Cycle & Stay: Stars of the Dutch Golden Age
2-5 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
What a bright idea! Pedal out on a different cycle ride every day from that cheesy little number Edam / Volendam and discover more than just the magnificent Zuiderzee cities of the Dutch Golden Age exactly as you please. Whether you choose to stay two nights or nearly a week, you can decide which superb sights to explore next and tailor your time to tick off your very own bucket-list of must-sees locations.
Wonder at Schermerhorns’ beautiful windmills or watch historic sails turn and skilful clog-makers at work in the ‘Zaanse Schans’ open air museum. The traditional wooden houses on the former island of Marken are absolutely enchanting too and after pedalling across breathtakingly beautiful polder landscapes, beside all sorts of drainage dykes and waterways, you’ll simply want to find out more about Holland’s land reclamation history at the visitor centre of ‘De Beemster’, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, the real stars of the show have to Monnickendam and De Rijp, towns just oozing 17th century charm, recalling those wealthy ‘Golden Days’ when Dutch merchants traded for spices across the distant oceans.
Duration: Min. 3 days/2 nights, max. 6 days/5 nights
Hotel base locations: Adjacent towns, Edam and Volendam
Nice & Easy - Gentle touring by bike along flat cycle tracks and minor roads. Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. Cycle map includes route options, so you have the flexibility to shorten or extend your bike tour as you wish.
* Volendam * Edam – because every Dutch tour needs a cheese stop and Volendam has clogs and traditional Dutch costumes too! * ‘Zaanse Schans’ - open air museum of old Holland and rural crafts * Monnickendam – full of 17th century charm * Marken – former island with traditional wooden houses *De Rijp - historic town of the Dutch Golden Age * Schermerhorn – three windmills including a fascinating mill museum * De Beemster – Holland’s first large land reclamation area, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site