IJsselmeer, around the IJsselmeer without aflsuitdijk [7-99]

This tour follows the coast of the former Zuiderzee. After the completion of the Afsluitdijk, the barrier dyke which cuts off the inlet, this former sea was transformed into a lake surrounded by fertile polders. The six counties surrounding the IJsselmeer visited by this tour offer a wide variety of landscape and history. While enjoying marvellous panoramas, you will travel on dykes and cycle paths alongside water gates, reed beds and swamps, national parks, meadows, farms and picturesque fishing villages. In the historical cities of Amsterdam, Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Kampen and Harderwijk many reminders can be seen of the rich era of the VOC (the Dutch East India Company)


Day 1      Arrival in Huizen
Day 2      Huizen – Volendam or Katwoude – 64 km
Day 3      Volendam or Katwoude – Enkhuizen – 54 km
Day 4      Enkhuizen – Oudemirdum or Lemmer – 41/56 km
Day 5      Oudemirdum or Lemmer – Giethoorn – 60/45 km
Day 6      Giethoorn – Nunspeet – 63 km
Day 7      Nunspeet – Huizen and departure – 61 km


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

Day 2 Huizen – Volendam or Katwoude – 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. You will either be staying on the harbour quay or at the mill in Katwoude.

Day 3 Volendam or Katwoude – 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 – Oudemirdum or Lemmer – 41/56 km
On day 4 you will cross the IJsselmeer by ferry to the Frisian town of Stavoren. From here you can make a tour of scenic Hindeloopen. Cycling further through the wooded, hilly countryside of Gaasterland, you will reach Oudemirdum. Your hotel can be found either on the Brink or a little further on in the port town of Lemmer. .

Day 5 Oudemirdum or Lemmer – Giethoorn – 60/45 km
After a well-deserved night’s rest, you will pass the Lemmer steam pumping station before crossing the Weerribben. This National Park is a unique peatland area with an exceptional wealth of characteristic flora and fauna. Your hotel is in Giethoorn, the spectacularly pretty “Venice of the North”, with its myriad arched bridges, boats and thatched farmhouses.

Day 6 Giethoorn – Nunspeet – 63 km
From Giethoorn you will cycle to the Hanseatic city of Kampen, situated on the IJssel river. Via the attractive fortress city of Elburg, and passing many small lakes, you will reach your goal of Nunspeet, situated at the edge of the Veluwe, the largest forest in the Netherlands.

Day 7 Nunspeet – Huizen and departure – 61 km
On this last day you will cycle through the old port city of Harderwijk and the fishing village of Spakenburg before returning to Huizen through the wide Eempolder.

Daily from March 1st until October 31st

Prices 2019 p.p. Euro
Per person  in a double room
6 night stay incl. breakfast 555,-
Toeslagen p.p. Euro
Single room 195,-
Halfboard 170,-
Rental bike 65,-
Rental e-bike 120,-
Rental GPS 40,-
Reservation costs 20,-
Extra’s p.p. Euro
Extra night Huizen (BB) 60,-
Single room 100,-
Rental bike per day 10,-
Rental e-bike per day 20,-

Start tour:

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
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
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(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 in 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 from 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
Tourist taxes per person per day € 1,00 – € 2,50
Ticket Ferry Enkhuizen – Stavoren per person € 16,- (incl. bike)


During your tour, you will stay in the following hotels:

Huizen- Hotel Nautisch Kwartier**** or Hampshire Hotel Newport
Volendam- Hotel Old Dutch*** or Katwoude- Hotel Volendam van der Valk****
Enkhuizen- Hotel Die Port van Cleve*** or Hotel De Koepoort****
Oudemirdum- Hotel Restaurant Boschlust*** or Lemmer- Hotel Lemmer***
Giethoorn- Hotel De Pergola*** or B&B d’Olde Smidse ***
Nunspeet- NH Hotel Veluwe Sparrenhorst**** or Hotel de Hoeve van Nunspeet***