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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Bike Tour: Beach and Towns Tour - 7 days

On endless sandy beaches, take big breaths of sea air and let your cares fly away with the wind. In Zandvoort and Scheveningen you will stay the night almost directly by the sea. Behind the dunes you’ll discover a diverse hinterland with multicoloured bulb flower fields, lovely historical towns and all sorts of tourist attractions. If you like art and culture, you’ll have a ball in the cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. On your bike, you’re free to stop where you want, to visit a windmill or a cheese dairy, for instance. You’ll have ample opportunity for (window) shopping and visiting museums.
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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Zandvoort
Day 4: Zandvoort - Scheveningen
Day 5: Scheveningen - Gouda/Bodegraven
Day 6: Gouda/Bodegraven - Utrecht
Day 7: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht Hotel Mitland

Day 2:    Utrecht - Amsterdam
62 km

Idyllic scenery today as you cycle to Amsterdam on the banks of the lovely River Vecht. Characteristic for this area are the many stately homes and summerhouses built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries. At the end of the day, Amsterdam awaits! Everyone has their own reasons for loving this remarkable city. What will yours be?

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Zandvoort
32 km

You'll love the elegant city of Haarlem, voted best city for shopping. Remember to look up at the façades of historical buildings and see if you can spot the pretty stepped gables. Our bike route then continues through Zuid-Kennemerland, a colourful area rich in natural beauty. In well known beach resort Zandvoort you will stay the night by the sea.

Day 4:    Zandvoort - Scheveningen
42 km
Today youll cycle through the Dune and Bulb Region. The windswept dunes not only protect the hinterland from the sea, but also harbour many species of dune flora and fauna. April is your best bet for visiting colourful bulb fields (daffodils, hyacinths and tulips) just behind the dunes. On the coast, check out the resorts and beaches. Once you reach Scheveningen, you will be spoilt for choice of things to do.
Day 5:    Scheveningen - Gouda/Bodegraven
53 km

First you will cycle to The Hague, home to the government and the King. The city is brimming with things to do and see. You might like to take the opportunity to see Vermeers famous painting "The Girl with the Pearl Earring in Mauritshuis Museum. Another favourite is Mesdags cylindrical Panorama of Scheveningen in 1881. After looking around The Hague, ride through open grassland to pretty "cheese town Gouda, also known for its syrup waffles and candles. If possible, plan your holiday so you can see the Thursday morning traditional cheese market.

Day 6:    Gouda/Bodegraven - Utrecht
50 km

Woods, stately homes, parks, rivers, polders, lakes and marshy fens make todays scenery. Opt to stop off at a cheese dairy or visit De Haar Castle. At the end of the day, explore the heart of the lively city of Utrecht. Discover the pretty Museum Quarter and admire the beautiful canal Oude Gracht. Its wharves are unique to Utrecht and make a pleasant setting for waterside cafes.

Day 7:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices
Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 24
Prices €
Per person in a double room
6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
620,00
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 6) 72,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 6) 150,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 6) 16,50
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade to 5***** hotel Kurhaus in Scheveningen 30,00
Halfboard Kurhaus 45,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00

Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods

13 - 15 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019
staying overnight in a double room 
staying overnight in a single room 







52,50
105,00
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 650.00
Single room, breakfast 830.00
Dinner 195.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Extra night (breakfast only) Amsterdam 75.00
Upgrades pp/night
Hotel Mitland, Utrecht 40.00
Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam 10.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2021-04-02 - 2021-04-05
2021-04-16 - 2021-04-17
2021-05-13 - 2021-05-15
2021-05-22 - 2021-05-24
2021-10-15 - 2021-10-17
60.00
Rental bike
Child bike 60.00
Hybrid 72.00
Premium bike 120.00
Ebike 150.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.00 x 6 18.00
Child seat € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 6 18.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 6 105.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:
Utrecht or Amsterdam


