This bike tour in Holland is a combination of biking and sightseeing, designed for the slow travel-minded cyclists who want to savor the sites!
This itinerary includes biking through the flower fields of Holland which are ablaze with color from the end of March through the first week of May. It starts with crocus season in March, followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally, the tulips show their gorgeous colors!
You may add to your tour highlights by visiting the Keukenhof which is open from March 20 to May 9, 2021. But of course, this tour is fabulous throughout the year, not just during Tulip season. These are the hidden gems along the Dutch coast and the lowlands south of Amsterdam. You can decide on your days off if you want to visit museums, meander about, or do some shopping as well. So slow down and smell the roses...or Tulips!
- The famous polder area above Amsterdam
- Picturesque villages of Edam, Volendam, Marken, and Monnickendam
- Famous Zaanse Schans windmills
- Impressive historic towns of Haarlem and Leiden
- And lastly (in spring of course), the fabulous flower fields and the famous Keukenhof flower garden
See a complete list of our bike tours in the Netherlands.
Day 1: Weesp - Edam, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 2: Stay in Edam and visit of Volendam - Marken possible
Day 3: Edam - Haarlem, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 4: Stay in Haarlem and visit the city or maybe the Dutch coast
Day 5: Haarlem - Leiden, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: Stay in Leiden and enjoy this historic town
Day 7: Leiden - Abcoude, 30 miles (48 km)
*All distances are approximate.
Day 1: Weesp - Edam, 30 mi. (48 km)
The historic town of Weesp lies just outside Amsterdam, towards the northern peninsula of the ‘Noord Holland’ province and just a short train ride from Amsterdam. In the morning, you will get a thorough explanation of the tour including a demonstration of the pre-programmed GPS for a relaxed and stress-free tour. Your cycling itinerary today will allow you to enjoy Lake IJsselmeer and the small villages along the way. A highlight will be the small fishing village of Monnickendam, an important port in earlier centuries and still a major tourist highlight. After passing some cheese farms, where you can have an optional visit, you will arrive in Edam, world-famous for its Edam cheese!
Accommodation: De Fortuna, Edam
Day 2: Stay in Edam and visit of Volendam - Marken possible
Have breakfast at your hotel before exploring the charming town of Edam. Brimming with half-timbered houses, the town still hosts a colorful cheese market (every Wednesday in July and August). Take your bike for a relaxed ride to Volendam, well known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents. There is a regular ferry connection to Marken, a peninsula nearby in lake IJsselmeer. Marken has characteristic wooden houses and is well worth a visit!
Day 3: Edam - Haarlem 30 mi. (48 km
The first part of today’s tour takes you through a relatively new reclaimed polder land. This area north of Amsterdam is called Waterland and you'll soon understand why! Lovely bike lanes along never-ending canals will bring you to the famous Zaanse Schans where the windmills and houses remain from the 17th Century. It was during this period thousands of windmills powered saws in the vicinity of Zaandam. Finally, leaving the northern peninsula and passing by the cozy village of Spaarndam, you will arrive in one of the most interesting towns of Holland; Haarlem.
Accommodation: Lion D'Or
Day 4: Stay in Haarlem
Haarlem is a city full of old Dutch charm. The cobbled streets are lined with historic buildings, grand churches, and museums with plenty of antique shops and cafes to tempt you. If weather conditions permit, take your bike for a ride through the lovely forest areas lined with mansions up to the Dutch coast.
Accommodation: Lion D'Or
Day 5: Haarlem - Leiden 28 mi. (45 km)
If you are cycling in April or the beginning of May, your trip will be full of color as you ride through the fabulous flower fields of Holland. You will also pass by the world-renowned Keukenhof and can stop for a visit (or wait until tomorrow and return by public transportation for an entire day to explore.) After mid-May, the ride will take you through the coastal area and the lovely villages of Katwijk aan Zee and Noordwijk aan Zee. This coastal bike path is a unique experience as cars are not allowed at all in this area; just you, your bike, and the ever-present sound of the sea.
Accommodation: Nieuw Minerva
Day 6: Stay in Leiden
The city of Leiden has often been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands. This isn’t surprising considering its rich history is still visible everywhere in the charming city center. Home to the oldest university in the country, Leiden features many interesting tourist attractions and a variety of museums and art galleries. It is also just a short train ride from the Den Haag; the seat of government in the Netherlands and the capital of South Holland. Again, if you are booking this tour during Tulip season, you can use public transportation to provide yourself enough time to really enjoy the "World's Garden" or if you prefer to bike, it will be about 45 km. Please let us know!
