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Kampen - Giethoorn - Enkhuizen - Edam - Zaandam

About one third of the Netherlands lies below sea level. Through a complex system of dikes, pumps and sand dunes along the coast, the Netherlands stays above water. In fact, it has one of the most sophisticated anti-flood systems in the world.

In 1932 the IJsselmeer (former Zuiderzee) became a closed off inland bay in the central Netherlands. This tour shows you the major highlights on the bay, the beautiful historic towns of Kampen, Enkhuizen and Hoorn, and the beautiful villages of Giethoorn, Blokzijl, Urk, Edam, Volendam and Monnickendam.

Making this tour the perfect summer destination are the UNESCO monument of the former island of Schokland, the peninsula of Marken, the windmills near Zaandam, the Weerribben and Wieden National Park and the short, but impressive ferry crossings which give you a full taste of the bay and this beautiful region.



Day 1 Kampen - Giethoorn (40 km)

Your Tulip Cycling representative will meet you at the central train station on the outskirts of Kampen. which is just an hour train ride from Amsterdam. After the bike fitting and your orientation you are in for a lovely ride to Kampen itself, a beautiful Hanseatic town which you will want to take some time to get to know. From Kampen bike to the Wieden National Park. Enjoy the lovely village of Belt Schutsloot and the impressive lakes along your route. Still only accessible by boat Giethoorn, is also known as the Venice of the Netherlands. The small village of five km by just two blocks of houses has over an hundred and eighty bridges and many of them are only accessible by bicycle. The Harmonie hotel is situated on one of the charming canals and a boat ride e late afternoon is a good way to finish your first day.


Day 2 Giethoorn - Enkhuizen (43 or 54 km)

A day to remember! Start cycling through the Weerribben National Park, the picturesque village of Dwarsgracht and the town of Blokzijl are fascinating historically. Blokzijl was situated along the sea until the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed as an agricultural area with pear and apple orchards. Half way on your route through the Noordoostpolder a small slightly elevated part of the polder becomes the UNESCO monument of Schokland with its partly intact retaining wall on the waterfront. Today it is a popular archaeological site and host to the Schokland museum. At the final end of the Noordoostpolder you will arrive at the very traditional fishing village of Urk, a former island in the sea. Urk is one of the most politically conservative areas in the Netherlands, a part of what is known as the “Bible Belt”. Here you will take the late afternoon ferry across lake IJsselmeer. Sit on deck relaxing while boating to the beautiful historic town of Enkhuizen to stay the night.


 Day 3 Enkhuizen - Edam (44 km)

Enkhuizen has one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands and the Zuiderzeemuseum is located here. The Zuiderzeemuseum is a museum devoted to preserving the cultural heritage and maritime history of the old Zuiderzee region. With the closing of the Afsluitdijk (Barrier Dam) in 1932, the former sea became the current lake (IJsselmeer). Cycling today along the shores of lake IJsselmeer you will arrive at the historic town of Hoorn. A major harbour during the during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ , Hoorn was an important base for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the perfect spot for a great lunch! Head on along the shores of lake IJsselmeer head to the picturesque town of Edam well known for its cheese.


 Day 4 Edam - Zaandam (47 km)

Your final day is one of the most glorious ever. You will enjoy the historic fishing town of Volendam, a ferry crossing, the former island of Marken, charming Monnickendam, the Twiske recreactional area and finally the famous Zaanse Schans windmill group so wake up early to enjoy! Volendam is well known for its old fishing boats and the traditional costumes still worn by some residents. The ferry to the peninsula of Marken lasts around thirty minutes and is a perfect way to rest and relax. From Marken to Monnickendam you are biking along the shores of lake IJsselmeer for the final time before heading to the Twiske recreational lakes, a great picnic stop. Just as you think it’s all over the Zaanse Schans with its seven museums and eight different type of windmills are a huge delight and a perfect way to end your tour.

