A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance. We have nine such sites in the Netherlands. You can see five of them on this tour: The canal district in Amsterdam, The Beemster polder, Wouda steam-driven pumping station, Schokland and surroundings and The Defence Line of Amsterdam. What else can you look forward to on this tour? To name but a few highlights: delicious Beemster cheese, the pretty town of Edam, the cheese market in Alkmaar, medieval Muiden Castle, quaint fishing villages, a star-shaped fortified town, polders old and new, a boat trip across IJsselmeer and diverse and charming scenery all the way.
The tour kicks off in the town of Huizen. Passing Muiden, Weesp and Naarden you will reach Amsterdam. Muiden Castle and Fort Pampus are part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam the first of many remnants of this world heritage which you will encounter on the route. Huizen is on the border of Goois Nature Reserve, a lovely area of woods and heath. After a stop at Muiden Castle, you will continue to Amsterdam. Amsterdam will welcome you with 165 romantic canals, 1281 bridges and... more than 600,000 bicycles! Amsterdam is for exploring. There is so much to see and do. Whether you like art, culture, an evening out or just looking around the canal ring or the trendy Jordaan neighbourhood, you’ll have a great time. A canal boat trip is a good way to get a better look at the canal houses.
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. Cycle up the shore of Lake Markermeer to the Isle Marken and from there the boat 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.
On this day trip you will cycle a cross-section of North Holland province from Markermeer to the North Sea coast. From Volendam you will follow part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam in a westerly direction. Fort Edam is a part of it. You will enjoy four types of landscapes. Firstly the banks of Markermeer; then the old Zuiderzee sea dike leading up to Edam and Volendam; subsequently, polders such as Beemster and Schermer that were reclaimed over many centuries; and finally to Alkmaar. Don’t forget to get hold of some Beemster cheese made with milk from the cows grazing this very polder - and tastier than Edam and Gouda put together! The traditional cheese market in Alkmaar is on Friday mornings.
From Alkmaar you will cycle via Hoorn to Enkhuizen. After looking around pretty Hoorn, which also made its fortune trading in the Golden Age, you will set off on today’s bike route to the Ijsselmeer. The vast polder landscape, with Dutch windmills on the horizon, local-style farmhouses and extensive cropfields, will keep you fascinated minute-by-minute. 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. Inquisitive minds can spend a whole day here, so if history is your thing, consider booking an extra night.
Today you will catch the ferry from Enkhuizen to Stavoren. It’s a trip of 1 ½ hours, crossing Lake IJsselmeer. From Stavoren you will cycle through Gaasterland, undulating and woody, to your first port of call, the picturesque town of Lemmer, a favourite with boaters in summer. Next, it’s full steam ahead to a World Heritage Site - if you are a steam enthusiast this is your lucky day... Wouda steam-driven pumping station has been operational since 1920 and was used to drain a lake. For centuries, windmills took care of water management in the Netherlands before steam engines took over. Nowadays most of our 1600 pumping stations are electrically powered.
PLEASE NOTE: In 2020, you must book the ferry in advance. You can do this yourself online on the ferry website (http://www.veerboot.info/en).
Leaving Lemmer, continue on the Zuiderzee Route before entering the Noordoost Polder. The layout of the new land (drained in 1942) was arranged and designed according to the most innovative notions of the day. Planners could determine every aspect of the land. Whereas on “old land” a landscape is shaped gradually under the influence of habitation by man, on new polder land planners started with a clean slate. Therefore it is easy to recognize Schokland in the landscape: The former peninsula was incorporated into the new polder and looks like an island in its flat surroundings.
In 1795 the tiny isle of Schokland in the Zuiderzee counted almost 650 inhabitants living in ramshackle fishermen’s cottages. Isolated by water from the mainland and by religious strife from each other, the two communities both developed their own dialects. In 1859, inhabitants were forcibly evacuated from their homes with threat of flooding. Most people moved to nearby Vollenhove. Continue the route to Flevo Polder and the town of Lelystad where you can find out much more about the history of the New Land.
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.
After breakfast in your hotel it’s time to go home.
|Daily from May 1st till September 22.|
|Double room, breakfast||775.00|
|Single room, breakfast||1,015.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Surcharges per person||€|
|Stay in Amsterdam on saturday||20.00|
|Stay in Amsterdam from:
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
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 2.75 x 8||22.00|
|Child seat||€ 5.00 x 8||40.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 8||24.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 8||48.00|
|Extra luggage||€ 5.00 x 8||40.00|
|Add on bike||€ 6.00 x 8||48.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 8||140.00|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
Huizen or Amsterdam
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.
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.
All our rental bikes come with a bell.
All our adult bikes come with hand brakes.
For children up to 30 months old (max. 15 KG) it is possible to rent a front child seat. This is not possible with e-bikes, due to the display.
For children older than 30 months (max. 22KG) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.
Both front- and rear child seats are €5,- per day.
It is possible to rent a GPS device when you start your tour in Amsterdam, Bruges, Utrecht, Huizen or Bunnik for €20,-.
Helmets are not mandatory in the Netherlands, but can be rented for €10,- per piece.
