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 21 to May 10, 2020. But of course, this tour is fabulous throughout the year, not just during Tulip season.
All the Dutch highlights are showcased:
- 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
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!
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!
Day 2: Stay in Edam
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.
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.
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.
Day 6: Stay in Leiden
The city of Leiden has often been called the most beautiful city of 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!
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 an unique boutique hotel in the former train station with lovely restaurant (Hotel de Witte Dame).
Excellent 3 star to 4 star hotels
- 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, 2020
Please note: During the period April 20 to May 20 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 time of booking.
Twin/double: $ 1781 £ 985 $ 1,677 € 1055 $ 1918 kr 11428 $ 1,256 Single supplement: on request
Minimum of two participants required.
Please note: During the period April 20 to May 20 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 time of booking.
Electric bike rental: $ 135 £ 75 $ 127 € 80 $ 145 kr 867 $ 95 Extra night(s) in Weesp: on request
Extra night (s) in Abcoude:
Standard Hotel Abcoude: on request
Boutique Hotel de Witte Dame: 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. A good website to use to research high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.
Important to know
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) 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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