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Old Towns and Villages

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This tour shows you the rich history of some of the proud Dutch cities and their medieval origins. The cycling route linking these towns runs along the North Sea and the Dutch lowlands.

Recreational, E-bike
7 days
250 km / 155 mi
€ 670.-
  • Including guided cycle tour in Amsterdam
  • Authentic lodging in the historic town centers
  • Cycling route through the tulip fields in the blooming season (April)
  • Discounts: 4-7 persons 5% | 8+ persons 10%

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Type
Recreational, E-bike
Duration
7 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Individual: with GPS and map
Guided:  with cycling guide
Individual - GPS
Distance per day
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
Total distance
250 km / 155 mi
Lodging
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B
Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel
Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Standard, (private bathroom & breakfast)
Luggage transport
In panniers on your bike (transfers optional)
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 Apr 2018 - 01 Oct 2018
You can start this tour every day during this period
Start
Amsterdam (13.00 | 1 pm)
Finish
Nieuw Vennep (16.00 | 4 pm)

Prices

Tour price
€ 670.-
Recreational bike
High quality multispeed bicycle included
E-bike
Bicycle with electric motor assistance
€ 178.-
Optional
Daily luggage transfers
Total price per booking
€ 308.-
Optional
Upgrade to Comfort hotels
Comfortable 3 star accommodation
€ 145.-
Optional
Upgrade to Premium hotels
Unique 3-5 star accommodation and setting
€ 413.-
Optional
Extra day in Gouda
Discover Gouda and more
Optional
Single supplement
€ 126.-

Itinerary

7 days - 6 nights
8 days - 7 nights option


Day 1 – To Amsterdam
Arrival in Amsterdam at your convenience. The tour starts in the center of Amsterdam at 13:30 (1.30 PM) with a 3-hour guided cycling tour on a typical city bike. The experienced guide will tell you many fascinating stories about the history and evolution of Amsterdam. You will be safely guided to places that remain inaccessible to others. During the tour you will see many interesting spots such as the charming Jordaan quarter, the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the Vondel Park and the "Skinny Bridge". You will cycle along the sides of the idyllic small canals of Amsterdam, the quiet hidden courtyards, antique shops and many other photogenic views. At the end of the day a 10-minute taxi or tram ride takes you to your accommodation at the edge of the historic town center.
 If you want to spend more time in Amsterdam we can arrange extra overnight accommodation in Amsterdam for before or after your tour.

Day 2 – From Amsterdam to Haarlem
20 km/12mi
You will meet our representative at your Amsterdam hotel for equipment delivery and tour instructions at 10:00 (10 AM). Your cycling route first heads west, along safe bicycle paths through the rural area between Amsterdam and Haarlem. Eventually you reach your hotel in the historic town center of Haarlem. During the glorious years of the medieval period many craftsmen and artists migrated to Haarlem and have left behind some of their fantastic works of art. Among them are the famous painters Frans Hals and Jan Steen. In 1839 a steam locomotive rode over the first rail track in the Netherlands that ran between Amsterdam and Haarlem.

Day 3 – Southward to Leiden – with a tulip route in April
30km/18mi or 40km/25mi
Today your route continues to Leiden, another famous Dutch town. Leiden is the home of some interesting museums and is famous for the Siege of Leiden that took place between 1573 and 1574 when the Spanish attempted to capture this rebellious city during the 'Eighty Years' War, but didn’t succeed. The shorter route option takes you through an agricultural region with pleasant cycling along the little backroads. If you prefer to cycle for a little longer, we have planned a route along part of the famous North Sea cycling path, wending its way through the beautiful dunes.

>>  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 4 – To the gentile city of Delft
25km/16mi or 45km/28mi
Again there are two interesting route options today for cycling to the delightful town center of Delft. The shorter route heads out of Leiden and alongside a lake and through a park area. The longer route initially takes you to the fishing village of Katwijk. You now turn southwards, and cycle along another part of the North Sea cycling path. Then you continue inland to chic residential area of Wassenaar before reaching Delft.

Day 5 - Exploring Delft, The Hague or Rotterdam
A day full of options:
•     Spend the day in Delft to explore the historic town center and take a boat tour on the city canals.
•     Bike (25km/16mi loop tour) or go by train (15 minutes) to The Hague and visit its museums and the parliament buildings.
•     Go to Rotterdam by train (15 minutes) and experience the modern architecture of its town center and the vibrant harbor complexes.

Day 6 – Into the ‘Green Heart’
35km/22mi or 50km/31mi
East of Delft is an area of intense agricultural activity, and because of the many glasshouses for growing crops, it is also called the “glass city”. Once you have left this behind, you enter the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland. You cycle past the windmills at Zevenhuizen and also one of the oldest polders in Holland before eventually arriving in Gouda. Overnight stay in the historic town center. Gouda is famous for its cheese, candles and clay pipes. The 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.
The longer 50 kilometer route heads south, through one of the lowest polders in the Netherlands. You first cycle to Rotterdam, where you take the fast ferry to Kinderdijk. You will cycle along the famous group of windmills. A short ferry crossing brings you to the village of Bergambacht and further north to Gouda.
>> If you want to extend your stay in Gouda there is an interesting extra day option (view below).

Day 7 – Up north
45km/27mi
On the last day the route heads northwards into the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland again. The first part includes some splendid cycling on a bike path going right through the Reeuwijk lakes area. Midway through the day you pass through the historic little town center of Alphen-aan-de-Rijn. Today you also pass through quaint farming villages and through the typical Dutch pastoral green grasslands. The tour finishes in Nieuw Vennep (20 minutes by train or taxi to Amsterdam and 10 minutes to Amsterdam airport Schiphol). When you have an early plane departure the day after your tour, we can arrange a last night hotel in Nieuw Vennep.

>> Optional extra day between day 6 and 7
Discover Gouda and more...
With this extra tour day you have two options: cycling (35km/21mi) or walking, or a combination of both. Follow the cycling route we have created that crosses the typical polder landscape around Gouda, and visit the medieval town of Oudewater. In the Oudewater town center you will find the historic Witches Weighhouse. During the 15th century, those who were considered light enough to fly on a broomstick ended up on the pyre. The ones on ‘the safe side’ received a ‘Certificaet van Weginghe', or weight certificate. As in the past, visitors can still stand on the large scales to determine whether or not they are witches! You return to Gouda through delightful farming and pasture lands.
During the walking tour of Gouda you can visit the Gouda Cheese Museum, located at the impressive Gouda Weigh house (‘Goudse Waag’) and built in 1668. Here the weekly cheese market takes place every Thursday morning between April 7 and August 25. While in Gouda, don’t forget to taste the traditional Dutch syrup waffle, and also take a look at the authentic, traditional ships moored in the picturesque little harbor.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

recreational 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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