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Oranje Nassau by bicycle

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4-day hotel-cycle package. Follow the trail of the Oranje-Nassau’s, Holland’s royal family by bicycle from hotel to hotel, including luggage service. Price per person:

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• Of interest to republicans and monarchists
• Hotels in Earnewâld and Heerenveen
• Bed, breakfast and dinner
• 3 cycling days

Follow the trail of the Oranje-Nassau’s in Friesland!

When the Frisii entered into a pact with the Romans in 12 BC, they could not have foreseen how their disorganised region, consisting of many Frysian clans, would develop. 1498 brought an end to Frisian Freedom, but also to the administrative chaos: the German duke Albrecht von Sachsen was appointed hereditary governor of Friesland by Emperor Maximilian I.

From 1587 till 1747 the Frisian Nassau’s called the shots. They were descendants of Jan de Oude van Nassau-Diez, a brother of freedom fighter Willem van Oranje. In front of one of Leeuwarden’s palaces, the Stadhouderlijk Hof (1587) is a statue of the most popular ‘Oranje’ viceroy, Willem Lodewijk (1560-1620), nephew of Willem van Oranje. ‘Us Heit’ (our father), the Frisians called him.

By booking this package you will discover a lot more about the Oranje Nassau’s in Friesland while following their trail in the province. For two nights you’ll stay in Hotel Princenhof in Earnewâld (National Park ‘De Alde Feanen’) and one night in Hajé Hotel Heerenveen. It is here that monarchists and republicans jointly enjoy the cream of the crop in the hotel industry. After booking you will receive a folder with comprehensive information, also with regard to below-mentioned tips, in order for you to prepare well ahead of your trip.

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

Total of cycling days

Start hotel
Hotel Princenhof

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 3 x overnight stay in a luxury room
• 3 x breakfast
• 3 x three-course dinner
• Tourist tax
• Information folder
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• Breakdown service (replacement of rental bicycle or transport of your own bicycle to repair shop in destination area)

• Free Friesland Holiday Passport (unique five-language information book of Friesland worth € 4.95)

• Travel and cancellation insurance
• Lunches and drinks

Daily programm

Day 1

Arrival in the afternoon in Earnewâld, followed by a three-course evening dinner.

Day 2

Route: Earnewâld - Wergea - Goutum - Leeuwarden - direction Tytsjerk - Suwâld - Garyp - Earnewâld. Evening dinner in the hotel.

• Tip 1:
Museums Leeuwarden
Visit the Fries Museum and the museum of ceramics Princessehof in Leeuwarden. The Fries Museum and Princessehof are the two most impressive provincial museums of the Netherlands. The collection of Frisian cultural-historical treasures and art, both classic and modern, is enormous as well as varied. In the museums you’ll find plenty of information about the Oranje Nassau’s.

• Tip 2:

Princessehof Leeuwarden
Walk to the Stadhouderlijk Hof, the former palace garden Prinsentuin and the Princessehof. The former small town palace Princessehof was inhabited by princess Maria Louise (widow of the sixth Nassau viceroy) from 1731 until 1765. It is now home to the only museum in the Netherlands which specialises in ceramics.

Day 3

Route: Earnewâld - De Veenhoop - cross the Wijde Ee on bicycle ferry - Nijbeets - De Uilesprong - through lowland peat reserve De Deelen - Luinjeberd - past De Knipe and through Oranjewoud to Heerenveen. Dinner and overnight stay in Hajé Hotel Heerenveen.

• Tip 3:

National Park ‘De Alde Feanen’
Trip from Leeuwarden to Earnewâld for a visit to – and possibly a boat trip through – nature area Princenhof - National Park ‘De Alde Feanen’, once the hunting grounds of the Frisian Nassau’s. In this lowland peat area – rich in water resources – there are beautiful summer houses, which incidentally did not belong to the Nassau’s. You can take a good look at these houses from the pleasure-boat of Rondvaardij Princenhof.

• Tip 4:

Parkland Oranjewoud
Visit park village Oranjewoud near Heerenveen, former manor of the Frisian Nassau’s with beautiful country houses and magnificent gardens. The Frisian Nassau’s bought heathland east of Heerenveen in 1664 and established the leisure palace with park Oranjestein. The development of Oranjewoud as the seat of the Frisian nobility had begun. The original manor of the Frisian Nassau’s was demolished in 1803. In its place came the neo-classical manor house Oranjewoud with attractive and romantic garden. You are able to visit the Estate of Oranjewoud as well as the garden De Overtuin. Another worthwhile visit is to the famous museums of Heerenveen, Willem van Haren and Belvédère.

Day 4

Route: Heerenveen - Nieuwebrug - Nes - Goingahuizen - cross the Wijde Ee on bicycle ferry - Earnewâld.
End of package.

• Tip 5:

Paleis Het Loo Apeldoorn
Visit the National Museum Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn, the Versailles of the Netherlands. The summer palace and hunting lodge on the vast hunting grounds of the Oranjes on the Veluwe was commissioned by viceroy Willem III, son-in-law of the British king, and was completed in 1686. After Willem III became King of England, it was substantially expanded between 1691 and 1694. Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962), grandmother of Queen Beatrix, inhabited Het Loo a considerable amount of time. A section of the palace was opened to the public in 1972. After 1984 the palace and garden were renovated and have been accessible to the public year-round.


For two nights you’ll stay in Hotel Princenhof in Earnewâld, located in National Park ‘De Alde Feanen’ and one night in Hajé Hotel Heerenveen, close to parkland Oranjewoud. In all cases you will have rooms with their own good sanitary facilities.

3 Pompeblêden on average.

Evening dinners
The hotels have their own restaurants where you will enjoy delicious three-course dinners.

Your car can be parked for free at the start hotel.
The accommodations en route all have suitable 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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