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Holland: the number one destination for cyclists in Europe

Discover the Dutch heritage by bike

The best way to see the historic towns in the Netherlands is from the seat of a bicycle!

In Holland you can cycle everywhere!

The unique cycling infrastructure in Holland comprises over 35,000 km / 21,700 mi of bike paths

Pedaling the Dutch dunes

Excellent cycling along the famous North Sea coastal bicycle path

Cycling along the Dutch gems

Discover the hidden gems of Holland that can only be seen from a bicycle...

The best way to see the historic towns in Holland is from the seat of a bicycle!

Cycling the Dutch lowlands

Great cycling options along the Dutch river dikes

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Relaxed cycling tours on bikes with an upright riding position fun - fitness – adventure

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Do you want a nice cycling holiday but still want the  comfort  of a good hotel? And not take all your things on your bike every day? Then our hotel tours are a good idea for you. You'll cycle along beautiful  homemade routes , through various landscapes. Spend the night in bicycle-friendly hotels. And  we take your luggage  from hotel to hotel every day.

Linear cycle route

Starting in an other city than where the tour will end?  You can cross a larger section through different provinces.  Or even cross the border, think of cycling from Amsterdam to Bruges in Belgium or from our capital to Brussels or  Paris . Of course, you can also stay in the Netherlands to cycle along the IJssel from south to north, for example.

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Do you want to cycle for a few days, but don't feel like having to pack your suitcase every day? Then book a nice holiday,  center based from one hotel . You will stay in one hotel and from there we have put together  various routes . You can choose what you want to see every day. Making your own tour is also possible with the  bicycle junction network.

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We are local experts who offer self-guided cycling holidays in the Netherlands covering all levels of ability and all ages from 8-88 years old. We will take care of everything: accommodation, bike rental, itineraries and luggage transport. 

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All of our trips are carefully designed by our team to provide you with the best cycling routes . We offer easy-to-use, up-to-date route notes and maps. Enjoy cycling on comfortable and peaceful routes! 

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Cycling is amongst the lowest-impact way to travel. As you explore off-the-beaten-track, you help support local communities and minimise the damage that mass-tourism can make.

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This small country is packed with treasures. From the famed canals and art collections of Amsterdam to the springtime tulip fields, Holland is a bicyclist’s dream.

Revisit the Middle Ages in the country’s many surviving castles and grand estates. The walled towns of Holland’s trade routes are delightful to explore, and the maritime tradition is still seen in its quaint harbor towns.

Pedal on abundant bike paths and experience the bike-friendly Dutch culture. The country is home to many of the most popular bike and boat tours, where you can choose to enjoy the Dutch countryside from two wheels or from a boat deck on the extensive canals and waterways.

“A really enjoyable way to discover a new country. We were fortunate to have a very helpful tour guide, along with a first class chef providing excellent meals as well as very helpful barge staff. Our boat the Anna Anatel accommodated 17 guests and was an ideal group size for this type of activity.”

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Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique II (and reverse)

COUNTRY: Belgium, Holland

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Magnifique II

Guided from EUR € 1449

Guided: From Amsterdam: May 02, 16, 30; Jun 13; Jul 11, 25; Aug 22; Sep 05, 19; Oct 03, 2024. From Bruges: May 09, 23; Jun 06, 20; Jul 18; Aug 01, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 2024.

Description: During this bicycle tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders (Western Belgium): Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges - where you still can feel the charm of days long gone. After embarking from Amsterdam…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique III (and reverse)

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Magnifique III

Guided from EUR € 1548

Guided: From Amsterdam: Jun 11, 25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 2024. From Bruges: May 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 2024.

Description: This brilliant bicycle tour takes you to some of the most beautiful cities in Holland and Flanders (Western Belgium), including: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges, cities where you can still feel the charm of days long gone. After embarking…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique IV (and reverse)

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Magnifique IV

Guided: Apr 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; Jul 4, 13, 18, 27; Aug 1, 8, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 2024.

Amsterdam – Gouda – Bruges by Bike and Boat

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard Sailing Home, Liza Marleen, Clair de Lune, Wending or Anna Antal

Guided from EUR € 1210

Guided: May 02, 09, 16, 23; Jun 06, 13, 20; Jul 04, 11, 18; Aug 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 10, 2024.

Description: Two fascinating countries - Holland and Belgium - united along one route which combines insight into the Netherlands' Golden Age and exploration of the Flemish trade cities of the Middle Ages. Plus, of course, Holland's own world wonder - the Delta…

Bruges – Antwerp – Amsterdam by Bike and Boat

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard Sailing Home, Liza Marleen or Anna Antal

Guided: May 16, 23, 30; Jun 13, 20, 27; Jul 11, 18, 25; Aug 08, 15, 22, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 03, 17, 2024.

Description: Two fascinating countries - Holland and Belgium - united along one route. This bicycle and boat tour combines the highlights of the Netherlands' Golden Age with the history of the medieval Flemish trade cities. Variety is the keyword on this captivating…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Fluvius (and reverse)

7 night  guided or self guided bike and boat tour in Belgium and Holland  aboard MS Fluvius

Guided from EUR € 1109 Self guided from EUR € 1109

Guided: Same departures as self-guided tour.

Self-guided: From Amsterdam: Apr 14, 28; May 12, 26; Jun 09, 23; Jul 07, 14, 21; Aug 04, 18; Sep 1, 15, 2024 From Bruges: Apr 21; May 05, 19; Jun 02, 16, 30; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22, 2024

Description: Some of the most beautiful cities of Flanders and Holland are highlighted during this tour: Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Amsterdam - where you can still sense the charm of days long gone. After embarkation, you will have plenty of time to discover Bruges…

Highlights of Flanders: Belgium’s History, Art, Nature & Cuisine

8 night  self guided bike tour in Belgium and Holland

Self guided from EUR € 2185

Self-guided: Daily, except Saturdays: May 12 - Sep 27, 2024

Description: This cycling tour through Flanders shows you the major highlights of Belgium. This is the perfect ride for anyone interested in the rich Belgium history, art, nature, and cuisine. The Flemish art cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven, and…

Holland and Belgium by Bike, Barge and Cruise

COUNTRY: Holland, Belgium

10 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland and Belgium  aboard Merlijn

Guided from EUR € 2995

Guided: Sunday, Jun 2, 2024

Description: When 8 days is simply not enough, and many say it is not, this extraordinary 11-day adventure blends cycling and boating as you explore the enchanting landscapes of Holland and Belgium. This is a classic route with the bonus of having a few more days to…

Amsterdam & The Sea by Bike and Boat

COUNTRY: Holland

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Anna Antal or Wending

Guided from EUR € 999

Guided: Jul 18, 25; Aug 01, 08, 2024.

Description: It wasn't until the 17th Century that large parts of the area north of Amsterdam were recovered from the lingering grip of the ocean to become the typical Dutch landscape of polders, mills, harbors, and tulips. The route on this dynamic Dutch bicycle…

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique I (and reverse)

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland and Belgium  aboard Magnifique I

Guided from EUR € 1699

Guided: From Amsterdam: May 07, 21; Jun 04, 2024 From Bruges: May 14; Jun 11, 2024

Description: This is one of our most popular tours... and for good reason! You cycle through the world's most bike-friendly countries, Holland and Belgium and you stay on a boat! There's an undeniable magic to the experience, a delightful fusion of land and water…

Amsterdam to Bruges: Cycling through South Holland and Zeeland

6 night  self guided bike tour in Belgium and Holland

Self guided from EUR € 1790

Self-guided: Daily, except Mondays: May 13- Oct 01, 2024

Description: A journey from the 17th-century Golden Age to the modern day, simply on a bicycle. The hotel-based version of this classic route gives you more time to discover the places and meet the men and women who made history here. You’ll be riding on the…

Green landscapes of Holland: Amsterdam and Maastricht

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Sarah, Flora or Gandalf

Guided from EUR € 1199

Guided: May 4, 11, 25; Jun 1, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20; Aug 24, 31, 2024.

Description: See Holland like never before on this guided bike and boat tour from arresting Amsterdam to mesmerizing Maastricht, passing through iconic Dutch destinations such as Utrecht, Limburg, Arcen, and Thorn. This active tour is designed to cover the best of…

Cycling the Dutch Countryside from Zaandam to Kampen

6 night  self guided bike tour in Holland

Self guided from EUR € 1845

Self-guided: May 1 - Oct 01, 2024

Description: "Victory begins at Alkmaar” – A tour for all ages with the inspiring stories of the people who made Holland (or we should really say ‘the Netherlands’). You’ll be riding on the country’s extensive network of safe and scenic cycle paths. Not only will you…

Dutch Hanseatic Cities, Harbor Towns & Natural Wonders by Bike and Boat

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Iris

Guided from EUR € 1780

Guided: May 24, 2024

Description: Get ready for some great cycling and much, much more! On this incredible bike and boat tour, you'll find yourself out and about in authentic and historical Holland, exploring its past oceanic glory and enjoying its present day beauty and charm. The Dutch…

Windmills, Dunes, and Harbor Towns

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Flora, Gandalf or Sarah

Guided: Flora: Saturdays, May 13; July 15; August 5, 2024 Gandalf: Saturdays, June 17, 24; Aug 12, 19, 26; Sep 16, 2024 Sarah: Saturdays, June 3; July 8; Sep 9, 2024

Description: Unleash your inner adventurer and embark on a bike and boat tour through the incredible 'polder' landscapes, where the Dutch used their remarkable ingenuity to reclaim land from the sea. Pedal past windmills, soak up the epic dune landscapes, enjoy…

Germany, Netherlands, Belgium by Bike/E-Bike and Boat

COUNTRY: Germany, Holland, Belgium

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Germany, Holland and Belgium  aboard Sena

Guided from EUR € 3294

Guided: Apr 20; May 25; Jun 22; Jul 27; Aug 31; Sep 7, 2024

Description: Combine a sustainable cruise with lovely guided e-biking and cultural excursions, featuring the best cycling in Northern Europe. On your electric bike, you pedal along the northern Rhine and Meuse Rivers in three countries: Germany, the Netherlands, and…

Holland by Bike and Boat, Northern Tour

7 night  self guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard De Holland or De Willemstad

Self guided from EUR € 759

Self-guided: Saturday departures, April – October, 2024

Description: Nowhere else in the world will you find an area as fascinating to explore as the Dutch Provinces of North Holland and Friesland, two areas rich in tradition, full of romantic fishing and harbor villages, picturesque lakes, and expansive North Sea vistas.

Holland by Bike and Boat, Southern Tour

7 night  self guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard De Amsterdam or De Holland

Self-guided: Saturday departures, March 25 - October 21, 2024

Description: It doesn't get any better than this tour on board the De Amsterdam. Not only will you get the chance to visit a number of famous Dutch cities, but you will also uncover another side of Holland as you cycle through the country's "Green Heart." You will…

Luxury Tulip Tour: Discovering Holland's Colorful Countryside

2 night  self guided bike tour in Holland

Self guided from EUR € 1140

Self-guided: Daily: Mar 29 - May 12, 2024

Description: Every year, large swathes of countryside in the Netherlands are covered in a colorful blanket of flowers. Seeing the beautiful spectacle for yourself is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Discover many of Holland’s fantastic highlights…

Best of Holland North: Dutch Villages, Landscapes & the Keukenhof

3 night  self guided bike tour in Holland

Self-guided: Daily: Mar 29 - Oct 1, 2024

Description: Describe Holland and you’ll immediately picture green meadows, windmills, grazing cattle and the country's famous cheeses. This tour adds in quaint fishing villages, thatched farm houses, a medieval castle, grand town houses, museums packed with Old…

Best of Holland South: Canals, Windmills & Historic Towns

3 night  self guided bike tour in Holland

Self guided from EUR € 1110

Description: "Thinking of Holland, I picture broad rivers meandering through unending lowland …” – Hendrik Marsman (1899 – 1940), poet … Windmills, castles, sunsets, rural scenes with cows, rivers, cityscapes, forests … Not the words from a Holland tourist brochure…

Sail & Bike to Picturesque Villages and Nature Reserves

7 night  self guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Elizabeth

Self guided from EUR € 1049

Self-guided: Jun 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 2024

Description: Sail and bike along the coast of the Ijsselmeer, once a salty sea, now the largest sweetwater lake in all of Holland! Discover this unique part of the Netherlands aboard a magnificent and comfortably furnished sailing ship and riding excellent cycle…

Holland’s Southern Relax Tulip Tour

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Anna Antal, Liza Marleen or Wending

Guided from EUR € 1155

Guided: Apr 4, 11*, 18*, 25*; May 2*, 2024 (*indicates fully booked)

Description: View the fantastic colors of Spring! Between April and mid-May. We offer special tulip bicycle tours in the Netherlands. The program is quite similar to the Southern Tour Relax, but in springtime, this tour will be centered around the Tulip theme and of…

Holland’s Southern Tour Bike and Barge

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Wending, Liza Marleen or Anna Antal

Guided: May 09, 16, 23, 30; Jun 06, 20; Jul 04, 11, 18; Aug 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Sep 05, 12; Oct 03, 2024.