Accommodation: Nieuw Minerva
Day 7: Leiden - Abcoude, 30 mi. (48 km)
The final bike ride is quite pleasant, passing through the lowlands south of Amsterdam, which are relatively quiet. Small villages, canals, windmills, and lakes accompany you along the way, and the beautiful farms with grazing cows lend to the peaceful ambiance. Finally, in Abcoude, your tour will come to an end. Abcoude is just south of Amsterdam and connected by a short train trip.
Perhaps you would like to book a night in Abcoude? We can offer you two options, you decide. One is a 3-star standard hotel in town (Hotel Abcoude) and the other is a unique boutique hotel in the former train station with a lovely restaurant (Hotel de Witte Dame).
Hotels & Bikes
Excellent 3 to 4-star hotels. In the itinerary, you will find the name of the preferred hotel but your final hotel list will be based on availability. If the preferred hotel is not available, you will be accommodated in an establishment of equal standard.
Your bicycle will be prepared for your arrival, taking into account your gender, height, personal requirements, and your accessory reservation. The rental bikes available are multi-geared adult bikes, in both men's and ladies' models, and are manufactured by Koga. Their top-class aluminum hybrid models are built according to our own critical standards and specifications and are the best rental bikes you will find in Holland. Included with the bike rental:
- A toolkit
- Tire repair kit
- Water bottle
- Breakdown assistance
The Bosch Active Line Plus mid-drive motor offers optimum service life and reliability. The seamless integration of strength, rotation, and speed sensors results in spectacular intuitive support. The E-bike is provided with 400Wh Li-ion batteries with the longest life cycle available and supports your daily bike trip without any problem. Charging is only necessary at night.
Children’s bike’s and accessories
A wide range of bikes and trailers are available and suitable for children of all ages.
Bike Assortment Age Child trailer 1-3 years Child seat 2-4 years Trailer bike/tag along 4-6 years Follow me 7-8 years Child tandem 3-8 years 20" child bike 7-8 years 24 " child bike 8-11 years 26 " child bike 11-13 years
- Hotel accommodation for 6 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- Luggage transfer
- Welcome meeting
- 7-speed hybrid bicycle including waterproof handlebar bag and breakdown assistance
- Door to door route description on GPS device and maps
- Additional tourist information
- Bike protection (€45 deductible)
What’s Not Included
- Lunches and dinners
- Train tickets from Amsterdam to Weesp and from Abcoude to Amsterdam
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrivals from March 28 to October 4, 2021
Please note: During the period April 25 to May 25 there are two major events (Eurovision Song contest and Grand Prix Formula One race) in the area. Pricing during this peak time will be based upon availability and pricing at the time of booking.
Twin/double: $ 1731 £ 934 $ 1,588 € 1085 ₪ 4135 NZ$ 1815 kr 11056 $ 1,284
Single supplement: on request
Minimum of two participants required.
Please note: During the period April 25 to May 25 there are two major events (Eurovision Song contest and Grand Prix Formule 1 race) in the area. Pricing during this peak time will be based upon availability and pricing at the time of booking.
Electric bike rental: $ 128 £ 69 $ 117 € 80 ₪ 305 NZ$ 134 kr 815 $ 95
Extra night(s): on request
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). This tour is designed to allow you to arrive to Amsterdam and spend a day or two there before beginning your tour.
The Amsterdam Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport. Customer service desks are situated close to the red and white checkered cube at Schiphol Plaza. Staff at the desk will also be able to provide you with train departure information and general information on traveling by train in Holland. Train from the airport to Weesp is about 15 minutes. You will be met at the train station by our local representative for your bike fitting and tour presentation. Your luggage will be transferred to your first hotel.
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.
Important to know
Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.
It is each traveler's responsibility to research travel requirements and to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, blank visa pages required for your destination (s), and any other requirement.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU citizens: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and the destination country.
EU-citizens: (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months from the end of your tour.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
This tour is designed so that you can spend time in Amsterdam before or after your tour. If you prefer to book a night in Weesp, we can suggest a hotel, book it for you, and arrange the bike delivery and welcome meeting to occur at your first hotel. At the end of your tour, you can also request a night in Abocude. Extra nights pricing varies according to time of booking.
This tour is run by Tulip Cycling.
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We do not inflate tour prices.
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