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The 15 Best Self Guided Bike Tours in the Netherlands

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The first thing tourists notice when they arrive in the Netherlands is the bikes. So many bikes! Cycling in the Netherlands is a way of life and it’s a part of our culture and heritage that we love to share with visitors. And in this post, we share 15 incredible bike tours to explore the Netherlands.

So, hop on – we’re going for a ride!

Is Netherlands good for cycling?

More than 25% of the Netherlands is at or below sea level. Being a mostly flat country makes the Netherlands a great destination for a bike tour. 

It’s easy and fun to explore the whole of the Netherlands from the seat of a bicycle. Out in the countryside, you can get away from the crowds and discover the most beautiful sights by bike. In the big cities, like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, you can join the throngs of daily commuters and cycle along with the networks of cycle paths. Taking a bike tour in the Netherlands offers a wonderful sense of freedom but there are lots of motorists in the cities too so do take more caution when the traffic is busy.

Netherlands bike tour: dos and don’ts

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  • Rent a Dutch bike for your bike tour. Our bikes are the best in the world!
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothes, preferably sportswear. 
  • Use your bike lights and your bell. Safety first!
  • Take a paper map or download a digital map if you’re self-guiding. On bike tours in the Netherlands you may lose connection to the internet.
  • Carry enough water and snacks, even if you’re on a guided tour. 
  • Take your bike on the train with a Bicycle Day Travel Card.

Don’t

  • Ride your bike when intoxicated. Not only is it dangerous, it’s illegal and could land you a €140 fine. 
  • Leave your bike unlocked. Bike theft is common, particularly in Amsterdam.
  • Forget to pack a bicycle repair kit!
  • Cycle on footpaths! 

If you like to get more information on cycling yourself in the Netherlands, also check out our guide on how to get around in the Netherlands .

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Cycling is so popular in the Netherlands that a network of tried-and-tested cycle routes already covers the country. The Fietspaden (bicycle paths) cover 35,000km of the Netherlands and are clearly-marked and well-maintained. It’s easy to take a self-guided bike tour in the Netherlands and enjoy our stunning landscapes. If you want to learn more about local culture and history there are tons of guided tours available too. Here’s our pick of 15 of the best bike tours through the Netherlands.

1. Biesbosch

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  • Starting Point: Dordrecht Train Station
  • Length: 39.4km
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Trail type: Loop

This Dutch bike tour is located in the province South Holland and takes in the sights of the city of Dordrecht and the Biesboch National Park. Suitable for all skill levels, this trail is almost 40km in length but features little elevation. It’s a fairly relaxed ride. The first half of this bike tour in the Netherlands offers fantastic views of Biesboch, one of Northwestern Europe’s best examples of a freshwater tidal wetlands. Bird-watchers and nature-lovers will love this route. The second half of this bike tour explores a waterway on the western side of Dordrecht. With no stops, you will arrive back at your starting point of Dordrecht station in around 2.5 hours. 

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2. Kijkduin – Hoek van Holland

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  • Starting Point: Kijkduin
  • Length: 37.3km
  • Difficulty: Easy

This is an easy trail for those who want to explore the quieter side of The Hague. From Kijkduin, the first 24km of this trail guides you through the south-western part of The Hague before reaching the Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland). From here, the last 13km is a long, straight stretch of waterside bike path that will bring you back to your starting point. Expect to be distracted by a number of local sights and attractions on your way. 

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  • Starting Point: Garderen
  • Length: 65.8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Your starting point is the small village of Garderen, located deep in the forests of the Veluwe in the province of Gelderland. This is a moderate bike tour to explore the countryside of the Netherlands in a loop of more than 65km. You’ll face a challenging bit of elevation after around 40km. Primarily for road biking, the Garderen to Vierhouten Veluwe trail is known for its scenic views of fields of wildflowers and interesting heritage sites. Another great way to explore the Veluwe is on foot, which we cover in our Utrecht hiking guide .

4. Vlissingen – Middelburg – Domburg – Westkapelle

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  • Starting Point: Vlissingen
  • Length: 46.8 km
  • Elevation Gain: 196 m
  • Trail type: One-way

Begin this bike tour in the harbour of Vlissingen and from there you will follow easy going cycling paths next to the canal of Walcheren in the direction of the city centre of Middelburg. You will cross some really typical Dutch landscapes and wind mills, local markets and cozy squares. On the road to Oostkapelle and Domburg you will cross Castle ‘Westhove’. Just before you will arrive in Oostkappelle you will cycle through the forest of Wasschappelse on the end of the treeline you will see the coast again. It’s a really nice and diverse route. During the whole bike tour the directions are well marked so getting lost is almost impossible.

5. Kinderdijk 

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  • Starting Point: Havenstraat, Alblasserdam next to Gemeentehuis, Alblasserdam
  • Length: 44.4km

Starting canalside in the heart of Alblasserdam, this is one of our favorite bike tours in the Netherlands. The route takes you on a 44km loop along the Middelkade canal to beautiful Kinderdijk. From here you travel along the Lek River. This area is known as the Gardens of Europe for its charming network of waterways and dikes with views of some of the Netherland’s finest windmills and fields of flowers. Check out our post to taking a day trip to Kinderdijk for more inspiration. 

6. Eight castles 

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  • Starting Point: Kasteel Vorden
  • Length: 34.4km

This trail begins at Kasteel Vorden, Gelderland one of the eight castles you’ll see on this route. There’s lots to see on this 34km loop trail that is also popular with hikers and runners. As well as the castles, you can see a Pinetum de Belten, a tended forest of thousands of conifers, and several scenic campsites. This trail is rated as moderate and has low overall but with frequent gains in elevation. 

7. Hunebeds route

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  • Starting Point: Broger Centrum
  • Length : 43km

Start this bike tour of the Netherlands in the very center of Broger, Drenthe. A short ride out of town, this becomes a nature trail offering gorgeous views for almost the entire 43km route. A moderate trail, there is some frequent elevation gain for the last 10km. Also a road biking trail, the Hunebeds route is suitable for all cyclists.

8. Vaalserberg 

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  • Starting Point: Hombourg
  • Length: 41.5km

This moderate trail takes you on a loop around the sights of Vaalsberg, the only mountain in the Netherlands. Vaalsberg is the highest point in mainland Netherlands at 322.4m. As you’d expect, the elevation gain on this trail is a little more challenging at 873m. 

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9. tour around the netherlands .

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  • Starting Point: Nieuweschans
  • Length: 1754km

A comprehensive round-trip that takes you on a journey along the entire border of the Netherlands. This 27-stop loop is more than 1750km in length, starting and ending in Nieuweschans. We recommend taking your time to complete this route as it is the most comprehensive bike tour of the Netherlands on this list. The trail offers hotel suggestions for your overnight stays. Use this as a rough guide to book your own accommodation or even find campsites along the way!

10. Eleven Citites Cycling Tour

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  • Starting Point: Bolsward
  • Length: 253km

Elfstedentocht means Eleven Cities in English and commonly refers to a famous tour skating event that can only take place in the Netherlands when the waters that connect these 11 cities are fully frozen. So, this is an event that takes place very irregularly and with only 48 hours notice! 

The Eleven Cities cycling tour is not weather-dependent so you can admire these 11 cities whenever you like. Like the skating tour, there’s also an organized Elfstedentocht bike tour once a year that is open to the public up to a maximum of 15,000 entrants. But if you’re not around during this organized event, use the map and cycle it on your own peace.

11. Pieterpad 

Pieterpad - Biking Netherlands

  • Starting Point: Pieterburen
  • Length: 492km

Pieterpad is one of the Netherlands most popular hiking trails. However, it is possible to take a self-guided bike tour along the same route. Starting at the coastal village of Pieterburen, this trail takes you all the way from the northern of the Netherlands down to it’s southernmost tip. A scenic, countryside route, the Pieterburen trail will guide you through flat open fields, the forests of Drenthe of Overijssel and the Limburg hills. 

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12. beach and dunes bike tour.

Noordwijk - Cycling Netherlands

  • Starting Point: Noordwijkerhout 
  • Length: 25km

If you’d rather take a guided bike tour in the Netherlands, we recommend this beach and dunes bike tour. Starting at Noordwijkerhout square you will first cycle alongside the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, the water dunes from which the city of Amsterdam draws its drinking water. When you reach the beach at Nederzandt you’ll stop for refreshments then cycle through part of de Hollandse Duinen National Park. You’ll make it back to Noordwijkerhout via the charming country lanes of Bollenstreek. Bike rental is included. 

13. Countryside and organic farm bike tour

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  • Starting Point: Amsterdam Centraal
  • Length: 3 hours

From Amsterdam Central, you will cycle to the charming village of Landsmeer and Twiske, one of North Holland’s most scenic areas. This guided bike tour is all about organic agriculture and is an educational as well as a fun experience. You’ll visit the organic farm “Zorgboerderij Maarsen” on this tour and share a lunch with some of the staff and volunteers. 

For more information, see this countryside and organic farm bike tour on Get Your Guide.

14. Amsterdam bike tour

Biking Amsterdam

  • Starting Point: Amsterbike Shop, Piet Heinkade 25
  • Difficulty : Easy

If it’s Amsterdam city you want to explore, look no further than this 3-hour guided bike tour. As part of a small group, you’ll bike around the iconic streets of Amsterdam and learn all about Dutch culture, see our famous canals, and enjoy some famous sites. 

Find out more about this fun and interesting Amsterdam bike tour in the Netherlands.

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15. Zaanse Schans bike tour

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  • Starting Point: Koog aan de Zaan Station

There’s no better way to explore the village of Zaanse Schans with it’s pretty Dutch windmills than by bike. Join this small guided tour for a 2.5 to 3 hour journey along the banks of the Zaan River to one of the most photogenic spots in the Netherlands.This tour is a loop so you will return your bikes to your guide at the Koog aan de Zaan train station, a few stops from Amsterdam Centraal. 

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Holland and Bruges

One of our most popular tours. You cycle in two countries both of which are really bike-crazy. This tour has it all: a balanced combination of rural areas and picturesque towns and villages.

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Cycling the tulip fields

This tour is all about flowers! The blooming tulip fields, the Keukenhof gardens and a visit to the flower auction. And there is also the historic town of Leiden into the bargain.

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Old Towns and Villages

This tour shows you the rich history of proud Dutch cities and their medieval origins. And there is also a guided city tour into the bargain. The cycling route linking these towns runs along the North Sea, the Dutch lowlands and through genuine historic village centers.

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All Seasons tour

Historic towns, the beautiful North Sea coast, scenic lowlands, and lush woods; this tour has it all. You can ride this tour all year round. With railway stations in each overnight location and mid-way on your route, you can always skip a stage or shorten the distance.

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Cycling with Kids

This tour is carefully designed for families with children with shorter daily distances. The route takes you to historic towns, friendly Dutch villages, lots of nature and highlights for both children and adults. Safe cycling is guaranteed by the many separate bike paths Holland is famous for.

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The Dutch Lowlands

The evidence of the Dutch struggle for land can best be seen from the seat of your bicycle. Enjoy four days of cycling along waterways, green pasturelands and friendly Dutch villages.

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Fresh and Salt ride

A unique experience for road cyclists. You cycle Holland's freshwater part, over the river dikes and along the canals and lakes. The saltwater route follows the famous Dutch North Sea cycling path.

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Around Gouda

Gouda is famous for its cheeses and also its historic town center. Experience both and also enjoy scenic bike rides with two options for each day! You stay in the same hotel every night.

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Fast polder cycling

This tour combines excellent road cycling with the added experience of the unique Dutch polder landscape. You will also get a good impression of the Dutch water management systems.

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East and West

This tour takes in many typical Dutch landscapes and offers a lot of what Holland has to offer – beaches, lowlands, rivers, farmlands, woodlands, quaint, small towns and villages. A ‘total’ tour in other words!

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Market Garden by bike

This interesting tour takes you along the sites of the Battle of Arnhem, also known as Market Garden, one of the most important WW II operations. This is also an area of beautiful landscapes.

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National Park discovery

The largest National Park in the Netherlands is considered to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Netherlands. It makes this tour very attractive for nature and culture lovers.

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Water and Woods

The Dutch pasturelands, long horizons and slow flowing rivers are one aspect of this tour. The other is where you cycle through the more intimate woodlands of the Veluwe region.

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Amsterdam and cycling

Would you like to experience Amsterdam by bicycle and spend a few more days exploring the surrounding area? This 3 days tour focuses on Amsterdam and the beautiful and diverse countryside around it.

