Holland
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 26, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,078 to $2,338

Holland Family Bike Tour

Take your family for a ride on one of our favorite Holland family vacations. We’ve carefully crafted the perfect itinerary to experience this bike-friendly country on an action-packed, all-inclusive adventure that takes you through lush, green pastures, quiet hamlets tucked deep in the forests and charming, cobblestone villages. With laws that give cyclists the right-of-way on most streets, you’ll enjoy the confidence of pedaling peacefully along Holland’s canals or racing your kids over smooth roadways beside flower-bedecked countryside. Visit working windmills, take a ferry to Stavoren and even stop at a zoo. By the end of your trip, all of your family members will know how to eat a raw herring the Dutch way! Throughout this unforgettable journey, enjoy the best in regional accommodations, Holland’s tasty cuisine and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service that invites you to saddle up, kick back and soak in six remarkable days with your family on a two-wheeled trip-of-a-lifetime.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Emerald pastures, wildflower-strewn meadows, cobblestone villages and working windmills set the perfect stage for family fun on this six-day adventure through Holland’s pristine northern territory. Our expert guides can't wait to share with you the charming atmosphere of Holland's historical towns, cultural significance and singular local fare. Outstanding from start to finish, this Holland vacation package is guaranteed to bring smiles throughout each fun-filled day and send you home with memories to last forever.

  • Pedal along the Zuiderzee past meadows peppered with sheep and traditional straw-roofed farmhouses
  • Explore the inside of a 17th-century working windmill
  • Get up-close with giant storks and colorful peacocks on the grounds of the Château de Havixhorst
  • Take a boat trip through Giethoorn, coined the “Venice of the North” for its narrow canals, thatched houses and hump-back bridges
  • Sip a garden aperitif and choose from 100 variations of tasty pancakes at a Dutch pancake restaurant
  • Channel your inner eight-year-old as you pedal your heart out in one of Europe's most classic biking destinations
Children running through a flower field in Holland
Photo: Children running through a flower field in Holland

Excellent Trip!! Loved It!! The service was top notch and made my trip worry free.

Jyoti P Chicago, IL

This was an incredible adventure. Our guides provided us with wonderful local history and stories while watching out for our safety as we bicycled through Holland. A perfect experience!

Marcia R E. Longmeadow, MA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)

Day 1: Enkhuizen
Family Vacations in Holland
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel Suydersee

We meet in the morning in Amsterdam.

After a short transfer out of town, start biking in De Rijp, a colorful town with green gabled houses and a long whaling heritage.

After visiting a working windmill, cycle over canals and wooden drawbridges to sea-faring towns like Schermerhorn and Hoorn.

For lunch, enjoy local fare at a cafe in Hoorn. Spend tonight near the picture-perfect harbor of Enkhuizen.

About Hotel Suydersee
A delightful oasis for relaxation and ideal location for escaping from busy cities, Hotel Suydersee is right in the center of a typical historic harbor town and has been recently remodeled.

You’ll be near the famous outdoor Zuiderzee museum, the polder land for biking, old canals for sport fishing and canoeing, and the largest lake of Holland for sailing and surfing.

Day 2: Lemmer
Tulips in Holland
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel Iselmar

Board the ferry to Stavoren, then bicycle along Lake IJsselmeer on small roads and dikes to the old port of Hindeloopen. It's the perfect chance to learn a bit of history and visit charming towns steeped in tradition.

Settle for the night overlooking the yachts of Lemmer.

Take advantage of another night on your own to explore the town center.

About Hotel Iselmar
A modern hotel overlooking the marina, Hotel Iselmar offers luxury, relaxation and superb cuisine. At the hotel's restaurant, you'll savor French-Mediterranean cuisine as you take in splendid views over the yachting boats.

The hotel offers spacious rooms, four bowling alleys, two racket-ball (squash) courts, an indoor pool, sauna and Turkish steam bath.

Day 3: Staphorst
Holland Family Vacation packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Chateau de Havixhorst

Today’s carefree bike ride leads through forests and watery landscapes highlighted by a visit to Giethoorn.

Known as the Venice of Holland, it is a wonderful canal-laced village with thatched houses and humpback bridges. This evening we'll stay at the grand Kasteel de Havixhorst.

About Chateau de Havixhorst
An excellent, quiet and luxurious hotel, Chateau De Havixhorst offers eight enormous suites elegantly furnished with bath and separate shower.

The hotel’s restaurant serves outstanding food and the wine cellar offers a huge choice of excellent wines.

Day 4: Odoorn
Holland Family Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Lubbelinkhof

Start the day greeting hundreds of storks and peacocks at a bird sanctuary on the grounds of your hotel.

  • Then spin along forested bicycle paths through dreamy hamlets tucked deep in the woods
  • Visit the craft village in Orvelte before continuing on to peaceful Odoorn and our cozy hotel

Tonight in Odoorn, enjoy a dinner of savory Dutch pancakes.

About Hotel Lubbelinkhof
Situated in the heart of the wooded Hondsrug hill range and its famous megalithic monuments, Hotel Lubbelinkhof is a charming four-star hotel and reputed gourmet restaurant.

This cozy and casually elegant hotel successfully combines green surroundings and a rustic setting with stylish and contemporary interiors. Welcoming lounges, shaded terraces and the restaurant’s culinary creations will ensure an enjoyable stay.

Day 5: Odoorn
Tulpis in Holland
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Hotel Lubbelinkhof

Today’s ride travels on dramatic moors dappled with purple heather and dotted with prehistoric stone beds.

  • Later, head over to the outdoor market in Emmen and visit its outstanding, prize-winning zoo
  • Then follow fertile pastures and dense woodlands to the thatched village of Eext

Back in Odoorn, share memories of the trip as everyone enjoys a farewell dinner together.

Day 6: Amsterdam
Family Vacations in Amsterdam
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy breakfast before your guide transfers you to Amsterdam for your departure home.

The 2.5 hour shuttle will give you plenty of time to relax and reflect on your trip before heading home.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 26, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,078 to $2,338

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 26, 2016
  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Jul 31, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Amsterdam.
  • On Day 1, we meet you in the lobby of Hotel American in Amsterdam at 8:30 AM.
  • After a briefing and a short transfer to De Rijp, the cycling begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 6, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Amsterdam (2.5 hour transfer).
Activities

Cycling:

  • Day 1 bicycle mileage options: 15 / 31
  • Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 26 / 36 / 39
  • Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 35 / 40 / 50
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 28 / 40
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 17 / 27
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

You're right-The toughest part is going home.

Eligiof V, Santa Rosa, CA

Smartly Planned, carefully carried out.

Lynn Y, Tulsa, OK

Well, we actually expected rain, and we didn't get any! AWESOME! Loved the riding, the scenery, the people, the guides, the Dutch countryside.

Sigrid H, Gaithersburg, MD

We had a wonderful trip our guides were outstanding.

Michele M, Sudbury, MA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The sheep: They're everywhere! Watch as shepherds lead herds into the woods to graze on the land.
  • 2. The megalithic tombs: The Hunebedden of Drenthe is famous throughout the country for its fascinating graves.
  • 3. The Church of St. Bavo: This church is over 900 years old and boasts a cobblestone floor whose massive stones are actually the headstones of royalty and famous people.
  • 4. The straw roofs: Almost all of the local farmhouses have big, beautiful straw roofs.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From getting your kids excited about tulips to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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