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Countryside Bike Tour

Created with Sketch. Haven 45, Volendam, Netherlands
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Duration

Full day (7+ hours)

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Experience

Adventure Calls, Sporty Types, Uniquely Dutch

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Languages

Dutch, English

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Opening Time

9:30

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Closing Time

18:00

Overview

Depart from the old harbor in Volendam and explore the typical Dutch landscape and villages. Along the route for the Countryside Bike Tour, you will see windmills, meadows, countless number of cows and sheep and you will cross the famous Dutch dykes. At times you will bike on top of the dyke and other times you will be biking meters below sea level. Experience how the locals live behind the dykes and under sea level.

From Volendam, depart in the direction of Monnickendam. Your first photo stop is at the ‘Kathammer’ windmill; a classic Dutch sight that is still in operation. Then, continue your bike ride to Katwoude. This nearby village is known for its cheese farms. This village welcomes many visitors who come and see how the famous Dutch cheese is made. Visit the traditional cheese farm and take a look behind the scenes.  After, you are welcome to join the demonstration of cheese making. Learn more about this typical Dutch craft and taste over 30 different types of cheese.

The next stop on your route with the Countryside Bike Tour is another harbor village. Monnickendam city’s centre will make you feel like travelling back in time.  Admire the beautiful gable houses, the old harbor with its pretty ships and the charming terraces. An absolute highlight in Monnickendam is the beer brewery. Learn more about the beer brewing process and taste their delicious homemade sausages. During warmer days, you can enjoy a beer or other drink on the lovely terrace along the water.

Continue your tour from Monnickendam to the former island Marken. Marken is a quaint village with lovely bridges, small canals and beautiful wooden façades. Until 1957, Marken was an isolated island. Nowadays, Marken is connected with the mainland by a dyke. The characteristic houses, the pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the ‘Gouwzee’ and the ‘Markermeer’ makes a visit to Marken an unforgettable experience. And while visiting the harbour, make sure to stop at the ‘viskraam’ (fish stall) and try some ‘haring’ (raw herring served with chopped onions) or ‘kibbeling’ (fried fish nuggets).

This tour includes a visit to an authentic wooden shoe farm, located just before Marken. Learn more on the wooden shoe (clog) making process. Try different types of wooden shoes or purchase a pair as a nice souvenir to bring back home.

From the harbour of Marken, the ‘Volendam-Marken Express’ boat will take you back to Volendam.  Since 1933, the Volendam-Marken Express has been sailing between Volendam and Marken. Cruise along the former ‘Zuiderzee’ coastline and learn all about this area’s fascinating history and culture.

The ‘Volendam-Marken Express’ departs every 30 minutes. You can bring your bike onboard. Upon arrival in Volendam, it is only a short bike ride to the rental company.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the beautiful countryside just north of Amsterdam
  • Visit authentic villages taking you back into time
  • Experience how locals live behind dykes and below sea level
  • See the cheese making process at a traditional cheese farm
  • Visit a typical wooden shoe farm and try on a pair of Dutch clogs

Included

  • Full day bike rental
  • Map of surroundings including bicycle routes and tips
  • Free entry Cheese farm
  • Free entry Clog farm

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. Haven 45, Volendam, Netherlands

FAQs

Do you also have bicycles for children?
Cycling with your children is no problem! Children bikes are also available.
Are nice routes available?
Before departure nice routes and other suggestions are offered.
What are the sailing times of the Volendam-Marken Express?
The Volendam-Marken Express departs every 30 minutes. For up-to-date sailing times, please visit www.markenexpress.nl

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