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Lake Yssel loop

This challenging tour around Hollands’ large inner lake is quite special. Experience scenic cycling along the ‘old’ borders of this former inner sea, with the lake always on your right.

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  • Discovering the cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden and Gouda
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If you're looking for the quintessential Dutch cycling experience, look no further. This self guided cycling trip in The Netherlands combines several all-time favourite cities; Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda, each unique and brimming with typical old world Dutch character. The ride is perfect for a first time cycle trip or for those looking to slow down the pace. Each day's cycling distance is relatively short, allowing you time to explore out of the saddle and take in the highlights of each city or linger en route over a cheese tasting or coffee. Between the cities, the cycling route meanders through the quiet Dutch countryside, where you will encounter polders, windmills, fields of flowers (in the spring time), lakes and rivers. The itinerary really does provide a week long experience of the classic Dutch cultural and countryside gems.

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Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam

Meals:   Nil

Day 2 Cycle to Haarlem (30km/18.7mi)

Day 3 visit the frans hals museum before continuing your cycle to leiden (43km/26.5mi), day 4 cycle past windmills, polders and farmhouses en route to delft (29km/18mi), day 5 continue through holland's 'green heart' to gouda (34km/21mi), day 6 return to amsterdam (68km/42.3mi), day 7 trip concludes, what's included.

  • 6 breakfasts: Breakfasts are continental style and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices
  • 6 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack provided digitally including route notes & navigational app for use with your smartphone, and a printed pack at the joining hotel
  • Luggage transfer between hotels - limited to 1 piece of luggage per person weighing a max 20kg. A charge for extra luggage items must be booked and paid before departure. Please note that small bags cannot be attached to the main luggage - they will be charged as separate pieces of luggage.
  • 24 speed bike rental with pannier, helmet, repair kit and lock (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
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  • Meals not listed as included, drinks. A dinner package is available (must be pre-booked) which includes a 3 course dinner each night - supplement applies
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  • Guide - this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
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  • Excess luggage - supplement applies. Each piece of extra luggage will be charged a supplement, max weight of 20kg applies (for work safety rules).
  • Optional bike breakdown assistance: with this you have guaranteed quick help in case of a breakdown while cycling, 7 days a week. Supplement applies, must be requested at time of booking
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During the trip you will be provided with a 24 speed bike rental with pannier, handlebar bag, helmet and repair kit. Optional bike breakdown assistance is available, which guarantees quick help in case of a breakdown while you're cycling (supplement applies, must be requested at time of booking).

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An electric bike is available on request. A supplement applies, see below. Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are designed to make cycling easier.

The pedaling ‘boost’ provided by an e-bike opens up more options, allowing people of different fitness levels to cycle together or for cyclists to take on routes they may otherwise consider too tough for their current fitness capabilities. Please note that e-bikes are heavier than normal bikes and given the higher speed possible, should only be ridden by confident cyclists. Minimum age for e-bike rental is 14 years and a minimum height requirement is 160cm / 5ft3in.

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This trip involves 5 days cycling between 29 and 80km/18 and 50mi per day (although there are options to shorten the longest day) usually along paved cycle paths and quiet county roads across generally flat terrain. The well-posted cycle route is generally low traffic and often car-free. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded introductory and is considered suitable for beginners. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list and we do provide one for each client.

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Our Holland Bike Tours

Cycling in the Netherlands is a revelation. It is simply the most bicycle-friendly country on the planet: a haven for cyclists with more than 20,000 miles of traffic-free bike paths, all of which can be used to explore a magnificently pristine countryside dotted with postcard perfect towns and cities.

The scenery is truly impressive: acres of tulip fields, dense forests, tranquil waterways, and working, historic windmills. Water is dominant, with only about 50%  of the country being more than 1 meter above sea level, leading to the need for the country to be be managed by the world’s most complex network of dikes and canals.

The towns and cities you will cycle through are also delightful: medieval gems crammed with cafés, historic sites, and exceptionally good museums. Our Netherlands bike tours take you from Naarden to the loops of Utrecht and the city itself. We’ll then bike over to Gouda on our way to Leiden and a loop thru Delft. Next will be the loops of Haarlem and the city. With our last major city being Alkmaar and a loop around the surrounding countryside.

Here, the car is not king and the bicycle rules. A full 36% of the population cites the bicycle as their most frequent mode of transportation.  Cycle paths extend outside of cities, connecting Dutch villages, towns and cities. Many roads have one or two cycling paths that parallel them, otherwise paths are marked on the roads themselves.

The flat terrain and separation from cars makes Holland an ideal destination for beginner, intermediate and family cycling. Learn more about the LifeCycle Adventures difference.

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From $1,780 per person for 3 days

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Cycling in the Netherlands is a revelation. It is simply the most bicycle-friendly country on the planet: a haven for cyclists with more than 20,000 miles of traffic-free bike paths. The scenery is equally impressive: acres of tulip fields, dense forests, tranquil waterways, and working, historic windmills. The towns and cities are also delightful: medieval gems crammed with cafés, historic sites, and exceptionally good museums.

The flat terrain and separation from cars makes Holland an ideal destination for beginner, intermediate and family cycling.

TOUR LENGTH

6 Days / 5 Nights

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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START & END

Service highlights.

  • Private transfer from Amsterdam with bike set up and route briefing at the start of your ride
  • Bilingual guides delivering superior service
  • Handpicked accommodations with breakfast
  • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
  • Luggage moved between lodgings and optional participant transfers along the routes
  • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
  • Private transfer back to Amsterdam at the end of your tour

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Alternative start/end location at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport
  • Cheese tours
  • Customize your route

BIKE AVAILABILITY

Day-by-day flow.

Day 1: Utrecht to Gouda

Day 2: Gouda Loop Day

Day 3: Gouda to Leiden

Day 4: Leiden Loop Day

Day 5: Leiden to Haarlem

Day 6: Haarlem Loop Day

Day One - Utrecht to Gouda

Today you ride from a medieval university town to an ancient cheese town. Most of the riding is on scenic bike routes alongside canals and small rivers.

The Intermediate route heads south from Utrecht before heading west to the small town of Oudewater with its beautiful town center and scales for weighing witches! On leaving Oudewater, the route follows the Hollandse Ijssel river into the center of Gouda.

Leisure riders enjoy a similar day to the Intermediate riders but take a more direct route, west, out of Utrecht.

The Challenge route leaves Utrecht via the Vecht river, a picturesque waterway lined with castles and country estates. From the village of Breukelen, the route takes you up to the castle ‘de Haar’ and the historic town of Woerden. From Woerden, the route continues to Oudewater where it joins the final section of the Intermediate route for the ride into Gouda.

Travel from a medieval university town to an ancient cheese town along scenic bike routes that follow canals and rivers

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RIDE OPTIONS

20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

Intermediate 25 miles with 250 feet of climbing

Challenge 40 miles with 450 feet of climbing

OVERNIGHT TOWN

Gouda produces one of the best-known cheese in the world. Gouda is also famous for its dense network of canals, the 15th-century city hall, and the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sint-Jans church. Culinary, calorie-laden treats include Stroopwafels.

Day Two - Gouda Loops

Today’s rides head south of Gouda through typical Dutch landscapes captured by many famous painters. You ride on bike lanes alongside canals and past picturesque farms. The major attraction of the ride is the UNESCO monument of the Kinderdijk windmills: a group of 19 monumental windmills built between 1738 and 1740.

The Challenge ride takes you past the Kinderdijk windmills before heading up the Rhine Valley to the historic town of Schoonhoven where silversmiths and goldsmiths have worked since the 17th century. From Schoonhoven to Gouda you cycle along one of the most scenic small rivers of the Netherlands (the Vlist) with its many farms, hidden lanes and scenic views.

The Intermediate ride follows a similar route to the challenging ride but bypasses the town Schoonhoven taking a more direct route back into Gouda.

The Leisure ride focuses on the charming lowlands: the origin of the famous Gouda cheese. You will pass the Jongenhoeve cheese farm where you can taste homemade cheese. Note that this route does not pass the Kinderdijk windmills.

The major attraction of the ride is the UNESCO monument of the Kinderdijk windmills: 19 monumental windmills built in the 1700s.

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Leisure 20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 350 feet

Challenge 45 miles with 500 feet of

Day Three - Gouda to Leiden

Leaving the town of Gouda you enter the ‘Green Heart‘ of Holland passing canals and windmills all the way to Boskoop. Boskoop is situated on long stretches of land, divided by narrow canals and is famous for its nurseries. After riding though the lowlands, you arrive at the historic student town of Leiden.

The Intermediate route takes you through the recreational lakes to the north of Gouda to town of Boskoop with its quiet streets lined with impressive homes. From Boskoop, the ride continues through the largest floriculture area in the world situated on long stretches of land divided by narrow canals, As you ride into Leiden, you also pass the Heineken headquarters.

The Challenge route follows the intermediate route to Boskoop but from here it heads north through the windmill district to the east of Leiden through the charming villages of Rijpwetering and Oud Ade before returning south into Leiden.

The Leisure ride takes a more direct route from Gouda to Leiden but also passes through the village of Boskoop.

Cycle through the Green Heart of Holland: a water-rich, rural region dotted with historic towns and picturesque windmills

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Intermediate 25 miles with 250 feet

Challenge 35 miles with 350 feet

Leiden is a lively town known for its medieval architecture, its maze of narrow streets, and for Leiden University – founded in 1575 and the country’s oldest. Leiden is also the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn. The Museum De Lakenhal has many works by old masters including Lucas van Leyden, Jan Steen, and, of course, Rembrandt.

Day Four - Leiden Loops

For Intermediate and Challenge riders, Delft is the target city for the day. Delft is best known for its blue and white pottery which has been produced here since the 16th century. Delft is also a charming town in its own right and it is well worth taking time to explore its canals, churches, mansions, museums, markets and cafés.

Intermediate riders loop back to Leiden from Delft.

Challenge riders continue south from Delft on an extra loop that explores a rural haven that is surrounded by the skylines of Delft, Rotterdam, and The Hague.

Leisure riders take on a shorter loop that includes Vlietland: a spacious park busy with activities such as sailing, kayaking, camping and climbing.

Explore the canals, churches, mansions, museums, markets and cafés for charming Delft

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Leisure 20 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 500 feet

Challenge 55 miles with 750 feet

Day Five - Leiden to Haarlem

On today’s Intermediate route, you cycle north into the heart of tulip country. The ride passes Keukenhof Botanical Gardens*: an expansive 19th-century park showcasing thousands of Dutch spring flowers. The second part of your ride turns west, arriving at the coast, where you head north alongside the North Sea. The bike path here snakes through large sandy dunes and is one of the most stunning cycle routes in the country. On reaching the beach town of Zandvoort, you head east to the medieval city of Haarlem.

Leisure follow the Intermediate route to the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens* but rather than then heading to the coast, you ride directly to Haarlem.

The Challenge route takes you west before turning north towards the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens. After a loop touring tulip country, you join intermediate for the coastal ride up to Haarlem.

*The Keukenhof Botanical Gardens are typically open from the last week in March until the second week in May. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Ride north through tulip fields and across sand dunes on one of the most stunning cycle routes in the country

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Leisure 25 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 550 feet of climbing

Challenge 35 miles with 700 feet of climbing

The medieval city of Haarlem sits partway between Amsterdam and the coastal dunes. The narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful old squares are lined with gabled houses, cafés and museums. The town is also at the center of the Dutch flower industry.

Day Six - Haarlem Loops - Last Day

Your ride today showcases two different sides of Haarlem: to the east, there are the typical Dutch polders (fields protected by dikes) and, to the west, sand dunes and beaches. One highlight of the day is the beautiful Zuid-Kennemerland National Park – an area of wide open dunes and beaches. Another highlight is the fortifications of the Defense Line of Amsterdam – an intricate system of canals, locks, and fortifications (and a UNESCO World Heritage site).

On the Leisure route, you enjoy a short ride along the coast before heading back to Haarlem.

On the Intermediate route, you ride more of the coast – south to Zandvoort (one of the most popular seaside resorts in Holland) – before turning inland back to Haarlem.

For the Challenge ride, the route first heads over the Binnentoeleidingskanaal. After a loop of North Holland, you return south to join the Intermediate route back to Haarlem.

