Holland

The original cycling destination

Holland

The original cycling destination

Holland

The original cycling destination

Holland

The original cycling destination

Holland

The original cycling destination

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Highlights

    • Custom itineraries and uniquely personal service
    • A network of 20,000 miles of dedicated bike routes: the bicycle reigns supreme!
    • Legendary for its tulips, windmills, canals and bicycles
    • Gently undulating terrain and varied landscapes
    • Charming cities, towns, and villages with a very rich history
    • Water everywhere!

Seasons

Late Spring, Summer, and Early Fall

Starting / Ending City

Amsterdam or Utrecht

Tour Length

3 to 10 days

Trip Types

◊ Self-Guided
With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group
Our Guided tours allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

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    Holland Cover Photo

    Cycling in the Netherlands is a revelation. It is simply the most bicycle-friendly country on the planet: a haven for cyclists with more than 20,000 miles of traffic-free bike paths. The scenery is equally impressive: acres of tulip fields, dense forests, tranquil waterways, and working, historic windmills. The towns and cities are also delightful: medieval gems crammed with cafés, historic sites, and exceptionally good museums.

    The flat terrain and separation from cars makes Holland an ideal destination for beginner, intermediate and family cycling.

    TOUR LENGTH

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

    Budget  

    Classic  

    Luxury  

    START & END

    Amsterdam or Utrecht

    SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Private transfer from Amsterdam with bike set up and route briefing at the start of your ride
    • Bilingual guides delivering superior service
    • Handpicked accommodations with breakfast
    • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
    • Luggage moved between lodgings and optional participant transfers along the routes
    • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
    • Private transfer back to Amsterdam at the end of your tour

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    • Alternative start/end location at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport
    • Cheese tours
    • Customize your route

    BIKE AVAILABILITY

    DAY-BY-DAY FLOW

    Day 1: Utrecht to Gouda

    Day 2: Gouda Loop Day

    Day 3: Gouda to Leiden

    Day 4: Leiden Loop Day

    Day 5: Leiden to Haarlem

    Day 6: Haarlem Loop Day

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    Day One - Utrecht to Gouda

    Today you ride from a medieval university town to an ancient cheese town. Most of the riding is on scenic bike routes alongside canals and small rivers.

    The Intermediate route heads south from Utrecht before heading west to the small town of Oudewater with its beautiful town center and scales for weighing witches! On leaving Oudewater, the route follows the Hollandse Ijssel river into the center of Gouda.

    Leisure riders enjoy a similar day to the Intermediate riders but take a more direct route, west, out of Utrecht.

    The Challenge route leaves Utrecht via the Vecht river, a picturesque waterway lined with castles and country estates. From the village of Breukelen, the route takes you up to the castle ‘de Haar’ and the historic town of Woerden. From Woerden, the route continues to Oudewater where it joins the final section of the Intermediate route for the ride into Gouda.

    Travel from a medieval university town to an ancient cheese town along scenic bike routes that follow canals and rivers

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure

    20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 250 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    40 miles with 450 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Gouda

    Gouda produces one of the best-known cheese in the world. Gouda is also famous for its dense network of canals, the 15th-century city hall, and the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sint-Jans church. Culinary, calorie-laden treats include Stroopwafels.

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    Day Two - Gouda Loops

    Today’s rides head south of Gouda through typical Dutch landscapes captured by many famous painters. You ride on bike lanes alongside canals and past picturesque farms. The major attraction of the ride is the UNESCO monument of the Kinderdijk windmills: a group of 19 monumental windmills built between 1738 and 1740.

    The Challenge ride takes you past the Kinderdijk windmills before heading up the Rhine Valley to the historic town of Schoonhoven where silversmiths and goldsmiths have worked since the 17th century. From Schoonhoven to Gouda you cycle along one of the most scenic small rivers of the Netherlands (the Vlist) with its many farms, hidden lanes and scenic views.

    The Intermediate ride follows a similar route to the challenging ride but bypasses the town Schoonhoven taking a more direct route back into Gouda.

