Around the Markermeer [5-00]

After completion of the Afsluitdijk, the Zuiderzee was transformed into the IJsselmeer. Thirty years later, further large areas of land were reclaimed. On this tour you will cycle along and through the former estuary. The first two days of cycling follow the south and west coast. In Amsterdam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, many reminders of the 17th century Golden Age – heyday of the Netherlands – can be seen. Following a boat trip on the IJsselmeer to the island village of Urk, you will cycle through the 'new land'. Traversing this polder landscape – only sixty years old – you will pass through the new cities of Lelystad and Almere and the unique nature reserve of the Oostvaardersplassen.

Day 1      Arrival in Huizen
Day 2      Huizen - Volendam - 64 km 
Day 3      Volendam - Enkhuizen - 54 km 
Day 4      Enkhuizen - Lelystad - 31/58 km
Day 5      Lelystad - Huizen and departure - 50 km 


Dag 1      Arrival in Huizen
Free parking at the hotel, no reservation required.

Day 2      Huizen - Volendam - 64 km
On your first day of cycling you will follow the southern shore of the IJsselmeer until you reach Muiden, where you will find the medieval castle of Muiderslot. From here, it is a short ride to Amsterdam, where you will cycle through the city centre before 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. Travelling either by boat or via Monnickendam you will arrive in Volendam. 

Day 3      Volendam - Enkhuizen - 54 km 
Today you will cycle over the old Zuiderzee dyke by way of the town of Edam – famous for its cheese – and the ancient and picturesque town of Hoorn, where you will see many imposing buildings from the Golden Age (17th century). In Enkhuizen, where you will spend the night, you should plan to take a city tour and a visit to the Zuiderzee Museum is also recommended.

Day 4      Enkhuizen - Lelystad - 31/58 km
The day starts with a boat trip on the IJsselmeer to the fishing village of Urk. Here you can cycle to Schokland, like Urk, a former island. Both of these unique enclaves justly deserve their place on the World Heritage List. After this, you will ride through the Flevopolder, 'the new land', to Lelystad.

Day 5      Lelystad - Huizen and departure - 50 km
Your route will take you past the Batavia Yard, where ships from the Golden Age, important to the maritime history of the Netherlands, are reconstructed. After that you will reach the Oostvaardersplassen. This unique nature reserve will give you some idea of how the Netherlands would have looked thousands of years ago. Your return to Huizen will take you along the banks of the Gooi.
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​Daily from March 1st till October 31st.
Start is not possible on Thursday
Boottrip Enkhuizen-Urk is possible on startdates within the period 28-06 till 28-08.
All other dates you will cycle over the Afsluitdijk

Prices 2020 p.p.                              Euro
Per person in a double room     
4 nights' accommodation, breakfast included      395,-
A supplement will be required p.p. for:          Euro
Single room                     155,-
Halfboard      95,-
Rental bike   60,-
Rental e-bike   110,-
Rental GPS      40,-
Reservation costs      20,-
A supplement will be required p.p. for:          Euro
Extra night Huizen (BB)      70,-
Single room     120,-
Rental bike per day      10,-
Rental e-bike per day      20,-

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Practical information:
♦ 4 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
♦ Luggage transport to your next hotel
♦ Detailed route description and maps 
♦ On demand: Tour as GPS-file
♦ Tourist information on all the places of interest
♦ When having rental bikes: saddlebags for carrying things you need on the road
♦ Seven days a week service-hotline
♦ The possibility of renting our bikes (24 gears, bag and lock), e-bikes and trailers (at extra costs)
♦ We adapt the bike to suit your wishes
♦ Closest Trainstation, Naarden-Bussum

♦ Accommodation at double room 
♦ Breakfast (buffet)
♦ Tourist information on all the places of interest
♦ Personal meet and greet in Huizen (only Saturday)
♦ 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, trailers and e-bikes
♦ If you book Half Board: Drinks with your evening meal
♦ Tourist taxes per person per day € 1,00 - € 2,50
♦ Ticket Ferry Enkhuizen - Urk per person € 17,50 (incl. bike)
♦ 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


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

​Hotel Old Dutch


​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 Die Port van Cleve


Hotel Die Port van Cleve

Die Port van Cleve is a cosy hotel situated in the city centre of Enkhuizen, along the harbor. The train station and tourist information office are a 3-minute w... Read more

​Apollo Hotel 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

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