Cycle along the Defense Line of Amsterdam – a UNESCO World Heritage site with an intricate system of canals, locks, and fortifications

Haarlem Loop 1

Leisure 20 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Intermediate 25 miles with 600 feet

Challenge 50 miles with 1,000 feet

As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

ACCOMMODATION

Manna B&B A small B&B at the top of an old canal house close to the historic center of the city. The room is spacious and bright, with comfortable, modern decor. There is also a cozy roof terrace leading from the bedroom. The owners are warm, welcoming and serve a great breakfast

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The Tulip Inn This modern hotel is near the railway station, just 10-minutes walk from the historic city center. Rooms are simple, clean and functional. The property has two hotels, the 4-star Golden Tulip and the 3-star Tulip Inn. In this category, we typically book rooms in the 3-star inn.

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Hotel Lion D’Or This is a good-but-basic city hotel, well located in the cultural heart of the city. The rooms are modern without being fancy. While there is a reasonable restaurant on site, most guests choose to explore the other dining options in the city. NOTE: the hotel is close to the train station and can be a little noisy.

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ACCOMMODATION NOTES

Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

Mix & Match You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

Plus City Hotel This Best Western hotel is located on a canal close to the historic city center. The property is a pleasant blend of new and modernized-old with a nice bistro-bar. The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable. A nice hotel in a great location for the city center.

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Hotel d’Oude Morsch This hotel is located in the former guardhouse of the town barracks. The property looks out onto the city’s park, a windmill, and a historical city gateway. The hotel is close to shops, museums and restaurants. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the rooms are comfortable and characterful. NOTE: bike parking is a short walk from the hotel.

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Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals This hotel is ideally located in the center of Haarlem; walking distance from all the main tourist sites. The spacious rooms and suites have extra-long beds. An extensive breakfast buffet can be ordered each day and there is a hotel bar for drinks. There are also plenty of dining options nearby.

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Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis This charming boutique hotel is located in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the city. Rooms have been tastefully renovated combining modern conveniences with a reverence for the past. The hotel is in the heart of the old town with a verdant courtyard, a cool cocktail bar and an excellent restaurant.

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Steenhof Suites Located in the historic heart of Leiden, this beautiful boutique hotel combines romantic luxury and 21st century comfort. There are 14 spacious suites that have been exquisitely renovated. This canal-side property also features a fitness center, a small terrace and a stylish bar. Staff is gracious, helpful and knowledgeable.

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Boutiquehotel Staats A beautifully unique boutique hotel in the center of Haarlem. The rooms are large and individually decorated. The staff are very welcoming, the location is ideal yet quiet. The restaurant is elegant with delicious food.

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Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

Mix & Match

You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

BIKE CHOICES

Hybrid bike.

Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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Receiving & Assembly per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

Bike Boxes  a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

Tandem Bike  a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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Cycling holidays in Holland

From the golden sand-dune coast to the emerald polders, cycling is a natural choice in Holland. And wherever your two wheels take you, the role of water in the landscape is soon crystal clear.

That’s why we’ve chosen  bike and boat holidays  for our self-guided cycling breaks in  the lowlands of Holland and Belgium . It’s a great combination for seeing things just a bit differently, at a really relaxing pace.

Conquer some of  Amsterdam ’s 1,200 bridges or freewheel along the glorious ‘Grachten’ (canals) in  Bruges , then climb aboard and cruise the waterways. Pedal past the  Kinderdijk  windmills, head across to the  Friesen Islands  or follow the riverbanks deep into the heart of historic Flanders to  Antwerp  and  Ghent .

Our bike and boat holidays feature a  range of floating accommodations  and both  linear and circular routes .

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Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Fluvius (& De Holland)

From Amsterdam to the diamond capital of Antwerp, from the ‘Silver City’ of Schoonhaven to gilded façades and the greenest Ablasserwaard polders by the windmills of the Kinderdijk, enjoy a… Read More

Europe, Holland

£1,183.00

8 Days, 7 Nights

Grade 1 (Very Easy)

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Magnifique II (& IV)

Prepare yourself for one treasure of a trip - the diamond city of Antwerp and emerald green polderlands; the canals of Amsterdam and Kinderdijk’s nineteen-strong row of historic windmills; marketplace… Read More

£1,484.00

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Magnifique III

Now this tour’s a real treasure. Cosmopolitan Amsterdam; ‘Silver City’ Schoonhaven; ‘Golden Age’ Dendermonde; ‘Diamond Capital’ Antwerp; glorious Ghent and Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’ – explore this whole… Read More

£1,555.00

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Fluvius (& De Holland)

Set out from Belgium’s ‘Venice of the North’ to Holland’s cosmopolitan capital via both Antwerp, the ‘City of Diamonds’ and ‘Silver City’ Schoonhaven. This classic tour through Flanders and Holland… Read More

£1,239.00

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Magnifique II (& IV)

Experience one treasure of a trip – Bruges, the ’Pearl of Flanders’; the diamond city of Antwerp and the riches of ‘Silver City’ at Schoonhaven; marketplace memories of the Golden… Read More

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Magnifique III

Add a certain sparkle to your time on two wheels. Simply sit back and relax along glistening waterways on board the brand new premium Dutch barge, MS Magnifique III, and… Read More

Double Dutch – Bike & Boat North Holland’s Coast & Countryside – De Willemstad

Meet Noord-Holland - a marriage of coast, countryside and all things irresistibly Dutch. Setting out from Amsterdam, explore a world of windmills and waterways; historic harbourlands and time-honoured trades; gabled… Read More

£827.00

Dutch Island Hopping by Sail Bike & Sail – Mare fan Fryslan

Here’s a gentle adventure with a difference. Ride the Dutch seas in style on board a luxurious, classic sailing schooner and explore the wonderfully wild Frisian Islands on the edge… Read More

£1,128.00

Dutch Island Hopping by Sail Bike & Sail – Wapen fan Fryslan

Sail away in style on board the classic ‘tall ship’ schooner, Wapen fan Fryslân, and hop around the Frisian Islands, exploring each wild world via neat networks of cycle tracks.… Read More

Amsterdam Classic Tulip Tour Bike & Boat – Magnifique II (&IV)

Enjoy Holland at its most colourful in real classic style. Climb aboard the comfortable premium Dutch barge, MS Magnifique II / Magnifique IV, in Amsterdam to cruise the lowland waterways… Read More

£933.00

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Self-guided Sail & Bike experience on the Ijsselmeer and Wadden Sea

Experience nature close-up, enjoy the water, sun, and sea breeze aboard a comfortable sailing ship as you explore the large inland lake Ijsselmeer and Wadden Sea, declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1986. Highlights of the tour include the North Sea islands of Texel and Terschelling and their beautiful natural areas, small villages, and long sandy beaches. Highlights on the coasts of the mainland in the provinces of North-Holland and Friesland are a combination of rural areas, small villages, and picturesque harbour towns: a true “El Dorado” for cyclists. You are welcome to lend a hand with navigation and hoisting the sails under the instruction of the experienced crew. No sailing experience is required! Of course, you are also free to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the sailing and the spectacular scenery.

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Leafde Fan Fryslan (Tall Ships)

The impressive three-mast barkentine, Leafe fan Fryslan, was originally a freight ship on the Baltic Sea. In 2006, it was converted into a luxury three-mast passenger ship. The luxury vessel hosts comfortable guest cabins and a classy interior.

The saloon, in nautical flair, is where the meals are served and beverages can be ordered at the accompanying bar. The on-board library allows guests to browse through a selection of novels, whilst enjoying their favorite drop. The wheelhouse also has a leisurely sofa corner: it is here and on deck that you have the best views over the water.

Tall ship Leafde fan Fryslan with sails set in the evening light

Mare Fan Fryslan (Tall Ships)

The Mare fan Fryslan is the epitome of luxury sailing in the Netherlands. Built as a cargo vessel under the name Neptunia, she was later rebuilt as a passenger ship in 2007 and has sailed as a three-mast schooner through Dutch waters with enthusiastic guests on board ever since.

Below deck, you will find the saloon with its great atmosphere along with the comfortable guest cabins. The saloon leads to the wheelhouse and bar, which offer a great view over the front deck and passing landscapes.

The ships’ deck offers plenty of seating, an outdoor bar and BBQ, the helm stand, a whirlpool and…

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The Netherlands Cycling Holidays

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling and our self-guided cycling holidays of Holland! We’re a team of cycling tour experts with a long-standing passion for cycling and adventure, not to mention amazing destinations around the world, and we look forward to helping you plan and arrange a self-guided cycling holiday to Holland.

Read More   We’ve developed a variety of self-guided cycling tours in Holland so that all cycling enthusiasts can experience the remarkable beauty of this famed European country, one where cycling has long been more than just a mode of transportation, but more so a way of life. After all, it is known as the Land of Dykes and Bikes!

Why Take a Cycling Holiday in Holland?

The Netherlands is a great country to take a biking holiday for many reasons, including the fact that there’s an excellent network of cycle ways which are often separate from the main traffic, and when you do need to cycle on the road with motor vehicles, drivers are very careful and bike-friendly.

What’s more, it’s a predominantly flat region which makes it an excellent choice for less experienced cyclists, as well as youngsters and those with more life experience than most, who may find cycling journeys that include a number of inclines a little too challenging for their liking. A cycling holiday in Holland could therefore very well be the ultimate self-guided cycling holiday destination for families and older travellers.

What You’ll See and Experience

So, what can you expect to see on an exciting self-guided cycling holiday of Holland with Hooked on Cycling? Along with the city of Amsterdam which is a must-see for any visitor to the country, you can expect to witness the vast natural beauty of the Dutch polder-landscape, tulip farms with their bright rainbows of colours, traditional countryside and fishing villages, age-old farmhouses, and those timeless Dutch mills.

Along with what you see, a cycling holiday of Holland with Hooked on Cycling is very much about what you experience, so what can you expect to experience on your self-guided cycling tour? You can expect to experience the famed culture of its cities, traditional Dutch hospitality, a broad range of gastronomic delights, some of the world’s most important museums, and so much more.

To find out more about the cycling tours of Holland that Hooked on Cycling can help you plan, please click on the links below. You’ll find a detailed itinerary for each tour, what our tours include and the optional extras you have to select from, our tariffs, information on how to get there, and maps of the route that you’ll take. If you require further information about any of our Holland cycling tours, please get in touch.

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Amsterdam to Brussels by Bike

Duration: 7 Nights Difficulty: Level 1-2 Tour Type: Self Guided Availability: Mondays on 1st April to 23rd September Starting Location: Amsterdam

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The Historic Cities and Windmills of Holland

Duration: 7 Nights Difficulty: Level 1-2 Tour Type: Self Guided Availability: Daily (except Fridays) from 1st April to 23rd September. Starting Location: Utrecht

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Tour of Lake Ijssel – The Dutch Golden Age

Duration: 7 Nights Difficulty: Level 1-2 Tour Type: Self Guided Availability: Dally from 1st May to 23rd September (Except Friday) Starting Location: Huizen

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About Cycling Holidays Holland

Discover the unique cycling experiences in Holland with self-guided tours tailored to your preferences. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, traveling alone or with your family, our bike-friendly roads , forest trails, and diverse landscapes offer something for everyone.

Holland, situated at the heart of Europe, boasts stunning nature and views. On the one hand, you will ride alongside the Atlantic Ocean , with long sandy beaches, canals, polders, and gusts of wind with that unique, salty taste. On the other hand, Holland offers an incredible amount of historic towns , local delicacies, and natural monuments , such as famous tulip fields or world-renowned windmills. 

Choose from a range of difficulty levels to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities. On our Family Bike tours , you will find the days that are tailor-made for young families that love to enjoy their time together on a bike and learn more about the country that surrounds them.

If you’re up for a challenge, our Road Cycling tours will take you through the most scenic parts of Holland, testing your stamina on long and strenuous stages, but the views will be well worth the struggle. Enjoy smooth roads with minimal traffic and stunning views each day.

For a more relaxed pace, opt for our Trekking Cycling tours and immerse yourself in the diversity of Holland’s roads, trails, and countryside. Experience the changing scenery while riding a comfortable regular or electric bicycle with the help of our detailed self-guided maps. Join us for an amazing cycling adventure in Holland!

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We offer road cycling, trekking cycling and mountain biking holidays. Our road cycling holidays are suitable for avid road cycling enthusiasts whose endurance is high enough to withstand multiple long cycling days in a row.

Our trekking cycling holidays are suitable for anyone, as the stages are short enough for most people, and the terrain is not technical — mostly tarmac and gravel. They will still be enjoyed most by people who cycle occasionally and feel comfortable with multiple days in a row on the saddle and some moderate climbing. For those looking for more leisurely cycling holidays, we offer an e-bike option.

