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Synonymous with cycling, this tour starts and finishes in Amsterdam allowing plenty of time for exploring this wonderful city’s museums as well as its cafes, art galleries, historic canals and architecture. The route takes you to traditional towns such as Haarlem, through flat hill free countryside and the short distances give you lots of opportunity to discover the best of the region. On this tour you will be able to immerse yourself in traditional Dutch culture cycling through tulip fields and alongside canals, buying gifts such as wooden clogs and eating pancakes and edam cheese. This is the perfect Dutch short break!
Day 1 | Arrival in Amsterdam
Arrive at Amsterdam and check in to our base hotel situated close to the historic centre of the city. We suggest that you arrive as early as possible allowing time to explore this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam from the world famous museums and art galleries, to canal side shops and markets and admiring its beautiful seventh century buildings.
Day 2 | Amsterdam to Haarlem | Distance 18 miles (29 km)
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before being equipped with your bike and escaping the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and tranquility of the Dutch countryside as you cycle to historical Haarlem. The gentle cycle will take you through a region called Zuid-Kennemerland, a low lying peat landscape into the lovely city of Haarlem with its cobbled streets, grand churches, museums, cafes and canals, situated on the river Spaarne. As well as the impressive Grote Markt square and idyllic courtyards known as “hofjes”, a must see are the museums of Haarlem, especially the Frans Hals museum, which boasts a glorious collection of art from the Dutch golden age.
Day 3 | Haarlem to Zaandam | Distance 18 miles (29 km)
Moving on from Haarlem today, you will cycle to Zaandam following the banks of the river Spaarne. On route, you will pass the pretty village of Spaarndam and the IJdijk dike as well as traditional houses perched along the banks. You will also see reputedly the oldest lock in the world, Kolksluis, which is still in working order and a nice place for a coffee stop. Pedalling on through the Zaan region, you will see some classic Dutch scenery including beautiful green wooden houses and windmills. This is a great place to visit museums and workshops, to find out how wooden shoes and Dutch cheese is made. A well-deserved pancake should also certainly be on the itinerary!
Day 4 | Zaandam to Volendam | Distance 21 miles (34 km)
Today’s route takes you to the fishing port of Volendam twinned with Edam, famous of course for its cheese and markets. Firstly, you will cycle through Het Twiske park, which is a popular spot for the locals and on a hot day it’s the perfect place for a dip in the lake. Cycling through this part of North Holland, the landscape is a mixture of woodlands, meadows and lakes before you reach the Volendam on Markermeer Lake, known for its colourful wooden houses and old fishing boats. It’s a great place for buying gifts and enjoying a drink overlooking the water.
Day 5 | Volendam to Amsterdam | Distance 19 miles (30 km)
After exploring the culture and folklore of Volendam, you will cycling back to Amsterdam, with plenty of time to discover more of what the superb city has to offer. If you need more time, then extra nights are also available.
Day 6 | Departure
After breakfast, we say “tot ziens” before returning home from Amsterdam.
Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.
Located in a superb location on the banks of the Ijsselmeer, near to the historic harbour, this hotel dates back to 1881. The rooms are decorated in a traditional Dutch style. As well as a swimming pool and sauna, the hotel also has a lovely restaurant.
This stylish hotel is located in the centre of Haarlem a short walk from Grote Markt square, the Frans Hals Museum and Teyler Museum.
Hotel Old Dutch is located on Volendam’s famous harbour, which offers fantastic views and has its own seafood restaurant. The beach is also a short walk away.
Situated on the edge of the historic centre of Amsterdam, this hotel benefits from spacious rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and features art from the famous Dutch painter Herman Brood.
Departure Dates 2019
|1st April - 25th September (Excluding peak dates)||5||£885|
|13th April - 15th April||5||£955|
|12th June - 15th June||5||£955|
|12th September - 16th September||5||£955|
Departure Dates 2019
|1st April - 25th September (Excluding peak dates)||5||£665|
|13th April - 15th April||5||£735|
|12th June - 15th June||5||£735|
|12th September - 16th September||5||£735|
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