Cycling the Best of Holland Tour
Cycling the Best of Holland Tour

Cycling the Best of Holland Tour

6 days

Amsterdam (Netherlands)Skyline of Amsterdam houses on the water (Netherlands)Volendam shoresWooden shoes Volendam

Embark on a cultural and pastoral exploration by bike through North Holland

Experience the best of North Holland on this enthralling 6-day self-guided cycling tour beginning and ending in Amsterdam.

The Cycling the Best of Holland Tour combines easy, short cycling routes featuring iconic cities and towns, inviting you to experience as much on foot as by bike. Beginning and ending in the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam, you’ll get an authentic taste for the vibrant city with ample time to explore its unique districts and historic sites. Setting out on two wheels, you’ll ride in the serene countryside of the Zuid-Kennemerland region, where you’ll trade the buzzing streets of Amsterdam for quiet country lanes, lined with sparkling lakes and green fields. After an afternoon and morning spent exploring historic Haarlem, you’ll continue along the banks of the River Zaam to Zaandam, where you’ll enjoy perusing historic neighbourhoods like Zaanse Schans and can even try your hand at cheese-making. Before returning to Amsterdam, you’ll enjoy a night in Volendam, a charming Dutch village famous for its colourful wooden houses and picturesque harbour.

Finally, after several exciting days of exploring North Holland, you’ll return to Amsterdam to enjoy some further sightseeing in the capital before your tour ends.

Accommodations on this tour have been hand-picked for optimal comfort and accessibility to the towns and cities explored. You’ll enjoy daily breakfast, with the option to upgrade to half-board (breakfast and dinner).

Get the best of both worlds on the Cycling the Best of Holland Tour, where you’ll explore the highlights by bike and on foot.

Highlights of the Cycling the Best of Holland Tour

Cycle an unforgettable loop, beginning and ending in Amsterdam, taking in the highlights of North Holland.
Cruise North Holland’s graceful countryside, riding alongside fragrant tulip fields, giant wooden clogs, and ancient canals.
Visit unique neighbourhoods like Amsterdam’s Canal District and Volendam’s Zaanse Schans.
Explore historic Haarlem, taking in its quaint traditional houses and fascinating museums.

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From $550USD
6 days
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Self-Guided
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Cycling the Best of Holland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Amsterdam is a city worth arriving early to spend time exploring its fascinating districts and sites. Your tour begins in the vibrant capital, a world of exquisite art and architecture with endless highlights and hidden corners to explore.

Check into your hotel, then head out on a walk to get a feel for the remarkable city. For a taste of the high-life, stroll the glitzy Oud-Zuid district, or admire some historical architecture in the canal district, an entire area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight Location: Hotel Amsterdam
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Explore Amsterdam and Ride the Countryside to Haarlem

Rise ready to take on another exciting morning exploring the capital. Check out one of the city's several museums this morning, or find a balmy spot at the Rembrandtplein, soaking up the unique vibes of one of the city's major squares in central Amsterdam.

This afternoon, you'll hop on your bikes, leaving the urban buzz behind as you pedal your way through the peaceful rural landscapes of Zuid-Kennemerland, making your way to Haarlem. Arrive at your hotel in Haarlem, then stroll to take in the historic city. You'll discover a charming town, connected by elegant courtyards, known as "hofjes."

If taking this tour in April and early May, the option of extending today's route to visit the tulip fields is highly recommended.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Haarlem
Distance: 29km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle the Spaarne Riverbanks to Zaandam

Steal a few last moments to explore Haarlem this morning if you haven’t done so already. The Frans Hals museum, which houses exquisite paintings from the Golden Age, is well worth a visit.

At midday, you’ll return to your wheels to trace the pretty banks of the River Spaarne, bound for the charming village of Spaarndam and the Ijdijk (dike). Take in the quaint old houses here as well as the Kolksluis, claimed by some to be the oldest lock in the world.

