East Frisia and the Netherlands Cycling Holidays
Start: Emden

Your Itinerary

East Frisia and the Netherlands Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £689 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle past stately windmills and white drawbridges
• See hidden villages, green dykes and wide panoramas.
• Cycle along the river Ems via Jemgum to Leer
• Visit the lively centre of Groningen in North East Netherlands

Cycle Route Profile

East Frisia and the Netherlands are ideal countrysides for cycle tours. All routes are flat! You cycle on asphalted or plastered country lanes, sometimes on minor roads. This tour is perfectly suited for beginners or groups.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Individual journey to Emden

In the afternoon is the welcome briefing and distribution of rental bicycles (if booked). One overnight in Emden.

Day 2 Emden – Leer approx. 35 km

Enjoy the first ride from Emden to Petkum on beautiful paths. By ferry (not included) you reach the village of Ditzum where you should visit the fish harbour. Along the river Ems you cycle via Jemgum to Leer. Discover the beautiful and old city centre, the picturesque baroque building and the harbour. One overnight in Leer.

Day 3 Leer – Papenburg approx. 35 km

Bicycle tour through the „Moormerland“, the heart of the Fehn culture. Wind and range accompany you on your way to Papenburg. Papenburg is called the „Venice of the north“. An exceptional attraction of Papenburg is the company „Meyer Werft“, which builds cruise ships. If you would like to visit the wharf a registration is necessary: telephone: 0049-4961-83960 or www.papenburg-tourismus.de. One overnight in Papenburg.

Day 4 Papenburg – Stadskanaal approx. 55 km

Immediately behind Papenburg you enter the Netherlands, province Groningen. After a few of kilometres visit the old, star-formed border fortress Bourtange from the 16th century. Then you cycle through fertile marshes to Stadskanaal, past huge farms and renovated old locks. One overnight in Stadskanaal.

Day 5 Stadskanaal – Groningen approx. 45 km

Solitary cycle path through dense forests, heather, moor and peat you cycle through province Drenthe. You cycle through idyllic villages to Ziudlaren with splendid Saxon farmhouses and late-Romanesque church. Only a brief distance along the large continental-lake Paterswoldsemeer and you reach the city Groningen. Groningen is a lively centre in the North-East of the Netherlands and is well worth a visit. One overnight in Groningen.

Day 6 Groningen – Delfzijl approx. 60 km

You set off to the North. Here you are soon embraced by quietude and solitariness. Near Uithuizen you find the most beautiful fortress of the region Groningen, Menkemaburg. Along the dyke you cycle to Delfzijl. One overnight in Delzifjl.

Day 7 Delfzijl – Emden approx. 20 – 50 km

Option 1: (Arrival everyday): Cycle tour to Delfzijl along the Dollart. From Ditzum to Petkum by ferry (not incl.) and cycle tour to Emden (approx. 50 km)
Option 2: (only on Sunday arrival): From Delfzijl along the Dollart to Emden-Knock by ferry and cycle tour to Emden. One overnight in Emden.

Day 8 Departure

The tour ends after breakfast. Individual Departure or extra nights.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
East Frisia and the Netherlands are ideal countrysides for cycle tours. All routes are flat! You cycle on asphalted or plastered country lanes, sometimes on minor roads. This tour is perfectly suited for beginners or groups.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The East Frisia and the Netherlands tour stays in typical inns ranging from 3* to 4* carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and service hotline.


- 7 overnights in quality accommodation with private bathroom
– Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
– Half-board if booked: at least three-course-dinner or buffet (sometimes outside with voucher and not in the hotel)
– Personal welcome tour briefing (German, English)
– Detailed travel documents, route cards, route description, sight-seeing, telephone numbers (German, English)
– At best elaborated route
– Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
– GPS-Tracks on request available
– Rental bike insurance
– 7-day-service-hotline

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.


We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

About the Rental Bikes

This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.

You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.

Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)


Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)

Men's Bike

Electric Bike (Colour may vary)


Rental Bike PLUS


For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.


If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.

All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.

You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.


7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).

Frame Sizing

When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.

We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!

Bike Hire Insurance

This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.

Electric Bike Hire

Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?

Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.

E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.

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Your Prices

East Frisia and the Netherlands, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands

Arrival every Sunday

Season 1: April.- May | September.-September
Season 2: May.- September

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £689 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £729 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £169
Half Board Upgrade: From £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109

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Hotel Category Descriptions
During the trip you will be accommodated in a combination of comfort rooms in typical inns in a range of 3 and 4 star categories with ensuite facilities.

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
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Holiday Price: From £689
Single Supplement: From £169

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