On our guided tours, you will have professional local guides. Our guides will make sure that you will have expert guidance combined with great fun and a memorable experience.

We are always looking for the perfect fit for you. We use a few different accommodation providers that fit our standards but they are subjected to availability, especially in the high season. We can also adjust the holiday, keeping in mind your preferences and budget and can always find a more suitable solution for your taste.

We recommend booking as early as possible. Most of our tours run through very touristy places where accommodation is limited. Most of the great places start getting booked for summer before spring.

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Holland, also vegan dishes, but they may be a bit harder to find rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note that the places where we stop for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

Depending on the tour, generally, spring (April – May) and early autumn (September) are the best times, summer is of course also always great and some of our holidays are also possible in winter! It also depends on your preferences, if you wish to avoid heat, October can also be a great possibility.

Most of the tours can be done even in light rain, as long as you dress accordingly. It is not unusual in the summer that there are afternoon thunderstorms, so early starts are advisable. If the weather looks really bad, we will try to adjust the tour or skip a stage with a shuttle.

Our tours can be adapted to any bike type, whether road, gravel, or mountain bike. We are in constant communication with you to find the optimal conditions for your cycling holidays in Netherlands.

The most versatile option is a gravel bike, even if you are coming on a road cycling holiday. It does not really affect your road performance while allowing you to take some scenic backroads that can be in a slightly worse state than the main ones. A gravel bike is usually more comfortable as well.

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Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges

Follow quiet and easy cycle paths from Holland into Belgium

Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges

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Cycling on excellent bike paths from Holland into Belgium

A predominantly rural route among windmills, tulip fields and nature reserves

Start in wonderful Amsterdam with its world-famous canals and flower markets

Cycle past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, with its 19 windmills

Pass through many historic Dutch and Flemish towns

Self-guided cycling holiday from Amsterdam to Bruges

This 8-day self-guided cycling holiday takes you through the ‘green heart’ of Holland before crossing into Belgium to finish in the picture-perfect medieval town of Bruges – known as the ‘pearl of Flanders’.

Beginning in the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam , you will cycle in a south-westerly direction on excellent cycle paths. This cycling route is predominantly rural in character and passes through a number of nature reserves, such as the Biesbosch wetlands, as well as the famous Kinderdijk marshlands and windmills. Of course, you will also encounter many historic and picturesque towns and villages along the way. These include Gouda , Dordrecht , Willemstad , Zierikzee , Middelburg , Vlissingen , Sluis and Damme – all remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past.

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam

Your cycling holiday begins in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district and collection of world-class museums. Try to arrive early so you have time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals and tall narrow townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17 th century.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Gouda / Bodegraven

Distance: 68 km

Leaving bustling Amsterdam, you quickly find yourself cycling in complete tranquillity through Holland’s ‘green heart’. This is a very pleasant rural area of low-lying polders and meadows with grazing cattle.  It is a flat, open landscape where church spires and windmills line the horizon and fluffy white clouds are reflected in the still lakes and canals. For centuries, people flocked to the local markets in Gouda to buy horses, cows, meat, turf, seed, and of course cheese!  We recommend an evening stroll around the old part of town to soak up the old-world atmosphere. The large and attractive market square boasts a wonderful fifteenth century town hall as well as an old weighing house.

Day 3: Gouda / Bodegraven- Papendrecht / Dordrecht

Distance: 38 km

From Gouda you’ll continue your cycle through the “Green heart of Holland” to the village of Kinderdijk. Here you will find a quintessentially Dutch landscape of marshes and waterways, overlooked by a row of 19 windmills which have been standing majestically since 1740. Historically, they were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. One of the mills is open to the public.

Your destination for the night, Papendrecht, is just a short ferry crossing away from Holland’s oldest city, Dordrecht. Dordrecht is completely surrounded by water, and its strategic position made it an important trading town throughout the centuries. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. Around the harbour you will see many monumental buildings.

The hotel in Papendrecht is just 3 km outside the centre of Dordrecht on the north banks of the river.

Day 4: Papendrecht / Dordrecht – Willemstad

Diistance: 65 km

Today’s cycle route takes you through the Biesbosch National Park, one of Holland’s largest areas of natural landscape. The result of a major flood in 1421, Biesbosch is one of the few remaining wetland habitats in Europe where the ecosystem has adapted both to saltwater coming in from the sea through tidal creeks, and to freshwater coming down in the rivers. It’s an ever-changing labyrinth of creeks and riverlets encompassing countless little islands of willow woods and reeds, a paradise for birds, beavers and deer.

Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-pointed star.

Please note: Biesbosch Park can only be cycled on days the ferry runs. There is an alternate route for days with no ferry departure.

Day 5: Willemstad – Schuddebeurs

Distance: 50 km

Today you will enter the province of Zeeland, an area characterized by light, wind, water and lots of space. It is essentially a vast delta, into which many of Europe’s rivers drain. You will use a combination of bridges and ferries to make your way between Zeeland’s islands and peninsulas and drift down towards Belgium.

Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets await you over the coming days. You will enjoy very pleasant cycling through a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats.

Overnight tonight in the wooded hamlet of Schuddebeurs.

Day 6: Schuddebeurs – Middelburg / Vlissingen

Distance: 43 km

Begin your day with a stroll around the narrow streets of Zierikzee. Quaint little old houses take you back in time to the town’s glory days when ships set sail carrying salt, wool, fish, grain and red dye as far afield as the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

Your route then continues to the charming village of Veere. From 1541 everything that was imported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in and was distributed from Veere. This contract brought the town not only prosperity but also a very lively Scottish expat community.

Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendour of the city of Middelburg, capital of Zeeland. Featuring a majestic harbour, the town was one of the Netherlands’ most important centres of trade In the 16 th and 17 th centuries.

Day 7: Middelburg / Vlissingen – Brugge

Distance: 66 km

After a hearty breakfast, you will cycle to Vlissingen. After Vlissingen hop on a ferry boat to Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Having crossed the border into Belgium, you will reach the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the romantic Damse Vaart. From here, it’s only a short stretch to Bruges, the pearl of Flanders!

Bruges is an enchanting town that has been welcoming tourists for about 150 years. With most of its medieval architecture intact, it remains exceptionally well preserved and can really give you a sense of times gone by when it was at the centre of the European wool and cloth trade.

Day 8: Departure

Your cycling holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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This small country is packed with treasures. From the famed canals and art collections of Amsterdam to the springtime tulip fields, Holland is a bicyclist’s dream.

Revisit the Middle Ages in the country’s many surviving castles and grand estates. The walled towns of Holland’s trade routes are delightful to explore, and the maritime tradition is still seen in its quaint harbor towns.

Pedal on abundant bike paths and experience the bike-friendly Dutch culture. The country is home to many of the most popular bike and boat tours, where you can choose to enjoy the Dutch countryside from two wheels or from a boat deck on the extensive canals and waterways.

“A really enjoyable way to discover a new country. We were fortunate to have a very helpful tour guide, along with a first class chef providing excellent meals as well as very helpful barge staff. Our boat the Anna Anatel accommodated 17 guests and was an ideal group size for this type of activity.”

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Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique II (and reverse)

COUNTRY: Belgium, Holland

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Magnifique II

Guided from EUR € 1449

Guided: From Amsterdam: May 02, 16, 30; Jun 13; Jul 11, 25; Aug 22; Sep 05, 19; Oct 03, 2024 | May 01, 29; Jun 12; Jul 10; Aug 07, 21; Sep 04, 18; Oct 2, 2025 From Bruges: May 09, 23; Jun 06, 20; Jul 18; Aug 01, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 2024 | Jun 05, 19; Jul 17; Aug 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 09, 2025

Description: During this bicycle tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders (Western Belgium): Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges - where you still can feel the charm of days long gone. After embarking from Amsterdam…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique III (and reverse)

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Magnifique III

Guided from EUR € 1548

Guided: From Amsterdam: Jun 11, 25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 2024 | Apr 29; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 24, July 08, 22; Aug 05, 2025 From Bruges: May 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 2024 | May 20; Jun 03, 17; Jul 01, 15, 29; Aug 12, 2025

Description: This brilliant bicycle tour takes you to some of the most beautiful cities in Holland and Flanders (Western Belgium), including: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges, cities where you can still feel the charm of days long gone. After embarking…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique IV (and reverse)

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Magnifique IV

Guided: From Amsterdam: Apr 25; May 9, 23; Jun 6, 20; Jul 4, 18; Aug 1, 15, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 2024 | May 08, 22; Jun 05, 19; Jul 03, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 09, 2025 From Bruges: May 2, 16, 30; Jun 13, 27; Jul 11, 25; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5, 19; Oct 3, 17, 2024 | May 01, 15, 29; Jun 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 07, 21; Sep 04; Oct 02, 16, 2025

Amsterdam – Gouda – Bruges by Bike and Boat

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard Sailing Home, Liza Marleen, Clair de Lune, Wending or Anna Antal

Guided from EUR € 1210

Guided: May 02, 09, 16, 23; Jun 06, 13, 20; Jul 04, 11, 18; Aug 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 10, 2024 | May 01, 08, 15, 22; Jun 05, 12, 19, 26: July 03, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 11, 25, 2025

Description: Two fascinating countries - Holland and Belgium - united along one route which combines insight into the Netherlands' Golden Age and exploration of the Flemish trade cities of the Middle Ages. Plus, of course, Holland's own world wonder - the Delta…

Bruges – Amsterdam by Bike and Boat

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard Sailing Home, Liza Marleen, Wending or Anna Antal

Guided: May 16, 23, 30; Jun 13, 20, 27; Jul 11, 18, 25; Aug 08, 15, 22, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 03, 17, 2024 | May 15, 22, 29; Jun 05, 12, 19, 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 07, 21; Sep 04, 18, 25; Oct 02, 2025

Description: Two fascinating countries - Holland and Belgium - united along one route. This bicycle and boat tour combines the highlights of the Netherlands' Golden Age with the history of the medieval Flemish trade cities. Variety is the keyword on this captivating…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Fluvius (and reverse)

7 night  guided or self guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Fluvius

Guided from EUR € 1109 Self guided from EUR € 1109

Guided: Guided version possible on all self-guided dates for a surcharge.

Self-guided: From Amsterdam: Apr 14, 28; May 12, 26; Jun 09, 23; Jul 07, 14, 21; Aug 04, 18; Sep 1, 15, 2024 | Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 08, 22; Jul 06, 20; Aug 03, 17, 31; Sep 14, 2025 From Bruges: Apr 21; May 05, 19; Jun 02, 16, 30; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22, 2024 | Apr 20; May 04, 18; Jun 01, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 07, 21, 2025

Description: Some of the most beautiful cities of Flanders and Holland are highlighted during this tour: Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Amsterdam - where you can still sense the charm of days long gone. After embarkation, you will have plenty of time to discover Bruges…

Highlights of Flanders: Belgium’s History, Art, Nature & Cuisine

8 night  self guided bike tour in Belgium and Holland

Self guided from EUR € 2185

Self-guided: Daily, except Saturdays: May 12 - Sep 27, 2024

Description: This cycling tour through Flanders shows you the major highlights of Belgium. This is the perfect ride for anyone interested in the rich Belgium history, art, nature, and cuisine. The Flemish art cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven, and…

Holland and Belgium by Bike, Barge and Cruise

COUNTRY: Holland, Belgium

10 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland and Belgium  aboard Merlijn

Guided from EUR € 2995

Guided: May 31, 2025

Description: When 8 days is simply not enough, and many say it is not, this extraordinary 11-day adventure blends cycling and boating as you explore the enchanting landscapes of Holland and Belgium. This is a classic route with the bonus of having a few more days to…

Canals to Castles: Bike and Boat between Amsterdam and Koblenz

COUNTRY: Germany, Holland

8 night  guided or self guided bike and boat tour in Germany and Holland  aboard Iris

Guided from EUR € 1890

Guided: Jun 13; Jul 5, 2025

Description: What is more beautiful than a Dutch Master's painting? The landscapes that inspired the paintings! This bike and boat tour along the great Rhine river blends dazzling European cities, Medieval villages, and the idylic landscapes that inspired the likes…

Amsterdam & The Sea by Bike and Boat

COUNTRY: Holland

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Anna Antal, Liza Marleen or Wending

