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City to Sea - long
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5 days
Cycling days:
 3
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Code:
5002
price from € 295
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Bike Tour: City to Sea - long - 5 days

An introduction to the Netherlands’ northernmost province with time to take in the city and a day to relax in Pieterburen. Get into Groningen city and see the seawall, mound villages, churches, gardens, ‘borg’ villas and a bit of the Wad. This will have you wondering about the rest of Groningen, the Eems estuary, Termunterzijl and the islands. But you’ll have to put those on your wish list for next time!

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Route
Day 1: Arrival Groningen
Day 2: Groningen - Pieterburen
Day 3: Pieterburen Roundtrip
Day 4: Pieterburen - 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

Take in a bit of the city then roll out into peaceful green countryside. The busy university vibe gives way to wide-open space and marvellous mound villages like Middelstum and Kantens appear. This is the real Hogeland, all lush and green. The far-reaching views from Usquert reveal Noordpolderzijl dike with the Wadden Sea hiding just behind it. Pause for some refreshment at ‘t Zielhoes then cycle a section outside the dike to challenge yourself against the wind. Then take time to rest and relax back in Pieterburen. 

Day 3:    Pieterburen Roundtrip
55 km

Wake up in peaceful Pieterburen to another splendid day of cycling. Ride the Broekstermaar to Verhildersum Estate, marvel at the mound village of Ulrum and check out Houwerzijlt tea factory. Cycle the Rietdiep to the former port at Zoutkamp then turn north and cycle at water’s edge to Lauwersmeer National Park. Spot some birds, hit the beach or try the catch of the day at Lauwersoog fish market. Then circle back to Pieterburen riding inside the dike or venture outside the dike and cycle along the Wad. All told, a great day!

Day 4:    Pieterburen - Groningen
44 km

Make your way to Kaakhorn, hidden among huge potato fields and vast expanses of grain. Stumble upon ‘unknown’ villages like Westernieland and Den Andel, secrets known only to artists. Roll to Onderdendam’s beautiful location on the Damsterdiep and follow the water’s edge to Winsum, recently voted the Netherlands’ most beautiful village. Wind through waterscapes on the Reitdiep / Hunzedal then catch a boat for lunch at the famous Cafe Hammingh or Garnwerd 'aan Zee'. Pedal the Pieterpad pilgrimage route back into Groningen city and take to a terrace on the Grote Markt or Forum rooftop.

Day 5:    Departure

..... Is it the last day already? Time flies! If you can, try a tour of Zuidlaardermeer / Paterswoldsemeer and dip into the neighbouring province of Drenthe.

Prices

Price pp
Single room, breakfast 415.00
Double room, breakfast 295.00
Dinner 120.00
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 40.00
Hybrid 48.00
E-bike 100.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.00 x 4 12.00
Child seat € 1.25 x 4 5.00
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
Accommodation
Groningen - Best Western Plaza ***
Groningen - Westord The Market**** (Upgrade)
Pieterburen - Gastenverblijf Waddenhoes
Pieterburen - Hotel Waddengenot ***
Practical info

4 overnights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, half board optional

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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