Along the Dunes
The beaches along this tour are endless, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to take in the sea air as all your cares float away on the winds. When you stop in the towns of Scheveningen and Zandvoort, you'll spend the night close to the coast. As you ride along the dunes, you can explore a diverse lowlands area that's filled with endless fields of flowers, charming historic towns, and numerous points of interest. If you enjoy the arts and are looking for cultural experiences, you'll enjoy yourself immensely in The Hague, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. As you ride, you'll have the opportunity to stop wherever your heart desires, whether you feel like taking a look at one of the windmills up close or tour a dairy where they make cheese. This route is also filled with opportunities for museum visits and shopping. Most of the land along this route is flat, except for the hilly parts of the dunes. Just like all of our bike tours, you'll find your luggage waiting for you when you arrive at the outstanding accommodations we've provided for you.
Day One: Arrive in Utrecht (Optional start & finish in Amsterdam and GPS)
You can easily catch the train that originates at Amsterdam Airport, or if you wish to travel by car, you'll find that the hotel in Bunnik offers free parking.
Sample hotel: Hotel Mitland or Carlton President
Day Two: Utrecht to Amsterdam (63 km)
Your first day of cycling will take you to the River Vecht in Amsterdam. Many of the breathtaking garden areas and stately homes in this region date to the 1600s and 1700s when they were built by wealthy merchants. When you finally reach Amsterdam, you'll have the opportunity to take in the city's romantic canals and bridge. From the moment you set foot in the city, you'll see that it's virtually made for exploration via bike. There are plenty of activities to engage in, whether you enjoy visiting art museums, taking in cultural experiences or just spending a night out on the town. You'll definitely want to take a boat tour of the city so that you can take in the stunning houses that line the canals.
Sample hotel: Westcord Art Hotel
Day Three: Amsterdam to Zandvoort (40 km)
Today you'll ride through Haarlem, which has been voted "Best Shopping City". Don't forget to scan the historic building fa?ades while you're there and look for the stepped gables. The tour then takes you to Zuid-Kennemerland, which is filled with natural glory. You'll spend the night on the sea at Zandvoort, which is a popular beach resort.
Sample hotel: Palace hotel or NH Zandvoort or Amsterdam Beach Hotel
Day Four: Zandvoort to Scheveningen (43 km)
On this day you'll visit an area known for its dunes and flower bulbs. The dunes serve to protect the low-lying area from the water, and they're also home to many kinds of plants and animals. The best time of the year to visit this area is April, when the tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils are in full bloom. When you reach the coast, you'll want to visit the beaches and resorts there. Upon riding into Scheveningen, you'll also have plenty of activities to attract your attention.
Sample hotel: Boulevard Hotel
Day Five: Scheveningen to Gouda (63 km)
Today you'll visit The Hague, which is where the Queen of the Netherlands and the nation's government reside. There are numerous activities and sights to be taken in. One point of interest is Mauritshuis Museum, which is home to The Girl with the Pearl Earring, a famous painting by Vermeer. Another well-known painting here is Panorama of Scheveningen, which Mesdag painted in 1881. When you've gotten your fill of The Hague, you'll take off into open meadows and ride to Gouda, which is known for cheese, candles, and waffles. You may want to plan your trip so that you'll wake up in Gouda on a Thursday so that you can check out the weekly cheese market.
Sample hotel: Best Western City Plus Gouda
Day Six: Gouda to Utrecht (67 km)
On your way back to Utrecht, you'll traverse an incredible landscape filled with polders, rivers, parks, marshes and lakes. You'll also see several castles and stately homes on your ride. As you pass through Utrecht, take some time to enjoy Utrecht's city center, beautiful canals and unique wharves. You may want to take a tour through the Museum Quarter or visit the variety of local shops.
Day Seven: Return Home (non-cycling day)
After a healthy breakfast, you'll head home.
Total distance: 278 km
Average distance: 56 km
Shortest distance: 40 km
Longest distance: 69 km
Time in the Year
From April 1st to September 24th.
620 Euro per person
6 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 23:00
GPS (Only if you start & finish in Amsterdam) - 10 Euro
24 gear bike hire - 72 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
Road Service - 16.50 euro
Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
Single room - 180 Euro
Half board accommodation - 180 euro
Extra night - 70 euro
Price does not include
Discounts / 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 4-11 sharing a room with their parents enjoys a 20% discount
3 people over 12 years old sharing a room enjoy a 3% discount
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