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6 Days Holland Highlights Cycling Holiday Tour, Netherlands
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Holland’s Highlights Cycling Tour Netherlands

Remember Hans Brinker, the Dutch boy who put his finger in a hole in the dike to save his country? Remember that picture postcard of a row of majestic windmills under a great blue sky? Remember all those stereotypes of Holland, the wooden clogs, canals, bicycles, pancakes, tulip fields, polders, traditional costume? They will all come alive in front of your very eyes on this specially designed tour of nostalgia!\

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Type of transportation: cycling
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Starts in: Amsterdam
  • Ends in: Amsterdam
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 85 miles /137 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike or e-bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 125 EUR

Highlights

  • 4 days cycling
  • 7-days a week service-hotline
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • Cycle through the city of Amsterdam and the countryside
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction
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Accommodation

%After a wonderful day’s cycling, there’s nothing like a comfortable and pleasant hotel to top off the experience. Dutch Bike Tours makse a point of selecting hotels that have a good atmosphere and ample luxury and comfort. You will stay in hotel rooms with en-suite shower / toilet or bath / toilet.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam

Try to arrive early! One can spend an entire fantastic day just wandering through the 17th-century canal district gazing up at the beautiful old townhouses and warehouses. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 2: Amsterdam to Haarlem (29 kilometers)

Spend the morning visiting your favourite Amsterdam museum, or sitting in the sun on Rembrandtplein watching the world go by, or go for a walk in the famous red-light district. The possibilities are endless. As you leave the capital in the early afternoon, the urban buzz will soon make way for the peace and quiet of the countryside.

This region is called Zuid-Kennemerland. In the low-lying peat landscape clouds are reflected in the water and reed sways in the wind. Top off your day roaming lovely downtown Haarlem, from impressive Grote Markt square, to the white drawbridge on the River Spaarne. Idyllic courtyards, known as ‘hofjes’, will set your heart a-flutter. In April and early May, you have the option of cycling a longer route of ca. 60 kilometers where you can see the tulip fields.

Day 3: Haarlem to Zaandam (38 kilometers)

In the morning, continue exploring the streets and squares of historical Haarlem. Should you wish to visit a museum, the Frans Hals museum of paintings from the Golden Age comes recommended. If your interests lie in the field of science, do not miss exquisite Teijlers museum which has been drawing curious minds since 1784!

At midday, it is time to jump back on your bikes to make your way along the banks of the River Spaarne to the pretty village of Spaarndam and the IJdijk dike. You will love the way some of the cute little old houses are perched high and dry atop the dike while others are sitting safe and snug behind it.

Reputedly the oldest lock in the world, Kolksluis is still in working order and standing in such a breathtaking location, you must stop off for a look! The IJdijk is also where the monument stands to remember dear little Hans Brinker, the brave boy who saved the country from flooding by sticking his finger in a hole in the dike. (American fiction from A to Z, but never mind that).

Pedalling on, you will reach the Zaan region, named after the River Zaan and justly famed for the adorable wooden houses, painted green, with white lace curtains in the windows! You can see several prime examples at Zaanse Schans, also known the world over for its gorgeous row of windmills.

This whole place is picture perfect! There are lots of things to do and see here. You can visit windmills, workshops, museums, find out how to make wooden shoes or Dutch cheese, all in the name of nostalgia. After all that, sit down for a well-deserved pancake.

Day 4: Zaandam to Volendam (34 kilometers)

After a few pedals you will reach recreational park Het Twiske. This is a favourite get-away for the people of Amsterdam. On a hot day, they will flee the city and cycle here to the lake for a dip. A varied landscape of wood, meadows and lakes will accompany you to Monnickendam. Today’s cycling trip concludes in festive fishing port Volendam. Browse the home-decor and gift shops for a great find or have a seat at a pavement cafe on the dike overlooking the water.

Day 5: Volendam to Amsterdam (36 kilometers)

Near the old quarter of quaint red-brick houses, stands Volendams Museum where you can find out all about this close-knit community’s history, culture and folklore. Inspiring period rooms, traditional costumes and jewellery are part of the permanent exposition.

There’s a section on eel fishery complete with model boats. The art collection is a delight but just wait till you see that truly incredible mosaic. Via the isle of Marken, you will set off back to Amsterdam, arriving in plenty of time for more sightseeing.

Day 6: Return home

The cycling holiday draws to a close. After breakfast at your hotel, it is time to go home.

Bike rental

  • 24-speed gear bike, 12 EUR / day
  • Electric bike, 25 EUR / day
  • Tandem bike, 20 EUR / day
  • Children's bike,10 EUR / day
  • Trailer-bike, 6 EUR / day
  • Child trailer, 17.50 EUR / day
  • Child seat, 5 EUR / day
  • Racing Bike, 20 EUR / day

Location

This cycling trip will start from Amsterdam, and will take you to Haarlem, Zaandam, Volendam, Netherlands.

Knooppunt (intersection signs)

For the most part, tours from Dutch Bike Tours follow the Knooppunten cycling routes. Holland has an elaborate system of numbered crossroads / intersections with signs for cyclists indicating the way to connecting crossroads. On paper, it will look something like this: knooppunt 61 - 70 - 71 - 72 - 73 - 47. When you arrive at intersection 61, another sign will point the way to the next intersection (70) where you will find another sign (71) pointing the way to the next intersection etc. It’s a very good system!

Occasionally, these Knooppunten cycling routes run parallel to LF routes. Due to road works or temporary closure of a road, it may not always be possible to follow the original routes. Where possible, Dutch Bike Tours will provide you with an alternative route.

LF Routes

LF cycling routes form an extensive national network and can be identified by special signs. They show you around the Netherlands in all its diversity: natural areas and farmland, as well as pretty towns and villages. The routes follow quiet, safe back roads, and segregated cycleways.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the price. For other dietary requirements, the hotel chefs will take your requests into account as much as possible. It’s always a good idea to remind the reception of your dietary needs when you check in at the hotel.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 days road cycling
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest

What's not included

  • Ferry crossings
  • GPS-tracks rental (10 EUR)
  • Dinner (30 EUR per day)
  • Emergency call out service / bike breakdown pass (2.75 EUR per day)
  • Extra night (70 EUR)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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