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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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8-03
Culture Cities IJsselmeer Amsterdam History
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Bike Tour: North Holland Tour - 8 days

We especially recommend this tour in spring when the bulb flowers come into bloom!
The province of North Holland is the land of tulips, cheese and windmills. More than half the province consists of reclaimed land, up to 6 meters below sea level in parts! The oldest polder (1612) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Polders are known as cultural landscapes: designed and created intentionally by man. On this route we will guide you through the history of this part of the Netherlands from roughly 1000 A.D. through the prosperous 17th Century to the modern day in which the government is taking action to protect the country against rising sea levels.
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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Alkmaar
Day 2: Alkmaar - Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam - Hoorn
Day 4: Hoorn - Medemblik
Day 5: Medemblik - Den Helder
Day 6: Tour of Texel
Day 7: Den Helder - Alkmaar
Day 8: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival in Alkmaar

Arrival in Alkmaar

Day 2:    Alkmaar - Amsterdam
66 km

Alkmaar is famous for a traditional Friday morning cheese market put on for tourists from April-September. Hit the tracks and set off through a landscape typical of North Holland province: wet meadows in excavated peatland; villages that consist of a long line of houses along a dike or canal. Just north of Amsterdam, the Zaan is a region of great interest. Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was global leader in shipping and trade. The tiny Zaan region provided the industry to make it all possible - fuelled by wind power! Around six hundred industrial mills, most importantly sawmills, drove the economic growth. Millers, blacksmiths, weavers, carpenters, ship builders and countless other craftsmen helped produce paint, cloth, sailcloth, paper, tobacco, candles, barrels, whale oil, etc. Find out more at Zaans Museum. Next door is Zaanse Schans, a collection of 17th and 18th century local architecture: adorable green wooden buildings, bridges and windmills. Tourists watch clog-, cheese- and tin-making demonstrations. On the banks of the River Zaan, discover the rich industrial heritage of many centuries. Then why not crown your day by roaming the prized canal district in Amsterdam? In the evening, bright white lights coming from the many windows of tall narrow canal houses make for an enchanting scene.

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Hoorn
56 km

There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam! Have you been to see the Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum since the make-over? Why not pop in for a quick visit before you hop back on your bike and plunge into peaceful countryside. Waterland awaits, with wet meadows, wooden bridges and windswept reeds and rushes. Via the isle of Marken you'll go to "touristy" Volendam and neighbouring Edam. For centuries, small, round, salty cheeses produced by dairy farmers in neighbouring polders were shipped out of Edam and exported all over Europe. For six weeks in summer a traditional Wednesday-morning cheese-market is put on for tourists (10.30 -12.30 hrs). At the end of the day, you’ll reach the lovely, historical town of Hoorn.

Day 4:    Hoorn - Medemblik
44 km

Pedal up the coast of Lake IJsselmeer, atop the old sea dike, to the beautiful town of Enkhuizen. Don’t miss Zuiderzee Museum which tells the story of the days when ships from the Zuiderzee sailed the seven seas trading in bulbs and spices; the days when Holland dominated world trade and the Dutch East India Company was the first-ever multinational. This period is known as the Golden Age and roughly spans the 17th century. The museum has also combined a collection of historical architecture with demonstrations of traditional trades. On the second stretch of today’s lake-side route, you’ll see more cropfields, orchards and windmills before you reach Medemblik. It’s an old town, with a marina, a bakery museum and a steam engine museum.

Day 5:    Medemblik - Den Helder
56 km

Medemblik has a steam-driven pumping-station that was used to drain a polder in 1869. It’s now a steam engine museum. The route continues through Wieringermeer, a polder drained and desalinated between 1927 and 1934 to create new arable land of which there was a great shortage. The area just south of Den Helder has developed into one of the largest flower bulb growing areas in the world. Most of the bulbs are for export. In spring, when tulips, hyacinths and daffodils come into bloom, the place is a sea of colour.