Price pp
Double room, breakfast 600.00
Single room, breakfast 795.00
Dinner 195.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Extra night (breakfast only) Amsterdam 75.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2021-04-02 - 2021-04-05
2021-04-16 - 2021-04-17
2021-05-13 - 2021-05-15
2021-05-22 - 2021-05-24
2021-10-15 - 2021-10-17
60.00
Rental bike
Child bike 60.00
Hybrid 72.00
Premium bike 120.00
Ebike 150.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.00 x 6 18.00
Child seat € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 6 18.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 6 105.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00
accommodation

Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

For this trip you can choose from Category A and Category B.
Category B has a lower price. The hotels of this category are sometimes located further from the center or the hotel has fewer stars.

Category A:
Hotel Mitland **** (Utrecht)
Westcord Art Hotel ***/**** (Amsterdam)
Palace Hotel Zandvoort **** (Zandvoort)
Boulevard Hotel *** (Scheveningen)
Best Western Hotel Gouda **** (Gouda)
Category B:
Postillion Hotel Bunnik *** (Bunnik)
Westcord Art Hotel ***/**** (Amsterdam)
Amsterdam Beach Hotel *** (Zandvoort)
Badhotel *** (Scheveningen)
Gr8 Hotel Bodegraven *** (Bodegraven)
Bikes

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets! 

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike

 

 


All our rental bikes come with a bell.



All our adult bikes come with hand brakes. 



For children up to 30 months old (max. 15 KG) it is possible to rent a front child seat. This is not possible with e-bikes, due to the display.

For children older than 30 months (max. 22KG) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.

Both front- and rear child seats are €5,- per day.  



It is possible to rent a GPS device when you start your tour in Amsterdam, Bruges, Utrecht, Huizen or Bunnik for €20,-. 



Helmets are not mandatory in the Netherlands, but can be rented for €10,- per piece.
Available sizes: Adult: 54-61 cm, Child: 50-55 cm. 



All our bikes come with both front- and rear lights. You need to push the button on the lamp and it will flash three times. This means that the lights will automatically start working when it gets dark. 

When you push again, the lamp will flash one time and the lights will be turned off.



Our bikes come with a defender lock with plug in chain (cable lock that is attached to the regular lock, see picture).

You need to turn the key a bit, take out the pin from the cable lock and attach it to a pole/other bike/fence etc.

When you push the pin back into the regular lock, you need to lock the regular lock as you always do, and both locks will be secured.



1 pannier is included at the 'standard' bikes and the e-bikes.

Height: 42 cm
Depth front to the side: 17 cm
Wide top: 32 cm
Wide down: 23 cm
Volume: 20 liters
It has an easy click-on/click-off system. The panniers are water resistant, so everything will stay dry.



The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals. 



All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars. 



There is one small puncture kit included, which can be found in the pannier. In case a rental bike has another problem, we always advise you to go to a bike repair shop or call the bike breakdown emergency number which is provided in the travel documents when you book this extra service.



Saddles can be adjusted in height without using any tools, see ‘Quick Release’.
Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover. 



Dutch Biketours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.


A premium bike is €20,00 a day. 

Our premium bikes are lightweight and make excellent touring bikes with 27-gears and disc brakes.
The bikes are less heavy than our hybrid bikes: they weigh +/- 15 KG.
Our premium bikes have normal pedals.
Most of our premium bikes are Koga Grand Tourer bikes or similar. 

A Racing bike is € 20,00 a day.

Two of our mostly used race bikes are Montreal 74 Eddy Merckx and Blockhaus 67 Eddy Merckx, both unisex.
The bikes are made from aluminium. 

A Tag-along bike is €6,00 a day.

A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and on their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.

 

A Tandem bike is € 20,00 a day.

We have a limited amount of tandem bikes available on request.
Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only.
The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm.
We mostly use the Victoria Spezial 8.7.
This tandem bike comes with 24-derailleur gears or nuvinci gears.
The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.

A child’s bike is € 10,00 a day.

