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Netherlands & Germany - Amsterdam to Bremen
18th August 2019 - 30th August 2019 (13 days)
This is an unsupported camping tour covering parts of the Netherlands and Germany. Starting at Beverwijk (the Netherlands) near the ferry port at IJmuiden, cycle north and then east passing through the Dutch provinces of North Holland, Friesland, Groningen and the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) to finish in the city of Bremen. Two-night stays at three campsites allow for cycling without luggage or rest days. The terrain will range from mostly flat-lands and river valleys to some rolling sand dunes.
Return to Amsterdam using the Deutsche Bahn railway system (Bremen HBf to Amsterdam Centraal via Osnabrück). The trains used will have special bicycle carriages that can carry 16 bicycles and places will be reserved places for our bicycles.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager William Miller
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Camping
- Board Basis Self Catering
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Moving-on
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03273
Sunday 18th August
Meet at the campsite in Beverwijk. 6km from Beverwijk railway station Stay 1 night.
Monday 19th August
Cycle to Wieringerwerf (near Den Oever). 67km. Stay 1 night.
Tuesday 20th August
Cycle across the Afsluitdijk to Harlingen. 52km. Stay 1 night.
Wednesday 21st August
Cycle to Leeuwarden. 68km. Stay 1 night.
Thursday 22nd August
Cycle to Groningen. 60km. Stay 2 nights.
Friday 23rd August
Free day to visit the sites of Groningen.
Saturday 24th August
Cycle to Leer, crossing the border in to Germany at the sluices at the northern end of the Westerwoldsche Aa river. 81km. Stay 1 night.
Sunday 25th August
Cycle to Schortens (near Wilhelmshaven). 66km. Stay 2 nights.
Monday 26th August
Free day to visit Wilhelmshaven, or cycle the North Sea coast.
Tuesday 27th August
Cycle to Nordenham on the banks of the River Weser. 56km. Stay 1 night.
Wednesday 28th August
Cycle south along the River Weser to Bremen. 66km. Stay 2 nights.
Thursday 29th August
Free day to visit the sites of Bremen.
Friday 30th August
Cycle 6km to Bremen HBf railway station. Return to Amsterdam using the Deutsche Bahn railway system (Bremen HBf to Amsterdam Centraal via Osnabrück). The tour ends on arrival at Amsterdam Centraal station.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation is at established campsites of a high enough standard to provide hot showers and clean washing areas. Participants need to bring their own tents and other camping equipment and will be expected to share a pitch or emplacement with others in the group. You are responsible for all your own meals while camping.
Participants are expected to carry their own luggage and camping equipment.
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £350 is based on a minimum number of 12 people taking part in the tour and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 Euros to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 9th June 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.
- 12 nights campsites, sharing pitches
- Train travel from Bremen to Amsterdam
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from the tour
- Any meals or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
A deposit of £100 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £250 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 9th June 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 9th June 2019
From 9th June 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
The tour covers the Dutch provinces of North Holland, Friesland, Groningen and the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). It passes through an area of large sand dunes lining the North Sea coast. Cycle across the 32km Afsluitdijk to Friesland and through Dutch farmland visiting the scenic provincial Dutch capitals of of Leeuwarden and Groningen. Cross over the Westerwoldsche Aa River into Lower Saxony (Germany), and visit the towns of Leer, Wilhelmshaven, and Nordenham, before heading south east along the River Weser to Bremen.
Rides & Rest Days
The route overlaps with the North Sea Cycle Route at the start and near the end of the tour, with the middle section of our route taking a more southerly route through more established and interesting countryside. The terrain is mostly flat or undulating, and with prevailing winds being from the west we can expect to have a following wind for most of the tour, though unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed. The circular rides from campsites can be shortened, or lengthened, depending on your personal cycling or exploring interests, and any of these days can be taken as rest days. There will be the opportunity to visit tourist attractions, but this tour primarily focuses on enjoying the natural environment and the numerous attractive areas we pass through.
The question of having to 'keep up' is not necessarily relevant, as there is no effort to keep everyone together, but rather to let everyone start off in the mornings when they want, in small groups of riders with similar ability or riding style, allowing everyone to cycle at a pace comfortable to them, with chance meetings during the day at scenic viewpoints, cafe stops, lunch, etc.
