. After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you will cycle to the town of Lelystad: 32 km atop a dike with water all around! You’ll have Lake Markermeer to your right and Lake IJsselmeer to your left. The town of Lelystad is relatively new. It is situated in Flevoland Polder which was reclaimed from Lake IJsselmeer in 1968. Do you want to know more about why and how the Zuiderzee was turned into Lake IJsselmeer; and how parts of the lake were drained and turned into polders? Visit Nieuwland Museum! Shopaholics might like to visit Batavia Stad: a fashion-outlet shopping village in traditional-style architecture. Neighbouring Batavia Shipyard boasts a splendid replica of a famous 17th century sailing ship built using traditional working methods. You may board the ship and look around. A second ship is under construction.

In the summer months it is also possible to cycle to the village Urk via a ferry. This lively fishing village is full of character, with small monumental houses and narrow cobblestone streets. From Urk you can also expand the route with a cycle trip to the UNESCO heritage and the former island of Schokland. This is approx. 21 km extra. Schokland is a unique combination of cultural history and nature, and is rich in archaeological resources.

Day 6:    Lelystad – Huizen
46 km

Leaving behind the buzz of town life, enter a unique nature reserve known as the Oostvaardersplassen. As you may know, unspoilt natural environments do not exist in the Netherlands: Man has had a big hand in shaping all the landscapes we see today. But this spot is little different. After the polder was finished in 1968, this expanse of fertile clay soil was "left to nature”. The marsh eco-system spontaneously developing here, the food chains that have established themselves, the balanced variety of life that occurs here now, have been interfered with by man as little as possible – except for the introduction of large herbivores in 1984. Feast your eyes on near-true wilderness! Today’s route continues to Almere, the Netherlands’ newest town, and ends in Muiderberg, a former seaside resort.

Day 7:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel it’s time to go home.

Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 24
Prices €
Per person in a double room
6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Dinner (€ 30 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
staying overnight in a double room
staying overnight in a single room  

Extra night 70,00


Price pp
Double room, breakfast 615.00
Single room, breakfast 795.00
Dinner 180.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2019-09-16 - 2019-09-23 -5.00
Upgrades pp/night
Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam 10.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2020-08-01 - 2020-08-01
2021-04-02 - 2021-04-05
2021-04-16 - 2021-04-17
2021-05-13 - 2021-05-15
2021-05-22 - 2021-05-24
2021-10-15 - 2021-10-17
Rental bike
Child bike 60.00
Hybrid 72.00
Premium bike 120.00
Ebike 150.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 6 16.50
Child seat € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 6 18.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 6 105.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:


Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

Fletcher Hotel Nautisch Kwartier **** (Huizen)
Westcord Art Hotel ***/**** (Amsterdam)
Hotel Old Dutch *** (Volendam)
Hotel de Koepoort **** (Enkhuizen)
Apollo Hotel Lelystad City Centre **** (Lelystad)

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets! 

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike



practical info

6 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

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 hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The  train from  Schiphol to Naarden-Bussum departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is about 40 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €7,- per person excl. bicycle. 

For timetables and tickets, go to

From Naarden-Bussum you should take the bus to Huizen.This is about 20 minutes and wll costs about €2,50 per person.

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