Holland Bike Tour
- Region: Greater Europe
- Destination: Netherlands
- Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
- Level: One
- Price From: $4795
- Single Supplement: $650
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- The low-lying coastal nation along the North Sea
- Known for: tulips, picturesque windmills, a rich cycling history, scenic flatlands, winding rivers, and an elaborate system of dikes and canals
- Eat: Gouda and Edam cheese, Dutch pancakes, sweets like apple cake and stroopwafel, smoked sausages and bitterballen, plus two Michelin-starred meals
- Drink: world-renowned beers, especially the traditional Trappist ales
- Explore Lisse, the tulip capital of the world and home of the world’s largest flower garden, the Keukenhof (in April and early May)
- Enjoy traditional Trappist ale made from recipes dating back to 1407
- Cycle past iconic Dutch windmills and visit a working one
- Indulge in foodie experiences, from a private lunch with Chef Artuur in Gouda to dinner with Yvette in her Utrecht home and two Michelin-starred meals at Het Roode Koper and Hotel Duin Kruidberg
- Learn about little-known WWII history from a local historian
- Visit a botter shipyard to see how artisans craft and maintain these traditional fishing vessels
We include more on our cycling trips than any other bike tour company in an effort to provide our guests with the most unforgettable, stress-free travel experience.
- Stunning, luxurious, world-class accommodations
- Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
- Daily breakfasts, all lunches, four gourmet dinners, Après Velo cocktails, and nutritious snacks
- Carefully selected local wines with every delicious meal
- Expert guides with extensive local knowledge who go above and beyond to cater to your every need
- Complete van support along the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
- Group sizes that don’t exceed 14 guests on a scheduled departure
- Beer, and cheese tastings as outlined in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to historic sites, fascinating museums, and scenic natural parks
- Pick up and drop off before and after your tour from convenient locations
- Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
- Pre- and post-travel planning advising with optional upgrade to Concierge Travel Planning (learn more)
- Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
DuVine strives to consistently amaze, surprise, and delight. For this reason, each itinerary may be subject to slight modifications. Contact us to speak with a destination specialist for the most up to date tour inclusions.
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Admire the iconic windmills that dot the countryside and cycle along canals on DuVine’s Holland Bike Tour. Enjoy the utter peace of car-free bike paths in a country that truly appreciates and encourages cycling. Pedal amidst a sea of springtime flowers and explore the Keukenhof Gardens in the tulip capital of the world, or indulge in world-renowned cheeses in the city of Gouda. Revel in the perfectly balanced bitterness of a traditional Trappist ale, and rest at night in regal hotels complete with stunning views. Locals welcome you into their homes and Michelin chefs into their kitchens—you will never experience Holland like on our DuVine tour.
Tour by Day
Day One: 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 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 Two: 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 Three: 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 Four: 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 fifteenth-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 and 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: Hotel Duin Kruidberg
Day Five: 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 / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Zandvoort, Lisse, Haarlem
Accomplished: 19 miles / 30km, elevation gain: 180 meters (Longer option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 380 meters)
Accommodations: Hotel Duin Kruidberg
Day Six: 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.