The delightful towns you will visit on this bicycle holiday are Utrecht, Gouda, Den Haag, Delft, Schiedam and Rotterdam. In the beautiful town of Delft, find out what links Delft to world famous painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675); or go and see how Delft Blue ceramics are made. You’ll visit Gouda’s pleasant town centre, relatively untouched by time, known for its cheese market, candle making, the fairytale town hall and the attractive canals.
Arrival in Utrecht. Utrecht lies in the very centre of the Netherlands, near woodland and the small River Kromme Rijn. Big city Centre Utrecht is not far away and has shops galore, museums and a friendly night life.
If you want you can also start and finish this tour in Amsterdam.
Idyllic scenery today as you cycle to Amsterdam on the banks of the lovely River Vecht. Characteristic for this area are the many stately homes and summerhouses built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries. At the end of the day, Amsterdam awaits! Everyone has their own reasons for loving this remarkable city. What will yours be?
You will 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.For logistic reasons it's possible you will overnight in Noordwijkerhout instead of Zandvoort. The cycling distance will then be 51 km and the next day 41 km.
Today you will 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 are almost on your destination of today, The Hague. You will be spoilt for choice of things to do.
Follow the River Schie to Delft. Delft has a historical town centre with beautiful buildings and canals. Inextricably linked to Delft are Delftware (blue and white pottery); the royal family Van Oranje-Nassau; and Johannes Vermeer, the painter. Continuing on your way, you will reach the town of Schiedam, renowned for its gin (jenever). Here is where you can find out all about the history and production of this juniper berry flavoured liquor. As the sun sets over Rotterdams modern skyline and Europes biggest port, why not go to trendy Oude Haven (Old Harbour) for an evening out? From the top of Euromast tower enjoy great views of the city and surroundings.
Modern Rotterdam offers architecture, art, port tours, a maritime museum and shops galore. The re-developed inner-city harbours are hotspots. Get your camera out for the windmills at serene Kinderdijk, a UNESCO world heritage site. The alternative route is 45 km, you will cycle directly from Kinderdijk to Gouda.
Woods, stately homes, parks, rivers, polders, lakes and marshy fens make todays scenery. Opt to stop off at a cheese dairy or visit De Haar Castle. At the end of the day, explore the heart of the lively city of Utrecht. Discover the pretty Museum Quarter and admire the beautiful canal Oude Gracht. Its wharves are unique to Utrecht and make a pleasant setting for waterside cafes.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
Daily from April 1 till September 22.
Please note: a minimum stay of 2 nights in a row is required in the hotel in Amsterdam on the following dates:
April 8, 9, and 10, 2023
Apr 22, 2023
May 18, 2023
May 28 and 29, 2023
|Double room, breakfast||825.00|
|Single room, breakfast||1,035.00|
|Extra night double room, breakfast only||70.00|
|Extra night double room, breakfast only Amsterdam||87.50|
|Hotel Mitland, Utrecht||41.00|
|Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam||10.00|
|Surcharge per person||€|
|Stay in Amsterdam on Saturday||22.00|
|Stay in Amsterdam from:
08 Apr 2023 - 10 Apr 2023
22 Apr 2023 - 22 Apr 2023
18 May 2023 - 18 May 2023
28 May 2023 - 29 May 2023
|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|
|Extra luggage||€ 5.00 x 7||35.00|
|Tag-along bike||€ 6.00 x 7||42.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 7||122.50|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
Utrecht or Amsterdam
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the hotels we work with appears below. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will try to request a comparable alternative if possible.
If you don’t bring your own bike, you can rent one 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 bike 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!
A standard hybrid bike is €13,00 a day.
Our hybrid bikes have 24-gears with hand brakes.
The hybrid bikes are circa 16,5 KG.
An electric bike is €27,00 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. We recommend a minimum height of 160 cm for the e-bike.
A child’s bike is € 11,00 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:
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.
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.
7 Nights included
3/4 Star Hotels
Tourist tax included
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 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.
