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Best of Holland Family Tour

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  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
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  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
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  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This tour has been put together specifically for families! The days offer mostly flat cycling, beautiful, peaceful landscapes, and varied activities for children. If you wish, you may add additional days into this program as rest days to explore the cities.

The hotels are centrally located in towns (except Giethoorn) for your convenient access to restaurants and points of interest. It is possible in all hotels except Giethoorn for a family (up to 4 people) to share one room overnight.

Enjoy some of the best that Holland can offer on this family-focused tour!

Daily program

Please note: this tour begins on a cycling day. The tour operator recommends arriving a day early and booking an evening in Amsterdam.

Day 1: Zaandam – Egmond aan Zee (27 miles/44km)
The tour starts this morning at the Zaandam central train station (about 10 minutes by train from Amsterdam).

Zaandam is a town in the Zaanstreek, well known for the windmills at the Zaanse Schans, the chocolate and cookie factories, and the green wooden houses. The Zaanse Schans has a chocolate / cookie museum, cheese factory, clog production factory, and a lot of windmills, so this is a great area for families to visit! Afterwards you'll ride through lowlands, crossing waterways on a few small ferries (one even to be operated manually yourself).

The route passes the picturesque village of De Rijp with many lovely restaurants and bars, a perfect stop for a drink or a lunch. After De Rijp the route leaves the lowlands, and you will enter the coastal areas with some forest and sand dunes. Arrive to your hotel in the coastal village of Egmond aan Zee.
Overnight in Egmond aan Zee

Day 2: Egmond aan Zee – Alkmaar (17 miles/28km)
A relatively short ride gives you time to visit the beach today as long as weather conditions are fine. The first part of the ride is on the quiet coastal bike lane along the beach and by forest and sand dunes, arriving shortly to Bergen aan Zee. By forest areas the bike ride continues to the lovely village of Schoorl. Here you'll discover plenty of nice restaurants and the climbing dune. This unique sand dune is a wonderful playing area for children! The final part of today's route is by the chic village of Bergen to the historic town of Alkmaar. Alkmaar is a really beautiful, historic town with an impressive historic center.
Overnight in Alkmaar

Day 3: Alkmaar – Enkhuizen (31 miles/50km, with option to shorten by train)
Today is a relatively long day, but not without some options. First, in Alkmaar each Friday morning, the weekly cheese market is interesting to see. From Alkmaar, you have a direct ride along lovely canals with a few windmills on the way to historic Hoorn (25km). Hoorn is a great town to stroll around. (*If you wish to shorten the day's distance, you could take a train from Alkmaar to Hoorn, approximately 25 minutes.)

For the second part of the day, you have 2 options. Option 1: bike on along the shores of Lake IJsselmeer to the harbor town of Enkhuizen (25km). Enkhuizen has a very interesting children's museum (Zuiderzee museum). The focus of this outdoor museum is the history of Holland and the struggle against the water. You can spend a whole day if you want!

Option 2: Before leaving Hoorn, you may visit the steam train museum. From Hoorn, take the historic steam train to Medemblik (you may take all bikes except tandems on the train). The train ride lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes. Departure is at 10:40am (during summer, there may be additional departures). Upon arrival to Medemblik, a lovely, historic harbor village situated along the shores of Lake IJsselmeer, you'll also find a castle. *The historic steam train from Hoorn to Medemblik is possible all days except Monday, so you may wish to plan your itinerary around this.

From Medemblik you'll enjoy a 22km bike ride along the shores of Lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen (same experience as direct bike ride Hoorn Enkhuizen).
Overnight in Enkhuizen

Day 4: Enkhuizen – Lemmer (21-26 miles/34-42km)
The tour crosses Lake IJsselmeer by ferry (1.5 hours). You will arrive in the quaint village of Stavoren in the Friesland province, a lovely province with lakes, canals, some forests, small villages and a lot of wildlife. Again, you have 2 options for the ride. The long ride, which passes lovely Sloten, is 42km, but you might appreciate a shortcut for only 34km. Your final destination is the fisherman village of Lemmer. In Lemmer, you have the largest still-operational steam-powered pumping station in the world, an UNESCO monument.
Overnight in Lemmer

Day 5: Lemmer – Giethoorn (27 miles/43km)
Today's ride goes from Lemmer to the nature reserve of the Wieden and Weerribben. This is a unique cane and swamp area with quiet bike lanes, unique nature, boat or canoe rentals, a visitor center, and the picturesque villages of Blokzijl and Dwarsgracht. Your destination for the day is Giethoorn, also known as the Dutch Venice. This is a must-see destination and a good spot for boating (guided boat options are possible).
Overnight in Giethoorn

Day 6: Giethoorn – Kampen (22 miles/35km)
Today is your final biking day. You'll cycle by the nature reserve, once again passing an enormous number of waterways, bridges, and lovely sites such as the village of Belt Schutsloot. Some of the lakes offer great swim locations. Leaving the park, it's just a small ride to the historic Hanseatic town of Kampen, a beautiful town along the IJssel river with a very nice center to stroll around.
Overnight in Kampen

Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, check out and return to Amsterdam by train (approximately 1.5 hours).

