This tour was a marvelous blend of historical and contemporary activities. We were impressed with Holland’s commitment to cycling and how accommodating the people are to bikes. A large variety of attractions and environments are available on reasonably distanced bike rides. Each day brought new sites and experiences, including Holland’s iconic windmills. Unexpected private tours were an added plus. The tulip fields are absolutely spectacular and there is nothing to compare to riding your bike next to herds of sheep bleating to each other. We thoroughly enjoyed the entre trip and highly recommend it.
Marian and Scott Harmount, April 2023
Loved it. Had a blast the entire week. Would 100% book another tour with y’all
Jeannette Warren, April 2023
Excellent! Loved riding the dunes, around tulip fields and biking with Herman (Tulip Ambassador). We did many different kinds of things on this tour (boat ride Delft, Indonesian food, The Hague guided walking tour and the Keukenhof Gardens, which we like. The video/photo’s at the end were a very nice surprise.
Christine and Kate Barnicki, April 2023
My daughter and I went on the Country of Tulips tour with Emma and Denise this past April. The bike tour exceeded our already high expectations. The tour was well-paced giving us ample time to enjoy the tulips in full bloom as well as each of the towns that we biked to. Every hotel that we stayed at was very comfortable and every restaurant that we ate provided a delicious meal. The entire trip was a wonderful experience full of spectacular sights, sounds and flavors!!!
Sally Katz, April 2019
We just spent a wonderful week cycling through Holland. Emma and Denise take great personal care of you. They take care of every detail and let you enjoy your vacation. Great group of traveling partners….wonderful country…awesome bike paths. We will be back!
Pam Carmona, April 2018
Tulip Tour. Beautiful country-side, quaint villages, overwhelming flowers, and great accommodations and food! The bikes were in good condition and well-suited to the individual rider. Guides Emma and Jan were constantly attentive to needs of our group and truly wonderful people. Highly recommended.
Doug Taylor, April 2018
The Country of Tulips tour in the Netherlands was fabulous from start to finish. The bikes were great, the scenery was fabulous, the hotels were wonderful. Emma and Denise did a great job keeping our group of 12 together, moving at a relaxed pace so that everyone could enjoy the magnificent scenery. The bike lanes and paths in the Netherlands are incredible. Emma and Denise did a wonderful job of fitting in some unique cultural experiences for us; talking about tulips with experts and growers, a tour of the Hague by a local, a tour of a Delft pottery factory. We left feeling enchanted with the Netherlands.
Anne Thompson, April 2018
Thank you for expertly planning our tour –the Deluxe Springtime Tour was simply wonderful! The Sarah crew and cycling guides were professional, knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. The food was delicious, the accommodations were clean and comfortable, and the bicycles and cycling accessories were in excellent condition
Janira and Robert Dickerson, April 2022
Although we have been on organized bike trips in the past, this was the first bike/barge trip which we loved. The guides and staff on the barge were excellent. The chef did a wonderful job providing great meals with a lot of variety along with serving local specialties. The Deluxe tour lived up to its expectations with beautiful flowers and great bike rides
Mary-Ellen and Wayne Heike, April 2022
Great guides, variety of landscapes
Bill and Barbara Roerink, April 2022
The daily trips were well planned, not rushed, informative, with pleasant breathtaking views. Intimate friendly groups, knowledgeable informative pleasant guides. Excellent food and accommodation on the boat. Well organized with good communication with passengers. Tours were superb.
Roz and Jeffrey Therrien, April 2022
We had a wonderful tour, perfect weather, great staff on the boat. The day to day guidance was fantastic and staff’s sense of humor and joy was just great. The food was amazing and Chef Frank prepared food for guten-free, vegetarian, pre-diabetic and “regular” meals with flare! The guides were just great, knowledgeable, fun, and energetic. We had long and shorter ride options each day. The captain, first mate, and “boat mom” Karen, took wonderful care of everyone. Our group were mostly in the 50-70’s with one couple in their 30’s. You could ride on your own using the “Ride with GPS” or with the two guides. We all road with he guides as they provided narration as we went. 3 individual chose the ebike option.
