Tulips and windmills is all Holland. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Board of Tourism
Biking through Hoorn in North Holland. Photo via Flickr:bert knottenbeld

Kaasmarkt or cheese market in Edam, of course. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Board of Tourism

Dutch Highlights Tulip Tour

Netherlands Bike Tours

Bike along fields and flowers in ‘Nederland’.

This bike tour in the Netherlands also focuses on the country’s world-famous tulip fields, which display all colors of the rainbow. Cycling Holland through these fields is a unique experience, especially when you realize you are cycling below sea level!

Picturesque fishing villages are also to be found in this area as well as Holland’s capital, Amsterdam. It is probably impossible to book a tour that is more Dutch than this. Traditional Dutch polder-landscapes, seashore & dunes, dikes, windmills, cheese and tulips: you can experience it in this wonderful bike tour.

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Where You’ll Stay

Nice hotels and/or B&B’s.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 3, 5, 6 or 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Hybrid bicycle
  • Maps & route information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Additional tourist information

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to your first hotel in Schagen.
  • Lunches and dinners
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length4–8 days
From354 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily from April 1 to September 30, 2016

Skill Level

Easy self-guided hotel tour. Daily distances range from 28 to 42 miles over flat, excellent bike paths and side streets.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Dutch Highlights Tulip Tour Map
  1. Arrival in Schagen.
  2. Schagen Tulip Tour, 34 mi., or Schagen Dune Tour, 39 mi.
  3. Schagen – Enkhuizen, 33 mi.
  4. Enkhuizen: daytour Gaasterland, 34 mi.
  5. Enkhuizen – Edam, 28 mi.
  6. Edam: day tour to Zaanse Schans, 37 mi.
  7. Edam – Schagen, 42 mi.
  8. Departure from Schagen.

* 7 day tour skips Day 4.

6 day tour: 3 nights in Schagen and 2 nights in Edam.

4 day tour:

  1. Arrival in Schagen.
  2. Schagen Tulip Tour, 34 mi.
  3. Schagen Dune Tour, 39 mi.
  4. Depart Schagen.

DAY 1: Arrival in Schagen.
Individual arrival into Schagen. Evening to explore this great Dutch town.

DAY 2: Schagen: Tulip Tour, 34 mi. (55 km), or Dune Tour, 39 mi. (62 km)
Today you can choose between two bicycle routes through completely divergent areas. The first takes you through Europe’s largest bulb area, which in Springtime is ablaze with all colors of the rainbow. The second tour takes you through the widest and highest dune area in the Netherlands, straight through the De Schoorlse Duinen National Park.

DAY 3: Schagen – Enkhuizen, 33 mi. (53 km)
From Schagen, the route takes you west into the typical Dutch polder landscape. The vast green meadows are beautiful and make for a truly serene day of cycling. You’ll also be cycling over narrow dikes and have a view of historical windmills and traditional Dutch farmhouses. During Springtime, you will cycle right into the splendor of the blooming bulb fields at Opmeer. Enkhuizen, a village with lots of 17th century houses, has one of the most beautiful harbors in the Netherlands.

DAY 4: Enkhuizen: day tour to Friesland, 34 mi. (55 km)
In the morning, you will cross the Ijssel Lake by ferry. On the other side of the lake, you will get to know another area of Holland: Friesland. Friesland is famous for its many lakes and for its beautiful old cities. Hindeloopen and Workum both are highly recommended. In Hindeloopen, some inhabitants still wear traditional Dutch costumes. Workum is famous for its Jopie Huisman Museum. Quiet and small bicycle paths alongside the great blue lakes will bring you back into Stavoren again. Here you catch the ferry back to Enkhuizen.

DAY 5: Enkhuizen – Edam, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Enkhuizen, the Dutch bike tour runs south over a beautiful dike with great views of the green polder as well as the blue Ijssel Lake, which once was part of the sea. In Edam, your hotel is close to the cheese market, where you can buy the world famous Edammer cheese.

DAY 6: Edam: day tour to Zaanse Schans, 37 mi. (60 km)
Today, you will make a day tour to the Zaanse Schans, one of Europe’s oldest industrial areas that is now an expansive open air museum. The windmills, warehouses and traditional wooden houses you’ll find here will give you a fairly accurate impression of this 17th century commercial center around Amsterdam.

DAY 7: Edam – Schagen, 42 mi. (68 km)
Cycling Holland over narrow dikes, you will have a great view on many Old Dutch windmills. Close to Opmeer, you will enter the blooming bulb fields once again. Back in Schagen, you can enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants at the historical cheese market.

DAY 8: Departure from Schagen.

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Customer Feedback

  • Charles and Mary Benson Jim and Martha Hayward 6 months ago

    We just returned from a bike tour in northern Holland and had a wonderful trip! The accommodations provided were charming and interesting! We did a self-guided bike tour--the directions given were detailed and led us past beautiful tulip beds and scenic areas. We found Holland to be lovely, with friendly people and great food!!

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