Holland
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 03, 2016
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Holland Bike Tour

Saddle up and prepare for an all-inclusive, small group cycling adventure through the dreamy landscape of Holland. As the leading experts in best-in-class travel, we’ve worked hard to create an exclusive itinerary highlighting Holland’s spectacular biking infrastructure, a cyclist’s dream destination that features flat, paved paths replete with gentle sea breezes and a relaxed, welcoming attitude. Pedal along the coast of the North Sea, bike through cobblestone streets in seaside towns, over dunes and canals, past towering windmills, and, in the spring, through the Keukenhof Gardens, which boasts over six-million bulbs in bloom! Throughout your two-wheeled, custom Holland vacation, enjoy the coziest in regional accommodations, the freshest of local fare and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. It’s time to unwind and discover the distinctive sights, history and seafood of Holland, one of Europe’s most idyllic countries.

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  • Adult Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Emerald pastures, wildflower-strewn meadows, cobblestone villages and working windmills create the quintessential Dutch backdrop on this seven-day adventure through Holland’s pristine northern territory. Our expert guides invite you to relax and enjoy the refreshing sea breezes, luxurious inns and tasty local fare while we handle the details of this unforgettable journey through Holland's quintessential pastoral scenes and quaint harbor towns.

  • Wind your way through the cresting dunes and lovely neighborhoods of Haarlem
  • Traverse canals by wooden drawbridge in the seafaring town of Schermerhorn
  • Ferry to Stavoren and bike the quiet roads along Lake IJsselmeer to the old port of Hindeloopen
  • Pedal through dense forest to Giethoorn, coined the “Venice of the North” for its narrow canals, thatched houses and hump-back bridges
  • Take in the sweet aroma of tulips, hyacinth and daffodils in the kaleidoscopic gardens of the Keukenhof, where over six-million bulbs flower each spring
  • Choose from hundreds of different pancakes at a Dutch pancake restaurant in Odoorn
  • Sip a garden aperitif and savor fresh wilde zalm (wild salmon) and salade van spinkrab (spider crab salad) before retiring to the comfort of the historic Château de Havixhorst
Tulip Fields Holland bike tours
Photo: Tulip Fields Holland bike tours

We enjoyed every moment of our adventure. Our guides were super. They were knowledgeable, energetic, and lots of fun. Everything was so well organized and the ratio of biking to other activities was just perfect. We enjoy our biking when it is suited to our abilities and ages-this trip hit the mark on both.

Alanna M Port Hawkesbury, NS

"Outstanding" Appreciated guides flexibility in responding to our groups need; Austin took care of everything

Eric B Palos Verdes, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)

Day 1: Haarlem
Tulips in Holland
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Hotel Lion d’ Or

To kick things off, we'll meet in the morning in Amsterdam.

  • After a short transfer out of town, we start biking near Haarlem.
  • Get ready for an incredible bike ride along the coast
  • Manicured bike paths lead the way through cresting dunes and lively beach resorts, then wind through some of the loveliest neighborhoods in all of Holland
  • There's also the possibility to visit the Keukenhof tulip fields in the spring

Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner with the rest of the group.

About Hotel Lion d’ Or
Located in the heart of the fascinating medieval city of Haarlem, Hotel Lion d’Or combines service, style and comfort with rich history.

Established around 1810, this 4-star hotel offers modern appointments with up-to-date amenities, plus a bar and brasserie.

Day 2: Enkhuizen
Holland bike tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Suydersee

On Day 2, 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, and you'll 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 3: Lemmer
tour Holland by bike
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel Iselmar

On Day 3, 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 and 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 4: Staphorst
Tulip Fields
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 8 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 5: Odoorn
Holland bike tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D

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 De Hunzebergen

Amidst woodlands and heath fields you can find the luxurious 4-star Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Hunzebergen. The rooms are decorated in a stylish, contemporary way and offer a view of the park or the driveway. True relaxation is achieved in the state of the art Beauty & Wellness center. Take a swim in the pool (indoor and outdoor), visit the sauna or relax in the Turkish steam bath and spa bath. A fitness room and a tennis court are also available. The hotel has four bowling lanes.

 

 

Day 6: Odoorn
Holland countryside
Meals Included:  B, D

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 7: Amsterdam
Holland biking tour
Meals Included:  B

On the last day, 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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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 03, 2016
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 3, 2016
  • Aug 14, 2016
  • Sep 18, 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 a.m.
  • After a briefing and a short transfer to Haarlem, the cycling begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 7, 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: 17 / 29
  • Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 15 / 31
  • Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 26 / 36 / 39
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 35 / 40 / 50
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 28 / 40
  • Day 6 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:

Our bike trip in The Netherlands was superbly planned and carried out. It was wonderful!

Mari K, Oxford, MS

We loved the trip in general-great country, people, food & guide! Anneke was great!

Susan A, Bonita Springs, FL

Fun, educational, physical, interesting

David D, Mill Valley, CA

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

Eligio V, Santa Rosa, CA

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
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The windmills: There’s no better way to take in Holland’s breathtaking landscape than cycling past the windmills.
  • 2. The Van Gogh Museum: With more than 200 paintings, this museum houses the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh artwork.
  • 3. The street markets: The beautiful buildings and surroundings are the perfect setting to find just about anything you need and want — clothes, food, tulips, art and even wooden shoes.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Chateau De Havixhorst, indulge in ultimate relaxation and the best gourmet dining in Holland
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation 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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