From One Beautiful City to Another
This tour is filled with a wide variety of attractions. You'll ride through Randstad, which is the region surrounded by Holland's four largest cities: Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam. You'll have an opportunity to take in the unique character of each city and enjoy the beautiful villages in between. Two whole days will be spent riding along the coast of the North Sea and exploring its windswept beaches and dunes. This tour is simply brimming with museums and other points of interest!
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.
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 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: Best Western Palace Hotel Zandvoort
Day Four: Zandvoort to Scheveningen (44 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 Scheveningen
Day Five: Scheveningen to Rotterdam (55 km)
When you ride south, you'll follow the coastline, weaving through the dunes and going through seaside resorts. Next you'll push east to the New Waterway, which you'll follow past a number of fishing villages, distilleries, and windmills until you reach Rotterdam.
Alternative Path through Delft
If you'd like to take a side tour, why not check out the town of Delft? It's a college town situated on the Schie River right between Rotterdam and The Hague. Take a stroll along cobbled streets while you check out the town center, which is filled with charming bridges and canals and crooked canals. You can opt to tour the Delft Blue factories where the easily recognized ceramics are made. Check out the Vermeer Center and Vermeer Walk to learn about Johannes Vermeer, a well-known painter who resided in Delft during the Baroque Period. Also check out Nieuwe Kerk, a church where the royal family has been buried for the past four centuries.
Sample hotel: Hotel Maritime
Day Six: Rotterdam to Papendrecht (31 km)
You'll start today in Rotterdam, which is a modern city where you'll find port tours, incredible architecture, art, a museum dedicated to maritime life, and plenty of shopping. Some of the city's hotspots are the harbors, which have been redeveloped over the years.
When you reach Dordrecht, which is considered one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands, you'll see that it sits amidst several rivers. Stunning bridges will carry you over the water and into the town center. The harbor here is especially beautiful.
Sample hotel: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht, four stars
Day Seven: Papendrecht to Gorinchem (59 km)
Today you'll ride through Biesbosch National Park, which is one of Europe's last freshwater tidal regions. This part of your ride will take you past marshy forests, meadows, and landscapes filled with reeds. Water birds are a common sight in this area because they spend a lot of time breeding, foraging for food, and resting here. If you're especially fond of wildlife, stop in at Biesbosch Center Dordrecht to learn more about the inhabitants of this area.
Sample hotel: Hotel Gorinchem
Day Eight: Gorinchem to Utrecht (55 km)
The town of Gorinchem (pronounced gorcum) has a rich but troubled history and a town center that's filled with more than 200 monuments to mark these turbulent memories. The town was once a thriving trade center and fishing village, but floods often plagued it and armies frequently attacked it because it was Holland's entrance point.
After your exploration of Gorinchem is complete, you'll ride north to Utrecht. The old inner city contains the Oude Gracht, or Old Canal. A string of caf?s lies along the Old Canal, which has quaysides that unlike those in other cities. Don't forget to visit the city's stunning Museum Quarter. Also Utrecht is a great place for shopping.
Day Nine: Return Home (non-cycling day)
After a healthy breakfast, you'll head home.
Total distance: 347 km
Average distance: 50 km
Shortest distance: 31 km
Longest distance: 63 km
Time in the Year
From April 1st to September 22th.
790 Euro per person
8 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 - 96 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
Road Service - 22 euro
Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
Single room - 240 Euro
Half board accommodation - 240 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