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Discover North Holland


Bike Tour: Discover North Holland - 6 days

The Netherlands has 12 provinces and one of them is "Noord-Holland”. It fits the nostalgic image that foreigners have of Holland. It’s a picture-postcard landscape of canals, wooden bridges, dikes and windmills. The delights of this region can easily be discovered by bike: charming historical towns with busy marinas, art and cultural history museums and traditional local architecture. If you can, come in springtime when tulips, hyacinths and daffodils come into bloom and the bulb flower fields are a sea of colour. We know you will have a great time exploring these truly Dutch landscapes.

Day 1: Arrival Alkmaar
Day 2: Alkmaar - Zaandam
Day 3: Zaandam - Volendam
Day 4: Volendam - Hoorn
Day 5: Hoorn - Alkmaar
Day 6: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival Alkmaar

Arrival in Alkmaar. If possible, plan your trip so you can see the world famous Friday morning traditional cheese market put on for tourists from April till September.
But Alkmaar has more to offer. Wandering through the city centre with its monuments, canals, shops, museums and terraces you will be amazed by the beauty of the old city. 

Day 2:    Alkmaar - Zaandam
43 km

The cycling route to Zaandam is very diverse. In spring, when tulips, hyacinths and daffodils come into bloom, the area around Heiloo and Limmen is a sea of color. Pedalling on, you will reach the Zaan region, named after the River Zaan and justly famed for the adorable wooden houses, painted green, with white lace curtains in the windows! You can see several prime examples at Zaanse Schans, also known the world over for its gorgeous row of windmills. This whole place is picture perfect! There are lots of things to do and see here. You can visit windmills, workshops, museums, find out how to make wooden shoes or Dutch cheese... all in the name of nostalgia. After all that, sit down for a well-deserved pancake.

Day 3:    Zaandam - Volendam
31 km

After a few pedals you'll reach recreational park Het Twiske. This is a favourite get-away for the people of Amsterdam. On a hot day, they’ll flee the city and cycle here to the lake for a dip. A varied landscape of wood, meadows and lakes will accompany you to Monnickendam, a splendid historical village that used to be one of the most important ports in the country. Freshly smoked fish was and still is the specialty here. Today’s cycling trip concludes in festive fishing port Volendam. Volendam village has long been a tourist magnet so join the crowd as they soak up the atmosphere at waterside cafes and check out the views of the lake and the harbour. Browse the home-decor and gift shops for a great find or visit Volendams Museum where you can find out all about this close-knit community’s history, culture and folklore. Inspiring period rooms, traditional costumes and jewellery are part of the permanent exposition. There’s a section on eel fishery complete with model boats. The art collection is a delight but just wait till you see that truly incredible mosaic... 

Day 4:    Volendam - Hoorn
26 km

Just north of Volendam lies Edam. Back in the Golden Age, cheese town Edam was specialised in shipbuilding and in shipping. The well-preserved buildings in the town centre date back to this prosperous 17th century period. Go for a walk and enjoy the bridges, squares, canals and monuments. Cycle further to Hoorn, taking in the ever-changing views of the glistening lake next to you. 

The pleasing historical town centre of Hoorn boasts many lovely buildings that hark back to the 16th and 17th centuries. It was then that the town became prosperous thanks to trade and shipping. Ships sailing out of Hoorn harbour navigated as far afield as the Americas (Cape Horn!) and Japan. At home, merchants invested their earnings not only in the arts but also in the building of houses and warehouses which can still be seen today. Find out more at Westfries Museum which has specialised in the Dutch Golden Age, a period of great enterprise and maritime supremacy which we now look back on with mixed feelings. In the harbour you can visit a replica of VOC sailing ship “De Halve Maen”. This was one of a fleet of over two thousand ships belonging to the Dutch East India Company, the world’s first multinational.

Day 5:    Hoorn - Alkmaar
36 km

Today’s route takes you from Lake Markermeer back to Alkmaar. Enjoy the polder scenery and pause for a photo opportunity in Schermerhorn where three polder windmills stand in a row atop a dike. One of them, Schermerhorn Museum Mill, can be visited. Learn how windmills were used to drain Lake Schermer in 1633 and continued to regulate water levels in the polder until 1929. After that head to your final destination Alkmaar.

Day 6:    Return home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home. 

Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 25
Prices €
Per person in a double room 
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 5) 60,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 5) 125,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5) 13,75
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 500.00
Single room, breakfast 650.00
Dinner 150.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Upgrades pp/night
Inntel Hotel Zaandam, Zaandam 30.00
van der Valk hotel Hoorn, Hoorn 20.00
Rental bike
Child bike 50.00
Hybrid 60.00
Premium bike 100.00
Ebike 125.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 5 13.75
Child seat € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 5 15.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 5 87.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00

Starting point:


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.

Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar **** (Alkmaar)
Best Western Zaan Inn *** (Zaandam)
Hotel Old Dutch *** (Volendam)
Hotel de Keizerskroon *** (Hoorn)

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



practical info

5 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 included


Parking possibilities at the hotel (free at hotel outside city center, fees at city hotel)

GPS tracks available

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Schiphol to Alkmaar departs 2 times per hour. Travel time is about 50 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €10- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check :



...The ferry trip to Marken from Volendam and cycling round the island were very pleasant. There was a lot of wonderful bird life on the Polders...


...Big thumbs up for Dutch-Biketours as everything went even better than we originally expected. The hybrid bikes that we rented were brand new and it was nice to have the water-proof pack on the back of the bike and one smaller one in front of the bike. Our luggage was always transported on time to the next hotel and all the hotels had at least some form of bike-storage to store the bikes so we didn't have to worry about leaving them to the streets. The route was planned in a way that you would mostly cycle in quiet cycling roads away from the heavy traffic and that way you could really enjoy the nature and the nice views. We also encountered a lot of windmills and a lot of sheep as to be expected lol. :) Finally a tip for everyone: Buy a water-proof phone holder for one of the bikes and use the mobile app (OsmAnd) if you are not that good navigating and you have a bad sense of direction as we have. :D This app allows you to import the .gpx files (routes) to the app and it tells you turn-by-turn directions of all the routes. It was really useful! (I think the app is available for both Android and iOS but works best with Android phones). Thanks for Dutch-Biketours for the awesome trip and awesome memories!...

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