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Sep 29, 2019 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€915
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
€-555
Child, ages 6-12 sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
€-444
Child, ages 13-18 sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
€-333
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Tulip Cycling Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy:
a) Cancellations refunds, minus €100 (number of days prior to the start of the trip):

  • 61 plus days - 100% of the total invoice costs
  • 31-60 days - 60% of the total invoice costs
  • 15-30 days - 30% of the total invoice costs
  • 0-14 days - no refund

b) At all times the tour operator shall refund the total invoice costs in case of natural disaster, large-scale riots or evacuations in the area of the cycle-routes.
c) The tour operator is not responsible for any late arrival due to travel delays, flight cancellation or illness.
d) There is no refund for shortening of the rental period, except for reasons mentioned in article 8b.
e) Changes and modifications in the initial booking will be subject to an administration fee of €25.

Article 1 - Definitions:
Country name: Where the expressions Dutch or Holland are used this is synonymous to The Netherlands.
Renter: Person or persons, mentioned in the rental contract, who is/are renting bicycling equipment and support from the tour operator.
Lessor: The tour operator.
Rental material/equipment: All articles, rented or loaned from the tour operator, itemized in the reservation form and notification of receipt, including all materials submitted to the renter, such as but not exclusively, the free accessories.
Booking / Reservation form: Form on which the renter is required to fill in identities and desired quantity of the rental equipment and support items.
Rental contract; Agreement between renter and lessor according to the tour confirmation form and tour invoice.
Tour confirmation form: Form with which the lessor confirms the booking of the cycling tour by the renter. The corresponding equipment and support for this tour is specified on the tour invoice, addressed to the renter.
Tour invoice: Form on which the lessor specifies the rental equipment and support items with the corresponding prices and the total amount. The total amount does not always include accommodation costs.
Notification of receipt: Form which the renter is obligated to sign on receipt of the rented and loaned equipment.
Rental period: Time between delivery of the rental equipment to the renter and return of the rental equipment to the tour operator.
Currency: The amounts mentioned in these Terms and Conditions are in the Euro currency.

Article 2 - Rental equipment:
a) The rental material may only be used by the designated renter and the members of his party as mentioned in the rental contract/notification of receipt.
b) Laminated maps, itineraries and other parts of a support package remain the property of the tour operator.
c) The use of the GPS device is strictly prohibited for persons under 15 years of age.
d) The rented bicycles may never be handed over to, or used by any persons, others then those mentioned in the rental contract.
e) It is explicitly prohibited for the renter to rent out the rented bicycles to a third party.
f) Renter is considered to take good care of the rented materials and to protect it, within reason, from damage, loss or theft. Added to article 2a, rental materials may only be used in accordance with its normal use and category. Only one person per bicycle.
g) The tour operator will deliver the rental material in a proper condition. If, in spite of that, any repairs during the rental period are necessary this can be done by a local bicycle repairer. The renter must, in case of more than wear-and-tear damage, consult the tour operator before handing over the bicycle to the repairer. At the end of the rental period a the tour operator representative will determine whether the material failure was more than regular wear-and-tear. If so, the repair expenses must be paid by the renter or will be subject to the equipment insurance conditions.
h) In case of unpredictable circumstances, the tour operator will offer substitute brands of equipment. This material will be of equal quality and will meet the specifications of the contracted equipment.

Article 3 - Rental period:
a) Rental equipment delivery will be between 8 and 11 a.m. on the first day of the rental period. The rental equipment will be delivered to the renter at the the tour operator headquarters or any other pre-arranged meeting point.
b) Delivery of the rental equipment can, on the renter's request, take place on the evening before the first tour day. This service is free of charge and the decision to meet with this request will be made by the tour operator exclusively.
c) Return of the equipment on the last tour day must be before 6 p.m. at the tour operator headquarters or any other pre-arranged meeting point.

Article 4 - Contract:
a) The contract is realized after the booking form is accepted by the lessor. The lessor will notify the renter of his acceptance by email. The written tour confirmation will state the names of the persons in the contract, the rental period and the reservation requests. The accompanying invoice will state the number and specifications of the rented equipment and the related prices.
b) The rental contract will be automatically dissolved, without serving any prior notice on the renter, if payment of the deposit payment is not received within 20 days from the payment date as indicated on the invoice. The dissolution of the contract does not in any way relieve the renter of his obligations, especially payment of the rent and deposit, forthcoming from the contract and the cancellation terms.
c) Changes and modifications in the initial booking will be subject to an administration fee of Euro 25. Requests for changes made within 30 days of the start of the tour are also dependent on equipment and accommodation availability. All changes in the initial booking will be confirmed by email or regular mail.
d) At the tour start and tour finish the renter must sign a notification of receipt and return. This notification states the number and specifications of the rented equipment and support, rental period, date of delivery and date of return.
e) The first renter mentioned on the reservation form must be over 16 years of age and will be the contracting person for payments, refunds and communication.
f) The first renter's signature on the notification of receipt and return is valid for all the items on the notifications.

