Northern Holland Single Centre Cycling Break

Cycle to some of the nicest villages in Northern Holland including Edam and Hoorn. See Zaanse Schans with the picturesque windmills and then spend time in Volendam.

All from the comfort of your hotel set in a peaceful location. You will be based in a hotel in Purmerend and each day have the option to cycle to a different area; Visit Edam the ‘cheese city’, spend time in Volendam where you will find a great example of a typical Dutch village.

Cycling near Volendam

In Monnickendam you can admire the lovely wooden houses and of course you can spend the day in Amsterdam exploring this vibrant city. This is a lovely leisurely flat route that can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a basic level of fitness

Northern Holland Single Centre Cycling Break

Cycle to some of the nicest villages in Northern Holland including Edam and Hoorn. See Zaanse Schans with the picturesque windmills and then spend time in Volendam.

All from the comfort of your hotel set in a peaceful location. You will be based in a hotel in Purmerend and each day have the option to cycle to a different area; Visit Edam the ‘cheese city’, spend time in Volendam where you will find a great example of a typical Dutch village.

Cycling near Volendam

In Monnickendam you can admire the lovely wooden houses and of course you can spend the day in Amsterdam exploring this vibrant city. This is a lovely leisurely flat route that can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a basic level of fitness

Itinerary

On this cycle holiday you have a choice of several routes and can choose which one you wish to take each day.

Day 1 : Arrive Purmerend

Arrive at your hotel in Purmerend where you will be based for the duration of your cycle trip. The Hampshire Hotel Waterland is set in wonderful quiet surroundings and just 25 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam. After check in your are free to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 2 : Purmerend – Edam – Hoorn roundtrip
38 miles/60 kms

Today’s cycle ride takes you to Edam and Hoorn and along the way you will cycle through the Polder Zeevang, a polder landscape which was once totally surrounded by the sea. Edam is mostly known for Edammer cheese, but it has so much more to offer. Perhaps visit St. Nicolas church, which was built at the beginning of the 15th century and is one of the largest 3-ridged churches in Europe, containing wonderful stained glass windows. Besides the church, you have the Town Hall and also the museum as well as the Gothic Carrilon tower whose tower bell still rings out a short melody every 15 minutes. Hoorn, the pearl at the Ijssel lake has several museums, 4 harbours, many galleries and several dining options and cafes.

Day 3 : Purmerend – Beemster roundtrip
30 miles/47 kms

During this cycle tour, you will discover the Beemster with the beautiful village Rijp. The Beemster is the first so-called polder in the Netherlands that was reclaimed from a lake, the water being extracted out of the lake by windmills. Around the lake a ring dyke was raised and on the outside of it, they dug a canal. You can clearly see the difference in height from the ring dyke of the Beemster. Beemster is more than two meters lower than the surrounding land. Furthermore, there’s the Fort van Spijkerboor built between 1880 and 1920 and which formed a 135 km long defense line around Amsterdam. The wonderful village Rijp was a fisherman’s village on the banks of the Beemster and you can admire about 400 houses with 17th century facades. Leaving Rijp, you will pass the windmills of Schermerhorn, which were used to drain the lake, then just before Middenbeemster, you will see a flour mill set in a beautiful spot with lots of monumental buildings. Slightly south of Middenbeemster, there are several monumental traditional farmhouses near each other. The farms were built by wealthy landowners, mostly merchants from Amsterdam.

Day 4 : Purmerend – Volendam – Monnickendam – Amsterdam roundtrip
38 miles/60 kms

We suggest an early start today as there is much to see. Cycle to Volendam, a unique little place with its own dialect and traditions. From here you can choose to either take the ferry out to the tiny former island of Marken where you can visit the lighthouse and admire the views before riding back to the mainland on the causeway, or you can ride along the lake shore to the pretty town of Monickendam with its canals and wooden houses.

Both options deliver you to the same point from where you can continue along the lake shore to Amsterdam. The list of things to see and do in the vibrant, cycle-friendly city are too numerous to list here but some popular options include the Rijksmuseum, where famous works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt are on display, a visit to the Anne Frank Museum or a boat tour of the city’s canal network. Alternatively, just soak up the atmosphere watching the locals pedal by as you sit at one of Amsterdam’s many bustling street cafes. Afterwards the route leads you back to your hotel in Purmerend.

Day 5 : Purmerend – Zaanse Schans roundtrip
29 miles/46 kms

Today’s ride takes you through the vast agricultural landscapes of the Wijde Wormer to the Zaanse Schans museum. This open air museum offers insights into the way life used to be here many years ago. You can visit several working windmills as well as the traditiona, green-painted wooden houses which were once the norm. A working clog workshop is fascinating as is the cheese farm. The route then leads you back to your accommodation in Purmerend.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 7 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Smaller framed bikes for children and child seats are also available.

Helmets are not provided, so you will need to bring your own.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotel we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: You will spend 4 or 5 nights at the lovely Hampshire Hotel Waterland in Purmerend which is just 25 minutes from Amsterdam and set in a quiet rural area. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge and bar as well as an 18-hole golf course. Parking is for free.

Getting there

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar.

Research flights from the UK here

You can catch a train from the Airport to Amsterdam Central Station and from there catch a bus to Purmerend. The journey will take around 45 minutes.

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