Beautiful lakes, dikes and historical towns… Friesland is a Northern Dutch province with many lakes and picturesque villages. The landscape is very diverse and has a lot to offer, from taking a swim on a hot day to taking photos of the typical Dutch farm fields with its windmills and the overwhelming clouds in the sky. The many picturesque villages and towns are the traces of a glorious past. This is Holland as the native Dutch would describe it. Friesland has always been known for its fishing villages and livestock and arable farming. But today you still see the piebald beef cattle and proud black Frisian horses grazing in the ever-surrounding fields. The beautiful Wadden Islands are part of the province of Friesland! In Harlingen, you can book an extra night to visit the islands Vlieland and Terschelling which you can reach easily by a short ferry ride. Keep a close eye on the sea, seals are often spotted here!
Heerenveen, also called the “Frisian Haagje”, is an attractive place for tourists. It is the oldest peat canal village (1551) in the Netherlands. In the immediate vicinity is the major forest Oranjewoud with houses, parks and beautiful nature in which the modern museum Belvedere is located. Heerenveen can be reached by train from Amsterdam Airport in approximately 2 hours. Free parking at the hotel.
You start your cycle tour and continue your way from Heerenveen to Joure where there is a large reclaimed peat area. The first large village that you encounter on the route is Lemmer, located on the IJsselmeer. The woody slightly undulating Gaasterland is the pearl of the IJsselmeer coast. Your overnight stay stop today is Oudemirdum.
After the varied landscape of Gaasterland and the beautiful views over the IJsselmeer lake you reach Stavoren, the oldest town in Friesland. You continue along the coast of IJsselmeer and through the picturesque towns Hindeloopen, Makkum and Workum, known for the typical Makkum pottery. After Makkum you cycle to Harlingen, a port and trading city, which is connected with the sea.
The trip will take you along the Frisian Wadden Sea with its levees, salt marshes, mudflats and mounds. From Westernijkerk you cycle a part of the route to the village with the almost mystic name Bartlehiem. Via the famous bridge of Bartlehiem you cycle along the river Dokkumer Ee to Leeuwarden, the interesting capital of the province of Friesland with its cultural highlights and museums.
On your last cycling day you cycle from Leeuwarden to the lively village of Grou, a watersports town with many terraces near the water. After passing Grou and Akkrum you will arrive back in Heerenveen where you started your tour.
After breakfast you will return home. We hope you had a lovely time!
For your daily overnight stays we select the best hotels from our pool of quality hotels. Because some of the hotels are sometimes fully booked we use this selection system so we can switch to the next hotel on the list if the previous hotel didn’t have any rooms available.
|Frisian Lakes and Towns Tour||Price|
|Double room per person, 5 nights||€679|
|Hotel-to-Hotel Luggage Transfers (1 suitcase per person)||INCLUDED|
|Rent 24-speed Hybrid Bike (go here for more options)||€65 (5 x €13)|
|Dinner (Every Night)||€162,50 (5 x €32,50)|
|Additional Night||€75 per night|
|GPS||€10 (price per tour)|