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TourDeFrise logoTen days cycling through the low-lying landscape of the Netherlands: Friesland

Tour de Frise: enjoy the cultural and culinary splendour of a unique coastal people

WOLVEGA (NL) - The Friesland Holland tourist office is now offering a very special cycling trip lasting several days which takes you past the cultural and historical highlights of Friesland. It is called: Tour de Frise. It starts where the Romans stopped - at the major rivers that cross through the Netherlands. From there you will have the chance to explore the lowest-lying and most picturesque part of the Netherlands.

In order to avoid any major risks the Romans entered into friendly commercial relationships with the Frisians who, since time immemorial, have always been experts in international trade and shipping. These are two of the many themes of your journey through the 5,000 year old cultural landscape.

You’ll be amazed
These days the trip is a completely Friesland Experience. Anyone who books this specially put together 10 day trip will not only experience UNESCO world heritage locations, but also less well-known, hidden treasures the province of Fryslân (Friesland) has to offer. You will cycle through typical Frisian landscapes, past lakes and the sea, and through nostalgic towns and villages with their marvellous little shops. You will find out about how Friesland came into being, from the time that the characteristic knolls [terpen] were constructed, 3,000 years before Christ, until the turf digging period of the 20th century. Centuries-old monuments, including the smallest castles and churches of Europe, will all open their doors to you. You will also find out how the famous Frisian flat-bottomed boats [skûtsjes] were built, and learn about dairy farming and Frisian dairy products which, these days, are marketed all over the world.

Frisian hospitality
Frisians are proud of their identity as hard-working bargemen and farmers, and as makers of world famous traditional and industrial products. They keep their own language alive, partly in the form of fun traditions for visitors, such as village parties and historic ship sailing competitions. Another excellent Frisian habit is to greet people they meet, whether on the water or cycle paths. This is their way of showing that you are a welcome guest. “Enjoy all the good things that we have preserved for you and for ourselves!”
You will be served Frisian cuisine and local produce in the restaurants of the hotels where you will spend the night. The lodgings have been specially selected for this trip so that, day in day out, you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of times gone by and the splendour of Friesland.

The cycling tour the 10 day Tour de Frise: €795,-

All-in tour: €795,–
The 10 day Tour de Frise cycling tour costs €795.00 (2012) per person (two people per room) based on half board and including tourist tax, luggage transport from hotel to hotel, breakdown service and a detailed route information pack with maps and guides so that you can prepare for the trip properly at home.

9 Accommodation on the basis of half board:
3 x historic hotels in Gaasterland (start hotel with parking spaces), 1 x hotel in Sneek, 1 x hotel in Leeuwarden, 1 x historic hotel in Dokkum, 2 x hotel at the water’s edge in Earnewâld, 1 x historic hotel in Joure or Sint Nicolaasga.

Day 1, Sunday:
Arrival in historic lodgings in Gaasterland.
18.00-20.00: Dinner. Accommodation in a hotel in Gaasterland.

Day 2, Monday:
10.00-18.00: Frisian IJsselmeer coast, Red Cliff [Rode Klif], history of Stavoren, skating museum and guided walk round Hindeloopen and back via Koudum and Galamadammen to the hotel in Gaasterland. Lunch idea: The little woman of Stavoren [Vrouwtje van Stavoren], restaurant ’t Havenhoofd in the harbour, or fish from singer and fishmonger ‘Doede Bleeker’.
18.00-20.00: Dinner. Accommodation in a hotel in Gaasterland.

Day 3, Tuesday:
10.00-18.00: A visit to Sloten, the smallest town in the world, Eleven Towns culture; the UNESCO world heritage location of the Woudagemaal pumping station near Lemmer, historic development of the fishing industry, the Zuider Zee, the IJsselmeer dam, IJsselmeer lake and the Northeast Polder. Back to the hotel in Gaasterland via the sea dyke and Oudemirdum (Mar en Klif).
18:00: Dinner. 20:00: End of dinner. Accommodation in a hotel in Gaasterland.

Day 4, Wednesday:
10.00-18.00: From Balk via Woudsend (’t Lam corn mill with nostalgic shop) and the eel-fishing village of Heeg to Sneek with, among other things, the Maritime Museum and steam train.
18:00: Dinner. 20:00: End of dinner. Accommodation in hotel in Sneek.

Day 5, Thursday:
10.00-18.00: From Sneek via Bears (Uniastate castle, the castles and stately homes info centre) to Leeuwarden (Frisian Museum, Mata Hari, Oldehove). Lunch idea: Weidumerhout hotel and restaurant along the Zwette waterway (Eleven Towns skating route).
18:00: Dinner. 20:00: End of dinner. Accommodation in hotel in Leeuwarden

Day 6, Friday:
10.00-18.00: From Leeuwarden to Dokkum via part of the Striking Friesland [Markant Friesland] Route including, for example, Burdaard with the De Zwaluw mill, and the knoll [terp] of Hegebeintum with its visitors centre. Lunch idea: Hotel and restaurant It Posthûs next to the Dokkumer Ee canal.
18:00: Dinner. 20:00: End of dinner. Accommodation in historic hotel in Dokkum.

Day 7, Saturday:
10.00-18.00: from Dokkum via Damwâld (De Sûkerei cultural-historic centre, wâldhúskes huts) and Noardburgum (Scherjon clog museum) to Earnewâld. Lunch idea: At a historic farm restaurant called De Pleats in Burgum.
18.00: Dinner in restaurant at the water’s edge. 20.00: End of dinner. Accommodation in Princenhof National Park hotel.

Day 8, Sunday:
10.00-13.00: Visit to De Stripe flat-bottomed boat [skûtsje] museum, the Frisian Agricultural Museum and the National Park Visitors Centre (It Fryske Gea) in Earnewâld. 14.00-16.00: Trip through the De Alde Feanen National Park. Lunch idea: Restaurant Pure Prince.
18.00: Dinner in restaurant at the water’s edge. 20.00: End of dinner. Accommodation in Princenhof National Park hotel.

Day 9, Monday:
10.00-18.00: From Earnewâld via Warten (Súdwâl museum and historic boatyard and restaurant It Skûthûs), Grou, Jirnsum, Terherne (Chameleon) and Goïngarijp (belfry) to Joure (Joure Museum, Douwe Egberts, clock builder) or St Nicolaasga. Lunch idea: Restaurant ‘De Klokkenstoel’.
18.00: Dinner. 20.00: End of dinner. Accommodation in Herberg Joure or De Oorsprong in St. Nicolaasga (former stud farm).

Day 10, Tuesday:
10.00-18.00: From Joure or St. Nicolaasga (De Heidepleats vineyard), via Sloten (definitely worth a second visit), De Jerden, banks of Slotermeer lake, Bargebek and Balk back to the starting point, a hotel in Gaasterland. Lunch idea: A restaurant in Sloten or ‘fish and chips’ on the unloading quay.
18.00: End of trip. Additional extra accommodation possible in a hotel in Gaasterland (book when you book the trip).


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