For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm). 
The child bikes come with at least 7-gears and hand brakes. 
The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm. 

24" child bike:

26" child bike:

A child trailer is €17,50 a day.

Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total).
We mostly use the XLC Duo 2 child trailer.
Child trailers are not possible in combination with e-bikes.  

An electric bike is €25,00 a day.

The e-bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine.The weight of the e-bike is ca. 27 KG. 

 

A family tandem is €20,00 a day.

We have limited family tandem bikes available on request.
The family tandems have 7-gears and can be used for one adult and one child with a minimum body height of 125 cm.

 

A standard hybrid bike is €12,00 a day.

Our hybrid bikes have 21-gears with hand brakes. 
The hybrid bikes are circa 16,5 KG.

Do you wish to insure your bike against theft? The cost is € 3,- per day per standard hybrid bicycle.
For an electric bicycle, premium bike or racing bike: € 6,00 per day per bicycle.
Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance. 

If a rental bike gets stolen or damaged, we will hold the client responsible.
If your insurance does not cover this event, you will have to pay the costs yourself.

Mile after wonderful mile of untroubled cycling is what we would wish our clients. However there is a minimal chance of breakdown along the way. If this thought is a nagging worry to you, a Bicycle Breakdown Assistance insurance policy may ease your mind. If you buy this insurance from our partner FietsNED in advance, their service is as follows. If your bike breaks down by the roadside a FietsNED bicycle repair man will drive to you in his repair van and fix your bike so you can continue your tour.You won’t have to pay him repair costs. If you are cycling on your own bicycle you will be charged for any new spare parts your bike may require. If you are renting a bicycle through Dutch Bike Tours any new parts are at our expense. If it turns out the bicycle cannot be repaired on the spot, or if you don’t wish to continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.

The Bike Breakdown Pass is €2,75 per day per bike and can only be booked for every participant in a booking. 

 

Article 1 Bike Rental Price

The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the Dutch Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.

Article 2 Payment

a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.

b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, Dutch Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.

c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.

Article 3 Rental Period

a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (the departure day), as stated in the booking confirmation.

b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.

c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.

d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation.
If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip. 

e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).

f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. Dutch Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.

Article 4 Improper Use

a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.

b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.

c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.

d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.

Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft

The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.

Article 6 Theft Insurance

It is possible to purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance. Covered are: damages arising out of the theft of the bicycle; and damages to the bicycle as a consequence of the theft. Not covered are: theft of bicycle parts; and damages arising out of attempted theft.

Article 7 Theft Insurance Premium

a. The premium for Bicycle Theft Insurance is € 3,00 per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle € 6,00 per day as well for a Premium bike and racing bike.

The number of insurance days is the same as the number of cycling days as stated in our booking confirmation.

Article 8 Liability in the Event of Theft

a. If you did not purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us before the start of the holiday, you will be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.

b. If you did purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us, but you failed to lock the wheel lock and failed to produce the original wheel lock key and failed to produce an official theft report drawn up by the police, you will still be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.

Article 9 Costs During the Rental Period

Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs.

 

practical info

6 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

CS Utrecht

Parking possibilities at the hotel at costs
Utrecht Hotel Mitland 5 per day, max 22 per week
Amsterdam Westcord Art Hotel 15 per day 

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Schiphol to Utrecht departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is about 30 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €10- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to www.ns.nl/en. For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check: www.9292.nl/en.

reviews

25-09-2019

...Our trip was fabulous, we saw the beauty of the countryside combined with historic cities and villages. The safe bike paths made for relaxing and enjoyable cycling. The food was wonderful and the weather outstanding. The people we met and the scenery we experienced will stay in our memory forever... 

08-09-2019

...Just loved the friendly staff at all the hotels! The coast is spectacular...

03-09-2019

...We really enjoyed the holiday; Holland was really lovely, and it was perfect cycling for kids the age of ours...

