This wonderful trip to the Bulb Flower district is recommended from April to mid-May; the period you’re most likely to strike lucky and see the tulip fields in full bloom (although nobody can predict exactly when spring will set in). Opening times for world-famous Keukenhof park vary each year but fall roughly within this timespan.
Also take a look at our Tulip tour in North Holland or our tulip tour around Giethoorn.
Get here early and opt to wander around the gorgeous and surprisingly peaceful seventeenth century canal ring area (World Heritage Site). If you like bustle, make your way to the city’s famous squares: Dam, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Should you prefer to roam off the beaten track, saunter up Brouwersgracht or hire a canal bike and find out what the city looks like from the water. Parking in Amsterdam is difficult.
It may be tempting to linger in Amsterdam, but today is the day you get to see your first tulip fields! Set off early to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the lively capital and enter a region called South Kennemerland. Firstly, head for Cruquius (1852), a steam-driven pumping station for a lesson in Dutch water management. This pumping station, built with attention to aesthetic detail, is an important part of our industrial heritage. It was one of three pumping stations devised to drain Haarlemmermeer lake (170km2) which had the nasty tendency to expand and eat up more and more land and villages.
The result was vast Haarlemmermeer polder which now harbours Amsterdam Airport, four meters below sea level.
Just after the village of Bennebroek you can catch your first short glimpse of the tulip fields. Then veer north and crown your day in the city centre of Haarlem. Look up at the typically Dutch facades on the market square. The city boasts a wealth of art, culture, monuments, restaurants and cafes.
Downtown Haarlem deserves to be explored thoroughly. We recommend a city walk to discover the city’s hidden "hofjes”. A hofje is a square of tiny almshouses set around an idyllic courtyard, often built by the church or by private charity to house single older women. Also dating back to the Dutch Golden Age, the works of Haarlem painter Frans Hals (group portraiture) and his townsmen including Jacob Ruysdael (land- and seascapes) and Pieter Saenredam (church interiors) are on display at the Frans Hals museum. In the afternoon get set for a colourful bike trip through the Dune and Bulb Region. Try to time this holiday before mid-May to capture the bulb flower fields in their full splendour! Tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths are grown here commercially (for bulb export) and temporarily transform the landscape into one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions. Should you want to spend a day at world famous Keukenhof flower exhibition, we recommend you book an extra night in Leiden. Leiden is our oldest university town. It has a very busy cultural events calendar and a friendly city centre with canals, monuments windmills and museums. The historical botanical gardens get special mention.
The route back to Amsterdam takes you past several lakes, across rural ‘Green Heart’, to the River Amstel. On the banks of this lovely river, you will encounter pretty villages and grand country houses. This is one of the greenest routes there is to get you right into Amsterdam back to your hotel. As you may have guessed, the city is named after the river. In the 13th century, Amsterdam started out as a fishing village by a dam at the mouth of the river. The oldest part of Amsterdam is around the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Known as Amsterdam’s living room, it’s the oldest building in the city.
After breakfast your cycling holiday has come to an end.
Daily from March 26 till May 7
|Double room, breakfast||440.00|
|Single room, breakfast||560.00|
|Extra night, breakfast only||70.00|
|Extra night, breakfast only Amsterdam||75.00|
|Fletcher Wellness Hotel Leiden, Leiden||20.00|
|Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg, Santpoort||12.50|
|Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam||10.00|
|Surcharge per person||€|
|Stay in Amsterdam on Saturday||20.00|
|Stay in Amsterdam from:
15 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021
|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|
|Tag-along bike||€ 6.00 x 4||24.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 4||70.00|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
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.
A standard hybrid bike is €12,00 a day.
Our hybrid bikes have 24-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:
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.
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
Amsterdam Sloterdijk / Amsterdam CS
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
...We particularly enjoyed the pumping station at Cruquius, and were pleased to arrive in Leiden by lunchtime due to the short cycle, as it was so pretty...
...Best vacation that my friends and I have gone on. The routes provide you with the ability to disconnect from your life and connect in a more authentic way with the places you visit...
...The difficulty of the ride and directions were about what we expected. We enjoyed all aspects of the trip from the country scenery, bike quality, routes, etc. We enjoyed the whole week, but especially the ride from Haarlem to Leiden and the rides through the tulip fields...
...Haarlem to Leiden through the national park was stunning and Leiden to Amsterdam along the canals and the river were perfect. Get the GPS unit it makes navigating the city streets so much easier. The best way to experience The Netherlands is by cycling through its beautiful countryside, riding along canals and through fields and cities like a local is what memories are made from...
...We had a FANTASTIC trip. It was so easy to navigate with the GPS and the maps. The cycle paths are so easy to follow and the routes chosen were diverse, bucolic at times, and certainly passed by the tulip fields. It was great to be at our our pace, to stop when we felt like it, and choose our own restaurants. The Westcord art hotel in Amsterdam was great and upscale. The Dutch tour people were organized and friendly...
...Cycling in The Netherlands around tulip time has been on my bucket list for sometime. We were blessed with glorious weather and the scenery has just idyllic. The Dutch were lovely and friendly and we tried out some great Dutch food and beers en route in beautiful locations. I would highly recommend Dutch Biketours and hope to travel again with them soon...