Starting dates

Daily in July and August, just not on Saturdays

Prices in Euro - No peak season charges - Prices include all taxes
Item Price
Per person in a double room (luggage transport in panniers on your bike, storage of suitcases at Tulip Cycling)   € 495
Per person in a double room (daily luggage transport by courier service)   € 620
Single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room)   € 200
Upgrade to E-bike or road bike per person   € 50
Extra nights in Giethoorn, Enkhuizen or Edam, per person in a double room   € 75
Extra nights single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room)   € 60
Pre and post tour accommodation in Amsterdam, Kampen and Zaandam   On request
Additional items (extra panniers, helmets, ponchos, extra GPS devices)   Price list
Discount   Amount
Discount by groups of 4 or more   10%

Giethoorn – Hotel de Harmonie ****

Enkhuizen – Port van Cleve ***

Edam – Hotel de Fortuna ***

Included in this tour

4 days of biking
3 nights in 3 / 4 star hotel in town centre
Bicycle rental (with repair kit, pump, lock and water bottle)
Waterproof handlebar bag
Door to door route on GPS device and maps
Personal start and finish
Breakdown assistance and 24/7 help desk
Equipment insurance
Additional tourist information

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The support given by Tulip Cycling was excellent. The equipment, choice of bike paths and the pre-programmed GPS made the whole experience one of pure delight and fun with gorgeous sights all the way, wonderful accommodations and easy travel.
Tissot family, USA
A wonderful trip!!! Thanks to Peter for all his help to make it so special (and for convincing me to do the trip without a tour group). We had such a great time. My two 10 year old girls had such a great fun (and were proud of their accomplishment). It is a of a trip we will all remember. Thanks for everything! I’ve already recommended you to friends.
Sharon Moore
Just returned from our fabulous journey from Amsterdam to Bruges. It was outstanding! The itinerary, the equipment (bikes, GPS, maps, etc.) and our guide Peter were fantastic. Peter really have deep knowledge of his country, what a memorable ride across the Netherlands.
Brigitte and Francois
Thank you for everything. We packed lots of memories into this trip. It was a grand way to learn about Netherlands and see what a cultured and friendly place it is.
The GPS was essential, and we are so glad we learned to use it. Everytime, we wondered where is Peter taking us? We would come across a canal, field of flowers, quaint village, spectacular scenery. Thank you so much.
Susan and Billy Hobart
You run a very professional organization and we look forward to more tours in the future. You have made us biking enthusiasts.
Michael and Chau Smith
Because of you we had a magnificient trip! I’m excited to tell all my friends about my trip and this lovely country and encourage them to come and visit and use Tulip Cycling to see the country.
Mary Thomas
I thought I would just let you know we are having such a GREAT TIME!! Maybe you can find a job for a orthodontist and a Radiologist for us.?
Louise Taillard, South Africa
Thank you so much for this very enjoyable experience! Your organizational skills and attention to detail are outstanding.
Barbara Morgan
Just to thank you again for the wonderful trip, yours was the 7th we made and one of our favorites now
Alicia Fuentes
My wife and I just finished a 4 day self guided tour. It was fabulous! Tulip planned a route that we never could have found on our own. The equipment and handling of our luggage made everything easy. We loved the trip!!
Bob Brownson
Thank you Tulip Cycling for a exciting and scenic 5 day tour through part of your beautiful country. Peter’s meticulous organisation and first class equipment made our ride a memorable one.
Geoff and Bethany Canberra Australia
Our friends recommended this cycling trip for my 50th birthday and it was a fabulous celebration-- by far the best family vacation we’ve ever taken! The route Peter crafted for us was perfect-- so beautiful! The hotels were quaint, food was delicious. And our 11 and 12 year old loved riding tandem. I cried when we had to go home. We’ve talked about this trip for months... can’t wait to return. A 5-star experience!
Jane and Mark
The trip overall was our favorite vacation we've ever taken. We feel privileged to have visited. As a lifelong cyclist, it was like visiting the promised land.
Katherine and Stephen Coleman, USA
