Cycling Holidays

Around the IJsselmeer with Afsluitdijk [7-05]

This tour follows the coast of the IJsselmeer. You mainly cycle on bike paths over the IJsselmeer dyke and you will cross the Afsluitdijk; the dyke that transformed the Zuiderzee into the IJsselmeer. The tour starts and ends in the ancient and picturesque town of Hoorn, where you will see many imposing buildings from the Golden Age (17th century).


Day 1   Arrival in Hoorn
Day 2   Hoorn - Medemblik - 45 km
Day 3   Medemblik - Makkum - 57 km
Day 4   Makkum - Lemmer - 49 km
Day 5   Lemmer - Lelystad - 55 km
Day 6   Lelystad - Amsterdam - 57 km
Day 7   Amsterdam - Hoorn and departure - 55 km


Day 1 Arrival in Hoorn
Free parking at the hotel (no reservation required).

Day 2 Hoorn – Medemblik – 45 km
You will cycle on bike paths over the dyke, along bird wetlands, to Enkhuizen. Here you should plan to take a city tour and a visit to the Zuiderzee Museum is also recommended. You will stay the night in the old and pretty town of Medemblik.
Day 3  Medemblik - Makkum - 57 km
Today you will cross the Afsluitdijk. With the completion of the Afsluitdijk the Zuiderzee (‘Southern Sea’) became the fresh water lake of IJsselmeer. On the other side of the dyke, you will find yourself in the province of Friesland.  Your hotel is in Makkum, a town known for its pottery.

Day 4 Makkum - Lemmer - 49 km
You will cycle through the Frisian towns of Workum, Hindeloopen and Stavoren. Each one of these beautiful, little towns has its own rich history. In Gaasterland the open landscape gives way to gentle slopes with deciduous woods, hedgerows and even cliffs. Your hotel is in the port town of Lemmer.

Day 5 Lemmer - Lelystad - 55 km
From Lemmer you will cycle over the dyke between the lake and 'the new land', a only sixty years old polder landscape. By way of the fishing village of Urk, a former island, you will ride to the new city of Lelystad.   

Day 6 Lelystad - Amsterdam - 57 km
Your route will take you past the Oostvaardersplassen. This unique nature reserve will give you some idea of how the Netherlands would have looked thousands of years ago. Following the southern shore of the IJsselmeer you will reach Muiden, where you will find the mediaeval castle of Muiderslot. From here, a short cycle ride brings you to Amsterdam.
Day 7 Amsterdam - Hoorn and departure - 55 km
After cycling through the city centre of Amsterdam and crossing the IJ by ferry, a pleasant cycle along the former estuary brings you to Waterland, with its bird-rich peat meadows, ancient canals and watercourses. In the island village of Marken, where the houses are built of wood, it almost seems as if time has stood still. Traveling by boat you will arrive in Volendam. Over the old Zuiderzee dyke by way of the town of Edam – famous for its cheese –you will return to Hoorn.
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Daily from March 1st until October 31th.
Prices 2020 p.p.                               Euro
Per person in a double room     
6 nights' accommocation, breakfast included     610,-
A supplement will be required p.p. for:               Euro
Single room                   325,-
Halfboard      125,-
Rental bike 8 gears 105,-
Rental e-bike     170,-
Rental GPS       40,-
Reservation costs     20,-
A supplement will be required p.p. for:               Euro
Start period 01-03 till 29-06 and 19-08 till 31-10
Extra night Hoorn bed and breakfast
Single room      170,-
Rental bike per day      10,-
Rental e-bike per day      20,-

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Practical information:
♦ 6 nights Accommodation in *** or **** hotels
♦ Breakfast (buffet)
♦ If you book Half Board: an evening meal of at least three courses
♦ Parking, free at the hotel
♦ Luggagetransfer from hotel to hotel (1 piece pp max 20 kg)
♦ Detailed route description and maps 
♦ On demand: Tour as GPS-file
♦ The possibility of renting our bikes (21/24 gears, bach and lock), e-bikes and trailers (at extra costs)
♦ We adapt the bike to suit your wishes
♦ When having rental bikes: saddlebags for carrying things you need on the road
♦ Seven days a week service-hotline
♦ Closest trainstation, Hoorn

♦ Accomodation at double room
♦ Breakfast (buffet)
♦ 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, e-bikes and trailers
♦ If you book Half Board: Drinks with your evening meal
♦ Tourist taxes per person per day € 1,00 - € 2,50
♦ 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.

Van der Valk Hotel Hoorn


Van der Valk Hotel Hoorn

Van der Valk Hotel Hoorn offers lovely spacious luxurious hotel rooms. It has a Life Cooking Restaurant and an À La Carte Restaurant for breakfast, lunch... Read more

Hotel Medemblik


Hotel Medemblik

Hotel Medemblik is situated in a charming town set on one of Europe's largest inland lakes, the IJsselmeer. Guests benefit from free Wi-Fi in their room. Al... Read more

Hotel De Waag


Hotel De Waag

This intimate hotel is situated in Makkum near the IJsselmeer.Waag features free Wi-Fi, a terrace and a bar with darts and a billiard table. All of the rooms at... Read more

Hotel Lemmer


Hotel Lemmer

Hotel Lemmer is located on the edge of the centre of Lemmer and offers a garden with terrace. IJsselmeer is only a 5-minute walk away. This hotel consists of 2 ... Read more

‚ÄčApollo Hotel Lelystad


‚ÄčApollo 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

Ramada Apollo Hotel


Ramada Apollo Hotel

Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre is situated at a spectacular A-location in our capital city. The imposing hotel is located only 15 minutes from the historic city... Read more

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