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Markant (Charismatic) Friesland Tour North + South

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6-day Markant Friesland Tour by bicycle (Northeast Friesland), with luggage and breakdown services. Price per person:

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• Stay the night in a beautiful lodgings
• 5 overnight stays includign breakfast
• distance: 15 - 55 kilometres per day

Unique cycling tours along the treasuries of Northeast Friesland

After the Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), the Markant Friesland Route is the most fascinating cycling route of Friesland. The Elfsteden route is 254km long and leads you past renowned highlights of the province. The 170km-long Markant Friesland Route on the other hand should be regarded as a comfortable ‘expedition’ leading along little-known, but globally unique attractions. A tour full of pleasant surprises. A tour which reveals to you the history of Friesland’s formation as well as its rich cultural history. With this package you will cycle the northern part of the Markant Friesland route.

The gentry’s palatial homes, windbreak-lined meadows, romantic villages on knolls, National Park the Lauwersmeer, UNESCO World Heritage Site the Waddensea, ‘Eleven Cities’ town Dokkum, medieval churches and remnants of monasteries as well as over twenty very unusual museums. Art, nature, culture, that is Markant Friesland.

Every day’s unique!
The 3- or 6-day Markant Friesland cycling packages lead you straight across knoll country and along the Waddensea coast to the Lauwersmeer. Silence and space are striking elements in Lauwersland. It’s a prime place to unwind. You’ll also explore the Noardlike Fryske Wâlden, a landscape lined with copses and windbreaks, typical of the Frisian Woods. Not to be missed is the botanical garden De Kruidhof which also accommodates the Ice Age museum.

Of special interest is the region south of Dokkum, where in 754 the world-famous missionary Bonifatius (Saint Boniface) was killed. This representative of the Frankish Empire was born in 672 (675?) in Exeter, Southwest England. His remains rest in a sarcophagus in the Fulda Abbey in Germany. Saint Boniface, bishop, martyr and saint, is considered to have been the architect of Western Europe’s Christianity. Dokkum is now a charming and very interesting ‘Eleven Cities’ town and maintains friendly relations with Fulda. Fun Fact: the Dutch call Dokkum a ‘moordstad,’ meaning a very fine place but also place of murder.

Centuries ago Dokkum was home to the Frisian Admiralty (Navy) because it had a direct connection with the sea. The former Admiralty building (Admiraliteitshuis) is now a large museum.

Cycling along ‘stinzen’ and ‘staten’ (small Frisian castles) you’ll end up in a number of charming places such as Burdaard at the Dokkumer Ee, where the Frisian painter Ruurd Wiersma left behind particularly interesting works. You pass the ‘Eleven Cities’ ice-skating route and become acquainted with the ‘hell of the north’ as it is called by skaters of the Eleven Cities tour.

Wherever you are, the horizon will feature a knoll with a church spire or a decor of centuries-old trees which picturesque small villages hide behind. One of these, with its big old trees on the grassy village square, is Veenklooster, a settlement that looks as if it came from the neighbouring province Drenthe. Here you’ll find a beautiful furnished manor, as well as a large agriculture museum.

Number of km per day
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: ± 35 km
Day 3: ± 32 km
Day 4: ± 50 km (cycling around De Leijen +5 kilomtres)
Day 5: ± 55 km
Day 6: ± 15 km

Starting day
As you wish.

Total of cycling days

Start and finish

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 5 overnight stays
• 5 x breakfast
• Tourist tax
• Breakdown service (replacement of rental bicycle or transport of your own bicycle to repair shop in destination area)
• 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
• lunch, dinner and drinks

Daily programm

Day 1

Arrival at Bed and Breakfast Het Schoolhuis in Ferwerd. In case you arrive early you can already discover the surrounding.
Overnight stay including breakfast.

Day 2

Today you’ll cycle to your second lodging, B&B Lytshuis Zilver in the village of Paesens. Overnight stay including breakfast.

Day 3

From Paesens you’ll cycle onto Westergeest or Twijzelerheide and stay the night in B&B ’t Skoalhus or The Farmhouse. Overnight stay including breakfast.

Day 4

Cycle from Westergeest/Twijzelerheide to Oudega. Stay the night in B&B Justjesoars.
Overnight stay including breakfast.

Day 5

Today you’ll cycle from Oudega to B&B Fam. Kingma in Burdaard.
Overnight stay including breakfast.

Day 6

Your last cycling day. Today you’ll cycle back to your start lodging in Ferwerd. End of package.

* The abovementioned lodgings are subject to availability.


Selected with great care

The lodgings you’ll stay in (hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and guesthouses) are on or near the Markant Friesland Route. They are all well-situated lodgings in either a cosy village or town centre or at the countryside. In all cases the establishments have been checked out by Friesland Holland. All lodgings offer you a warm welcome, a generous three-course dinner (where lodgings have their own restaurants), as well as a good bed.


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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