Guided Cycling Trip in International Group
- Share with other cycle travellers the thrill of discovering a new route, yet to be explored.
- Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam before leaving and the fairytale atmosphere of Bremen at your arrival.
- Cycle along the unique coasts of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO heritage site.
- Immerse yourself in the bucolic landscapes of East Friesland.
- Break away from the usual routines, beating the less touristy tracks and enjoying a pioneering week.
- Indulge in a unique trip at a special price.
Total distance: about 379 km 17/08: Amsterdam Individual arrival in Amsterdam. Meeting at the hotel at 6pm with the guide and the rest of the group, for the initial briefing and the delivery of the bicycles (if booked). Overnight at the hotel in Amsterdam. 18/08: Amsterdam – Lelystad (65 km) After barely 20 km on the flawless cycle paths of the Dutch capital, we will encounter the first jewel of our trip: the town of Muiden with the Muiderslot, the most beautiful and best kept medieval castle in the Netherlands. Another stretch of bike path through the polders will lead us to the Hollandse Brug, the bridge connecting IJmeer and Gooimeer lakes. From here we will enter the Almere Buiten wetlands, where we will evaluate whether to opt for a path inland or along the coast. Final destination of the day: Lelystad, a city steeped in history, known for its history museums and shopping. To take a dip in the history of the Netherlands, just pass by the Batavialand area, in particular by the shipyard, where you can admire and board the replicas of the famous ships of the Dutch East India Company. Overnight at the hotel in Lelystad. 19/08: Lelystad – Wolvega (69 km) We will leave Lelystad cycling along the IJsselmeer coast, one of Europe’s largest artificial lakes, separated from the North Sea by the Northern Dam. We will then reach the picturesque fishing village of Urk, with its unique history and culture. Here the local dialect is still spoken and surely among the must-have experiences is a walk through the old alleys called ginkiese and a taste of IJsselmeer smoked eel. We will then head for the interior, passing through the famous Emmeloord, the largest tulip field area in the Netherlands and entering the Friesland region, land of lakes and canals, but also of ancient villages and vast pastures, ideal for cycling. Cycling across this rural landscape, we will finally arrive in Wolvega, final destination of the day. Overnight at the hotel in Wolvega. 20/08: Wolvega – Leeuwarden (56 km) Cycling mostly on bike paths, through cultivated fields, endless pastures and woods, we will reach Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland and the European Capital of Culture 2018. A quiet and dynamic city at the same time, it was an important commercial and trading center where the excellent cheese and butter produced on the Friesland farms was sold and distributed to the rest of the Netherlands via the waterways. The most enjoyable activity to do here is to take a walk along the canals that cross the city, browsing the art stores and seeking bric-à-brac bargains, or among the art installations scattered around the city center. To end the day in fine style, we will all say a toast with a glass of Boomsma, the local gin produced in the city for over 125 years. Overnight at the hotel in Leeuwarden. 21/08: Leeuwarden – Holwerd (by bus) | Holwerd – Groningen (65 km) After breakfast, a bus transfer of about 40 minutes will take us directly to the Wadden Sea Coast, a UNESCO worldwide heritage site. Among the many magnificent sceneries of the Dutch coast, this is definitely one of the most extraordinary, not only for the huge variety of flora and fauna which grow and inhabit the area, but above all for the sheer spectacle it offers. It is indeed a unique place that changes appearance depending on the rhythm of the tides; twice a day, corresponding with the low tide, the sandy bottom emerges from the water creating long slushy walks (Wadden means muddy) where mudflat hiking is practiced, whose effects we could evaluate together. A piece of route through the National Park of Lauwersmeer and along the inland bike paths, and we finally reach Groningen, one of the most bike friendly cities in Europe. Nestled between long canals and antique churches, small squares and picturesque alleys, but also modern design buildings, like the very colorful City Museum, Groningen is still a little pearl unknown to mass tourism, a place where you can walk in tranquillity to discover the jewels of the historic center, immersed in a academic atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel in Groningen. 