IJsselmeer sportive tour [6-20]

Especially for the sportive cyclists among us, we arrange a sportive tour! You will cycle along the shores of this ancient sea. As you ride peacefully on quiet roads and bike lanes, you’ll pass a variety of interesting towns, monuments and places of interest. This circuit gives you the opportunity to explore the friendly atmosphere of the fishing ports, historical trading towns and small rural villages where we’ve selected a series of comfortable accommodations.


Day 1 Arrival Amsterdam
Day 2 ​Amsterdam – Enkhuizen 89 km
Day 3 Enkhuizen – Giethoorn 73 km
Day 4 Giethoorn – Harderwijk 83 km
Day 5 Harderwijk – Amsterdam 81 km
Day 6 Departure Amsterdam

Day 1 Arrival Amsterdam
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam. Have you seen the new and improved Rijksmuseum? The Maritime Museum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank…? Pick and choose

Day 2 ​Amsterdam – Enkhuizen 89 km
Waterland awaits, with wet meadows, wooden bridges and windswept reeds and rushes. Waterlandsmuseum “De Speelklok” in the pretty village of Monnickendam explains (in English) the history of this extraordinary cultural landscape. Then cycle up the shore of Lake Markermeer to friendly Volendam. The quaint stone houses in the distinctive heart of the catholic fishing village seem to have been drawn up without an organized street plan. “De Dijk”, overlooking the harbour, is lined with souvenir shops, pavement cafes and restaurants.
Then it continues up the coast to Edam, Hoorn and then Enkhuizen. Beautiful buildings are reminders of the prosperous 17th century Golden Age when they were affluent harbour towns, focussed on trade and shipbuilding. For centuries, small, round, salty cheeses produced by dairy farmers in neighbouring polders were shipped out of Edam and exported all over Europe. For six weeks in summer a traditional Wednesday-morning cheese-market is put on for tourists (10.30 -12.30 hrs). If you’re into cheese, opt to plan your trip around this Edam spectacle. In Zuiderzee Museum, in Enkhuizen, learn all about the days when ships from villages on the Zuiderzee sailed the seven seas trading in bulbs and spices. The biggest attraction is a re-created Zuiderzee village of old, boasting adorable local architecture.

Day 3 Enkhuizen – Giethoorn 73 km
In the morning 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 the portal town of Lemmer. Pass the Lemmer steam pumping station before crossing the Weerribben. This National Park is a unique peat land 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 4 Giethoorn – Harderwijk 83 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 Harderwijk.

Day 5 Harderwijk – Amsterdam 81 km
Set those wheels in motion and pedal along the shores of Randmeren lakes. Arkemheen-Eemland is a National Heritage Landscape. The area was surrounded by dikes in the year 1360 to stop crop fields from being flooded. Arkemheen polder is so special because the original lots are still intact. The lots are divided by creeks, remainders of Zuiderzee tidal streams. Some plant species still recall the influence of salt water. Part of the polder is being preserved as a bird habitat for “Natura 2000”. The visitors’ centre has more information. Should you have an abiding interest in the Age of Steam, you may like to visit steam-driven pumping station Hertog Reijnout. It controlled water levels in the low-lying polder from 1883 till 1983. From here 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. A pleasant cycle along the former estuary brings you to Waterland, with its bird-rich peat meadows, ancient canals and watercourses.

Day 6 Departure Amsterdam

Daily from May 1st till September 24.

In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies of €18,- per person in a double room

Prijzen 2019, p.p. Euro
Voor een tweepersoonskamer
7 x overnachting met ontbijt        485,00
A supplement will be required p.p. for:           Euro
Single room      200,00
Dinner   137,50
Extra night (BB)   70,00
Bike rental   60,00
E-Bike rental   125,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike Breakdown Pass   13,75
GPS rental (per booking)   10,00
Surcharge overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room 18,00
Surcharge overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 36,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
​20 – 21 May
12 – 16 June
12 – 16 September
staying overnight in a double room
staying overnight in a single room

Practical information:

5 nights Accommodation in *** or **** hotels
Breakfast (buffet)
If you book Half Board: an evening meal of at least three courses
In Amsterdam there are no half board possibilities
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


During this tour you will stay in the following hotels:

Harderwijk – Best Western Hotel Baars****
Enkhuizen – Hotel de Koepoort****
Oudemirdum – Hotel Boschlust***
Zwartsluis – Hotel Zwartewater****