Description: Historic towns, picturesque villages, a rural environment abounding with water, dunes, and beaches: those are the typical ingredients of this Southern Holland tour. And let’s not forget the eighteen breathtaking windmills in Kinderdijk! This varied trip…

Holland’s Super Tulip Tour

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Clair de Lune or Zwaan

Guided from EUR € 1410

Guided: Apr 04, 11*, 18*, 25*; May 02*, 2024 (*indicates fully booked)

Description: Between April and mid-May, we offer special tulip tours. The program of this Super Tulip Tour is totally dedicated to this beautiful flower. You will cycle through the fields spring flowers and tulips, learn all about growing tulips in a tulip park and…

Tulip Tour - Bike & Boat Holland's Famous Tulip Fields

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Iris

Guided: Apr 11*, 18*; May 2*, 2024

Description: Biking in Holland is one thing, boating another, but both are fabulous! Holland is the land of bicycles and the land of water, after all. Include tulips in the mix, and you have something even more fabulous: a bike and boat tour during peak Tulip season.

Tulip Tour on the MS Magnifique II, III, & IV

4 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard MS Magnifique II, MS Magnifique III or MS Magnifique IV

Guided from EUR € 859

Guided: Mar 30; Apr 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9*, 10, 11*, 13*, 14, 15*, 17*, 19*, 21*, 2024. (*indicates fully booked)

Description: Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break dominated by flowers. This five-day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such as "the Garden of Amsterdam." Enjoy…

Tulip Tour on the Sarah

7 night  guided bike and boat tour in Holland  aboard Sarah

Guided from EUR € 1119

Guided: Mar 30; Apr 6*, 13*, 20*, 27*, 2024. (*indicates fully booked)

Description: This wonderful bike and barge trip, that starts and ends in Amsterdam, takes you through the provinces of South- and North-Holland while spring flowers are in bloom. You will spend time in the historical cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, and Alkmaar and…

360° Rotterdam Bike Tour

Rotterdam · from €35 EUR

360° Rotterdam Bike Tour, Rotterdam

Description: Discover real Rotterdam, its highlights, its secrets, and its surprises, on the bike tour that takes you full circle. The 360° Rotterdam Bike Tour is designed to give you an authentic feel of the city as a whole, from every angle! The guided day tour…

Amsterdam City E-Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €46 EUR

Amsterdam City E-Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Discover Amsterdam’s most iconic treasures on this e-bike tour of the city, with the added flexibility of bike rental! Amsterdam isn’t called the “Venice of the North” for nothing – canals course through the Netherlands’ capital like veins, providing…

Amsterdam Hidden Gems Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €55 EUR

Amsterdam Hidden Gems Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Enjoy a holistic adventure on the Amsterdam Hidden Gems Bike Tour! In 4 hours, this guided day tour explores the alternative arts scene as well as the beating heart of the city, uncovering what constitutes the authentic Amsterdam identity. Experience a…

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €34 EUR

Amsterdam City Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Discover Amsterdam’s most iconic treasures on this bike tour of the city! Enjoy the benefits of bike rental and a family-friendly day tour suitable for children. Amsterdam isn’t called the “Venice of the North” for nothing &ndash…

Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour

Amsterdam · from €43 EUR

Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour, Amsterdam

Description: Go totally Dutch on this Amsterdam countryside bike tour! Venture to the Vondelpark, Amstel River, Riekermolen windmill, Rijksmuseum and a cheese- and clog-making farm. Enjoy the benefits of bike rental and a family-friendly day tour suitable for…

Dutch Windmill Bike Tour Utrecht

Utrecht · from €39 EUR

Dutch Windmill Bike Tour Utrecht, Utrecht

Description: Ride into the rolling fields of the lowlands landscape on this Dutch Windmill Bike Tour from Utrecht. You will discover three different types of traditional windmill along the way, each with its own riveting history, as well as stopping at a fascinating…

Highlights of The Hague Bike Tour

The Hague · from €35 EUR

Highlights of The Hague Bike Tour, The Hague

Description: Bike to the best of The Hague on this terrific day tour of the city’s top sightseeing spots, from quirky quarters to incredible churches, picturesque palaces to charming Chinatown. In just 2.5 hours, your guided bicycle tour will take in the highlights…

River Vecht Bike Tour Utrecht

Utrecht · from €42.5 EUR

River Vecht Bike Tour Utrecht, Utrecht

Description: Take a tour of the Dutch Golden Age on this River Vecht Bike Tour from Utrecht. On this bike tour, you'll travel through 2,000 years of history as you learn about the role the river played in connecting the Roman Empire and northern Europe. On this ride…

The Hague Street Art Bike Tour

The Hague Street Art Bike Tour, The Hague

Description: The Hague is known for its ‘street studios’ - an ever-changing gallery of murals, graffiti, posters and stencils. Take the bike tour that gives you an art attack as you experience the best of urban art in The Hague! This artsy guided day tour…

Utrecht City Bike Tour

Utrecht · from €29 EUR

Utrecht City Bike Tour, Utrecht

Description: Ride along the walkways and wharfs of Utrecht on this guided bike tour, visiting all the best sightseeing spots of this distinguished Dutch city. Start this city tour at the Dom Church and Tower, cycle on past some of the city’s many other churches…

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The Netherlands' 11 best cycling routes and locations

Aug 20, 2020 • 4 min read

Mother and children ride bicyles past windmills at Kinderdijk.

Rides in Kinderdijk offer classic Dutch scenery © leoks / Shutterstock

With fabulously pancake-flat, scenic landscapes beckoning along every last dyke, canal, river and coastal shore, two-wheeling in the Netherlands is one of Dutch life's greatest pleasures (headwinds notwithstanding).

While the bike-loving Dutch practically live on their well-worn, beloved fietsen (bicycles) – cycling for visitors is a wonderful means of exploring and getting around. Bike-rental outlets are ubiquitous, and the country is crisscrossed with some 32,000km (19,883 miles) of cycling paths. Here are 10 of the country's best cycling spots. 

Editor's note: Please check the latest travel restrictions before planning any trip and always follow government advice.

Amsterdam to Waterland loop

Twenty minutes from central Amsterdam, feel like you've step centuries back in time in Waterland. Cows, dykes, canals and lots of expansive green fields are on full display on this classic Dutch scenic route. 

Bossche Broek

Immediately across the Dommel River from the center of Den Bosch , the urban landscape gives way to open meadowland in this 202-hectare (499 acres) nature reserve. It's laced with cycling trails and offers attractive views back towards the city skyline and ramparts. To access the area, take Sterrebosweg, the paved cycle-road that crosses a bridge from the northern end of Pettelaarsweg.

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Leiden to Bulbfields loop

The best time to take this route is mid-March to mid-May when the tulips and daffodils are at their peak and the ribbons of bold colors are astounding. But it's a lovely ride at any time, and especially good in summer when you can stop at the beach for a break on the sand and a refreshing dip in the sea.

Ooijpolder route 

Cycle along the Waalbrug – the main bridge across the Waal River, Europe's busiest waterway – for breath-stealing sunset views of the old town, water and boats below.

Breda Border Loop 

To get away from the city bustle jump on a bicycle and take the LF9 cycle path which meanders through pretty countryside following the Mark River. Visit Breda, a Belgian shrine-village then return through the Mastbos Forest.

Family with two children on bikes, Kinderdijk, Olanda, Amsterdam

Kinderdijk  

Join the pedaling masses along the canal-side cycling path in Kinderdijk – an iconic World Heritage–listed site. This stretch of the Alblasserwaard polder encompasses two canals, 19 traditional windmills, a pumping station that's been repurposed as a visitor center and a dual pedestrian and bicycle path between the canals. Two of the windmills – the 17th century Nederwaard and Blokweer mills – function as museums, offering an insight into the past lives of miller families. 

The length of the site and back is an easy 5.7km (3.5 miles). A cafe and ice-cream stands are dotted along the pathway. If you're lucky, some of the mills will have their sails spinning – a truly majestic sight.

Scheveningen  

Ride north or south along invigorating dunes and Scheveningen beaches to leave the Den Haag crowds behind.

Traditional Dutch windmill along a canal near Alkmaar, Netherlands

Midway between Alkmaar and Edam, the village of De Rijp on the N244 is at the south end of several good rides along dykes that give an excellent feel for just how low the land is compared to the waterways coursing between the earthen walls.

Weerribben-Wieden National Park 

A serene and mysterious landscape of canals, ponds and lakes, the Weerribben-Wieden National Park is the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe. Its swampy 10,000 hectares contain centuries-old peatlands, bogs, reed beds dotted with different orchid varieties, forest and a treasure trove of wildlife. Enjoy it all on one of the many scenic cycling trails. 

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Frisian Islands 

The crescent of islands over Friesland – Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog – form a unique natural entity and a distinct Dutch region. A natural barrier between the Frisian coast and the North Sea, they hem in the mudflats of the Waddenzee, a Unesco World Heritage site since 2009. Villages, polders and salt marshes fringe the islands along their Waddenzee shores, while swaths of beach and dunes lace the seaward side. Inland, expect ample forest and heath crisscrossed with hiking and cycling trails.

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A private park for the wealthy until 1953, Vondelpark now occupies a special place in Amsterdam's heart. It's a magical escape, but also supplies a busy social scene, encompassing cycle ways, pristine lawns, ponds with swans, quaint cafes, footbridges and winding footpaths. On a sunny day, an open-air party atmosphere ensues when tourists, lovers, cyclists, in-line skaters, pram-pushing parents, cartwheeling children, football-kicking teenagers, spliff-sharing friends and champagne-swilling picnickers all come out to play.

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Discover the unique cycling experiences in Holland with self-guided tours tailored to your preferences. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, traveling alone or with your family, our bike-friendly roads , forest trails, and diverse landscapes offer something for everyone.

Holland, situated at the heart of Europe, boasts stunning nature and views. On the one hand, you will ride alongside the Atlantic Ocean , with long sandy beaches, canals, polders, and gusts of wind with that unique, salty taste. On the other hand, Holland offers an incredible amount of historic towns , local delicacies, and natural monuments , such as famous tulip fields or world-renowned windmills. 

Choose from a range of difficulty levels to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities. On our Family Bike tours , you will find the days that are tailor-made for young families that love to enjoy their time together on a bike and learn more about the country that surrounds them.

If you’re up for a challenge, our Road Cycling tours will take you through the most scenic parts of Holland, testing your stamina on long and strenuous stages, but the views will be well worth the struggle. Enjoy smooth roads with minimal traffic and stunning views each day.

For a more relaxed pace, opt for our Trekking Cycling tours and immerse yourself in the diversity of Holland’s roads, trails, and countryside. Experience the changing scenery while riding a comfortable regular or electric bicycle with the help of our detailed self-guided maps. Join us for an amazing cycling adventure in Holland!

