Tulips and Amsterdam Cycling Break

A Spring cycling break in Holland, designed specifically to showcase the extensive tulip fields to the west of Amsterdam. You’ll spend your first night in the city before embarking on a 3 day lazy loop ride through the tulip fields. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the stunning Keukenhof Flower Gardens.

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Cycling through the polder landscape

Each spring, usually between the beginning of April and mid May, the extensive bulb fields between Haarlem and Leiden to the west of Amsterdam burst into life. Being a natural phenomenon, it’s hard to say exactly when they will be at their absolute best but travel during this period and the chances are good that you’ll be rewarded.

You’ll spend your first night in Amsterdam where you can enjoy the many sights and attractions this unique and friendly city has to offer. Take a canal tour and learn about the tall narrow merchants’ houses that typify the historic old town. Take in some old masters works at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough Museum. Of course there is also the moving Anne Frank Museum and the pleasure of simply wondering the network of charming canal-lined streets.

The next day you set off on the bikes following a network of well-maintained cycle paths out into the countryside. Before long you’ll see your first tulip fields and from there on you are surrounded by seas of colour. You’ll spend a night in the delightful old town of Haarlem before heading south, through more tulip fields, to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. Allow plenty of time for your visit as there are 32 hectares of carefully manicured gardens supporting seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. You spend the night in the bustling university town of Leiden before wending your way back to Amsterdam along the Amstel River for your final night in the old city.

The cycling is flat and on well-marked cycle paths. As such, this holiday is graded easy and can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bikes are also available for anyone who feels they might need a little assistance.

Tulips and Amsterdam Cycling Break

A Spring cycling break in Holland, designed specifically to showcase the extensive tulip fields to the west of Amsterdam. You’ll spend your first night in the city before embarking on a 3 day lazy loop ride through the tulip fields. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the stunning Keukenhof Flower Gardens.

If you’ve ever wanted to witness the amazing carpets of colour created by millions of tulips grown for the world-wide flower trade then this is the tour for you. here is new text.

Cycling through the polder landscape

Each spring, usually between the beginning of April and mid May, the extensive bulb fields between Haarlem and Leiden to the west of Amsterdam burst into life. Being a natural phenomenon, it’s hard to say exactly when they will be at their absolute best but travel during this period and the chances are good that you’ll be rewarded.

You’ll spend your first night in Amsterdam where you can enjoy the many sights and attractions this unique and friendly city has to offer. Take a canal tour and learn about the tall narrow merchants’ houses that typify the historic old town. Take in some old masters works at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough Museum. Of course there is also the moving Anne Frank Museum and the pleasure of simply wondering the network of charming canal-lined streets.

The next day you set off on the bikes following a network of well-maintained cycle paths out into the countryside. Before long you’ll see your first tulip fields and from there on you are surrounded by seas of colour. You’ll spend a night in the delightful old town of Haarlem before heading south, through more tulip fields, to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. Allow plenty of time for your visit as there are 32 hectares of carefully manicured gardens supporting seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. You spend the night in the bustling university town of Leiden before wending your way back to Amsterdam along the Amstel River for your final night in the old city.

The cycling is flat and on well-marked cycle paths. As such, this holiday is graded easy and can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bikes are also available for anyone who feels they might need a little assistance.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Amsterdam

On arrival in Amsterdam, check-in to your hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day exploring this fascinating city. The seventeenth century canal-ring centre is a World Heritage Site and feels more like a bustling small town than a big city. The compact, cobbled streets are perfect for exploring on foot and there’s plenty to see from the world famous sights such as the Anne Frank Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gough Museum to simply enjoying the lively vibe of the street cafes and bars that line the canal streets.

Day 2 : Amsterdam – Haarlem
33 miles/53 kms

Your cycling holiday starts in earnest today as you leave the hustle and bustle behind and follow a network of cycle paths out into the countryside. Heading east, you enter a region called South Kennemerland. In the small village of Cruquius we recommend a break to visit the fascinating and impressive Cruquius Museum which houses the world’s largest steam engine. The museum is dedicated to Hollands never-ending struggle with water and a demonstration of the steam engine’s power – it can drain an olympic size swimming pool in 8 minutes – should not be missed. A little further on you are greeted with your first view of the tulip fields. Your route then veers north, through more bulb fields before ending in Haarlem – a charming old town with a beautiful central square.

Day 3 : Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden
27 miles/43 kms

Spend the morning exploring the winding streets of Haarlem further. The town is famous for its “hofjes“, tiny kitchen gardens with a water pump surrounded by alms houses. In a bygone age the occupants of these houses would share the water pump and grow vegetables in the small garden. Then it’s back on the bike for a glorious ride through a kaleidoscope of colour as you head south through a plethora of tulip fields. We also recommend a stop at the wonderful Keukenhof Flower Gardens – 32 hectares of carefully manicured gardens supporting seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Many consider the Keukenhof Gardens to be worthy of a full day’s visit to fully appreciate them. Talk to us about adding an extra night to your holiday if this option appeals. Your day ends in Leiden, an old university town with a lively and attractive centre.

Day 4 : Leiden – Amsterdam
40 miles/63 kms

Today you wend your way back to Amsterdam. The route leads you through the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a peaceful, rural region that is a joy to cycle through. After a while you reach the River Amstel and you follow the river (which gave Amsterdam its name) past pretty villages and grand manor houses, right into the heart of Amsterdam itself. Now all that remains is to find a cosy little restaurant to celebrate completing your Tulips and Amsterdam cycling adventure.

Day 5 : Amsterdam - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to 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 hotels and guesthouses.

Amsterdam: WestCord Art Hotel

Haarlem: Hotel Lion d’Or

Leiden: Best Western Hotel Leiden

Local taxes

Some hotels in some countries 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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