What to expect
Uncover the very best of Amsterdam and beyond with four optional self-guided cycle rides that tour the towns, coast and countryside around Holland’s capital. Returning to the same Amsterdam hotel each evening, you’ll have time to explore the city's cosy pubs, candle-lit restaurants and stylish galleries.
Take advantage of one of the world’s most cycle-friendly regions, with lots to see along the way including picturesque fishing villages, green countryside and Holland’s famous canals. Cycle along well-marked routes and flat terrain as you ride to the surrounding towns. Visit Edam, famous for its cheeses, the fishing village of Volendam, the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans, medieval Muiden Castle and the elegant city of Haarlem.
At a glance
- Four nights based in the vibrant, cycle-friendly city of Amsterdam
- Windmills, cheese and medieval castles
- Family friendly cycling along flat cycle paths and quiet roads
- Four circular cycle routes to choose from
Arrive in Amsterdam and stroll along the canals and stop for coffees in the squares of the Old Town or hop on your bike and do one of the shorter cycle rides.
There are four fantastic cycle tours to choose from. Here is a suggested itinerary or you can choose your own from the routes provided.
Amsterdam - Volendam or Haarlem – Amsterdam
47 miles (76 km) or 29 miles (47 km)
Head north and cycle through picture-postcard scenery and along the coast of the former Zuiderzee sea to the old fishing villages of Marken and Volendam with their traditional wooden houses. Continue on to Edam, famous for its round cheeses and many draw-bridges.
Alternatively, choose a shorter loop and cycle to historical Haarlem and explore its courtyards, known as ‘hofjes’, and the impressive Grote Markt square.
Amsterdam – Muiden - Amsterdam
39 miles (63 km)
Head east and visit the small town of Naarden, one of the best preserved fortified towns of Europe, with its stone walls and two elaborate star-shaped moats. Ride to the picturesque village of Muiden at the mouth of the River Vecht and be sure to visit its castle built in 1280 before heading back to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam - Zaandam – Amsterdam
29 miles (47 km)
Cycle to the perfectly preserved museum village of Zaanse Schans and visit traditional houses, workshops and see working windmills in motion. Make your way back to Amsterdam where you can enjoy your last night in the canal district.
Depart from Amsterdam
Make your way home after breakfast or extend your stay in Amsterdam.
4 Star Hotel
Four nights based in the same 4 star cyclist-friendly hotel in the green Westerpark area of Amsterdam which is just 10 minutes from central Amsterdam and all its historical attractions.
- 4 nights in a 4* hotel
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Secure bike storage
- Departs any day
Dates & Prices
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- 4 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Maps, route information and information on places of interest (4 different routes to choose from)
- GPS tracks available on request
- Bike call out/breakdown service (if renting a bike)
- Local contact number for general assistance
- Tourist tax
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Ferry crossings
- Parking €15 per day
Child & 3rd bed reduction
- Under 4 years - 100% (cot charges may apply locally)
- 4-11 years - 20%
- 12 years plus - 10%
Bike Hire & Extras
Bike hire includes a pannier, handlebar bag and lock. Bike call out/breakdown service is included when you rent a bike.
Hybrid bike with 24 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
News, Reviews & FAQs
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Do I have to cycle every day?
As you are based in one hotel you can relax on any day you wish.
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What other customers have said
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We chose to be based in Amsterdam for the duration of the tour. It turned out to be a good decision as the weather wasn't at its best. We still went out, but we could choose which route to take to suit the conditions and our enthusiasm. On the days we that we chose not to go too far, we still use the bikes to get around Amsterdam (like everyone else) which proved to be great fun. The hotel was ideal and the staff couldn't have been more helpful.Stephen Murphy, UK, June 2019
An excellent short break based in Amsterdam. The hotel was lovely, and well placed for easy access to cycle routes leading out of the city. The cycling in Holland is fantastic with easily marked, well maintained designated cycle paths and no hills! Daily distances were fine, with the opportunity for short ferry rides - so easy to take bikes on and off the boats, unlike some countries. Cycling in Amsterdam city centre is an experience, maybe not for the faint hearted but confidence grows with practice. This trip would be great for people new to self guided cycling, or for someone like me returning to cycling from serious injury.Sandra Airey, UK, June 2019