Tulips and windmills is all Holland. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Board of Tourism
Zaanse Schans in Zaandam, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Anne Dirkse

Klompen for sale at the Zaanse Schanse, Zaandam, the Netherlands.

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 and dunes, dikes, windmills, cheese and tulips, you can have it all.

    This itinerary is is wonderful any time, from April through September, not just during Tulip season.

    Highlights:

    • The historic towns of Alkmaar, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.
    • The spring flowers as hyacinths, daffodils and tulips in April and start of May.
    • The historic villages of De Rijp, Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland, Medemblik, Stavoren, Hindeloopen and Workum.
    • The tourist attractions of Edam, Volendam and the Zaanse Schans.
    • The coastal villages of Egmond and Schoorl with sand dunes and forest areas.
    • The lowlands with canals, windmills and lakes.

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  •  8 day tour7 day tour6 day tour
    Twin/double £ 843 $ 1,379 1046 NOK 10111 kr 9334 $ 1,213 £ 756 $ 1,238 939 NOK 9077 kr 8379 $ 1,089 £ 662 $ 1,084 822 NOK 7946 kr 7335 $ 954

    Single supplement on request.
    Dinners included on request.

    extra options

    E bike rental supplement:

    8 day tour: £ 85 $ 138 105 NOK 1015 kr 937 $ 122 7 day tour: £ 70 $ 115 88 NOK 846 kr 781 $ 102 6 day tour: £ 56 $ 92 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81

    please note

    If opting for an electric bicycle, please note only women's frame e-bikes are available

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    Local Travel

    Train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Alkmaar. Average travel time is 50 minutes with one transfer. Train station is located on lower level of airport.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands is a country that boasts a typical maritime climate with mild summers. Spring and fall can be unpredictable in regards to high/low temperatures and of course, since this is HOLLAND, always bring rain gear. Because the Netherlands is flat, wind can be a factor. A good website to use to research high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Electric bicycle available for this tour, upon request. Please note: tulip season in Holland extends from the end of March to the beginning of May but is dependent on temperatures and the weather. Going early or late in the season may affect what is in bloom.


Where You’ll Stay

Excellent 3 and 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • 5, 6, or 7 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle with breakdown assistance
  • Personal instruction at tour start
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Additional tourist information

What’s Not Included

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length6–8 days
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Tour Dates

Daily from April 1 to September 30, 2019

Skill Level

Easy self-guided hotel tour. Daily distances range from 28 to 37 miles over flat, excellent bike paths and side streets.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Dutch Highlights Tulip Tour Map

8 day tour:

Day 1: Arrival in Alkmaar
Day 2: Alkmaar day tour along the coast or by the spring flowers, 27 to 36 miles (several options from 44 to 58 km)
Day 3: Alkmaar – Enkhuizen, 37 miles (60 km)
Day 4: Enkhuizen: day tour Gaasterland, 28 miles  (45 km)
Day 5: Enkhuizen – Edam, 27 miles (44 km)
Day 6: Edam day tour to the Zaanse Schans, 35 miles (56 km)
Day 7: Edam - Alkmaar, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Alkmaar

All distances are approximate

Day 1: Arrival in Alkmaar.

Day 2: Alkmaar day tour (several options from 44 to 58 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: Alkmaar – Enkhuizen (60 km)
From Alkmaar, 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. Half way the ride a good spot for a break is historic Medemblik, a former prosperous trading town having a castle, Radboud. 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 (45 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 (44 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. Hoorn is the major highlight today with its historic city center a good spot to stroll around a while or maybe visit one of the museums. In Edam, your hotel is close to the cheese market, where you can buy the world famous Edammer cheese.

Day 6: Edam day tour (56 km)
Today you will make a day tour to the Zaanse Schans, one of Europe’s oldest industrial areas that is now an extraordinary open-air museum. The mills, warehouses and traditional wooden houses you will find here will give you a perfect impression of this 17th century commercial center of Amsterdam. If you don’t want to cycle, you can catch a taxi or bus to Amsterdam (only 25 km) and take a cruise along the canals of Amsterdam.

Day 7: Edam – Alkmaar (48 km)
Today's tour features Old Dutch windmills, historic small villages and  traditional polder-landscape. From Edam north you will cycle straight through a UNESCO world heritage area: the Beemster. The Beemster was the first polder in the Netherlands. 400 years ago this area was a huge lake. The Beemster Polder was drained from1609 until 1612. Preserved intact are its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements - laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles. Afterwards you will then pass several windmills that were used in the seventeenth century to extract water from a huge lake. Graft and De Rijp are perfect places for a break: these small villages are characterized by gabled-houses, 17th century draw-bridges and a beautiful weigh-house from 1630 that is now used as the town-hall. The tour ends in Alkmaar once again.

Day 8: Departure Alkmaar

7 day tour skips Day 4

6 day tour skips Day 4 and 6

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Customer Feedback

  • Charles and Mary Benson Jim and Martha Hayward 3 years 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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