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IJsselmeer History Nature Cities Seacoast
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Sand and Sea Tour


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.
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
61 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
61 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.

Day 4:    Enkhuizen - Alkmaar
59 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
57 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
64 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

Today you cycle through a part of Biesbosch National Park, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe. The countless islands of marshy willow woods, reed-lands and grasslands are surrounded by creeks and rivers. The place is a resting, foraging and breeding site for water birds. Nature lovers should visit Biesbosch Centre Dordrecht for information on this fascinating area. Before you arrive in Gorinchem you can, if you wish, take a boat trip to visit the interesting Loevesteijn castle. The town of Woudrichem is definitely worth a visit.

Day 10:    Gorinchem - Utrecht
58 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.
Starting dates:
Daily from May 1 till September 20.
Prices €
Per person in a double room
10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
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)
Upgrade to the 5***** Kurhaus hotel in Scheveningen 30,00
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 960.00
Single room, breakfast 1,260.00
Dinner 300.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 100.00
Hybrid 120.00
Premium bike 200.00
Ebike 250.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 10 27.50
Child seat € 5.00 x 10 50.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 10 30.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 10 60.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 10 60.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 10 50.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 10 60.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 10 175.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:
Utrecht or Harderwijk


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.

Hotel Mitland **** (Utrecht)
Best Western Hotel Baars **** (Harderwijk)
Hotel de Koepoort **** (Enkhuizen)
Grand Hotel Alkmaar **** (Alkmaar)
Palace Hotel Zandvoort **** (Zandvoort)
Boulevard Hotel *** (Scheveningen)
Westcord SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)
Apollo Hotel Papendrecht **** (Papendrecht)
Hotel Le Bon Apart *** (Gorinchem)

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

10 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

CS Utrecht

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 Utrecht departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is about 30 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €10- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check:



...Cycling through the wetlands, hearing the birds, and being on dedicated cycle lanes, and talking with the friendly and helpful Dutch people...


...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...


...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...


....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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