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We offer road cycling, trekking cycling and mountain biking holidays. Our road cycling holidays are suitable for avid road cycling enthusiasts whose endurance is high enough to withstand multiple long cycling days in a row.

Our trekking cycling holidays are suitable for anyone, as the stages are short enough for most people, and the terrain is not technical — mostly tarmac and gravel. They will still be enjoyed most by people who cycle occasionally and feel comfortable with multiple days in a row on the saddle and some moderate climbing. For those looking for more leisurely cycling holidays, we offer an e-bike option.

On our guided tours, you will have professional local guides. Our guides will make sure that you will have expert guidance combined with great fun and a memorable experience.

We are always looking for the perfect fit for you. We use a few different accommodation providers that fit our standards but they are subjected to availability, especially in the high season. We can also adjust the holiday, keeping in mind your preferences and budget and can always find a more suitable solution for your taste.

We recommend booking as early as possible. Most of our tours run through very touristy places where accommodation is limited. Most of the great places start getting booked for summer before spring.

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Holland, also vegan dishes, but they may be a bit harder to find rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note that the places where we stop for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

Depending on the tour, generally, spring (April – May) and early autumn (September) are the best times, summer is of course also always great and some of our holidays are also possible in winter! It also depends on your preferences, if you wish to avoid heat, October can also be a great possibility.

Most of the tours can be done even in light rain, as long as you dress accordingly. It is not unusual in the summer that there are afternoon thunderstorms, so early starts are advisable. If the weather looks really bad, we will try to adjust the tour or skip a stage with a shuttle.

Our tours can be adapted to any bike type, whether road, gravel, or mountain bike. We are in constant communication with you to find the optimal conditions for your cycling holidays in Netherlands.

The most versatile option is a gravel bike, even if you are coming on a road cycling holiday. It does not really affect your road performance while allowing you to take some scenic backroads that can be in a slightly worse state than the main ones. A gravel bike is usually more comfortable as well.

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If you are looking for a custom cycling holiday in the Netherlands, then Tulip Cycling is more than happy to provide you with all the information you need. The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is a cyclist's dream. There are endless kilometres of paved bicycle paths and on the flat terrain, cycling is enjoyable, relaxing and very safe for both experienced and non-experienced cyclists of all ages. This makes it the perfect mode of transportation to visit the many highlights our country has to offer.

Visit beautiful places during your custom cycling holiday in the Netherlands

When you opt for a custom cycling holiday in the Netherlands, you can visit both beautiful, bustling towns as Amsterdam as well as the calm and relaxing landscape. During your bike tours in the Netherlands, you will be able to see the Dutch Masters in one of the many world-class museums, cycle by calming waterways to the most beautiful mills, sleep in historical cities, take a look in the national parks or smell the fields of tulips during spring. Doesn’t the Amsterdam countryside bike tour sound like the perfect custom cycling holiday?

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Peter Vos, with the support of his wife Liesbeth van Vulpen, established an outstanding reputation for Tailor-Made and Ready-to-Go cycling tours in Holland. To maintain the high standards so many cyclists have already enjoyed, and to help manage growing demand, Peter and Liesbeth secured the backing of a new partner for Tulip Cycling, Pieter van der Schee. Peter will continue to be very involved in the company and will work with Pieter, who shares his enthusiasm and passion for the beautiful cycling paradise of the Netherlands. With so many attractions waiting here in the spring and summer seasons, the pair are looking forward to welcoming you in the Netherlands for an exceptional cycling tour this year.

Tulip Cycling Tours in Holland

At Tulip Cycling, we specialise in creating individual bike tours in the Netherlands. Our unique concept can be enjoyed in two ways. You can either choose to get a high level of input into planning your own tailored bike tour or go for one of our well-balanced Ready to Go tours. The self-guided Ready to Go bike tours strike a perfect balance between town and non-urban area. We have chosen the most scenic bicycle routes the Low Countries have to offer. Each of the tours provide a taste of the history and culture while you visit beautiful cities and lovely natural settings. To select the bike tours of your choice, you can use the Tour finder.

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Tulip Cycling also offers tailored bike tours in other countries than the Netherlands. You can for instance book a Belgium bike tour . This tour explores some of the finest Belgian cities like Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp or Brussels by bike.

Take the whole family along on one of our tailored bike tours through the Netherlands

Would you like to take the whole family on an unforgettable custom cycling holiday in the Netherlands? Then you should book a family bike tour . We even offer special equipment to help make these tours a success together with your children.

A cycling tour with a hotel stay for added comfort

For those who want a more luxury bike tour, we offer bike tours with hotels along the route . This allows you to rest more comfortably, which helps you recharge even better for the next day of cycling.

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If you would like to create your own unique tailored bike tour to meet all your wishes, we as experts will work with you. We will create your very own tailored bike tour. Make your dream tour with our help! Use the tailor-made tours button to receive our initial proposal. We will then work on it together until it is perfect. The proposal is based on your selected preferences. You can choose the support level, the tour duration, the start and finish dates and places and you can select one of our distinctive bike tour themes .

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Your Tulip custom cycling holiday starts with a personal orientation. We go through the route book and do a bike fitting. Our cycling gear is always of the highest quality and the route support is thoughtfully put together to suit all your needs. Tulip Cycling will also introduce you to the best characterful accommodation on your route according to your preferences and budget for your custom cycling holiday.

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From the golden sand-dune coast to the emerald polders, cycling is a natural choice in Holland. And wherever your two wheels take you, the role of water in the landscape is soon crystal clear.

That’s why we’ve chosen  bike and boat holidays  for our self-guided cycling breaks in  the lowlands of Holland and Belgium . It’s a great combination for seeing things just a bit differently, at a really relaxing pace.

Conquer some of  Amsterdam ’s 1,200 bridges or freewheel along the glorious ‘Grachten’ (canals) in  Bruges , then climb aboard and cruise the waterways. Pedal past the  Kinderdijk  windmills, head across to the  Friesen Islands  or follow the riverbanks deep into the heart of historic Flanders to  Antwerp  and  Ghent .

Our bike and boat holidays feature a  range of floating accommodations  and both  linear and circular routes .

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Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Fluvius (& De Holland)

From Amsterdam to the diamond capital of Antwerp, from the ‘Silver City’ of Schoonhaven to gilded façades and the greenest Ablasserwaard polders by the windmills of the Kinderdijk, enjoy a… Read More

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£1,183.00

8 Days, 7 Nights

Grade 1 (Very Easy)

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Magnifique II (& IV)

Prepare yourself for one treasure of a trip - the diamond city of Antwerp and emerald green polderlands; the canals of Amsterdam and Kinderdijk’s nineteen-strong row of historic windmills; marketplace… Read More

£1,484.00

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Magnifique III

Now this tour’s a real treasure. Cosmopolitan Amsterdam; ‘Silver City’ Schoonhaven; ‘Golden Age’ Dendermonde; ‘Diamond Capital’ Antwerp; glorious Ghent and Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’ – explore this whole… Read More

£1,555.00

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Princesse Royal

Tour along from the canals of Amsterdam, past Kinderdijk’s row of historic windmills to those priceless city gems of Flanders - Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Such a classic trip deserves… Read More

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Fluvius (& De Holland)

Set out from Belgium’s ‘Venice of the North’ to Holland’s cosmopolitan capital via both Antwerp, the ‘City of Diamonds’ and ‘Silver City’ Schoonhaven. This classic tour through Flanders and Holland… Read More

£1,239.00

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Magnifique II (& IV)

Experience one treasure of a trip – Bruges, the ’Pearl of Flanders’; the diamond city of Antwerp and the riches of ‘Silver City’ at Schoonhaven; marketplace memories of the Golden… Read More

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Magnifique III

Add a certain sparkle to your time on two wheels. Simply sit back and relax along glistening waterways on board the brand new premium Dutch barge, MS Magnifique III, and… Read More

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat – Princesse Royal

Tour from Belgium’s ‘Venice of the North’ to Holland’s cosmopolitan capital via both the ‘City of Diamonds’ and ‘Silver City’ and do it in real Dutch style. Climb aboard the… Read More

Double Dutch – Bike & Boat North Holland’s Coast & Countryside – De Willemstad

Meet Noord-Holland - a marriage of coast, countryside and all things irresistibly Dutch. Setting out from Amsterdam, explore a world of windmills and waterways; historic harbourlands and time-honoured trades; gabled… Read More

£827.00

Dutch Island Hopping by Sail Bike & Sail – Mare fan Fryslan

Here’s a gentle adventure with a difference. Ride the Dutch seas in style on board a luxurious, classic sailing schooner and explore the wonderfully wild Frisian Islands on the edge… Read More

£1,128.00

Dutch Island Hopping by Sail Bike & Sail – Wapen fan Fryslan

Sail away in style on board the classic ‘tall ship’ schooner, Wapen fan Fryslân, and hop around the Frisian Islands, exploring each wild world via neat networks of cycle tracks.… Read More

Amsterdam Classic Tulip Tour Bike & Boat – Magnifique I

Holland doesn’t come more bright and beautiful than this! Tour the colourful floral carpets of the famous Keukenhof bulb fields at Lisse. Wonder at the world’s largest flower auction in… Read More

Amsterdam Classic Tulip Tour Bike & Boat – Magnifique II (&IV)

Enjoy Holland at its most colourful in real classic style. Climb aboard the comfortable premium Dutch barge, MS Magnifique II / Magnifique IV, in Amsterdam to cruise the lowland waterways… Read More

£933.00

5 Days, 4 Nights

Amsterdam Classic Tulip Tour Bike & Boat – Fluvius

Canals, cycling and tulips around Amsterdam? What a springtime treat. Climb aboard the riverboat MS Fluvius and enjoy a few truly Dutch days, cruising the lowland waterways near the cosmopolitan… Read More

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Cyclefriendly places

Finding cycle-friendly places to eat, drink and stay is key to a successful cycle trip. Where can you get a tasty breakfast and store your bike safely? How do you go about finding a quiet camp site or charming hotel?

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Cycle transport & repair

Bike problems along the way? It can happen to anyone. In the Netherlands, there is a safety net for cyclists who run into trouble. What’s more, taking your bike on the train is a well-organised process in the Netherlands.

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In the Netherlands, you can hire bikes at various locations. What do you need to pay attention to when hiring a bike? What do you need to know about cycle parking?

Cycling packages

It takes very little time to book a cycling holiday. That is, if you can decide on what you want from the huge selection of cycling packages on offer. And then, the real fun begins: after a delicious breakfast, you head out on your bike, follow a plotted route and at the end of a great day of cycling, park your bike once more at your hospitable accommodation. Will you opt for a cycle tour with luggage transfer, or a one-base cycling holiday? Will you be travelling with your own party or will you go for the group travel option? We are happy to show you what’s out there. All you have to do is take your pick. Cycling holiday providers Cycletours One of the biggest cycling holiday providers is Cycletours. Their website is available in English . Choose a Bed & Bike Tour and cycle along farms in Groningen or through De Hoge Veluwe National Park. For a special experience, try FietsVaarVakanties, holidays where you follow a pre-planned route through the Netherlands by boat and bike. During the day, you cycle through nature reserves and past villages. At the end of the day, you return to the hotel boat which serves as a restaurant, a place to stay and somewhere to store your luggage. Cycling and sailing is a typical Dutch experience! Dutch Bike Tours Dutch Bike Tours organises cycling holidays along the Waddenzee, through the polders of the Netherlands and along big rivers, among others. They also offer several cycling packages that follow the LF route network such as the themed route Langs de Hollandse Waterlinie (Along the Old Dutch Defence Line) or the Molens en Weiden (Mills and Meadows) tour. There are more than 30 cycling holidays to choose from! The Dutch Bike Tours website is available in English . Fiets-Fun Fiets-Fun caters to the camping enthusiast who wants to spend the night in a fully equipped De Waard tent ( the Fiets-Fun site is only available in Dutch ).

Boat-Bike tours A unique concept that combines cycling and cruising. Discover beautiful spots in the Netherlands. During your trip your accommodation will simply follow you. This avoids the hassle of having to move from one hotel to another. Please check the website - in English - for more information.

