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2+2 Woods & Beach in Friesland

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5-day cycling package in Friesland with luggage service. Price per person:

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The nicer places to stay



• for cyclists who do not wish to drag around their luggage
• 2 nights in Gaasterland and 2 nights in Makkum
• Bed & breakfast
• 25 - 45 kilometres per day
• 5 cycling days

Cycling with the kids through the Gaasterland Woods and along the coast of the IJsselmeer

RIJS-MAKKUM (NL) – Not everyone knows that Friesland has beaches as impressive as those along the North Sea coast, such as Scheveningen Beach, as well as rugged old-growth forests. Of special interest are the beaches along the tall-wooded forest and hilly boulder clay coast of South Frisian Gaasterland. In some places you’d think that you are in the south of Limburg (Holland’s southernmost province, which has a hilly countryside). Another good surprise: a cycling holiday in Nationaal  Landschap Zuidwest Friesland is also a mighty fine holiday for kids. There are numerous locations to play as well as discover, both in fun parks and nature alike.

When it comes to the hotels and recreation, the centre of Gaasterland is Rijs. Impressive forests and beautiful beaches and even a Funpark for the kids. For the biggest beach of Friesland - with a real Boulevard - one needs to go to Makkum - also known as the Scheveningen of the North of the Netherlands but much cheaper and a lot more quiet, a suprising and noticeable contrast.

Ideal Hotels
In this five-days cycling packing Wood & Beach in Friesland (with lugagge transport and break-down service) two hotels will form the basis of discovering the cities. These are Hotel Gaasterland (In the Woods of Rijs and just a few kilometres away from the IJsselmeer) and Hotel It Ankerplak (in the heart of the beautiful charming old fishing town Makkum). Due to the central locations of the accommodations you can discover the culture of Friesland and its variety in landscapes. No matter where you are, you will enjoy yourself, as there is so much to see and do.

Fun for kids
Kids will love the playground equipment on the beaches of the IJsselmeer, but this is not the only reason why this holiday also appeals tremendously to families with children. Close to the hotel in Rijs is a play paradise: Sybrandy’s Speelpark, for kids from about 3 to 13. See www.sybrandys.nl/generalinformation.html  Within cycling distance from the hotel is a beach with a shallow play pool, playground equipment, as well as a minigolf course. Parents can keep an eye on their children from the terrace. As a matter of fact, there’s also plenty to do for them. See www.dehegegerzen.nl. Near the beach of Mirns, which is also close to Hotel Gaasterland (1km), conditions are ideal for windsurfing or kitesurfing. Students of a German surfing school travel all the way to Mirns for lessons, because one can venture into the IJsselmeer for several hundred metres without being submerged.

Onto Makkum
After spending two days in Gaasterland you’ll cycle through strikingly beautiful small towns and villages to Makkum. A beautiful beach awaits you there lined by a boulevard with a Spanish feel. From Makkum you can take a trip to the Afsluitdijk and the Bunker Museum (Kazemattenmuseum) in Kornwerderzand. On the Aldfaers Erf Route direction Bolsward one finds an exquisitely imposing 17th century town hall, the ultimate of Frisian cultural history. When it’s time to quench your thirst, visit the beer brewery Us Heit – also alcohol-free! The Frisian cyclists’ beer is appropriately called Nuchtere Heit (Sober Father). Master Brewer Aart van der Linde has another “Frisian” drink up his sleeve: Frysk Hynder Whisky. The Frisian black horse features on the label of this multiple award-winning regional product. Bolsward is the home of another famous brewer: Sonnema, known among other things for Beerenburg.

Another must is Harlingen with its hundreds of monument buildings and traditional sailing ships. It is a genuine seaport as well as ferry port. The ferries to Vlieland and Terschelling (two of northern Friesland’s islands) leave from Harlingen. The islands attract many art and nature lovers, as does Harlingen itself. Art galleries aplenty. If you seek peace, do venture to the area surrounding the port. On the south side is a beach and on the north side a 10-metre high seawall which leads to the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Romantic return journey
The return journey from Makkum to Rijs leads past Friesland’s most romantic villages (Aldfaers Erf Route), ‘Eleven Cities’ town Workum (Jopie Huisman Museum, also great for kids!) and Koudum (indoor swimming pool and terrace with view on the lake near Hotel Galamadammen). You will once again reach the woods of Rijs via a cycling path along lake De Morra and the elevated village of Hemelum (where you find a beautiful garden in the village centre behind a plant-cutting shop which also sells farm-made ice-cream and regional products). You are bound to have enjoyed your journey and sport a healthy tan when you reach Hotel Gaasterland and get off your bicycle! Friesland Holland Travel Service already delivered your luggage here.