...It took us all round the tulip fields and to all the points of interest including Keukerhof Gardens...
...Good follow up from staff while on the trip, good points of interest along the routes identified in the route packets. We were ages 12-70. All ages completed the lengths with no issues. All hotels provided wonderful breakfasts to get your ride started right!...
...Loved every minute of your program, loved the bike the tour the people and Holland...
...I found Dutch Bike tours very responsive to any email requests I had. It was very good service. The hotels we were booked into were excellent!!...
...The bikes were great, the accommodation was great, the route we chose was great, Holland was great!!..
...Great trip, lucky with the weather and the flowers. Quite easy to find your way from hotel to hotel...
..The trip was simple exceptional. From the bikes to the choice of hotels to the information provided. I can highly recommend the tour...
...Thanks very much for a great trip - we hope to be back again some day!...
...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...
...This was one of the easiest, most enjoyable vacations I have ever experienced and so much of that is thanks to you, Frank, and your staff. Thank you for working with us to extend the 4 day tulip tour route into an 8 day tulip tour route. It was a perfect amount of time. I cannot compliment your tour company enough...
....Overall a very enjoyable holiday and something we would seriously consider doing again....
....First of all, I would like to say the trip was great, everything we anticipated and even more- Thank you very much....
...It was an excellent tour & we thoroughly enjoyed it. Could have a better hotel at Leiden though. Rest fantastic. Thank you...
...My general impression was it was a good holiday, I enjoyed it. I think going on it when the Keukenhof Gardens is open is a real plus, I did not know about the Keukenhof Gardens. Lots of information that you give at the start, brouchure, the map, the small cards with network route numbers and also detailed instructions. Really helpful. The hotel were nice and good standard. The ones in Amsterdam and Haarlem probably edged in over Leiden, however it is stated that hotels are 3-4 star....
...Thank you for choosing such lovely routes through Holland, we heard Nightingales and Cuckoos on parts of our journey (rare in the UK) and saw many other birds and lovely wild plants. The bikes were good too! We were not sure whether the bikes would have panniers and separate cable locks, so we brought our own - so it would be good if you mentioned on the website that people did not need to bring cable locks and that you provided large panniers on the bikes!...
...Cycling holiday is a very good idea and the Dutch countryside is really beautiful...
...We enjoyed our tour very much indeed. The tulips and Kerkenhof were amazing. The bikes were great (my wife now wants a Dutch Bike!) and caused us no problems at all. The hotels were great especially the Art Hotel in Amsterdam. The Best Western in Leiden was nice but not really geared up to do evening meals otherwise the hotels and food was excellent....
...We had a wonderful time on our cycle tour, a great way to see the country and something we would definitely do again. The service in terms of the bikes, the bags being moved etc all worked really well. The first two hotels were excellent, if I was to criticise anything I would say that the Best Western in Leiden was not as nice as the other two hotels we stayed at. It was in a good location but we felt the room was not as nice and the breakfast was not as good. We have never been on a holiday like this before and it was our first time to the Netherlands so we weren't sure how we would get on with finding our way but the numbered junctions is a great system and really easy to follow...
...We did have a good time thank you and all aspects worked very well in terms of information transfers, hotel bookings, luggage transfers etc...
...The four bikes we rented worked well. The bikes were waiting at the Westward Hotel when we arrived on Tuesday morning. The hotel was able to help us find the bikes and gave us a pack of information. We dropped of our luggage by 9 a.m. every morning. Our luggage was waiting for us when we arrived a each of our hotels. We like the fact that we were not biking along large roads. During our extra day in Leiden, we went to Noordwijk and were able to bike through beautiful sand dunes. We were pleased with the routes...
...Our tour has finished! It was great! The organization also was great and sorry for the delay of our luggage today in gouda. I will recommend you to my friends! Thank you for all!...
....First I would like to thank you, and your staff for your services, it has been a great vacation, and a great bike experience...the routes were fantastic and we enjoyed it 100%, everything worked perfectly with luggage and the hotels were great and very well located, the pictures are already in the facebook, I liked the dutch bike tours italia in the FB... we will recommend your services to our friends in Brazil for sure...
...The tours in Holland was very good, well organized and we enjoyed the days around Holland...
...The bikes and hotels were all great and I'm sure we will be back one day. One thing I think you could improve on are the maps from Casa 400 hotel to get to the first numbered cycle route. The photocopy maps were very difficult to follow and the road names too small to read. Hope you don't take this as a criticism as we really had a fab time. Many thanks for all the organising...
....Thank you for your e mail and we are very grateful for the cycling holiday you prepared for us in Holland, which was one of the best holidays my wife and I have had!
We had never been on a biking holiday before, and we appreciated the fresh air, the easy cycling and we found your bikes of the highest quality (much better than our own bikes at home! We wondered whether we could get similar ones for ourselves here in the UK?).
The routes you choose were really nice, and we appreciated being able to spend the extra night in each hotel so we could explore the cities of Amsterdam, Harlem and Leiden, going to various museums, art galleries, churches and concerts etc, not forgetting the wonderful Keukenhof.Again we would like to thank you for your prompt and efficient dealing with all our enquiries and arranging such a lovely holiday for us. We showed some pictures of our travels to the ladies in our church this afternoon and they were very impressed!....