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!
490 km / 304 mi
Route with a variety of landscapes
Western lowlands and eastern woods
Excellent cycling along riverdike roads
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
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
490 km / 304 mi
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Standard, (private bathroom & breakfast)
15 Apr 2021 - 01 Oct 2021
You can start this tour every day during this period
Booking for 2022 is possible (early booking advised)
Daily luggage transfers per courier service included
Road bike alu/carbon
High quality alu/carbon road bike, Shimano 105-equipped
Road bike full carbon
High quality lightweight full carbon road bike, Shimano Ultegra-equipped
Upgrade to Comfort hotels
Comfortable 3 star accommodation
Upgrade to Premium hotels
Unique 3-5 star accommodation and setting
Extra day in Otterlo
To fully explore the national park 'De Hoge Veluwe'
Single supplement (including single room)
8 days -7 nights
9 days - 8 nights option
Day 1 –Flatlands loop
The tour starts in Haarlem, just 20 minutes by train or taxi from Amsterdam. Plan to arrive in Haarlem around noon. If you have rented a bike, it will be delivered 13:00 hrs (1 PM) to the hotel, together with the instructions. You will make an enjoyable local ride before dinner, to warm you up for the tour. Or you can explore the interesting historic town center of Haarlem on foot.
Day 2 –Along the coast
You cycle out of Haarlem in a southwestern direction, to the North Sea coast. At this point you turn southwards and cycle along a part of the famous North Sea cycling path, wending its way through the dunes. Then you continue inland to chic Wassenaar before reaching the intimate town center of Delft.
Day 3 –Into the 'Green Heart' of Holland
East of Delft is the area with many glasshouses that people call the “glass city”. Next you cycle along the Rottemeren lake area and over one of the oldest and lowest (almost 7mtrs/21ft below sea level) polders in Holland. You pass Gouda, a city famous for its cheese, candles and clay pipes. The historic town center is dominated by a number of ancient churches and of course the imposing and beautifully decorated town hall, standing right in the middle of the large market square. An excellent stop for lunch! The route continues south, along the winding River Vlist. Eventually, you reach your accommodation in the the small river harbor town of Schoonhoven.
Day 4 -Loop tour to the Kinderdijk windmills
After crossing the river by ferry, you will pass along the famous windmill group at Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage Site). There are nineteen windmills in a row which are best viewed from the bicycle path running past them. You are now in the Alblasserwaard polder, situated between the River Rhine and the River Waal. A typical Dutch landscape of green pastures, numerous waterways and quaint farming villages. Another ferry crossing brings you back to your accommodation in Schoonhoven.
Day 5 –Dike roads
Today is the day of the dikes. From Schoonhoven you first cycle to the historic river harbor town of Gorinchem. From here the route goes eastward over flat roads on top of the dikes. This is fast road biking at its best! You pass quaint riverside villages - excellent stopping places where you can enjoy delicious Dutch coffee and a delectable slice of Dutch apple pie with whipped cream. Near the city of Tiel you cross the River Waal and after a short while you will reach your overnight stay in the quaint village of Beneden Leeuwen.
Day 6 –The Veluwe woods
The route continues northeast before you enter the wooded Veluwe region. A scenic route through the forests takes you to your hotel in the village of Otterlo. Because of the relatively short cycling distance, you have the option to visit the “De Hoge Veluwe” national park during the afternoon. The Kröller Muller Museum is located in the park and is famous for its statue garden and collection of Van Gogh paintings. Or you can stop for a guided tour at the St Hubertus Hunting Lodge, designed by the famous Dutch architect Berlage. “De Hoge Veluwe” is a major touristic attraction, but because it is so big, you never have the feeling that it is crowded.
Day 7 –Back to the west
The route continues westwards with the woodlands gradually changing into a more open landscape. You pass through friendly farming villages, eventually reaching Lake Yssel at the historic fishing village of Spakenburg. From here you follow along Lake Yssel to the small town of Naarden, and your hotel for the night.
Day 8 –Over the Amsterdam wetlands
On the last day you head north along Lake Yssel to the Marken peninsula and the historic harbor of Monnickendam. From here you cycle westwards, over the wetlands north of Amsterdam. After the ferry crossing at the main canal which connects the Amsterdam harbors with the North Sea, the tour finishes up in Haarlem late afternoon.
>> Extra day between day 6 and 7 >>
If you want to spend more time in the national park "De Hoge Veluwe" area we arrange an extra night in Otterlo and provide you with a loop tour through the park and its surroundings.
Map & Routes
Road bike (optional)
- Giant TCR-1, alu frame, carbon fork
- Weight: 8.6 kg / 18.9 lbs
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- Shimano 105 derailleurs
- Crankset 24/34/50, Casette 12-28
Including cyclist's backpack (8 liters) for daily items
Including water bottle, tool set, cable lock
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