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10-days by bicycle through the lowlands of the Netherlands: Friesland, with luggage service. Price per person:

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• For cyclists who do not wish to drag around their luggage
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Tour de Frise: enjoy cultural and culinary delights of a special kind of coastal people.

WOLVEGA (NL) – The bureau for tourism Friesland Holland offers as part of its programme a multi-day cycle tour – the Tour de Frise – along Friesland’s cultural-historical highlights. Where the Romans halted around Anno Domini – at the ‘Large Dutch rivers’ – you continue to explore the lowest and most picturesque section of the Netherlands.

In order not to run great risks, the Romans engaged in friendly and business relations with the Frisians who had the long-standing reputation of being proficient in international trade and shipping. These are just two of many themes on your journey through the 5,000-year-old cultural landscape.

Amaze yourself!
This package is a typical Friesland Experience all the way. The taker of this especially designed 10-day package will not only encounter UNESCO World Heritage Sites but also less known, hidden treasures of the province of Fryslân. You will cycle through typical Frisian landscapes, along lakes and the sea, through nostalgic small towns and villages with irresistible little shops.

You will get an impression of the history of knoll building, 3,000 BC, through to 20th-century peat extraction. Centuries-old monuments, among which are the smallest castles and churches of Europe, open their doors to you. The building of the famous skûtsjes, Friesland’s flat-bottomed ships, will be introduced to you, as well as dairy farming and the world renowned Frisian dairy products.

Frisian hospitality
Frisians cherish their identity as a nation of dynamic sailors and farmers and makers of world renowned handicraft and industrial products. They keep their own language, Fries (Frisian) alive, with among other things worthwhile traditions – also to visitors – such as village festivals and sailing contests with historical ships. Greeting each other is another good tradition of the Frisians, on the water as well as on the cycle paths. “You are a guest and you are welcome,” is what they mean to say, and “Enjoy all the beautiful things which we preserved for you and us!”

Frisian cuisine and regional products will be served in the restaurant of the hotels where you stay. The lodgings, which were especially selected for this package, contribute to your taking in every day to the fullest and enjoy yesterday’s ambiance as well as the delights of Friesland.

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

Total of cycling days

Start hotel
Hotel in Gaasterland

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 9x overnight stay
• 9x breakfast
• 9x 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)
• Free Fries Voordeelpas worth € 25, - for hundreds of euro's discount on attractions and products

• Travel and cancellation insurance
• Lunches and drinks

Daily programm

Day 1

Arrival at a historical lodging in Gaasterland.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in hotel in Gaasterland.

Day 2

10.00-18.00 hrs.: Frisian coast of the IJsselmeer, Rode Klif (Red Cliff), history of Stavoren, Ice skating museum and town walk in Hindeloopen and back via Koudum and Galamadammen to hotel in Gaasterland. Lunch Tip: Vrouwtje van Stavoren, restaurant 't Havenhoofd at the harbour or fish from singer and fishmonger Doede Bleeker.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in hotel in Gaasterland.

Day 3

10.00-18.00 hrs.: Visit Sloten, smallest ‘city’ in the whole world, ‘Eleven Cities’ culture; UNESCO World Heritage Site Woudagemaal (pumping station) in Lemmer, historical development fishing trade, Zuiderzee, Afsluitdijk, IJsselmeer and Noordoostpolder. Via the sea dike and Oudemirdum (Mar and Klif) back to hotel in Gaasterland.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in hotel in Gaasterland.

Day 4

10.00-18.00 hrs.: From Balk via Woudsend (wheat mill 't Lam with nostalgic shop), via the village Heeg to Sneek with among other things the Scheepvaartmuseum (Shipping) and steam train.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in hotel in Sneek.

Day 5

10.00-18.00 hrs.: From Sneek via Bears (Uniastate, info centre stinzen en staten (manors) to Leeuwarden (Fries Museum, Mata Hari, Oldehove). Lunch Tip: Hotel and restaurant Weidumerhout at the stream De Zwette ('Eleven Cities' ice skating route).
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in hotel in Leeuwarden.

Day 6

10.00-18.00 hrs.: From Leeuwarden to Dokkum via a section of the Markant (Charismatic) Friesland Route, such as Burdaard with windmill De Zwaluw and the knoll of Hegebeintum with visitors centre. Lunch Tip: Hotel and restaurant It Posthûs at the Dokkumer Ee canal.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in a historic hotel in Dokkum.

Day 7

10.00-18.00 hrs.: From Dokkum via Damwâld (De Sûkerei, wâldhúskes) and Noardburgum (clog museum Scherjon) to Earnewâld. Lunch Tip: Historical farm restaurant De Pleats in Burgum.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner in restaurant at the water. Overnight stay in National Park-hotel Princenhof.

Day 8

10.00-13.00 hrs. Visit skûtsjemuseum De Stripe, Fries Landbouwmuseum (Agriculture) and Visitors centre National Park (It Fryske Gea) in Earnewâld. 14.00-16.00 hrs. Pleasure boat trip through National Park De Alde Feanen. Lunch Tip: restaurant Puur Prince.
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner in restaurant at the water. Overnight stay in Nationaal Park-hotel Princenhof.

Day 9

10.00-18.00 hrs.: From Earnewâld via Warten (museum Súdwâl and historical wharf and restaurant It Skûthûs), Grou, Jirnsum, Terherne (Kameleon) and Goïngarijp (bell tower) to Joure (Museum Joure, Douwe Egberts, clockmaker) or St Nicolaasga. Lunch Tip: restaurant De Klokkenstoel (The Bell Tower).
18.00-20.00 hrs.: Dinner. Overnight stay in Herberg Joure or De Oorsprong in St. Nicolaasga (former stud farm).

Day 10

10.00-18.00 hrs.: From Joure or St. Nicolaasga (vineyard De Heidepleats), via Sloten (definitely worth a second visit), De Jerden, lakeside Slotermeer, Bargebek and Balk back to the starting point, a hotel in Gaasterland. Lunch Tip: restaurant in Sloten or "fish and chips" at the quay.
18.00 hrs. End of journey. An extra night in hotel in Gaasterland is optional (best to arrange this when booking the package).


9 Overnight stays on a half board basis:

3 x historical hotel in Gaasterland (start hotel with parking) 
1 x hotel in Sneek,
1 x hotel in Leeuwarden,
1 x historical hotel in Dokkum,
2 x hotel at the water in Earnewâld,
1 x historical hotel in Joure or Sint Nicolaasga.

3 to 4 Pompeblêden.

Lodgings’ Locations
Idyllic and tranquil at the water’s edge; in historical town centres and at the countryside.

Evening dinners
All lodgings have their own restaurants.

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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