Arrival in Alkmaar.
This stretch of the tour is also very diverse. Zaanse Schans is a recreated (inhabited!) neighbourhood in the style typical of this area on the River Zaan in the 17th-18th Centuries: beautiful dark green wooden buildings, bridges and windmills. There are lots of things to see, including clog, cheese and tin making demonstrations. From here, make your way to Amsterdam. Amsterdam will welcome you with romantic canals, bridges and... more than 800,000 bicycles! Amsterdam is for exploring. There is so much to see and do. Whether you like, art, culture, an evening out or just looking around the canal area, youll have a great time. A canal boat trip is a great way to get a better look at the canal houses.
Today you will cycle past and through villages such as Durgerdam and Volendam along Lake Markermeer. The beautiful stone houses in the distinctive heart of catholic fishing village Volendam seem to have been drawn up without an organised street plan. "De Dijk, overlooking the harbour, attracts many tourists who browse the souvenir shops and have a break at a pavement cafe or restaurant.
On this coast to coast bike trip you will cycle right through the province of North Holland from east to west. You will enjoy different landscapes, from the coast of Lake Markermeer, through polders such as Schermer and Beemster (a World Heritage Site!) which were drained many centuries ago, do the flowers (April/May) behind Heiloo/Alkmaar. Cycle atop the old "sea dike of former Zuiderzee. Edam is a pretty, historical village. In its heyday, in the 17th Century Golden Age, it was a town of shipbuilders and traders. The well-preserved buildings youll see in the centre date back to this period. Go for a stroll and enjoy the bridges, squares, gables, canals and other monuments. In summer youll love the weekly traditional cheese market on Wednesdays.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
|Daily from April 1 till September 26|
|In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
of € 15,- per person in a double room
|Per person in a double room
4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
|A supplement will be required for:|
|Single room (€ 30 x 4)||120,00|
|Dinner (€ 27,50 x 4)||110,00|
|Bike rental (€ 12 x 4)||48,00|
|E-Bike (€ 25 x 4)||100,00|
|Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 4)||11,00|
|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
15 - 17 May
28 - 30 May
13 - 15 June
21, 24, 25 July
14 - 18 September
staying overnight in a double room
staying overnight in a single room
Alkmaar - Grand Hotel Alkmaar****
Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****
Volendam - Hotel Old Dutch***
4 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
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
...Thank you for helping us with our holiday plans. Things went quite well overall and we enjoyed our 3 day tour very much. Things were well organized and the bikes were in very good working condition. The accommodations were all excellent, the luggage followed us as planned and the detailed instructions for using the GPS and route were well appreciated...
...All great. Hotels were great. Bikes were good. Dutch Bike Tours was quite perfect! Again! The bike paths on our route were not as nice and as quiet as those on our Delft-Hague-tulips-Leiden tour last year but that's my fault. I customized the itinerary and chose the routes....
We enjoyed our 3 day bike tour very much.
My hire bike was good although 2 paniers rather than 1 would have been an improvement.
The routes were very good to follow when you managed to find your first point which was not always easy.
All in All a good experience with lovely countryside and villages.
....We have just completed Holland Highlights Cycle Tour.
Firstly we would like to say how much we enjoyed our holiday and would love to do another some time. Thank you for the information that you provided. The acommodation was excellent.
On our last day - Alkmaar to Amsterdam; we followed the route intersection numbers provided with the Knooppunter (an brilliant idea by the way) but this did not take us to the dunes on the North Sea Coast. The intersection numbers took us through Zaanse Schans which matched the 4 pages of route description. Another customer may be upset that they didn't go to the coast!....
....There was a mileage discrepancy on our last day. On the route planner on your web site it said it was to be 60km but it was much closer to 40 km... So as we had more time we cycled to the coast to extend the trip. Thank you for your help on our first evening and we will be back in touch soon to book our next trip!...