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.
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 cliffs on the coast, to Oudemirdum.
Today you can also choose to cycle a longer route of ca. 65 km. Then you will cycle an extra loop around the peatbog natural reserve Rottige Meente and along the river de Lende (close to small village of Ossenzijl and the National Park Weerribben).
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.
Today's trip will take you through a landscape of dikes and villages, located on mounds that have been created during the past 600 years by the reclamation 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. This city was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018.
On your last cycling day, you will leave the monuments and cultural highlights of Leeuwarden to set off towards the city of Sneek and the nearby lake, a popular area for watersports enthusiasts. Your next stop will be the Frisian town of Joure, where you might like to pause at a cafe for a bite of one of the sweet Frisian specialties.
|Daily from April 1 till September 25.|
|Single room, breakfast||655.00|
|Double room, breakfast||505.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|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|
|Extra luggage||€ 5.00 x 5||25.00|
|Add on bike||€ 6.00 x 5||30.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 5||87.50|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
Heerenveen - Uitgerust voor zaken ***
Oudemirdum - Hotel Boschlust***
Harlingen - Anna Casparii***
Leeuwarden - Fletcher Hotel Stadhouderlijk Hof****
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
Any ferry crossings are not included
...No cons whatsoever. Pargticularly impressed with quality of materials both for the actual trip and in general communication with the companty at every stage from our first contact . An example to other companies how to do it fight! Excellent bikes,great accommodation , wonderful food ..accompanied by super travel notes and the reassurance of supportive back up if we ever required it.What more could anyone ask.? Thankyou so much for a wonderful holiday / travel experience...
...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....