On this route, you will discover all Holland has to offer in Amsterdam‘s surroundings: From windmills to chee-se markets up to and including Europe‘s largest flower auction.
Experience the seemingly unending expanse of the polder and dune landscapes. Discover the cities of Haarlem and Delft with their picturesque downtowns and wealth of listed buildings. In The Hague, the Binnenhof, Peace Palace or the art collection of the Mauritshuis are worth a prolonged stop. You can even take a break from your tour with a long walk on the North Sea beach or plunge into its waters to cool off. No matter what you decide to do: You will get to know the very best of Holland.
We recommend booking an extra night in Volendam or Rijswijk/Delft so you can spend more time in Amsterdam or The Hague. Overnight stays in 4**** hotels.
Travel Dates 2019
Daily from May 23 – Sept 01, 2019
Day 1 - Arrival in Volendam
After 14.00 hours you can check in for your hotel. A bike will be available if you hired one. You still have the time to discover Volendam on the bike.
Day 2 - Volendam – Bussum (Cycling 50 km / 31 miles)
The first stage of this round trip takes you along the Ijssel-meer to Bussum. Soon you will be going along part of the Amsterdam canal with a bit of the Amsterdam-Rijnkanal. You end up going through the fortified town of Naarden to Bussum. You will come across the first windmill of this trip not even 200 metres from the hotel. Katwouder-Mühle was constructed in the 17th Century and drains the neighbouring polders. You then continue beyond the dyke to Monnickendam where you cross the harbour with a view of the Ijsselmeer. The intersections then take you through several small villages to Amsterdam-Nord. On the way, Muiderslot (Muider Castle) tempts you to take a break with its wonderful gardens or Muiderberg‘s shore. You get to your hotel in Bussum via the fortified town of Naarden.
Day 3 - Bussum – Aalsmeer (Cycling 53 km / 33 miles)
Starting in Bussum you soon reach the picturesque Ut-rechtsche Vecht, with lots of stately homes from the 17th Century. Follow the winding course of the river to the Spiegel- and Blijkpolderplas, a reclaimed lake. Continue through the beautiful natural park along the varied side of the water and carry on through small Dutch villages to Achterboos. Via the old Dutch town of Uithoorn in the middle of green polders you reach Aalsmeer.
Day 4 - Aalsmeer – Rijswijk / Delft (Cycling 57 km / 36 miles)
The third stage criss-crosses from Aalsmeer through several villages to Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague. The morning allows you to visit Royal Flora Holland, the largest flower auction in the world. From Aalsmeer you cycle along the Weststeinderplassen lake to Weteringburg. Going along small canals, you come across a number of windmills along the way, and by crossing small villages you get to Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague. Your hotel is in the suburb of Oud Rijswijk, four kilometres form The Hague city centre, which awaits you with its historic old town, burial place of the Dutch Royal Family, and a wide selection of culinary delights.
Day 5 - Rijswijk / Delft – Sassenheim (Cycling 50 km / 31 miles)
Today‘s stage first takes you through The Hague and along lovely tracks through the dunes to Sassenheim. After vi-siting The Hague city centre (worth visiting), go through Oosterbeek Park to the dunes. For the next 14 kilometres, enjoy the paved track through the dunes, occasionally shaded by trees and with a glimpse of the North Sea. Th e beach promenades in Katwijk und Noordwijk aan Zee laden invite you to take a break before heading back in land to the hotel at the edge of Sassenheim. Th e fi nal stretch passes many tulip fi elds, which off er a uniquely wonderful view when in bloom in April / May.
Day 6 - Sassenheim – Haarlem (Cycling 39 km / 25 miles)
The shortest stage of this trip is from Sassenheim skir-ting the tulip fi elds and through the dunes to Haarlem. Th is takes you past Kasteel Keukenhof, a classical 18th Century estate. Before the coast you once again reach the softly undulating dunes with heather, gnarled pines and sea buckthorn. Along the coast you reach Zandvoort, a popular resort for those living in Amsterdam. Th e many cafés and restaurants right on the sea allow you to once again take in the view of the beach and North Sea before carrying on (always on paved tracks) to Haarlem. Haal-rem is popularly referred to as Small Amsterdam due to its architecture resembling that of Amsterdam - just that it is smaller. On the way to the hotel, go around Haarlem town centre to get an impression of this picturesque town. Here you will fi nd the Hotel Lion d’Or, walking distance from the town centre and its sights.
Day 7 - Haarlem – Volendam (Cycling 51 km / 32 miles)
The last stage takes you back to Volendam. Th e Spaarne takes you from Haarlem to Amsterdam for the (free) ferry. Once at the other side of the IJ take the route parallel to the canal towards Zaandam. Here you have the option of once again watching the comings and goings on the water. Once in Zaandam, follow the canal past the many small houses in the fl at polders. Once again take in the endless countryside with its farm of all sizes. Make the crossing with a small passenger ferry, typical for the region. You then come across the village of Monnickendam. Th e last bit continues past the Katwouder-Mühle and shortly after you are back at you hotel in Volendam.
Day 8 - Volendam
Departure after breakfast or extention days.
> Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.
Level 1 (On a scale of 1 to 5) - The bike paths of this route are almost completely asphalic. The region is flat, with only minor hills, so that the route can be cycled by less trained cyclists too. The city traffic in Holland is often regulated by traffic lights for cyclists, so that you can move well in the cities.