Holland Bike Tours Holland Bike Tours offers a variety of bike tours in the Netherlands, to discover the hidden gems! Recreational cycling - Road biking - E-biking. They have a tour program and tailor-made options. For routes, accommodation and equipment they have a long term experience and local expertise. The website is in English .

Travelydays Fully organized bicycle tours with overnight stays in cycle-friendly hotels. The trips follow classic cycling routes in a particularly beautiful landscape or are tailor-made tours, partly on special themes. Transportation of luggage from one hotel to another is provided. Check the website .

Holland Cycle Tours Holland Cycle Tours offers a wide variation of cycling tour packages across The Netherlands. From the beautiful sandy dunes to the historic Dutch city centers and the famous tulip fields. All tours include 3 and 4 star hotel stays, luggage transport and all the tour and sightseeing information you need to have the ride of your life! Check the website

Green Cow guided bike tours  Join an experienced guide from Green Cow Bike Tours on a tour through the Green Heart of Holland. From Gouda, they accompany you to the beautiful, off-the-beaten track parts of the Netherlands, enjoying Holland at its best: spot birds, explore windmills and visit a cheese farm! Their guided tours take anywhere between two hours and a full day.  Want to go biking? Like to know more? Visit their website  

Tulip Cycling Tulip Cycling specializes in creating individual, tailor-made bike tours in The Netherlands. They built your very own bike holiday, based on  your choices and their expertise and route-knowledge. Next to the customized tour formula, Tulip Cycling has created several  ready-made bicycle holidays. Tulip Cycling is a small professional organisation which aims to achieve unforgettable cycling holidays for their guests. Check the website

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Cycling in the Netherlands

Holland is a cycling country: 17 million inhabitants, all with bikes. The number of cyclists necessitates a cycling infrastructure: cycle paths (33,000 km), cycle routes (long and short distance), cycle bridges, cycle tunnels, cycle ferries and special signposts for cyclists.

Cycling is part of normal life in the Netherlands; parents bring their children to school by bike, people go to work by bike ( factory workers, doctors, even the prime minister!). The Netherlands is also a land of water. Almost a third of the Netherlands is situated below sea level. The lowest point is 6,76 meter below sea level. 17% of the total surface consists of water and the waterways are in total over 6,000 km long.  It's just logic to discover the Netherlands from the saddle and the water and join one of our bike and barge tours. Surprisingly, it took Cycletours holidays until 1987, 6 years after it was founded, to be the first to offer bike and boat tours in the Netherlands. Cycletours Holidays garantuees you a flat and mountain free cycling tour.

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Bike and barge tours.

Between April and mid-May we offer special bike and barge tulip tours, centered on the Tulip theme and you visit of course the Keukenhof.

The tulip originated in Turkey. The tulip bulb reached The Netherlands at the end of the 16th century. The flower and bulb were thought to be so special that a lively trade arose quite quickly. In 1634 there was one single bulb that was so expensive, a whole canal side house in Amsterdam could be bought with the money worth it. In 1637 the government took the speculation in hand and the bulbs dropped in price drastically. The bulb and flower became "normal". The route leads through vast fields of tulips. The entry of the Keukenhof is included in the tour. 

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Cycling through fields of spring flowers

  • Keukenhof, world famous flower garden
  • Cycling through the bulb fields
  • Windmills at Zaanse Schans

Overwhelming colors of spring in Holland

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In the 12th century Amsterdam was no more than a modest settlement at the mouth of the river Amstel, with open connection to the sea. In those days fishermen and craftsmen built a dam in the Amstel (now the site of the National Monument) and Amstel-re-damme was born. Amsterdam was granted a municipal charter in 1275 and has since expanded continually. In the 17th and 18th century Amsterdamers were the most prosperous Europeans. The famous rings of canals were dug in the Golden Age, the 17th century. Powerful merchants had their abundantly ornamented mansions built here, thus manifesting their riches. Amsterdam is a city to be explored on foot and we recommend the following places of interest: the rings of canals; the Jordaan area with its many pubs, outdoor cafés and quaint shops; Vondelpark with its open air concerts; Leidseplein; Rembrandtplein; the antique shops in the Spiegel district; Museum Square with the Rijksmuseum (National Museum), Stedelijk Museum (Museum of Modern Art), Van Gogh Museum and of course the Anne Frank House .   

Bike and barge tours in the Netherlands

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedaling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge holidays are all about!

In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with your fellow passengers and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck.  All our bike and barge tours start and/or finish in the city centre of Amsterdam. You can choose between different routes. You can choose to start or finish in The Netherlands, start or finish in Belgium or finish in Germany. These tours from Amsterdam to Bruges v.v. or Amsterdam to Koblenz are very popular, but you can also choose for our classics in Holland: Top of Amsterdam with the isle of Texel or the Southern tour with visit to Haarlem, Leiden, Delft, Kinderdijk and Gouda.The Rhine and IJssel tour explores the eastern part of the country and on the Friesland and Lake IJssel tour you discover the villages from the Golden Age and the rural province of Friesland.  Don't hestitate to contact us in our office in Amsterdam for advice or answers to all your questions. We understand that cycling in the Netherlands is something we do every day, but for you it's a new and exciting experience!   

Friesland and Lake IJssel

Frisian lakes and historic towns

  • Frisian cities like Sloten, Sneek and Stavoren
  • Sailing on the IJsselmeer
  • Lakes and waterways Friesland
  • Zuiderzee museum, a unique piece of Dutch history

Rhine & IJssel tour

Cycling along meandering rivers

  • Arnhem, a bridge too far
  • Deventer and Kampen, Hanseatic cities
  • Natural beauty of the Rhine valley
  • Spakenburg old fishing village

Southern Tour

Green and cultural heart of the Netherlands

  • Cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Delft
  • Gouda historic old city
  • Port of Rotterdam
  • Windmills of Kinderdijk

Top of Amsterdam

Typical Dutch, cycling below sea level

  • Fishing villages Volendam and Enkhuizen
  • Isle of Texel
  • Beemster polder, World Heritage List of UNESCO
  • Zaanse Schans, a unique piece of Dutch history

Amsterdam to Bruges

Two countries, Holland and Belgium

  • Gouda, city of Cheese
  • 19 Windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Delta Works
  • Flemish towns Ghent and Bruges

Bruges to Amsterdam

Two countries, Belgium and Holland

  • Bruges and Ghent
  • Dutch Brooklyn and river Vecht
  • Dutch rivers canals and polders

Amsterdam to Koblenz

Cycling Holiday along the Rhine

  • Arnhem and Remagen
  • National Park de Hoge Veluwe
  • Cologne cathedral
  • Romantic Rhine Valley

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  • Custom itineraries and uniquely personal service
  • A network of 20,000 miles of dedicated bike routes: the bicycle reigns supreme!
  • Legendary for its tulips, windmills, canals and bicycles
  • Gently undulating terrain and varied landscapes
  • Charming cities, towns, and villages with a very rich history
  • Water everywhere!

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Starting / Ending City

Amsterdam or Utrecht

Tour Length

3 to 10 days

◊ Self-Guided With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group Our Guided tours allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

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Our Holland Bike Tours

Cycling in the Netherlands is a revelation. It is simply the most bicycle-friendly country on the planet: a haven for cyclists with more than 20,000 miles of traffic-free bike paths, all of which can be used to explore a magnificently pristine countryside dotted with postcard perfect towns and cities.

The scenery is truly impressive: acres of tulip fields, dense forests, tranquil waterways, and working, historic windmills. Water is dominant, with only about 50%  of the country being more than 1 meter above sea level, leading to the need for the country to be be managed by the world’s most complex network of dikes and canals.

The towns and cities you will cycle through are also delightful: medieval gems crammed with cafés, historic sites, and exceptionally good museums. Our Netherlands bike tours take you from Naarden to the loops of Utrecht and the city itself. We’ll then bike over to Gouda on our way to Leiden and a loop thru Delft. Next will be the loops of Haarlem and the city. With our last major city being Alkmaar and a loop around the surrounding countryside.

Here, the car is not king and the bicycle rules. A full 36% of the population cites the bicycle as their most frequent mode of transportation.  Cycle paths extend outside of cities, connecting Dutch villages, towns and cities. Many roads have one or two cycling paths that parallel them, otherwise paths are marked on the roads themselves.

The flat terrain and separation from cars makes Holland an ideal destination for beginner, intermediate and family cycling. Learn more about the LifeCycle Adventures difference.

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Cycling in the Netherlands is a revelation. It is simply the most bicycle-friendly country on the planet: a haven for cyclists with more than 20,000 miles of traffic-free bike paths. The scenery is equally impressive: acres of tulip fields, dense forests, tranquil waterways, and working, historic windmills. The towns and cities are also delightful: medieval gems crammed with cafés, historic sites, and exceptionally good museums.

The flat terrain and separation from cars makes Holland an ideal destination for beginner, intermediate and family cycling.

TOUR LENGTH

6 Days / 5 Nights

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Budget   

Classic   

Luxury   

START & END

Service highlights.

  • Private transfer from Amsterdam with bike set up and route briefing at the start of your ride
  • Bilingual guides delivering superior service
  • Handpicked accommodations with breakfast
  • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
  • Luggage moved between lodgings and optional participant transfers along the routes
  • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
  • Private transfer back to Amsterdam at the end of your tour

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Alternative start/end location at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport
  • Cheese tours
  • Customize your route

BIKE AVAILABILITY

Day-by-day flow.

Day 1: Utrecht to Gouda

Day 2: Gouda Loop Day

Day 3: Gouda to Leiden

Day 4: Leiden Loop Day

Day 5: Leiden to Haarlem

Day 6: Haarlem Loop Day

Day One - Utrecht to Gouda

Today you ride from a medieval university town to an ancient cheese town. Most of the riding is on scenic bike routes alongside canals and small rivers.

The Intermediate route heads south from Utrecht before heading west to the small town of Oudewater with its beautiful town center and scales for weighing witches! On leaving Oudewater, the route follows the Hollandse Ijssel river into the center of Gouda.

Leisure riders enjoy a similar day to the Intermediate riders but take a more direct route, west, out of Utrecht.

The Challenge route leaves Utrecht via the Vecht river, a picturesque waterway lined with castles and country estates. From the village of Breukelen, the route takes you up to the castle ‘de Haar’ and the historic town of Woerden. From Woerden, the route continues to Oudewater where it joins the final section of the Intermediate route for the ride into Gouda.

Travel from a medieval university town to an ancient cheese town along scenic bike routes that follow canals and rivers

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RIDE OPTIONS

20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

Intermediate 25 miles with 250 feet of climbing

Challenge 40 miles with 450 feet of climbing

OVERNIGHT TOWN

Gouda produces one of the best-known cheese in the world. Gouda is also famous for its dense network of canals, the 15th-century city hall, and the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sint-Jans church. Culinary, calorie-laden treats include Stroopwafels.

Day Two - Gouda Loops

Today’s rides head south of Gouda through typical Dutch landscapes captured by many famous painters. You ride on bike lanes alongside canals and past picturesque farms. The major attraction of the ride is the UNESCO monument of the Kinderdijk windmills: a group of 19 monumental windmills built between 1738 and 1740.

The Challenge ride takes you past the Kinderdijk windmills before heading up the Rhine Valley to the historic town of Schoonhoven where silversmiths and goldsmiths have worked since the 17th century. From Schoonhoven to Gouda you cycle along one of the most scenic small rivers of the Netherlands (the Vlist) with its many farms, hidden lanes and scenic views.

The Intermediate ride follows a similar route to the challenging ride but bypasses the town Schoonhoven taking a more direct route back into Gouda.

The Leisure ride focuses on the charming lowlands: the origin of the famous Gouda cheese. You will pass the Jongenhoeve cheese farm where you can taste homemade cheese. Note that this route does not pass the Kinderdijk windmills.

The major attraction of the ride is the UNESCO monument of the Kinderdijk windmills: 19 monumental windmills built in the 1700s.

