Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities

Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities

Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities

Prices

From $475USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Bond as a family as you cycle through North and South Holland on this 8-day tour

Enjoy exhilarating days on your bike, pedalling with kid-friendly cycling routes in the provinces of North and South Holland.

Discover historic cities like Haarlem and feel the magnetic energy of Amsterdam with a day of exciting sightseeing.

Feel the cool sea breeze as you pedal the sunny coast lined with sandy dunes and swaying beach grass.

Visit the fascinating Space Expo in Noordwijk, where you’ll be swept up in a world of astronauts, satellites, and rockets.

Dive into a family cycling holiday that paves the way for unforgettable memories and a week of well-rounded fun. The 8-day self-guided Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities is the perfect opportunity to explore the provinces of North and South Holland by bike, striking the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.

This kid-friendly cycling tour will delight the whole family with an expertly curated cycling route that’s approachable and enjoyable for all levels. Beginning in the historical city of Haarlem, you’ll set off towards the coast, enjoying a scenic beachside ride to lovely Noordwijk. Make a pit stop in the seaside resort, Zandvoort, before continuing alongside the rolling dunes that line the coast. Spend a day exploring Noordwijk, checking out the fascinating Space Expo or cruising through the green countryside. A tour of Holland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Amsterdam, and this tour allows you to spend a whole day exploring the magnetic city at your leisure. A final ride back to Haarlem closes the loop, completing the perfect tour of the North and South Holland provinces.

Stay in dynamic Stay Okay hostels along the way, each with its own unique charm and style. Family rooms in each hostel offer a comfortable stay, ensuring everyone is well-rested for exhilarating days spent on the bike.

From afternoons spent building castles in the sand to mesmerizing rides through enchanted woodlands, this tour has it all. Leave the trip planning to the experts. Book the Holland Family Cycling Tour, and enjoy a stress-free week of epic family cycling adventures!

Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

A world of fun awaits you in Haarlem, where your family cycling adventure begins. Check into your hostel, located on the city's outskirts right next to the lovely Schoterbos Park. The park boasts community gardens and a beehive exhibition, perfect for the kids!

Once settled into your accommodations, take a stroll to explore the historic center of Haarlem, where you'll find several fascinating museums perfect for all ages.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Haarlem
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycling Loop via Haarlem

A beautiful ride awaits the whole family today as you set out on your bikes to enjoy a scenic loop from Haarlem. Pedalling towards the coast this morning, you’ll spot the dunes before the sea and the tall sea grass swaying in the wind. Hop off your bikes on the sandy shores to hunt for seashells or build a fortress in the sand. The loop will take you through several pretty towns today, including Overveen, Zandvoort, and Bloemendaal.

Continue the loop to return to Haarlem and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Haarlem
Distance
30km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Cycle Woods and Dunes to Noordwijk

Today’s enchanting ride to Noordwijk will be a highlight of the tour. A mix of enchanting woods and soft dunes pave the way to Zandvoort, where you can hop off your bikes to explore the stunning seaside resort.

Back on the bike, continue to trace the coastline to Noordwijk, where you’ll find your next hostel perched at the edge of pretty woodlands and dunes.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Noordwijk
Distance
28km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Space Expo at Noordwijk

What kid doesn’t love space? Today, the whole family can embark on an exciting excursion to the fabulous Noordwijk Space Expo. A world of astronauts, satellites, and rocket ships awaits your discovery at this interactive expo where fun and learning go hand in hand.

Alternatively, head out on a scenic ride through the countryside that surrounds Noordwijk. If you happen to be travelling in April or May, you’ll be able to take in the mesmerizing tulip fields in full bloom—a remarkable sight!

In the afternoon, stroll down to the beach for a swim or post up on the sand for a family picnic. Whatever you get up to in Noordwijk, you’re sure to enjoy this charming seaside town.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Noordwijk
Distance
28km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Ride to Amsterdam

Enjoy some final moments in Noordwijk this morning, then pack up after breakfast for the marvellous ride to the highly anticipated capital, Amsterdam. With the whole family in tow, you’ll navigate the Amsterdamse Bos woods as the pretty banks of the River Amstel guide you to the city.

For those cycling with young children, there’s an option to ride to Nieuw Vennep train station, where you can catch the train to Amsterdam Central Station and then enjoy a short ride to your accommodation.

You’ll find your next Stay Okay hostel just as delightful as those visited thus far, tucked away in a quiet eastern neighbourhood of the city, just a 15-minute ride to the hustle and bustle of downtown. Once settled at the hostel, head out to explore the intricate maze of canals and lush green parks. It won’t take long to discover that Amsterdam was made for exploring by bike.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Amsterdam
Distance
52km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Tour Amsterdam

Today’s itinerary gives you an entire day dedicated to exploring beautiful Amsterdam, which you got a taste of yesterday. Still, with so much to explore, you’ll fill another day easily.