Day 6:    Tour of Texel
56 km

The ferry crossing from Den Helder to Texel takes about twenty minutes. Texel is the largest of our five Wadden Islands, places of outstanding natural beauty. You’ll have a great time touring this island by bike, enjoying villages, countryside, dunes, beaches etc. There are many bike routes to choose from on Texel. Be sure to visit De Slufter, a beautiful nature reserve created by wind and sea.

Day 7:    Den Helder - Alkmaar
54 km

Cycle down the North Sea coast past wide beaches, seaside resorts, woods and Zwanenwater, a dune reserve. All along our North Sea coast, dunes protect the hinterland from being flooded by the sea - except near the town of Petten. Here, the dunes have been washed away and a sea wall has been built. An exhibition, "De Dijk te Kijk”, explains all about the past, present and future of the sea wall and about the trials and tribulations of the people of Petten over the course of many centuries.

Day 8:    Return home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices & dates
Starting dates:  
Daily from April 1 till September 23.  
   
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
of € 17,50 per person in a double room
 
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
715,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 7) 175,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,50 x 7) 17,50
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

14 - 18 September 2018
staying overnight in a double room
staying overnight in a single room 





52,50
105,00
   
Extra night 70,00
   
Starting point:  
Alkmaar or Amsterdam  

 

 
accommodation

Alkmaar - Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar****

Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****

Hoorn - Hotel de Keizerskroon***

Medemblik - Hotel Medemblik***

Den Helder - Forest Hotel***

practical info

7 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

Alkmaar

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

reviews

25-05-2018

...This was one of my most favourite holidays ever. The tour was well planned and the scenery beautiful. Accommodation superb, luggage transfers fab, one small issue was very quickly resolved. Communication with DTB was fab. Distances were a little too long for me in some cases, so I would recommend an electric bike, especially as there can be a strong head wind!...

24-06-2017

..We had a great time on the North Holland Tour- varied scenery, much more than we expected and lots of interesting nature and places to visit. Perfect for myself and 22 year old daughter.

Great choice of routes, bikes with coolbag at front and rear pannier. We had not expected those and that was great. Hotels comfortable and all breakfasts were great. Everything was well laid out in terms of directions and it was smooth.

It was a perfect trip for interest, great food and just the right distance each day for us. We had a real escape from everyday pressure with everything well organised and will definitely do this again...

14-05-2017

...The accommodations were good, the routes were well planned. All in all it was very organized...

16-04-2015

...We have now returned from our holiday with you.Everything was excellent including the bikes,routes,hotels and the staff we encountered.All the hotels were very good and would not hesitate to return to any of them.Special mention to Hotel de Magneet in Hoorn which I believe you have not used before. Our only problem was the headwind on the last day from Den Helder to Alkmaar which was beyond your control !!...

19-08-2014

...Thanks for your mail. Everything was excellent and we got lost only twice. Our Friends, French, where very surprised by all friendly Services and People in Holland, something very unusual in Paris area. Anyway, everything was very good...

 

12-07-2014

...We finished the tour and were very sorry to leave Holland after a fantastic week. Although the weather was not always good we really enjoyed the cycling, the country, the people, the accomodation and the whole experience. Thank you for organising the tour so well. And thank you Holland for this superb biking facility that you have created. We never had a problem. Before starting we were apprehensive about the distances, especially the 70 odd kilometers on the first day. We however made it with time to spare and did not have to take the train! One aspect that we hoped would have been different was our stay in Amsterdam. We wanted to experience Holland but the hotel in Amsterdam we found to be so American and in the area of the city that was more of an office park than the Amsterdam we experienced on previous trips. The other hotels were exactly what we were hoping for and enjoyed our stay at those hotels a lot....

12-07-2013

....Yes, we really enjoyed the tour! Nice countryside, a lot of kms with the Dutch bikes! Even it is flat... The first day more than planned ... Everything good organised. We were welcomed in everything place, good food. Just a négative point. The hotel in den Helder and the surrundings, not the best and we stayed there 2 nights. Thank you very much for everything.

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