North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour
North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour

North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour

5 days

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Discover Amsterdam and the villages of North Holland on this self-guided cycling tour

Discover the beauty of the North Holland province on the 5-day self-guided North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour.

Cycle from coast to coast on this mesmerizing cycling holiday that takes you across the spellbinding landscapes of North Holland. The tour begins in Alkmaar, a city famous for its cheese that boasts a stunning historic center and charming shopping districts. The route then heads south on a gorgeous inland stretch to historical Zandaam, where you’ll see the famous Zaanse Schans neighbourhood before continuing to Amsterdam. The world is your oyster in Amsterdam—spend an evening and morning soaking up the vibes of the progressive capital where art and history abound. You’ll then cruise the west coast, enjoying a scenic coastal ride to Volendam. A final stretch takes you inland, back to Alkmaar, where the loop concludes.

This spectacular tour introduces cyclists to Holland at its finest, with scenes of the quintessential polders, meadows, dunes, and dikes accompanying you on each ride. Hop off your bike in charming Zuiderzee villages for a taste of small-town Dutch culture, and savour local specialty products like the artisan cheese of Alkmaar.

With so much to see and do in North Holland, the only thing left to decide is when you’ll go! Book this magical cycling tour on the North Holland Peninsula today!

Highlights of the North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour

Pedal your way through quintessential Holland, among the polders, meadows, dunes, and dikes.
Get a dose of small-town Dutch culture with visits to tiny historic Zuiderzee villages.
Feel the cool sea breeze as you pedal North Holland’s breathtaking North Sea Coast.
Spend a day soaking up the buzzing vibes of Amsterdam as you explore the Netherlands’ capital by bike and on foot.

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From $475USD
5 days
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North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Your North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour begins in Holland’s “city of cheese,” Alkmaar! Check into your accommodations and explore the unique town that offers much more than just delectable cheese. Stroll the Alkmaar’s old town center with its marvellous architecture and several historical monuments. Alkmaar is also home to superb shopping districts with streets lined with cozy cafes and unique shops. If museums are your thing, check out Alkmaar’s Beer Museum or Cheese Museum.

Whatever you get up to in Alkmaar today, follow it up with a good night’s rest to prepare for your first day of cycling tomorrow.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Alkmaar
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Cycle to Amsterdam via Zaandam

Enjoy breakfast, then hop in the saddle for a mesmerizing ride along the east coast to Amsterdam.

Your first destination is Zaandam, where you’ll check out the famous Zaanse Schans neighbourhood, with magnificent 17th- and 18th-century wooden homes painted in dark green and several charming bridges and windmills.

Back on your bike, you’ll ride to Amsterdam to your hotel. Once settled, begin your exploration of the vibrant city with a visit to the famous former home of Anne Frank, where she wrote her worldwide published diary. Or enjoy a joy ride through the bike-friendly streets, cruising alongside the city’s network of canals. The progressive capital boasts no shortage of things to see and do—the only trouble is choosing what to do first.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Amsterdam
Distance: 60km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle Idyllic Villages to Volendam

Following a delightful night in the capital, you’ll depart this morning to Volendam. A scenic route unfolds along Lake Markermeer, guiding you through idyllic Dutch villages like Durgerdam.

Once in Volendam, you’ll find a charming small fishing village with deep catholic roots and quaint streets lined with lovely stone houses. Enjoy the rest of the day here perusing the streets, and be sure to take a trip down to the historic harbour.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Volendam
Distance: 33km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle the Coast to Alkmaar

Another day of cycling on the gorgeous east coast is on the horizon today. Seize your final ride to return to Alkmaar.

With the cool sea breeze at your back, you’ll head north along the coast before cutting inland to return to Alkmaar. Enjoy your final evening in Alkmaar, reminiscing on the memories made over a farewell dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Alkmaar
Distance: 60km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Depart

This morning, your cycling tour of North Holland comes to an end. Check out and head to the airport to depart.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour Prices and Dates

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

Note there is a surcharge of $25 USD to stay in Amsterdam on Saturdays (departures on Friday). Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $595 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/triple/quadruple room: $475 USD
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Accommodation on the North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour

This tour is based in 3-star and 4-star hotels that offer modern amenities to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. 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 (please enquire about the pricing). Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Golden Tulip Hotel in Alkmaar ★★★★

The Golden Tulip is a beautiful hotel that boasts stylish décor and several modern amenities such as a hot tub and a bar and lounge.

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 Old Dutch in Volendam ★★★

A charming hotel located nearby several restaurants, bars and cafes, bringing the best of Volendam to your doorstep.

Golden Tulip Hotel in Alkmaar ★★★★

The Golden Tulip is a beautiful hotel that boasts stylish décor and several modern amenities such as a hot tub and a bar and lounge.

What’s Included in the North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour?

Meals

4 breakfasts are included. 4 dinners can be added for a supplement of 130 EUR.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 4 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Alkmaar 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
  • GPS tracks (on request)
  • Tourist city tax
  • Phone hotline 7 days/week

Not included

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

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Child bike: $50 USD
    • Hybrid bike: $75 USD
    • Premium hybrid bike: $95 USD
    • E-Bike: $125 USD
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Upgrade to half board: $150 USD per person
  • Additional services and biking equipment rental:
    • Child seat: $25 USD
    • Bike theft insurance: $25 USD
    • E-bike/premium bike theft insurance: $50 USD
    • Child trailer: $75 USD
    • Helmet: $25 USD
  • Airport transfers
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about North Holland Peninsula Cycling Tour

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable cycling for distances up to 60 kilometres a day on mostly flat terrain.

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