Cycling around the Ijsselmeer is an extraordinary experience! The lake was formed in the 1930’s, after the damming of the former Zuiderzee. Before the 20th century, there were many small but lively villages around the lake where thousands of families lived of fishing. This belongs entirely to the past now. Today, the lake is especially known for its indescribable calm and the beautiful nature. On the banks, you will discover charming villages and towns. Enjoy the views over the water, the green forests and the enchanting Dutch polder landscapes!


Day 1: Arrival in Nunspeet

Nunspeet is situated in the middle of the beautiful nature of the ‚Veluwe’. Around Nunspeet, old farms, green meadowland and wooded banks can be admired. That is why this village is called the ‚pearl of the Veluwe’.

Day 2: Nunspeet - Amersfoort (60 km)

The first cycling day brings us from Nunspeet over Harderwijk to Amersfoort. A first stop you can make during this tour is in Harderwijk. Harderwijk was a Hanseatic between the 13th and 17th century. Remnants of the once important city are the city walls, the town houses and buildings of the former university and monastery. Amersfoort is a town where history is still alive. Behind the old walls you can walk through the cosy streets where you can also go shopping.

Day 3: Amersfoort – Purmerend (68 km)

On the third day, we cycle to Purmerend. On the way to Purmerend a very interesting sight is the Naarden-Vesting, one of the best preserved fortifications in Europe. The landscape is dominated by the ancient bog ‚Eemland’. Another highlight during this tour is the beautiful medieval castle Muiderslot. You can visit the interesting exhibtition in the castle as well as the lovely gardens.

Day 4: Purmerend – Enkhuizen (56 km)

On the way to Enkhuizen, you should really visit Edam, famous for its excellent cheese! From Edam you will cycle to Hoorn. Hoorn calls itself “the pearl of the IJsselmeer”. Hoorn was founded in the 12th century. After the establishment of a devison of the United East-Indian Company (Verenigde Oostindische Companie, abbreviated VOC) in 1602 the town gained international importance. Another place to see is the ‘Broeker harbour’. Our destination, Enkhuizen, was a leading port in the ‘Golden Century’.

Day 5: Enkhuizen – Harich/Lemmer (35/40 km)

We take at 8.30 in the morning the ferry to Stavoren (luggage and bicycle to be carried yourself on the ferry). The cycling tour will guide us through the typical Frisian landscapes. Stavoren for example has become very popular as the Eleven Cities Tour passes through there.

Day 6: Harich/Lemmer - Zwartsluis (50/62 km)

Before leaving Lemmer you should definitely visit the only pumping-engine driven by a steam engine. The engine can pump up to 6 million m³ water per day. Between Harich/Lemmer and Zwartsluis, we will cycle through the national park ‚De Weerribben’, an ancient peat moor area. En route you can make a stop in Blokzijl or in Vollenhove. These places are ideal to relax a bit and admire the beautiful town centre. In Zwartsluis, where our hotel is situated, you can visit the former fortress Swartsluys, nowadays the place to be for water sporters.

Day 7: Zwartsluis – Nunspeet (50 km)

The most noteworthy point of interest on the way to Nunspeet is Kampen, once a Hanseatic city. This city has no less than 500 monuments. A must see in the city is its city gates, the 14th century Sint-Nicolaas church and the gothic house. After having passed the small village Noordeinde with its reed covered houses, we are back in the ‚Veluwe’ landscape, and after another unforgettable cycling trip, we are back in Nunspeet.

Day 8: departure Nunspeet after breakfast

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  • icoNunspeet, Zwartsluis and Lemmer
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  • icofree of charge
  • icoNunspeet railway station + taxi
  • icoAmsterdam-Schiphol Airport + train to Nunspeet


  • day 1: arrival Nunspeet

  • day 2: Nunspeet - Amersfoort (60 km)
  • day 3: Amersfoort - Purmerend (68 km)
  • day 4: Purmerend - Enkhuizen (56 km)
  • day 5: Enkhuizen - Harich/Lemmer (35/40 km)
  • day 6: Harich/Lemmer - Zwartsluis (50/62 km)
  • day 7: Zwartsluis - Nunspeet (52 km)
  • day 8: departure Nunspeet



This tour is not yet bookable - Our prices and details 2020 will be available from mid December 2019 onwards.




  • double room with private facilities
  • breakfast
  • dinner (NE16)
  • luggage transfer
  • swimming pool Nunspeet, Zwartsluis and Lemmer
  • English roadbook + map
  • handy roadbook holder
  • VAT and local tourist taxes
  • booking costs


  • outward and return journey
  • lunch and drinks
  • dinner (NE15)
  • ferry Enkhuizen-Stavoren ca. € 16
  • rental bike / e-bike
  • Extra night Nunspeet B&B: € 50
  • Extra night Nunspeet Halfboard: € 75
  • insurances


Supplement half board: € 175 per person

Attention: Fridays only from 06 July untill 17 August 2018!

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