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With the help of a map and an information package may make the bike ride to the largest lake in the Netherlands, the Ijssel lake. Your route starts in Hoorn. There you will dine in the old harbor overlooking the port and its boats. Your bike ride around the IJsselmeer coast begin towards Enkhuizen and from here the ferry across the IJsselmeer to Stavoren in the province of Friesland will be taken. Your hotel is located in the Weerribben national park, a unique marshland. Because of the many small canals and waterways Giethoorn is often called the “Venice of the North”. It is worth taking a canal cruise with a “punter”.The cozy town of Zwartsluis is located at the crossroads of several waterways. From the top of the old dike shoreline, which now dominates the “polders” pedaling to the Hanseatic city of Kampen and visiting the small fortified town of Elburg and the lively city of Harderwijk. The river Vecht leads you to Weesp, your final destination. From here it is just 20 minutes by train from central Amsterdam.
Arrival at the starting point, your hotel in Hoorn. In the evening you have your diner in a restaurant in the centre of Hoorn. After your diner in a monumental building from where you can see the traditional sailing ships on the Havenhoofd.
After breakfast you leave for your first real bike ride: along the coast line of the IJssel Lake you cycle to Enkhuizen, another splendid port from the rich Dutch past. From here you make the crossing by ferry to Stavoren in the Province of Friesland (± 80 minutes). From Stavoren it is a one hour bike ride to your next hotel in Rijs.
From Rijs, the cycle trip leads via Lemmer. From here you ride along The Tjeuke Lake and several tiny rural villages like Echtenerbrug to Ossenzijl. You’ll be staying overnight in hotel ‘De Kluft’ located in the National Park De Weerribben.
Just outside Ossenzijl, you cycle in to the national reserve ‘De Weerribben’. Via Steenwijk, the route leads to Giethoorn, ‘Venice of the North’. You can make a cruise on the canals with a ‘punter’ ( a traditional barge especially used on these small canals) or just make a strol in this fascinating village. The next part of today’s trip leads straight across some huge lakes and ends in Zwartsluis, a nice little town situated at a crossroad of waterways.
You take a small ferry to Genemuiden and cycle to the hanseatic town of Kampen, a town full of monuments. After this town, the road leads to Elburg, a former fishing-town with a beautiful harbour. Your itinerary leads through heath land and forestries and finally ends in Harderwijk.
At the beginning of today’s cycle ride there’s a huge area of woods and moorland, which you’ll be crossing till Nijkerk. You may wish to visit the local cheese farm or the steam pumping station and then head for your hotel in Eemnes.
Through Blaricum, a villadom, and the Tafelberg moorlands you arrive in Naarden-Vesting. This is one of the finest walled towns in the Netherlands. Following the pictoresque river Vecht, you reach the finish of your tour in Weesp. If you feel like visiting Amsterdam at night: it’s only 20 minutes by train!
After breakfast you leave your hotel for you homeward journey.
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