Thank you for organizing our trip this summer, we had a fantastic time and will definitely return in the future. We had so many good experiences traveling along the countryside enjoying the scenery and weather.
Auburn and Sean Brady, USA
We had a great time in Holland.
Thank you for everything.
Carvajal family, Mexico
Our memories are still fresh in our minds and we loved every minute of out time in the Netherlands. Your company ensured the cycling portion was flawless and most enjoyable. Thank you for providing top quality bicycles and support equipment.
John and Peg Lalonde, Canada
The tour was wonderful, and I've recommended your services highly to my friends. In particular, the route selection was superb.
Judith Macaluso, USA
We had the most wonderful holiday with your company and I wish to say a big thank you for all your hard work and professionalism in ensuring we had the best possible experience.
Gillian and John Au, UK
Tulip Cycling just got better!
We do a weeks self guided tour with Tulip Cycling every year and have now been cycling for 9 years each time in a different area of this lovely country.
John and Christine Widdowson, UK
Our trip with you was fantastic....and we've told many others about it. The GPS made it unique.
Martens family, USA
We have recommended your business to many people – as we had a terrific cycling trip, due to your professional organisation and fabulous path routing. The GPS was brilliant and the route really showcased the variety of experiences available in the Netherlands – there is no better way to see a country than through the eyes of a local.
Thank you, again.
Richard Lewis
It was truly an extraordinary journey, where everything was carefully prepared by you and your staff.
We were enchanted by the landscapes of flower fields, windmills, canals, small towns and by the kindness with which we were treated by the Dutch people. It was really unforgettable days that make us want to return, and invite our friends as well.
Emerson de Carvalho
Tailor made tour for 3 days of cycling for my husband, me and teenage son! Fantastic bikes, superb organization!!! A fantastic get away and we just had to show up. Lots of opportunity to add in our own stops along the way, the route details, booked hotels and luggage transport made for a stress free journey. Peter is outstanding and lives what he does. Every detail taken care of do you can just get on the bike pedal away with your GPS route!
We did a six day ride in June to mark my 70th birthday. The accommodations were amazing; small, neat, clean hotels and bed and breakfasts. The GPS was a little iffy for us, but Peter always answered our call for a quick fix! I would love to come back and do another ride.
Terry Dickow
Yes, one can DIY a bike trip around the country, but we believe that the depth of knowledge that Tulip provided for our ride took us to and through places that we would not otherwise have experienced just following a map or Google Maps over 16 days. We believe Tulip provided very good value and we recommend them highly.
Julie So
We asked Peter to plan a ride on our tandem from Amsterdam to Ghent, Belgium in 8 days in September 2018. He planned the route, with beautiful maps and excellent GPS, arranged the hotels and the luggage transport. We even go to almost see the King in The Hague.
Only thing he couldn't control was the weather, when a storm blew in from the North Sea. We got a bit wet and wind-blown, but thoroughly enjoyed all of his arrangements.
Dolly Craft
We did the short version of the historic town. It was perfect for us as an American family of four with two teenage kids (13 and 16). If we ever get another chance, we would do it again and probably build in more days to the trip to just enjoy the different towns.
Samantha Pearson
My husband and I did a 1-week tour through parts of the Netherlands in May 2018 and we loved our experience. Peter and Tulip Cycling were amazing! The level of detail and organization is spectacular! Communication with Peter is easy and quick. Our experience was so good that we are returning again next year with a large group! I highly recommend this tour company - you will be very pleased with the service!
Natascha Wesch
We were very happy with your cycling service. The e-bikes and GPS were an excellent choice for us as was your instruction at the outset. The Hanseatic tour was very interesting and the countryside beautiful. We particularly noticed how friendly and helpful the people in Holland are. We also noticed a more positive attitude about cyclists by motorists in Holland compared to motorists in Canada.
Jim May
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