Guided from EUR € 999

Guided: Jul 18, 25; Aug 01, 08, 2024 | May 08, Jun 05, Jun 12, 2025

Description: It wasn't until the 17th Century that large parts of the area north of Amsterdam were recovered from the lingering grip of the ocean to become the typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills, harbors, and tulips. The route on this dynamic Dutch bicycle…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique I (and reverse)

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland and Belgium  aboard Magnifique I

Guided from EUR € 1699

Guided: From Amsterdam: May 07, 21; Jun 04, 2024 | May 6, 2205 From Bruges: May 14; Jun 11, 2024 | May 13, 27, 2025

Description: This is one of our most popular tours... and for good reason! You cycle through the world's most bike-friendly countries, Holland and Belgium and you stay on a boat! There's an undeniable magic to the experience, a delightful fusion of land and water…

Amsterdam to Bruges: Cycling through South Holland and Zeeland

6 night  self guided bike tour in Belgium and Holland

Self guided from EUR € 1790

Self-guided: Daily, except Mondays: May 13- Oct 01, 2024

Description: A journey from the 17th-century Golden Age to the modern day, simply on a bicycle. The hotel-based version of this classic route gives you more time to discover the places and meet the men and women who made history here. You’ll be riding on the…

Green landscapes of Holland: Amsterdam and Maastricht

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Sarah, Flora or Gandalf

Guided from EUR € 1199

Guided: May 4, 11, 25; Jun 1, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20; Aug 24, 31, 2024 | May 3, 10, 24, 31; Jun 14, 21, 28; Jul 5, 12, 19; Aug 23, 30; Sep 6, 13, 20 2025

Description: See Holland like never before on this guided bike and boat tour from arresting Amsterdam to mesmerizing Maastricht, passing through iconic Dutch destinations such as Utrecht, Limburg, Arcen, and Thorn. This active tour is designed to cover the best of…

Amsterdam to Cologne along the IJssel and Rhine

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Germany and Holland  aboard Merlijn

Guided from EUR € 2545

Guided: Sunday: June 22, 2025

Description: Hop aboard the majestic Merlijn for a journey from the world-renowned city of Amsterdam onward to Cologne, revered for the stunning High Gothic architecture, most notable of which is the twin spires of the Dom (Cologne Cathedral). Spend several days…

Cycling the Dutch Countryside from Zaandam to Kampen

6 night  self guided bike tour in Holland

Self guided from EUR € 1845

Self-guided: May 1 - Oct 01, 2024

Description: "Victory begins at Alkmaar” – A tour for all ages with the inspiring stories of the people who made Holland (or we should really say ‘the Netherlands’). You’ll be riding on the country’s extensive network of safe and scenic cycle paths. Not only will you…

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5 night  guided or self guided bike tour in Holland

Guided from EUR € 2995 Self guided from EUR € 2995

Self-guided: Daily arrivals, March - November

Description: A custom-made cycling tour in Holland promises an unforgettable adventure tailored precisely to your interests! Imagine cruising through the Dutch countryside, where tulip fields stretch as far as the eye can see, offering a stunning array of colors in…

Dutch Hanseatic Cities, Harbor Towns & Natural Wonders by Bike and Boat

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Iris

Guided from EUR € 1780

Guided: May 24, 2024 | Jun 06, 2025

Description: Get ready for some great cycling and much, much more! On this incredible bike and boat tour, you'll find yourself out and about in authentic and historical Holland, exploring its past oceanic glory and enjoying its present day beauty and charm. The Dutch…

Windmills, Dunes, and Harbor Towns

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Flora, Gandalf or Sarah

Guided: Jun 1, 8, 29; Jul 6, 20, 27, Sep 14, 2024 | May 3, 24, 31; Jun 7, 28; Jul 5, 19, 26; Sep 13, 27, 2025

Description: Unleash your inner adventurer and embark on a bike and boat tour through the incredible 'polder' landscapes, where the Dutch used their remarkable ingenuity to reclaim land from the sea. Pedal past windmills, soak up the epic dune landscapes, enjoy…

360° Rotterdam Bike Tour

Rotterdam · from €35 EUR

360° Rotterdam Bike Tour, Rotterdam

Description: Discover real Rotterdam, its highlights, its secrets, and its surprises, on the bike tour that takes you full circle. The 360° Rotterdam Bike Tour is designed to give you an authentic feel of the city as a whole, from every angle! The guided day tour…

Amsterdam City E-Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €49 EUR

Amsterdam City E-Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Discover Amsterdam’s most iconic treasures on this e-bike tour of the city, with the added flexibility of bike rental! Amsterdam isn’t called the “Venice of the North” for nothing – canals course through the…

Amsterdam Compact Countryside Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €44 EUR

Amsterdam Compact Countryside Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Embark on a remarkable Amsterdam countryside bike tour and delve into the authentic Dutch experience! This captivating compact tour will take you along the IJ Boulevard, on a ferry to Noord, along the North Holland Canal past the Admiral windmill, and…

Amsterdam Extended Countryside E-Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €59 EUR

Amsterdam Extended Countryside E-Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Embark on a remarkable Amsterdam countryside e-bike tour and delve into the authentic Dutch experience! This captivating extended journey will take you along the IJ Boulevard, on a ferry to Noord, along the North Holland Canal past the Admiral windmill…

Amsterdam Hidden Gems Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €55 EUR

Amsterdam Hidden Gems Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Enjoy a holistic adventure on the Amsterdam Hidden Gems Bike Tour! In 4 hours, this guided day tour explores the alternative arts scene as well as the beating heart of the city, uncovering what constitutes the authentic Amsterdam identity. Experience a…

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Amsterdam · from €37 EUR

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Easy cycling trip on relatively flat terrain, some stages will have a more winding character but still suitable for people with little or no cycling experience. Daily cycling distances span roughly 30-70 km.

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Pearls of holland bike tour.

  • Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda:our all-time favourite cities
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  • Polders, windmills, lakes and rivers take the spotlights
  • This route stands for 7 days enjoying cultural gems and idyllic countryside

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Get here early and opt to wander around the gorgeous and surprisingly peaceful seventeenth century canal ring area (World Heritage Site).  If you like bustle, make your way to the city’s famous squares: Dam, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Should you prefer to roam off the beaten track, saunter up Brouwersgracht or hire a canal bike and find out what the city looks like from the water. 

Spend the morning visiting your favourite Amsterdam museum, or sitting in the sun on Rembrandtplein watching the world go by, or go for a walk along the canals. The possibilities are endless. As you leave the capital in the early afternoon, the urban buzz will soon make way for the peace and quiet of the countryside. This region is called Zuid-Kennemerland. In the low-lying peat landscape clouds are reflected in the water and reed sways in the wind.

The steam mill Cruquius, just before you cycle into Haarlem, is itself a National Monument for the steam history of the engine within, and it has also been declared an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage. It is thought to be the largest steam engine – and certainly the largest beam engine – ever built. The reclamation of Haarlemmermeer by means of steam power marked the breakthrough of the Industrial Revolution in the Netherlands.

Top off your day roaming lovely downtown Haarlem, from impressive Grote Markt square, to the white drawbridge on the River Spaarne. Idyllic courtyards, known as ‘hofjes’, will set your heart a-flutter. Haarlem is home to the oldest hofje dating from 1395.

It can happen that we will book a hotel in Santpoort instead of Haarlem, due to availability.  The hotel is located in a manor house with a beautiful park, surrounded by nature, about 7 km outside Haarlem.  Please check the extra price of Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg Hotel in Santpoort in the price overview below. The price includes dinner for this night. 

Haarlem, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, deserves to be explored extensively before your bicycle tour today. In the monumental city center, with many sights, you can stroll around for hours without getting bored for a moment.

Famous photo spot is the small white drawbridge over the Spaarne with the two gabled houses in the background. On the market you will find the Grote Kerk with the organ that Mozart played on when he visited Haarlem. Fancy a morning of soaking up art? Then visit the Frans Hals museum with unique art from the Golden Age, including works by Haarlem painters Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael and Pieter Saenredam.

After Haarlem, get ready for a bike ride through the famous Dutch Bulb Region, the area where much of Holland's flower bulb cultivation takes place. Cycle through the dunes past well-known seaside resorts such as Noordwijk and Zandvoort. Noordwijk is a seaside resort of international stature with a 13 km long sandy beach. Surrounded by beautiful forest areas, rugged dunes and the flower bulb region near De Keukenhof, Noordwijk is is also referred to as the flower resort of Europe. Formula 1 fans know the CM.com Circuit Zandvoort, which is known as a real ""Old School"" circuit, with fast, undulating and challenging corners formed by the natural dunes. With a track length of 4.3 kilometers, it is one of the shorter circuits on the F1 calendar. Almost nowhere else do drivers race past race fans so often!

In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Leiden, another beautiful historic city rich in attractions. The city has much to offer. Beautiful are the seventeenth-century houses and characteristic canals. Also worth a visit are the oldest university in the Netherlands, the historic botanical garden and the Gothic St. Pieterskerk.

After taking your leave of lively Leiden, peace and quiet will reign once more in today’s typically Dutch scenery. Note all the orderly rectangles in this man-made polder landscape (mostly peatland reclamations). Let shining lakes and green pastures, old windmills and farmhouses pass you by whilst pedalling on to the famous city of Delft. The melancholy charm of historical Delft is breathtaking. Most will associate Delft with its blue and white hand-painted pottery: Delftware. But did you know that painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived in Delft all his life? The Vermeer Centre gives illuminating insights into his life, works and city (no original paintings on show here).

This stretch of the tour takes you through the Green Heart: a stronghold against urban sprawl in Randstad conurbation. Balancing atop polder dikes, delight in characteristic villages, far horizons and pleasingly strict rectangles cut by ditches in fields of vibrant green. As you wander around the city of Gouda at the end of the day, don’t miss the gothic town hall (1450); the Weighing House (1667); the romantic inner city canals and the stained glass windows in St. John’s Church. Gouda is also famous for making syrup waffles (try one hot!) and candles. If you’re travelling in Summer, plan your trip so that you can witness the traditional Thursday morning cheese market at the start of Day 6 (early April till last Thursday in August).

Gouda - Leiden

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, get back on your bike and set off on the longest leg of this bike tour! Bird lovers bring your binoculars! Once again, switch on your five senses to fully enjoy the characteristic countryside of the Green Heart. Drift past meadows, lakes and small villages. Can you hear the wind in the rushes? Did you see the clouds reflected in the lake? Are you feeling peckish? In that case, do stop to sample Dutch style apple tart with your coffee! Thus fortified, continue on your way back to Amsterdam pursuing beautiful River Amstel.

Should the prospect of 68 km be rather daunting, then you can book the 8-day relaxed version of this tour. Then you sleep an extra night in Woerden between Gouda and Amsterdam (making two legs: 38 km and 49 km). Click here for the 8-day tour. 

Your cycling holiday has come to an end. Enjoy a big hearty breakfast one last time – don’t forget to try chocolate sprinkles! – and then it’s time to go home

Starting dates: Daily from April 1 till September 24

Please note: a minimum stay of 2 nights in a row is required in the hotel in Amsterdam on the following dates (and a higher price will be charged): March 29th, 30th and 31st 2024 April 20th 2024 April 26th and 27th 2024 May 9, 10th and 11th 2024 May 17th, 18th and 19th 2024

Starting Point: Amsterdam

The hotels and the B&B on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the accomodation we work with appears below. If a certain accomodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will try to request a comparable alternative if possible. 

When selecting the accomodation, we try to take into account as much as possible a safe and closed bicycle shed. However, we cannot do this with all of them guarantee and this partly depends on the number of bicycles of other guests.

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https://westcordhotels.nl/hotel/art-hotel-amsterdam-3-stars/

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https://www.hotelliondor.nl/

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www.goldengreenhotels.nl/golden-tulip-en-tulip-inn-leiden/

Hampshire Hotel Delft

https://hoteldelftcentre.nl

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www.bestwesterngouda.nl

If you don’t bring your own bike, you can rent one from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bike waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets!  

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike

Hybrid bike

Our hybrid bikes have 24-gears with hand brakes.  The hybrid bikes are circa 16,5 KG.

Rental bike

The e-bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine. The weight of the e-bike is ca. 25 KG. We recommend a minimum height of 160 cm for the e-bike.

E-bike

Child bikes

For children who are at least 120 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm).  The child bikes come with at least 7-gears and hand brakes.  The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm. 

24" child bike:

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Accessories

All our rental bikes come with a bell.

All our adult bikes come with hand brakes. 

