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Around Lake Markermeer [7-09]

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.

Day 1      Arrival in Huizen
Day 2      Huizen - Amsterdam - 37 km
Day 3      Amsterdam - Volendam - 35 km
Day 4      Volendam - Enkhuizen - 50 km
Day 5      Enkhuizen - Lelystad - 36 km
Day 6      Lelystad - Huizen - 46 km
Day 7      Return Home    


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Day 1      Arrival in Huizen    
Free parking at the hotel.  If you are travelling by public transport, the journey from Amsterdam Airport should take under 90 minutes. The train will take you as far as Naarden-Bussum. From there, it’s a short bus ride into 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
Opt to wander around the gorgeous and still relatively peaceful seventeenth century canal ring area (World Heritage Site). At the end of the morning, make your way out of the city to Monnickendam. This quiet fishing village was a busy port in the 13th and 14th centuries, maintaining trade relations to seafaring towns across the Zuiderzee, and even as far afield as Scandinavian and Baltic countries. To the west, the River Purmer gave access to the hinterland including Amsterdam. If you are peckish, you might like to try this region’s specialty: freshly smoked eel! Continue the bike tour through scenic peat meadow landscape unique to the Netherlands. This region is called Waterland – you’ll see why! Wooden houses and bridges (anything heavier would sink!) adorn this shining landscape. Rustling reeds sway in the wind. Cycling up the shores of Gouwzee and IJmeer lakes, enjoy the ever-changing waterscapes. And then, in the midst of this beautiful scenery, the pointed red roofs of a picturesque village come into view. This is picture postcard Holland complete with wooden fishing boats and old ladies wearing traditional costume. It won’t surprise you to learn that Volendam is a magnet for foreign tourists. A great place to stop for the night!

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.

Day 6      Lelystad - Huizen - 47 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.

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Starting dates:     

Daily from April 1 till September 24.

In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies of €20,00 per person in a single or double room

Prices 2020 p.p. Euro
Per person in a double room           
6 nights' accommodation, breakfast included      615,-
A supplement will be required p.p. for:        Euro
Single room               180,-
Dinner   180,-
Extra night (BB)   70,-
Bike rental   72,-
E-Bike rental   150,-
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike Breakdown Pass   16,50
GPS rental 20,-
Surcharge overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single or double room 20,-
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
10 - 12 April
25 April
01 - 03 May
01 August
staying overnight in a single or double room 




 

60,00


Starting point:     
Huizen or Amsterdam
Practical information:
♦ 6 nights Accommodation in *** or **** hotels
♦ Breakfast (buffet)
♦ If you book Half Board: an evening meal 
♦ Parking, free at the Hotel
♦ Luggage transport to your next hotel
♦ Detailed route description and maps 
♦ Tourist information on all the places of interest
♦ Saddlebags for carrying things you need on the road when having rental bikes
♦ Seven days a week service-hotline
♦ The possibility of renting our bikes and trailers (at extra costs)
♦ Closest Trainstation, Naarden-Bussum

Included:
♦ Accommodation at double room 
♦ Breakfast (buffet)
♦ Tourist information on all the places of interest
♦ Detailed route description and maps 
♦ Luggage transport to your next hotel (1 piece p.p. max 20 kg)

Not included:
♦ Journey to the starting point of your cycle holiday.
♦ Journey to the finishing point of your cycling holiday back home
♦ Cost of rental bikes and trailers
♦ If you book Half Board: Drinks with your evening meal.
♦ Lunch

Here you will find the hotels which will be booked with this tour. When these hotels have no availability, we will book a comparable hotel.

Fletcher Hotel Nautisch Kwartier

Huizen

Fletcher Hotel Nautisch Kwartier

Situated in a wonderful location in Huizen in the province of North Holland, right next to Fletcher De Kalkovens, the new hotel was opened on 1 April 2012: the ... Read more

Westcord Art Hotel

Amsterdam

Westcord Art Hotel

Art Hotel Amsterdam (3-stars) is in the city quarter Westerpark, 10 minutes by public transport from Amsterdam city centre. The hotel is on the border of Spaarn... Read more

​Hotel Old Dutch

Volendam

​Hotel Old Dutch

Hotel Old Dutch is located directly along the famous harbour of Volendam. It features a seafood restaurant and rooms with wide views of the IJsselmeer or the vi... Read more

Hotel De Koepoort

Enkhuizen

Hotel De Koepoort

‘De Koepoort’, the town-gate, the historical entrance of Enkhuizen and the entrance to an unique stay at a beautiful location, we look forward to we... Read more

​Apollo Hotel Lelystad

Lelystad

​Apollo Hotel Lelystad

Apollo Hotel Lelystad City Centre is situated in the city centre of Lelystad. The 4-star hotel is easily accessed from Amsterdam, Almere and Utrecht. Lelystad l... Read more

Fletcher Hotel Nautisch Kwartier

Huizen

Fletcher Hotel Nautisch Kwartier

Situated in a wonderful location in Huizen in the province of North Holland, right next to Fletcher De Kalkovens, the new hotel was opened on 1 April 2012: the ... Read more

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