Bicycle rental
As part of this package you can rent a Child-Parent tandem with 7-speed gear (from ± 4 to 7 yrs). The little one in the front could pedal along or just freewheel! The 7-speed gear provides for a pleasant trip, helping the youngster’s endurance to grow and keep up for longer distances than on his or her own bicycle. Also available for rental is a 5-speed gear Sparta tandem for extra cycling enjoyment (all ages).

With or without children, you will be able to go on relaxing cycling trips on well-kept cycling paths, along the lakes’ shores as well as in the woods and through the fields.

Starting day
High season: As you wish.
For more information about luggage service please read 'Service'.

Start and finish

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 4 nights’ accommodation
• 4 breakfasts
• Tourist tax
• Luggage transport from lodging to lodging
• Breakdown service (replacement of rental bicycle or transport of your own bicycle to repair shop in destination area)
• Informative cycle route folder (sent to you after your booking)

• Travel and cancellation insurance
• Lunches, dinners and drinks

Daily programm

Day 1

Arrival at Hotel 't Ankerplak in Makkum.
First cycle tour. Overnight stay.

Day 2

Cycle tour in the region of Makkum.
Overnight stay in Makkum.

Day 3

Cycle tour to Rijs along the coast of the IJsselmeer: around 35 km.
Overnight stay in Hotel Jans in Rijs.

Day 4

Cycle tour through the Gaasterlandse Bossen (woods).
Overnight stay in Rijs.

Day 5

Cycle tour back to Makkum.
At your discretion, book another night in Hotel 't Ankerplak.


2 x hotel in Makkum (start hotel with parking)
2 x hotel in Rijs

2 pompeblêden.

Location of accommodations
Tranquil setting, near woods and beach.

Your car can be parked for free at the start hotel for the full duration of this package.
The accommodations en route all have storage facilities for your bicycle.


Route information

Per booking you will receive an extensive information package:

• Friesland Travel Guide Tourist Atlas (quadrilingual, 260 pages)
• Tourist maps and magazines
• Road maps
indicating node points
• Situation maps from the Eleven Towns track to the accommodations and vice versa
• Eleven Towns stamp card (per person)
Guest information mentioning the reserved accommodations, distances per day and other practical information (no accommodation vouchers)
• Luggage tags
• Reservation terms and conditions

It is possible to order several information packages.

Depending on the chosen cycle arrangement, a relevant selection of above mentioned documents will be included in your information package.

Extra night

In case you do not want to drive back home on the last day of your package, you could choose to book an extra night in the starting hotel.
It is strongly recommended to reserve this extra night in advance, during your reservation of the package.


Luggage Service

High season
During the months May, June, July, August and September you may start a Friesland Holland package with luggage transport on any day. 

Low season
In the low season months March and April you have to start on a Sunday or a Monday.
If you would like to start on another day than a Monday or Sunday during low season, Friesland Holland will charge €25,- extra per person per package.

Luggage service is only provided in the period of the 1st of April until the 1st of October. After the 1st of October, Friesland Holland can transfer suitcases for groups larger than 10 persons on request. In case you have any questions you can contact Friesland Holland Travel Service 0031 (0)561 615 364 or send and e-mail to [email protected]

Your suitcases will be picked up every day at 9 am at the reception of the hotel and will be dropped off between 9 am and 6 pm at the next lodging address. The information package which you have received at home has luggage labels inside which you need to attach to your suitcases in order to make use of our luggage service.

