Type of tour:Self-guided
Level:2
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:24 Miles/day average
Dates: May 24*, 31*; Jun 7, 14, 21, 28; Jul 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014 (* denotes fully booked date)
Tour price:€789
Start city:Lelystad, Holland
End city:Lelystad, Holland
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Discover the Dutch 'Golden Age'
Zuiderzee Coast by Bike and Boat

Tour Description: Self-guided

On this bicycle trip in the Netherlands you will cycle through landscapes that have been molded equally by nature and by the Dutch in their struggle against water. Former islands are now part of the mainland; former lakes have become grazing meadows and inhabited land. 

You will discover coastal towns built in the so-called 'Golden Century' of the Netherlands, a time that was dominated by the trade journeys of the VOC, or Dutch East India Company and which led to an economic boom in the Netherlands of the 17th century. Enkhuizen and Hoorn belong to the most beautiful towns in Holland with numerous historical monuments, old warehouses and a nicely situated harbor.

But you also discover the hidden beauty of the Dutch landscape. Oostvaardersplassen, for example, is an extensive marshland area with large landscape variations, a nature reserve that is unique in Europe. 

You will sleep on the Soeverein, a 3-master built in the style of the East Indiamen merchant ships of the 17th Century. From the big upper deck you have a magnificent view out over the water and the coastline. Below deck there are comfortable sleeping cabins, a professional kitchen and a large lounge. 

Daily programmes are flexible, allowing you to choose from among tours of different lengths for that particular day. Or you may choose to just relax and enjoy the day's sail on board or take part assisting the crew.

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