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THE ELEVEN-CITIES TOUR BY BIKE

 A cycle tour in an authentic Holland

  The peace, the nature and the Race of Races (the Eleven Cities Tour) have made Frisian extremely popular with skaters but certainly also with cyclists. The Eleven Cities Tour owes its name to two men who decided in the winter of 1808 to skate past eleven towns in one day, a total of 230 kilometres. To prove they had done it, they obtained the signatures of the owners of cafés or hotels in every town. Every year the Dutch are hoping that the ice will be hard and thick enough to skate the eleven Cities tour.

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights:  

  •          Picturesque villages and historic towns (Leeuwarden, Sneek, Franeker,…)

  •          Green watery countryside, dotted with canals and lakes

  •          Typical Frisian farms, traditions and culture

  •          Dutch hospitality

   

Programme

 

Day 1 

 

Arrival at Leeuwarden.

Leeuwarden is the main city of Frisland. In this historic town, you can admire the small canals and walk through the nice shopping malls. There are also nice buildings, like the late gothic chancery, and some museums. Interesting museums are the Museum of Nature and the Princessehof.

 

Day 2 

 

From Leeuwarden to Sneek (ca. 45 km / 28 miles)

The first cycling day brings us to Sneek, a small town that was once surrounded by canals and walls. You can walk through the nice centre and visit the city hall and the Martini church.

Day 3

From Sneek to Harich (ca. 50 km / 31 miles)

Today, we cycle to Harich or Rijs, situated near the IJssel lake. We will pass the nice town Sloten, with 700 inhabitants the smallest one along the Eleven-Cities tour. Enjoy the nice village Balk, the charming villages and the typical Frisian landscape!

 

Day 4 

From Harich to Bolsward (ca. 51 km / 32 miles  or  58 km / 36 miles)

Bolsward is also a very nice town with picturesque streets, but it is certainly not the only one on this cycling day. Stavoren, nowadays famous among watersporters, and Workum are worth a visit! These were all trade cities, with beautiful houses from the era of the ‚Hanze’ cities and nice churches as witness of this glorious past.

 

Day 5 

From Bolsward to Harlingen (ca. 30 km / 19 miles)

On the route to Harlingen, you will pass Makkum, which is known thanks to the pottery. Enjoy your stay in Harlingen at the Waddenzee

 

Day 6 

From Harlingen to Dokkum (ca. 63 km / 39 miles  or  75 km / 47 miles)

First you pass today Franeker, which once had a well-known university. There are still ancient student pubs, but there are of course many other places of interest. You can admire the Renaissance town hall and the Coopmanshuis. Dokkum is a quite remarkable town, as the streets haven’t changed since 1650. This city has always taken care of ist architectural treasures. That’s why the city has restored its fortifications and its historic walls. This town is also called the Bonafatius town, thanks to the Bonifatius church and the Bonifatius chapel. 

 

Day 7  

From Dokkum to Leeuwarden (ca. 35 km / 22 miles)

On the last cycling day, we go back to the place where we started: Leeuwarden. Along the cycling route, the enchanting Frisian villages Rinsumageest and Burdaard can be visited.

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in this tour:

  • 8 days – 7 nights in ***/**** hotels

  • room with shower / bath and toilet

  • 7 x breakfast buffet

  • 7 x 3 course dinner if booked for the half board version

  • use of sauna in Leeuwarden

  • luggage transport (1 piece / person till 20 kilos)

  • local tourist taxes

  • map, tourist information and road description in English

  • Service-Hotline (also in weekends)

 

Not included in this tour:

  • everything not mentioned under included in this tour. 

  • bike rental

  • car park at Leeuwarden about 25,00 € (free car parking if you start the tour in Harich)

  

Period

daily from 29 April till 17 September 2017 (last arrival day)

Level 1/2

easy and flat, available for all kind of cyclists and families with children

Prices p.p. 2017

In double room    € 499,00 

high season surcharge  (17/06- 27/08)   € 40,00

In single room  € 639,00

half board supplement   € 135,00

Reduction

with two adults in a double room 0-2 years 100% ; 3-6 years    50%; 7-11 years    25%; 3° person in triple 10%

Rental bike  (city bike)    € 65,00 per tour

Children's bike  € 50,00

Rental ebike   € 120,00

Tandem rental € 110,00

bike insurance   € 18,00; ebike insurance   € 30,00

Participants

Minimum two persons (person travelling alone on request)