Holland Bike Tour

Tulips, Windmills, Beer, and Cheese

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,995Collection: 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 iconic Dutch windmills, then visit a working one to find out how they function
  • Indulge in epicurean experiences, including a Gouda cheesemaking demonstration, dinner in the home of a Utrecht local, and a Michelin-starred meal
  • 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

    Welcome to the Netherlands

    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 Châteaux 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: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 423 feet / 129 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 617 feet / 188 meters
    Accommodations: Het Roode Koper

  • Day 2

    Off to Spakenburg for Shipyards and Clogs

    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, a historic fishing village since the Middle Ages. After lunch overlooking a historic shipyard, our local friend welcomes us aboard his traditional botter, a Dutch fishing boat, for a closer look. Cycle or shuttle to our hotel for some downtime before one of our favorite local dining experiences.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Ermelo, Spakenburg, Utrechtse Heuvelrug, Utrecht
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 620 feet / 189 meters
    Longer Option: 47 miles / 76 km, elevation gain: 840 feet / 256 meters
    AccommodationsGrand Hotel Karel V Utrecht

  • 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 and take a look inside to better understand 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 next to the canal. Utrecht offers all the appeal of Amsterdam, but remains relatively under the radar—see what we love about this city as you spend the rest of the day exploring cobbled streets and canals, then choose a restaurant for tonight’s dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Utrecht, Maarssenbroek, Loosdrecht
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 420 feet / 128 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 617 feet / 188 meters
    AccommodationsGrand Hotel Karel V Utrecht

  • 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 smoking pipes and stunning 15th-century Gothic architecture—but mostly for its cheese. Spin along verdant country lanes and pique your appetite for cheese with a tasting and cheesemaking demonstration at our favorite dairy farm along the route. After a short ride down the road, the main course is lunch at a quaint Dutch farm. Ride the rest of the way or transfer to our next hotel, the luxurious Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis Gouda. For dinner, your guides have chosen one of their favorite restaurants in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lisse, Gouda
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 364 feet / 111 meters
    Longer Option: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 485 feet / 148 meters
    Accommodations: Weeshuis Gouda

  • Day 5

    Tulips in Bloom

    Prepare to experience one of the most colorful rides of your life in the tulip capital of the world. After a short transfer to Lisse, the day kicks off with a visit to Keukenhof Gardens and a private tour of these expansive flower fields accompanied by an official Keukenhof gardener. Then, head out for an extraordinary stretch of car-free biking between the dunes and the coast. We’ll pedal back inland towards one of Holland’s many microbreweries to enjoy a hearty lunch and ride the rest of the way back to Gouda. Tonight, toast to our wonderful week together and enjoy a final celebratory dinner at our hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lisse, Gouda
    Accomplished:  21 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 364 feet / 111 meters
    Longer Option: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 485 feet / 148 meters
    Accommodations: Weeshuis Gouda

  • Day 6

    Goodbye Holland!

    Today we’ll bid the Netherlands dag as we say goodbye to this beautiful country after a long, leisurely breakfast. Your guides will transfer you to the Gouda train station, where they will see you off.

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Amsterdam, Holland Pick-Up Location: Zwolle Train Station Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Amsterdam, Holland Drop-Off Location: Gouda Train Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

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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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • 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
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