22/08: Groningen – Leer (78km) After leaving the city, we will immerse ourselves in the East Friesland countryside, among lakes, villages, canals and bike paths, to finally enter Germany. We will then reach Leer, situated on the banks of the river Ems, which we will cross just before entering the city, known especially for its Market Square and the recently renovated Evennurg Castle. Overnight at the hotel in Leer. 23/08: Leer – Oldenburg by train | Oldenburg – Bremen (46km) After breakfast, a train transfer of about an hour, will take us quickly to Oldenburg, picturesque city of Lower Saxony, also known as the City of Parks thanks to its numerous green areas. From the station we will head towards the river Hunte which we will cross to then continue through Lower Saxony, a region fortunately still off the mass tourism track. Awaiting for us, at the end of our adventure, is the city of Bremen, hospitable and open-minded where, like in the best Northern Europe tradition, ancient and modern coexist in perfect harmony. Among the historic jewels of the city, which preserves antique monuments up to 1200 years old, there is the Market Square, where you can find the statue dedicated to the Town Musicians of Bremen (apparently touching the donkey’s legs with both hands brings good luck), the main characters of the famous fairytale by Brothers Grimm, and the Bremen Roland (the statue dedicated to the paladin of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne), both UNESCO heritage. The industrial history of the city is perfectly preserved in Weserburg, the Museum of Modern Art, while all you need to do to immerse yourself in a bohemian dimension, is taking a walk in the colorful Viertel district. Would you rather take an excursion in the future? Well go straight to the futuristic Universum, where the over 300 exhibitions allow you to immerse with all your senses in the main scientific phenomena. Overnight at the hotel in Bremen. 24/08: Bremen After breakfast, end of services. Being this one a Discovery Tour, the stages are only indicative; mileage and points of interest may vary according to the situation found on-site.
Terrain: mostly flat. Average length of each stage goes from 46 to 78 km per day, which at an average of 14km/hour means cycling between 4 to 6 hours during the whole day. Tour for those that have a minimum cycling training. Streets: 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved country roads, mostly bike paths, especially in the Netherlands. Luggage transport: yes, one item per person, maximum 20kg. This tour also includes Support Service Plus. Number of participants: minimum 10. Recommended for children: no. Animals: not allowed. Bike rental: aluminum frame unisex city bike with 24 Shimano gears, one waterproof side bag and one front bag, reinforced wheels, anti-puncture tires (90% guaranteed). Upon request, we can also provide unisex e-bikes. A helmet is not mandatory but is highly recommended. Upon request you can rent one for €15 per helmet (pre-booking is necessary, to be paid on-site). Rental agreement to be signed on-site. Deposit required for the e-bikes. Possibility to request a Bicycle Coverage for Damage and Theft for the rented bikes. Starting point of the tour: Amsterdam, Saturday afternoon. On day 1 no cycling itinerary is scheduled. Finishing point of the tour: Bremen, Saturday morning. Travel documents: technical fact sheets in Italian, handed out before setting off. Language spoken by the guide: English and Italian; the tour will normally be held in English. Meals and special diets: the tour includes only buffet breakfasts. In case of food allergies, intolerance or need to follow a special diet, please advise us when booking. We suggest people who need a gluten-free diet to bring some usual food with them. We cannot guaranty an appropriate diet for vegans.
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (6 cycling days)
|Price to the public per person||€|
|Individual basic price||1.250|
|Supplement single room||on request|
|Supplement bike rental||90|
Amsterdam By plane: the closest airport is Amsterdam Schiphol. Scheduled flights with KLM and all international airlines; low-cost airlines: Transavia, Easyjet. By car: your itinerary can be planned on Google Maps. Private parking at the hotel (approx. €30/day). By train: your itinerary can be planned on Dbahn. Return from Bremen By plane: the closest airport is Flughafen Bremen. Scheduled flights with Lufthansa and international airlines. By train: your itinerary can be planned on Dbahn.