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3-day cycling package: Cycling in the trail of Rembrandt and his wife Saskia from the North Frisian village St. Annaparochie; with luggage service. Price per person:

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• Cycling in the mudflat region
• Stay and dine in Franeker and Leeuwarden
• Discover Friesland’s hidden treasures
• 2 cycling days

Friesland Holland Tour Tip: 'Rembrandt op Vrijersvoeten' (Rembrandt plays the Suitor)

The touristic route ‘Rembrandt plays the Suitor’ was launched in the north of Friesland on Tuesday 23 May 2007. As partaker of this attractive package you’ll cycle on the second day of your stay in Friesland from your hotel in Franeker via St. Annaparochie and Bartlehiem to your hotel in Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland. On the third day you will cycle via the southern route back to the starting point in Franeker. Franeker, St. Annaparochie and Leeuwarden all played a major role in the 17th century life of Rembrandt’s family, the Van Rijns. Even back then the ‘Eleven Cities’ tour on ice skates already existed. To make this cycle tour even more appealing, we also lead you along a section of the famous ice skating route in northern Friesland, including a visit to the world famous ‘Eleven Cities’ bridge of Bartlehiem. Franeker and Leeuwarden are particularly interesting towns on the ‘Eleven Cities’ route, but you will also be able to enjoy romantic knoll villages along the way. To put it in a nutshell, you will discover the hidden treasures of Fryslân.

Saskia Uylenburgh lived in the village of St. Annaparochie in the municipality Het Bildt at the Wadden Sea, near Leeuwarden. Rembrandt visited Het Bildt a number of times before he married Saskia in St. Annaparochie. During one of their walks Rembrandt drafted the attractive Bildt landscape with silverpoint on parchment.

The marriage formalities took place in the Van Harens Church in St. Annaparochie on 22 June 1634. Rembrandt’s Tour d’Amour in Friesland is wrapped up with a visit to the historic university town of Franeker which played an important role in the life of Saskia Uylenburgh.

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

Total of cycling days

Start hotel
In Franeker

Price information

• Reservation fees
• 2 nights in a beautiful room, incl. generous breakfast
• 2 good three-course dinners (evenings)
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• Breakdown service (replacement of rental bicycle or transport of your own bicycle to repair shop in destination area)
• Tourist tax
• Information 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

Price: € 230,00
(Excluding book 'Saskia, de vrouw van Rembrandt', language: Dutch)

Daily programm

Day 1

Arrival hotel in Franeker.
On this first day you will be expected to arrive at your hotel in the afternoon. If you arrive earlier that day, your room may not yet be available, but you could start with a visit to Franeker. Dinner in your hotel in Franeker.

Day 2

1st cycling day. You cycle from Franeker via St. Annaparochie and Bartlehiem to Leeuwarden.
An energetic breakfast starts off your first (or second) day of cycling.
Dinner in your hotel in Leeuwarden.

Day 3

2nd (and last) cycling day. After a generous breakfast you’ll cycle along an interesting and worthwhile route with the villages Deinum and Dronrijp back to the starting place, Franeker.
If time allows, you may wish to visit other attractions in the area.


Two accommodations in the historic 'Eleven Towns' Franeker (day 1) and Leeuwarden (day 2).

3 pompeblêden

Evening dinners
The 'Eleven Cities' hotels have their own restaurant.

Your car can be parked for free at the hotels, which all have suitable 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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