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The Historic Cities and Windmills of Holland

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 1-2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily (except Fridays) from 1st April to 23rd September.
  • Location: Utrecht
Tour Details

Welcome to our self-guided cycling holiday in west Holland, this cycle tour is ideal for beginners, families and experienced cyclists alike. Holland is a fabulous place to take a cycling holiday, they have a wonderful cycle network often independent of roads with their own signs, traffic lights and signposts. In makes cycling safer and more enjoyable. This trip will explore west Holland, taking in some fabulous historic cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Not only this but you shall cycle a section along the wonderful coastline, with long sandy beaches and dunes. Of course, a trip to Holland would not be complete with seeing the odd windmill, well in Kinderdijk you shall see 19 of them, built in the 19th century and now a UNESCO world heritage site. This is a trip not to be missed, with such variation we are sure all will enjoy it.

Starting Location

Utrecht

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in 3/4 star hotels
  • Maps and route instructions
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights or Ferries to Holland
  • Hybrid Bike Rental
  • E-Bike Rental
  • Race Bike Rental
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners
  • GPS Device Rental
  • Bike Breakdown Insurance
  • Rental Bike Theft Insurance
  • Season supplement
  • Car parking
Trip Info

Accommodation – Subject to Change

Utrecht – Hotel Mitland 4 star

Amsterdam – Westcord Art Hotel 3 star

Zandvoort – Palace Hotel Zandvoort 4 star

Den Haag – Best Western Den Haag Den Haag 3 star

Rotterdam – Hotel SS Rotterdam (cruise ship) / Hotel New York 4 star

Gouda – Best Western Hotel Gouda 4 star

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Utrecht

During the day arrive in Utrecht. Utrecht lies in the very centre of the Netherlands easily reached from Amsterdam airport and the ferry ports on the north coast. Utrecht is near woodland and the small River Kromme Rijn. The city centre of Utrecht is not far away from your accommodation and has shops galore, museums and friendly vibrant nightlife.

Day 2Utrecht to Amsterdam 39 miles 63 km.

Your cycle tour begins today through Idyllic scenery as you cycle towards 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.

Your destination will be the capital city of Holland, Amsterdam. After an exciting bike tour, we arrive in the city of Amsterdam. Famous for the abundance of quiet waterways and canals that run through the city which are now a UNESCO World  Heritage site. Of course, you must make sure you go on one of the many canal tours. Amsterdam many museums and cultural highlights to explore. For example, the Royal Museum or the Van Gogh museum is ideal to visit.

Day 3Amsterdam to Zandvoort 20 miles 32 km.

Today the first part of the bike route takes us to Haarlem, famous for its picturesque small “hofjes”. These are actually gardens that were kept by the rich inhabitants in the 18th and 19th century. The aged widows would work in the growing food so they would not die of hunger. Also there you can visit the Frans Hals Museum, a former home for retired people, where you can find the renowned paintings of Frans Hals. Later the cycle tour continues along the “Keukenhof”, a wonderful garden, especially during the blooming tulip season. We shall soon arrive at Zandvoort where we shall stay overnight. Zandvoort is right on the seafront where you can enjoy the sand dunes and beach area.

Day 4Zandvoort to Den Haag 27 miles 43km.

Today you’ll cycle along the coast through the dune and bulb region. The windswept dunes not only protect the inland regions 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 will be spoilt for choice of things to do. You shall pass Wassenaar is a very upmarket area where the Dutch Royal family has a house.  We make our way now to The Hague. This is a Governmental centre as well, but The Hague has more to offer with numerous museums and many canals. In the evening try and explore the old city centre and stroll along and admire the scenery beside the canals.

Day 5Den Haag to Rotterdam 28 miles 45 km.

Today we are heading inland towards Rotterdam. First, we follow the River Schie towards Delft. Delft has a lovely 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. After a short visit continues on your way by bike, soon you shall 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 liqueur. After a visit, you continue to Rotterdam. As the sun sets over Rotterdam’s modern skyline and Europe’s biggest port, why not go to trendy Oude Haven (The Old Harbour) for an evening out? From the top of the Euromast tower, you can enjoy great views of the city and surroundings.

Day 6 Rotterdam to Gouda 36 miles 57 km.

Before your departure, today why not spend more time exploring modern Rotterdam which offers architecture, art, port tours, a maritime museum and shops galore. The re-developed inner-city harbours are hotspots. After your visit we continue on the cycle tour via “Kinderdijk”, now a UNESCO site with 19 beautiful windmills. This is one of the most typical sights of Holland!  Most of the windmills are lived on still but two of them you can visit and see how life was in the 18th century. Find out about their history and use, you might be surprised. It really is fascinating climbing to the top to see how the families used to live and sleep in these tiny windmills. After your visit, we continue onto Gouda obviously famous for its cheese production.

Day 7Gouda to Utrecht 31 miles 50 km.

Much to admire on today’s longer cycle ride, of course in Holland the route is always flat!  Today you shall cycle through woods, passing stately homes, through parks and beside rivers.  You shall pass a number of larger lakes and marshlands, great for birdlife. You can 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.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.

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How to get there

By plane to Amsterdam airport and the by train to Ultrecht – around 30-40 minutes. You can also arrive by ferry to Rotterdam/Hoek of Holland and drive. Parking is locally possible for 20€ per week.

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