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7 Days Pearls of Holland Cycling Holiday in Netherlands
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Ultimate Cycling Holiday Netherlands

Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda are among cyclists’ all-time favorite cities. Each of them are unique and all brimming with that typical Olde Holland character. Dutch BikeTours have decided to combine them into this one route for the ultimate cultural bike holiday. Cycling distances are relatively short, allowing more time for sightseeing and museums.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Rolling landscape
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day), moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, as the moderate level means that they will cycle around 30 to 40 km per day) to challenging (cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 125 miles / 201 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent at 150 EUR per person per stay


  • Cycling through scenic roads
  • Discover the picturesque villages
  • Chance to have a city walk to discover the city’s hidden “hofjes”
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transfers
  • Daily breakfast


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On this cycling holiday, you will be provided six nights of accommodation at three and four stars hotels

After a wonderful day’s cycling, there is nothing like a comfortable and pleasant hotel to top off the experience. Dutch Bike Tours make 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.


Although you will stay within the Randstad conurbation, you will discover how rural and quiet the countryside can be, where polders, windmills, bulb flower fields in spring, lakes and rivers, take the spotlight. In short, this route stands for seven days of enjoying cultural gems and idyllic countryside.

So you want to find out more about cycling (holidays) in the Netherlands? Great! Because there is a real cycling culture in the Netherlands. People do not just cycle for leisure here, but also to get about and commute to work. You will see all kinds of cyclists on the road: office workers with briefcases slung over their shoulders, students with their school bags secured on the back of their bikes, mothers on carrier bikes with their children, dog owners with their pooches in dog trailers, and also the many recreational cyclists.

The Netherlands is the perfect place to explore by bike. The country has many cycle paths and signposted cycle routes, the landscape is flat, distances are short, and there are lots to see and do along the way, so come visit the Netherlands and get on a bike. Your luggage, one suitcase per person (maximum of 20 kilograms) will be transported from hotel to hotel.

The luggage is picked up after 09:00 a.m. and usually delivered to your next hotel before 05:00 p.m. Per room, you will receive one extra luggage tag.

Dutch Bike Tours will handle your luggage with care. With normal use, scratches, dents, and other minor damages of your suitcases can occur. For this, Dutch Bike Tours is not responsible. For large damages, you can file a claim with your travel and/or luggage insurance.


Many people presume that the Netherlands are flat. In the west of the country, this is indeed the case, with the exception of the dunes all down the coast. However, the east of the country may require slightly more pedal power.

The Veluwe area is on a low ridge, and South-Limburg province is known and loved for its rolling landscape. As a rule, if you book a holiday in the east of the country, it is best to expect a gentle incline or two.

On the whole, it is hard to predict how cyclists will experience the level of difficulty of their tour. It depends on a range of factors, some of them subjective. To name but a few:

  • Wind direction and speed on a certain day, headwind or tailwind
  • Weather conditions (30 kilometers may feel like longer in the rain)
  • The number of gears on the (rental) bicycle
  • The general level of fitness of the cyclist and how you are feeling on the day
  • The number of consecutive cycling days

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam

You will get here early and opt to wander around the gorgeous and surprisingly peaceful 17th century canal ring area (World Heritage Site). If you like bustle, make your way to the city’s famous squares: Dam, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Should you prefer to roam off the beaten track, saunter up Brouwersgracht, or hire a canal bike and find out what the city looks like from the water.

Day 2: Amsterdam to Haarlem (29 kilometers / 18 miles)

You will get an early start and beat the queues at the Van Gogh or Anne Frank museum. At the end of the morning, say "Tot ziens!” to amazing Amsterdam and mount your bike to journey through Kennemerland where a great variety of lovely countryside awaits: vast polders, wildlife gardens, country estates, woods, and beautiful peatland.

You will stay the night in the elegant city of Haarlem. The attractive city center offers a wealth of possibilities for shopping, delving into art and culture, or relaxing in cafes and restaurants. In April and early May, you have the option of cycling a longer route of 60 kilometer where you can see the tulip fields.