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Leisure 20 miles with 200 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 350 feet

Challenge 45 miles with 500 feet of

Day Three - Gouda to Leiden

Leaving the town of Gouda you enter the ‘Green Heart‘ of Holland passing canals and windmills all the way to Boskoop. Boskoop is situated on long stretches of land, divided by narrow canals and is famous for its nurseries. After riding though the lowlands, you arrive at the historic student town of Leiden.

The Intermediate route takes you through the recreational lakes to the north of Gouda to town of Boskoop with its quiet streets lined with impressive homes. From Boskoop, the ride continues through the largest floriculture area in the world situated on long stretches of land divided by narrow canals, As you ride into Leiden, you also pass the Heineken headquarters.

The Challenge route follows the intermediate route to Boskoop but from here it heads north through the windmill district to the east of Leiden through the charming villages of Rijpwetering and Oud Ade before returning south into Leiden.

The Leisure ride takes a more direct route from Gouda to Leiden but also passes through the village of Boskoop.

Cycle through the Green Heart of Holland: a water-rich, rural region dotted with historic towns and picturesque windmills

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Intermediate 25 miles with 250 feet

Challenge 35 miles with 350 feet

Leiden is a lively town known for its medieval architecture, its maze of narrow streets, and for Leiden University – founded in 1575 and the country’s oldest. Leiden is also the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn. The Museum De Lakenhal has many works by old masters including Lucas van Leyden, Jan Steen, and, of course, Rembrandt.

Day Four - Leiden Loops

For Intermediate and Challenge riders, Delft is the target city for the day. Delft is best known for its blue and white pottery which has been produced here since the 16th century. Delft is also a charming town in its own right and it is well worth taking time to explore its canals, churches, mansions, museums, markets and cafés.

Intermediate riders loop back to Leiden from Delft.

Challenge riders continue south from Delft on an extra loop that explores a rural haven that is surrounded by the skylines of Delft, Rotterdam, and The Hague.

Leisure riders take on a shorter loop that includes Vlietland: a spacious park busy with activities such as sailing, kayaking, camping and climbing.

Explore the canals, churches, mansions, museums, markets and cafés for charming Delft

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Leisure 20 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 500 feet

Challenge 55 miles with 750 feet

Day Five - Leiden to Haarlem

On today’s Intermediate route, you cycle north into the heart of tulip country. The ride passes Keukenhof Botanical Gardens*: an expansive 19th-century park showcasing thousands of Dutch spring flowers. The second part of your ride turns west, arriving at the coast, where you head north alongside the North Sea. The bike path here snakes through large sandy dunes and is one of the most stunning cycle routes in the country. On reaching the beach town of Zandvoort, you head east to the medieval city of Haarlem.

Leisure follow the Intermediate route to the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens* but rather than then heading to the coast, you ride directly to Haarlem.

The Challenge route takes you west before turning north towards the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens. After a loop touring tulip country, you join intermediate for the coastal ride up to Haarlem.

*The Keukenhof Botanical Gardens are typically open from the last week in March until the second week in May. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Ride north through tulip fields and across sand dunes on one of the most stunning cycle routes in the country

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Leisure 25 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 550 feet of climbing

Challenge 35 miles with 700 feet of climbing

The medieval city of Haarlem sits partway between Amsterdam and the coastal dunes. The narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful old squares are lined with gabled houses, cafés and museums. The town is also at the center of the Dutch flower industry.

Day Six - Haarlem Loops - Last Day

Your ride today showcases two different sides of Haarlem: to the east, there are the typical Dutch polders (fields protected by dikes) and, to the west, sand dunes and beaches. One highlight of the day is the beautiful Zuid-Kennemerland National Park – an area of wide open dunes and beaches. Another highlight is the fortifications of the Defense Line of Amsterdam – an intricate system of canals, locks, and fortifications (and a UNESCO World Heritage site).

On the Leisure route, you enjoy a short ride along the coast before heading back to Haarlem.

On the Intermediate route, you ride more of the coast – south to Zandvoort (one of the most popular seaside resorts in Holland) – before turning inland back to Haarlem.

For the Challenge ride, the route first heads over the Binnentoeleidingskanaal. After a loop of North Holland, you return south to join the Intermediate route back to Haarlem.

Cycle along the Defense Line of Amsterdam – a UNESCO World Heritage site with an intricate system of canals, locks, and fortifications

Haarlem Loop 1

Leisure 20 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Intermediate 25 miles with 600 feet

Challenge 50 miles with 1,000 feet

As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

ACCOMMODATION

Manna B&B A small B&B at the top of an old canal house close to the historic center of the city. The room is spacious and bright, with comfortable, modern decor. There is also a cozy roof terrace leading from the bedroom. The owners are warm, welcoming and serve a great breakfast

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The Tulip Inn This modern hotel is near the railway station, just 10-minutes walk from the historic city center. Rooms are simple, clean and functional. The property has two hotels, the 4-star Golden Tulip and the 3-star Tulip Inn. In this category, we typically book rooms in the 3-star inn.

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Hotel Lion D’Or This is a good-but-basic city hotel, well located in the cultural heart of the city. The rooms are modern without being fancy. While there is a reasonable restaurant on site, most guests choose to explore the other dining options in the city. NOTE: the hotel is close to the train station and can be a little noisy.

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ACCOMMODATION NOTES

Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

Mix & Match You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

Plus City Hotel This Best Western hotel is located on a canal close to the historic city center. The property is a pleasant blend of new and modernized-old with a nice bistro-bar. The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable. A nice hotel in a great location for the city center.

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Hotel d’Oude Morsch This hotel is located in the former guardhouse of the town barracks. The property looks out onto the city’s park, a windmill, and a historical city gateway. The hotel is close to shops, museums and restaurants. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the rooms are comfortable and characterful. NOTE: bike parking is a short walk from the hotel.

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Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals This hotel is ideally located in the center of Haarlem; walking distance from all the main tourist sites. The spacious rooms and suites have extra-long beds. An extensive breakfast buffet can be ordered each day and there is a hotel bar for drinks. There are also plenty of dining options nearby.

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Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis This charming boutique hotel is located in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the city. Rooms have been tastefully renovated combining modern conveniences with a reverence for the past. The hotel is in the heart of the old town with a verdant courtyard, a cool cocktail bar and an excellent restaurant.

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Steenhof Suites Located in the historic heart of Leiden, this beautiful boutique hotel combines romantic luxury and 21st century comfort. There are 14 spacious suites that have been exquisitely renovated. This canal-side property also features a fitness center, a small terrace and a stylish bar. Staff is gracious, helpful and knowledgeable.

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Boutiquehotel Staats A beautifully unique boutique hotel in the center of Haarlem. The rooms are large and individually decorated. The staff are very welcoming, the location is ideal yet quiet. The restaurant is elegant with delicious food.

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Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

Mix & Match

You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

BIKE CHOICES

Hybrid bike.

Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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Receiving & Assembly per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

Bike Boxes  a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

Tandem Bike  a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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The ultimate guide to Cycletours’ Netherlands by bike and barge

by Anne Betts | Jul 3, 2021 | Cycling Trips , Netherlands | 13 comments

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Updated July 3, 2021

With a population of almost 17 million people owning close to 20 million bicycles, cycling is a way of life for people of all ages in the Netherlands. It’s the perfect country to enjoy a cycling vacation with Cycletours’ Netherlands by bike and barge  travelling on and beside canals, especially when tulips are in bloom. Read on for a detailed review, comprehensive guide, and day-to-day itinerary.

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When is the best time, advantages of a bike-and-boat tour, schiff liza marleen, guide-led cycling, day 1 (20 km), day 2: vianen to gouda (39 km), day 3: gouda to rotterdam to delft (37 km), day 4: delft to leiden (48 km), day 5 – keukenhof, day 6: leiden to haarlem (59 km), day 7: haarlem to amsterdam (51 km), the verdict.

The Dutch have been building dedicated bike paths (35,000 kilometres of them in fact) since the late 1800s. As a result, a bike-friendly infrastructure has been developed. There’s a continuous network of clearly signposted, well maintained and well lit cycle paths, cycle lanes, cycle bridges, cycle tunnels, cycle ferries, cycle parking stations, and cycle traffic lights. There are even specially designed containers for cyclists to deposit garbage on the fly.

Drivers treat cyclists with courtesy and respect. There’s a strong likelihood that drivers are cyclists themselves when they’re not behind the wheel of a car. Where cycle paths and roads meet, cyclists have priority. If a collision occurs between a car and a cyclist, in many cases the driver and his/her insurance is deemed to be liable to pay damages. All this contributes to making cycling safe, convenient, and affordable. The country is a cyclist’s dream.

The Netherlands is laced with canals, making a bike-and-barge vacation an enjoyable and economical option.

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In April and May, Holland explodes with displays of blooming tulips, hyacinths, irises, scillas, crocuses, and muscari. In residential and public gardens, lilacs, magnolias, wisterias, laburnums, and hawthorns herald the arrival of spring. These are the kind of visual fireworks everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime.

Spring creates a perfect backdrop for special cycling tours through the legendary tulip fields. Many include a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Park with its 32 hectares of brilliantly coloured flowering bulbs.

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Combining cycling and travel means being out in the fresh air to not only enjoy the scenery, but benefit from several hours of low impact exercise. All that calorie-burning pedal power builds an appetite for the delectable array of European foods. Relish the guilt-free enjoyment of the wide selection of inexpensive beer and wine. Add a barge to the mix and a perfect holiday starts to take shape.

There’s something attractive about the familiarity of returning to the same floating hotel at the end of a cycling day. It’s convenient to unpack once at the beginning of the tour, and giving wash-and-wear clothing the extra time it needs to dry before each new cycling day.

Another appealing aspect is the option to forego one or more days of cycling and remain on board the boat. A barge usually features common areas such as a lounge and sundeck, providing comfortable areas for non-cycling family members or friends to relax during the day. Remaining on board is particularly useful in the event of illness or injury. When you’re not well, a 50-kilometre ride in inclement weather isn’t a healthy choice.

A four-country bike-and-boat tour of the Danube  introduced us to bike-and-boat travel. It was on the MV My Story in 2013, and organized by Rad and Reisen/Eurocycle. As a result, we signed up with the same company for the Southern Relax Tulip Tour operated by Rad and Reisen’s local partner, Cycletours Holidays. This was during the first week of May in 2014.

Our barge for the tour was the Schiff Liza Marleen , built in 1918 as a fishing boat to harvest herring from the waters of the North Sea. Converted to a passenger craft in 1992, she can carry up to 34 passengers housed in 14 two- and three-person cabins. For our tour, we were 24. A crew of four — all Dutch — Skipper Nico, Chef Manfred, Host Titcia, and Guide Annie rounded out the Liza Marleen’s entourage for the week.

The cabins provided all the amenities needed for a comfortable week on the water. They included bunk beds with reading lights, and private bathrooms with plenty of glorious hot water. In the two cabins assigned to our group of four friends, the bottom beds were singles and the top ones doubles. Each top bunk enjoyed a window, and was accessed by a sloping ladder. Other cabins contained single bunk beds in a different configuration. All cabins contained shelves and several hooks and hangers. Luxury accommodation it wasn’t; for us, it was perfect.

Meals were excellent, food was plentiful, and every effort was made to accommodate dietary needs. Coffee and tea were available throughout the day. Beer, wine, and soft drinks were available on a self-serve honour system. Purchases were marked throughout the week and bills settled at the end of the trip.

The 08:00 buffet-style breakfast consisted of cereal, yogurt, fruit, eggs, bacon, pancakes, cold cuts, and cheese. Each person prepared a sandwich for a packed lunch, complemented by fruit, juice packs, and candy and protein bars.

Three-course suppers at 18:30 were varied. By the second day, they assumed the atmosphere of boisterous family affairs. It was with eager anticipation we awaited the announcement of the menu with appreciative “oohs and aahs” as Titcia described each dish. When Manfred emerged from the kitchen after the meal, he was greeted with rousing applause. Everyone helped clear away dishes by passing plates and cutlery down to the end of the table to be stacked ready for pick up. Willing helpers cleared the tables of cups, glasses, placemats, and napkins.

