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8-05 | Holland's Old Towns Tour
Romantic tour through Holland‘s famous cities
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Romantic Canals and Fa?ades, Blue Ceramics and More
The remarkable towns you'll see along this bike tour include Gorinchem, Woudrichem, Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Schiedam, Delft, Den Haag, Gouda, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. In Delft, you'll learn how the town is connected to Johannes Vermeer, a world-renown painter. You'll also have the opportunity to discover how the town's trademark Delft Blue ceramic items are created. You'll ride through Gouda, which has a wonderful town center that will take you back in time. Gouda is known for the traditional cheese market that's held there each week, homemade candles, beautiful canals, and a town hall that's straight out of a fairy tale.

This tour also takes you to many unusual and noteworthy places like Schiedam, an old fishing village, which has the world's tallest traditional windmills. They're used for milling grain, which is then used by local distilleries to make malt wine. One of the most unforgettable sights you'll see on this journey is the string of 19 windmills that line the Kinderdijk polder.

As with all of our bike tours, we'll make sure that your luggage is waiting for you when you arrive at the excellent accommodation we've arranged for you along your journey.


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 Utrecht offers free parking.

Utrecht sits in the middle of Holland, not far from forests and the Kromme Rijn River. Utrecht isn't too far away; it has a lively night life, as well as plenty of museums and shops.

Sample hotel: Hotel Mitland or Carlton President

Day Two: Utrecht  to Amsterdam (63 km)
This 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 bridges. 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: Best Western Palace Hotel Zandvoort

Day Four: Zandvoort to Den Haag (46 km)
This day will take you through a region known for its dunes and bulbs. The dunes here keep the low-lying areas from being flooded by the sea and are home to a wide variety of plants and animals. You may want to plan your trip for April so that the colorful flower fields are in full bloom. As you're riding along the coast, don't miss the beaches and resorts. When you arrive in Scheveningen, there are activities that may pique your interest. After you've had your fill of everything Scheveningen has to offer, it's just a short distance to Den Haag, where you'll spend the night.

Sample hotel: Mercure Central

Day Five: Den Haag to Rotterdam (37 km)
Today you'll pedal along the Schie River until you reach Delft, which has a historic town center that's filled with stunning canals and buildings. The main thing Delft is known for is Delftware, a trademark white and blue pottery. The town also boasts ties to the Van Oranje-Nassau family and the famous painter Johannes Vermeer.

Along this stretch of your journey, you'll also visit Schiedam, which is known for the gin, or jenever, that's manufactured there. This town provides plenty of opportunities to learn about the production and history of this liquor. As you watch the sun go down over the modern skyline of Rotterdam, which is also the biggest port in Europe, you may consider going to Oude Haven, or Old Harbor, for a night out on the town. Another point of interest is the Euromast Tower, which offers broad panoramic views.

Sample hotel: Maritime Hotel

Day Six: Rotterdam to Gouda (36 km)
When you wake up today in Rotterdam, you'll have plenty to do. This modern city offers port tours, shops, art, architecture, and a museum dedicated to maritime life. The inner city of Rotterdam has been redeveloped and now offers a number of hot spots.

On your way to Gouda, make sure you've got your camera ready for the Kinderdijk windmills, which UNESCO has added to its list of World Heritage Sites.

Sample hotel: Best Western City Plus Gouda
Day Seven: Gouda to Utrecht (66 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. Don't forget to take a tour through the Museum Quarter and visit the variety of local shops.

Day Eight: Return Home (non-cycling day)
After a healthy breakfast, you'll head home.

Riding Distances
 Total distance: 288 km
 Average distance: 48 km
 Shortest distance: 36 km
 Longest distance: 66 km

Time in the Year
From April 1st to September 23th.

735 Euro per person

Price includes:
 7 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

Optional services:
 GPS (Only if you start & finish in Amsterdam) - 10 Euro
 24 gear bike hire - 84 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
 Road Service - 19.25 euro
 Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
 Single room - 210 Euro
 Half board accommodation - 219 euro
 Extra night - 70 euro

Price does not include
 Ferry Crossing

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

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