Anna and Jay Keller, April 2022
I appreciated all the walking tours at night and stops we made along the route, like the family cheese farm, flower auction and other stops. It was a great opportunity to learn about the history of Holland and how people are currently thriving. I was so impressed with how much pride the Dutch people have. It shows in their homes, businesses, farmland, streets, bike-friendly communities, and centuries of harnessing their abundant water resources.
Lisa and Steve Nute, April 2022
Our experience with VGT was very good. It was one of the best vacations I have taken with just my husband. We liked that the groups were small and that we had guides who knew where they were going and could discuss the areas in which we biked. The people in the group were congenial, so we enjoyed getting to know everyone. Although the weather was somewhat chilly, I was prepared for cooler days than my husband who could have used a warmer jacket. He basically only had a wind breaker and that didn’t keep him warm at night as we visited the various towns. The packing list was very thorough; I didn’t have too many extraneous clothes, and the communication was superb. Given that we booked this tour in 2019, VGT stayed in touch with us and gave us options regarding changing or refunding our tour. We had only heard good things about the tour, so we just waited. Also, the bikes were in good shape. If one doesn’t bike often, I recommend using the e-bike; it helped me to stay up with the group. We had so much fun that we have been recommending it to all our friends and would like to take another tour in the not too distant future.
Melissa Holiday, April 2022
Excellent tour. The food was varied and delicious. The guide had an in depth knowledge of our route plus gave walking tours with interesting facts each evening. The boat captain dealt efficiently with the challenges of last minute changes out of his control in order to ensure we saw everything. . Van Gogh is an excellent company to deal with, we had no issues at all and Denise even met us at the boat prior to departure to ensure everything was fine. Bikes we had reserved were there waiting for us as well. Really recommend Van Gogh.
David & Chelle Leadbetter, April 2022
It is good value for the money
Karen Drayton, April 2022
Loved scenery. Beautiful comfortable barge. Very knowledgeable tour guide. Barge crew were wonderful. Loved seeing the animals along the way while bicycling. Great bicycling routes. Keukenhof is spectacular. The Netherlands is a beautiful country. Enjoyed the stops for photos and pastry!
Nancy Dault, April 2022
The tour was great! The guide, Ed was fantastic. Lots of history and extra walking tours at night. The biking was a little more than advertised which was a plus for me. But, it may not have been for others. Loved the tulips and more.
Beth Fernbacher, April 2022
We were very pleased with the bike portion of our trip in The Netherlands. La Fortuna Hotel in Edam was a wonderful place to stay for 3 days. The breakfasts were great and the dinners were outstanding. They made a special dessert the day we arrived – my birthday. It was a fabulous meal and a special way to celebrate my birthday. The package of information you provided was terrific. I’m “old school” and love maps and brochures, so it was great to get all of the print information you left. The Bike GPX app worked like a charm and we did never get lost. The only issue was needing to stop at a café on the way home from Zaanse Schans to charge the phone so we could complete the ride. I loved the routes you selected and riding on the fietspad and through the small villages. We particularly enjoyed visiting Marken and Volendam, with the bonus of the beautiful ferry ride! The weather was perfect for biking as well. It was such a wonderful way to see a small part of your beautiful country.
Fran and Hannah Goldman, June 2022
We went on the Edam/Hoorn unaccompanied bike trip and would highly recommend it. Edam is a fun, quaint, interesting town, and the hotel Fortuna is charming. Hoorn has a number of classic old buildings and interesting history. Denise (the new owner of Van Gogh Tours) is very helpful and responsive. Getting to Edam by bus is easy and convenient. The bike rides are fun, and flat(though the wind can be tiring). Generally the rides are on dikes or small side streets, so traffic is not a problem. The ride to Marken includes a ride back on the ferry, which is a nice change of pace. We wound up taking e-bikes for the ride to Hoorn, which was fortunate as it is a longer ride than the trip to Marken. We would definitely recommend this trip.
