Arrival in Alkmaar
Alkmaar is famous for a traditional Friday morning cheese market put on for tourists from April-September. Hit the tracks and set off through a landscape typical of North Holland province: wet meadows in excavated peatland; villages that consist of a long line of houses along a dike or canal. Just north of Amsterdam, the Zaan is a region of great interest. Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was global leader in shipping and trade. The tiny Zaan region provided the industry to make it all possible - fuelled by wind power! Around six hundred industrial mills, most importantly sawmills, drove the economic growth. Millers, blacksmiths, weavers, carpenters, ship builders and countless other craftsmen helped produce paint, cloth, sailcloth, paper, tobacco, candles, barrels, whale oil, etc. Find out more at Zaans Museum. Next door is Zaanse Schans, a collection of 17th and 18th century local architecture: adorable green wooden buildings, bridges and windmills. Tourists watch clog-, cheese- and tin-making demonstrations. On the banks of the River Zaan, discover the rich industrial heritage of many centuries. Then why not crown your day by roaming the prized canal district in Amsterdam? In the evening, bright white lights coming from the many windows of tall narrow canal houses make for an enchanting scene.
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam! Have you been to see the Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum since the make-over? Why not pop in for a quick visit before you hop back on your bike and plunge into peaceful countryside. Waterland awaits, with wet meadows, wooden bridges and windswept reeds and rushes. Via the isle of Marken you'll go to "touristy" Volendam and neighbouring Edam. For centuries, small, round, salty cheeses produced by dairy farmers in neighbouring polders were shipped out of Edam and exported all over Europe. For six weeks in summer a traditional Wednesday-morning cheese-market is put on for tourists (10.30 -12.30 hrs). At the end of the day, you’ll reach the lovely, historical town of Hoorn.
Pedal up the coast of Lake IJsselmeer, atop the old sea dike, to the beautiful town of Enkhuizen. Don’t miss Zuiderzee Museum which tells the story of the days when ships from the Zuiderzee sailed the seven seas trading in bulbs and spices; the days when Holland dominated world trade and the Dutch East India Company was the first-ever multinational. This period is known as the Golden Age and roughly spans the 17th century. The museum has also combined a collection of historical architecture with demonstrations of traditional trades. On the second stretch of today’s lake-side route, you’ll see more cropfields, orchards and windmills before you reach Medemblik. It’s an old town, with a marina, a bakery museum and a steam engine museum.
Medemblik has a steam-driven pumping-station that was used to drain a polder in 1869. It’s now a steam engine museum. The route continues through Wieringermeer, a polder drained and desalinated between 1927 and 1934 to create new arable land of which there was a great shortage. The area just south of Den Helder has developed into one of the largest flower bulb growing areas in the world. Most of the bulbs are for export. In spring, when tulips, hyacinths and daffodils come into bloom, the place is a sea of colour.
The ferry crossing from Den Helder to Texel takes about twenty minutes. Texel is the largest of our five Wadden Islands, places of outstanding natural beauty. You’ll have a great time touring this island by bike, enjoying villages, countryside, dunes, beaches etc. There are many bike routes to choose from on Texel. Be sure to visit De Slufter, a beautiful nature reserve created by wind and sea.
Cycle down the North Sea coast past wide beaches, seaside resorts, woods and Zwanenwater, a dune reserve. All along our North Sea coast, dunes protect the hinterland from being flooded by the sea - except near the town of Petten. Here, the dunes have been washed away and a sea wall has been built. An exhibition, "De Dijk te Kijk”, explains all about the past, present and future of the sea wall and about the trials and tribulations of the people of Petten over the course of many centuries.
Alternative route through the bulb fields: Savour the colours as the tulip fields take center stage, situated snugly behind the dunes, a natural protective barrier against stormy seas. At the village of Petten, however, a sea wall had to be built where the dunes had been washed away – find out more at the Information Center. Later on, enter the dunes of Schoorl for a wonderful bike ride past high dune tops, dense woods and fields of heather. In recent years, pioneering dune management in De Kerf has welcomed sea water into the dune valleys. This has led to a rapid increase in biodiversity. Eventually, you will arrive at the beach. Relax, sit in the sand and take in the sea view. Further along the coast, you will come to Bergen aan Zee. At this seaside resort, treat yourself to a bite to eat and a well-earned drink. The Zee Aquarium can be visited to see 300 types of North Sea fish up close. When you arrive back at your hotel in Alkmaar, put your feet up and look back on a colourful holiday. Short cut: Skip Bergen aan Zee (58 km).
