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Family cycling in Holland by the beach
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Family Holidays: Beach, dunes and cities
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price in double room from: € 445
Family Holidays: Beach, dunes and cities

Family Holidays: Beach, dunes and cities

Family cycling in Holland - 8 days

  • Stay-Okay hostels: a good deal
  • Great trip for families
  • A trip full of excitement and relaxation
  • Windmills, dunes, sea and beach
  • Historic Amsterdam and Haarlem
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Start: Haalem                    Finish: Haarlen

Day 1: Arrival in Haarlem
Day 2: Haarlem – Round Tour (30 km)
Day 3: Haarlem – Noordwijk (28 km)
Day 4: Noordwijk – Round Tour (26 km)
Day 5: Noordwijk – Amsterdam (52 km)
Day 6: Sightseeing Amsterdam
Day 7: Amsterdam – Haarlem (27 km)
Day 8: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Haarlem

The hostel is on the northern outskirts of the city next to a small park called Schoterbos boasting beehives and community vegetable plots and flower gardens. Make your way down to the city centre to see historical Haarlem in its full glory. Museums such as the free archaeology museum for local finds and wonderful old Teijlers Museum for the sciences appeal to children. Don’t miss the guided tour of a great big museum windmill called De Adriaan overlooking the river and the city.

Day 2:    Haarlem – Round Tour (30 km)

Via Overveen > Zandvoort > Bloemendaal

Today you can explore the lovely city of Haarlem before setting off for the coast. Everybody knows that this part of Holland is low-lying, even below sea level. So what stops the sea from flooding the land? Along most of the coastline it’s the dunes!  Sandy dunes, preferably quite wide and hilly and covered in beach grass so the sand doesn’t blow away. So as soon as you spot the dunes, you know that the sea can’t be far off. Just wait till you see the big sandy beach! You can go hunting for pretty seashells, small crabs and tiny hermit crabs; jump waves; 

Day 3:     Haarlem – Noordwijk (28 km)

Today you can expect a lovely mix of woods and dunes. Have a pit stop in Zandvoort, a seaside resort, also famous for its circuit park where racing cars compete. Then follow the coastline down to Noordwijk where your hostel stands on the edge of the woods and the dunes. 

Day 4:    Noordwijk – Round Tour (26 km)

For children who want to know all about space, astronauts, satellites and rockets, this is the day you should visit Space Expo in Noordwijk. Alternatively, cycle in the green countryside around Noordwijk. In April or early May, you may get to see the tulipfields in bloom. In the afternoon, go for a swim or a walk at the beach. 

Day 5:    Noordwijk – Amsterdam (52 km)

Today's route passes just south of Schiphol airport and then through Amsterdamse Bos woods and along the banks of the river Amstel to Amsterdam.

If you have very young children, you might prefer to cycle to Nieuw Vennep train station and then catch a train to Amsterdam Central Station. From there it’s only a short bike ride to the hostel.  

Your Stay-Okay hostel is in a quiet neighbourhood in the east of the city. It’s only a 15-minute bike ride to down-town Amsterdam. Take your time to explore this world-famous city which guarantees loads to do and see for all ages.  Improve your mind at NEMO science centre. Go on a canal cruise. Meet the Dutch in the park. The possibilities are endless. 

Day 6:    Sightseeing Amsterdam

The centre of Amsterdam is beautiful. But other districts also offer a variety of architecture, culture and lovely parks. Go to Vondel Park, for example, and continue to Museumplein or P.C. Hooftstraat for the biggest fashion and luxury brands. For waterside chilling, check out Oosterdok with a view of (replica) 17th century sailing ship “The Amsterdam”. If you want to board the ship, go to the National Maritime Museum and you’ll be in for a very interesting afternoon.  

