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At a glance

Holland and the Netherlands might be small, but it packs a mighty punch. From the famed canals and impressive art collections of Amsterdam to the springtime tulip fields carpeting the lush countryside, Holland is a bicyclist's dream.

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 one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and the positive attitude toward cyclists is part of Dutch culture
  • An abundance of bike paths through scenic lowlands and a network of preserved national parks
  • Breathtaking green countryside, quaint windmills and beautiful medieval towns
  • The famous tulip blooms each spring, highlighted on all bicycle tours in the spring
  • Home to many of the most popular bike and boat tours, where visitors can enjoy the Dutch countryside from a boat deck on the extensive canals and waterways

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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 - Antwerp - Amsterdam by Bike and Boat
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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Fast facts

Language: Dutch 
Currency: Euro 
Population: 16,500,000 
Size: 2,119 square miles (5,488 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than Delaware 
Border countries: Belgium and Germany 
National tourist office: www.holland.com

 

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