Holland Bike Tour

Pedal Through the Tulip Capital

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price from: $4,795Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • In April and May, explore the town of Lisse when tulips are in bloom at Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden
  • Admire your fill of iconic Dutch windmills, then visit a working one to find out how they function
  • Indulge in epicurean experiences, including a private lunch in Gouda, dinner in the home of a Utrecht local, and two Michelin-starred meals
  • Listen to a local historian’s lesser-known accounts of WWII-era Holland
  • Visit a botter shipyard to see how artisans craft and maintain these traditional fishing vessels

Eat

Gouda and Edam cheeses, Dutch pancakes, sweets like apple cake and stroopwafel, smoked sausages, and bitterballen

Drink

World-renowned lagers and traditional Trappist ales

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  • Day 1

    Welkom bij Holland

    Meet our guides at the Zwolle train station where the adventure begins. Our bikes are waiting for us in Elburg, a scenic nearby town surrounded by 13th-century fortifications. Enjoy a light lunch of bitterballen and local delicacies before a bike fitting and safety talk, then cycle from the town gates into the countryside. Quiet, scenic bike paths and forest roads lead us to our first hotel: the Relais and Chateaux property Hotel Landgoede Het Roode Koper. Hear from a local historian how the people of this area risked their lives to hide Jewish citizens during WWII. Tonight, an elegant Michelin-starred dinner sets the tone for the incredible week ahead.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Elburg, Vierhouten
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 123 meters
    Accommodations: Het Roode Koper

  • Day 2

    Off to Utrecht

    Today we head southeast towards the bustling city of Utrecht. Our route begins in the countryside and takes us along the Zeedijk (sea dike) to the scenic seaport of Spakenburg, an historic fishing village since the middle ages. We visit our friend Marco’s shipyard where traditional botters (fishing boats) are built, then join him for a coffee and a stroll through town—you may even spot locals sporting klompe, the wooden shoes that have become a symbol of Holland. Cycle or shuttle to our hotel for some relaxation before dinner at the home of our friend and local cook, Yvette.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Ermelo, Spakenburg, Utrechtse Heuvelrug, Utrecht
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 200 meters
    Longer Option: 42 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 250 meters
    Accommodations: Mother Goose Hotel

  • Day 3

    The Windmill Loop

    Today we head north along Utrecht’s waterways and through the countryside dotted with tidy villages and brick castles. We pause at a working windmill where our friend Joop shows us around inside and explains how these ubiquitous structures keep the locals’ feet dry by pumping water away from the lowlands. Continue pedaling along the Rijn back towards Utrecht and enjoy lunch at our favorite local spot. Utrecht offers all the appeal of Amsterdam, but remains relatively under the radar—see what we love about this city as you spend the afternoon exploring cobbled streets and canals. Tonight, we reconvene at an excellent microbrewery to sample Trappist ale and innovative cuisine.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Utrecht, Maarssenbroek, Loosdrecht
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 171 meters
    Accommodations: Mother Goose Hotel

  • Day 4

    Utrecht to Gouda

    Cycle past Kasteel de Haar, one of the most beautiful castles in Holland, on our way to the town of Gouda, a city made famous for its cheese, smoking pipes, and stunning 15th-century Gothic architecture. Cycle along verdant country lanes and taste the famous Gouda with cows surrounding us in the field. Arriving in Gouda, our friend Artuur, a local chef, welcomes us into his house for a light lunch fit for a king. Then we’ll transfer to our next hotel, the luxurious Duin & Kruidberg. Tonight is a free night, so relax and dine at the hotel Bistro or go out in the nearby city of Haarlem.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Oudewater, Gouda
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 154 meters
    Accommodations: Duin & Kruidberg Country Estate

  • Day 5

    Coastal Riding and Haarlem

    Prepare to experience a stunning loop ride to the tulip capital of the world. We’ll start with an extraordinary 15 kilometers of car-free biking between the dunes and the coast. In Lisse we’ll ride by all the tulip fields and, in the spring, visit the famed Keukenhof Gardens for an exclusive private tour with a Keukenhof gardener. Continue north back to historical Haarlem, the namesake of the New York neighborhood. Return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation before enjoying a final celebratory dinner at our hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Zandvoort, Lisse, Haarlem
    Accomplished:  19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 180 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 380 meters
    Accommodations: Duin & Kruidberg Country Estate

  • Day 6

    Goodbye Holland!

    Today we’ll bid Holland dag as we say goodbye to this beautiful country after a long, leisurely breakfast. Your guides will transfer you to Amsterdam’s airport, where they will see you off.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Amsterdam, Holland
Pick-Up Location: 11:35am at the Zwolle station

Depart

Airport City: Amsterdam, Holland
Drop-Off Location: Between 11:00am – 12:00pm at the Amsterdam Airport

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2018Single Supplement From: $650

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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