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Waterland, Amsterdam – Volendam

Cycling over the beautiful marshland north of Amsterdam


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Discover during this cycling holiday Waterland, Amsterdam & Volendam the area north of Amsterdam were im 17th century large area recovered from the sea and reclaimed through the use of hundreds of windmills. It’s here that you will find the typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills and harbours.

Amsterdam is a city to be explored on foot and we recommend the following places of interest: the rings of canals, the Jordaan area, with its many pubs, outdoor cafés and quaint shops, Vondelpark with its open air concerts, Leidseplein, Rembrandtsplein, the antique shops in the Spiegel district, Museum Square with the Rijksmuseum (National Museum), Stedelijk Museum (Museum of Modern Art) and the Van Gogh Museum.
Volendam: traditional costumes, sailing ships and long johns on the clotheslines. In Zaanse Schans, a lovely little hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan, the mills, houses, shops and traditional Dutch crafts bring the past to life.

  • Type of tour Self-guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 5,7, days
  • Distance 40 km
  • Van Gogh museum
  • Volendam
  • Zaanse Schans
  • Rijks Museum with the masterpieces by the great artists of the seventeenth century
  • Cheese Farm
  • Former isle of Marken

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Arrival in Amsterdam

Your cycling holiday starts in the capital of The Netherlands. In Amsterdam you can visit a number of museums like the completely renovated Rijksmuseum, the City museum, the Van Gogh museum, the Anne Frank house and many more. You can also visit the Dam and its Royal Palace, Madame Thussauds and you can take lovely trips over the famous canals.

Day 2



You now leave Amsterdam. A ferry takes you to the Amsterdam Noord quarter and soon you will be cycling through the rural area of Waterland. In this soggy peat land the houses and villages are hardly above the level of the water. The former isle of Marken is visited. It was not until 1957 that this island was connected to the mainland by a dike and it has retained its own particular character. The inhabitants are the only ones allowed to use their cars, so Marken can only be visited on foot or on bike. The route continues to the historic village of Monnickendam, which received its municipal charter in 1355. Now you continue your way along the Gouwzee dike to Volendam, today’s destination. Originally Volendam was a small fishing community. Practically all its inhabitants used to wear their distinctive and picturesque traditional costumes. Volendam started as a settlement in the 14th century. The old harbour became superfluous, a new dike was built and soon farmers and fishermen settled down. In the second half of the 15th century a new village came into being: Volendam.

Day 3

Volendam, various round-trip cycling tours

We offer a variety of different routes through the flat polder landscape of the Waterland region. You will discover that this area is called Waterland for good reason. Stop by a local cheesemakers to pick up a piece of real farmhouse “Beemstercheese” (characterised by its unique, strong taste). Did you know that Peter Stuyvesant used the roadmap of Beemster as an inspiration for New York?

Day 4

Round trip Zeevang


The Zeevang route is a succession of extensive pastures, old villages and dikes. The name Zeevang comes from Sevenvanc. Seven refers to the seven villages to the north of Waterland: Kwadijk, Middelie, Warder, Etersheim, Schardam, Hobrede and Oosthuizen. The Zeevang polder is one of the oldest polders in North Holland. The area was already totally walled in by dikes by around 1350.

Day 5

Round trip Beemster


Between 1607 and 1612 the Beemster was drained under the leadership of Jan Adriaenszn Leeghwater, a mill builder from the Rijp. The dead straight ditches and roads lined with trees are typical of the Beemster. In 1999 the Beemster officially became a Unesco World Heritage site.

Day 6

Volendam-Zaanse Schans-Amsterdam


Today you cycle back to Amsterdam. You will visit the  Zaanse Schans, a lovely little hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan, the 8 windmills, houses, shops and traditional Dutch crafts bring the past to life. The last stretch of the trip takes you through ’t Twiske (the Twiske) Leisure Park. Since the beginning of the Christian era the peat region around the Zaan had been used for cattle grazing. In the peat land ditches were dug to help draining the land. The dried peat was used as fuel. Once you are back in Amsterdam it is time to take leave of your bikes and after dinner you may want to finish off your trip by going on a city walk or taking a trip on one of Amsterdam’s canal boats.

Day 7

Departure or extra night in Amsterdam

Today your cycling holiday ends. You can use your last day to enjoy the sights of Amsterdam or to relax before you head back. You can choose to extend your stay in Amsterdam by booking an extra night in your hotel.

Travel Dates

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Waterland, Amsterdam – Volendam This tour will not be offered in 2018

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid, 24-gears- 5 days Batavus Galibier €55
Hybrid, 24-gears- 7 days Batavus Galibier €75
1 bike map 1 bike map Falk, scale 1:50,000 (1 inch = 0.8 miles) €9.50


  • 4/6 overnight stays in the hotel based on room with ensuite facility (bath) and radio /TV
  • Breakfast
  • Tourist tax
  • Route description and map material
  • Luggagetransfers

Not included

  • € 20,- reservation fee (per booking)
  • Bicycle rental
  • Excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Dinners

Special details


  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • Minimum number of participants to book this tour: 2 persons
  • No bike insurance available for this tour.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.


The nearest airport to the starting poit of the tour is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).
There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes.
A taxi from the airport to your hotel in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It costs about € 45,-.


The nearest train station to your hotel is Amsterdam Central Station.

If you arrive by car, we recommend you to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. You can find more information about parking possibilities at
The nearest parking is Parking Oosterdok, (about € 80,- per week, it is not necessary to reserve in advance;).
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Frequently asked questions

  • How is the luggage transported and when does it arrive?

    The luggage is transported by van and must stand ready for delivery by approx. 9 a.m. and will be at the next hotel by approx. 4 p.m.

  • What can I expect of the hotels along the way?

    For our trips, we generally utilize good 2-3 star hotels with a bathroom in each room. The accommodations vary a great deal, ranging from a simple Bed & Breakfast to a very luxurious hotel and from a family hotel to a former cognac estate.

  • What will happen should I encounter problems along the way?

    Luckily, this rarely occurs, since our bicycles are virtually new and well-maintained. Nevertheless, should you encounter a problem, then a quick phone call to our local agent will be sufficient. He shall ensure that you are back on your bike as soon as possible and, should it be necessary, you can exchange your bike through him. We assume that you are able to fix a flat tire yourself, and for this purpose, we will provide you with a repair kit and bike pump.

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.

  • When are the rental bicycles delivered?

    The rental bicycles are as a rule delivered on the evening of the day of arrival and must be returned upon arrival at the last hotel.

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