Tulip, Beach, and Town Tour

IMG_1259

IMG_7935

IMG_1326

IMG_2306

IMG_7914

IMG_8255

This 8-day/ 7-night tour is one of the most varied and relaxing cycling vacations possible in Holland. Imagine cycling through picturesque landscapes, green meadows, historical villages with typical countryside houses and the softly spinning sails of the windmills. Also, let us not forget that here we can find one of the best varieties of cheese worldwide, Gouda! You will also see those typical wooden clogs from back in the day and fields full of tulips. Our beach, town and tulip tour brings together all the best from the Netherlands in one bicycle tour. Discover historic, cozy and picturesque towns, such as Zandvoort, Noordwijkerhout, The Hague, Leiden, Utrecht, Amersfoort and of course Amsterdam!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amersfoort
Arrive at your leisure to your hotel in Amersfoort. Amersfoort is a charming city where the history is still alive. Behind the city walls you can walk at ease in the small streets. It is the perfect place for those who like shopping.

Day 2: Amersfoort – Amsterdam – 44 miles (72 km)
Today we bike along the Naarden-Vesting, one of the best-preserved fortifications in Europe, to the well-known capital city of the Netherlands. This tour passes by the IJsselmeer, the former “Zuiderzee”. After an exciting bike tour we arrive in Amsterdam, being famous for the abundance of quiet waterways that run through the city. Make sure to go for a canal tour as well. Amsterdam has a lot of Museums and cultural highlights to enjoy. There is for example the Royal museum, or the Van Gogh museum, which tells the story of the famous painter, and so much more. Plunge into the lively atmosphere of Amsterdam!

Day 3: Amsterdam – Zandvoort/Noordwijkerhout – 31 or 37 miles (50 or 60 km)
This tour brings us to Haarlem, where you can admire the famous picturesque small “hofjes”. These are the gardens that were kept by the rich inhabitants in the 18th and 19th century for the aged widows to work in so they would not die of hunger. Or you can visit the Frans Hals Museum, a former home for retired people where you can find the renowned paintings of Frans Hals. The tour continues along the “Keukenhof”, a wonderful Garden that one should not miss during the blooming tulip season. Relish in the dunes and beach area with appealing sights. (You will sleep in Noordwijkerhout or Zandvoort. When staying the night in Zandvoort, you pass the “Keukenhof” on the 4th day.

Day 4: Zandvoort/Noordwijkerhout – The Hague – 32 or 42 miles (52 or 67 km)
During this tour there are a lot of highlights. The road takes us to Leiden before ending in The Hague, Leiden is known for its university. In Leiden there are many interesting museums, or plan a visit to the Pieters church. Before we reach The Hague we pass by Scheveningen, which has a beautiful beach. You will be accommodated in The Hague. This is the governmental center of the Netherlands. But The Hague has much more to offer than just politics, such as the numerous museums and sights along the canals, the “Catshuis”, the ”Paleis Noordeinde” and other cultural highlights such as the Mauritshuis. Or walk through the old city center and stroll along the scenery of the canals.

Day 5: The Hague – Papendrecht – 42 miles (70 km)
This tour will take us to Delft, a small charming dutch town. Delft is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and that is clearly noticeable from the wide range of beautiful buildings, sights and hidden treasures that tell us more about the glory of the old yester years when the city was an expanding city filled with merchants. Delft retains its historical character with the typical canals. Make sure to check out the famous Delft blue pottery! After Delft we cycle to the “Kinderdijk,” famous for the beautiful windmills. This is one of the most typical sights in the Netherlands.

Day 6: Papendrecht – Utrecht – 38 miles (62 km)
We continue this fabulous tour across the Netherlands, passing by Schoonhoven to Utrecht. Schoonhoven is a romantic, characteristic small town at the river “Lek”. In the close surroundings, many farmers keep the dairy cows for the legendary Gouda cheese. Also of great importance is the gold, silver and watches museum. Along the striking landscapes of this region we bike to Utrecht, the 4th largest city of the Netherlands. The old city center is, likewise to The Hague or Amsterdam well decorated with many waterways. Admire the impressive churches or visit one of the many museums, such as the Royal museum.

Day 7: Utrecht – Amersfoort – 28 miles (45 km)
For a last time you can delight in the scenery of the Netherlands with its wide panoramic views. You will make a pleasant bike ride from Utrecht to Amersfoort. If you did not have the time for much of a visit to Amersfoort at the first day, your last day is the ideal moment to do so.

Day 8: Departure: The tour ends after breakfast.

Getting There

You will arrive at your leisure at your Amersfoort hotel. From Amsterdam or Schiphol Airport take the train to Amersfoort. Trains run every half-hour. You will receive detailed directions after full payment.

Meals

Daily Breakfast is included.

Prices and Dates

Check out our Tour Calendar under “Self-Guided Tours”

Tour Length

8 days/7 nights

Included
      – Accommodations in very nice 4-star hotels; all rooms with private facilities
      – 7-speed bikes with cycle bags, pump, lock, and repair kit
      – Daily breakfast
      – Daily luggage transportation (Luggage transportation is limited to one suitcase or bag per person not heavier than 20 kilos.)
      – Detailed route descriptions and maps
      – Emergency phone number 7 days a week
    *Please Note: A local tourist tax of 2 euros per person per night will have to be paid in each individual hotel on departure!
Bicycles

Included in the tour price are hybrid 7-speed bikes in excellent condition and sufficient for the terrain. They include cycle bags, pump, lock, and repair kit.

Level of Difficulty

Daily cycling distances are 25-37 miles on flat terrain and on mostly separate bike paths. Level of Difficulty is easy.

Excluded

– Airfare
– Admission to the Keukenhof Garden
– Alcoholic and bar beverages
– Lunches, dinners

Weather

Holland is close to the North Sea and has a moderate sea climate. Average daytime temperatures in April range from 55-65F, in May it starts to get a little warmer. From June-September, temperatures range from 55-70. Rainfall is about 10 days per month.

 

Comments are closed.