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Waterscapes of Holland
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Bike Tour: Waterscapes of Holland - 5 days

For real waterscapes as well as painted waterscapes, journey to South-Holland province! If you are drawn to water; if being by the water has a calming effect on you; what could be more relaxing than a leisurely bike ride down the coast or along a river, perhaps followed by a lakeside break? For painted waterscapes, you are bound to strike lucky in fine art museums such as Mauritshuis, Panorama Mesdag, Prinsenhof Delft, Museum De Lakenhal, or in one of Gouda’s many art galleries. 

This tour strikes a great balance between fresh air in open countryside and a culture quest in towns full of Old Dutch character such as Leiden and Delft. In Gouda, you can attend the re-enacted cheese market of-old with its quaint rituals and costumes. In beautiful Delft, find out all about the town’s blue and white pottery. In the old university town of Leiden, rent a boat and join the students cruising the picturesque canals.

Hear the wind rustle through the reed beds on the banks of small lakes; and listen out for bird song in the Green Heart region.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Delft
Day 2: Delft - Gouda
Day 3: Gouda - Leiden
Day 4: Leiden - Delft
Day 5: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival in Delft

Your cycling holiday starts in Delft, forever associated with Delft-blue pottery / Delftware. In the glory years, 1650-1750, approx. 100 ceramics factories operated here.  Scenic canals adorn the Old Town. It really does feel like you have gone back in time when you stop to wonder at age-old lopsided canal houses, cobblestones underfoot.  Just off the main square, visit Vermeer Centrum for background info on painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), loved for his calm domestic scenes.

Day 2:    Delft - Gouda
34 km

After a big breakfast, get set and off you go into the Green Heart region, an area of open countryside dotted with small towns and villages. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and light. That skyline up ahead, is that Gouda? Yes, the delightful town famous for its cheese market. Gouda cheese is one of the Netherlands’ most important and best-known exported products. Other products typically manufactured in Gouda: Dutch Waffles (invented approx. 1840), candles (1853-1980), clay pipes (17-18th cent.) and colourful Gouda pottery (1920s- 1930s). If you like stained glass windows, don’t miss the ones in St. John’s church. If you want to visit the cheese market, be sure to plan your holiday in such a way that you stay in Gouda on Wednesday night and see the cheese market on Thursday morning: From 10.00- 12.30 hrs every Thursday morning until the end of August, a traditional cheese market takes place for tourists, on the splendid main square. Just like in the olden days, dairy farmers and merchants settle the sale with a handshake. At the market, besides Gouda cheese, other local delicatessen can be savoured and bought. 

Day 3:    Gouda - Leiden
45 km

In the morning you still have time to visit the cheese museum.
Today you will cycle along the River Meije. The rustic surroundings may look natural, but they were often shaped by man: a so-called cultural landscape. Centuries ago, dikes and windmills were constructed to drain soggy marshes and create pasture and crop fields. In the 13th century people started to excavate peat. This left deep holes in the landscape that filled with water and threatened to expand and cause floods. Some of the holes were therefore drained and turned into polder land – well below sea level. Others were left as lakes, which now attract tourists to the water in the summertime. In the afternoon, you will reach Leiden, a picturesque university town. In 1575 the first university in the Netherlands was founded here and soon developed into one of the most prominent in Europe. The botanical garden dates to 1590. Just like Amsterdam, Leiden boasts inner-city canals that merit a canal tour.

Day 4:    Leiden - Delft
29 km

In the morning, head for the coast and cycle through the dunes and along the beach to the seaside resort of Scheveningen. Subsequently, visit the city of The Hague, seat of government and parliament (although Amsterdam is the capital city); and perhaps drop by Noordeinde Palace, where the King has his offices. If you enjoy art museums, the Hague has some fine ones: Gemeentemuseum, Mesdag, Escher, Mauritshuis… take your pick! At the end of the day, you will arrive back in Delft. In the New Church  (14th-15th cent.) have a look at the impressive memorial artwork that is William of Orange’s mausoleum. It is a masterpiece of Dutch baroque art. In 1584, William of Orange, “Father of the Fatherland”, was murdered in Prinsenhof in Delft, now an excellent museum of Dutch history. He was seen as the founder of the country’s independence from Spain. In ceramics factory “De Porceleyne Fles” (1653) Delftware is still produced and tourists are welcome to visit.

Day 5:    Return home

After breakfast, your cycling holiday will have come to an end. It is time to make your way home. 

prices

Starting dates:
Daily from April 1st untill September 26th

Prices €
Per person in a double room 
4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
430,00
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 4) 120,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 4) 120,00
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
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 450.00
Single room, breakfast 570.00
Dinner 130.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Rental bike
Child bike 40.00
Hybrid 48.00
Premium bike 80.00
Ebike 100.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.00 x 4 12.00
Child seat € 5.00 x 4 20.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 4 12.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 4 20.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 4 70.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00

Starting point:
Delft

Including:
1 Entrance ticket per person for Cheese Museum Gouda

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.

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

 

 


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 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 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. 

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 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 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 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.  

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. 27 KG. 

 

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 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.

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.

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 €2,75 per day per bike and can only be booked for every participant in a booking. 

 

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

4 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

Delft

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS tracks available

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport are Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

From Rotterdam The Hague Airport take the metro to Rotterdam central station. From the central station, take the train to Delft. This goes 8 times an hour and costs about € 3.60 per person excluding bicycle.

For timetables and tickets: www.9292.nl/en.

The train from Schiphol to Delft leaves 4 times an hour. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
A single trip costs about € 11 per person excluding bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, visit www.ns.nl/en. For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check: www.9292.nl/en.

 

reviews

04-09-2020

... I just wanted to thank you for organising a wonderful holiday in the Netherlands; everything went smoothly and no punctures! We will definitely book again. The Dutch Cycle path network was the highlight of our trip, it was a revelation! The one issue I had with it was the small size of the signs- my expectation was to see a normal large sign - you have to look carefully and carry a torch at night... 

01-07-2020

...Have been on cycling trips across Europe and this was the best in terms of route, hotels, maps, and overall quality of experience!...

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