Holland’s Venice and Hanseatic Towns Bike Tour
Netherlands Bike Tours
Bike like the Dutch!
Zwolle, a lovely Hanseatic town, overlooking four rivers, is 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.
You have three options for accommodations for this tour, the Pelser Tower, a renovated medieval defense tower, the luxurious Hotel Bilderberg Wientjes, or the Hotel Fidder. The town itself has a beautiful medieval center, with lots of well preserved and archeologically interesting buildings. Although most of the city wall no longer exists, there are still some of the gates and towers surviving.
- Veluwe Forest Area
- National Park of the Wieden
- IJssel River and the lowlands near Lake Veluwemeer
- Hanseatic towns of Kampen, Hattem, and Hasselt
- Picturesque villages of Giethoorn and Elburg
You are provided route descriptions and maps for four cycling itineraries and you choose what you would like to do each day!
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Twin/double room: $ 1045 £ 512 $ 903 € 570 $ 1073 kr 6381 $ 635 Single room: $ 1595 £ 782 $ 1,378 € 870 $ 1638 kr 9739 $ 969 Dinners included: $ 202 £ 99 $ 174 € 110 $ 207 kr 1231 $ 123 Pelser Tower:
Twin/double room: $ 1113 £ 545 $ 962 € 607 $ 1143 kr 6795 $ 676 Single room: $ 1599 £ 783 $ 1,381 € 872 $ 1642 kr 9761 $ 971 Dinners included: n/a
Hotel Bilderberg Wientjes:
Twin/double room from*: $ 1104 £ 541 $ 954 € 602 $ 1133 kr 6739 $ 671 Single room from*: $ 1610 £ 789 $ 1,391 € 878 $ 1653 kr 9828 $ 978 Dinners included: $ 275 £ 135 $ 238 € 150 $ 282 kr 1679 $ 167
*Price depends on time of booking. Please contact us.
Electric bike rental (includes bike protection): $ 110 £ 54 $ 95 € 60 $ 113 kr 672 $ 67 Extra night(s):
Twin/double room: $ 127 £ 62 $ 109 € 69 $ 130 kr 772 $ 77 Single room: $ 222 £ 109 $ 192 € 121 $ 228 kr 1354 $ 135 Pelser Tower:
Twin/double room: $ 145 £ 71 $ 125 € 79 $ 149 kr 884 $ 88 Single room: $ 231 £ 113 $ 200 € 126 $ 237 kr 1410 $ 140 Hotel Bilderberg Wientjes:
Twin/double room from: on request
Single room from: on request
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS)
The Amsterdam Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport. Customer service desks are situated close to the red and white checkered cube at Schiphol Plaza. Staff at the desk will also be able to provide you with train departure information and general information on traveling by train in Holland. Train from the airport to Zwolle is generally about 1 1/2 hours and entails one transfer. From the train station in Zwolle, we suggest a taxi to your first hotel.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands is a country that boasts a typical maritime climate with mild summers. Spring and fall can be unpredictable in regards to high/low temperatures and of course, since this is HOLLAND, always bring rain gear. Because the Netherlands is flat, wind can be a factor. A good website to research weather-related facts in the area you will travel is weatherbase.com.
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Where You’ll Stay
Pelser Tower, Hotel Fidder or Hotel Bilderberg Wientjes
- Hotel accommodation for 4 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- Tour briefing and bike fitting
- 8-speed touring bicycle (higher handlebars and upright riding position) 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
- Dinners (can be included for supplement)
- Train tickets from Amsterdam to Zwolle
- Travel Insurance
We definitely recommend that you spend a day or two in Amsterdam and book an extra day or days in Zwolle. This tour is designed so that you can bike directly from the train station and your bike fitting to enjoy your first route. If you prefer your arrival day to be a day that you can simply check-in and enjoy your accommodation and surroundings, please specify that you would like to book an extra night.
On this 5 day tour, you will decide each day which route you would like to cycle.
Route 1: Zwolle – IJssel river – Hattem - Zwolle, 25 mi. (40 km)
Route 2: Zwolle – Kampen – Elburg - Zwolle, 31 mi. (51 km)
Route 3: Zwolle – Veluwe – Zwolle, 30 mi. (50 km)
Route 4: Zwolle – Wieden National Park – Giethoorn – Meppel – Zwolle, 28 mi. (45 km)
Route 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 your hotel. 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.
Route 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.
Route 3: Zwolle - Veluwe – Zwolle, 30 mi. (50 km)
Today you will discover the Veluwe. This forest-rich ridge of hills features many different landscapes, including woodland, heath, small lakes, and Europe’s largest sand drift. The Veluwe is a popular tourist destination and especially beloved by bikers as it has an unique maze of quiet bike lanes to enjoy! The north part of the Veluwe stretches till Zwolle so you will be biking through this unique nature reserve almost all day. South of Hattem you will pass a small watermill with some great estates and restaurants along the way. The ‘Heerderstrand’ lake, which you will also pass, is a great place for a swim, weather permitting. A common siting in the heatherfields near De Dellen are the herds of grazing sheep and if you are lucky you will meet the shepherd. Afterwards, the route leads to the village of Heerde which has a lovely center ideal for a lunch break or coffee stop. Finally you will bike by a former train trail back to Zwolle once again.
Route 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 are what make this village the Dutch Venice. Final ride is from Giethoorn to the historic town of Meppel where our local representative will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel in Zwolle.
Regardless of the order of the routes you cycle, your tour price includes the night of Day 4.