Frisian Cities and Lakes

Cycling holiday - The Netherlands - Friesland

The Elfstedentocht by bike

  • 7 days
  • Bed and breakfast, half board optional
  • Luggage transport
  • Hotels with luggage transport
  • Leeuwarden, Sneek, Lemmer, Gaasterland, Workum, Franeker, Dokkum
  • The Elfstedentocht by bike
  • Jopie Huisman Museum
  • Distance per day 33-55 km
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Frisian Cities and Lakes

Day 1 Arrival in LeeuwardenThe tour starts and ends in Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland. There are many monuments in the historic city center.Day 2 - From Leeuwarden to Sneek - 40 or 54 kmOn the first day of cycling you will pass the mound villages of Boksum, Weidum and Reduzum and see the first head-neck-trunk farms. After Jirnsum, you will cycle over the banks of the Sneekermeer to Sneek. On the same day you can take a tour to IJlst, the third of the eleven Frisian cities, and visit the sawmill De Rat, which is still in use.Day 3 - From Sneek to Gaasterland or Lemmer - 47 to 52 kmYou cycle in the middle of the Frisian Lake District to Sloten, the smallest of the Frisian Eleven Cities. Beautiful merchant houses along the canal are still a reminder of the former wealth of this old fortified town. You will arrive in Balk along the Slotermeer. You will cycle through the Gaasterbossen to the rolling coastal landscape along the IJsselmeer. Your hotel is here in Gaasterland or in the harbor town of Lemmer.Day 4 - From Gaasterland or Lemmer to Workum - 33 to 65 kmYou will cycle along the IJsselmeer for a long time and via Stavoren, the oldest town in Friesland, you will arrive in Hindeloopen, both with beautiful 17th century houses. Then you drive along the Fluessen to Gaastmeer. You reach the small water sports village with a bicycle and pedestrian ferry. Your hotel is in Workum, where a visit to the Jopie Huisman museum is definitely worth it. You can also opt for the short variant directly from Hindeloopen to Workum.Day 5 - From Workum to Franeker - 55 kmThis cycling day you will cycle on a beautiful cycle path along the Flakke and Aldegeaster Brekken to Bolsward. This city, once situated on three mounds on the former Middelzee, has a beautiful center with canals and dozens of monuments. After this you will continue to Harlingen, the main port city of Friesland, which has a rich history and pleasant terraces on the water. Then you cycle on to the former university town of Franeker, with the oldest working planetarium in the world.Day 6 - From Franeker to Dokkum - 53 kmAfter Franeker you cycle northwards on shell paths and narrow dike roads through the polder Het Bildt. Past Nieuwebildtzijl you cycle along the sea dike and via the villages Ferwert and Birdaard you reach Dokkum, the northernmost city in the Netherlands.Day 7 - From Dokkum to Leeuwarden - 26 or 40 km and departureOn the last cycling day you can first make a detour to Holwerd. You drive on the towpath along the Dokkumervaart through the famous Elfstedentocht village of Bartlehiem, before returning to Leeuwarden.

Frisian Cities and Lakes

Details Leistungen Frisian Cities and Lakes

General InformationDeparture dates: March 1st until October 31st
Arrival day: every day
  • Rental bikes and E-bikes available. Current prices can be found at 'Prices & Dates'
  • Prices of additional services, half board and extensions can be found at 'Prices & Dates'
  • GPS tracks and maps are included
Extra Information
  • Parking: in a parking garage (paid)
AccommodationsBelow you will find the accommodations where you will spend the night during your holiday. If one of these accommodations is not available, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

- Oranje Hotel, Leeuwarden
- Logement 3B, Sneek
- Hotel-Restaurant Jans, Rijs
- De Gulden Leeuw, Workum
- De Doelen, Franeker
- Hotel de Posthoorn, Dokkum

With the luxury variant you will spend the night in Sneek in Hotel van der Valk, and in Dokkum in Hotel de Abdij. In the other hotels this is a room upgrade.
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