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On this cycling holiday, a quiet, one-way route takes you to explore three themes: wood- and heathlands in the National Park Veluwezoom, the lovely landscape in the meandering IJssel river valley and the well preserved medieval cities on its banks once belonging to the Hanseatic League.

Hanseatic towns along the IJssel

Tour operator: Dutch Bike Tours
Type of holiday: self-guided
Luggage transport: included
Accommodation: hotel
Number of days: 5 days
Price: from €465,-

Opt to prolong your holiday by an extra day and with a new theme: the low-lying peat marshes surrounding Giethoorn, a village also known as “Venice of the Netherlands”.

Between 1000 and 1500 AD the Hanseatic towns were prosperous, flourishing thanks to shipping and trade. In those days, merchants in a town were united in a merchant guild that protected their common interests. After 1358, 150 merchant guilds across northern Europe united in the Hanseatic League, a network that aimed to ensure safe passage for travelling merchants such as long-distance shippers. They built trading posts and lighthouses, trained pilots, helped each other with knowledge, contacts and armed protection. Merchants from the IJssel valley who profited financially, became patrons of architecture and culture in their hometowns: The enchanting places you will visit on this cycling holiday!

About 18 of these Hanseatic cities were situated in the Netherlands, this tour visits 7 of them: Arnhem, Doesburg, Zutphen, Deventer, Hattem, Zwolle and Hasselt.

Hanseatic towns along the IJssel photo nr. 1
Hanseatic towns along the IJssel photo nr. 1
Hanseatic towns along the IJssel photo nr. 1
Hanseatic towns along the IJssel photo nr. 1

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