Northern Holland Cycling Holiday
Duration/s4 or 5 nights
Start / FinishPurmerend / Purmerend
Distance132 miles/213 kms
Cycle to some of the nicest villages in Northern Holland including Edam and Hoorn. See Zaanse schans with the picturesque windmills and then spend time in Volendam.
All from the comfort of your hotel set in a peaceful location. You will be based in a hotel in Purmerend and each day have the option to cycle to a different area; Visit Edam the ‘cheese city’, spend time in Volendam where you will find a great example of a typical Dutch village. In Monnickendam you can admire the lovely wooden houses and of course you can spend the day in Amsterdam exploring this vibrant city This is a lovely leisurely flat route.
Itinerary & Map
On this cycle holiday you have a choice of several routes and can choose which one you wish to take each day.
Day 1: Arrive Purmerend
Arrive at your hotel in Purmerend where you will be based for the duration of your cycle trip. The Hampshire Hotel Waterland is set in wonderful quiet surroundings and just 25 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam. After check in your are free to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Option 1: Purmerend – Edam – Hoorn roundtrip, 38 miles/60 kms
Today’s cycle ride takes you to Edam and Hoorn and along the way you will cycle through the Polder Zeevang, a polder landscape which was once totally surrounded by the sea. Edam is mostly known for Edammer cheese but it has so much more to offer. Perhaps visit St. Nicolas church, which was built at the beginning of the 15th century and is one of the largest 3-ridged churches in Europe, containing wonderful stained glass windows. Besides the church, you have the Town Hall and also the museum as well as the Gothic Carrilon tower whose tower bell still rings out a short melody every 15 minutes. Hoorn, the pearl at the Ijssel lake has several museums, 4 harbours, many galleries and several dining options and cafes.
Option 2: Purmerend – Beemster roundtrip, 30 miles/47 kms
During this cycle tour, you will discover the Beemster with the beautiful village Rijp. The Beemster is the first so-called polder in the Netherlands that was reclaimed from a lake, the water being extracted out of the lake by windmills. Around the lake a ring dyke was raised and on the outside of it, they dug a canal. You can clearly see the difference in height from the ring dyke of the Beemster. Beemster is more than two meters lower than the surrounding land. Furthermore, there’s the Fort van Spijkerboor built between 1880 and 1920 and which formed a 135 km long defense line around Amsterdam. The wonderful village Rijp was a fisherman’s village on the banks of the Beemster and you can admire about 400 houses with 17th century facades. Leaving Rijp, you will pass the windmills of Schermerhorn, which were used to drain the lake. then just before Middenbeemster, you will see a flour mill set in a beautiful spot with lots of monumental buildings. Slightly south of Middenbeemster, there are several monumental traditional farmhouses near each other. The farms were built by wealthy landowners, mostly merchants from Amsterdam.
Option 3: Purmerend – Volendam – Monnickendam – Amsterdam roundtrip, 38 miles/60 kms
We suggest an early start today as there is much to see. Cycle to Volendam and then further along the lake shore to the pretty town of Monickendam with its canals and wooden houses. From here we recommend cycling out along the breakwater to the island of Marken to admire the small town and lonely lighthouse before returning to Amsterdam. Back in the city why not visit the Rijksmuseum where famous works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt are on display. You could also visit the House where Anne Frank hid and wrote her famous diary. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere watching the locals pedal by as you sit at one of Amsterdam’s many bustling street cafes.
Option 4: Purmerend – Zaanse Schans roundtrip, 29 miles/46 kms
Today’s ride take you through the vast landscapes of the Wijde Wormer and to Zaanse Schans. It is the characteristic neighborhood at the Zaan, with green wooden houses and mills from the 17th and 18th century. This is an open air museum where people live and work. It has several types of industry mills as tangible memory to the Zaanse mill company. 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 offered. then you can visit De Wijde Wormer, once a turbulent lake.
Dates & Prices
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|Arrivals daily from 01 April to 15 October|
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|Deposit per person||£100|
4 or 5 x Breakfast
Maps & route information
Free hotel parking
Bike hire (see supplements below)
Ferry Volendam to Marken (approximately €9 each way)
Half board, 5 nights, days 2-5. See practical information (£123)
Bike with pannier & lock, 4 nights, days 1-4. See practical information (£46)
Bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights, days 2-5. See practical information (£46)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 4 nights, days 1-4. See practical information (£91)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights, days 2-5. See practical information (£91)
Bike insurance (£13)
Electric bike insurance (£21)
Child seat (£16)
50% for children 4-11 years sharing with 2 adults
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.
The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, repair kit, pump, and per room one odometer.
Electric bikes, smaller framed bikes for children and child seats are also available.
Helmets are not provided, so you will need to bring your own.
Below you will find examples of the accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotel we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Comfort: You will spend 4 or 5 nights at the lovely Hampshire Hotel Waterland in Purmerend which is just 25 minutes from Amsterdam and set in a quiet rural area. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge and bar as well as an 18-hole golf course. Parking is for free.
Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar.
You can catch a train from the Airport to Amsterdam Central Station and from there catch a bus to Purmerend. The journey will take around 45 minutes.
- Date - 08/06/2018
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Extremely helpful staff who were always ready to help resolve my queries.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Maps and route directions very easy to use.
Bikes were rather heavy to cycle although the seats were comfortable. The shed where they were kept leaked badly so bikes were wet when it rained overnight.
Hotel had a sad look about it with stains on our carpet floor. Food was good although service was definitely aimed towards the golfing fraternity.
Reception staff were always friendly.
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : You are very welcome!
Product : Glad you enjoyed it overall but sorry to hear your hotel room was not so great. We have fed your comments back to the hotel
- Date - 02/05/2017
- Name - Teresa Deacon
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Neither of us had taken a cycling holiday before so didn't know what to expect but all was very clearly set out and Ally responded promptly to any questions. Pre tour instructions very useful and easy to follow.
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - A brilliant and leisurely way to see the magnificent Dutch landscapes. Cycle routes easy to follow, everyone friendly and helpful when we occasionally got lost.
- Flexitreks response - Thanks for the lovely review Teresa. It's always nice to hear the locals are friendly when you need assistance.
- Date - 24/12/2015
- Name - Julie Fewtrell
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Very informative
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Fantastic holiday. Cycling was brilliant and felt safe at all times. Directions each day were very clear and gave us plenty of time to look around villages and places of interest
- Flexitreks response - Dear Julie,
Thank you for taking the time to give us your kind comments and and positive feedback on your cycle holiday with us. The Flexitreks team.