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8-day Eleven Towns by bike from one hotel to another with luggage service. Price per person:

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• An 8 day tour of the Eleven Towns in Friesland
• A unique cultural and natural history bike ride through Friesland without having to lug any baggage!
• Distance per day: Between approximately 25 and 65 km.
• 7 cycling days

Eleven Towns Tour: the finest and most booked cyclying package in the Netherlands!

It’s not a race, it’s a pleasure! Speed plays a major role in many Eleven Cities tours. For the stressed participants it is a question of getting their heads down and riding hard. Such events allow little or no time to visit the places of interest along the route, or take a siesta on the sea dyke. The Friesland Holland tourist office in Wolvega has developed a special cycling tour for all those who want to stop and enjoy the sophisticated Frisian cuisine, visit the region’s famous and not-so-famous cultural treasures and admire the varied landscape. The point of departure for the tour was quality and originality from start to finish.

Unique in a number of ways
During the cycling tour, which covers a distance of approximately 250 km, you will have plenty of time each day to enjoy the most attractive spots in the Friesian landscape and to visit a number of must-see places of cultural-historical interest. Another unique aspect of the tour is that you stay overnight in a range of accommodation types such as newly renovated and restored hotels where you can still feel the atmosphere of days gone by, modern hotel establishments and authentic city town and country guesthouses with hotel-quality rooms. Wherever you are, you can expect to be served original and delicious food. You will find yourself pleasantly surprised each and every day!

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

Number of cycling days
7 days

Start and finish
Hotel in southwest Friesland

Hotel in southwest Friesland – Stavoren – Hindeloopen – Workum – Bolsward – Harlingen – Franeker – Dokkum – Leeuwarden  - Sneek – IJlst - Sloten

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 7 x overnight stay
• 7 x breakfast
• 7 x a 3 course dinner in the evenings
• Tourist tax
• Luggage transportation from one hotel to another
• Breakdown service (replacement rented bicycle or transportation of own bicycle to the bicycle repair shop nearest to the next destination)
• Route information folder (sent after booking)
• Certificate

• 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 beverages

Daily programm

Day 1

The first day you will be expected to arrive in the afternoon at the hotel in southwest Friesland In the restaurant you can enjoy your first evening dinner. You will start your first cycling day well equipped and informed.

Day 2

Today you cycle to the Eleven Towns Hindeloopen and Workum. The overnight stay will take place in a hotel in Bolsward or Makkum on half board. You can dine and enjoy a good night's sleep here as well.

Day 3

The roadmap guides you from Makkum or Bolsward to the cozy Wadden Sea port city Harlingen. You stay over at a hotel in Franeker on half board basis. We advise you to stroll through the historic center after dinner. Don’t forget to visit the oldest student pub in the Netherlands: the Bogt fen Gune.

Day 4

From Franeker you continue your journey along the Wadden Sea coast to Hegebeintum and Dokkum. In Hegebeintum you can climb the highest mound of Friesland (almost 9 m) and let yourself become inspired by the 12th century church, which has a nice story. You sleep and dine in a hotel in Dokkum.

Day 5

Today you cycle from Dokkum along the Dokkumer Ee and Bartlehiem to the very interesting city Leeuwarden, the capital city of Friesland. Visit the cozy center, which is rich of monuments and museums. Do not forget to do some nostalgic shopping in de ‘Nieuwesteeg’. In the evening you take place at the table for a three-course meal at a hotel in Leeuwarden.

Day 6

You continue your journey to the south through the vast grassland and mounds to finally arive in the watergate city Sneek. You also visit the town IJlst today. In the evening a three-course meal and a bed are provided for you at hotel Amicitia in Sneek.

Day 7

You cycle from Sneek to the fortified town Sloten, the smallest Eleven Town and also the smallest city in the Netherlands. Then you cycle through the woods of Gaasterland to the IJsselmeer coast, where two spots certainly will demand your attention: the old Zuiderzee fishing port of Laaksum and the Red Cliff, which offers wonderful views over the surrounding area. The memorial there commemorates the famous battle of Warns in 1345, where the Dutch attempted to conquer Friesland. Count Willem IV of Holland was killed here. Overnight stay in a hotel in Harich or in Rijs.

Day 8

Day of departure.
Today you cycle from Harich or Rijs to your starthotel in or near Gaasterland.


Holiday accommodation
Mostly Eleven Towns hotels (Elfsteden hotels) are located in historic premises and luxury town and country guesthouses. On each occasion you will spend the night in rooms with good quality en-suite sanitary facilities.

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Location of holiday accommodation
Idyllic and peaceful locations close to the water, in historic town centres and in the countryside.

Most of the accommodation used has its own restaurant and some collaborate with good quality restaurants nearby.

Parking facilities
You can park your car free of charge and leave it behind at the hotel from which the tour starts. The places you stay at en route all have sheds in which you can leave 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.


In order to obtain such a personalized, beautifully illustrated Eleven Cities Route-certificate, you will need a stamp in every city as prove that you were there.
You can ask in every hotel, restaurant, store, tourist information- or municipal office in the Eleven Cities for a stamp. The card filled with stamps and with your name and address on it can be send to:

Friesland Holland Travel Service
Hoofdstraat West 38
8471 HV Wolvega
The Netherlands

Within two weeks a certificate will be received at home, with your name and the year of the completed tour by bicycle.
The original stamp card will be send with it as well.

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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