    The Leisure ride focuses on the charming lowlands: the origin of the famous Gouda cheese. You will pass the Jongenhoeve cheese farm where you can taste homemade cheese. Note that this route does not pass the Kinderdijk windmills.

    The major attraction of the ride is the UNESCO monument of the Kinderdijk windmills: 19 monumental windmills built in the 1700s.

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 350 feet

    Challenge
    45 miles with 500 feet of

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Gouda

    Gouda produces one of the best-known cheese in the world. Gouda is also famous for its dense network of canals, the 15th-century city hall, and the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sint-Jans church. Culinary, calorie-laden treats include Stroopwafels.

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    Day Three - Gouda to Leiden

    Leaving the town of Gouda you enter the ‘Green Heart‘ of Holland passing canals and windmills all the way to Boskoop. Boskoop is situated on long stretches of land, divided by narrow canals and is famous for its nurseries. After riding though the lowlands, you arrive at the historic student town of Leiden.

    The Intermediate route takes you through the recreational lakes to the north of Gouda to town of Boskoop with its quiet streets lined with impressive homes. From Boskoop, the ride continues through the largest floriculture area in the world situated on long stretches of land divided by narrow canals, As you ride into Leiden, you also pass the Heineken headquarters.

    The Challenge route follows the intermediate route to Boskoop but from here it heads north through the windmill district to the east of Leiden through the charming villages of Rijpwetering and Oud Ade before returning south into Leiden.

    The Leisure ride takes a more direct route from Gouda to Leiden but also passes through the village of Boskoop.

    Cycle through the Green Heart of Holland: a water-rich, rural region dotted with historic towns and picturesque windmills

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 250 feet

    Challenge
    35 miles with 350 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Leiden

    Leiden is a lively town known for its medieval architecture, its maze of narrow streets, and for Leiden University – founded in 1575 and the country’s oldest. Leiden is also the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn. The Museum De Lakenhal has many works by old masters including Lucas van Leyden, Jan Steen, and, of course, Rembrandt.

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    Day Four - Leiden Loops

    For Intermediate and Challenge riders, Delft is the target city for the day. Delft is best known for its blue and white pottery which has been produced here since the 16th century. Delft is also a charming town in its own right and it is well worth taking time to explore its canals, churches, mansions, museums, markets and cafés.

    Intermediate riders loop back to Leiden from Delft.

    Challenge riders continue south from Delft on an extra loop that explores a rural haven that is surrounded by the skylines of Delft, Rotterdam, and The Hague.

    Leisure riders take on a shorter loop that includes Vlietland: a spacious park busy with activities such as sailing, kayaking, camping and climbing.

    Explore the canals, churches, mansions, museums, markets and cafés for charming Delft

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 300 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 500 feet

    Challenge
    55 miles with 750 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Leiden

    Leiden is a lively town known for its medieval architecture, its maze of narrow streets, and for Leiden University – founded in 1575 and the country’s oldest. Leiden is also the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn. The Museum De Lakenhal has many works by old masters including Lucas van Leyden, Jan Steen, and, of course, Rembrandt.

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    Day Five - Leiden to Haarlem

    On today’s Intermediate route, you cycle north into the heart of tulip country. The ride passes Keukenhof Botanical Gardens*: an expansive 19th-century park showcasing thousands of Dutch spring flowers. The second part of your ride turns west, arriving at the coast, where you head north alongside the North Sea. The bike path here snakes through large sandy dunes and is one of the most stunning cycle routes in the country. On reaching the beach town of Zandvoort, you head east to the medieval city of Haarlem.

    Leisure follow the Intermediate route to the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens* but rather than then heading to the coast, you ride directly to Haarlem.

    The Challenge route takes you west before turning north towards the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens. After a loop touring tulip country, you join intermediate for the coastal ride up to Haarlem.

    *The Keukenhof Botanical Gardens are typically open from the last week in March until the second week in May. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

    Ride north through tulip fields and across sand dunes on one of the most stunning cycle routes in the country

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    25 miles with 400 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 550 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    35 miles with 700 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Haarlem

    The medieval city of Haarlem sits partway between Amsterdam and the coastal dunes. The narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful old squares are lined with gabled houses, cafés and museums. The town is also at the center of the Dutch flower industry.

