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Holland's VOC towns

Lake IJssel used to be a saltwater inlet of the North Sea called Zuiderzee. After yet another big flood in 1916 it was finally decided to build a dike across the mouth of the Zuiderzee, cutting it off from the North Sea.

Lake IJssel and the VOC Tour

Tour operator: Dutch Bike Tours
Type of holiday: self-guided
Luggage transport: included
Accommodation: hotel
Number of days: 7 days
Price: from € 574,-

The Closure Dike was completed in 1932. Fresh water from the River IJssel replaced the salt water creating a lake. By 1968, the Dutch had transformed part of the lake into squares of usable land called polders. But most of the lake remained water, used mainly for recreational purposes. Many fishermen in the picturesque fishing villages of the Zuiderzee had to give up their profession and turned to the tourist trade. All will be revealed on this tour!

Harbour towns along the coast of the former Zuiderzee take you back to Holland’s Golden Age (±17th Century) when the shipbuilding, map making and seafaring Dutch dominated world trade. The VOC, the Dutch East India Trading Company owned a massive fleet of ships and trading vessels that sailed from Holland all over the world trading in tulip bulbs and spices such as pepper, nutmeg and cloves. It was the world’s first multinational. The Dutch merchants became extremely wealthy, built beautiful houses and sponsored arts and science, which flourished. See for yourself on this tour!

Also discover our North Sea coast with its beautiful sandy beaches backed by dunes systems which not only safeguard the hinterland from the sea but also harbour many species of dune flora and fauna. On top of all that, we’ll throw in a few windmills, beautiful landscapes and amazing Amsterdam to top off this great holiday!

Lake IJssel and the VOC Tour

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