Amsterdam, Utrecht, Gouda, The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam. These are some of the beautiful old Dutch cities with its historic town centers you will be visiting during this cycling tour. Let’s take for instance Delft: a beautiful old city with its Delftware, the monuments around the House of Orange-Nassau and the world-famous painter Johannes Vermeer. Or Gouda with its still intact cozy Old Dutch town center which is famous for its candles and cheeses, the fairy tale town hall and atmospheric canals. The route leads along the most beautiful historic city centers The Netherlands has to offer. The ports of Rotterdam, the old Dutch fishing villages like Schiedam with the five highest mills in the world and gin distilleries. Unforgettable is also the Kinderdijk with its world famous windmills.
This tour is especially nice in the spring during the flowering period (views of flower fields).
The first hotel you will be staying in is ideally located in the center of the Netherlands on the edge of the Rhine river. Utrecht has a wonderful old historic city center full of culture, shops and restaurants. Utrecht can be reached by train from Amsterdam Airport in approx. 45 minutes.
You cycle through the city of Utrecht and further along the river Vecht to Amsterdam. Characteristic for this area are the many stately homes and summerhouses built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the afternoon you arrive in Amsterdam where you can enjoy the restaurants, the historic buildings and homes, the boat rides and the Dutch culture of freedom.
After the historic and atmospheric city of Amsterdam you cycle through Zuid Kennemerland, a colorful area, rich in natural beauty. In Zandvoort you will stay near the sea where you can enjoy the beach life and the restaurants on the seaside boulevard.
Today you will cycle through the dunes and flower fields. The coast offers a number of seaside resort towns such as Katwijk, Wassenaar and Scheveningen. The entire Dutch North Sea coasts consists of large, lively beaches to small, cozy ‘family beaches or lonely beaches with almost no people. You will have the opportunity to stop at pretty much any point during this day and enjoy the beach right when you prefer to do so. At the end of the day you reach The Hague, the city where the Dutch government resides.
You continue your way along the Schie and eventually reach the city of Delft. Delft has a historic downtown with beautiful buildings and canals. In the New Church at the Markt you’ll find the tombs of the Orange-Nassau royal family. Delft is well-known for the House of Orange-Nassau, the world-famous porcelain, Delftware and the painter Johannes Vermeer. Your route continues you to Schiedam with its mills and distilleries, wherafter you reach Rotterdam with its modern skyline and major port areas. During your trip it is easy to see how the ports are being redeveloped into attractive areas today. From the Euromast, the highest tower of the country, you have a wonderful view of the city and the surrounding area.
Today you will cycle around one of the most famous sightseeings in The Netherlands: The windmills of Kinderdijk. Along the typical Dutch polder landscape with its many ditches and canals you reach the cheese town of Gouda, a cozy old Dutch town with a virtually untouched intact historic center. Who says Gouda says cheese, pipes, syrup waffles and pottery but also stained glass windows, the fairytale town hall and atmospheric canals.
You continue your way to the city of Urecht. The city owes its lively character for the most part to the beautiful canals, which, thanks to the yards provide terraces why lie directly on the water, something you don’t find anywhere else except maybe for Venice, Italy. Here one can stay in the middle of the city and still enjoy the water on a terrace.
After breakfast you will return home. Hope you had a magical time!
For your daily overnight stays we select the best hotels from our pool of quality hotels. Because some of the hotels are sometimes fully booked we use this selection system so we can switch to the next hotel on the list if the previous hotel didn’t have any rooms available.
|Holland’s Old Historic Towns Tour||Price|
|Double room per person, 6 nights||€895|
|Hotel-to-Hotel Luggage Transfers (1 suitcase per person)||INCLUDED|
|Rent 24-speed Hybrid Bike (go here for more options)||€91 (7 x €13)|
|Dinner (Every Night)||€227,50 (7 x €32,50)|
|Additional Night||€75 per night|
|Amsterdam Surcharge||€50 per person in high season. €25 per person for extra and Saturday nights.|
|GPS||€10 (price per tour)|