Some people might think that cycling holidays are only for the experienced cyclist and active adventurers. Where indeed longer distance and road bike tours would be a better fit for the experienced cyclist, the shorter tour options are fantastic for just about everyone! We hope all people will put on their discovery hat because there are so many reasons why cycling holidays (in the Netherlands) is the best holiday imaginable! For everyone! Here are 10 reasons why:
1. Activate your senses
Maybe you are already familiar with hiking or other outdoor activities without a motorized vehicle, but one of the main advantages of being outside while traveling is that you get to experience so much more. The smell of the flowers and trees, the sound of the birds and friendly people waiving and saying ‘hello’, the sight of every single detail around you. You simple won’t experience this in any other way.
2. Decide your own pace
The way the Netherlands is cultivated is perfectly for cycling. Towns are usually not further than 20 minutes to 1 hour of cycling away from each other which ensures that you pass different towns in one day. You won’t need to hurry to make it in time to find a place to eat, because there will be plenty of options for you along the way. So you can completely choose your own pace! No stress on highways or people hurrying to work, but cycle on your own speed and enjoy the sights along the way. The bike gives you the best combination of not to fast, and not to slow.
3. Be able to reach all beautiful and picturesque places
The car is of course quite convenient to get from point a to b. But cycling will give you the perfect possibility to reach all places you are only able to get to by bike or feet. The beautiful forests, the stretched purple heathlands, the stunning dunes and our National Parks are almost always closed off for cars. Yet on a bike you are more than welcome! At Holland Bike Tours we will include the most beautiful designated bike paths in your daily routes.
4. Experience the unique Dutch cycling infrastructure
After some years of great protest in the 60s, activist got the Dutch government to change their urban planning and from then on the Netherlands has really made some great decisions in favour of cycling. Nowhere on this planet you will find a safer, larger and more diverse cycling infrastructure for cyclist. Cycling highways, priority rules and designated cycling paths often make it faster and safer to cycle into a town or city than any other mode of transportation. No more being stuck in traffic, no more sharing roads with cars. In the Netherlands cyclists have priority and you will love to experience this. And last but not least, the Netherlands is super flat, so no hill climbing but easy touring!
5. Support the local and be more then welcome
Like some other beautiful cities, also Amsterdam is attracting more tourist each year, and its about to get more than it can handle in high season. We fully understand why people visit Amsterdam, as it is a truly beautiful city. Though, the Netherlands has much more to offer! There are many smaller towns with great history and beauty. In fact, there are so many, it would be too much to write then all down. But believe us! Not only will you get to see more than you might expect, the locals will be very pleased with your arrival as they are proud to have you over and tell you about their towns.
6. Choose our favorites or completely decide yourself, with endless options
No specific departure times for a bus or a group tour. No fixed routes or schedules. At Holland Bike Tours we offer endless options to make your holiday perfect for you. Our local experts will advise and help decide wherever you please to make sure to get you the best value. Also during the tour you can decide how you are going to spend your day rather than have a tour leader decide it for you. We have all options prepared for you, so you can just decide where you want to go for dinner, at what time you want to wake up, and which sights you want to go visit.
7. Make memories that will stay with you forever
“Remember that day in the Netherlands when we road through that National Park, came across those huge highlander cows and had that local brewed beer at the beach house?” This you will answer with “YES” because those memories of active adventures will last a lifetime. The experience of your cycling holiday will be so unique that you will never forget! On a bike you really have the time to soak in everything around you and enjoy every moment to the fullest.
8. Create your perfect combination of adventure and pampering
Adventure and outdoors activities are great, yet this is still your holiday! And you also want to relax. We absolutely agree and therefore all our tours are fully comfortable. Even though all hotels will have breakfast and a private en-suite bathroom included, you can decide what level of extra comfort you’d like to include in your tour. In this blog
you can read more on our 3 accommodation levels. Yet did you know you can also choose to have your luggage transferred from each accommodation every day? And that a guide can lead your way if you want to? And that you can choose spa’s, fine dining, and anything else you can think of in your tour? Just tell us what you are looking for and we will make sure you will experience the time of your life.
9. Meet new people and cultures
One thing is for sure, you won’t be alone on the cycling paths on your holiday in the Netherlands. Also, other than when driving by car, you will be able to connect with way more people along the road. Foreigners being part of Dutch culture are warmly welcomed in any town. Also, our accommodations are small scale and in city centers. So no big business and impersonal highway hotels. But feel a more personal touch instead. Another nice advantage? Mind the accent, but almost all Dutch people speak English, and always love to practice!
10. Get (even more) in shape and be happy!
Now we might have kept the most obvious one for last, but it should definitely be in this list. Going on a cycling holiday is super healthy! Not only will your body get in shape as your burning calories while not even noticing it as you are just enjoying your day, also your mental health will grow with an active body, brain and fresh air!
We organize cycling tours for everyone, experienced cyclist or first timer and for all ages! As we happily customize any tour for you (at no additional costs for this service) we can make sure the cycling holiday fits your party perfectly. With all different types of equipment for kids, E-bikes, road bikes, touring bikes & and adjusted bikes such as trikes, tandems and recumbent bikes much more is possible than you might think! Not comfortable riding with our easy to use GPS navigation? Don’t worry and book a private guide to join you. Or maybe just want a guide for the first day to help you get started? Everything is possible!
See you soon?
The Holland Bike Tours team