18-08-2019

...Holland was unexpectedly stunning, easy to travel and people were beyond friendly and engaging... 

02-06-2018

...It was our first experience with Dutch Bike Tours and I couldn't have expected more. We loved our Holidays !!! Holland is an amazing country if you are a cycling fan. We did Beach and Town Tour and it met our expectations 100% . We loved the routes we were given, multicoloured fields, ride along the lakes, beautiful villas, windmills every day was different. The cherry on the cake was our way back from Utrchet to Amsterdam where we needed to cross the canal using "pontje"!...

02-06-2018

...I would highly recommend DBT, very professional and helpful team. We left a shirt in one of the hotels and I rang DBT to check if any possibility to recover and even though the driver already collected the bags he returned to that hotel and picked our shirt. This is the type of service I value very high !! Dear DBT Team thank you very much for making our holidays unforgettable, one thing Im sure we will be coming back...

01-05-2017

...All hotels were good and staff very friendly. Holland is a beautiful country and perfect for cycling...

20-07-2016

...Our trip went very well et we appreciated the quality of the road book.  Maybe, it lacked a few advice concerning the restaurants.  The hotel in Zandvoort was less nice than the others but the quality of the breakfast counterbalanced the fact that the room was less nice than the others.  Finally, we appreciated the last room « upgraded ». Biking in Holland is very easy (flat roads and very well indicated). The stages could have been longer or options could have been suggested...

12-07-2016

...We had a very pleasant trip, wonderful scenery, good accommodation with excellent breakfasts, and the use of quality bikes. Thank you...

27-08-2015

....We were and are still very satisfied with our journey among Netherlands. The arrangement with bikes, luggage and hotels works out very well. We did "Citys and beaches" and it was really nice goodlooking places. We had extremely luck with the weather, then it´s easy to use bikes. We were almost the only people who used helmets, interesting. So many good and beautiful looking bicycleroads,  with numbers of each. We had a GPS, it worked out well and was easy to use....

27-08-2015

... We were and are still very satisfied with our journey among Netherlands. The arrangement with bikes, luggage and hotels works out very well. We did "Citys and beaches" and it was really nice goodlooking places. We had extremely luck with the weather, then it´s easy to use bikes. We were almost the only people who used helmets, interesting. So many good and beautiful looking bicycleroads, with numbers of each....

10-06-2015

....Thank you and Lieke very much for all the effort you have done to organize the fantastic bike tour. We had a very very good time cycled over 400 KM and lots of hours of cycling all around beautiful Netherlands. In fact the organization from your company was excellent by all means and we really appreciate all you have done to make this trip a so memorable trip. We are planning a trip for the future as there is so much to see and experience in The Netherlands and as bike lovers it is a real Fiets paradise....

02-06-2015

...The hotels were really nice. In fact, we enjoyed our stay in Scheveningen so much that we went back again before heading home! the adjustable handlebars. That was really good for the long days of biking. The panniers were excellent and huge, great for holding an entire backpack of stuff. I liked the real brakes, not back-brakes. 
One of the best days was the Zandvoort to Scheveningen day - the dunes were so cool! The other best day was from Gouda to Bunnik, that route was so beautiful and we had lovely weather...

21-04-2015

...We really enjoyed the tour. The bikes were good and well maintained and all the luggage transfers went very smoothly. We will probably do another Netherlands tour in the future. If we do we will use Dutch Bike Tours. Thank you for a lovely holiday...

 

27-04-2014

....All went well many thanks. GPS was invaluable as through cities, like Amsterdam, the cycle route signs were not consistent and we needed the GPS. I would suggest you advise anyone who thinks they dont need it/can manage with Google maps on an iPad that their routes arent good enough. i.e GPS pretty mandatory.
I think on the first day we should have had someone there who could adjust the bikes or at least give us an Allen key's panner so we could do it ourselves. Not much point having the person meeting you who cant adjust the bikes. Otherwise very enjoyable....

 

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