Back on your bike, you’ll continue through the Zaan region, pedalling alongside rows of typical wooden houses painted green with white lace curtains on display in each window. Once in Zaandam, known for its famous windmills, head to the famous Zaanse Schans neighbourhood, where you’ll uncover a historical world of wooden houses, barns, windmills, and workshops. Learn to make wooden shoes or Dutch cheese from the masters themselves, then sit down for a well-deserved typical pancake to top off a magical day.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Zaandam
Distance: 34km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle Twiske Park and Volendam via Monnickendam

The enchantment continues today with another marvellous day of riding and exploring on foot. First up is the Het Twiske Park, where visitors and locals alike flock on hot summer days for a refreshing dip in the lake.

Then, ride through pretty woods, alongside meadows and sparkling lakes to Monnickendam. Continue towards Volendam, where today’s ride concludes at the town’s lively fishing port. Peruse the gift shops here, then post up at one of the cute cafes overlooking the water.

Get a good night’s rest after a lovely evening in Volendam, as tomorrow’s final ride to Amsterdam is on the horizon.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Volendam
Distance: 34km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Complete Cycling Loop

Before leaving Volendam this morning, head to the old quarter with its quaint red-brick homes. Here you'll find Volendam's Museum, which is worth checking out. The museum showcases the community's fascinating history, folklore, and culture.

Your final ride unfolds on the isle of Marken as you return to Amsterdam to complete the loop. You'll arrive with plenty of time to continue your sightseeing adventure from Day 2. Soak up the unique charm of this alluring city and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening, toasting to a magical five days spent exploring North Holland.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Amsterdam
Distance: 36km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Depart

This morning, your tour comes to an end. Enjoy one final breakfast and then check out to depart.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Cycling the Best of Holland Tour Prices and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour is run as a custom tour, and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.

The best time to travel to North Holland for this cycling tour is mid-April to October, when the weather is at its best. July and August see the greatest number of tourists. This tour is available from April to September, allowing you the option to travel during the spring, summer, or early fall. (Please note, there are no departure dates available from August 31st, 2021 to September 5, 2021).

Please note, that there is a surcharge of $25 USD per person for departures on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please note, that there is an additional surcharge of $75 USD per person for departures between May 17th and 20th.

Private Self-Guided Cycling the Best of Holland Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person sharing a double room: $550 USD
  • Price per person sharing a twin room: $625 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675 USD
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Accommodation on the Cycling the Best of Holland Tour

This tour is based on hotels. Hotels on this tour are 3-star and 4-star and offer either basic or modern amenities to ensure you have a pleasant and comfortable stay. Accommodations are well-located and offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Westcord Art Hotel in Amsterdam ★★★

Located in the Westerpark district, the Westcord Art Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Amsterdam, only a 10-minute ride from the city center. Theatre Amsterdam is located within walking distance, making it the optimal place to catch a show.

Hotel Lion d'Or in Haarlem ★★★★

This hotel combines the best of local history, contemporary ambience, and city allure. The city’s popular Haarlemse Hofjes are within walking distance, making for the perfect opportunity to set out on a stroll around the hotel.

Best Western Zaan Inn in Zaandam ★★★

This comfortable, modern hotel that embodies the historical spirit of the Zaan region is conveniently located next to the Zaandam train station.

Westcord Art Hotel in Amsterdam ★★★

Located in the Westerpark district, the Westcord Art Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Amsterdam, only a 10-minute ride from the city center. Theatre Amsterdam is located within walking distance, making it the optimal place to catch a show.

What’s Included in the Cycling the Best of Holland Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts are included. Dinners can be added for a supplement of 150 EUR.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 4 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Amsterdam are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour. Your bike rental and airport transfers are not included but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Tourist information on all places of interest
  • Tourist city tax
  • Phone service hotline (including weekends)
  • Luggage transfer

Not included

  • Bike rental and GPS
  • Guide services
  • Flights to and from Amsterdam
  • Ferry tickets
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Child bike: $95 USD per person
    • Hybrid bike: $125 USD per person
    • E-Bike: $225 USD per person
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Additional services and biking equipment rental:
    • Bike road assistance: $50 USD per person
    • Helmet: $25 USD
    • Bike theft insurance: $50 USD per bike
    • Child seat: $50 USD per unit
  • Upgrade to half board: $295 USD per person
  • Airport transfers
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about Cycling the Best of Holland Tour

Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 1 / 5. The tour is designed with short rides to allow plenty of time for exploring the cities visited. You should be comfortable cycling for distances up to 36 kilometres a day on mostly flat terrain.

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