For children up to 30 months old (max. 15 KG) it is possible to rent a front child seat. This is not possible with e-bikes, due to the display.

For children older than 30 months (max. 22KG) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.

Both front- and rear child seats are €5,- per day.  

Helmets are not mandatory in the Netherlands, but can be rented for €10,- per piece. Available sizes: Adult: 54-61 cm, Child: 50-55 cm (only available for children over 5 years). 

All our bikes come with both front- and rear lights. You need to push the button on the lamp and it will flash three times. This means that the lights will automatically start working when it gets dark. 

When you push again, the lamp will flash one time and the lights will be turned off.

Our bikes come with a defender lock with plug in chain (cable lock that is attached to the regular lock, see picture).

You need to turn the key a bit, take out the pin from the cable lock and attach it to a pole/other bike/fence etc.

When you push the pin back into the regular lock, you need to lock the regular lock as you always do, and both locks will be secured.

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1 pannier is included at the 'standard' bikes and the e-bikes.

Height: 42 cm Depth front to the side: 17 cm Wide top: 32 cm Wide down: 23 cm Volume: 20 liters It has an easy click-on/click-off system. The panniers are water resistant, so everything will stay dry.

The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals. 

All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars. 

There is one small puncture kit included, which can be found in the pannier. In case a rental bike has another problem, we always advise you to go to a bike repair shop or call the bike breakdown emergency number which is provided in the travel documents when you book this extra service.

Saddles can be adjusted in height without using any tools, see ‘Quick Release’. Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover. 

Dutch Biketours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.

Tandem bike

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Adult-child tandem

We have limited family tandem bikes available on request. The family tandems have 7-gears and can be used for one adult and one child with a minimum body height of 125 cm.

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Tag-along bike

A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and on their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.

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Child trailer

Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total). We mostly use the XLC Duo 2 child trailer. Child trailers are not possible in combination with e-bikes.  

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Bike Breakdown Pass

Mile after wonderful mile of untroubled cycling is what we would wish our clients. However there is a minimal chance of breakdown along the way. If this thought is a nagging worry to you, a Bicycle Breakdown Assistance insurance policy may ease your mind. If you buy this insurance from our partner ANWB pechhulp in advance, their service is as follows. The costs are €4,- per bicycle per day. If your bike breaks down by the roadside an ANWB bicycle repair man will drive to you in his repair van and fix your bike so you can continue your tour. You won’t have to pay him repair costs. If you are cycling on your own bicycle you will be charged for any new spare parts your bike may require. If you are renting a bicycle through Dutch Bike Tours any new parts are at our expense. If it turns out the bicycle cannot be repaired on the spot, or if you can't continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.

Bike Theft Insurance

Do you wish to insure your bike against theft? The cost is € 3,- per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle, premium bike or racing bike: € 6,00 per day per bicycle. Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance. 

If a rental bike gets stolen or damaged, we will hold the client responsible. If your insurance does not cover this event, you will have to pay the costs yourself.

General Terms and Conditions

Article 1 Bike Rental Price

The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the Dutch Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.

Article 2 Payment

a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.

b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, Dutch Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.

c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.

Article 3 Rental Period

a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (the departure day), as stated in the booking confirmation.

b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.

c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.

d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation. If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip. 

e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).

f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. Dutch Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.

Article 4 Improper Use

a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.

b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.

c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.

d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.

Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft

The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.

Article 6 Theft Insurance

It is possible to purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance. Covered are: damages arising out of the theft of the bicycle; and damages to the bicycle as a consequence of the theft. Not covered are: theft of bicycle parts; and damages arising out of attempted theft.

Article 7 Theft Insurance Premium

a. The premium for Bicycle Theft Insurance is € 3,00 per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle € 6,00 per day as well for a Premium bike and racing bike.

The number of insurance days is the same as the number of cycling days as stated in our booking confirmation.

Article 8 Liability in the Event of Theft

a. If you did not purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us before the start of the holiday, you will be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.

b. If you did purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us, but you failed to lock the wheel lock and failed to produce the original wheel lock key and failed to produce an official theft report drawn up by the police, you will still be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.

Article 9 Costs During the Rental Period

Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs.

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6 Nights included

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3/4 Star Hotels

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Tourist tax included

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Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

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Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

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The possibility of renting our bikes

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7-days a week service-hotline

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Luggage transport to your next hotel

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Amsterdam Sloterdijk / Amsterdam CS

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Parking possibilities at the hotel

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GPS-tracks availible

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Any ferry crossings are not included

Click on 'read more' if you would like to have more information regarding the rental bikes.

GPS tracks are available for all tours without costs.

Max. 1 piece of 20 kg per person

This trip ends in a different place from where one begins. For that reason we offer a car transport service for those travelling to the Netherlands by car. Your own car will be driven by a driver from the start location to the end location of the trip. This way, at the end of the trip, you can immediately drive home without having to go back to the starting location by public transport to pick up the car. 

We offer this car transport service in collaboration with our partner Easy Way. This service can be selected in the booking form. 

The car will be delivered to the end location one day before you check out from the last hotel, between 08:00 and 16:00. If you prefer to receive the car on a different date, please mention this at the time of booking. The following conditions apply to this service: - You have to leave your car keys at the hotel reception where the journey begins. Any parking charges of the hotel must already be paid at the reception, so that the driver does not have to pay these costs. - The car must have a full tank. - The car must be at least third party insured. - Easy Way is not liable for damage, except for any clearly demonstrable direct damage, but with a maximum of € 10,000 per event. Easy Way is not liable for indirect damage. - Dutch Biketours and the relevant hotels are not responsible for damage. - We need to know the brand/model of car and the license plate. The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number, also known as chassis number) of the car and the country of issue of the license place are also required if the car does not have a Dutch license plate. 

If you choose the car transport service, you automatically agree to the above conditions.

If you do not have the vehicle data at hand at the time of booking, you can also pass this on to us at a later date.

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Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

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The train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Sloterdijk departs 6 times per hour. Travel time is about 10 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €4,- per person excl. bicycle. For timetables and tickets, go to www.ns.nl/en . For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check : www.9292.nl/en .

The Landgoed route was so serene and in general, I was amazed how beautiful and peaceful the landscape was, considering that it is all flat like the East of England, where I live, but no comparison. It was so varied, also with beach, dunes, beautiful woodland and polders, really fantastic.

Well organised trip. Good route through some old Dutch towns and countryside, and the days were easy cycling not too long. Great hotels. Will definitely book another trip.

We had high expectations for the trip, and our expectations were exceeded.

Sporty trip while visiting beautiful sights was the perfect t honey moon for us, as we love biking more than anything and visiting new places.

The trip had very little elevation change making it easy ! We didn’t need E bikes ! The route is very well organized using a numbers system. The GPS download helped a few times that we were confused. Keukenhof was the highlight. We also loved the many windmills. End of April was perfect bike riding weather. We have done self guided in Italy and France twice. This trip met all our expectations.

This was an unforgettable experience of a lifetime! Every biker should do it! The beauty of the country along with the history and museums of the cities will amaze you. The biking is enjoyable and well planned with options to satisfy everyone.

I had been to Amsterdam twice but not on bike. My Dutch Bike Tour was a revelation. Biking the "Pearls of Holland" provided an incredible vision for the Netherlands and its very friendly people. We had fears of travelling at the height of tulip season but the crowds at attractions were very well managed and bike parking was easy. The tour took us through beautiful residential areas, the heart of historic cities, and bucolic farms that included the blooming flower fields. Have no fear of being "self-guided." The GPS Tracks were perfect and easily got us to our accommodations. The flexibility of being "self-guide" allowed us to set our own pace. Thank-you Dutch Bike tours for a great holiday.

Our bike trip from Amsterdam to Haarlem, Leiden, Delft, Gouda, Woerden, and back to Amsterdam was a dream vacation for us. The cities and towns we visited were all beautiful and fascinating; the countryside we biked through was similarly lovely and interesting; and the route information provided by Dutch Bike Tours — along with the Netherlands’ incredible and extensive bike infrastructure — made the whole thing quite doable. Moreover, given the quality of the hotel accommodations plus the value of the included breakfasts, the rental bikes, and the luggage transfers, the overall cost was quite reasonable. We’d do it again in a heartbeat!

Our family of four had a fantastic time on this trip. What beautiful countryside and architecture the entire time! Everything looked like it belonged on a postcard. The last day of 50 miles was challenging with heavy headwinds and rain, but we took our time and it was quite the accomplishment. We will definitely be back for more.

The confidence of having a route planned with the thrill of cycling in the Netherlands made this unforgettable and stress free.

What an excellent trip! We loved every minute of it. The last day was nearly 80km but it was so enjoyable for our group of 5 adults. Stop in Uithoorn for lunch. We were so grateful to have the GPS system, it made following the route a breeze and we were able to take in all of the sights without worrying about the route. We would not have been successful with the map-so many small turns would have required too much focus. With our GPS we took a detour to Den Haag and were able to see a few sights between Leiden and Delft.

I know everyone probably says this, but nothing can prepare you for how stunning the bulb fields are when you first experience them. Smelling the hycynths from half a kilometer away, the colors, and rows that practically go as far as you can see. It is unreal. I would definitely say it something everyone should see at least once. Though phenomenally busy, Keukenhof is also a must see. This is not to take anything away from other parts of the trip: the pastoral beauty of the Groene Hart, quiet villages like Oudewater (note: Oudewater is only visited in combation with the extra overnight in Woerden) , and regular neighborhoods we rolled through that most tourists would never see but gave us a better appreciation of how many people live in the Netherlands. 

We fell in love with the Netherlands on this trip. Everything went exactly as planned. The bikes and GPS were ready when we checked into the hotel. The routes went through all the most lovely places —past blooming hyacinth fields that smelled lovely, classic windmills, charming estates, villages full of thatched roof homes, and endless canals. The weather was rainy and windy and cold, but the warmth of the people and the beautiful country made up for that, and the weather did not dampen our spirits. We had a wonderful time.

Great holiday with great places to stay, good food in the hotels and the contrisde was lovlely

...Overall a very enjoyable experience. The organisation worked seamlessly and made the holiday stress-free. I would recommend MDBT to anyone who wants to get a real taste of the Netherlands...

...Very good first experience. Discovery, outdoors, very good organization, it was all there! I We will definitely do it again!...

...Good organisation, clear and accurate route notes with well chosen visits, rental bikes in good condition, welcoming hotels...

...Fantastic trip! Netherlands is the BIKE country : infrastructure, fairly flat trails. Rental bike are well equipped.. Countryside is wonderful, there I no lack of fauna and flora!...

...The bike paths and the countryside were lovely! The GPS was VERY helpful... 

...The countryside was beautiful. the routes seemed well designed to maximize the beauty and minimize the stress. excellent trip!... 

...The trip was very well organized and the company. Was very responsive in and outside of office hours...

...We liked all landscapes, greenery, houses, tulip fields and animals at liberty (ducks, geese, swans). Good general organization. Rental bikes in good condition. Perfect Luggages transportation. Good itinerary. The main difficulty was towns entry and exit and especially the trip back to Amstedam… arout central station. We are delighted of this itinerary, pearls of Holland by bike. Mix between town and coutryside...

...Great trip with 6 days riding in Netherlands in April across tulip fields! Well organized, we just had to get out maps and route notes, and enjoy the day! Exotic and sporting break,  et sportives, advisable for everyone...

...The scenery of the farms in the provinces was amazing. The swans [saw five black ones], blue herons and ducks just completed the calmness of the days. Haarlem was my favorite city... the variety of the shops and the cheerful people walking about made Haarlem come alive...

...We loved the hotel in Delft. It was quaint, clean and at a great location. It has an old world charm including lovely windows and light...

...An intense, yet relaxing vacation seeing parts of the Netherlands I would never be able to get to on my own. The ease of the bike culture make this trip much better than anything I could experience at home in the U.S. By the end of it, my only disappointment was that it was over. I was already wanting to do another ride...

...Just letting you know how much we enjoyed our dutch bike tour. We opted for breakfasts only which were ideal so that we could sample different restaurant cuisine in each city/town which was superb. (Italian, Vegan,  Lebanese, Mexican and Greek) I've only given 4 stars for accommodation because it was 4**** hotels but in reality they were great. This was our first ever cycling holiday and it was brilliant in every way from hotels, routes, maps, organisation, bikes and breathtaking scenery. Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday...

