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The Big Cities Tour


Bike Tour: The Big Cities Tour - 14 days

This is our longest cycle route: two action-packed weeks of many beautiful and interesting sights. Cultural landscapes such as panoramic polder landscapes with windmills, dikes, meadows, farmhouses; or bulb flower fields (in spring) will delight you. Natural landscapes such as lakes and rivers; dunes, woods and nature reserves will relax you. You will ride your bike on cycle tracks right through big cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Haarlem as well as picturesque smaller towns. You will be spoilt for choice of tourist attractions, many of them reminders of a rich history in trade and fishery. As to the terrain on this bike tour, it’s mostly flat except on the coast.
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Harderwijk
Day 3: Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
Day 4: Enkhuizen - Alkmaar
Day 5: Alkmaar - Zandvoort
Day 6: Zandvoort - Amsterdam
Day 7: Amsterdam - Utrecht
Day 8: Utrecht - Gouda
Day 9: Gouda - Scheveningen
Day 10: Scheveningen - Rotterdam
Day 11: Rotterdam - Papendrecht
Day 12: Papendrecht - Gorinchem
Day 13: Gorinchem - Utrecht
Day 14: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht.

Day 2:    Utrecht - Harderwijk
61 km

Hidden away in the woods is hamlet Lage Vuursche. Have a break at the famous pancake inn round the corner from Queen Beatrix castle Drakensteyn. Along the shores of Randmeren, lakes formed in 1957 when the Flevopolder was created, youll reach Harderwijk. This lively town was once a member of the Hansa League, a Northern European alliance of trading guilds in the 13th-17th Centuries. Harderwijk was a fishing port until 1932 when the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea and work was started on the Flevopolder. Today, the Fish Gate and fish restaurants are among the many reminders of the towns fishing and seafaring past.

Day 3:    Harderwijk - Enkhuizen
61 km

Ride through the woods and farmland of Flevopolder to Lelystad. In Nieuwland Museum you can see an exhibition on why and how the polder came to be. Cross Lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen atop a 30 km dike! You will see our Golden Age reflected in the historical buildings of pretty Enkhuizen. Dont miss the excellent Zuiderzee Museum which includes an exhibition about the days when Dutch East India Company trading ships from towns on the Zuiderzee sailed the seven seas trading in spices and bulbs. Moreover, you can visit a recreated Zuiderzee village of old.

Day 4:    Enkhuizen - Alkmaar
59 km

After looking around pretty Hoorn, which also made its fortune trading in the Golden Age, you will set off on today’s coast-to-coast bike route from Lake IJsselmeer to the North Sea. You will pass by Holland’s oldest polder, Beemster, drained by windmills in 1612(!). You can also visit an interesting "museum windmill” as well as "cheese town” Alkmaar. If possible, plan your trip so you can see the Friday morning traditional cheese market.

Day 5:    Alkmaar - Zandvoort
57 km

The sandy beaches of the North Sea are backed by dune systems that safeguard the hinterland from the sea and supply drinking water to neighbouring towns. Today you will cycle through a Dune Reserve and a National Park that protect the many species of dune flora and fauna. Cross the North Sea Canal by ferry and then set course for Zandvoort, a well-known seaside resort.

Day 6:    Zandvoort - Amsterdam
32 km

You'll love the elegant city of Haarlem, voted best city for shopping, Haarlems pedestrianised city centre and the three lovely market squares are a delight. Look up at the façades of historical buildings and spot the Renaissance style stepped gables and bell-shaped Dutch gables. At the end of the day, Amsterdam awaits! This wonderful city has surprises in store for everybody.

Day 7:    Amsterdam - Utrecht
61 km

Follow the River Amstel out of town. On the banks of the small River Vecht, Hollands Golden Age is reflected in the beautiful stately homes and garden pavilions built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The lively centre of the big city of Utrecht will draw you to its attractive canals and unique 14th Century wharves.

Day 8:    Utrecht - Gouda
62 km

Today you’ll set course for Gouda and see stately homes, castles, woods, lakes and parks along the way. If possible, plan your trip so that you can visit the traditional Thursday morning cheese market at the start of Day 9. Gouda is also famous for making candles and syrup waffles (try one hot!).

