The Northern tour – North Sea coast, flat rural land and towns along the IJsselmeer
Folklore and tradition in the flat “polder-land”, along the North Sea coast and in romantic fishing villages. You will cycle across a distinctly rural area, a former lake and marsh land area. Since the 17th Century, this area has been reclaimed from the sea, in ancient times by pumping it dry with windmills. Highlights: Very scenic, typical Dutch “polder-land”, dunes and the beautiful North Sea beaches, the island of Texel and the picturesque harbors of the IJsselmeer coast.
Example of route for Northern Tour:
Day 1. Amsterdam – Zaandam
Day 2. Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar
Day 3. Alkmaar – North Sea coast – Den Helder**
Day 4. Island of Texel
Day 5. Medemblik – Enkhuizen
Day 6. Enkhuizen – Hoorn – Edam – Volendam
Day 7. Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam
Day 8. Amsterdam
*: Program + details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
**: The crossing from Den Helder to the island of Texel will take place with your ship under normal weather conditions. In case of unfavorable weather or forecast, the captain may decide to stay in Den Helder.