...Adequate pre-trip information, most enjoyable trip. We found the navigation a little challenging in parts, mainly due to the variable positioning of the Knooppunten.  We were never held up for more than a few minutes, however, and having found our way gave a feeling of accomplishment.The cycles were comfortable and well- suited to the trails. The scenery was interesting and attractive. All in all, a trip to be recommended...

...The holiday is about visiting wonderful Dutch towns and cities with culture, history and interest everywhere. The feeling in Holland is relaxed and so much more easy going than the UK despite the scary cycle ways in Amsterdam which were busier than the M25 and more chaotic than Italian roads but everyone was chilled and we survived...

...Not sure there's a flatter country on the planet :) We really enjoyed the whole trip - such a beautiful country and such a great way to see it!...

...My wife and I have recently returned from our second bike tour of the Amsterdam area organised by your excellent company.  ..... we are a bit hooked on cycling in Holland and it would be good to see a bit more of your lovely country...

...We have really enjoy our travel "les perles de la hollande". When we come back home we will send somes suggests for people from Canada. We love your country people are so helpful like you...

...I'm just back from one of your bike tours. It was really wonderful! We cycled through Haarlem, Leiden, Delft, Gouda and Amsterdam over the last week- beautiful. It was so easy too! The bike you provided was excellent and I'm looking to buy a similar one... 

...If I were to take another bike tour in the Netherlands I would use your services. I would also recommend your services to friends...

...The accommodations were good, the routes were well planned. All in all it was very organized...

...Holland is such a beautiful country. The bike paths were excellent. Beautiful countryside and lovely people...

...All hotels were what I expected. We loved all the cities chosen. Fantastic!...

...The route was lovely...

...Very easy to bike in Netherland. Excellent bike roads... 

...Very well organised, everything worked really well. Thank you for an excellent holiday...

...We had an excellent adventure with your tour service. Loved every day of it, and especially the variety of pathways we found ourselves on through woodlands, and farmer's fields. Each day was of a length that allowed us ample time to visit the towns we stayed overnight in. The hotels were comfortable and meals adequate...

...Our trip was excellent , very enjoyable and pleasant. The experience of cycling in the Netherlands was wonderful and exceeded all our expectations. The landscapes, the people, the places , the chosen hotels, all responded to that we expected. The only suggestion I have, is to place an warn about unforable wind conditions in certain places....

...We loved the tour. Just amazing.  Can't really think of anything major that could be improved.  We will be back to do more at some point...

The hotels were all good, mostly great. We had a very nice breakfast everywhere and the picking up of luggage went smoothly. The hotel in Gouda even located a lost jacket and sent it on to Midjrecht.  We found the staff all charming and came home with a very good impression of Holland.

...We have successfully completed our wonderful bike tour...we are very happy and sad too that it has come to an end...we got the card from Frank tied to our bag...and yes this tour has made a place in our heart!...

...I’ve got to hand it to you – you organized a terrific trip.  Granted, you’re starting with an exquisite country with great natural and man-made beauty and interesting people.  And we were blessed with perfect weather all last week.  But still, the part you played – the equipment, the routes, the hotels, the luggage transport – added immeasurably....

...We thoroughly enjoyed our bike trip in the Netherlands!! Your assistance made the trip easy and worry free. The bikes and panniers were great. Luggage came before us or as we reached the hotel each day. The hotels were lovely and were easy to find. We will definitely do this again!... 

...We are back in Amsterdam and enjoyed our tour in spite of the ever changing weather. The bikes were great however we found an issue with our GPS on the leg from Delft to Gouda. The GPS took us to about two blocks away from the hotel,we did find it with the help of some locals. When we left the next morning the GPS had a circle route taking us around the city centre and back to our origanal spot. With the map and the help of locals we got out of town and the GPS was back on track. I don't know if it was us our the GPS that was at fault. It does not matter as we were on a great adventure. Also the locks provided, one cable and one U bolt style were not adequate,  we had a problem with the cable lock as it did not lock into the hole in the rear wheel  lock. Fortunately I brought my own cable lock so were ok.  Other than that we had a great trip, no flat tires some rain and got to see your beautiful country. Thank you...

...We had a great holiday and we were both glad to have chosen it....

....We had a really great time and will be recommending your company to others. All the arrangements went very well – even with our late booking. Only real improvement area was Best Western in Leiden – not a really good hotel. Thanks for a great holiday....

....First thing we wish to say is that the holiday you delivered to us was excellent! Apart from the flat tyre at the very beginning, which was not your fault. One slight criticism was the quality of the Best Western in Leiden. It stood out as being less a 4 star than the rest. However, their service was good. The bikes were of an excellent standard. The routes were well planned. The GPS was a real help. We were impressed with your beautiful country, including the helpful and friendly reception we received from everyone we encountered. We will very seriously consider returning for another cycle tour with you in the future....

....Our tour, in general, was fantastic. I was very impressed with the quality of the hotels that were booked. They all exceeded my expectations. We had a great time, and enjoyed all of our destinations except for one....

....Thank you to DUTCH BIKE TOURS for a truly amazing Holland experience. We hope to return to see the tulips as well as the coast. Your administration, maps and bikes were of an extremely high standard and we were very happy with this. We would also preferred to have had a few rest days inbetween without cycling so that we could fully enjoy each place and explore more . This was not mentioned to us but we have learnt from our experience.  All the HOTELS were amazing and of a very high standard and for this we thank you . Your organization is to be commended. We loved Holland and your beautiful nation and we were able to communicate with ease...

....Thank you for your email and also thank you for providing us with a very enjoyable and well organised holiday. Our cycle journey was well sign posted ( once we English got used to the Dutch system) and the large map (Zuid Holland) was very useful as a back up to the GPS that you provided. For us the GPS was essential for the cycle tour. We couldn't understand the local town A4 maps that you provided, but that may be our fault with understanding....

...Hi Dutch Bike Tours - thanks so much for arranging our holiday.  We had a fantastic time - really enjoyed it.  Bikes were great - and I was so impressed with the panniers that I've asked for some exactly the same for my birthday! We've already recommended Dutch Bike Tours to our friends and work mates and hope to return to do another cycle tour soon....

....The tour was excellent.  The bicycles were fine, the tour organization was excellent.  We were lucky on the weather, which didn’t hurt.  We would gladly do it again with you, and have already started discussing potentially coming back next year to do a different tour....

...We will be pleased to recommend your service to anyone we know travelling through the Netherlands. With any luck, we’ll be back next year to do a different tour....

...We had a most enjoyable holiday. Thank you for your help and assistance. Good bikes, good choice of hotels, good routes, brilliant cycle culture, lovely country, good food and friendly people. Friesland sugar bread a great find ! Expect to com back again...

...Biking through the Netherlands is certainly the way to see this country.  The routes were lovely and we enjoyed the ride more than any particular destination.  The hotels and breakfast were well above expectations.  The luggage transfers went smoothly and were very convenient.  The questions I asked via email always received a prompt response.  My father thoroughly enjoyed the e-bike which made his journey very enjoyable.  I had the regular 24 speed bike which was also very nice although the rear break was on the left side which I believe is not convention and could be a safety concern...

...We are home from our trip. We had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed the bike tour of Holland. The hotels were all so nice and always in a good part of the town so it was easy to tour the historic areas when we arrived and/or before we departed the next day. The hotel breakfasts were all excellent, especially the breakfast at the Casa 400. We loved the bike paths and the country side even though it rained for all but the first 2 days of our trip...

...We came home with no permanent damage to our bodies and souls :) Everything was perfect...even the weather was nice (we were just once soaking wet due to the storm :)) Your choice of hotels was very good and we enjoyed our trip very much. Bikes were good, luggage transportation excellent, hotel stuff friendly, breakfasts more than plentiful...all in all, we are glad that we choosed your company for our biking trip through the Netherlands. Netherlands by itself is beautiful and we enjoyed our vacation in your country. Just one remark...you printed travel guide with the intersection points is not always accurate...even the map of Netherlands bike routes that you gave us is not always describing real live situation (missing signs, contradicting signs, unexpected intersection numbers...No big deal. We have been lost few times...and always found the right way with (as you said) help of deduction and intuition. That was the fun part of the trip. I will certainly spread the name of your company among my friends...

....We had a wonderful holiday with your company and will certainly be returning in the future.The bikes were good,hotels good and the places were great.We did get rather lost from Haarlem to Leiden as we could not find the numbers on a few occasions.The hotel Casa400 was however poor. Our first room was uncomfortable with uncomfortable beds,the room was too hot and unable to cool down. However apart from this we had a great time,though I think you should check the route from Haarlem to Leiden as I think a few people will get lost...

...Thank you so much, we had a great time on our cycling tour, despite the rain and wind. :) The accommodation was wonderful, particularly in Haarlem and Delft, and of course Amsterdam. Our only suggestions would be that the constant rain meant our maps disintegrated in the rain. Perhaps some kind of plastic cover for the maps could be a good idea. Also, our GPS kept running out of battery, so perhaps a USB charger that runs off the bicycle could be a good idea as well. But overall a wonderful way to get to see the Netherlands. We will be doing another tour next time we return...

...We all enjoyed ourselves, however we did have some issues with the routes - in particularly more detailed information on how to get out of the towns would have been helpfull. The signposting was good in some areas but not good in others, in particular we came to a T Junction main road and no signs at all.  It was only after getting out the road map that we realised we had to go down the main road and pick up a small track off it, if we hadn't had the map we would have been really stuck and probably gone the wrong way.  The Hotel in Leiden was okay but small things like couldn't get plug out of sink, no tea and coffee facilities, we had to ask, (however they were very good and supplied the tea and coffee).  Hotel Casa didn't seem to know anything about us when we first arrived and we had to ask for your pack.  I think the routes could be a bit more detailed as we did get lost on several junctions...

....We have just arrived back home in Australia and are very happy to provide you with some feedback. Our 'Pearls of Holland' bike tour was probably the highlight of our European holiday. Everything was extremely well organised - bikes great, luggage arrived each night where it was supposed to and Hotels comfortable and well located. The tour itself was extremely enjoyable and well thought out.  Canals, meadows, windmills, lakes, gardens, wildlife, town squares - all with easy flat riding.  A highlight was Kukenhof ? which nicely filled out one of our days.  We would highly recommend your Company (and this tour) to all of our friends and hope to come back to do some more cycling around Holland another time with Dutch Bike Tours. Thanks also for all your efforts and prompt responses before we left Australia for Amsterdam. It was much appreciated and it all worked out well...

....This is to thank you and all at Dutch Bike Tours for the most excellent experience we have enjoyed on our bike tour of Holland. We were very impressed with the detailed preparation and excellent maps that you provided for our trip. The bicycles were first class and the accommodations along the way were superbly located. Our luggage was transported faultlessly between each of our destinations, so thanks for doing that so very well. Special mention should be made of the Best Western City Plus in Gouda, however all places we stayed were most hospitable and the restaurant associated with the BW Museum Hotel in Delft, Le Marriage, provided a very wonderful and memorable dining experience. You were most helpful after it became necessary to rearrange our travel plans and we greatly appreciate your flexibility in that regard....

...We liked that the hotels were all in the centre of town, and it was easy to get out for a walk and see the sights once we had dropped off the bikes. Our baggage was always delivered to the hotel on time for our arrival, and some of the hotels were even kind enough to have placed our bags up in the room ready for us. 

The bikes were great quality, and we had no trouble navigating once we had worked out the junction system on the first day. The handlebar-mounted junction list was brilliant, and between this and the map, and we rarely bothered to use the detailed written instructions. Highlights were the ride along the sea wall between Enkhuizen and Medemblik, and the ride down the coast through the Dunes and Tulip fields from Den Helder to Alkmaar. Alkmaar, Hoorn and Medemblik were great stop-overs. Den Helder was not so nice a town - maybe this could be swapped out for a smaller village nearby?

For us, this was the first cycle trip we had done, and was well suited to us given the mostly flat terrain, quality bike paths followed on the route, and a manageable distance each day. Due to a great experience we will definitely be looking into more cycle tours with your company in the future.

....Thank you for your message, we had a great time on our holiday and would like to thank you for the very efficient organisation of our bikes, hotels and luggage. We would certainly consider booking another trip with you to see another part of beautiful Holland.  All the hotels were fine, but we would give a special mention for the hotel in Haarlem (the Golden Tulip), for their particularly attentive service  - it was great to find our luggage in our hotel room!  The routes were fine, we encountered a few problems in some places where roadworks meant we could not find the signs and we had to find alternate routes - however this was minimal. It did happen entering Haarlem - which through us a bit on the first day.   We were also very impressed with your organisation of the weather  - blue sky all the way!! Thank you once again, and best wishes for the rest of 2013....

