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Trip Highlights
  • Exploring the iconic Amsterdam canals and the famous cheese town of Gouda
  • Cycle across podlers, land reclaimed from the seas
  • Cycle through rural countryside, vibrant fields of flowers and pristine lakes
  • Enjoy almost entirely flat riding
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Holland Cultural Cycling Holiday

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What we love About Holland Cultural Cycling Holiday

We love...Dedicated Cycle Lanes and Pathways
The Netherlands is the perfect country to explore by bike. You will enjoy traffic free riding on the vast network of cycle lanes, paths and bridleways. The whole network is extremely well sign posted so it's the perfect place to enjoy a cycling holiday, safe in the knowledge that you will very rarely be on any roads with cars.
We love...Exploring Amsterdam and Gouda
Amsterdam is known worldwide for its cycling network. The Dutch capital is a great place to explore on two wheels as you take in the picturesque canals, colourful parks and unique architecture. Gouda, at the end of your trip, is also a beautiful city. Here you can try their famous cheese and taste the amazing apple tart.
We love...Stunning Scenery
The Dutch countryside is flat and dominated by the Green Heart of Holland. You will be riding through quiet countryside, perfect for riders new to cycling, as well as crossing Holland's famous polders and dykes. You will also observe the abundance of windmills on your trip.

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Day by Day

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 and explore the city by water.

Day 2Amsterdam to Haarlem
Total distance30km

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 and country estates before arrival in Haarlem. If you travel in April or early May, you can extend your ride to 60km to visit the famous surrounding tulip fields.

Day 3Haarlem to Leiden
Total distance40km

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, enjoy 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.

Day 4Leiden to Delft
Total distance25km

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 blue 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.

Day 5Delft to Gouda
Total distance50km

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 fields. 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.

Day 6Gouda to Amsterdam
Total distance78km

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 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.

If 78km is too far, you can spend an extra night in Woerden making today 30km and the following day 48km.

Day 7Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.

Key Stats

7day holiday
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35km avg
Expect to ride up to 35km per day

How's the Weather? in Holland

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins as early as March and April which offers cool Spring riding and the famous Dutch blooms. The weather gets progressively warmer into May and June.
The SummerJune to August
Holland is warm in the summer and can be quite humid. This is tempered by the breeze coming off the North Sea so it makes the riding really enjoyable.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle as the summer heat has passed and the weather becomes cooler. Mid to late October can become quite wet.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter tends to be wet and temperatures can become quite cold, especially in the heart of winter.

Area InformationFor Holland

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 which helps provide the Netherlands with such fertile land.

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