Day 7:     Amsterdam – Haarlem (27 km)

Via Amsterdam CS > Amsterdam West > Spaarnwoude > Spaarndam to Haarlem

Leave the city and plunge into peaceful, wide-open countryside. The picturesque village of Spaarndam was built around a dam across the River Spaarne where the river emptied into a saltwater bay (this was very long ago – nowadays there is no sea to be found!). The oldest houses are perched on top of the dam. Kolksluis lock, an opening where boats can pass through the dam, is said to be the oldest working shipping lock in Europe (1280). You may be interested to see the monument to the “Little Hero of Haarlem”. On Youtube you can find several versions of this folktale for children about a boy who plugged a hole in the dike with his fist and saved the town from flooding.  

Day 8:    Return Home

After filling up at the breakfast buffet, it’s time to pack your bags and make your way home


Start dates 2022: Daily from April 1 till September 23

Price pp
Twin room, breakfast   520.00
Triple room, breakfast   560.00
Quadruple room, Breakfast   470.00
5 person room, breakfast   500.00
6 person room, breakfast   445.00
Full board 190.00
Half board 120.00
Lunch 70.00
Child price pp
Triple room, breakfast 515.00
Quadruple room, Breakfast 425.00
5 person room, breakfast 455.00
6 person room, breakfast   400.00
Full board 130.00
Half board 60.00
Lunch 70.00
Rental bike
Child bike   84.00
Rental bike   98.00
Ebike   175.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 3.50 x 7 24.50
Child seat € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 7 21.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 7 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
Towels per piece 10.00
'standard' hotels
Stay Okay Haarlem
Stay Okay Haarlem
Stay Okay (Noordwijk)
Stay Okay (Noordwijk)
Stay Okay Amsterdam Oost (Zeeburg)
Stay Okay Amsterdam Oost (Zeeburg)
practical info


Haarlem: Upon arrival you will receive bedlinen with which you will make the beds yourselves. Towels are not included, but can be rented at the hostel at extra cost. 

Noordwijk: Upon arrival you will receive bedlinen with which you will make the beds yourselves. Towels are not included, but can be rented at the hostel at extra cost. 

Amsterdam Zeeburg: Upon arrival you will receive bedlinen with which you will make the beds yourselves. Towels are not included but can be bought at the hostel for €4.50 apiece. 

This trip can be booked daily from April 1st till September 23rd

The closest airport to Haarlen is Amsterdam Schipol (AMS).

Arrival in Haarlem

From Amsterdam you can take the train from Amsterdam Central train station. From the airport you can take the Amsterdam Express shuttle to reach the city of Amsterdam. The train ride from Amsterdam to Haarlem takes 15 - 20 minutes. The price of single ticket in 2nd class is € 3.20 and the return ticket € 5.70. The frequency of trains, depending on the time of day is usually 10 or 20 minutes.

Parking possibilities at the hostel


If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our 24 gear touring bikes will be delivered to you at the start of your holiday and you must return them before you go home. All bikes are equipped with a chain lock and a repair kit. Hybrid and e-bikes also include a saddlebag.


      Chain lock                Saddlebag               Repair kit 

Hybrid bike

Our hybrid bikes have 21-gears with hand brakes. We will assign the bikes according to gender, as we have both men- and women style bikes.


Child bike

For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm)



Fun-Trailer                  Child trailer       Child seat   





Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only. The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm. We mostly use the Victoria Spezial 8.7. This tandem bike comes with 24-derailleur gears or nuvinci gears. The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.



E-bikes are always on request, as we have a limited amount of e-bikes available. Our e-bikes are unisex, have handbrakes and have ten gears. Our smallest e-bike has a frame size of 49 cm and is suitable for persons that are 155 cm (5ft1) or taller. 



  • 7 nights in Stay Okay Hostels
  • Breakfast and lunch packages (Halfboard optional)
  • Luggage transport (1 piece per person, max. 20 kilos)
  • Map, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • Tourist taxes
  • Service-hotline (also at weekends)

Not included

  • Ferry tickets are not included
  • GPS
  • Transport to/from first/last hotel


  • Bike rental
  • All dinners


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