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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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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 and Rotterdam. 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 Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Zandvoort
Day 4: Zandvoort - Den Haag
Day 5: Den Haag - Rotterdam
Day 6: Rotterdam - Gouda
Day 7: Gouda - Utrecht
Day 8: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht. 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 or Amsterdam. 

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
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
45 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 are almost on your destination of today, The Hague. You will be spoilt for choice of things to do.

Day 5:    Den Haag - Rotterdam
45 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
58 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. The alternative route is 45 km, you will cycle directly from Kinderdijk to Gouda.

Day 7:    Gouda - 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 8:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices

Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 23.


Price pp
Double room, breakfast 770.00
Single room, breakfast 980.00
Dinner 227.50
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Extra night (breakfast only) Amsterdam 75.00
Upgrades pp/night
Hotel Indigo, Den Haag 10.00
Hotel Mitland, Utrecht 40.00
Staybridge Suites the Hague - Parliament, Den Haag 10.00
Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam 10.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
02 Apr 2021 - 05 Apr 2021
16 Apr 2021 - 17 Apr 2021
13 May 2021 - 15 May 2021
22 May 2021 - 24 May 2021
15 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021
60.00
Rental bike
Child bike 70.00
Hybrid 84.00
Premium bike 140.00
Ebike 175.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.00 x 7 21.00
Child seat € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 7 21.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 7 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:
Utrecht, The Hague or Amsterdam 

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.

Hotel Mitland **** (Utrecht)
Westcord Art Hotel ***/**** (Amsterdam)
Palace Hotel Zandvoort **** (Zandvoort)
Best Western Hotel Den Haag *** (Den Haag)
Westcord SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)
Best Western Hotel Gouda **** (Gouda)
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

 

 

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.

Rental bike

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. 25 KG. 

 E-bike

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 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 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. 


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 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 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 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 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.  

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 €3,- per day per bike and can only be booked for every participant in a booking. 

 

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.

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

7 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

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

09-09-2020

...Fantastic biking experience where you see a lot of the country. Endless canals everywhere. And a friendly population where biking is the most natural way of transporting yourselves. We could not believe though that so few people carried a helmet.
On the first day we experienced that one bike was not working properly. The involvement from dutch biketours was very professional despite causing a delay until a new bike could be delivered. We had to accept a couple of hours delay on the day with the longest km to drive. Anyway we survived and enyoyed the tour...

19-09-2019

...Enjoyed the holiday. The satnav was wonderful! Excellent trip with nice towns and good cycling. Luggage transport was very efficient...

24-07-2019

...Very pleasant experience. I liked the tone of email exchange with staff in the lead up to the trip when I had a few questions. Answers also came really quickly... 

10-07-2019

...It was great, the country side of Holland is amazingly beautiful, the bikes first class, the suitcases were delivered to the next hotel on time.We would highly recommend your company and consider doing other tours with you...

17-06-2019

...ful countryside, quaint cities, an all around beautiful experience. The rain that came in time passed...  we did pull into Den Haag pretty thoroughly soaked...  just a memory now!...

14-06-2019

...We finished and we lived!  Lost many times, gps crashed a few, but that is part of adventure. Room phenomenal, Dutch people great, other than in big cities, routes were excellent...

21-07-2018

...Nice trip, leave a bit earlier on first day - Utrecht to Amsterdam...

15-07-2018

...The ride from Utrecht to Amsterdam was absolutely gorgeous - the highlight of the trip, but we enjoyed some aspect of each day's riding...

04-07-2018

...This was our directing holiday and Dutch bike tours made the experience easy and very enjoyable. Our route had very varied scenery each day including Polders, travelling by rivers, crossing water, cycling through sand dunes and beautiful towns. I totally recommend this holiday to those interested in trying this type of holiday. It's wonderland totally addictive!!...

27-06-2018

...I am a keen cyclist and cycling in Holland was on my bucket list for a long time. The trip did not disappoint. DBT are reputable and organised. Cycling in Holland is great. The amount of good quality cycle paths is astonishing. The infrastructure to accommodate cyclists and their protection from vehicles is highly commendable. DBT have made a real effort to provide routes that are both scenic and varied. Looking forward to researching and booking another cycling holiday with DBT for next year...

15-08-2017

...We just end our bike tour and are at the Westcord Art Hotel. We have left the bikes in the storage parking and are leaving the GPS and keys at reception. We had a marvellous time! The tour was great!...

08-06-2017

.. Very enjoyable. Nice scenery, good food, good hotels in general, good bikes, good luggage service. Booking service easy and professional...

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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