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The 24 mostly retired and pre-retired participants came from Austria, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States. English was the language of announcements and itinerary descriptions, and conversations were in Dutch, English, French, and German.

We travelled as one large group. This was different from our Danube bike-and-boat tour. For that trip, we moved at our own pace in small groups by following detailed maps and instructions, tour signposts, and our written notes from briefing sessions.

The option existed to go it alone but after having experienced so many twists and turns on the first day, it was not an alternative anyone took up. A key advantage was the security that came with travelling as part of a group. It meant remaining on the right paths, reaching the boat on time, getting help if needed, and not having to expend all that mental and emotional energy on staying oriented and not getting lost.

Our guide Annie led the way, cycling back and forth to shepherd the group across busy intersections without traffic lights. On a couple of occasions, she retrieved lost cyclists. What an amazing accomplishment.

At the back of the line were two ‘sweeps.’ They ‘swept up’ stragglers and stayed in touch with Annie by phone as required. For the most part, the system worked well, especially with the appointment of a couple of riders in the middle of the pack. Their job was to keep an eye on any widening gaps, and the location of the sweeps. At times, one of them would remain at a turn to direct cyclists. By the end of the week, we were working like a well-oiled machine, with everyone watching out for the safety and well-being of others in the group.

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The height of each person was collected as part of the booking process. Therefore, the selection of bikes contained the appropriate mix of small, medium, and large men’s and women’s bikes. There was also the option to rent an electric bike. The bikes were all assembled by the Dutch manufacturer Batavus, with Galibier and Comanche 24 models available. They were lightweight and performed very well. Each bike was outfitted with a built-in lock, water bottle cradle, and double waterproof panniers. While the bikes had 24 speeds, about 18 of these were redundant given the topography of our route.

The Liza Marleen was berthed at Oosterdock in the centre of Amsterdam near Nemo, the Science and Technology Museum nearby central station. We were greeted by the crew, shown to our cabins, and provided with a short briefing before sailing out of the city in the direction of Vianen. It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon on the water, shared with a variety of boats overflowing with people enjoying the canals of Amsterdam. After an hour or so, we disembarked for a short 20-km cycle. The countryside was sprinkled with grazing cattle and sheep, canal-side houseboats, and charming villages. After a relatively mild winter, spring had come early to the Netherlands. The landscape flaunted every imaginable shade of green, interspersed with the splashes of colour of flowering trees, shrubs, and plants.

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The Netherlands means ‘the low lands,’ with approximately one third of the country below sea level. As a result, the Dutch have drained many lakes and parts of the sea, creating ‘polders’ (reclaimed land). This prompts the oft-quoted saying “God created the earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands.”

The centuries-long struggle with water has resulted in a labyrinth of canals and drainage channels crisscrossing the landscape. Many of our cycle paths were formed of fill dredged from the adjacent channels. This invariably placed us on slightly higher ground from which to enjoy views of the countryside. With waterways everywhere, waterfowl were our constant companions — geese and ducks, herons and hawks, storks, swans, and nesting coots.

The route from Vianen took us to our lunch stop of Schoonhoven, a town with a rich history in the traditional craft of silversmithing. Later, we arrived in Gouda (pronounced ‘Howda’) to narrow streets, a picturesque town hall in a large central market square, and a canal-side shop dedicated to Gouda’s world-famous cheese. It was May 4, when the Dutch hold “Dodenherdenking” or “Remembrance of the Dead.” It commemorates those who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II. Throughout the country, two minutes of silence are observed at 20:00 when we attended a remembrance gathering in the Gouda town hall square.

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It’s like stepping back into medieval times visiting the 123-metre long St. Janskerk (St. John’s Church) dedicated to John the Baptist, patron saint of Gouda. The church is especially famous for its 400-year-old ‘Gouda Windows’ removed prior to the outbreak of World War II. They were packed in crates and hidden for safe keeping in earthen bunkers. Fortunately, the church survived both the occupation and the liberation, and the stained-glass windows were restored to their original place in 1947.

No visit to Gouda would be complete without sampling the traditional stroopwafel (treacle waffles) first made in Gouda in the early nineteenth century.

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From Gouda, we set off in the direction of Kinderdijk. It’s the only place in the world with so many windmills so close together in an authentic polder landscape. The 19 mills, pumping stations, low and high storage basins, ditches, and sluices form such an ingenious water management system that the complex was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997. Today, a large pumping station is responsible for controlling the water level in the polder.

A fast ferry took us from Alblasserdam to Rotterdam where we boarded the Liza Marleen. Most of us headed to the sundeck for the sailing to Delft. Skipper Nico explained that a condition of our remaining on the sundeck was that when the wheelhouse lowered, we were to ‘hit the deck.’ This involved sitting on the floor as the barge passed under bridges with limited clearance. It was a beautiful evening and the sundeck was an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the changing scenery.

Delft is famous for its pottery, the ‘Delft blue.’ Our visit to De Delftse Pauw (Delft Pottery) was extremely well organized, with two guides seamlessly conducting a tour of the facility in English, French, and German.

From Delft, our cycle route took us to The Hague. Sharing the busy streets with cars, motorcyclists, trams, pedestrians, and other cyclists proved very challenging. It was also exhilarating to experience a brief cultural immersion in the life of locals who cycle in busy cities on a daily basis. A short stop at the Peace Palace housing the International Court of Justice introduced us to the origins and functions of this magnificent institution.

From The Hague, we cycled to the North Sea coast at Scheveningen with its sprawling sandy beach, restaurants, amusements, and quirky beachfront sculptures.

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Cycling through the dunes was a peaceful contrast to the hectic streets of The Hague. A few gentle inclines and declines followed the contours of the dunes, and the trees provided ample protection from wind and blowing sand. The serenity of the dunes was conducive to reflecting on the gift of seeing Holland by bike and barge.

After a brief stop and stroll around the seaside town of Katweya, we headed towards Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt (van Rijn). We found the Liza Marleen moored near the Zijlpoort, a gate that once formed part of the city walls.

The Southern Relax Tulip Tour includes a visit to Keukenhof. The public bus system provided transportation from Leiden to the world-famous spring gardens in the town of Lisse, the centre of Holland’s bulb district. In the 32-hectare park, bulb growers display their best and newest wonders in blazing colours along pathways lined with acres of manicured gardens. With more than seven million tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, and muscari bulbs planted and tended by Keukenhof gardeners each year, the park has to be one of the most photographed places on earth. While the thousands upon thousands of tulips in rich kaleidoscopic arrangements are without a doubt the stars of the show, there is so much more to enjoy at Keukenhof. Indoor areas showcase numerous floral arrangements and displays, changing regularly throughout the brief eight-week Keukenhof season. The Beatrix Pavillion with its Orchid, Bromeliad and Anthurium Shows was a stunning favourite.

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From Leiden, we cycled through Rijnsburg, and soon after took the Veerpont ferry to Warmond. With a maximum capacity of 34 passengers and bicycles, the ferry needed to be perfectly balanced. People were asked by the ferry operator to move to one side or the other to achieve the desired distribution of weight. Our cooperation was rewarded with a tray of candies passed around the boat.

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Much of our cycling route was through the heart of Bloembollenstreek. Holland’s bulb-growing region stretches from Haarlem to Leiden where bulbs have been grown since the end of the sixteenth century. Unfortunately, we could only dream and drool over what the gardens would have looked like just a few short weeks earlier. Spring had come early to this part of Europe, and we had missed the patchwork of tulip blooms in the fields by about two weeks.

At the seaside town of Noordwijk, we paused by the system of underground military bunkers and tunnels built under the Noordwijk sand dunes by German troops occupying the town from 1940 to 1945. The Atlantikwall, stretching from the French-Spanish border up to Norway, was built as a barrier against an anticipated Allied invasion. After lunch on the beach, our cycling route took us in a northerly direction towards Haarlem.

We passed more fields where we could only imagine what a spectacular sight it must have been a few weeks earlier. We took solace in the fact that the billions of spent blooms were part of the natural cycle of building bulbs worthy of export to countries around the globe. The barely distinguishable brown and green hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils were still enjoying their only spring beneath Dutch skies. Needless to say, our disappointment was harnessed into shaping plans to return to the region in a subsequent year around the third week of April.

At Haarlem, which rendered its name to Harlem, New York, the Haarlemmermeer (Haarlemmer Lake) is today a polder. Originally using windmills, and later (between 1849 and 1852) employing three steam-powered pumping stations, the water was pumped into a circular canal around the polder before being transported to the sea. Eventually, the Haarlemmer was pumped dry of 831 cubic kilometres of water creating 18,300 hectares of fertile land. In fact, Schiphol Airport is situated here, approximately three metres below sea level. A visit to the Cruquiusgemaal (Cruquius Pumping Station), site of the largest steam engine in the world, confirmed what had already been observed while cycling — that the Netherlands is an extraordinary country. It’s an incredible example of what ingenuity, perseverance, and ambitious engineering can accomplish.

Our cycling day started with a leisurely ride through Spaarnwoude, a recreational area just outside Haarlem.

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At Spaarndam (named after the dam built on the Spaarne River to limit the danger of flooding from the sea), we paused by the statue of Hansje Brinker on the IJdijk. He was a fictitious character who saved the country from flooding by putting his thumb in a leaking dyke. Today, the character symbolizes Holland’s perpetual struggle against floodwaters.

The Buitenhuizen ferry from Spaarndam to Assendelft across the Noordzeekanaal (North Sea Canal) put us within cycling distance of Zaanse Schans. This open-air cultural museum on the bank of the Zaan River consists of warehouses, workshops, traditional weatherboard houses, and several working windmills. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there were thousands of windmills along the dykes. They performed various functions as sawmills, dye mills, and oil mills powering the Dutch economy. The Zaanse Schans village provides a picture of what it must have been like. One of the highlights was a visit to a klompermakerij (wooden shoe maker) and museum where regular demonstrations were conducted on the carving of wooden shoes.

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A fierce headwind on the journey from Zaanse Schans to Amsterdam made the final two hours of our 250-km cycling week the most demanding. A short break at the Landsmeerderveld memorial provided a welcome respite from the blustery conditions. The memorial, constructed of parts of the plane found in the fields in Landsmeer, marks the crash on September 29, 1941 of a Vickers Wellington bomber on its way back to Britain after a successful bombing mission over Italy.

We arrived ‘home’ to a special table setting prepared by Titcia, hinting at a more festive atmosphere for our last supper together. Manfred rose to the occasion by preparing a wonderful buffet of delicious Indonesian dishes and a fiery dessert.

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  • With its multitude of bike paths and a cycling-positive culture, the Netherlands is a perfect destination for a cycling vacation. We were constantly amazed at the patience and thoughtfulness of Dutch drivers, and felt a level of safety not experienced in Canada.
  • The tour is perfect for leisure cyclists, including those who haven’t ridden a bicycle in decades. Cycle paths are on mostly flat terrain and daily distances are manageable. Electric bikes are available for easier cycling.
  • The tour was sprinkled with such a rich variety of scenery and experiences that it was interesting at all times. Organization was superb.
  • On the Liza Marleen, we were treated as honoured guests. The crew bent over backwards to make our cycling tour all it could be… and more. They were amazing.
  • We often found ourselves comparing the Southern Relax Tulip Tour with the Danube boat-and-bike tour on the 174-passenger My Story of the previous spring. We definitely preferred the more intimate interaction with passengers and crew that came with a smaller group. By the end of the second day, we knew everyone’s name and where each person was from. A tangible group spirit developed over the course of the seven days. At the end of the week, a list of email addresses was compiled so we could exchange photographs and stay in touch.
  • If considering a spring bike-and-barge tour, make allowances for the unpredictability of nature. If feasting on the vibrant colours of the flowering field bulbs is part of the appeal, pitch to the middle of the season (e.g., the third week of April).
  • Expect rain, and temperatures of anywhere between 10 and 30 degrees. Dress in layers and don’t skimp on good quality rain gear.
  • Helmets aren’t mandatory in the Netherlands for this type of cycling, so bringing a helmet or renting one is optional.
  • Assemble a small first-aid kit to take out cycling, and include a variety of band-aids, as well as antiseptic wipes and antiseptic cream.
  • Bring a pocket shopping bag to carry gear to and from the panniers. The process of loading and unloading of the bikes needs to move quickly, especially if it’s raining.
  • Wi-Fi on the barge was very slow, and limited to one hour per day just before supper. Staying connected to the cellular network can be very useful. I used it to check the weather, stay in touch with home, and research stops along the way. It was handy to call a taxi and our accommodation hosts before and after the tour. It’s critical if volunteering as a ‘sweep,’ or travelling independently from the group. If arriving at Schiphol, there are several options. I chose Lebara and my 20-euro investment bought a SIM card, 1GB of data and 7,50 euro calling credit. I wasn’t disappointed and was very pleased with the service.

