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.
220 km / 137 mi
Tour suitable for all seasons due to train transfer options
Authentic lodging in the historic town centers
Route through the tulip fields in April (the blooming season)
Discount: 4-7 persons 5% | 8+ persons 10%
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Individual: with GPS and map Guided: with cycling guide
Individual - GPS
Distance per day
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
220 km / 137 mi
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Standard, (private bathroom & breakfast)
In panniers on your bike (transfers optional)
01 Mar 2021 - 01 Dec 2021
You can start this tour every day during this period
December - February is possible if weather conditions allow (only on short notice)
Booking for 2022 is possible (early booking advised)
Day 1 –Southward to Leiden – with a tulip route in April
40km/25mi or 30km/18mi
Today you will meet our representative at the Haarlem railway station or at your hotel or B&B in Haarlem at 10:00 (10 AM). After the equipment fitting and tour orientation you head out to the picturesque town of Leiden. Dutch history is omnipresent in Leiden with various interesting museums and the oldest university of the Netherlands. The city is famous for the Siege of Leiden that took place between 1573 and 1574 when the Spanish attempted to capture this rebellious city but didn’t succeed. The route follows the coastal North Sea cycling route with its winding cycling path through the sand dunes. The direct route option takes you through an agricultural region with pleasant cycling along little back roads and the option to take a train half-way.
>> Each year during the month of April, the bulb fields around Leiden and Haarlem are in full bloom. So if you are doing this tour in April, the short route option takes you through the famous Dutch bulb fields. The route provides you with a dramatic and multicolored display of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. This route also goes past the Keukenhof Spring Gardens. The Keukenhof is the world's largest flower and tulip park and there are many species and hybrids on display, along with every color you can think of!
Day 2 –On the road to Gouda
You continue your route into the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland. An area with a typical Dutch landscape of green meadows, water strips and many friendly and proud farmers. You cycle right through the beautiful Reeuwijk Lakes area before reaching today's destination Gouda. This town is widely known for its cheese style all over the world, yet the locally produced Gouda cheese tastes even better. The historic city center is home to many churches and of course the imposing 1459 town hall, located in the middle of the market square. Your accommodation for tonight is located on walking distance of the historic town center.
>> You can extend your stay in Gouda with an extra day, see the option below day 5.
Day 3 –On to the beating heart of Holland
Today you cycle to Utrecht, an ancient university town built around the Dom Tower. Utrecht is known for its city center with wharf cellars along the canals, housing restaurants and cafes. You pass typical Dutch lowlands (polders) and cycle along small rivers and scenic villages such as Oudewater and Linschoten and the cute town or Woerden before arriving in Utrecht. After dropping off your bike at your accommodation you can stroll along the canals in Utrecht where the lovely restaurant options are endless.
Day 4 -Royal ride
You cycle north through a more wooded area of the Netherlands, mixed with some farmlands and grasslands. Along the way you can admire the Dutch royal estates with their manicured gardens. Don’t forget to wave to our former queen princess Beatrix in Lage Vuursche, have a glimpse of the former palace Soestdijk and stop for lunch at the Groeneveld castle. Today’s destination is Naarden is one of the best-preserved fortified villages in Europe that still has the same atmosphere as centuries ago.
Day 5 –Lake IJmeer and Amsterdam
On the last day you head back to Haarlem along the lakeside bicycle path to the village of Muiden, famous for its large medieval castle, and the manmade IJburg residential islands of Amsterdam. From here you continue westwards, passing Amsterdam on the North side before arriving in Haarlem in the afternoon.
>> We’re happy to help with additional accommodation arrangements to enable you to fully enjoy beautiful Haarlem and Amsterdam, either before or after your tour. Enjoy the peacefulness and friendly rates of Haarlem while visiting Amsterdam. Eight trains per hour will take you to Amsterdam central station within 15 minutes.
>> Discover Gouda and more... Optional extra day between day 2 and 3
40km/25mi or 55km/34mi
You can extend your stay in the historic town center of Gouda and enjoy one of the two loop tours for this day or put your legs up and enjoy a well-deserved rest day. The longer route option leads you southwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk with its 19 traditional windmills. You cross the Lek river by ferry and a beautiful bike path leads you away from the crowds directly along the windmills. Cycling through this heritage site is free of charge but there is a small fee to visit the windmills. The shorter route option brings you to the four beautiful windmills near the village of Groot-Ammers, the non touristic version of Kinderdijk. You will also pass through the historic riverside town of Schoonhoven, famous for its silversmiths’ workshops.
Map & Routes
Superb recreational hybrid bike (included)
- Various frame sizes for all heights
- Shimano Premium hub gearing
- Magura hydraulic brakes
- Schwalbe anti-puncture tires
- Fenders and chain guard
- Comfortable Selle Royal gel seat
- Ergonomic handelbar grips
- Front- and rear light
- Mounted lock
- Weight 16 kg / 35 lbs
- Optional: E-bike
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