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    Day Six - Haarlem Loops - Last Day

    Your ride today showcases two different sides of Haarlem: to the east, there are the typical Dutch polders (fields protected by dikes) and, to the west, sand dunes and beaches. One highlight of the day is the beautiful Zuid-Kennemerland National Park – an area of wide open dunes and beaches. Another highlight is the fortifications of the Defense Line of Amsterdam – an intricate system of canals, locks, and fortifications (and a UNESCO World Heritage site).

    On the Leisure route, you enjoy a short ride along the coast before heading back to Haarlem.

    On the Intermediate route, you ride more of the coast – south to Zandvoort (one of the most popular seaside resorts in Holland) – before turning inland back to Haarlem.

    For the Challenge ride, the route first heads over the Binnentoeleidingskanaal. After a loop of North Holland, you return south to join the Intermediate route back to Haarlem.

    Cycle along the Defense Line of Amsterdam – a UNESCO World Heritage site with an intricate system of canals, locks, and fortifications

    Haarlem Loop 1

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 500 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 600 feet

    Challenge
    50 miles with 1,000 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    None

    As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

    Gouda:

    Manna B&B
    A small B&B at the top of an old canal house close to the historic center of the city. The room is spacious and bright, with comfortable, modern decor. There is also a cozy roof terrace leading from the bedroom. The owners are warm, welcoming and serve a great breakfast

    Leiden:

    The Tulip Inn
    This modern hotel is near the railway station, just 10-minutes walk from the historic city center. Rooms are simple, clean and functional. The property has two hotels, the 4-star Golden Tulip and the 3-star Tulip Inn. In this category, we typically book rooms in the 3-star inn.

    Haarlem:

    Hotel Lion D’Or
    This is a good-but-basic city hotel, well located in the cultural heart of the city. The rooms are modern without being fancy. While there is a reasonable restaurant on site, most guests choose to explore the other dining options in the city. NOTE: the hotel is close to the train station and can be a little noisy.

    Holland budget hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Gouda:

    Plus City Hotel
    This Best Western hotel is located on a canal close to the historic city center. The property is a pleasant blend of new and modernized-old with a nice bistro-bar. The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable. A nice hotel in a great location for the city center.

    Leiden

    Hotel d’Oude Morsch
    This hotel is located in the former guardhouse of the town barracks. The property looks out onto the city’s park, a windmill, and a historical city gateway. The hotel is close to shops, museums and restaurants. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the rooms are comfortable and characterful. NOTE: bike parking is a short walk from the hotel.

    Haarlem:

    Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals
    This hotel is ideally located in the center of Haarlem; walking distance from all the main tourist sites. The spacious rooms and suites have extra-long beds. An extensive breakfast buffet can be ordered each day and there is a hotel bar for drinks. There are also plenty of dining options nearby.

    Holland classic hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Gouda:

    Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis
    This charming boutique hotel is located in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the city. Rooms have been tastefully renovated combining modern conveniences with a reverence for the past. The hotel is in the heart of the old town with a verdant courtyard, a cool cocktail bar and an excellent restaurant.

    Leiden:

    Steenhof Suites
    Located in the historic heart of Leiden, this beautiful boutique hotel combines romantic luxury and 21st century comfort. There are 14 spacious suites that have been exquisitely renovated. This canal-side property also features a fitness center, a small terrace and a stylish bar. Staff is gracious, helpful and knowledgeable.

    Haarlem

    Boutiquehotel Staats
    A beautifully unique boutique hotel in the center of Haarlem. The rooms are large and individually decorated. The staff are very welcoming, the location is ideal yet quiet. The restaurant is elegant with delicious food.

    Holland luxury hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

    Mix & Match

    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    BIKE CHOICES

    Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

    Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

    Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

    Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

    eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

    Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

    Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

    If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    Receiving & Assembly
    per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

    Bike Boxes 
    a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

    Tandem Bike 
    a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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