There are several companies offering cycling tours in the Netherlands. If they’re as good as Cycletours, or as great as the crew on the Liza Marleen, expect a memorable experience.

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For more photographs, check out the album below. If you’re considering a bike-and-boat tour of the Danube, you might be interested in Cycling the Danube: a four-country tour by bike and boat .

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13 Comments

Richard Tulloch

This sounds like a greatest hits tour of The Netherlands! Would love to cycle there.

annie verhage

I was reading the report again today, while it’s grey and rainy in Holland. But…. the daffodils are already blooming, even one carnation shows it’s beautiful colours!! I cannot wait to start guiding.

I wish you a happy New Year and many new biking adventures.

All the best,

Anne Betts

Wow this would definitely be a great activity for people who love to keep fit while travelling! I would enjoy doing this, but I’m not sure if my calves would cope!

Trea

Thank you for such a detailed guide! I’m so desperate to see the tulips one year. I especially like how you broke this up by days. Will be coming back to this when I finally get to go.

Jan

I have not been to Netherlands yet, but this is a great blog with so much information on what to do. Apart from the spectacular tulips and other flowers, there seems to be so much to do using cycle tours to keep fit. Bookmarking your blog for future reference.:-)

Bliss

This looks like it would be a great way to see the Netherlands. Love the photo with the large clogs

Nina

I was too afraid to cycle in Amsterdam but I think a tour like this would have helepd a lot. I’ll try it next time!

Elyse

This sounds like such a great way to experience Holland, especially during the tulip season. I also love that they get your height prior so your bike is just right 👏🏽

Frances

So beautiful Need a general idea of costs to #days. This determines if I can consider your tour. Thank you, Frances

Hi Frances. Here’s a description of the itinerary, number of days, and cost (from the company’s website): https://cycletours.com/cycling-holidays/countries/the-netherlands/tulip-tour/ I notice there are quite a few other companies offering similar tours. Good luck with your research.

Natasha Thompson

Hi Anne, Great report! I’m here now doing the southern tour and enjoying dry and sunny weather! There’s nothing on the website about tipping at the end. Is this a expected practice here in the Netherlands? The service is outstanding!

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The Netherlands are home to a fantastic combination of tradition and modernization. The many links between this region’s history and geography make traveling by bike AND barge the perfect traditional transportation combination. By day you’ll cycle past legendary windmills and tulip fields and explore the stunning architecture displayed in town squares. Later on, while aboard our private barge, you will look out on some of the country’s most scenic landscapes and port villages. You’ll also visit important culinary towns home to traditional foods such as Gouda cheese and unparalleled chocolate. Renowned for its cycling and cafe culture, fascinating museums, charming urban areas and welcoming people, exploring the Netherlands by barge and bicycle is an experience not to be missed.

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Begin with a leisurely bike tour from Edam to Santpoort, located on the edge of a lush coastal forest • Pause for lunch at a charming and quintessentially Dutch farmhouse • Bike past emerald-green fields, horse farms and windmills • Rest and relax at our splendid hotel on the edge of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park.

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In April and early May, admire the floral designs at Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden • A landscape of dunes and seaside lanes lead the way to The Hague • Bike through polders and countryside to Gouda, where the beloved cheese originates • Delight in the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk, known for its 19 windmills once used to drain the surrounding floodplain • Indulge in traditional pannekoeken (pancakes) or a slice of appeltaart topped with homemade whipped cream • Biking is a way of life in Holland, and it’s a pleasure to join the locals as you cruise through the region, passing dikes and quaint villages.

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Bike over the border to Belgium on a scenic spin to romantic Bruges • Discover the secrets of this medieval city of narrow cobblestone streets, step-gabled brick houses, lofty spires and meandering canals • Thirsty? Try some of the world-renowned local beers •  Follow dedicated bike paths to the Flemish town of Diksmuide, once the heart of Belgian resistance in World War I • Enjoy a final bike ride through leafy forests and over canals around Bruges • Visit one of the town’s many chocolate shops for some tasty souvenirs.

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  • Exploring the picturesque, typical Dutch countryside
  • Cycling at your own pace on a fantastic self guided itinerary

If you're looking for the quintessential Dutch cycling experience, look no further. This self guided cycling trip in The Netherlands combines several all-time favourite cities; Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda, each unique and brimming with typical old world Dutch character. The ride is perfect for a first time cycle trip or for those looking to slow down the pace. Each day's cycling distance is relatively short, allowing you time to explore out of the saddle and take in the highlights of each city or linger en route over a cheese tasting or coffee. Between the cities, the cycling route meanders through the quiet Dutch countryside, where you will encounter polders, windmills, fields of flowers (in the spring time), lakes and rivers. The itinerary really does provide a week long experience of the classic Dutch cultural and countryside gems.

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Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam

Meals:   Nil

Day 2 Cycle to Haarlem (30km/18.7mi)

Day 3 visit the frans hals museum before continuing your cycle to leiden (43km/26.5mi), day 4 cycle past windmills, polders and farmhouses en route to delft (29km/18mi), day 5 continue through holland's 'green heart' to gouda (34km/21mi), day 6 return to amsterdam (68km/42.3mi), day 7 trip concludes.

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines. On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.

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  • 6 breakfasts: Breakfasts are continental style and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices
  • 6 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack provided digitally including route notes & navigational app for use with your smartphone, and a printed pack at the joining hotel
  • Luggage transfer between hotels - limited to 1 piece of luggage per person weighing a max 20kg. A charge for extra luggage items must be booked and paid before departure. Please note that small bags cannot be attached to the main luggage - they will be charged as separate pieces of luggage.
  • 24 speed bike rental with pannier, helmet, repair kit and lock (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Emergency hotline

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  • Travel to and from Amsterdam
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks. A dinner package is available (must be pre-booked) which includes a 3 course dinner each night - supplement applies
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Guide - this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage
  • Ferries - allow 1 to 2 EUR per ferry
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  • Optional bike breakdown assistance: with this you have guaranteed quick help in case of a breakdown while cycling, 7 days a week. Supplement applies, must be requested at time of booking
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During the trip you will be provided with a 24 speed bike rental with pannier, handlebar bag, helmet and repair kit. Optional bike breakdown assistance is available, which guarantees quick help in case of a breakdown while you're cycling (supplement applies, must be requested at time of booking).

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An electric bike is available on request. A supplement applies, see below. Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are designed to make cycling easier.

The pedaling ‘boost’ provided by an e-bike opens up more options, allowing people of different fitness levels to cycle together or for cyclists to take on routes they may otherwise consider too tough for their current fitness capabilities. Please note that e-bikes are heavier than normal bikes and given the higher speed possible, should only be ridden by confident cyclists. Minimum age for e-bike rental is 14 years and a minimum height requirement is 160cm / 5ft3in.

If you hire an electric bike you will receive a pannier but not a handlebar bag.

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This trip involves 5 days cycling between 29 and 80km/18 and 50mi per day (although there are options to shorten the longest day) usually along paved cycle paths and quiet county roads across generally flat terrain. The well-posted cycle route is generally low traffic and often car-free. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded introductory and is considered suitable for beginners. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list and we do provide one for each client.

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The 15 Best Self Guided Bike Tours in the Netherlands

  • Updated on: April 11, 2022

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The first thing tourists notice when they arrive in the Netherlands is the bikes. So many bikes! Cycling in the Netherlands is a way of life and it’s a part of our culture and heritage that we love to share with visitors. And in this post, we share 15 incredible bike tours to explore the Netherlands.

So, hop on – we’re going for a ride!

Is Netherlands good for cycling?

More than 25% of the Netherlands is at or below sea level. Being a mostly flat country makes the Netherlands a great destination for a bike tour. 

It’s easy and fun to explore the whole of the Netherlands from the seat of a bicycle. Out in the countryside, you can get away from the crowds and discover the most beautiful sights by bike. In the big cities, like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, you can join the throngs of daily commuters and cycle along with the networks of cycle paths. Taking a bike tour in the Netherlands offers a wonderful sense of freedom but there are lots of motorists in the cities too so do take more caution when the traffic is busy.

Netherlands bike tour: dos and don’ts

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  • Rent a Dutch bike for your bike tour. Our bikes are the best in the world!
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothes, preferably sportswear. 
  • Use your bike lights and your bell. Safety first!
  • Take a paper map or download a digital map if you’re self-guiding. On bike tours in the Netherlands you may lose connection to the internet.
  • Carry enough water and snacks, even if you’re on a guided tour. 
  • Take your bike on the train with a Bicycle Day Travel Card.

Don’t

  • Ride your bike when intoxicated. Not only is it dangerous, it’s illegal and could land you a €140 fine. 
  • Leave your bike unlocked. Bike theft is common, particularly in Amsterdam.
  • Forget to pack a bicycle repair kit!
  • Cycle on footpaths! 

If you like to get more information on cycling yourself in the Netherlands, also check out our guide on how to get around in the Netherlands .

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Cycling is so popular in the Netherlands that a network of tried-and-tested cycle routes already covers the country. The Fietspaden (bicycle paths) cover 35,000km of the Netherlands and are clearly-marked and well-maintained. It’s easy to take a self-guided bike tour in the Netherlands and enjoy our stunning landscapes. If you want to learn more about local culture and history there are tons of guided tours available too. Here’s our pick of 15 of the best bike tours through the Netherlands.

1. Biesbosch

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  • Starting Point: Dordrecht Train Station
  • Length: 39.4km
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Trail type: Loop

This Dutch bike tour is located in the province South Holland and takes in the sights of the city of Dordrecht and the Biesboch National Park. Suitable for all skill levels, this trail is almost 40km in length but features little elevation. It’s a fairly relaxed ride. The first half of this bike tour in the Netherlands offers fantastic views of Biesboch, one of Northwestern Europe’s best examples of a freshwater tidal wetlands. Bird-watchers and nature-lovers will love this route. The second half of this bike tour explores a waterway on the western side of Dordrecht. With no stops, you will arrive back at your starting point of Dordrecht station in around 2.5 hours. 

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2. Kijkduin – Hoek van Holland

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  • Starting Point: Kijkduin
  • Length: 37.3km
  • Difficulty: Easy

This is an easy trail for those who want to explore the quieter side of The Hague. From Kijkduin, the first 24km of this trail guides you through the south-western part of The Hague before reaching the Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland). From here, the last 13km is a long, straight stretch of waterside bike path that will bring you back to your starting point. Expect to be distracted by a number of local sights and attractions on your way. 

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  • Starting Point: Garderen
  • Length: 65.8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Your starting point is the small village of Garderen, located deep in the forests of the Veluwe in the province of Gelderland. This is a moderate bike tour to explore the countryside of the Netherlands in a loop of more than 65km. You’ll face a challenging bit of elevation after around 40km. Primarily for road biking, the Garderen to Vierhouten Veluwe trail is known for its scenic views of fields of wildflowers and interesting heritage sites. Another great way to explore the Veluwe is on foot, which we cover in our Utrecht hiking guide .

