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Frisian Towns and Lakes


Bike Tour: Frisian Towns and Lakes - 6 days

Discover attractive towns and villages, some of them with a rich historical past.Safe bicycle tracks lead you past the varied scenery of woods, dunes, marshes, crop fields and pastures with grazing piebald / Frisian cattle and proud black Frisian horses. Tourists travel from far and wide to experience the wild purity of the Wadden Islands that are a part of Friesland province. Opt to stay an extra night in the town of Harlingen to visit Wadden Islands Vlieland or Terschelling. As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transfer and excellent accommodation. It's possible to stay an extra night in the town of Harlingen to visit Wadden Islands Vlieland or Terschelling. The price for an extra night in Harlingen is €125,- pp (double room with breakfast, including boat tickets).
Day 1: Arrival in Heerenveen
Day 2: Heerenveen - Rijs
Day 3: Rijs - Harlingen
Day 4: Harlingen - Leeuwarden
Day 5: Leeuwarden - Heerenveen
Day 6: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Heerenveen

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.

Day 2:    Heerenveen - Rijs
46 km

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 Rijs.

Today you can also choose to cycle a longer route of ca. 66 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). 

Day 3:    Rijs - Harlingen
63 km

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. 

Tip: if you want to spend a day cycling on the Wadden Island of Vlieland or Terschelling, then we can book an extra night in Harlingen for you and a return ferry ticket.  In the booking form, please add 1 extra night in Harlingen and the Boat tickets service. In the remarks field, add the name of the island you would like to visit. 

In the booking form, please add 1 extra night in Harlingen and the Boat tickets service. In the remarks field, add the name of the island you would like to visit. 

Day 4:    Harlingen - Leeuwarden
66 km

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.

Day 5:    Leeuwarden - Heerenveen
67 km

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.

Day 6:    Return Home
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 25.

The price for an extra night in Harlingen is 80,-€ per person sharing a double room with breakfast included. 
The price for an extra night in Harlingen is 125,-€ per person in single room with breakfast included. 

Return boat ticket from/to Terschelling or Vieland is 55,-€ per person. You also need to select 1 extra night in Harlingen in the booking form. Please add in the comment field if you want to go to Vlieland or Terschelling. 

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 595.00
Single room, breakfast 845.00
Extra night double room, breakfast only 80.00
Rental bike
Child bike 55.00
Hybrid 65.00
E-bike 135.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 4.00 x 5 20.00
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
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Tag-along bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 5 87.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
SGR per piece 5.00

Starting point:
Heerenveen or Leeuwarden


The hotels and the B&B on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the accomodation we work with appears below. If a certain accomodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will try to request a comparable alternative if possible. 

When selecting the accomodation, we try to take into account as much as possible a safe and closed bicycle shed. However, we cannot do this with all of them guarantee and this partly depends on the number of bicycles of other guests.

Uitgerust voor Zaken *** (Heerenveen)
Hotel Jans *** (Rijs)
Anna Casparii
Hotel Anna Casparii*** (Harlingen)


Fletcher Hotel Stadhouderlijk Hof **** (Leeuwarden)

If you don’t bring your own bike, you can rent one 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 bike 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


Our hybrid bikes have 24-gears with hand brakes. 
The hybrid bikes are circa 16,5 KG.

Rental bike

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. 25 KG. We recommend a minimum height of 160 cm for the e-bike.


For children who are at least 120 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:
Child bike 26 inch


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.  


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 (only available for children over 5 years). 


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.

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.

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 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.


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.  

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 ANWB pechhulp in advance, their service is as follows. The costs are €4,- per bicycle per day. If your bike breaks down by the roadside an ANWB 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 can't continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.

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.

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.


Practical info

5 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included

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

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Schiphol to Heerenveen departs 1 time per hour. Travel time is between 2 and 2,5 hour. A single ticket costs approx €26,- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to www.ns.nl/en. For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check: www.9292.nl/en.



...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....

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