Tulip Fields Cycling Holiday

  • 5.0
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    4 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Schagen / Edam
  • Distance

    139 miles/223 kms
  • Themes

    Family
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    036-103CNL
Price From £551

Overview

This self-guided, 4 night, tulip fields cycling holiday starts daily from early April until mid May. The Dutch bulb fields in full bloom are an amazing sight and a cycling holiday is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy them. Blooming bulb fields, sweet fragrances, wide-open countryside ,windmills, dykes and the famous cheese-market village of Edam all feature on this highly enjoyable cycling holiday.

Cycling through huge fields of bulbs is an experience so vivid it is sometimes hard to believe the colours are natural and not computer generated. This tour takes you to Northern Holland, where the fields stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated by windmills and a network of waterways.

Tulips

Vivid colours

Besides tulips, the route also leads you out to the North Sea Coast on dedicated cycle paths and along the oldest polder in Holland, the famous Beemster ,were you will see numerous windmills that were originally used to keep the polder dry.  You’ll stay in the historic ‘cheese’ town of Edam and you’ll also have a chance to visit the working outdoor museum of Zaanse Schans.

This is an easy cycling holiday. The terrain is flat and the route follows quiet country lanes and cycle paths.

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: Arrival and Schagen Tulip Tour, 34 miles/55 kms

Tulips

Tulip Fields

After arriving in the lively and historical village of Schagen, check in to your centrally located hotel and then, time allowing, get out for your first cycle ride. From here, you can cycle for hours through the endless fragrant fields of brightly coloured tulips. Its not all about tulips however, as the ride also introduces you to the wonderful countryside, peppered with traditional windmills and local farms. Finally, the route brings you back to your hotel in Schagen.

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

Polder scene

Iconic polder landscape

Today’s tour will bring you in the heart of National Park ‘De Schoorlse Duinen’ and to Europe’s biggest dune area, which holds back the mighty North Sea. The area is not only about the sea, sand and dunes, but also has beautiful woodlands and unspoilt, polder countryside with traditional windmills along the route. Today’s route is almost free of cars – in the National Park, cars are not allowed and outside the park the route frequently makes use of small cycle-paths and quiet roads. If the weather is good you can also spend time on the lovely beach – even go in for dip if you like!

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

Tulips - windmill - Holland

Holland in springtime

Today’s tour leads you past old windmills and historical villages, through the traditional polder landscape to the historical town of Edam. You’ll be cycling along lovely, quiet lanes and dedicated cycle paths. Don’t forget the camera as today you’ll be passing a multitude of Tulip fields along the route. 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. From here to Edam you cycle straight through an UNESCO world heritage site: the Beemster. The Beemster was the first polder in Holland and has been preserved pretty much intact. The tour ends close to the cheese-market of Edam. Your lovely hotel is situated in the historical centre.

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

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

A pleasant circuit 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 Holland 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: 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 April to 07 May

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2019 Prices
036-103CNL
Per person
01 Apr
to
07 May
Superior category
Double/twin £551                    
Single £834                    
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

4 nights accommodation. See practical information
4 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 (£90)
Extra night Amsterdam, single, superior (£158)

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 so you will need to bring your own.

Accommodation

Below you will find an example of the accommodation 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 around an hour.

Research trains in Holland here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 5.0
  • Date - 13/04/2018
  • Name - Gillian Fairfield
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fantastic cycling. Four different and interesting routes. Something new every day. Hotels were really impressive. Couldn’t fault this at all. Holland is a revelation. Very welcoming and I can’t recommend this short break enough.
    Thank you flexitreks. We will definitely be back
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : We like excellent - thanks Gillian!

    Product : Really appreciate the wonderful review Gillian. We look forward to helping you with your next cycling adventure.
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Gill
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally at Flexitreks was polite and accommodating to all our requirements. Prompt & efficient service with informative answers to queries. Highly recommend to others.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Perfect route distances for cyclists wanting to take easy day tours of the Polders & Dutch bulbfields through varied landscapes & the coast. Some routes require a little more information & consolidation of maps, but on the whole the route guidance had good detail. Useful lunch stop-off suggestions given. Accommodation good. Bikes & cycling equipment excellent. Although flat, its worth noting that when a head wind is blowing, its hard-going along the coastal section!
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Gill. Andy and I have been caught out by those headwinds before as well. Glad you enjoyed your holiday overall.