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5-day hotel-cycling package at the Frisian coast of the IJsselmeer and the Waddensea; on half board basis with luggage service. Price per person:

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• For cycling enthusiasts and admirers of ports, dikes and vistas
• For cyclists who do not wish to drag around their luggage
• From one guesthouse/hotel to another
• Bed, breakfast and dinner
• 4 cycling days

Dike and Bike tour

Especially for cycling enthusiasts who admire old ports, dikes and vistas. The bureau for tourism Friesland Holland developed a new holiday: Dike & Bike Tour, this 5-day holiday starts and ends in Sneek, a town which once was located at the Middelsea (a former sea arm) and now lies at the end – or the start – of the medieval Slachtedijk. Sneek is one of the ‘Eleven Cities’.

The tour starts in Sneek and continues via Bolsward into the direction of the beach resort of Makkum. Bolsward is the ‘Eleven Cities’ town with the highest alcohol percentage: Sonnema Berenburg, Us Heit beer and Frysk Hynder whisky are established here. Before the monks constructed dikes it was situated at a sea arm called the Marne.

Between Bolsward and Makkum lies centuries-old polderland through which the romantic Aldfaers Erf museumdorpenroute (museum villages route) makes its way to the coast. Exmorra, Allingawier en Piaam are exquisitely beautiful small villages. Also the attractive and welcoming fishing town of Makkum with its many monuments is well worth a visit.

From Makkum you travel on to Kornwerderzand at the head of the Afsluitdijk, the construction which was finalised in 1933. Here you’ll find among other things the Kazemattenmuseum (fortifications). The dam had enormous impact on the northern half of the Netherlands. The salty Zuiderzee became the freshwater IJsselmeer and numerous fishing villages rapidly went downhill. As a result of new undertakings during and after the construction of the IJsselmeer polders and the rise of tourism and yacht building, the ports have successfully developed since 1960. Makkum in particular makes good use in every conceivable way of the popularity of sailing and motor boating as well as holidaymakers spending their holidays at the water. Makkum has a very attractive beach with boulevard. The authenticity of the fishing village has been well preserved, if you would like to go into the city centre you have to walk as the centre is separated from the rest.

Harlingen: 645 monuments
After Makkum and Zurich (yes, also in Friesland!) the Waddensea port of Harlingen with its 645 monuments comes into the picture. It’s another city belonging to the 'Eleven Cities'. Harlingen is a sorely underappreciated touristic attraction. The ferry port is ‘used’ by holidaymakers who are travelling to Vlieland or Terschelling (islands in the mudflat region). Unfortunately they often fail to enjoy the ancient and charming town centre with its unique shops and restaurants. But as a ‘dike biker’ you will experience yesteryear’s ambiance and taste the salty air from your hotel in the old port or in the town centre.

After Harlingen the tour proceeds to the 10-metre high seawall of Sexbierum. From there you will have a fantastic view over the Waddensea and on a clear day you’ll be able to see the island of Terschelling. Sexbierum has an attractive windmill as well as an in/outdoor ‘play and do’ park (Aeolus, Ballorig). Between the village and the seawall there once was an attractive small castle: Liauckama State. The gatehouse, moat and farmhouse (now a restaurant) were preserved for posterity and can be viewed.

Medieval Slachtedijk
The next ‘Eleven Cities’ town is number four on this route: Franeker, known because of its Planetarium and imposing town hall. Franeker, just as Harlingen, has made a special effort to preserve old buildings. This reverence has also had an effect on the countryside: the medieval Slachtedijk. It starts at Sexbierum and leads you back to Sneek.

De Slachtedijk is a hydraulic engineering feat and heritage site. The dike was not constructed in its entirety but arose after polder dikes were extended and joined, from the 10th until the 13th century. Only in 1506 its name appears for the first time in official papers. The dike acted for the last time as a seawall during the flood of 1825. After the Delta Works (seawall elevation to 10 metres above sea level) the dike’s function as a sea defence became redundant. As from 1995 the dike also stopped functioning as a secondary dam. Since 2000, the Frisian organisation It Fryske Gea (nature protection) manages the almost 42-kilometre long dike as a cultural-historic monument and nature area. Once every four years the dike is host to the Slachtemarathon.

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

Total of cycling days

Start hotel
Hotel Amicitia, Sneek

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 4x overnight stay
• 4x breakfast
• 4x three-course dinner (evening)
• Luggage transport from lodging to lodging
• Breakdown service (replacement of rental bicycle or transport of your own bicycle to repair shop in destination area)
• Tourist tax
• Informative cycle route folder

• 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 Hotel Amicitia in Sneek.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

Cycle tour from Sneek to Makkum.
Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel ’t Ankerplak in Makkum.

Day 3

Cycle tour from Makkum to Harlingen.
Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel Almenum.

Day 4

Cycle tour from Harlingen to Franeker.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Franeker.

Day 5

Cycle tour from Franeker to Sneek.
End of package.



Hotel Amicitia in Sneek
Hotel 't Ankerplak in Makkum
Hotel Almenum in Harlingen
Hotel de Stadsherberg or Tulip Inn in Franeker
You will stay in comfortable rooms. The sanitary facilities are located in the room.

*) Due to availability, the lodging/hotel mentioned above is subject to change. 

3 pompeblêden on average

Evening dinners
Most of the lodgings have their own restaurants. Hotel ‘t Ankerplak cooperates with a good restaurant nearby.

Your car can be parked for free at the start hotel for the full duration of this package.
The lodgings 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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