Available sizes: Adult: 54-61 cm, Child: 50-55 cm.
All our bikes come with both front- and rear lights. You need to push the button on the lamp and it will flash three times. This means that the lights will automatically start working when it gets dark.
When you push again, the lamp will flash one time and the lights will be turned off.
Our bikes come with a defender lock with plug in chain (cable lock that is attached to the regular lock, see picture).
You need to turn the key a bit, take out the pin from the cable lock and attach it to a pole/other bike/fence etc.
When you push the pin back into the regular lock, you need to lock the regular lock as you always do, and both locks will be secured.
1 pannier is included at the 'standard' bikes and the e-bikes.
Height: 42 cm
Depth front to the side: 17 cm
Wide top: 32 cm
Wide down: 23 cm
Volume: 20 liters
It has an easy click-on/click-off system. The panniers are water resistant, so everything will stay dry.
The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals.
All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars.
There is one small puncture kit included, which can be found in the pannier. In case a rental bike has another problem, we always advise you to go to a bike repair shop or call the bike breakdown emergency number which is provided in the travel documents when you book this extra service.
Saddles can be adjusted in height without using any tools, see ‘Quick Release’.
Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover.
Dutch Biketours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.
A Racing bike is € 20,00 a day.
Two of our mostly used race bikes are Montreal 74 Eddy Merckx and Blockhaus 67 Eddy Merckx, both unisex.
The bikes are made from aluminium.
A Tag-along bike is €6,00 a day.
A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and on their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.
A Tandem bike is € 20,00 a day.
We have a limited amount of tandem bikes available on request.
Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only.
The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm.
We mostly use the Victoria Spezial 8.7.
This tandem bike comes with 24-derailleur gears or nuvinci gears.
The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.
A child’s bike is € 10,00 a day.
For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm).
The child bikes come with at least 7-gears and hand brakes.
The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm.
24" child bike:
26" child bike:
A child trailer is €17,50 a day.
Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total).
We mostly use the XLC Duo 2 child trailer.
Child trailers are not possible in combination with e-bikes.
An electric bike is €25,00 a day.
The e-bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine.The weight of the e-bike is ca. 27 KG.
A family tandem is €20,00 a day.
We have limited family tandem bikes available on request.
The family tandems have 7-gears and can be used for one adult and one child with a minimum body height of 125 cm.
A standard hybrid bike is €12,00 a day.
Our hybrid bikes have 21-gears with hand brakes.
The hybrid bikes are circa 16,5 KG.
Do you wish to insure your bike against theft? The cost is € 3,- per day per standard hybrid bicycle.
For an electric bicycle, premium bike or racing bike: € 6,00 per day per bicycle.
Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance.
If a rental bike gets stolen or damaged, we will hold the client responsible.
If your insurance does not cover this event, you will have to pay the costs yourself.
Mile after wonderful mile of untroubled cycling is what we would wish our clients. However there is a minimal chance of breakdown along the way. If this thought is a nagging worry to you, a Bicycle Breakdown Assistance insurance policy may ease your mind. If you buy this insurance from our partner FietsNED in advance, their service is as follows. If your bike breaks down by the roadside a FietsNED bicycle repair man will drive to you in his repair van and fix your bike so you can continue your tour.You won’t have to pay him repair costs. If you are cycling on your own bicycle you will be charged for any new spare parts your bike may require. If you are renting a bicycle through Dutch Bike Tours any new parts are at our expense. If it turns out the bicycle cannot be repaired on the spot, or if you don’t wish to continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.
The Bike Breakdown Pass is €2,75 per day per bike and can only be booked for every participant in a booking.
Article 1 Bike Rental Price
The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the Dutch Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.
Article 2 Payment
a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.
b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, Dutch Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.
c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.
Article 3 Rental Period
a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (the departure day), as stated in the booking confirmation.
b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.
c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.
d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation.
If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip.
e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).
f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. Dutch Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.
Article 4 Improper Use
a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.
b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.
c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.
d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.
Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft
The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.
Article 6 Theft Insurance
It is possible to purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance. Covered are: damages arising out of the theft of the bicycle; and damages to the bicycle as a consequence of the theft. Not covered are: theft of bicycle parts; and damages arising out of attempted theft.
Article 7 Theft Insurance Premium
a. The premium for Bicycle Theft Insurance is € 3,00 per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle € 6,00 per day as well for a Premium bike and racing bike.
The number of insurance days is the same as the number of cycling days as stated in our booking confirmation.
Article 8 Liability in the Event of Theft
a. If you did not purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us before the start of the holiday, you will be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.
b. If you did purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us, but you failed to lock the wheel lock and failed to produce the original wheel lock key and failed to produce an official theft report drawn up by the police, you will still be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.
Article 9 Costs During the Rental Period
Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs.
8 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
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
The train from Schiphol to Naarden-Bussum departees 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 www.ns.nl/en. From Naarden-Bussum you should take the bus to Huizen.This is about 20 minutes and wll costs about €2,50 per person.
For timetables and tickets: www.9292.nl/en.
...Enkhuizen and Huizen were both very appealing and relaxing and the variety of having the ferry transfer at Enkhuizen was interesting...