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City, Ems & Sea
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City, Ems & Sea
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City, Ems & Sea


Bike Tour: City, Ems & Sea - 5 days

Discover the Northern Netherlands’ peaceful wide-open spaces and lively capital. Groningen city is a mix of both old and new. With its authentic Hoge der A street and typical ‘hofje’ courtyards alongside the ultra-modern Groninger art museum and Forum. Set off cycling into the Hogeland, stop to see the old Hunze Valley or Reitdiep and wind along to Winsum, voted the Netherlands’ ‘most beautiful village’. Next, in Pieterburen the seal centre and pilgrimage route await. 

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Day 1: Arrival Groningen
Day 2: Groningen - Pieterburen
Day 3: Pieterburen - Termunterzijl
Day 4: Termunterzijl - Groningen
Day 5: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival Groningen

Arrive in Groningen, check in then take off to see the city. Rest and relax on a terrace at the Vismarkt or climb up Martini Tower for fab views of the city.

Day 2:    Groningen - Pieterburen
52 km

Join university students riding the Reitdiep to campus, then leave the city behind and cycle into meadows toward Starkenborgh Canal. The unique Reitdiep / Hunzedal winds its way to Garnwerd, a haven for urban cyclists and mandatory stop for coffee and cake at Café Hammingh. In Aduarderzijl, you catch the ferry for Schaphalsterzijl and ride the Winsumerdiep to 2020’s ‘most beautiful village’. Take time to see charming Onderdendam and cycle via Den Andel passing rivers and canals on your way back to Pieterburen.

Day 3:    Pieterburen - Termunterzijl
64 km

Wake up in peaceful Pieterburen to another day of splendid cycling. Ride through vast fields of grain and potatoes and parallel the seawall to Noordpolderzijl. Visit the villas at Menkemaborg and Rensumaborg, sheltered among trees, then skirt Eemshaven and turn south to Delfzijl. The River Ems flows out to ‘Termunterziel’ surrounded by nature reserves, polders and the sea. The 1725 ‘Boog van Ziel’ bridge crosses the old lock just minutes from your hotel.

Day 4:    Termunterzijl - Groningen
62 km

Follow the Termunterzijldiep via Leaning Klap and the Hondshalstermeer, going west to Slochteren and the villa at Fraeylemaborg with its park, café and museum shop. The landscape here recalls Drenthe with a patchwork of small plots, hedgerows and groves of trees. From Haren you follow the water’s edge passing Hoornseweer and Paterswoldesemeer, a summer favourite for city dwellers.

Day 5:    Departure

Sad to see your tour end? Book an extra night to further explore the city of Groningen!


Price pp
Double room, breakfast 380.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Surcharge per person
Stay in Pieterburen on Friday 10.00
Stay in Pieterburen on Saturday 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 44.00
Hybrid 52.00
E-bike 108.00
Extra services
Child seat € 5.00 x 4 20.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 4 12.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Tag-along bike € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 4 70.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
SGR per piece 5.00
Groningen - Best Western Plaza ***
Groningen - Westord The Market**** (Upgrade)
Pieterburen - Gastenverblijf Waddenhoes
Pieterburen - Hotel Waddengenot ***
Termunterzijl - Hotel Termunterzijl ***
Practical info

4 overnights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included

Detailed roadbook with maps and tourist information

Rental bikes are available

7-day service hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

CS Groningen

Parking available at the hotel

GPS tracks available

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