4. Vlissingen – Middelburg – Domburg – Westkapelle

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  • Starting Point: Vlissingen
  • Length: 46.8 km
  • Elevation Gain: 196 m
  • Trail type: One-way

Begin this bike tour in the harbour of Vlissingen and from there you will follow easy going cycling paths next to the canal of Walcheren in the direction of the city centre of Middelburg. You will cross some really typical Dutch landscapes and wind mills, local markets and cozy squares. On the road to Oostkapelle and Domburg you will cross Castle ‘Westhove’. Just before you will arrive in Oostkappelle you will cycle through the forest of Wasschappelse on the end of the treeline you will see the coast again. It’s a really nice and diverse route. During the whole bike tour the directions are well marked so getting lost is almost impossible.

5. Kinderdijk 

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  • Starting Point: Havenstraat, Alblasserdam next to Gemeentehuis, Alblasserdam
  • Length: 44.4km

Starting canalside in the heart of Alblasserdam, this is one of our favorite bike tours in the Netherlands. The route takes you on a 44km loop along the Middelkade canal to beautiful Kinderdijk. From here you travel along the Lek River. This area is known as the Gardens of Europe for its charming network of waterways and dikes with views of some of the Netherland’s finest windmills and fields of flowers. Check out our post to taking a day trip to Kinderdijk for more inspiration. 

6. Eight castles 

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  • Starting Point: Kasteel Vorden
  • Length: 34.4km

This trail begins at Kasteel Vorden, Gelderland one of the eight castles you’ll see on this route. There’s lots to see on this 34km loop trail that is also popular with hikers and runners. As well as the castles, you can see a Pinetum de Belten, a tended forest of thousands of conifers, and several scenic campsites. This trail is rated as moderate and has low overall but with frequent gains in elevation. 

7. Hunebeds route

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  • Starting Point: Broger Centrum
  • Length : 43km

Start this bike tour of the Netherlands in the very center of Broger, Drenthe. A short ride out of town, this becomes a nature trail offering gorgeous views for almost the entire 43km route. A moderate trail, there is some frequent elevation gain for the last 10km. Also a road biking trail, the Hunebeds route is suitable for all cyclists.

8. Vaalserberg 

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  • Starting Point: Hombourg
  • Length: 41.5km

This moderate trail takes you on a loop around the sights of Vaalsberg, the only mountain in the Netherlands. Vaalsberg is the highest point in mainland Netherlands at 322.4m. As you’d expect, the elevation gain on this trail is a little more challenging at 873m. 

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9. tour around the netherlands .

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  • Starting Point: Nieuweschans
  • Length: 1754km

A comprehensive round-trip that takes you on a journey along the entire border of the Netherlands. This 27-stop loop is more than 1750km in length, starting and ending in Nieuweschans. We recommend taking your time to complete this route as it is the most comprehensive bike tour of the Netherlands on this list. The trail offers hotel suggestions for your overnight stays. Use this as a rough guide to book your own accommodation or even find campsites along the way!

10. Eleven Citites Cycling Tour

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  • Starting Point: Bolsward
  • Length: 253km

Elfstedentocht means Eleven Cities in English and commonly refers to a famous tour skating event that can only take place in the Netherlands when the waters that connect these 11 cities are fully frozen. So, this is an event that takes place very irregularly and with only 48 hours notice! 

The Eleven Cities cycling tour is not weather-dependent so you can admire these 11 cities whenever you like. Like the skating tour, there’s also an organized Elfstedentocht bike tour once a year that is open to the public up to a maximum of 15,000 entrants. But if you’re not around during this organized event, use the map and cycle it on your own peace.

11. Pieterpad 

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  • Starting Point: Pieterburen
  • Length: 492km

Pieterpad is one of the Netherlands most popular hiking trails. However, it is possible to take a self-guided bike tour along the same route. Starting at the coastal village of Pieterburen, this trail takes you all the way from the northern of the Netherlands down to it’s southernmost tip. A scenic, countryside route, the Pieterburen trail will guide you through flat open fields, the forests of Drenthe of Overijssel and the Limburg hills. 

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12. beach and dunes bike tour.

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  • Starting Point: Noordwijkerhout 
  • Length: 25km

If you’d rather take a guided bike tour in the Netherlands, we recommend this beach and dunes bike tour. Starting at Noordwijkerhout square you will first cycle alongside the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, the water dunes from which the city of Amsterdam draws its drinking water. When you reach the beach at Nederzandt you’ll stop for refreshments then cycle through part of de Hollandse Duinen National Park. You’ll make it back to Noordwijkerhout via the charming country lanes of Bollenstreek. Bike rental is included. 

13. Countryside and organic farm bike tour

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  • Starting Point: Amsterdam Centraal
  • Length: 3 hours

From Amsterdam Central, you will cycle to the charming village of Landsmeer and Twiske, one of North Holland’s most scenic areas. This guided bike tour is all about organic agriculture and is an educational as well as a fun experience. You’ll visit the organic farm “Zorgboerderij Maarsen” on this tour and share a lunch with some of the staff and volunteers. 

For more information, see this countryside and organic farm bike tour on Get Your Guide.

14. Amsterdam bike tour

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  • Starting Point: Amsterbike Shop, Piet Heinkade 25
  • Difficulty : Easy

If it’s Amsterdam city you want to explore, look no further than this 3-hour guided bike tour. As part of a small group, you’ll bike around the iconic streets of Amsterdam and learn all about Dutch culture, see our famous canals, and enjoy some famous sites. 

Find out more about this fun and interesting Amsterdam bike tour in the Netherlands.

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15. Zaanse Schans bike tour

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  • Starting Point: Koog aan de Zaan Station

There’s no better way to explore the village of Zaanse Schans with it’s pretty Dutch windmills than by bike. Join this small guided tour for a 2.5 to 3 hour journey along the banks of the Zaan River to one of the most photogenic spots in the Netherlands.This tour is a loop so you will return your bikes to your guide at the Koog aan de Zaan train station, a few stops from Amsterdam Centraal. 

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Most people will probably have preconceptions of the Netherlands, whether this is luscious fields full of tulips in spring, Amsterdam’s stately canals lined with Golden Era-townhouses or windmills and quaint medieval towns where Dutch artists created masterpieces… Bike and barge tours in the Netherlands combine all of these elements and more to give you a deeper insight into Dutch culture and the country’s verdant and varied landscapes.

What’s more, these tours make the most of the traditional forms of local transport — biking through the country’s (almost) 35,000 kilometers of cycle lanes and cruising through its vast network of rivers, canals, lakes, and marine waters.

Cycle and sail through Holland… or is that the Netherlands?

Holland and the Netherlands are one and the same, right? “Nee!”, say the Dutch.

Holland is but one region of the Netherlands; admittedly a very important one, made of the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland, and containing the three largest Dutch cities — the capital Amsterdam, the port and architecture city Rotterdam and politics center The Hague. Nevertheless, our Bike and barge tours Netherlands do, of course, come here!

Take, for example, our Holland Tulip Tours , on which guests cycle between the vast blooming flower parks and historical cities of North and South Holland, and sleep in their comfortable barge quarters in the evenings. But it would be criminal to suggest that these are the only bike and barge tours that the Netherlands has to offer!

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We offer cycling tours coupled with cozy boating accommodation/transportation in the Wadden Sea and its gorgeous islands in the north , from Amsterdam to Germany on the majestic Rhine River, and through the green riverscapes and polders of the country’s heart while journeying towards one of the contry’s oldest cities, Maastricht , the vibrant southern city on the River Meuse, almost surrounded by Belgium and Germany.

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    Bike Boat Southern Tour of Holland. 8 days - self-guided, bike-boat tour -. from €739. Perfect tour for anyone wanting to see as much of "typical" central Holland as is possible in one week. Highlights include the beautiful cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Delft and Haarlem. Read more »».

  11. All about cycling in the Netherlands

    Great! Because t he Netherlands is the perfect place to explore by bike. The country has many cycle paths and signposted cycle routes, the landscape is flat, distances are short and there is lots to see and do along the way. So come visit the Netherlands and get on a bike! Dutch cycling culture

  12. Cycling packages for cycling holidays in the Netherlands

    There are more than 30 cycling holidays to choose from! The Dutch Bike Tours website is available in English. Fiets-Fun Fiets-Fun caters to the camping enthusiast who wants to spend the night in a fully equipped De Waard tent ( the Fiets-Fun site is only available in Dutch ). Boat-Bike tours A unique concept that combines cycling and cruising.

  13. Cycling holidays in the Netherlands

    Amsterdam Bike and barge tours Tulip tours Between April and mid-May we offer special bike and barge tulip tours, centered on the Tulip theme and you visit of course the Keukenhof. The tulip originated in Turkey. The tulip bulb reached The Netherlands at the end of the 16th century.

  14. Holland Bike Tours

    It is simply the most bicycle-friendly country on the planet: a haven for cyclists with more than 20,000 miles of traffic-free bike paths, all of which can be used to explore a magnificently pristine countryside dotted with postcard perfect towns and cities.

  15. The ultimate guide to Cycletours' Netherlands by bike and barge

    Updated July 3, 2021. With a population of almost 17 million people owning close to 20 million bicycles, cycling is a way of life for people of all ages in the Netherlands. It's the perfect country to enjoy a cycling vacation with Cycletours' Netherlands by bike and barge travelling on and beside canals, especially when tulips are in bloom.

  16. Cycling in the Dutch Countryside

    Cycling in the Dutch Countryside - 5 Days. Holland is a cyclist's paradise! On this lively 5-day trip, you'll pedal past green meadows, small canals, peaceful lakes, picturesque villages, old fortified towns, and medieval castles. Start the adventure with some sightseeing in Amsterdam before you cycle through the Gooi, stopping to tour ...

  17. Cycling Tour of the Netherlands

    Enjoy a Dutch-style vacation by exploring western Holland on two wheels! On this dynamic weeklong cycling trip, you'll pedal through forests, flower fields, and sand dunes, stopping to see picturesque windmills and historic monuments along the way. You'll ride into the wilderness of protected national parks, sample cheeses in Gouda, and stop for sightseeing in charming cities and villages ...

  18. Netherlands Bike Tours

    Jul 12, 2024 - Jul 20, 2024. 1 cabin now available. Private rooms and will-shares sold out. View tour. Belgium. Netherlands. Bike and Barge: Amsterdam to Bruges Plus! Belgium's Breweries. Bike and Barge through through Zeeland (Holland) for the first 7 days of this tour and then explore the Breweries of Flanders in Belgium.

  19. Belgium & Netherlands Bike Tour

    Netherlands & Belgium Bike Tour. This trip is for. Couples, Friends & Solos. Trip length varies per departure date. Activity Levels 1-4. Premiere Hotels. 2024: Mar-Sep. Itinerary Hotels Gallery Bikes Reviews. From $4,799 - $5,199 /person.

  20. Classic Holland Cycle Tour

    This trip involves 5 days cycling between 29 and 80km/18 and 50mi per day (although there are options to shorten the longest day) usually along paved cycle paths and quiet county roads across generally flat terrain. The well-posted cycle route is generally low traffic and often car-free.

  21. The 15 Best Self Guided Netherlands Bike Tours: Maps included

    Rent a Dutch bike for your bike tour. Our bikes are the best in the world! Wear comfortable, loose clothes, preferably sportswear. Use your bike lights and your bell. Safety first! Take a paper map or download a digital map if you're self-guiding. On bike tours in the Netherlands you may lose connection to the internet.

  22. Bike and barge tours Netherlands; explore the Dutch way

    Netherlands 20 Tours available Our boat bike tours in Netherlands 20 Tours found based on your selection 8-day Sail & Bike Tulip Springtime, tulip areas, cheese A sailing adventure on a three-/four-mast ship Tulip fields in South & North Holland Visit the Wadden Island of Texel Sailing ships with max. 38 passengers 8 days 21 Reviews Guided cycling

  23. Virginia: Bills to make bike riding safer are moving

    Carla "Jonah" Holland, who was the digital content manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for 14 years, was killed in a crash while cycling in August 2022. ... PHOTOS: RVA Mural Bike Tour.