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
|Daily from April 1 till September 23.|
|Single room, breakfast||930.00|
|Double room, breakfast||720.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam||10.00|
|van der Valk hotel Hoorn, Hoorn||20.00|
|Surcharges per person||€|
|Stay in Amsterdam on saturday||20.00|
|Stay in Amsterdam from:
2020-08-01 - 2020-08-01
2020-05-01 - 2020-05-03
2020-04-25 - 2020-04-25
2020-04-10 - 2020-04-12
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 2.75 x 7||19.25|
|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|
|Theft insurance premium bike||€ 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|
Alkmaar or Amsterdam
Alkmaar - Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar****
Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****
Hoorn - Hotel de Keizerskroon***
Medemblik - Hotel Medemblik***
Den Helder - Hotel Lands End ***
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
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
... From what I recall of our first trip in 2017, the route maps were much more informative this time in indicating where stores and other places of interest are located - very helpful! So, our trip went more smoothly this time -- we appreciate the improvements! It was also very nice to have suggestions of places to visit during the route. We are often unable to visit places in the towns where the hotel is because we begin our biking in the morning before they open, and we do not arrive at the next hotel until many places are closed. So this trip it was easier to build in stops at interesting places along the way. I enjoyed the small information center between Den Helder and Alkmaar where I learned about the Dutch water management system and construction/maintenance of the dykes. The cheese farm between Leiden and Gouda was also a very enjoyable stop. ...
...This was one of my most favourite holidays ever. The tour was well planned and the scenery beautiful. Accommodation superb, luggage transfers fab, one small issue was very quickly resolved. Communication with DTB was fab. Distances were a little too long for me in some cases, so I would recommend an electric bike, especially as there can be a strong head wind!...
..We had a great time on the North Holland Tour- varied scenery, much more than we expected and lots of interesting nature and places to visit. Perfect for myself and 22 year old daughter.
Great choice of routes, bikes with coolbag at front and rear pannier. We had not expected those and that was great. Hotels comfortable and all breakfasts were great. Everything was well laid out in terms of directions and it was smooth.
It was a perfect trip for interest, great food and just the right distance each day for us. We had a real escape from everyday pressure with everything well organised and will definitely do this again...
...The accommodations were good, the routes were well planned. All in all it was very organized...
...We have now returned from our holiday with you.Everything was excellent including the bikes,routes,hotels and the staff we encountered.All the hotels were very good and would not hesitate to return to any of them.Special mention to Hotel de Magneet in Hoorn which I believe you have not used before. Our only problem was the headwind on the last day from Den Helder to Alkmaar which was beyond your control !!...
...Thanks for your mail. Everything was excellent and we got lost only twice. Our Friends, French, where very surprised by all friendly Services and People in Holland, something very unusual in Paris area. Anyway, everything was very good...
...We finished the tour and were very sorry to leave Holland after a fantastic week. Although the weather was not always good we really enjoyed the cycling, the country, the people, the accomodation and the whole experience. Thank you for organising the tour so well. And thank you Holland for this superb biking facility that you have created. We never had a problem. Before starting we were apprehensive about the distances, especially the 70 odd kilometers on the first day. We however made it with time to spare and did not have to take the train! One aspect that we hoped would have been different was our stay in Amsterdam. We wanted to experience Holland but the hotel in Amsterdam we found to be so American and in the area of the city that was more of an office park than the Amsterdam we experienced on previous trips. The other hotels were exactly what we were hoping for and enjoyed our stay at those hotels a lot....
....Yes, we really enjoyed the tour! Nice countryside, a lot of kms with the Dutch bikes! Even it is flat... The first day more than planned ... Everything good organised. We were welcomed in everything place, good food. Just a négative point. The hotel in den Helder and the surrundings, not the best and we stayed there 2 nights. Thank you very much for everything.