Mobility Guarantee

The mobility guarantee has been included in the price of every Friesland Holland cycling package. With this unique service you will be insured in Friesland, with the exception of the islands, of a replacement vehicle. This is if the bike breaks down or if you had an accident with your own bicycle or rented bike and this cannot be restored at that place or at a bicycle repair specialist nearby within 1 hour. You will receive an excellent replacement bicycle with 7 gears and cyclebags or you will be taken by the Friesland Holland Assistance car to your ending destination of that day, no costs involved. The Friesland Holland Assistance car is able to take your bike to a bicycle repair shop in the neighbourhood near the lodging address if you wish. The costs of repairing the bike are for your own expense. Friesland Holland Assistance helps you to continue your trip in Friesland. The service is provided from the 1st of April until the 1st of October, 7 days a week, from 10 am until 6 pm. A tire repair set is provided when one rents a bike.

Tip: put on anti-puncture tires. Our rental bikes are equipped with such tires as well. This brings the chance of getting a flat tire to the minimum.

Bike rental info

Rent-a-TopBike ®
Rent a new model Batavus touring bike with lots of extras!

The tourist office Friesland Holland Bicycle Company 's Bike Corner in Gaasterland Oudemirdum selected for the rental of bicycles for Friesland Holland cycling packages. This company offers above average service and very friendly staff.
At the request of Friesland Holland rents' t Bike Corner the latest and the best suited for the purpose Batavus bikes (made in Heerenveen) and accessories and delivers it to the accommodation address where the cycle begins. The bikes are not standard rental bicycles, motorbikes but with many extras. They cost therefore complete about 860, - Euro each.

Touring bikes:
For adults, Rent-a-TopBike special Batavus Holiday's included in the program. This smooth-running and very comfortable two-wheelers have a sporty design aluminum frame, 7 gears, suspension for and under the saddle, roller brakes (super brakes by Shimano), anti-lekbanden and two practical hard panniers. Saddle and handlebars are easy to adjust quickly, without key! Each bike is equipped with a key-and puncture, a frame lock and a cable for attachment to a lamppost, fence or other real estate (both required to use to prevent theft!).
Price: EUR 12.00 per day

Mountain bike bike (MTB):
You can rent a Merida Mountain bike at Friesland Holland. The bike is tested on roads, muddy forest trails and even in the snow.
Price: EUR 15.00 per day.

Merida ATB:
Merida mountain bikes are specially developed for use on asphalt and on forest paths and for long trips.
Type: Merida Big Nine TFS 300 ATB. The bike kicks extra light and has flat proof tires.
Price: EUR 15.00 per day.

Child-touring bikes:
For the kids, new Batavus Fox with 3 speeds and additional hand brakes deployed. Nice tour through town and country!
Price: EUR 7.50 per day.

Touring bikes with an electric auxiliary motor:
You can increase your own strength twice a bicycle with an auxiliary electric motor. Refer to the electric motor, which is powered by an easy to charge battery, like a little boost. It is not a complete drive source as a gasoline engine, you must have stairs. The radius of a bicycle with an auxiliary electric motor is between 100 and 200 km. Range is affected by how often you bet the motor, the weather, the road surface, the temperature and the use of the gears. You must recharge after each stage as charging. The charger is in the pannier.
Price: EUR 22.00 per day.

For the safe transportation of children are seats available for mounting behind or on the bike.
Price: EUR 3.00 per day in combination with a rental bike

Kidcar + FH-TopBike ®:
A safe and comfortable way for children up to 6 years to take along during your cycling is the combination of a so-called KidCar, a very good child bicycle trailer of The Bird, and a 7-speed Batavus Genova as "tractor". The new trailer has room for two children. Along the way, they are well protected from wind and weather. In addition, extra stuff, toys, along.
Price: EUR 17.00 per day including bike with 7 gears and bags.

You can only KidCar rent it after your own bike linking. The clutch is easy to assemble by yourself. Specifications: see above.
Price: EUR 10.00 per day.

Friesland Holland regulates the rental and delivery and return the bike for you. This service is only a small fee: 7,50 Euro per bike. The bikes and extras on the first day, on the first day of cycling for 10:00 at the accommodation address and delivered at the end of the rental period, the last day of cycling, again at 18.00 retrieved.

Price Delivery and return: EUR 7,50 per bicycle rental, KidCar or child, regardless of the duration of the rental period


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