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Holland's Old Towns Tour
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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
8-05
Cities Beach Amsterdam History Culture
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Holland's Old Towns Tour
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Bike Tour: Holland's Old Towns Tour - 8 days

The delightful towns you will visit on this bicycle holiday are Utrecht, Gouda, Den Haag, Delft, Schiedam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Woudrichem and Gorinchem. In the beautiful town of Delft, find out what links Delft to world famous painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675); or go and see how Delft Blue ceramics are made. You’ll visit Gouda’s pleasant town centre, relatively untouched by time, known for its cheese market, candle making, the fairytale town hall and the attractive canals. The route leads you to see many things unique and remarkable such as Old Dutch fishing village Schiedam which boasts the highest traditional windmills in the world. They mill grain for malt wine for the jenever distilleries. Truly unforgettable, moreover, are the nineteen windmills in the polder at Kinderdijk.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Bunnik / Utrecht
Day 2: Bunnik / Utrecht - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Zandvoort
Day 4: Zandvoort - Den Haag
Day 5: Den Haag - Rotterdam
Day 6: Rotterdam - Gouda
Day 7: Gouda - Bunnik / Utrecht
Day 8: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Bunnik / Utrecht

Arrival in Bunnik / Utrecht. Bunnik and Utrecht lies in the very centre of the Netherlands, near woodland and the small River Kromme Rijn. Big city Centre Utrecht is not far away and has shops galore, museums and a friendly night life.
If you want you can also start and finish this tour in The Hague. 

Day 2:    Bunnik / Utrecht - Amsterdam
63 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
40 km
Youll 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 - Den Haag
46 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:    Den Haag - Rotterdam
37 km
Follow the River Schie to Delft. Delft has a historical town centre with beautiful buildings and canals. Inextricably linked to Delft are Delftware (blue and white pottery); the royal family Van Oranje-Nassau; and Johannes Vermeer, the painter. Continuing on your way, you will reach the town of Schiedam, renowned for its gin (jenever). Here is where you can find out all about the history and production of this juniper berry flavoured liquor. As the sun sets over Rotterdams modern skyline and Europes biggest port, why not go to trendy Oude Haven (Old Harbour) for an evening out? From the top of Euromast tower enjoy great views of the city and surroundings.
Day 6:    Rotterdam - Gouda
36 km
Modern Rotterdam offers architecture, art, port tours, a maritime museum and shops galore. The re-developed inner-city harbours are hotspots. Get your camera out for the windmills at serene Kinderdijk, a UNESCO world heritage site
Day 7:    Gouda - Bunnik / Utrecht
66 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 8:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices & dates
Starting dates:  
Daily from April 1 till September 23.  
   
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
of € 15,- per person in a double room
 
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
694,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 27,50 x 7) 192,50
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 7) 175,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,50 x 7) 17,50
GPS rental 10,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  15,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 30,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
18 - 23 April
15 - 17 May
24 - 27 June
14 - 19 September
staying overnight in a double room   
staying overnight in a single room 





50,00
100,00
   
Extra night 70,00
   
Starting point:  
Utrecht/Bunnik, The Hague (free parking) or Amsterdam (parking € 12,50 per day)  
practical info

7 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

CS Bunnik / CS Utrecht Maarssen

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

reviews

06-06-2016

...The Netherlands is a great country to bike through, especially for folks who do not like cycling on busy roads.  I regret not leaving one week earlier (ex.  end of April or first start of May) as we came at the very tale end of the tulips.  However, the weather was relatively good, everything was in bloom, the air was full of wonderful fragrants and bird calls, and everywhere you look, nature lovers are treated to some fine landscaping... 

24-04-2016

I felt the little map booklets worked really well and they were easier to carry and use while riding. The detailed town routes to the hotels were a useful extra, although I did cross the Erasmus Bridge looking for The Inntel Hotel but by asking in one of the cafe bars I was soon redirected back over the bridge. That was down to my bad map reading.

27-08-2015

....We did like our holiday; it's been a great experience. We have been very lucky, too with the weather, sunny during all the ride a part from a couple of hours of rain. We appreciated the choice of hotels and we visited the old towns, which we found very beautiful. Unfortunately the holiday is over and we are now back to work; however we will carry this beautiful experience with us....

28-07-2015

....We had a fabulous time on our bike tour – thank you very much. Everything went very smoothly – from beginning to end. We had spent the previous week hiking a portion of the West Highland Trail in Scotland and our bike trip was a great way to finish off a truly epic vacation. The bikes were in very good condition and comfortable (though much heavier than the carbon fiber road bikes we ride at home!) but perfect for the type of riding we were doing. We were grateful for the GPS – it  was reliable, and for us, a much easier way to get from town to town than trying to keep track of the numbers....

10-07-2015

...Thank you and we again had a super holiday...

05-05-2015

...Our tour was very good.  We had a great time and our hotels were very nice.  The bicycles, luggage delivery, GPS and number route sheets were all great.  We noticed a few minor things that could be improved, but overall our trip was excellent...

18-06-2014

....We were very pleased with our bike tour.  The route took us through so many interesting and scenic areas that we would not have seen any other way.  The hotels were mostly very good.  We were surprised (disappointed) that the Best Western in Zandvoort put all 3 of us in one small room and did not give us anything to compensate us for our inconvenience.  We had a few difficulties finding the signs for the bike path in the cities but managed to find our way with a little help from friendly Dutch people. If we were to go again we might use a GPS.  The detours we took were interesting. The breakfasts at each of the hotels were amazing.  I have had several people ask for details about our trip because they are interested in a bike tour.  I will definitely recommend booking with Dutch Bike Tours...

25-04-2014

...All in all it was an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it. However, I am really glad that you asked for feedback as I had one real bone of contention and that was to do with one of my hotels. I would seriously consider taking another tour with your company and I particularly thought the little bottle of champagne was a lovely thought. Thank you for a wonderful tour and hopefully I will have another tour next year...

 

21-07-2013

....I want to thank you for the trip you had organized for us.
I have to say that everything was really good. Well organized, the route was great, and we had no problems. Just let me give you some recomendations: the hotel from Rotterdam, The Maritime, was the weakest point in the trip. And the hotel in Zandvoort, The best westerm is a little bit old and the room they gave us was not really good. For the rest, really good, I will recomend your services to any person who ask me about tours in Holland. Thanks again and hope to see you soon....

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