Delve into the heart of the city today, exploring its vibrant neighbourhoods and waterfront jewels. Perhaps check out one of the city’s famous museums, like Rijksmuseum, where you’ll uncover Rembrandt’s famous painting, “The Night Watch.” Or ride to Oosterdok, where you’ll revel in the views of a magnificent 17th-century sailing ship replica.

The options here are endless, and you’ll discover infinite reasons to fall in love with this spectacular city.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Amsterdam
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Cycle to Haarlem via Spaarnwoude

Your final day of cycling has arrived, so be sure to savour every moment of today’s journey. This morning, you’ll leave the buzz of the city behind as you cruise into the peaceful countryside to the gorgeous village of Spaarndam. Admire the unique village houses that sit atop an ancient dam spanning the River Spaarne and take in Europe’s oldest functioning shipping lock, built in 1280.

Continue the route to Haarlem, where you’ll enjoy another night at the Stay Okay Hostel. Enjoy the last evening of the tour, reminiscing on the magical memories made in the last week.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Haarlem
Distance
27km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Depart

This morning, your tour comes to an end. Enjoy a final breakfast in Haarlem, then pack up to head home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour Prices and Dates

This self-guided family bike 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 and South 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, that there is a surcharge of €25EUR per person for departures on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Private Self-Guided Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities

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

  • Price per person sharing a double room: €450EUR
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Accommodation on the Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour

This tour is based in Stay Okay hostels. The family-friendly hostels are comfortable and welcoming, with several unique amenities designed with children in mind. Accommodations are well-located and offer private family rooms with ensuite bathrooms. When you arrive at the Stay Okay hostels, you’ll receive a sheet package to make your own bed, and you can rent towels at reception.

Stay Okay Hostel in Haarlem

This kid-friendly Stay Okay hostel strikes the perfect balance of convenience, value, and comfort. Located centrally near the connecting road to the beach, charming woods, and the Haarlem city center, it’s the perfect base for your Haarlem adventure.

Stay Okay Hostel in Noordwijk

Walking distance to the beach, this lovely hostel is surrounded by charming woods in a tranquil setting.

Stay Okay Amsterdam Oost Hostel in Zeeburg

Located in the gorgeous Indische Buurt, this charming hostel is just 15 minutes from the city center and offers several great amenities like a restaurant, gift shop, and bar and lounge.

Stay Okay Hostel in Haarlem

This kid-friendly Stay Okay hostel strikes the perfect balance of convenience, value, and comfort. Located centrally near the connecting road to the beach, charming woods, and the Haarlem city center, it’s the perfect base for your Haarlem adventure.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. You can also upgrade to half board for €195EUR per person supplement.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Haarlem 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 (luggage is 1 piece per person, max 20 kilos). Your bike rental and airport transfers are not included but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Maps and route descriptions
  • Tourist information on all places of interest
  • Tourist taxes
  • Phone hotline (also available on weekends)

Not included

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

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Child bike: €75EUR
    • Hybrid bike: €95EUR
    • E-Bike: €175EUR
  • Upgrade the meal basis to half board: €195EUR
  • Additional services and biking equipment rental:
    • Bike theft insurance: €25EUR per bike
    • Child seat: €50EUR per seat
    • Bike road assistance: €25EUR per bike
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequenty Asked Questions about Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities

How hard is the Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour?

We rate this tour as a 1 / 5. The tour is designed to be enjoyed by the whole family, kids included, so routes are generally shorter and can be customized to reduce distances in some cases. You should be comfortable cycling up to 30 kilometres in a day, with plenty of opportunities for breaks and refreshments. The terrain is almost entirely flat, making for a pleasant and easy ride.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills, and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need a visa to travel to the Netherlands?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour?

7 breakfasts are included. You can also upgrade to half board for 185 EUR per person supplement.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Haarlem to start this tour?

Fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). You can reach Haarlem by taking the Amsterdam express shuttle to the city center. From the city center, you can take a train to Haarlem, which takes approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Where does the Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities Tour end?

The tour ends in Haarlem. You can return to Amsterdam by train, which takes approximately 20 minutes. From the city center, you can take the airport express shuttle to get to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). Alternatively, you can book a private transfer to the airport as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are hybrid, e-bikes, or road bikes for adults. Children’s bikes are available, and trailers and child seats can be added as a supplement. Helmets are not included but can be rented as a supplement.

  • Child bike: 70 EUR
  • Hybrid bike: 84 EUR
  • E-Bike: 175 EUR

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the Netherlands?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the Netherlands?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Operating since 2017, Dutch Biketours knows how to immerse travellers in Dutch life–best done on a bike, of course! Their experienced staff can lead your trip planning, or they can take your ideas and tailor a custom itinerary that reveals the charm of the Netherlands.

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Prices

From $475USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 1 / 5. The tour is designed to be enjoyed by the whole family, kids included, so routes are generally shorter and can be customized to reduce distances in some cases. You should be comfortable cycling up to 30 kilometres in a day, with plenty of opportunities for breaks and refreshments. The terrain is almost entirely flat, making for a pleasant and easy ride.


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