For 8 days, 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 Huizen
Day 2 Huizen – Volendam – 57 km
Day 3 Volendam – Enkhuizen 45 km
Day 4 Enkhuizen – Lemmer / by boat and ca. 35 km biking
Day 5 Lemmer – Kampen – 65 km
Day 6 Kampen – Harderwijk – 45 km
Day 7 Harderwijk – Huizen – 44 km
Day 8 Return Home
Day 01 Arrival Huizen
Free parking at the hotel, no reservation required. The hotel is in the old harbour and is situated directly at the Ijsselmeer. The centre of Huizen is not very far and a visit to this old fishing town is highly recommended. Huizen is close to the border of the “Goois Nature Park) a beautiful forest and heathland.
Day 02 Huizen – Volendam ca. 57 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. A pleasant cycle along the former estuary brings you to Waterland, with its bird-rich peat meadows, ancient canals and watercourses.
Day 03 Volendam – Enkhuizen ca. 45 km
Today’s peaceful route, past farmhouses and windmills, 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. 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.
Day 04 Enkhuizen–Lemmer / by boat and ca. 35 km biking
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 05 Lemmer – Kampen ca. 65 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 peat land area with an exceptional wealth of characteristic flora and fauna. Via Blokzijl, Zwartsluis and Genemuid you will reach Kampen.
Day 06 Kampen – Harderwijk ca. 45 km
From the Hanseatic city of Kampen, situated on the IJssel river you will cycle towards the water. Via the attractive fortress city of Elburg, and passing many small lakes, you will reach your goal of Harderwijk.
Day 07 Harderwijk – Huizen 44 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.
Day 08 Return Home
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
Every day between april 25 until september 22
and april 15., 16., 18. until 21. and 23.
|Prices 2019 €
|Per person in a double room
|7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
|A supplement will be required for:
|Extra night accommodation, breakfast included
|Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass
It is possible to book an extra night in Giethoorn, trip will be one day longer then and guests will cycle from Lemmer towards Giethoorn and the day after from Giethoorn to Kampen.
Please be aware that the luggage driver only transports 1 bag per person. This bag has a maximal weight of 20 kilogram.
In April and after September, there are just a few days the boat sails between Enkhuizen and Stavoren. The days that the boat sails in April are at this moment unknown. Therefore we don’t recommend making this tour in April.
|Hotel Nautisch Kwartier
|Hotel Spaander or Hotel Old Dutch
|Hotel Port van Cleve or Hotel Koepoort
|Hotel It Heechhus – or Sporthotel Iselmar
|Boetiekhotel Kampen or Hotel van Dijk
|Hotel Monopole Harderwijk or Hotel Marktzicht
|Hotel Nautisch Kwartier