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– Fantastic bike paths and infrastructure – Colorful tulip fields in the Spring – Completely flat terrain – Quaint and charming architecture – Great street food

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Be charmed by Holland, land of tulips, wooden shoes and windmills! Home to famous painters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, enjoy culture, here you can enjoy art and history as well as beautiful landscapes. Biking is almost a national pastime here, with flat terrain, mild weather, and excellent bike paths. Don’t miss our Country of Tulips tour!

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Tour of Southern Holland

Cycle through iconic Dutch landscapes, where windmills and tulip fields greet you at every turn

Cruise in comfort on a luxurious barge, your floating hotel that takes you to the heart of each destination

Explore historic cities like Rotterdam and Delft, immersing yourself in rich culture and architecture

Enjoy the freedom of semi-guided tours, allowing you to venture at your own pace while we handle the logistics

Amsterdam City, Illuminated Building and Canal at night, Netherlands

Explore Amsterdam's historic canals and vibrant streets

Aerial from castle Nijenrode at the river Vecht in the Netherlands

Cycle along the scenic river Vecht from Breukelen

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Cycle through picturesque Dutch landscapes

Traditional houses on the Oudegracht (Old Canal) in center of Utrecht, Netherlands

Discover Utrecht's rich history and charming canals

Utrecht

Discover hidden gems in Holland's historic towns

Typical Dutch architecture and street view in Schiedam, Netherlands

Enjoy scenic routes along iconic Dutch waterways

View of Oude Haven in Rotterdam From A Balcony

Experience Rotterdam's unique blend of modern and historic

View over river Alblas on meadow with residential houses against blue cloudless summer sky - Alblasserdam, Netherlands

Encounter Holland's rich history at every turn

Windmills in Kinderdijk at sunset, The Netherlands

Marvel at Kinderdijk's iconic UNESCO windmills

The Dutch historical city Oudewater along the river Hollandsche IJssel

Journey through Holland's enchanting natural scenery

cityscape of Haarlem

Embarkation and check-in take place between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in  Amsterdam . Use this time to explore the city’s bustling streets, historic canals, or perhaps visit a museum. At 5 p.m., gather for a  welcome drink  and safety instructions on board. Your first dinner and briefing set the tone for an exciting week ahead. Your first night is spent on board in Amsterdam.

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Your cycling journey begins in  Breukelen , where you’ll follow the winding river  Vecht , adorned with imposing castles and quaint tearooms. The route leads you into the heart of  Utrecht , a city rich in history and culture. Explore the  Dom   Cathedral , unique canals, and charming shops before continuing by ship to  Rotterdam .

20 km/12 mi. or 39 km/23.4 mi

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Cycle through  Schiedam , known as the “jenever city,” and continue to  Delft , famous for its blue pottery. Explore Delft’s picturesque streets, canals, and perhaps visit a  Delftware   factory . The day concludes as you cycle back to  Rotterdam  for an optional evening city walk.

48 km/28.8 mi.

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Start the day with a waterbus ride to  Alblasserdam . From there, cycle to  Kinderdijk , a  UNESCO World Heritage  site known for its iconic windmills. Choose between a longer route through  Gouda , the cheese city, or a shorter one through  Alblasserwaard . Both routes end in  Schoonhoven , the “silver city.”

30 km/19 mi. or 58 km/36 mi.

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Today’s route takes you through the  “Green Heart” of Holland , passing small villages and quiet roads. Visit a traditional cheese farm and the  Witches   Weigh   House  in  Oudewater  before reaching  Utrecht . In the late afternoon, the ship sails to  Haarlem .

36 km/21.6 mi. or 44 km/26.4 mi.

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Choose between two cycling tours through the  Kennemer  dunes, a national park home to various bird species and Scottish Highland cows. Visit seaside resorts  Bloemendaal  and  Zandvoort  before cycling back to  Haarlem . Optionally, visit the  Cruquius  pumping station. The ship then cruises to  Zaandam  during dinner.

40 km/25 mi. or 50 km/31 mi.

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Your final cycling day leads you to the  Zaanse   Schans  open-air museum, featuring windmills, traditional wooden houses, a cheese farm, and a clog maker. After exploring, cycle through the recreational area “Twiske” back to  Amsterdam . The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy.

32 km/19.2 mi. or 53 km/31.8 mi.

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Your tour concludes after breakfast, with disembarkation until 9:30 a.m. It’s time to say your goodbyes and perhaps start planning your next adventure.

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Included in price

7x breakfast

Packed lunches

7x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Semi guided cycling tours (guest cycle independently, tour leader also cycles the tour);

Some short walking tours

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Biodegradable water bottle

Wi-Fi is available in restaurant – data use is not included

Live music on board

Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit

Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

Fees for ferries/waterbus

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

SGR Insolvency protection

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Description.

Imagine cycling through  Holland’s most iconic landscapes —windmills, tulip fields, and historic villages are your backdrop.

At the end of each day’s ride, you return to a comfortable, well-appointed barge.

The Netherlands is  ideal for cycling . Its flat terrain and well-maintained paths make it easy for riders of all levels to enjoy the scenery.

You’ll visit cities like  Rotterdam , known for its modern architecture, and  Delft , famous for its traditional blue pottery. Each destination offers something different, making every day a new adventure.

Our team ensures you’re well-informed, so all you have to focus on is enjoying your ride and the unique sights along the way. We provide  detailed handouts  and are  available 24/7  for anything you might need.

Book your spot now and explore the Netherlands from both land and water on this  bike and barge tour.

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De Amsterdam

The remarkable river cruiser, De Amsterdam, boasts 56 cabins, accommodating up to 112 guests. Every cabin features a window, offering ever-changing scenic views and comes with two cozy single beds. The expansive restaurant on the lower deck serves hearty breakfasts and three-course dinners. After a day of cycling, unwind in the lounge and bar on the upper deck or soak up some sun on the partially covered sun deck.

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The inviting river cruiser, De Holland, comfortably accommodates around 66 guests. Freshly renovated in the winter of 2017-2018, the ship boasts 33 well-appointed cabins, ensuring restful nights. The spacious salon on the upper deck, surrounded by panoramic windows, houses the restaurant, bar, and lounge – an ideal spot to relax and refuel after a day of cycling. On sunny days, the partially covered sun deck, adorned with chairs and sun loungers, beckons for relaxation.

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Things to know.

Helmets are mandatory for all cyclists in Turkey , and Croatia , and for minors in several other European countries. While not obligatory elsewhere, we recommend bringing your own for safety. Helmets are available for rent on our tours.

You’re welcome to bring your own bicycle on most tours. Please confirm space availability on your chosen vessel in advance. Note that we are not liable for any loss or damage to personal bicycles. If you don’t have your bicycle, you can rent it on our tours.

A moderate level of fitness is recommended to enjoy the tours, which typically involve 40-60 kilometers of cycling daily, averaging around 5 hours of riding.

Our tours are designed to immerse you in the experience, hence a support vehicle is not part of the journey. Participants are encouraged to complete the daily cycling stages with their fellow cyclists.

To ensure the integrity of our rental bikes and your safety, we do not allow personal pedals to be attached to them.

While our routes are planned for full-day adventures, certain tours may offer the flexibility to return to the ship earlier, subject to the ship’s docking capabilities.

The adventure each day can span from 30 to 60 kilometers, with the time spent cycling influenced by your pace and the number of stops to soak in the scenery.

Our guides converse fluently in Dutch, English, and German, with some also proficient in French or Italian. Briefings are conducted in English and sometimes in German.

The number of companions on your journey will vary, with smaller ships often at full capacity and larger vessels typically filled to 80-90%.

Accommodations range from cozy standard cabins to luxurious superior suites, with each ship offering its unique array of options.

Stay connected with Wi-Fi available across all our vessels, with specifics outlined in our Travel Preparation guide.

To maintain the serene ambiance of our ships, laundry services are not offered on board.

Some ships equip cabins with hairdryers, while others can provide them upon request.

Our ships maintain a smoke-free environment in cabins and indoor public areas, with designated smoking zones available on deck on most vessels.

To ensure the comfort of all our guests, pets are not permitted on board, with the exception of crew members’ dogs that are familiar with life at sea.

Seasickness is uncommon due to the stability of our vessels and the typically calm waters on our routes.

Parking solutions are tailored to each departure point, with options like P+R facilities and valet services detailed in your pre-travel boarding information.

You will receive comprehensive travel details to your ship’s location upon booking, including information on parking and available transfer services.

Our guests are generally between the ages of 45 and 65, bringing a wealth of life experiences to share.

Our tours attract a global audience, from the far reaches of Scandinavia to the southern tips of Africa, and from the Americas to Asia.

Packing light is key, as cabin space is optimized for comfort and not for large luggage. 

Our tour leaders are equipped to assist with minor issues, and in case of emergencies, the local emergency number 112 should be contacted.

For your safety, helmets are available for rent on most tours, and are included with our Premium tour packages.

You are welcome to enjoy the amenities on board instead of cycling. Please inform the tour leader or crew of your plans.

Our tours proceed rain or shine, with your safety as our top priority. You have the freedom to cycle or remain on board, based on your comfort with the weather conditions.

Weather conditions can vary from country to country and from season to season, so we suggest preparing for everything from rain to bright sunshine. For a detailed forecast, AccuWeather is a reliable source.

Not always. We suggest you bring your own equipment if you plan to snorkel.

Life-saving boats and life jackets are available on all ships and can be found in marked wardrobes on the deck, in the salon, or under the beds in cabins. In case you cannot swim, it is important to inform the crew and the captain. While on the ship, it is essential to pay attention to the following safety measures:

The stairs on the vessels can be steep and narrow, so it’s important to be careful while going up or down. The decks can also be very slippery, especially in wet conditions, so passengers should use caution and hold onto the railings when walking around the vessel.

Climbing the foremast, jumping off the deck during the cruise, or going too far from the vessel during swim pauses are strictly prohibited.

In the busy high season, harbors can become congested, and vessels may have to dock beside each other, so it is essential to exercise caution when moving between them. Crew members are available to assist passengers who require help. However, the cruise is not recommended for those with limited mobility or in wheelchairs.

The length of the cycling routes planned for each day is an estimate and takes into account local conditions and possible detours or shortcuts. The sailing and cycling routes may be adjusted depending on weather conditions and the abilities of the cyclists on board. Typically, departures are in the morning, usually after breakfast.

Bringing and consuming your own beverages on the vessel is prohibited. Instead, you can order drinks from the vessel’s salon, which serves as a restaurant, living room, and bar. The bar offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If you would like a drink that is unavailable at the time, please inform the crew, and they will do their best to arrange it for you at the next port of call.

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  18. Holland bicycle tours: explore the Netherlands on two wheels

    Guided from EUR € 2995. Guided: May 31, 2025. When 8 days is simply not enough, and many say it is not, this extraordinary 11-day adventure blends cycling and boating as you explore the enchanting landscapes of Holland and Belgium. This is a classic route with the bonus of having a few more days to….

  19. Holland Bike Tours

    Holland & Belgium Bike & Boat: Amsterdam to Bruges. Guided Bike & Boat. Starting from 8 days at. $4,695. Biking in Amsterdam is just the beginning! This cyclist's dream tour follows a picturesque route past bucolic countrysides, medieval towns, and more. View All Reviews (128)

  20. Cycling In The Netherlands • Pearls Of Holland • Dutch-Biketours

    Bike Tour: Pearls of Holland - 7 days. Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda are among our cyclists' all-time favourite cities - each unique and all brimming with that typical Olde Holland character. We have decided to combine them into this one route for the ultimate cultural bike holiday. Cycling distances are relatively short ...

  21. Tours in Netherlands

    7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour along the 'Pearls of Holland' Level 1. from 825€ Tour ID: 729. 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour along the 'Pearls of Holland' Level 1. Netherlands From 825€/p.p. See more. Brochure. Enquire. Add this tour to your wishlist Your wishlist is where you can save tours for later to view and compare prices

  22. Guided and Self-Guided Bike Tours Holland

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  23. Tour of Southern Holland

    North Holland Bike & Barge Getaway. 8 days / 7 nights. Amsterdam - Amsterdam. Discover the essence of Dutch culture and natural beauty in one trip while cycling through North Holland's iconic landscapes and unwinding on a boutique barge. From: 739€/person.