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Ijsselmeer, Dutch nostalgia

8 days / 7 nights
Netherlands - Seas and rivers - Leisure cycling - Culture & gastronomy - E-bike tours - Self-guided - E-bike
Without guide - Families - Comfort - Luggage transfer

Last updated: 15/11/2022

price from
~579 $ [535 €] per pers.

Cycling around the Ijsselmeer is an extraordinary experience! The right place for natur and silence lovers. The lake was formed in 1932, after the building of the Zuiderzee dam. Before the 20th century, there were many small but lively villages around the lake, where thousands of families lived from fishing. However today, the Ijsselmeer is especially known for its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque landscapes. On the shores of the lake, you will also discover enchanting little villages and towns.
Enjoy the views over the lake, the green forests and the enchanting Dutch polder landscapes!

Your day by day program

Arriving in Nunspeet

Often called the pearl of the Veluwe, Nunspeet is located at the heart of the Veluwe, one of the most famous and beautiful natural regions in the Netherlands. This little town is surrounded by old traditional farms, pasture lands and tree-shrouded hills.

From Nunspeet to Amersfoort (60 km)

Your first day of cycling starts in Amersfoort, a town where history is very much alive. You will also have the chance to go for a walk in the town’s enchanting little streets and to admire its old fortified walls. Amersfoort’s souvenir shops and boutiques also make it the ideal place to go shopping.

Distance: 60km.

From Amersfoort to Purmerend (70 km)

Today, you will cycle through landscapes, dominated by the ancient bog of Eemland, and enchanting little villages such as Baarn, Goi or Narden where you will be able to see the town’s battlements, which are some of the best preserved fortifications in Europe.

Distance: 70 km.

From Purmerend to Enkhuizen (56 km)

Start the day by cycling through Edam, a town famous for its succulent cheese, and ride to the villages of Volendam and Hoorn, which were strategic maritime locations during the Dutch Golden Age.
End today’s journey by going to Enkhuizen and the Museum of Zuiderzee.

Distance: 56 km.

From Enkhuizen to Harich/Lemmer (35 or 40 km)

Take a ferry crossing to the Frise region and cycle amidst open landscapes in order to discover the small popular towns of Stavoren, famous for the Eleven Cities Tour invented in 1809 by two men, who decided to ice skate through these eleven towns in the space of one single day!

Distance: 35 or 40 km.

From Harich/Lemmer to Zwartsluis (50 or 62 km)

Pedal your way through the National Park of the Weeribben, an area full of peat and water, before reaching the fortress of Zwartsluis, which is the place to be for water sports in the Netherlands.

Distance: 50 or 62 km.

From Zwartsluis to Nunspeet (52 km)

Head off to Kampen and then to Nunspeet, an old Hanze town with no less than 500 monuments. Then, cycle through the romantic village of Noordeinde, before reaching the beautiful landscapes of the Veluwe and then Nunspeet.

Distance: 52 km.


End of your tour after breakfast.

Departure board

Every Saturday and Sunday from the 30th of April to the 11th of September 2022.
Every Friday as well from the 1st of July to the 12th of August 2022.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • At your hotel in Nunspeet.
  • End of your tour in Nunspeet, on day 8 after breakfast.
  • 3 and 4 star-hotels (double or twin bedrooms with private bathroom).
Number of people
  • From 2.
Level of difficulty
  • Easy. Road surface: flat. Distances: from 35 and up to 70km a day.
  • Luggage transfer by vehicle (1 bag per person 20 kg).
  • Hybrid bike rental : 70€
  • Electric bike rental  : 140€
  • Summer supplement 11/06 - 28/08 : 50€
  • Supplement for nights in single bedrooms : 200€
  • Half-board  : 185€
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 stars hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Swimming pool in Nunspeet, Lemmer and Zwartsluis
  • Luggage transfers (1 luggage of 20kg/person)
  • Information package with maps and road-books
  • Hotline service (including the week-end)
  • Free car park in the hotel,
  • Tourist taxes.
Not included
  • Transport options to the meeting point and from the point of dispersal
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Ferry crossing from Enkhuizen to Stavoren (17€).
  • (you must bring your own bikes and luggage on the ferry. The hotel of Enkhuizen is located between 200 and 700 meters from the port. The hotel can help you bringing your luggage directly to the hotel, paying an extra on the spot. At Stavoren harbor, the transportation of your luggage is included)
  • Evening meals in option (7 dinners - 3 courses)
  • Bike rental in option


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