Arrival and parking:
Arrival by plane: Amsterdam Schipol Airport. There are regular trains from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. Duration of the trip an average of 15 minutes, cost: € 4.30.
Arriving by train: From Amsterdam Central Station to the hotel by bus (in the direction of Edam).
Bus stop in Amsterdam: CS IJzijde at the back of the main train station. Get off at the bus stop directly opposite the hotel.
Arrival by car / parking: Unguarded parking for free at the hotel.
Entry Requirements / Visa: EU-citizens are required
to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within 6 months of the return of your journey. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with dual citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry require-ments for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the responsible embassy.
Note: This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility. We are happy to advise you!
Hotel van der Valk Volendam 4****
The Van der Valk Volendam is a 4-star hotel located in
a quiet rural area near Volendam and about 15 km from Amsterdam. It has an indoor pool, a spacious terrace, restaurant, hotel bar, lounge, swimming pool (free) and spa facilities (extra costs). All spacious rooms with toilet and shower, flat screen television, coffee and tea facilities, desk, safe. Free WiFi allover the hotel. If you do not bring your own device, you can use the free internet access at the terminal in the lobby. Bus tickets to Amsterdam can be purchased at the hotel.
NH Hotel Jan Tabak Bussum 4****
The NH Hotel Jan Tabak in Bussum is situated in the heart of the green area ‚t Gooi. The hotel is traditionally known as “Sitting room of the Gooi area”. It makes a good base for hiking and biking trips.
Hotel Chariot 4****
With a beautiful façade from 1916, the former school building has now been transformed into a 4-star hotel that is fully equipped. The hotel is characterized by a friendly and familial atmosphere.
Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport
The new and modernly furnished hotel offers first-class service. It is a quiet hotel with a beautiful view. You can end a busy day of cycling in the bar, overlooking the pond. Here you can enjoy a drink and small dishes.
Rijswijk / Den Haag
Best Western Plus Grand Winston 4****
Best Western Plus Grand Winston Hotel is perfectly loca-ted between the royal cities The Hague and Delft, in the Plaspoelpolder in Rijswijk. Staying in this hotel, named after the famous statesman Sir Winston Churchill, can be described as a unique experience: ultimate luxury and comfort in surroundings of special design.
Best Western Plus Museumhotels Delft 4****
People have known Delft for centuries because of the Dutch culture and history. This hotel has been the symbol of hospitality in a unique historical environment for almost thirty years. Best Western Museumhotels Delft is a cosy hotel, full of character, which houses art and antique and is located in the centre of Delft.
Sassenheim / Leiden
Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim 4 ****
Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim-Leiden is a luxury 4 * hotel. Here you experience luxury and you can relax and enjoy a pure indulgence in the sauna. Both are free for hotel guests. For a culinary surprise, you can visit one of the three attractive restaurants.
Hotel Lion d‘ Or 4****
Local history, contemporary ambiance and city allure. Hotel Lion d’Or is a renowned name both in Haarlem and beyond. With Haarlem Station right on the doorstep, Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Zandvoort are within easy reach, and the location is also perfect for discovering the city of Haarlem itself. The famous ‘Haarlemse Hofjes’, trendy boutiques and cosy pubs are all within walking distance. Inside the hotel things are just as good. Whe-ther you’re planning a meeting or a holiday, a stopover or a longer stay, our characterful and stylish four star hotel offers everything the modern traveller could wish for. The authentic character, the personal service and the internati-onal vibe make it a classic Haarlem hotspot.
Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals 4****
The 4-star Grand Hotel Amrâth Frans Hals hotel is located right in the city centre of Haarlem. Our hotel has 82 luxurious rooms, a charming lounge and an intimate hotel bar. Due to its unique location the hotel is already accessible within a 30 minute drive from Amsterdam and Schiphol and you can easily visit the beautiful beaches at Zandvoort and Bloemendaal.
Prices per person
|Single room Supplement
7 Overnight stays in 4*-hotels incl. breakfast
Tour descriptions, map, tourist information
Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
Tours according to programme
Parking possible at the hotel (extra costs)
Admission Nieuwe Kerk and tower in Delft
Half board optional
Panniers when booking a bicycle rental
We adapt the bike rental to suit your wishes
Not included: Journey to/from Amsterdam; lunches; din-ner; drinks; entry fees; bike rental; extras and everything not listed as included.
Bicycle rental .................................................... 84 €
E-Bike.............................................................. 175 €
Half board supplement (5 x diner) .................. 150 €
Dinner extra night.............................................. 30 €
Extra night Volendam........................................ 89 €
Single room supplement extra night................. 49 €
The standard travel package includes accommodation with breakfast. You can book half-board and get 5 x a 3-course menu. (Halfboard not in Haarlem and Aalsmeer, Restaurants are nearby.) Dinner for extension days is also possible.
Travel Dates 2019:
Daily from May 23 – Sept 01, 2019
The rental bikes are high quality women‘s or men‘s bikes with waterproof luggage bags, 27 gears, derailleur and rim brakes, (no coaster brake), lighting front and rear, hub dynamo, lock.
The e-bikes (Batavus, Van Dijck) have 5 support levels, 10 gears and a range of up to 80 km. (Helmets, children’s bikes, tandem or fun trailer available on request).
For € 3.– per day you can insure your rental bike against theft, an e-bike for € 6.– per day.