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Fast facts

Language: Dutch
Currency: Euro
Population: 6,065,459
Size: 2,119 square miles (5,488 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than Delaware
Border countries: Belgium and Germany
National tourist office: www.holland.com

At a glance

From the famed canals and impressive art collections of Amsterdam and attractions of Rotterdam to the tulip fields carpeting the lush countryside, Holland packs a considerable punch for such a small country. Outside of the large cities, visitors can revisit the Middle Ages through its remaining castles and grand estates. Other highlights of the Dutch countryside include the marshlands, wetlands, and beaches. The walled towns of Holland’s trade and commerce routes are delightful to explore, and the maritime tradition of this coastal land is still seen in its quaint harbor towns.

Dutch tulips are iconic – a symbol of Holland. Mid-March through mid-May transforms the already beautiful countryside into a sea of reds, pinks, purples, and yellows. Another charming symbol of the country, Holland's many windmills are scattered across the landscape and make for postcard-perfect scenery.

Why cyclists love it

Amsterdam is known as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and the positive attitude toward cyclists is part of Dutch culture. Bike tours in Holland are a rare treat for cyclists with the many bike paths through its scenic lowlands and the network of preserved national parks. Over the rolling hills and across marshy plains, your bicycle vacation will lead you through a breathtaking picture of green countryside and windmills with medieval towns in the distance.

In the spring, many Holland bike tours adapt their itineraries to highlight the blooming tulips. Cycling through the miles of tulip farms is a glorious way to spend a spring day.

In addition to the many bike tours offered in Holland, visitors can get a different perspective of the Dutch countryside from a boat deck on the extensive canals and waterways. Bike and boat tours in Holland give you the chance to ride a barge or small ship when you need a breather from your bike tour, and it serves as a floating hotel where you sleep each night. It’s a great way to experience Holland's maritime legacy along with your Dutch bicycle tour.
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Amsterdam to Brussels by Bike and Barge

This bike and boat tour goes from Holland to Belgium. Cities on the itinerary include Amsterdam, Willemstad, Antwerp, and Brussels. Enjoy famous Belgian beer with a pub visit! Each next week the trip alternates direction.
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Bruges to Amsterdam (or reverse) by Bike and Barge

Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in one route. Combining the highlights of Holland’s Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities in the Middle Ages.
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Highlights of Holland Bike and Barge Tour

Start with a sailing trip right across the center of Amsterdam, then leave the city behind for the Green Heart, a splendid rural area. One moment you'll be cycling in the middle of quiet lakes, the next you'll experience the old Dutch atmosphere in the historical center of towns like Haarlem and Leiden.
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Holland by Bike and Boat, Southern Tour

The perfect tour to enjoy various highlights of Holland. You will visit small, picturesque towns and ride along the cycle tracks through the Green Heart and the small Lake District of Holland. Spring tours include a ride through the Keukenhof gardens to view the blooming tulips.
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