It is helpful if you have had some previous experience of cycle camping and carrying all your gear on your bike whilst riding over the distances that need to be covered on moving-on days. However, reasonably strong cyclists who have done other lightweight camping are usually able to put the two together without any real difficulty. It is important that you are fit enough to undertake the tour as there is no support vehicle.
Accommodation & Meals
All campsites have been chosen for their location rather than for any particular amenities they might offer, though care has been taken to identify the most suitable campsites., with their location largely dictating the choice of routes and the daily distances. It is usual for 3 to 5 tents to share a ‘pitch’, depending on its size. All sites should have hot showers and washing facilities. Some will have a small shop, and there may also be anything from a snack bar to a full restaurant on site.
The return to Amsterdam uses the Deutsche Bahn railway system (Bremen HBf to Amsterdam Centraal via Osnabrück). The trains used have a special bicycle carriage that can carry 16 bicycles and places have been reserved places for our bicycles.
Depart Bremen Hbf at 0943; arrive Osnabrück Hbf at 1034
Depart Osnabrück Hbf at 1153; arrive Amsterdam Centraal at 1500
The maximum number of participants will be 16 excluding the Tour Manager(s).
Weather & Clothing
A range of weather is likley to be experienced, with temperatures fluctuating from cool to very warm, and there is the possibility of rain at any time. Appropriate clothing needs to be carried to ensure that you can remain warm and (reasonably) dry, both during the day and around the campsite in the evenings. Also bring things that wash and dry easily. High protection sun cream and a good insect repellent are both advisable.
Cycles & Equipment
Each participant is expected to bring, and carry, all of their own lightweight camping equipment and personal gear on his/her own touring cycle or lightweight mountain bike suited to and set up for touring. Low gears (e.g. the small chainring being the same size or smaller than the largest cog on the rear wheel) are strongly recommended. Each rider (or couple) is expected to bring sufficient spare parts and tools to take care of their own minor repairs, from tightening loose nuts to replacing brake or gear cables.
Do make sure that your bike is mechanically sound and that both it and you are capable of carrying all your own camping kit, plus whatever else you bring. A more detailed packing list will be supplied if requested. If you have any specific questions please ask the Tour Manager.
Maps & Guides
Whilst there is no need to carry detailed maps if you don’t want to, it’s generally wise to carry some form of map in case you become separated from the group either by accident or should you decide to ride on your own. Detailed maps showing the location of each campsite will be provided in the pack that will be sent to you a few weeks before the start of the tour. The following maps cover the area of the tour:
Netherlands North Super-Durable Cycling Map, 1: 9789058810144. £14.99
East Friesland - Emsland Cycling Map 5, 9783870737269. £10.99
Between the Elbe and the Weser Cycling Map 6, 9783870735401. £9.99
Note: The names used for the maps are those used on the Stanfords website https://www.stanfords.co.uk. If you wish to purchase the maps elsewhere, please use the ISBN numbers quoted above.
Travel Insurance & Advice
In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.
As there are several options for travel to the start and from the finish of the tour, the tour is being offered as land only.
Outbound travel options to the start of the tour at Beverwijk include:
Taking the ferry from Newcastle to IJmuiden (the nearest ferry port to the start), and cycling from there to the campsite.
Taking the ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland and then taking the train to Beverwijk, and cycling from there to the campsite.
Taking the ferry from Hull to Europoort, cycling to Maassluis and then taking the train to Beverwijk, and cycling from there to the campsite.
Flying to Amsterdam Schipol and then taking the train to Beverwijk, and cycling from there to the campsite, or cycling from the airport to the campsite.
Return travel options from Amsterdam Centraal station at the end of the tour include:
Taking the train to Driehuis and cycling from there to IJmuiden ferry port, and then taking the ferry to Newcastle.
Taking the train to Hoek van Holland and then taking the ferry to Harwich.
Taking the train to Maassluis, cycling to the Europoort ferry terminal, and then taking the ferry to Hull.
Taking the train to Amsterdam Schipol airport, and then flying back to the UK.