Having done a lot of bicycle touring, I was surprised by how attractive the journey was, as if DBT had carefully navigated a route through only the most visually pleasing areas. The one exception to this was the morning heading out from Rotterdam, where we definitely hit one industrial wasteland. But even here, most of our group was able to bypass this, taking a river bus to Kinderdijk. Even the rural parts were stimulating. For many in our group who were anxious about city pedaling, the countryside was their favorite part. My one caveat is be prepared for rain! Most days we had at least some, and occasionally it was persistent.
The Old Towns Bike Tour was the perfect trip for our group of 5 cyclists. We had widely varying levels of experience and fitness. Our least experienced rider chose an E-bike and it worked out perfectly. We added the Keukenhof Gardens to Day 2 of the ride. This also caused us to re-route through Leiden before carrying on to Den Haag. The staff at Dutch Bike Tours helped us plan this route adjustment and it turned out to be one of our favourite legs of the journey. We became more adept at “staying on track” with each day of riding. We saw so much of the beautiful Nederlands countryside and got great snapshots of some of its major city centres. We can’t wait to come back for more!
...Fantastic biking experience where you see a lot of the country. Endless canals everywhere. And a friendly population where biking is the most natural way of transporting yourselves. We could not believe though that so few people carried a helmet.
On the first day we experienced that one bike was not working properly. The involvement from dutch biketours was very professional despite causing a delay until a new bike could be delivered. We had to accept a couple of hours delay on the day with the longest km to drive. Anyway we survived and enyoyed the tour...
...Enjoyed the holiday. The satnav was wonderful! Excellent trip with nice towns and good cycling. Luggage transport was very efficient...
...Very pleasant experience. I liked the tone of email exchange with staff in the lead up to the trip when I had a few questions. Answers also came really quickly...
...It was great, the country side of Holland is amazingly beautiful, the bikes first class, the suitcases were delivered to the next hotel on time.We would highly recommend your company and consider doing other tours with you...
...ful countryside, quaint cities, an all around beautiful experience. The rain that came in time passed... we did pull into Den Haag pretty thoroughly soaked... just a memory now!...
...We finished and we lived! Lost many times, gps crashed a few, but that is part of adventure. Room phenomenal, Dutch people great, other than in big cities, routes were excellent...
...Nice trip, leave a bit earlier on first day - Utrecht to Amsterdam...
...The ride from Utrecht to Amsterdam was absolutely gorgeous - the highlight of the trip, but we enjoyed some aspect of each day's riding...
...This was our directing holiday and Dutch bike tours made the experience easy and very enjoyable. Our route had very varied scenery each day including Polders, travelling by rivers, crossing water, cycling through sand dunes and beautiful towns. I totally recommend this holiday to those interested in trying this type of holiday. It's wonderland totally addictive!!...
...I am a keen cyclist and cycling in Holland was on my bucket list for a long time. The trip did not disappoint. DBT are reputable and organised. Cycling in Holland is great. The amount of good quality cycle paths is astonishing. The infrastructure to accommodate cyclists and their protection from vehicles is highly commendable. DBT have made a real effort to provide routes that are both scenic and varied. Looking forward to researching and booking another cycling holiday with DBT for next year...
...We just end our bike tour and are at the Westcord Art Hotel. We have left the bikes in the storage parking and are leaving the GPS and keys at reception. We had a marvellous time! The tour was great!...
.. Very enjoyable. Nice scenery, good food, good hotels in general, good bikes, good luggage service. Booking service easy and professional...
...The Netherlands is a great country to bike through, especially for folks who do not like cycling on busy roads. I regret not leaving one week earlier (ex. end of April or first start of May) as we came at the very tale end of the tulips. However, the weather was relatively good, everything was in bloom, the air was full of wonderful fragrants and bird calls, and everywhere you look, nature lovers are treated to some fine landscaping...
I felt the little map booklets worked really well and they were easier to carry and use while riding. The detailed town routes to the hotels were a useful extra, although I did cross the Erasmus Bridge looking for The Inntel Hotel but by asking in one of the cafe bars I was soon redirected back over the bridge. That was down to my bad map reading.