It’s the 17th century, an age of economic and cultural prosperity in the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. The Golden Age! The tiny Republic dominates world trade thanks to an enormous commercial fleet and a strong navy. As the rich grow richer, science and art gain importance and flourish. Thanks to the excellent business instincts of the Dutch, towns such as Delft, The Hague and Rotterdam are growing and prospering. Discover traces of this exiting century during your carefree bicycle holiday with Dutch Bike Tours.
Easy to reach from just about everywhere, The Hague, city of justice and peace, is beautifully situated just behind the dunes on the North Sea coast and has a worldly sophistication. It is unlike any other city in the Netherlands. The city centre is looking more modern by the minute, but you can still visit the Houses of Parliament, reputedly the oldest in Europe that are still in use as parliament buildings. If you look at them from across the pond (moat), you will see that the site was constructed as a castle; and when you step into the inner courtyard it’s like going back in time. The Hague has the same wide variety of tourist attractions as Amsterdam, but then less crowded and with the beach around the corner. For our Golden Age theme you shouldn’t miss Mauritshuis art museum with paintings by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Paulus Potter, Jan Steen, Frans Hals and others.
Discover The Hague by bike. The route we have in mind for you takes you through a string of parks right through the middle of, and all the way around the city. Alternatively, use your bike as a means of transport from one place of interest to the next. You’ll be spoilt for choice. The following museums are well worth a visit: the Escher Museum of optical illusions, Gemeente Museum, Panorama Mesdag. Outdoor Madurodam (miniature Holland) is fun for all ages. For a culinary crown on your day, dine at The Penthouse, the highest restaurant in the country; or at fish restaurant Catch near the seaside / harbour.
On the banks of the River Schie you will reach Delft. The town has a historical town centre with beautiful buildings and canals. Say “Delft” and a Dutchman will tell you about the royal family of Orange-Nassau, about the world-famous blue and white ceramics known as Delftware, and about Johannes Vermeer, the painter. If you’re a Vermeer fan or if you like painting, visit the Vermeer Centrum to find out all about the artist’s techniques. Please note: It’s not a museum; there are no original paintings on display. However, the detailed background information on his life and works is illuminating!
The bicycle route continues to Schiedam. It’s an odd little town where six giant windmills rise up above the (ware)houses. They are the only six remaining out of twenty mills that used to grind wheat for Schiedam’s 390 genever distilleries and malthouses. Today, one distillery remains where the juniper-berry flavoured liquor is still brewed: The Jenever Museum. They call their gin “Old Schiedam”.
Finally, round off the day in Rotterdam. In 2016, this city is in the Lonely Planet’s top ten cities in the world. The skyline is modern, the architecture extraordinary. Enjoy views of the town and port from Euromast tower. The latest attraction is the brand new Market Hall. Words cannot do it justice, so google images of it now and then go and visit it when you come to do the tour! In the 17th century, the port of Rotterdam developed from a fishing harbour for herring ships into a cargo port with ships sailing all the way to South America and back. It was (and is still) a transfer point for cargo between sea ships and cargo boats sailing inland waterways. It is said that 17th century foreigners visiting harbour towns in the liberal Republic were amazed that the bustling streets were dominated by women, buying, selling, and running businesses. Because their husbands were away at sea for much of the time, women were used to managing everything by themselves. Moreover, in their 17th -century travel journals, foreigners remark on the beauty, freedom, meddlesomeness and neatness of Dutch women. They were described as clever, thrifty, headstrong, house proud and very bossy. Rotterdam has changed unrecognizably since the Golden Age - except for the women…
In the morning, visit the famous windmills at Kinderdijk. This is a World Heritage Site demonstrating how windmills were used to regulate water levels in polders. You can go inside one of the mills. The tranquil site is very beautiful. Continuing your bike ride through a typically Dutch polder landscape with grassland criss-crossed by ditches and canals, you will reach the market town of Gouda. For the Dutch, Gouda is inextricably linked to cheese, candles, syrup waffles and a lovely historical centre. We like the stained-glass windows in St. Johns Church, the fairy-tale town hall and the picturesque canals. In the Golden Age, Gouda was specialized in clay pipes and pottery. Of course it was also a market town, where farmers from the surrounding countryside brought their cheeses to be weighed at the weighing house (1668) and sold at the Thursday morning market (still going!). The weighing house is now the museum of cheese and trades.
The start of this leg of the tour takes you through an area known as the Green Heart where you can enjoy peace, wide-open spaces and recreation: countryside, with lakes and rivers, canals and ditches; green meadows bordered by pollard willows. From Bodegraven make your way back to The Hague.
After breakfast, your cycling holiday comes to an end and it’s time to make your way home.
Daily from April 1 till September 25.
|Double room, breakfast||490.00|
|Single room, breakfast||640.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Hotel Indigo, Den Haag||10.00|
|Staybridge Suites the Hague - Parliament, Den Haag||10.00|
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 3.00 x 5||15.00|
|Child seat||€ 5.00 x 5||25.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 5||15.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 5||30.00|
|Theft insurance premium bike||€ 6.00 x 5||30.00|
|Extra luggage||€ 5.00 x 5||25.00|
|Add on bike||€ 6.00 x 5||30.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 5||87.50|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 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
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
Nearest Airport are Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
The train from Schiphol to Den Haag departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is about 50 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €9- per person excl. bicycle.
From The Hague Airport you should take a Metro which departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is about 30 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €5,-
For timetables and tickets, go to www.ns.nl/en. For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check: www.9292.nl/en.
...We loved our bikes and cycling in Holland. Our hotels were comfortable and the staff helpful and welcoming. The luggage service was prompt and efficient. We saw some beautiful countryside and very interesting sites. In fact the trip just flew by...
...We all enjoyed the bike trip. It was a different way of seeing the country and country side...