The Tulip Tour takes in some of Holland's most picturesque settings, most notably the famed tulip fields. Gentle cycling routes accompanied with cozy accommodations and vibrant cities make for an ideal tour, one that is sure to be remembered for years to come.Famed floral scenes
This five-day cycling tour commences in Amsterdam before heading southwest through picturesque countryside in search of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and more. The tour passes through the world-renowned Keukenhof Park, also known as the Garden of Europe. Some seven-million bulbs are set in the park every year, resulting in a wild display of color come spring. While opening times vary, Keukenhof Park is generally open from mid-March to mid-May, in time for the spectacular display.Industrial history
While the focus of this tour is undeniably the breathtaking tulip fields, cyclists will find plenty of other impressive sights en route, one of which is the Cruquius museum. Located in the town of Cruquius, this nineteenth century steam-driven pumping station was instrumental in draining the Haarlemmermeer, which facilitated the creation of the Haarlemmermeer polder, which today harbors Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Today the pumping station serves as a museum and is recognized as a national heritage site and beacon of Holland's industrial history.City life
Passing through Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden, the Tulip Tour also offers cyclists the chance to experience city life in the Netherlands. After a long day of cycling, take a well-earned break at a pavement cafe or explore the many historic sites found within.
The Tulip Tour is best experienced between early April and mid-May, when spring arrives and the tulip fields are in full bloom.Itinerary
Day One: Arrive in Amsterdam
Parking is available for a fee at the hotel but it is essential you reserve a spot prior to arrival.
The Tulip Tour begins with an overnight stay in Amsterdam. The Dutch Capital has plenty of magnificent sites to discover so arrive early and channel your inner-explorer. Take a stroll around the city's famed squares (Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein) where you'll find historic architecture, boutiques and cafes galore. Hop on your bike or board a narrowboat and explore the city's many canals. Or museum-hop your way around the city's many cultural establishments.
Sample hotel: Hotel Casa400Day Two: Amsterdam to Haarlem
The cycling portion of the tour begins today. The hustle and bustle of Amsterdam is soon forgotten as the picturesque countryside begins to roll by, en route to South Kennemerland.
It is in this region, in a town called Cruquius, that you'll find the Cruquiusmuseum - a former steam-driven pumping station. Stop at the museum to learn all about how the station (and its two brothers) was used to completely drain the Haarlemmermeer, reclaiming land that would eventually be used for the site of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Leaving the industrial wonder behind, head for the village of Bennebroek, where you'll catch your first glimpse of the region's famed tulip fields. Leaving the village behind, continue on to Haarlem, a city rich in culture and history. Spend the rest of the day unwinding.
Sample hotel: Golden Tulip Lion d‘OrDay Three: Haarlem to Leiden
Begin the day seeking out the many treasures and delights housed within the city of Haarlem. Check out the architecture and facades on display in the market square before taking in the Frans Hals Museum, which features the work of some of the region's most famous artists and designers, including Frans Hals, Jacob Ruysdael and Pieter Saenredam. Marvel at artwork that dates back all the way to the Dutch Golden Age. Tag along on a city tour and discover the city's concealed 'hofjes' (small almshouses set against scenic courtyards).
After lunch, hop on the saddle and leave Haarlem behind. Make your way towards the dunes and tulip fields of the Noordoostpolder, where truly spectacular views await those traveling in spring. Millions of tulip, hyacinth, daffodil and crocus bulbs are commercially planted each year. The ensuing multi-colored bulb fields are a sight to behold, and unsurprisingly the region proves to be a popular tourist attraction. The world-renowned Keukenhof Park offers an up close and personal look at the tulips. Be sure to stop off at the park and tour the flower exhibition.
The journey continues on to Leiden, the oldest university town in the Netherlands. Here you'll find an intriguing town center with plenty of culture and attractions, including canals, museums, and monuments. For more flower-based activities, take a trip to the botanical gardens.
Note: Those travelers wishing to explore Keukenhof Park in detail should book an extra night's stay in Leiden and commute between the two before returning to the tour.
Sample hotel: Best Western Best Western Hotel LeidenDay Four: Leiden to Amsterdam
The final leg of cycling takes you from Leiden to Amsterdam via the River Amstel. First you'll pass through the Groen Hart, a rural area with picturesque landscapes in droves. Admire lakes, fields and dikes before arriving on the banks of the River Amstel.
Following the river north, keep an eye open for small villages and grandiose houses before arriving in Amsterdam. The river, which the city is named for, takes you all the way into the oldest part of the city, where you'll find the Oude Kerk (Old Church), which is affectionately known as Amsterdam's living room. Back in the city, take some time to recuperate after a long ride, or head out into the streets in search of more action.
Sample hotel: Hotel Casa400Day Five: Return Home
After a good night's sleep, breakfast awaits before the tour officially comes to a close.Riding Distances
Total distance: 149 km
Average distance: 50 km
Shortest distance: 38 km
Longest distance: 58 kmTime in the Year
From April 1st to May 18th.Price
399 Euro per personPrice includes:
4 nights' double/twin room bed & breakfast accommodation in *** or **** hotels
Luggage transfer between hotels
Tour book with detailed route descriptions and maps
Panniers for carrying things you need on the road
Emergency hotline operating 7 days a week from 7:00 to 23:00Optional services:
GPS (Only if you start & finish in Amsterdam) - 10 Euro
7 gear bike hire - 48 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
Road Service - 10 euro
Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
Single room - 120 Euro
Half board accommodation - 110 euro
Extra night - 70 euroDiscounts / Group prices:
3 people sharing a room:
A child aged 0-4 sharing a room with their parents is free of charge
A child aged 4-12 sharing a room with their parents enjoys a 20% discount
3 people over 12 years old sharing a room enjoy a 3% discountGroups:
A group of 5-6 people enjoys a 5% discount per person
A group of 7-8 people enjoys a 7% discount per person
A group of 9 people or more enjoys a 10% discount per person