5/5 (3)
6 nights | 25 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1063
Rider Level: Leisure Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours
5/5 (3)

6 nights | 25 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1063

Rider Level: Leisure Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours

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  • Best of Holland Family Tour

    6 night self guided bike tour in Holland

    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. We recommend planning an extra night in Enkhuizen for a rest day.

    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!

    Highlights

    • Zaanse Schans
    • Beautiful coastal cycling and quiet lowland cycling
    • Schoorl and the climbing dunes
    • Historic towns and harbor villages
    • Train museum in Hoorn
    • Historic steam train Hoorn to Medemblik
    • Medemblik and its castle
    • Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen
    • Lemmer's steam-powered pumping station, a UNESCO monument
    • Nature reserve of Wieden and Weerribben
    • Giethoorn, the Dutch Venice

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  • 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

    *We recommend booking an extra night in Enkhuizen for a rest day! Enkhuizen is a fishermen’s village with a rich history. Beautiful situated on the former Zuiderzee, now lake Ijsselmeer, with many beautiful monumental buildings and fortifications. If you stroll around the city center and harbor you will still breathe the atmosphere of the Golden Age. Spend a day with the family in the open-air museum "Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen," where you will find stories of the people living around the Zuiderzee alive. Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, located in more than a hundred and thirty authentic houses, shops and workshops, shows the history and culture of this unique region. Much attention is given to the past, present and future of the area in relation to such themes as water, traditional crafts and communities.

    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).

    Surface and terrain

    On this tour, you'll bike from south to north and from west to east because the most common wind direction is southwest.

    Most of the cycling will be flat and along paved routes and cycle paths. The distance varies each day, and on the longer days you have options to shorten the mileage by train. The cycling is sometimes broken up by ferry rides across waterways.


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    Hotel Mare Liberum, Egmond aan Zee
    www.mareliberum.nl

    Grand Hotel Alkmaar, Alkmaar
    www.grandhotelalkmaar.nl

    Port van Cleve, Enkhuizen
    www.deportvancleve.nl

    Hotel Lemmer, Lemmer
    www.hotellemmer.nl

    Harmonie, Giethoorn
    www.harmonie-giethoorn.nl

    Boetiek Hotel Kampen, Kampen
    www.hotelkampen.nl


    How to get there

    Tour start and end
    Nearest airport: Amsterdam Schipol Airport
    Nearest train station: Zaandam central station

    Tips on getting to and from your tour

  • Dates

    Daily: May 1 - Oct 2, 2022 & April 1 - Sep 30, 2023 (minimum of 2 participants)

    Prices

    • Tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 1063

      Extra Nights, Enkhuizen

      Per person, double occupancy € 95

      Discounts

      Child, ages 0-5 sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price) € -485
      Child, ages 6-12 sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price) € -385
      Child, ages 13-18 sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price) € -285
    • Prices coming soon. Contact us for a quote!

    Included services

    • 6 nights accommodation with breakfasts
    • Possibility of family rooms (up to 4 people per room) in all stages except Giethoorn
    • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    • Pre-tour documentation (tourist and route info)
    • Breakdown assistance
    • GPS with itinerary (per group)
    • Laminated cycling maps (per group)
    • Equipment insurance

    Bike rentals

    The bikes available and included in the cost of the tour are:

    • Koga 8-speed hybrid touring bikes
    • Child bikes (20", 24" and 26"), child trailers, tag-alongs, and child-adult tandems

    Electric bikes, tandems, and road bikes are also available upon request (additional fees may apply).

    All bikes are equipped with a route package including:

    • Cycling maps
    • Handlebar bag
    • Repair kit
    • Pump
    • Water bottle
    • Cable lock

    Additional equipment available upon request for a charge:

    • Saddle bags
    • Helmet
    • Poncho
    • Luggage trailer

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are not mandatory on this tour, but available upon request for an additional charge. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.


    Tour Company

  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    • MMDJ September 1, 2019

      The BEST of Holland

      From the moment we met Peter, we knew that our tour would be wonderful. Everything from the bikes to the GPS to the planning was top-notch. Both two 50-somethings and two teenagers had a tremendous time being outside during the day (taking scenic routes) and in wonderful towns and hotels at night. Truly a great trip! Note that the cycling is a little bit strenuous...not bad, but not nothing, either!

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/18/19
      How many tours have you completed?
      A couple
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • kellyandvicky July 8, 2019

      Well-planned tour that showed the best of Holland!

      We had a wonderful trip through the northern coastal areas of Holland; the route was perfect and the hotels were excellent. More specific to our situation: our children (3 and 5) got a little bored after too much time on the bike, but that is not a fault of the tour operators. I suspect that we are in the minority in terms of age range?

      Having said that, we had a wonderful time and experienced so many things that we know our children (and us!) will remember throughout our lives. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, comfortable accommodations, and the amazing cycling experience that is Holland. I would recommend doing this tour in combination with 1-2 full days in the larger cities so that you get the experience of the smaller towns (and daily life in Holland) in combination with the excitement and sights of the metropolitan areas.

      Specific to cycling: the itinerary and cycling routes were perfect; the tour operators have clearly researched the best paths to take through the country. Coming from the chaotic mess of cycling in America, we were very happy to ride with our children along the suggested routes.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • 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.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June
      How many tours have you completed?
      8
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection