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Holland Family Bike Tour

Gentle Bike Lanes and Gouda Cheese: from Utrecht to Amsterdam

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,495Collection: Family

Tour Highlights

  • Discover charming Dutch culture as you learn to make cheese, bake bread, and play classic Dutch lawn games
  • Gentle cycling follows car-free bike paths, country lanes, and classic polders
  • Paddle a kayak down the canals of Utrecht
  • Visit a working windmill and learn how these iconic structures keep Dutch cities dry
  • Dine with our local friend and chef at her home in Utrecht

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

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Cheese Country

    Meet your guides at the Woerden train station for a quick transfer to the village of De Hoef. The adventure begins with lunch—perhaps you’ll taste your first bitterballen or Dutch pancake—followed by bike fitting and safety talk. We’ll set off on our first ride, following bike lanes through beautiful landscapes that look the same as when painters captured them in the Dutch Golden Age. We’re in the heart of one of the world’s most famous cheese regions, so there’s no better place to learn the trade! After a lesson in cheesemaking, we’ll check in to our boutique farm hotel. Our hosts Karin and Jaap welcome us with the warmest Dutch hospitality, and tonight we’ll enjoy dinner right here on the farm.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: De Hoef, Woerden
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 48 meters
    Accommodations: Louisehoeve Bed & Breakfast or Posthoorn Lodge

  • Day 2

    Some Very Goed Gouda

    This morning, we’ll have a typical Dutch breakfast of wentelteefjes (French toast)—perfect fuel for a day of riding! We’re headed to the city of Gouda: synonymous with its cheese, of course, but also known for tasty, sweet stroopwafels and stunning 15th-century Gothic architecture. Cycle on verdant country lanes and typical Dutch polders (dike-enclosed lowlands), followed by a snack stop in a picturesque town along the route. Once we roll into Gouda, switch gears for a scavenger hunt in the city’s labyrinthine streets. An impressive lunch is served at our friend Artuur’s house before we head back to the hotel—either by van or on the bike, if you’re interested in some extra miles. For dinner, we’ll head to our guides’ favorite restaurant in Woerden, a city sandwiched between Amsterdam and Utrecht.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Oudewater, Gouda, Woerden
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 35 meters
    Longer Option: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 61 meters
    Accommodations: Louisehoeve Bed & Breakfast or Posthoorn Lodge

  • Day 3

    Utrecht’s Castles

    Leave the countryside behind and wave to cows, ducks, and sheep as we cycle north to the vibrant city of Utrecht. Our first stop is Kasteel de Haar, one of the most beautiful castles in Holland. The first buildings on this site were recorded in 1391, but in more modern times an extensive renovation was funded by the Rothschild family—their wealth has afforded painstaking detail and splendor that’s visible in every aspect of the castle’s architecture. We’ll have a picnic lunch on the castle grounds, then pedal the last eight miles back into the center of Utrecht to check into our hotel. Something truly special is planned for tonight: our friend and local chef Yvette will prepare a scrumptious meal in her home. As we say in Dutch, Smakelijk eten!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Woerden, Utrecht
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 104 meters
    Accommodations: Mother Goose or Grand Hotel Karel V

  • Day 4

    Canoeing and Baking

    Today we’ll trade our bikes for a kayak and paddle through Utrecht’s iconic canals to Fort Rhijnauwen. Built to defend Utrecht against attacks, the fort could once accommodate up to 540 soldiers and 105 canons! Our final destination is Vroeg, a Dutch farm built in the 1600s that’s now one of the best bakeries in the area. We have the freshest ingredients at our disposal for a bread-baking class—and hot, crusty bread for lunch! While it’s in the oven, try your hand at a round of Dutch Farmersgolf, a croquet-like game played with mallets made of Dutch clogs. Tonight, we’ll head back to Utrecht where you’re free to find a restaurant that appeals to your family for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Bunnik, Vroeg
    Accomplished: 4 miles / 7 km kayaking
    Optional Ride: 9 miles / 15 km, elevation gain: 45 meters
    Accommodations: Mother Goose or Grand Hotel Karel V

  • Day 5

    Windmill Loop

    Our ride today will take us north, weaving alongside Utrecht’s many waterways and through the quaint villages that freckle the countryside. We’ll stop 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. If you’re ready to keep pedaling, head back to Utrecht beside the Rijn river and enjoy lunch at a casual (but delicious!) local spot. On our last night together, your guides will take you out to their absolute favorite restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Utrecht, Maarssenbroek, Loosdrecht
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 171 meters
    Shorter Option: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 58 meters
    Accommodations: Mother Goose or Grand Hotel Karel V

  • Day 6

    Vaarwel, Holland!

    Following a leisurely breakfast, we bid Holland dag and say goodbye to this beautiful country. Your guides will transfer you to the train station in Utrecht and see you off to wherever your travels may take you!

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

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

Airport City: Amsterdam Drop-Off Location: Utrecht Train Station Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am
Younger Travelers
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike; trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles provided to all children on tour

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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