North Netherlands Tour
This amazing tour is particularly great in the spring when you can enjoy the bulb flowers in full bloom as this province is characteristic for tulips, cheese, and windmills. The land is rather flat here and some of it sits 6 metres below sea level. Visit the UNESCO World heritage site of the largest polder, dating back to 1612; polders are distinct to this area and known as cultural landscapes which are designed and created deliberately by people. We will guide you through the Netherlands showing you history, culture and modern day attempts to protect the country from rising sea levels.
From £1135.00 P/P
After making your own way to Alkmaar, enjoy a first afternoon / evening here depending on when you arrive.
Start the day off in Alkmaar enjoying its traditional Friday morning cheese market, open from April – September. From here you will begin your cycling through typical North Holland scenery, for example wet meadows in excavated peatland and villages arranged in a line along dikes or canals. Before you get to Amsterdam you will pass by the Zaan, this small region to the north of the city was a leader in the ship trade in the 17th century, as well as being home to millers, blacksmiths, weavers, carpenters, ship builders and other craftsmen. Learn all about this at the Zaans museum. After here is the Zaanse Schans, a group of amazing architecture from the 17th and 18th century. All of this will be whilst in the view of the river. The day will end in Amsterdam, we recommend visiting the canal district.
Spend the morning enjoying the 400-year-old canal district, exquisite museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s house. See performers and artists on Dam Square, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, and of course visit the world-famous red-light district. When it’s time to bid farewell to the Netherland’s capital you will be heading to Hoorn via the peaceful countryside. Hoorn is an old trading town with interesting museums, shopping opportunities, port activities and local cafes.
From Hoorn you will head up the coast of Lake Ijsselmeer until you get to the gorgeous town of Enkhuizen, here a great visit is the Muiderzee Museum that tells the history of when ships sailed from Zuirderzee and travelled the seas trading bulbs and spices. This was in a time called the “Golden Age” which was mainly in the 17th century when Holland dominated world trade. As you continue on your route along the lake you will see numerous crop fields, orchards, and windmills until you reach Medemblik. This old town has a marina, bakery museum and steam engine museum to enjoy for the afternoon and evening.
As you cycle between Medemblik and Keins you will have the northern part of the Westfriese Omringdijk in your sights, this is a 126km long 800-year-old dike that connects the cities of Alkmaar, Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Medeblik and Schagen. On this route you can also see numerous birds in the nature reserves of Twisk and Oostermare, as well as characteristic farmhouses and square buildings. Visit the village of Barsingerhorn, which is a beautiful display of gorgeous Kolhorn. Your stop for the day is Den Helder, to get here you will go through the largest flower bulb area in the world. It started out as a whaling village and the city centre was destroyed in the second world war and thus the city looks relatively modern today. You can shorten this leg on the journey by continuing to follow the dike between Winkel and Kolhorn.
Today you will start and end the day in the same day but do an exciting excursion to Texel. You will cross from Den Helder to Texel by ferry, this is the largest of the five Wadden islands, which are an area of outstanding natural beauty. This island is an excellent place to explore by bike – enjoy villages, countryside, dunes, beaches etc. and can be enjoyed on numerous routes.
On the last day of cycling, you will be heading down the North Sea past wide beaches, seaside resorts, woods, and the dune resort of Zwanenwater. These dunes protect the land from being flooded by the sea. However, this was not the case in Petten; here the dunes have been washed away and thus a wall has been built. There is an exhibition called “De Dijk te Kijk” which tells you in much more depth about the sea wall.
Another route you can take is through the bulb fields. The tulip colours which sit just behind the dunes.
After a last breakfast it is time for your tour to come to an end.
Difficulty: Easy – difficult
Start point: Alkmaar
End point: Alkmaar
Total distance: approx. 357km
Most of this route takes part on cycle lanes and through villages. Some busier roads in the cities and some tougher terrain by the sand dunes.
- 7 Nights Included
- Standard Bike Hire
- 3/4 Star Hotels
- Breakfast Included
- Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information
- 7 days a week service hotline
- Luggage Transport
- GPS Tracks available
- Ferry Crossings
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.
16 Jul - 23 Jul
Bike Rental included
FROM £1135 P/P