Day 9:    Gouda - Scheveningen
64 km

Through open grassland you will cycle to The Hague, home to the government and the Queen. The Hague is brimming with things to do and see. You might like to take the opportunity to see Vermeer’s famous painting "The Girl with the Pearl Earring” in Mauritshuis Museum. Another favourite is Mesdag’s cylindrical Panorama of Scheveningen in 1881. Then climb back on your bike and check out 21st Century Scheveningen, the busy seaside resort where you’ll spend the night.

Day 10:    Scheveningen - Rotterdam
64 km

Cycle down the coast through dunes and past seaside resorts. Then pedal east along the New Waterway ship canal (completed in 1872), past fishing villages, windmills and jenever distilleries, to the great city of Rotterdam. Today you can also choose for a shorter route, which will take you through the beautifull city of Delft,  Today you can also choose for a 14 km shorter cycling route, which will take you through the beautiful city of Delft, the city where painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived.

Day 11:    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. First you'll cycle to 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 12:    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 13:    Gorinchem - Utrecht
58 km

Gorinchem’s 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). "Glass town” Leerdam is a meeting place where glassblowers from many countries demonstrate their craft. As you near the end of this tour, stop off once again at the lovely city of Utrecht.

Day 14:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

Starting dates:
Daily from Mai 1 till September 17.
Prices €
Per person in a double room
13 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 13) 390,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 13) 390,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 13) 156,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 13) 325,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 13) 35,75
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade to 4**** hotel in the centre of Dordrecht
Bike can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance)
Upgrade to 5***** Kurhaus hotel in Scheveningen 30,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
13 - 15 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019
staying overnight in a double room  
staying overnight in a single room

Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 1,265.00
Single room, breakfast 1,655.00
Dinner 390.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Upgrades pp/night
Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam 10.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2020-08-01 - 2020-08-01
2021-04-02 - 2021-04-05
2021-04-16 - 2021-04-17
2021-05-13 - 2021-05-15
2021-05-22 - 2021-05-24
2021-10-15 - 2021-10-17
Rental bike
Child bike 130.00
Hybrid 156.00
Premium bike 260.00
Ebike 325.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 13 35.75
Child seat € 5.00 x 13 65.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 13 39.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 13 78.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 13 78.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 13 65.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 13 78.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 13 227.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:
Utrecht, Harderwijk or Amsterdam


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)
Best Western Hotel Baars **** (Harderwijk)
Hotel de Koepoort **** (Enkhuizen)
Grand Hotel Alkmaar **** (Alkmaar)
Palace Hotel Zandvoort **** (Zandvoort)
Westcord Art Hotel ***/**** (Amsterdam)
Best Western Hotel Gouda **** (Gouda)
Boulevard Hotel *** (Scheveningen)
Hotel SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)
Apollo Hotel Papendrecht **** (Papendrecht)
Hotel Le Bon Apart *** (Gorinchem)

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



practical info

13 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 For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check:



...Fantastic trip exploring The Netherlands. Such a beautiful country and extremely safe to travel. Highly recommend the 14 day tour with a couple added rest days to break up the riding and do more exploring...


... Just returned from Netherlands, having used your services and just want to thank you for everything. I made the Big Cities tour and it was just amazing! The selection of cities could not have been better. Also the service with the luggage was always on time =) Hope to be back soon for another holiday...


... We just finished the last leg of our tour, and it's been the best vacation we've had in years. Thank you so much for everything! We left the bikes and the keys to the bike locks at the reception of the hotel
Looking forward to the next tour :)...


We discovered a lot about the Netherlands that we had not known or perhaps hadn’t considered. The number of Herons, Egrets, and other birds was astounding. We hadn’t expected that. The amount of water and boats everywhere surprised us. And even though we had read about and seen videos about the bike culture, we were amazed at the number and variety of bikes, trikes, mopeds, and scooters that traveled the cities, towns, and countryside.


...Gail and I had a wonderful time on our bike trip. The bikes were great, working well and problem free. The routes you selected were very interesting. We loved the way we would cross the countryside and them duck through small towns and places of interest. We really felt like we got a good insight into how Dutch people live. We met a lot of really nice Dutch people during our travels. It was a great cultural experience. Accommodations were top notch as well, very clean and we loved the breakfasts!...

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