Article 6 - Liability:
a) Renter is subject to Dutch, Belgium and German Traffic Laws. In particular, renter acknowledges that there is no bicycle-helmet obligation under this law (In Germany a helmet is obligated on a road bike or mountain bike as also for children).
b) Besides the pre-tour traffic rules instruction and briefing by the tour operator it is the responsibility of the renter and his party to be sufficiently informed about Dutch, Belgium and German Traffic Laws and regulations.
c) It is the renter's own responsibility to have sufficient insurance coverage against all claims that might arise from legal responsibility of the renter and his party such as responsibility for (non-equipment) damages, injuries, legal procedures and tort.
d) The tour operator can only be held responsible for direct damages or injuries that are a result of material failure. The responsibility is limited to failure that is a result of insufficient normal day-use maintenance by the lessor. For all other damages of goods and injuries of the renter, his party or a third party during the rental period, The tour operator cannot be held responsible nor can this derive any right to cancel (a part of) the rental contract.
e) The contract is submitted to Dutch Law and will be carried out under Dutch jurisdiction.
f) Disagreements and claims between both renter and lessor as well with a third party must be heard by a Dutch court in Arnhem or Zwolle.

Article 7 - Equipment insurance:
a) The insured: Renter of the tour operator equipment, as described on the booking form.
b) Insured articles: All tour operator equipment that has been rented and is used during a tour, as described on the booking form.
c) Coverage: Theft, damage or fire arising from any, calamity caused by internal or external sources.
d) Area: the insurance is valid within The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
e) Insurance-premium amounts to Euro 1 (one Euro) per person per day (minimum Euro 10). This is for one adult bicycle. If a E-bike, tandem or road bike is rented the insurance premium amounts to Euro 2 per person per day (minimum Euro 20). One child bike, if rented, is included.
f) Own risk / deductible: The first Euro 45 per renter per insured event will be paid by the insured (renter).
g) Damage: Renter must always immediately report a theft, loss or damage by accident to the tour operator and the local police. A referred police report and specified repair invoice must be handed over to the tour operator at the end of the rental period.
h) Restrictions: Renter is obligated to lock the bicycle(s) securely when left unattended. In case of loss or theft the renter must at all times be able to provide a police report describing the particular loss or theft, and the keys to the lock which were originally given to the renter at the start of the tour. If renter cannot provide those items, he will be held responsible for the combined loss and damages resulting from the theft or loss of the insured items: adult bike Euro 1100, tandem and road bike Euro 1650, E bike Euro 2500, child's bike/child trailer Euro 350, pair of panniers Euro 100, handlebar bag Euro 50, luggage trailer Euro 250, GPS device Euro 200, helmet Euro 40, poncho Euro 25, car trailer Euro 1500, free rental accessories Euro 20.
i) Damage- and loss exclusions: Non-designated use, criminal intent, negligence, molestation by war or large-scale riots, nuclear disasters. 

All photos used by permission. ©Tulip Cycling

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like2bike June 22, 2018

Outstanding Tour Operator, Lovely trip in the Netherlands

We have been on around 8 bike trips and speaking from experience, Tulip Cycling is top notch/one of the best, if not the best. Peter provided all that was needed for an excellent adventure. Peter was friendly, positive, and he was meticulous in ensuring that the cyclists have a positive experience. He takes care of each group of cyclists, on an individual basis, so that each group gets the attention that they need to operate the Garmin device.

Positives:
* GPS/Garmin navigation, so you can simply rely on the Garmin to direct you. This is very useful, since there are so many opportunities to turn the wrong way in the Netherlands. Using a Garmin made a huge difference.

* Detailed maps in case you get lost (we didn't).

* Ability to contact tour operator any time. Individualized service, including an interview at the end of the trip.

* Bikes were excellent, well maintained, locks worked well, breakdown assistance was available.

* We got really bad colds/bronchitis on day 3 of the trip, and we couldn't bike for the rest of the trip. But the trip wasn't over--we took buses and trains to get to each hotel, which worked out well. Peter brought our bikes to each hotel, in case we might want to use them. Incredible extra service!

* Hotels were excellent, and they were at or near the town centers. This is an important point--many other tour operators book top notch hotels outside of town. Being at the center of town, you can easily explore the town and select a suitable place for dinner. Also, most of the hotels had charm/grandeur and many were high end establishments. They were each unique and were not mainstream establishments.

* This tour is excellent. The tour takes you to small charming villages/cities in the Netherlands, heading north of Amsterdam. This is an excellent tour if you want to avoid large cities and traffic. The charming towns and villages were each unique and there was much to see and explore. A lovely trip, we would highly recommend this tour. The route was flat and landscapes were nice. The route was designed well to avoid traffic.