My tour

Hanseatic history


zwolle old town

This tour is about the Dutch Hanseatic cities. But this tour gives you much more - you will find out a lot about history, combined with cycling routes through the beautiful River Yssel valley.

Recreational, E-bike
6 days
215 km / 134 mi
€ 1,720.-
  • Half board arrangement (breakfast and dinner)
  • Excellent hotels with local character
  • Including Hanseatic history lecture, entrance fees and guided walking tours
  • Group size 8-16 persons
  • Optional E-bike
  • Transfer from and to Amsterdam included



Recreational, E-bike
6 days
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Individual: with GPS and map
Guided:  with cycling guide
Distance per day
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
215 km / 134 mi
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B
Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel
Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Comfort, half board
Luggage transport
Daily transfers
2021 dates on request
Zwolle (14.00 | 2 pm)
Zutphen (14.00 | 2 pm)
If no price is indicated the transfer is free
From and to Amsterdam included


Tour price
€ 1,720.-
Recreational bike
High quality multispeed bicycle included
Luggage transfers
Daily luggage transfers per courier service included
Bicycle with electric motor assistance
€ 178.-
Single supplement (including single room)
€ 146.-


6 days - 5 nights

The Dutch Hanseatic cities of Doesburg, Zutphen, Deventer, Hattem, Zwolle, Kampen and Hasselt are situated on the banks of the River Yssel. These seven cities were once important centers of commerce and culture. The glorious history of the medieval Hanseatic League has left many traces behind and nowadays these cities have become extremely interesting and attractive tourist destinations.

Day 1 – To Zwolle
The tour bus picks you up at 14.00 (2 pm) in Amsterdam and takes you to Zwolle (1.5 hours transfer). After equipment instructions and a welcome dinner, a historian will give a lecture on Dutch Hanseatic history.

Day 2 – The small Hanseatic towns
Today we bike through the northern lowlands, passing along Hasselt, Kampen and Hattem. This area is considered to be the delta area of the River Yssel and so these small Hanseatic towns were often subjected to flooding.

Day 3 – Cycling along the River Vecht
We cycle eastwards along the River Vecht. This is a slightly higher region and it is dotted with farmhouses and small villages. In late afternoon there is a guided walking tour through the historic town center of Zwolle.

Day 4 – To Deventer and Zutphen
The route continues along the River Yssel to Zutphen. We stop for lunch at the halfway point in the historic town center of Deventer. The hotel in Zutphen is located in a quiet area of the historic city center.

Day 5 – Loop tour to Doesburg
Today we continue cycling along the River Yssel to the southernmost Hanseatic town of Doesburg where we take a wooded route back along the western bank of the river back to Zutphen.

Day 6 – Exploring Zutphen
The tour finishes after breakfast on the last day with a guided walking tour through the historic town center of Zutphen. The shuttle bus takes you back to Amsterdam before lunch.

Map & Routes



recreational Superb recreational hybrid bike (included)
- Various frame sizes for all heights
- Shimano Premium hub gearing
- Magura hydraulic brakes
- Schwalbe anti-puncture tires
- Fenders and chain guard
- Comfortable Selle Royal gel seat
- Ergonomic handelbar grips
- Front- and rear light
- Mounted lock
- Weight 16 kg / 35 lbs
- Optional: E-bike
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