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City, Sea & Schier Island
City, Sea & Schier Island
5 days
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City, Sea & Schier Island
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City, Sea & Schier Island


Bike Tour: City, Sea & Schier Island - 5 days

A perfect combination and the ideal getaway. First the fun of a vibrant university town in Groningen, then the Hogeland and car-free Schiermonnikoog Island. Trying to fit it all in, you can take your time as well. Hit the terraces in the Grote Markt, pause along the Reitdiep en route, dabble among sand dunes and marvel at the North Sea from De Marlijn. Experience it all by bike. Could life get any better?

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Day 1: Arrival Groningen
Day 2: Groningen - Schiermonnikoog
Day 3: Schiermonnikoog Roundtrip
Day 4: Schiermonnikoog - 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 - Schiermonnikoog
52 km

Ride the unique Reitdiep, or old Hunze Valley, from Groningen city centre and get the ferry to Schiermonnikoog. Spot beautiful hamlets, typical churches and ancient mound villages. Take to a terrace and gaze out over the water from picturesque Garnwerd or Zoutkamp’s old fishing port. Order the catch of the day at a restaurant near Lauwersoog fish market, then jump on a Monnik or Rottum boat over to car-free Schiermonnikoog Island. And you are in Friesland!

We always try to book our standard hotel for the regular rate. However, due to the popularity of Schiermonnikoog, we may have to change to another, more expensive hotel on the island. This will be done in consultation. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid price increases.

Day 3:    Schiermonnikoog Roundtrip
24 km

Hear the seagulls’ call and take in the salty island air, with the Wad to one side and the North Sea beach to the other. The grey-green beach grass stretches out as far as the eye can see, broken briefly by a white or red lighthouse on the horizon. The sole tiny village can only be reached by bike and the challenge here is choosing, with much to do and so little time! Take a saltwater dip, stop for lunch at Paviljoen Paal 3, hit the beach for seal-spotting on the Balg, paddle in the Berkenplas, see the sun sink into the sea over dinner or browse at boutiques in the village. Still not tired? ‘De Tox’ Bar stays open until late. Or curl up with a good book and rest up for tomorrow.

Day 4:    Schiermonnikoog - Groningen
52 km

Time for the return trip, loaded with island memories of flora and fauna. In 45 minutes, you’re back in Lauwersoog. Cycle along the dike with a tailwind into huge farming estates in the Westpolder. Hornhuizen’s colourful steeple rises above the trees as you pedal to back to Garnwerd via Verhildersum and 2020’s ‘most beautiful village’ of Winsum. Then the Reitdiep leads you back into the city. Has it been just two days? It feels like week-long holiday! 

Day 5:    Departure

The last day of your trip? Time flies! Enjoy breakfast here ‘at home’ before you depart. Or extend your stay, tour the Zuidlaardermeer / Paterswoldsemeer and dip into the neighbouring province of Drenthe.


Start on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday possible.

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 455.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
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)
Schiermonnikoog - Hotel van der Werff ***
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

Ferry Schiermonnikoog included

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