Day 3: Haarlem to Leiden (38 kilometers / 23 miles)

Downtown Haarlem deserves to be explored thoroughly. A city walk to discover the city’s hidden "hofjes” is recommended. A hofje is a square of tiny almshouses set around an idyllic courtyard, often built by the church or by private charity to house single older women.

Also dating back to the Dutch Golden Age, the works of Haarlem painter Frans Hals (group portraiture) and his townsmen including Jacob Ruysdael (land- and seascapes) and Pieter Saenredam (church interiors) are on display at the Frans Hals museum. In the afternoon, you will get set for a colorful bike trip through the Dune and Bulb Region.

Try to time this holiday before mid-May to capture the bulb flower fields in their full splendor. Tulips, crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths are grown here commercially (for bulb export) and temporarily transform the landscape into one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions.

Should you want to spend a day at the world-famous Keukenhof flower exhibition, it is recommended that you book an extra night in Leiden. Leiden is the oldest university town. It has a very busy cultural events calendar and a friendly city center with canals, monuments, windmills, and museums. The historical botanical gardens get special mention.

Day 4: Leiden to Delft (24 kilometers / 14 miles)

After taking your leave of lively Leiden, peace and quiet will reign once more in this day’s typically Dutch scenery. Let shining lakes and green pastures, old windmills and farmhouses pass you by whilst pedaling on to the famous city of Delft. The melancholy charm of historical Delft is breathtaking, and most will associate Delft with its blue and white hand-painted pottery: Delftware.

But did you know that painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived in Delft all his life? The Vermeer Centre gives illuminating insights into his life, works and city.

Day 5: Delft to Gouda (34 kilometers / 21 miles)

This stretch of the tour takes you through the Green Heart: a stronghold against urban sprawl in Randstad conurbation. Balancing atop polder dikes, delight in characteristic villages, far horizons and pleasingly strict rectangles cut by ditches in fields of vibrant green.

As you wander around the city of Gouda at the end of the day, do not miss the gothic town hall (1450), the Weighing House (1667), the romantic inner-city canals, and the stained glass windows in St. John’s Church. Gouda is also famous for making syrup waffles and candles.

If you are travelling in summer, plan your trip so that you can witness the traditional Thursday morning cheese market at the start of Day 6 (early April till last Thursday in August).

Day 6: Gouda to Amsterdam (80 kilometers / 49 miles)

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, get back on your bike and set off on the longest leg of this bike tour. Once again, switch on your five senses to fully enjoy the characteristic countryside of the Green Heart. Drift past meadows, lakes, and small villages.

Can you hear the wind in the rushes? Did you see the clouds reflected in the lake? Are you feeling peckish? In that case, do stop to sample Dutch style apple tart with your coffee! Thus fortified, continue on your way back to Amsterdam pursuing beautiful River Amstel.

Should the prospect of 80 kilometers be rather daunting, opt to split this leg by booking an extra night in Woerden (making two legs: 30 kilometers and 48 kilometers).

Day 7: Return home

Your cycling holiday has come to an end. Enjoy a big hearty breakfast one last time, and do not forget to try chocolate sprinkles. This officially marks the end of the tour.


This cycling holiday will be held in Netherlands, covering places including Amsterdam, Kennemerland, Haarlem, Dune and Bulb Region, Leiden, Delft, Green Heart, Gouda, and River Amstel.


Daily breakfast is included in the prices. For other dietary requirements, the hotel chefs will take your requests into account as much as possible. It is always a good idea to remind the reception of your dietary needs when you check in at the hotel. Half-board meals can be booked for an additional cost.

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

Things to do (optional)

There are options to hire a canal bike and find out what the city looks like from the water, or go shopping, delve into art and culture, or relax in cafes and restaurants.

What's included

  • Self-guided cycling
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel
  • Detailed route descriptions
  • Tour as GPS-file (upon request)
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • Saddlebag (only for rental bikes) for carrying things you need on the road
  • Seven days a week service hotline
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Journey to the starting point of your DBT cycle holiday
  • Journey from the finishing point of your DBT cycling holiday back home
  • Drinks with your evening meal (for those who booked half-board meals)
  • Ferry crossings

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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