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Pearls of Holland cycling trip
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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price in double room from: € 645
Pearls of Holland cycling trip

Pearls of Holland cycling trip

Pearls of Holland

  • Historic cities like Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda
  • A captivating capital, Amsterdam
  • Typical Dutch farmhouses, country manors and windmills
  • Peaceful green scenes brimming with rivers and dikes
  • Town centres criss-crossed by lanes and canals
  • Easy cycling on the flat, along quiet roads and bike lanes
  • Seaside sections and stops at the beach
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Start: Amsterdam            Finish: Amsterdam

Day 1: Arrival Amsterdam
Day 2: From Amsterdam to Haarlem (29 km)
Day 3: From Haarlem to Leiden (38 km)
Day 4: From Leiden to Delft (24 km)
Day 5: From Delft to Gouda (34 km)
Day 6: From Gouda to Amsterdam (72 km)
Day 7: Depart Amsterdam

Day 1:    Arrival Amsterdam

Arrange for an early arrival and wander the city’s peaceful 17th-century canal ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add a bit of urban buzz with time on the squares: Dam, Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein . . . or venture off the beaten track, hike up Brouwersgracht and hire a canal bike to get a new perspective from the water. Remember: though finding a place to park here is no easy task, your hotel does offer parking for a fee.

Day 2:    From Amsterdam to Haarlem (29 km)

Start out early to beat the cultural crowds at the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums. Then say farewell to amazing Amsterdam, jump on your bike and journey into Kennemerland, a land of polders and small woods, peatlands, gardens and country estates. You’ll spend the night in elegant Haarlem a city full of art and culture, cafes and boutiques.

Day 3:    From Haarlem to Leiden (38 km)

Explore downtown Haarlem on a city walk to hidden ‘hofjes’, typical historic courtyards with women’s residences set up by church or charity. Marvel at the work of masters from the Dutch Golden Age, including local artists such as Frans Hals (painter of group portraits), Jacob Ruysdael (land- and seascapes) and Pieter Saenredam (church interiors), all on exhibit at the Frans Hals Museum.

In the afternoon take a kaleidoscope ride among Dunes and Bulbs. If you time your holiday right, toward mid-May the flower fields are at their absolute height as tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths bloom into a splendid seasonal attraction. To spend an entire day at the Keukenhof flower exhibition, book an extra night in Leiden. This, the Netherlands’ oldest university town, is humming with cultural events and a friendly atmosphere of canals, monuments, museums and windmills. The historic botanical gardens deserve a special mention.

Day 4:    From Leiden to Delft (24 km)

Take your leave of lively Leiden and glide into peace and quiet once more, riding typically Dutch scenes of orderly man-made rectangles of polders (mostly reclaimed peatlands). Shimmering lakes and lush pastures surround old windmills and farmhouses on your way to the famous city of Delft. With its nostalgic historical charm, Delft enamours as does its dreamy blue and white hand-painted pottery. A place so beautiful that painter Johannes Vermeer lived his entire life here (1632-1675) and the local Vermeer Centre provides illuminating insight into his life and work, though none of his original paintings are on display here.

Day 5:    From Delft to Gouda (34 km)

This stretch of the tour takes you through ‘the Green Heart’, a stronghold against the Randstad’s four-city urban sprawl. Delightful villages balance atop dikes above the polders and your gaze will be drawn far out to the horizon across pleasingly straight rectangles of vibrant green. Wandering Gouda’s romantic canals, you’ll stumble upon the 1450 Gothic town hall, the 1667 weighing house and St John’s with its stunning stained glass. Seek a souvenir of locally made candles and give in to the aroma of hot waffles. In summer, plan your trip so that Day 6 falls on a Thursday morning and meet the cheese market head on (from late June to late August).

Day 6:    From Gouda to Amsterdam (72 km)

Jump on your bike and set off on the longest leg of the tour! Roll through the rural Green Heart of Holland among rivers, polders and lakes, whipping out your binoculars for bird watching. Stop to sample some Dutch-style apple tart to replenish your energy then press onward along the River Amstel. If 72 kilometres seems to be too much for one day, opt to book an extra night in Mijdrecht and break it up into two!

Day 7:    Depart Amsterdam

Your cycling holiday comes to an end this morning. Savour one last hearty breakfast before you take off . . . and don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

prices
Starting dates 2020:  
Daily from April 1 till September 24  
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room 
6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
620,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 6) 72,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 6) 150,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 6) 16,50
GPS rental 10,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
13 - 15 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019
staying overnight in a double room 
staying overnight in a single room 






52,50
105,00
   
   
Extra night 70,00

 

'standard' hotels

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable 3* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

 

Amsterdam: Westcord Art Hotel

This hotel is on the border of the Spaarndammer neighbourhood, which is known for its architecture. In the lobby you can find an original piece of Herman Brood. Every room has an 'art' item.

www.westcordhotels.com/amsterdam

Haarlem: Hotel Lion d'Or

Hotel Lion d'Or can be found in the hearth of Haarlem. The service is remarkable and the rooms are clean and comfortable.

www.hotelliondor.com

Leiden: Best Western Hotel Leiden

Rooms are simple, clean and comfortable. The hotel has its own restaurant wherin you can find a good breakfast in the morning.

www.bestwesterncityhotelleiden.com

Delft: Best Western Museumhotel

This hotel has a great location in the hearth of Delft. The rooms are basic and clean.

www.bestwestern.com/delft

Gouda: Best Western Hotel Gouda

This hotel is only minutes away from the historical centre of Gouda. 

www.bestwesterngouda.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and September 24th.

The closest airport you can fly into is Amsterdam Schipol (AMS).

From Amsterdam Schipol airport(AMS), you take a train from Amsterdam Schiphol station to Amsterdam Amstel or Amsterdam Central, depending on the hotel you are staying at.

BICYCLE RENTAL

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 

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

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. 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

NOTE: In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge of € 15,- per person in a double room applies (30€ per person and night in single room). It can also be applied in certain periods along the year.

Included

  • Overnight stay in ***/**** hotels, with ensuite bathrooms
  • All breakfasts (buffet)
  • Luggage transport to the next hotel (1 piece per person, max. 20 kilos)
  • Map, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • Tourist taxes
  • Service-hotline (also at weekends)

Not Included

  • Halfboard (optional)
  • Lunches
  • Rental bikes
  • Ferries and optional train transfer

Optional Services

  • Bike rental 24-speed
  • Extra overnight in one of the cities
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