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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
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Bike Tour: Randstad Holland Tour - 9 days

A great tour with many attractions! We will cycle through the Randstad, the area between the four biggest cities in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. You will experience the unique charm of each of these cities. Between the cities are picturesque towns and villages. You will spend two days cycling down North Sea coast with its endless sandy beaches and windswept dunes. Tourist attractions and museums are everywhere!

Route
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Zandvoort
Day 4: Zandvoort - Scheveningen
Day 5: Scheveningen - Rotterdam
Day 6: Rotterdam - Papendrecht
Day 7: Papendrecht - Gorinchem
Day 8: Gorinchem - Utrecht
Day 9: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht

Day 2:    Utrecht - Amsterdam
62 km

Cycle to Amsterdam on the banks of the Rivers Vecht and Amstel. Characteristic for this area are the many stately homes and garden pavilions built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Zandvoort
32 km

You'll 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 - Scheveningen
43 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:    Scheveningen - Rotterdam
64 km

Cycle south, along the coast through dunes and past seaside resorts. Then pedal east along the New Waterway ship canal, past fishing villages, windmills and jenever distilleries, to Rotterdam.

Day 6:    Rotterdam - Papendrecht
31 km

Modern Rotterdam offers architecture, art, port tours, a maritime museum and shops galore. The re-developed inner-city harbours are hotspots. Cycle to to the village of Kinderdijk, explore the site where 19 windmills have been standing majestically in rows since 1740. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. One of the mills is open to the public. Your destination, Papendrecht, is just a ferry crossing away from of one of Holland’s oldest towns; Dordrecht. Dordrecht is completely surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. Around the harbour you will see many monumental buildings.

Day 7:    Papendrecht - Gorinchem
59 km

Today you cycle through a part of Biesbosch National Park, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe. The countless islands of marshy willow woods, reed-lands and grasslands are surrounded by creeks and rivers. The place is a resting, foraging and breeding site for water birds. Nature lovers should visit Biesbosch Centre Dordrecht for information on this fascinating area. Before you arrive in Gorinchem you can, if you wish, take a boat trip to visit the interesting Loevesteijn castle. The town of Woudrichem is definitely worth a visit.

Day 8:    Gorinchem - Utrecht
58 km

Gorinchems walled town centre has a long turbulent history and over two hundred monuments to remember it by. It used to be big in fishery, markets and trade, but was often plagued by floods and conquerors (the town was the gateway to Holland). In the heart of the city of Utrecht lies the peaceful Oude Gracht (= Old Canal). Its characteristic wharves are unique to Utrecht. Nowadays they are the pleasant setting for waterside cafes. Dont miss the pretty Museum Quarter.

Day 9:    Return Home
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
prices
Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 22.
 

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 820.00
Single room, breakfast 1,060.00
Dinner 260.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Extra night (breakfast only) Amsterdam 75.00
Upgrades pp/night
Boutique Hotel Karel de Stoute, Gorinchem 25.00
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 80.00
Hybrid 96.00
Premium bike 160.00
Ebike 200.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.00 x 8 24.00
Child seat € 5.00 x 8 40.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 8 24.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 8 48.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 8 48.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 8 40.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 8 48.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 8 140.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:
Utrecht 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)
Boulevard Hotel *** (Scheveningen)
Westcord SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)
Apollo Hotel Papendrecht **** (Papendrecht)
Hotel Gorinchem *** (Gorinchem)
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

8 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

10-07-2019

...We throughly enjoyed our entire holiday with your company, especially as we were able to see so much of the country in good weather and also that we were able to meet so many wonderfully friendly people. The bikes performed really well with no issues. Our thanks, and yes, we would be delighted to repeat a tour with you, and would certainly recommend it to friends... 

03-08-2018

...All in all the holiday was great. Accommodation in Dordrecht was the best...

22-07-2018

...It would be good to have an option to cycle for a day and then have a day off on this tour for more sightseeing. The whole trip was really good!...

11-06-2018

...We very much enjoyed our tour of the Netherlands with Dutch Bike Tours. Everything was very well organized, hotels were great. It is very easy to find our way on Dutch bike paths - very simple. We did have a GPS as well which made it very easy to find our way through towns to the hotel. We are not so good with direction! The Netherlands are wonderful to visit by bike. The countryside is beautiful and there are some wonderful villages and towns along the way. Our trip exceeded our expectations....

25-07-2017

... We have just arrived home from our second tour with Dutch Bike Tours,. I would only like to thanks you and congratulate your because everything has been perfect.. 

Everything has worked well: lugggae transfer, the hotels (all of them of high quality, except for one), the meals and breakfasts, the bikes (not a single puncture) and the GPS and the routes have been marvelous. We have riden through places of great beauty. For that person in charge of the design of the route, just say its work is excellent!...

05-06-2015

...I just want to give you an intermediate notice from my tour until now. I enjoy my cycling-tour very much. Thank you so much that you left a nagivation-system for me even I have not ordered it. At first I was a bit suspecious if I would be able to work with it because I never used a navigation-system before. But after a short time I began to love it. This system is so helpful. It leads me safe and direct to all the nice places which you have programmed for me. I also want to thank you that you have choosen so nice hotels. The boulevard hotel in Scheveningen is very familiar. I loved it there very much. Today I am in the inntel hotel in Rotterdam . It has a swimming pool. Very nice...

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