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Holland
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 28, 2015
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,158 to $2,428

Holland Family Bike Tours

Take your family for a ride on one of our favourite Holland family vacations.

Holland is a bike-friendly country with laws that give cyclists right-of-way on most streets. Visit working windmills, take a ferry to Stavoren, ride through lush, green pastures, over canals, through forests, discover hamlets tucked deep in to the forests, 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!

  • 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.

  • 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
Children running through a flower field
Photo: Children running through a flower field

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 Rintoul E. Longmeadow, MA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)

Day 1: Enkhuizen
Enkhuizen
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
Lemmer
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
Staphorst
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
Odoorn
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
Odoorn
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
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

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 28, 2015
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,158 to $2,428

Departure Dates

  • Jun 28, 2015
  • Jul 12, 2015
  • Aug 3, 2015

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.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The sheep: There are plenty around and you can see herds being taken into the woods by shepherds to graze on the land.
  • 2. The megalithic tombs: The Hunebedden of Drenthe is famous throughout the country for its 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 persons.
  • 4. The straw roofs: Almost all of the local farmhouses have big and beautiful straw roofs.
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