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SEA & BEACH

Cycling along the North Sea (6 days)

Along the Dutch west coast you can enjoy the sea, the dunes, small harbours and lively seaside resorts. You will also discover the interior land with its many lakes, rivers and canals, green meadows with cows and historical interesting towns like Haarlem, The Hague and Alkmaar. Cycling in the North of Holland you will certainly agree why the landscape of the Waddenzee, unique in the world, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

 

 

Highlights:

  •  Picturesque towns like Middelburg, Delft, The Hague, Haarlem, Alkmaar

  • The magnificent nature of the Waddenzee, polder landscape and the dunes

  • The typical Dutch farm houses, traditions and culture.

  • The Dutch hospitality

      

Programme
Day 1

Individual arrival at Ter Heijde near Hoek van Holland

Hoek van Holland is a town full of live with cosy restaurants, boutiques and many bars with terraces

 

Day 2

Ter Heijde - Noordwijk or Noordwijk aan Zee (35 km / 21 miles untill  50 km / 31 miles)

A remarkable cycle tour will take you through the residency of The Hague to Scheveningen, famous because of its Casino in the Kurhaus, before you'll cross the dunes near Wassenaar. You'll spend the night in the old fisherman's village Katwijk aan Zee or near the sparkling beach life of Noordwijk aan Zee.

 

Day 3 

Noordwijk or Noordwijk aan Zee Wijk aan Zee (50 / 31 miles or 47 km / 29 miles)

Beautiful cycle paths in the dunes will lead you to Ruigenhoek for a visit further inland to the wonderful historical centre of Haarlem with the marvellous late Gothic church St. Bavo (14th-15th century). Afterwards you'll cycle across and along the wooded dune sides of the national park Zuid-Kennemerland. At the edge of IJmuiden you'll cross the water by ferry after which you'll go through the leafy buffer zone along the "Hoogovens". This way you'll reach the charming dune village Wijk aan Zee.

 

Day 4

Wijk aan Zee Bergen (34 km / 22 miles or 49 km / 30 miles)

The next day you can explore the old inner city of Alkmaar with its famous Waag a weigh station for cheese and numerous other historical buildings. On the way to your hotel in Bergen you can take a beautiful detour through the polder and the enchanting dune landscape.

 

Day 5

Bergen Den Helder (45 km / 28 miles)

Then you'll explore the last part of the Noord-Hollandse dunes. To the northwest from Bergen the dunes are highest, very wide and wooded. Near Camperduin these dunes temporarily vanish to give you a nice view of both sea and land while you ride across the high path over the Hondsbossche Zeewering. If you like, you can take a walk through the exceptional nature reserve Zwanenwater before cycling through dunes once again when you pass Callantsoog. This last trail will take you along and over the very narrow dune edge. On top of the sea dyke you'll see the most northern part of Noord-Holland. You'll spend the night near the harbour of Den Helder in the hotel that's aptly named Lands End.

 

Day 6  Departure after breakfast 

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 5  nights with breakfast

  • 5 dinners if booked the half board version

  • Route description and maps (road book in English)

  • Luggage transport during the entire trip to the last overnight stay

  • If renting a bike: 7 gears, pannier and lock

  • Clients assistance

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • Tourist taxes to be paid in the hotel

  • Transfer back to starting point by train or bus

  • Everything not mentioned under "The tour includes"

 

Dates

Every Sunday from 1 March till 31 October 2018; Other dates are possible on request (supplement for the luggage transportation)

Level 1/2

easy and flat, available for all cyclists and families. The ascent and descent is less then 100 meter. The daily distances are between 38 and 68 km. Routes are easy to follow, because you cycle mainly along well signed cycle paths and quiet country roads.

Prices p.p. 2018

6 days tour

In double room    520,00

High season supplement (01.07-31/08)   35,00 

Half board supplement   160,00 p.p.

In single room     675,00

Bike rental    100,00  -  bike insurance until day 6:  7,50 ; from day 7 12,50 

E-bike rental    165,00 

Participants

Minimum two persons (single traveller on request)