See Lepelaarplassen, Oostvaardersplassen and the dikes of Flevoland from the comfort of a mini-van or sedan.
Dikes & Oostvaardersplassen Chauffeured Tour
For those interested in the dikes of Flevoland, and Oostvaardersplassen, the huge nature reserve the dikes inadvertently created, then this chauffeured tour is for you. We ride along the dikes that surround Almere, part of the huge dike infrastructure that created the world’s largest man made island, Flevoland. These dikes are what allow us to live about 3 meters BELOW sea level in Almere. At certain points along the dikes you can be up to 6 meters below sea level. Looking up at a 20 foot hill and realizing that is the only thing keeping the ocean from washing you away can be a daunting and impressive sight.
We will follow the dikes up to Trekvogel, the information center for Lepelaarplassen, and Oostvaardersplassen. Here you can watch a 20 minute movie that explain the history of the dikes and the process that was used to create Flevoland. Don’t worry it’s available in several languages so you don’t have to study Dutch before watching it. Once here we will tour Oostvaardersplassen, where wild horse roam free in the heart of Almere. We will also make a stop at the Pumping Stations of Flevoland. These pumping stations not only were what drained the sea from Flevoland, they are what helps to get rid of all the rain we get in the Netherlands. Without the pumping stations, the rain would eventually put much of Flevoland back underwater.
- De Trekvogel
- Birds of every feather
- Wild horses roaming free if we get lucky!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Almere Centrum Station|
|DEPARTURE TIME||9am Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.|
|TOUR LENGTH||Approximately 4 Hours|
|REQUIREMENTS||Be prepared to see the real Netherlands!
Comfortable clothing & appropriate footwear
No smoking in the vehicle please
11:45AM – 12:00 PM: Preparations for Tour
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Almere Stad
12:45PM – 1:30 PM: Almere Stad to De Trekvogel
1:30 PM – 2.30 PM: A Tour of Oostvaardersplassen
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Pumping Station- The secret of the dikes
If it rain too much, some water gets pumped out. If it is dry, water is pumped in so the swans have the correct depth of water for traveling and living in our canals.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Pumping Station to Almere Stad
4:00 PM: Return