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Three Provinces Bike Tour

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4-day and 120 km long Three Provinces Bike Tour with luggage service. Price per person:

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• Unique, natural history and cultural bike tour in Friesland, Overijssel and Flevoland
• With luggage service
• Distance: approx. 40 km per day
• 3 days cycling through the historic and modern Netherlands

Three Provinces Bike Tour

The 4-day and 120 km long Three Provinces Bike Tour is one of the most fascinating cycling tours in The Netherlands. For you will not only encounter typical Dutch landscapes and cultures of modern times, but also starkly contrasting ones from yesteryear.

The central feature is water. Water used as a defence against enemies; water that must be held back to stop you from going under; water that must be forced out in favour of polder land, in order to feed the Dutch and offer them living space;  water for transport, agriculture, horticulture, as well as recreation. And last but not least, for drinking water. The Netherlands depend on water more than any other European country.

With leaps and bounds you travel through the history of the North-Netherlands’ wetlands: from the last ice age to the turbulent Middle Ages, from the Golden Age (17th century) to the 20th and 21st centuries. You’ll cycle through marshy nature areas as well as peatlands, over dykes and fertile former seabeds, past old windmills and ultramodern wind turbines. You visit old fishing villages and islands which are no longer islands due to the surrounding areas which have been reclaimed from the sea. One by one, they are treasured remnants from a time that the sea was, by and large, in charge. 

Four cultural landscapes
During the bike tour you will encounter the following landscapes and historical places: 1) The indigenous brook valley of De Lende, on which peat extraction left its mark; 2) The medieval coastline of the former Zuiderzee (the sconce of Slijkenburg, the fortress and fishing culture of Kuinre); 3) The reclaimed Noordoostpolder (1942) with the former islands of Schokland and Urk (in terms of natural history and culture exceptionally fascinating); 4) The old port and fishing village of Lemmer (the entry point of Friesland with sluices, and the large pumping station as highlights), and the hinterland, the large Tjeukemeer and the widespread valley of the ancient stream De Tsjonger.

Services
The start and finish of the tour is a luxury hotel in Wolvega in the heart of the south Frisian park and waterland. Wolvega is easily accessible by car (A32), train and bus. You could take on this route with your own bicycle or rent a fine-looking touring bike with all the bells and whistles from Friesland Holland. Renting an electric bicycle with pedal assistance is also an option.

From the moment you embark on your bike tour in Wolvega, you won’t have a worry in the world. Not only does Friesland Holland take care of all your luggage transport from hotel to hotel, but in the case of bike trouble the tourists organisation also provides a breakdown service! An interesting note, Friesland Holland’s Top Bikes are equipped with puncture-resistant tires!

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

Number of cycling days
Three

Starting place
Wolvega

Price information

Including
• Reservation fees
• 3 overnight stays
• 3 x breakfast
• 3 three-course dinners (evenings)
• 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

NEW:
• Free Friesland Holiday Passport (unique five-language information book of Friesland worth € 4.95)
• Free Fries Voordeelpas worth € 25, - for hundreds of euro's discount on attractions and products

Excluding
• Travel and cancellation insurance
• Lunches and drinks

Daily programm

Day 1

The municipality of Weststellingwerf, of which Wolvega is the capital, features a wealth of impressive cycling routes. If you manage to arrive reasonably early on day 1 you’ll be able to enjoy the peaceful, charming area east of Wolvega.
You’ll dine and stay the night in Hotel Holland Inn.

Day 2

The next day you will cycle away from Wolvega unencumbered by your luggage (transported by Friesland Holland) towards your lodging address in Emmeloord, the capital of the Noordoostpolder. On this route you will have an opportunity to explore the tropical gardens and orchid culture of De Orchideeënhoeve in Luttelgeest. If you happen to be cycling anywhere between mid-April and mid-May, you will also derive much enjoyment from the tulip fields. The Noordoostpolder is the biggest tulip ‘country’ in the world. You’ll dine and stay the night in Hotel van der Valk in Emmeloord.

Day 3

After leaving Emmeloord and a visit to the intriguing former island of Schokland – World Heritage Site – you’ll cycle to another former island, namely Urk. This renowned fishing village was fortunate enough to be left with one of its sides bordering the open water of the IJsselmeer (formerly Zuiderzee). It is because of this that yesteryear’s ambiance can still be found here, and watersports found a place along the numerous activities necessary for catching and processing fish. From Urk the tour continues via the dyke of the IJsselmeer (fantastic views) to the old fishing village and watersport centre of Lemmer, your third lodging location. Here you will learn about the many forms of traditional and modern sailing as well as water management. The three sluices as well as the oldest and largest (still) operational pumping station in Europe are likely to claim your attention for a considerable amount of time. Especially the ‘locking’ (letting in and out) of dozens of yachts every day at the monumental Lemster Sluice of 1888 is a sight to behold. You’ll dine and stay the night in Sporthotel Iselmar in Lemmer.

Day 4

On day 4, the last day, you’ll cycle back to Wolvega via the shore of the Tjeukemeer, watersport village Echtenerbrug, Rotstergaast (cycle ferry crossing the Tjonger) and Weststellingwerf’s pastoral landscapes. Also the last day is a day full of cycling and numerous interesting discoveries. End of package.

Lodgings

Accommodations
You will stay in comfortable rooms. The sanitary facilities are located in the room.

Hotel Holland Inn in Wolvega
Hotel Van der Valk in Emmeloord
Hotel Iselmar in Lemmer

Rating
3 to 4 pompeblêden

Evening dinners
The accommodations have their own restaurants.

Parking
Your car can be parked for free at the start hotel.

Information

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.

Service

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.

Child:
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.

Kidcar:
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.

ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION, DELIVERY AND RETURN
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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