Amsterdam Single Centre Cycling Break

A 4 night cycling break based at a cycle-friendly hotel in Amsterdam. You can choose to follow one of our pre-planned routes each day or decide yourself where you'd like to ride using Amsterdam's extensive cycle path network. Easy cycling with plenty to see and do in and around this fascinating city.

A great way to discover Amsterdam and its surroundings, this short break offers ultimate flexibility as you will be based in the same hotel throughout your stay. As such it is the perfect option for mixed interest groups. Keen cyclists can extend the daily rides as much as they like while others in the group may prefer to reduce the riding and spend more time enjoying the city's museums, shopping and other attractions.

Marken lighthouse

You'll be provided with a menu of cycle routes to select from during your stay. These circular routes introduce you to different areas around the city before delivering you back to your hotel. Cycle along the shores of the Markenmeer to the idyllic fishing villages of Volendam and Edam, the latter of course also famous for its salty cheese. Another route leads you eastwards to Naarden, one of the cities defence forts, compete with moat and ancient ramparts, you can also visit Castle Muiden, one of Hollands oldest and best preserved castles. The ride through the old ship building area is fascinating and on this route you can also visit the outdoor museum of Zaanse Schans complete with traditional windmills nd wooden shoe factory. There's also an easy, shorter route out to teh elgant town of Haarlem and keen cyclists may be tempted to extend this with the ride out to the beaches of the North Sea coast.

Of course, besides all this you also have the wonderful and eclectic sights of Amsterdam to enjoy, from the Rijksmuseum, brimming with Dutch masterpieces, to the Anne Frank House and exploring the charming canal-lined streets.

On this fantastic cycling break your biggest challenge will be fitting everything in!

Amsterdam Single Centre Cycling Break

A 4 night cycling break based at a cycle-friendly hotel in Amsterdam. You can choose to follow one of our pre-planned routes each day or decide yourself where you'd like to ride using Amsterdam's extensive cycle path network. Easy cycling with plenty to see and do in and around this fascinating city.

A great way to discover Amsterdam and its surroundings, this short break offers ultimate flexibility as you will be based in the same hotel throughout your stay. As such it is the perfect option for mixed interest groups. Keen cyclists can extend the daily rides as much as they like while others in the group may prefer to reduce the riding and spend more time enjoying the city's museums, shopping and other attractions.

Marken lighthouse

You'll be provided with a menu of cycle routes to select from during your stay. These circular routes introduce you to different areas around the city before delivering you back to your hotel. Cycle along the shores of the Markenmeer to the idyllic fishing villages of Volendam and Edam, the latter of course also famous for its salty cheese. Another route leads you eastwards to Naarden, one of the cities defence forts, compete with moat and ancient ramparts, you can also visit Castle Muiden, one of Hollands oldest and best preserved castles. The ride through the old ship building area is fascinating and on this route you can also visit the outdoor museum of Zaanse Schans complete with traditional windmills nd wooden shoe factory. There's also an easy, shorter route out to teh elgant town of Haarlem and keen cyclists may be tempted to extend this with the ride out to the beaches of the North Sea coast.

Of course, besides all this you also have the wonderful and eclectic sights of Amsterdam to enjoy, from the Rijksmuseum, brimming with Dutch masterpieces, to the Anne Frank House and exploring the charming canal-lined streets.

On this fantastic cycling break your biggest challenge will be fitting everything in!

Itinerary

There are four planned routes to choose from each day and these are listed below - you can choose to do any of these on any day during your stay. You may of course also choose to do your own thing and create your own route using Amsterdam's extensive network of cycle paths.

Day 1 : Arrive Amsterdam

Check into your hotel and then decide what to do with the rest of your day. You could do some shopping, visit one or two of the city's famous museums or simply wander through the canal lined streets drinking in Amsterdam's unique atmosphere.

Day 2 : Option 1 - Roundtrip Volendam
78 kms/49 miles

This ride leads you north, out of the city and alongside the Markenmeer to the small island of Marken with its lonely lighthouse. A little further up the shoreline you reach the lovely old fishing village of Edam, famous of course for its salty cheese. You return to Amsterdam via a different route enjoying picture postcard scenery all the way.

If you fancy a shorter route then you could instead head out to the elegant city of Haarlem instead. The journey there and back is about 45 kilometers.

Day 3 : Option 2 - Roundtrip Muiden
63 kms/39 miles

This route leads eastwards out of the along rural cycle paths to the fortified town of Naarden. Built to defend Amsterdam against attacks from the East the town was one of Amsterdam's defence line fortifications and we recommend a visit to the Fortress Museum to learn more. Heading back towards Amsterdam the route delivers you to Muiden Castle, one of the Netherlands oldest and best preserved castles, before leading you back into teh city to your hotel.

Day 4 : Option 3 - Roundtrip Zaandam
45 kms/28 miles

This route leads you out to the suburb of Zaandam and back and offers a glimpse into Amsterdam's industrial heritage. You'll pedal through the area that was instrumental in creating Amsterdam's enormous shipping fleet that brought it so much prosperity. You'll pass quaint old factories and warehouses as you make your way to Zaanse Schans, an outdoor museum where the traditions of a slower bygone era are preserved. Here you can visit working windmills as well as a wooden shoe factory before returning via a different route to Amsterdam.

Day 5 : Departure

After breakfast it's time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

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 hotel

Westcord Art Hotel - Amsterdam

Local taxes

Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

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