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

Tulips are a Dutch delight. Photo via Flickr:gnuckx

Holland’s Venice and Hanseatic Towns Bike Tour

Netherlands Bike Tours

Bike like the Dutch!

  • On a small Dutch 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.

    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.

    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 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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  • Hotel Fidder:
    Twin/double room: £ 476 $ 1,055 560 $ 844 NOK 5273 kr 4868 $ 633 Single room: £ 731 $ 1,620 860 $ 1296 NOK 8098 kr 7475 $ 972 Dinners included: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124 Pelser Tower:
    Twin/double room: £ 511 $ 1,134 602 $ 907 NOK 5669 kr 5233 $ 680 Single room: £ 741 $ 1,642 872 $ 1314 NOK 8211 kr 7580 $ 985 Dinners included: n/a
    Hotel Bilderberg Wientjes:
    Twin/double room from*: £ 511 $ 1,134 602 $ 907 NOK 5669 kr 5233 $ 680 Single room from*: £ 746 $ 1,654 878 $ 1323 NOK 8268 kr 7632 $ 992 Dinners included: £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170

    *Price depends on time of booking. Please contact us. 

    extra options

    Electric bike rental (includes bike protection): £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    Zwolle is a 1.5 hour train ride from Amsterdam


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research weather related facts in the area you will travel is

Where You’ll Stay

Pelser Tower, Hotel Fidder or Hotel Bilderberg Wientjes

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodation for 4 nights
  • 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

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 hotel.

TypeSelf Guided
Length5 days
From560 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals are possible daily March 30 to October 6, 2019

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

Holland’s Venice and Hanseatic Towns Map

On this 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 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 to bring you back to your hotel in Zwolle.

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