Boating on the canals in Giethoorn, Overijssel, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:piotr ilowiecki

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Hanseatic Towns and Giethoorn

Netherlands Bike Tours

Bike like the Dutch!

On a hill, overlooking four rivers, is Zwolle, a lovely Hanseatic town and the perfect setting for this bike tour in Holland. The province of Overijssel is one of the most scenic provinces and varied landscape in Holland. On this tour, you will bike like the Dutch in some of the locals' favored places.

Your accommodations for your tour is the lovely family owned and operated, Hotel Fidder, a historical building just a 10-minute walk from the center of town.

The Veluwe Forest Area, the National Park of the Wieden, the Ijssel River and the lowlands near Lake Veluwemeer are all within cycling distance as well as the Hanseatic towns of Kampen, Hattem, and Hasselt and the picturesque villages of Geithoorn and Elburg.

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Where You’ll Stay

3 star Hotel Fidder

What’s Included

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Tour briefing
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle including waterproof handlebar bag and breakdown assistance
  • Equipment insurance
  • Detailed route descriptions on GPS device and maps
  • Additional tourist information

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Dinners (can be included for supplement)
  • Train tickets from Amsterdam to Zwolle

Extra Stay

We definitely recommend to arrive to Amsterdam and spend a day or two there and then booking an extra night before your tour at Hotel Fidder or after!

TypeSelf Guided
Length4 days
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Tour Dates

Arrivals are possible daily March 27 to October 8, 2017

Skill Level

This is an easy self guided bike tour based in one hotel. You will bike like the Dutch on the wonderfully maintained cycle network.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Hanseatic Towns and Giethoorn Map

Day 1: Zwolle – IJssel river – Hattem - Zwolle, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 2: Zwolle – Kampen – Elburg - Zwolle, 31 mi. (51 km)
Day 3: Zwolle – Veluwe – Zwolle, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 4:  Zwolle – Wieden National Park – Giethoorn – Meppel – Zwolle, 28 mi. (45 km)

Day 1: Zwolle – IJssel river – Hattem – Zwolle, 25 mi. (40 km)
In the morning, you will be met at the train station of Zwolle for a very thorough tour explanation including an explanation of the pre-programmed GPS device which will ensure a relaxed and stress-free tour. You can begin biking on this first day through the old historic town of Zwolle while your luggage will be delivered to the Hotel Fidder. After visiting Zwolle, you can continue south along the lovely IJssel river on quiet, scenic bike lanes. Around lunch time, you will arrive in the quaint village of Wijhe. You can then take a ferry to the other side of the IJssel river, and bike back to Zwolle by a different route, passing through the picturesque Hanseatic town of Hattem before checking in at your hotel.

Day 2: Zwolle – Kampen – Elburg – Zwolle, 31 mi. (51 km)
After a relaxed breakfast,  you are in for a lovely ride to Kampen, a beautiful Hanseatic town which you will want to take some time to meander in. In between Kampen and Elburg, the route leads through the lowlands near lake Veluwemeer (part of lake IJsselmeer, former sea). Elburg itself is an old fortified village worth a visit. In the afternoon, as you cycle back, you will pass through lowlands, farmland and forest areas to Zwolle again.

Day 3: Zwolle  - Veluwe – Zwolle, 30 mi. (50 km)
The ride today is quite different than the first two rides, through forests and heather fields, completely on bike lanes. You will enjoy the beautiful mansions and the relaxed villages along the way. 

Day 4: Zwolle – Wieden National Park – Giethoorn – Meppel – Zwolle, 28 mi. (45 km)
The final ride is maybe one of the best rides you can experience in Holland! Cycling to the north, the route passes through the quaint Hanseatic town of Hasselt, and then to the National Park de Wieden. This area is  North Western Europe’s largest cane and swamp area and is a mixture of canals and lakes. While biking you will be amazed by the lovely villages and finally the highlight of Giethoorn. The picturesque thatched farms surrounded by the lovely canals is what makes this village the Dutch Venice. Final ride is from Giethoorn to the historic town of Meppel where our local representative will be waiting for you to bring you back either to Zwolle train station or to the hotel if you have extended your stay!

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