Elizabeth & Jim Bright, May 2022
This tour was amazing! The hotel was lovely with a beautiful garden and patio where we could sit by the canal. We ate dinner at the hotel twice and the food was wonderful. The three routes we took were all different, and Denise was great to send us an alternate ride instead of Amsterdam, as we had already been there and were eager to explore somewhere else. Each route had magnificent scenery and gave us a great way to experience the Netherlands. Ready with our bike tour notes, we loved the freedom of being able to stop along the way and visit the recommended sites, have a coffee, or just wander the lovely towns we rode through. I would highly recommend getting the route app to follow the route on your phone so you don’t have to try to navigate written directions while riding. This tour is a wonderful do-it-yourself kind of tour for people who want to explore on their own but appreciate the expertise and organizational skills of someone who knows the area. I would highly recommend Van Gogh Tours!
Dee & Robert Varnell, April 2022
We had a lovely 3 days on the bike riding along the trails. The maps were great and we enjoyed it very much. Thanks for coming up with the alternate plan for the 3rd day. The B & B was fabulous. The food was excellent.
Michelle & Charles Oseroff, April 2022
This tour was a great way to travel the Burgundy wine route with some direction but not in a guided tour. Denise was terrific to work with and responded quickly to all of our questions. The bikes were delivered to our hotel and were well-maintained and comfortable. They included panniers and handlebar packs. The route was beautiful and mostly on bike trails/vineyard access roads so the traffic was minimal. We cycled through the vineyards and small towns and the distance for us was just right (around 50 km) so we could arrive at our destination in time to explore the town before dinner. We were pleased that our bags were at the hotels when we arrived, and sometimes had even been brought up to our rooms. The hotels were all different and unique and having dinner vouchers made it easy to go out to eat as we didn’t have to make any restaurant decisions! We had some excellent meals on the trip, in a variety of restaurants and all with great wine. I would highly recommend getting the route app to follow the route on your phone, as the written directions (especially getting in and out of towns) are hard to follow while actively biking. This is a wonderful do-it-yourself kind of tour for people who are familiar with cycling and are okay with a few wrong turns along the way. We loved it!
Dee & Robert Varnell, March 2022
Wonderful hotels with great food. Bike routes easy to follow, through lovely woods and mostly small roads. The chateau were great destinations during the day and made each day different and interesting. Transfer of luggage all very smooth and Denise was available for any questions along the way. If you want a self guided bike trip, I would highly recommend Van Gogh Tours. We will definitely use them again!
Natalie Venezia, June 2022
Great trip, great value. The hotels were excellent and the restaurants had great food and good service (with the exception on one restaurant that was a bit overwhelmed). The online GPS maps were great and easy to follow. Overall, one of the best trips ever.
Alan Rooks (Group of 13 Family and Friends), September 2022
Cycling in an unfamiliar setting and doing so with interesting group of people. Michela is an excellent tour leader and we really appreciated all that she did to ensure that everyone was cycling safely.
Will Burbank, April 2023
This was my first VanGogh tour and it was amazing. Beginning with Denise during the registration process, the correspondence, the barge, the bikes, the crew, the itinerary – it was all top-notch. The barge was clean and comfortable (excellent air conditioning for our 90+ degree days), the bikes well-equipped and maintained, and Fillippo, Irene, Rafael, and Melanie were the best. They were cheerfully helpful, professional and a lot of fun. It was clear they enjoyed their jobs. Melanie’s calm presence and guidance ensured that the ride was safe and doable for all of us. The crew truly made the trip.
Jane Renkes, May 2022
I chose this tour because of Van Gogh’s reputation and the itinerary and it was wonderful. The hotels were carefully chosen and better than expected. There are lovely bike paths along the Rance River and routes along farm roads that were biking at its best. Denise was easily accessible to help with any detail. This was our fifth tour with Van Gogh and they provide the best experience and value in biking.
Jeannie McRae, September 2022
Venice to Mantua - Italy
The food was incredible. staff on the boat were kind, obliging and liked each other.
Sarah E Pruitt, April 2023