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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. And there is also a guided city cycling tour into the bargain. The cycling route linking these towns runs along the North Sea, the Dutch lowlands and through genuine historic village centers.

Recreational, E-bike
7 days
250 km / 155 mi
€ 670.-
  • Including guided cycle tour in Haarlem
  • Authentic lodging in the historic town centers
  • Cycling route through the tulip fields in the blooming season (April)
  • Discount: 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
Haarlem (13:00 | 1 PM)
Finish
Haarlem (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
€ 314.-
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, price on request
Optional
Single supplement
€ 126.-

Itinerary

7 days - 6 nights
8 days - 7 nights option


Day 1 – Discover Haarlem
Only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam, you’ll find the lovely city of Haarlem. It’s called ‘Amsterdam light’ for having the same beauty as our nation’s capital, but not the crowds of tourists and people enjoying our liberal soft drugs policy.
Your tour starts with a 2-hour guided cycling tour in center of authentic Haarlem on a typical city bike. The tour starts at 13:00 (1.00 PM) and your local tour guide will share fascinating stories about the long history and evolution of Haarlem. You will be safely guided to places that remain inaccessible or hidden to others. During the tour you will see most highlights of the city such as the magnificent 1370 St. Bavo church, Haarlem’s narrow streets and some of the numerous courtyards and historic buildings dating back to the 14th century. In the evening, enjoy one of the many restaurants in Holland’s dining capital. Accommodation for tonight is in the historic town center of Haarlem.

>> We're happy to offer you our corporate discount for extra nights in Haarlem; Enjoy the peacefulness and lower prices of this city and while visiting Amsterdam. Eight trains per hour will take you to Amsterdam central station within 15 minutes.

Day 2 – Southward to Leiden – with a tulip route in April
30km/18mi or 40km/25mi
You will meet our representative at your Haarlem hotel or B&B for equipment delivery and tour instructions at 10:00 (10 AM). Today your route brings you 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 3 – 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 4 - 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 5 – 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 UNESCO World Heritage site. A short ferry crossing of the Rhine river 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 (see below).

Day 6 – Historic villages
42km/26mi
You head 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 town center of Woerden. Today you also pass through quaint farming villages and through the typical Dutch pastoral green grasslands. Eventually you reach the lakes at Nieuwkoop and your accommodation for the night.

Day 7 – Back to Haarlem
40km/25mi
The last day of your tour brings you back to Haarlem. Say goodbye to your bicycle with a picturesque ride through cow dotted polders, small villages and along waterways and lakes. You will meet our representative at the Haarlem railway station. You can either take the train to continue your journey (e.g. 15 minutes to Amsterdam central or 30 minutes to the airport) or add an extra overnight in Haarlem.

>> Discover Gouda and more...
Optional extra day between day 5 and 6
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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