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The Golden Age Tour


Bike Tour: The Golden Age Tour - 6 days

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. The seafaring County of Holland is the richest region in the world. The world’s first stock exchange is founded here by the East India Trading Company (VOC). As the rich grow richer, science and art gain importance and flourish.

Day 1: Arrival in The Hague
Day 2: The Hague
Day 3: The Hague - Rotterdam
Day 4: Rotterdam - Gouda
Day 5: Gouda - The Hague
Day 6: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival in The Hague

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.

Day 2:    The Hague
26 km

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. 

Day 3:    The Hague - Rotterdam
46 km

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…

Day 4:    Rotterdam - Gouda
58 km

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.

Day 5:    Gouda - The Hague
61 km

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.

Day 6:    Departure

After breakfast, your cycling holiday comes to an end and it’s time to make your way home.

Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 25.
Prices €
Per person in a double room 
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 2) not in Den Haag 60,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 5) 60,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 5) 125,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5) 13,75
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 475.00
Single room, breakfast 625.00
Dinner 150.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Upgrades pp/night
Hotel Indigo, Den Haag 10.00
Staybridge Suites, Den Haag 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 50.00
Hybrid 60.00
Premium bike 100.00
Ebike 125.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 5 13.75
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

Starting point:
The Hague


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.

Best Western Hotel Den Haag *** (Den Haag)
Westcord SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)
Best Western Hotel Gouda **** (Gouda)

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

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

Den Haag

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

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



...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...

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