Explore the delights of Holland and visit Amsterdam, Delft and Gouda by bike. Cycling distances are short so you have plenty of time to discover the hidden treasures of this idyllic country. Cycle through the rural countryside through vibrant fields of flowers, meander past pristine lakes and windmills and experience the Dutch way of life.
DAY 1Arrival into Amsterdam
We recommend getting to Amsterdam early (or even a couple of nights before) to discover this wonderful city. Enjoy the famous squares of Dam or Rembrandtplein or spend some time on a canal boat a...Show Morend explore the city by water.
DAY 2Amsterdam to Haarlem
Spend the morning exploring the city or visiting the Van Gogh or Anne Frank museum before starting your ride through Kennermerland. Your ride today takes you across vast polders, through woods an...Show Mored country estates before arrival in Haarlem.
Today's ride is approximately 30km and if you travel in April or early May, you can extend to 60km to visit the famous surrounding tulip fields.
DAY 3Haarlem to Leiden
We recommend exploring Haarlem in the morning. The city is famous for its hofje, tiny houses facing a quiet, idyllic courtyard and these are well worth visiting.
In the afternoon, en...Show Morejoy a colourful trip through the Dune and Bulb region. Like the day before, if you arrive in April or early May, you will be rewarded with vibrant colours as the bulb fields bloom in all their splendour. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths all grow across this landscape.
Your day finishes in Leiden where you can explore this wonderful old university town's cafes, monuments, windmills and museums. Today's ride is approximately 40km.
DAY 4Leiden to Delft
Today offers a ride through typically Dutch scenery. You will cross yet more polders, pass by old windmills and farmhouses as you pedal towards Delft.
Delft is most famous for the bl...Show Moreue and white hand painted pottery called Delftware. Visit small authentic shops still creating these pieces and enjoy a pancake in one of its many cafes.
Today's cycling is approximately 25km.
DAY 5Delft to Gouda
This morning you will ride through the Groene Hart, or Green Heart, in the Randstad. Its a land that rails against urban sprawl, retaining its rural character characterised by its vibrant green f...Show Moreields. The Green Heart has numerous separated cycle paths allowing you to delve into the countryside.
You will arrive at the city of Gouda at the end of the day. Famous of course for its cheese, don't miss the famous gothic town hall and inner city canals.
Today's cycling is approximately 50km.
DAY 6Gouda to Amsterdam
If you are travelling in summer and are in Gouda on a Thursday, spend some time exploring the world famous cheese market.
Then its time to get back on your bike for the longest leg of your...Show More bike tour. Your day will be spent riding down the Amstel river and through the Green Heart. Stop for some apple tart en route and explore the beauty of this region.
Today's cycling is approximately 78km but if this is too far, spend an extra night in Woerden making today 30km and the following day 48km.
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.