Spend quality time as a family whilst exploring the beautiful cities of Zoetermeer and Noordwijk aan zee. This family cycle tour offers adventure, culture and plenty of attractions - there is simply something for everyone! You will cycle through classic Dutch scenery such as green polders, coastline and tulip fields, ensuring no two rides are the same. You can cycle at your own pace and all the road have little traffic. The trip is designed for families and suitable for children of all ages, child bikes, child seats and child trailers are all available for rent.
DAY 1Arrival into Zoetermeer (close to The Hague)
Arrive at your hotel, which is situated in the heart of Zoetermeer.
DAY 2Zoetermeer - The Hague - Zoetermeer
Ready, steady....GO! After a filling breakfast, it's time to cycle to The Hague. If you fancy a spot of sightseeing, Zoetermeer is home to the Royal Palace and Gardens and the Dutch Parliament. For those who like art there is the Escher Museum of optical illusions and the quaint Panorama Mesdag - a 360 degree painted beach scene. Additionally, the Gemeente Museum hosts "De Wonderkamers" an interactive art exhibition. Another family attraction is Madurodam - a miniature version of Holland composed of models.
Today's ride is approximately 34km.
DAY 3Zoetermeer to Noordwijk aan Zee
Before you start cycling, remember to enjoy Dutch chocolate sprinkles at breakfast! Today, you will head towards the coast, cycling through Wassenaar en route, the town where the King and Queen live. If your children (and you!) like rollercoasters, waterslides and playgrounds why not stop off at the amusement park Duinrel. Once you arrive in Scheveningen relax by the coast and enjoy the sea, beach, sand dunes and woods. Stay out to see the sunset over the sea in Noordwijk aan Zee.
Today's ride is approximately 31km.
DAY 4Experience the Tulip Fields
The infamous Bulb and Dune region surrounds Noordwijk aan Zee, so its best to come in springtime when the fields are exploding with colour - this may be the highlight of your trip! Keukenof flower park is worth a visit - but be warned there will be crowds, although the incredible flower displays are worth it. Once you're done with flowers, its time for Space! Take a trip to the Space Expo to learn about astronauts, rockets, planets etc. If you are in need of some relaxation after the Tulip fields, simply head back to the beach.
Today's cycling is approximately 18km.
DAY 5Noordwijk aan Zee - Zoetermeer
During this picturesque route back to Zoetermeer you will cycle past Katwijk, Leiden and Voorschoten. Leiden is a historical town, bursting with canals and museums. We recommend visiting Naturalis (Natural History Museum) alternatively, Corpus - The Journey Through the Human Body will keep the children amused. There are also botanical gardens to visit and museums such as The Natural Museum of Antiques and The National Museum of Ethnology.
Today's cycling is approximately 32km.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
It's not called the lowlands for nothing with half the country being less than a metre above sea level. You can be assured of almost entirely flat riding from place to place and the experience of crossing the Dutch polders, land reclaimed from the sea and which help provide the Netherlands with such fertile land.
Given the country's small size, there is very little variation in Holland's climate. The best period to travel is late Spring to early autumn. Expect breezier conditions as you ride closer to the coast.
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Holland at your own pace. We have hard copy routes available for you to follow but we recommend hiring a GPS and be guided from place to place with our preloaded routes.
The bike we will provide you with is a fabulous 24 geared touringbicycle, perfect for exploring the short distances you will be making on your holiday. We are able to provide e-bikes, children's bikes and road bikes so if you require these, please ask us.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.