Amsterdam and Northern Holland Cycling Break

  • 4.2
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    4 or 5 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Schagen / Edam
  • Distance

    151 miles/243 kms
  • Themes

    Family
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    036-102CNL
Price From £539

Overview

A short cycling break exploring the beautiful and unique countryside of northern Holland before finishing with a ride along the canal banks of central Amsterdam. This idyllic route packs a remarkable amount of scenery and experiences into such a short trip.

Ride along the impressive sea defenses past the huge dunes near Julianadorp. Enjoy the wide open spaces of Holland’s first polder the unique ‘Beemster’, dotted with working windmills so typical of this region.

Polder scene

Iconic Polder landscape

Spend two nights in the quaint ‘cheese’ town of Edam and enjoy a cycling excursion to the fascinating Zaanse Schans outdoor museum.

The tour concludes with a ride cycle through central Amsterdam, Europe’s most cycle-friendly city and the perfect place to end your trip.

This easy cycling tour  follows quiet, country roads and cycle paths. There are no hills along the route.

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycling trip as the terrain is flat and the route is along quiet country roads and cycle paths.

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Day 1: Schagen – Arrival and local cycle ride, 34 miles/55 kms

Polder landscape - Holland*

Cycling through the polder landscape

If you arrive early enough at your hotel in the pretty village of Schagen, then get changed and mount up for an enjoyable 45 kilometer loop out into the Dutch countryside. Quiet lanes lead you through a polder landscape of green fields dotted with windmills and small farms.

Day 2: Schagen Dune Tour, 28 miles/45 kms

Cycling out to the North Sea Coast

Cycling out to the North Sea Coast

Today’s tour leads you out to the North Sea Coast, west of Schagen, to the ‘De Schoorlse Duinen’ National Park – Europe’s biggest dune region. Along the way you’ll pedal  through some beautiful old woodlands and unspoilt countryside. The route is almost completely car-free, making full use of Holland’s extensive and truly wonderful cycle path network.  Admire the impressive sea defenses that protect this low lying country and, if the weather permits, relax on the beach before heading back to Schagen via a different but equally pretty route.

Day 3: Schagen – Edam, 42 miles/68 kms

Edam

Edam

Today’s route is a real treat, leading you through some of Holland’s most iconic scenery. You’ll cycle past plenty of windmills and if there’s a breeze some will be hard at work, pumping the surrounding polders dry – a never ending task in this low-lying re-claimed land. Graft and De Rijp are perfect places for a break: these small villages are characterized by gable-roofed-houses, 17th century draw-bridges and a beautiful weigh-house from 1630 that is now used as a town-hall. From here you cycle through the Beemster, a  UNESCO world heritage site. The Beemster was the first polder in the Netherlands and is an exceptional example of reclaimed land. Its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements are a classic example of Renaissance planning principles. The tour ends close to the cheese-market in Edam. Your lovely hotel is situated in the historical centre and from the terrace you will see cobbled streets flanked by historic gable-roofed houses.

Day 4: Edam – Zaanse Schans – Edam, 34 miles/55 kms

Zaanse Schaans

Zaanse Schaans

A pleasant circular ride will take you inland to the museum-village of Zaanse Schans. Here you will find authentic and well-preserved architecture that will help you appreciate what the Netherlands was like in a bygone era. There are windmills, a wooden shoe workshop and yes, a cheese farm as well as some small museums. You can walk around freely and perhaps also sample some of the local food on offer

Day 5: Edam to Amsterdam, 25 miles/40kms

Amsterdam - Holland III*

Amsterdam

For those on the 4 night trip your tour comes to an end after breakfast. For those on the 5 night trip today’s route leads you into the vibrant city of Amsterdam. You’ll follow a pretty cycle lane along a rustic route, past colourful wooden houses to the shores of the IJssel lake just north of the city. From here, you take a small ferry to Amsterdam’s central railway station in the heart of the city. Here you mount up again and enjoy a scenic ride through the city centre alongside the canals. There’s plenty of time to take in some of the city’s famous sights before checking in at your lovely hotel located in a quiet suburb not far from the city centre.

Day 6: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to checkout and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 May to 30 September

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2019 Prices
036-102CNL
Per person
01 Apr
to
30 Sep
4 Nights
Superior category
Double/twin £539                    
Single £814                    
5 Nights
Superior category
Double/twin £673                    
Single £1035                    
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

4 or 5 nights accommodation. See practical information
4 or 5 x Breakfast
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers

Supplements

Extra night Amsterdam, double/twin, superior (£101)
Extra night Amsterdam, single, superior (£185)
Electric bike with pannier and lock, 4 nights (£67)
Electric bike with pannier and lock, 5 nights (£84)

Practical Information

Bikes

Hybrid bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes come equipped with rear pannier, map holder, lock and repair kit.

Electric bikes are also available.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend you bring your own.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Schagen: Slot Hotel Schagen
Edam: Hotel de Fortuna
Amsterdam: Apollofirst Hotel

Getting There:

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar.

Research flights from the UK here.

You can catch a train onwards to Schagen from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport or from Amsterdam’s main train station. The journey will take about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Research trains in Holland here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.2
  • Date - 04/10/2018
  • Name - Adrian Cole
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Really helpful and friendly as ever
  • Date - 24/08/2017
  • Name - Keith Fenwick
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Felt it was a very personal service - efficient and delivered what they said they would
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Daily maps provided didn't have enough detail on them and we tended to be unsure where to go - reverted to google maps in the end - ofcourse could have been us being thick !!
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for review Keith. In light of your comments we've asked our local guy to review the maps and route notes for this tour.
  • Date - 21/08/2017
  • Name - Debbie Doran
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful and organised
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Was more cycling than we thought as advertised as easy family cycling....longest day was almost 70km
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Debbie. Not sure how you cycled 70km in one day as the longest day on this route should only be 59km? The great thing about cycling in Holland is that it's mostly on cycle paths and very flat so we're happy to recommend slightly longer routes for families here than in other countries.