What to expect
Ride through classic Dutch landscapes of bridges, canals and quietly turning windmills on this relaxing four day tour. Stop off for photos at idyllic fishing harbours, traditional farms and typical dyke-houses, looking out for ospreys and bitterns when you cycle past lakeside marshes. The historic streets of Edam are a great place to stay for a couple of nights, giving you plenty of time to appreciate its 17th century architecture, cafe terraces and famous local cheese.
This flexible tour gives you the option of experiencing either the 17th century mills and warehouses of one of Europe’s oldest industrial regions, or visiting the harbour town of Volendam, where the locals wear traditional dress in summer. Riding into Amsterdam on the last day is a fantastic way to end – you’ll enter the city via the 42 forts and protected lowlands of the UNESCO-listed Defence Line of Amsterdam.
At a glance
- Delicious cheese and 17th century architecture in Edam
- Classic Dutch landscapes of bridges, canals and windmills
- Amsterdam’s museums and a UNESCO listed defence line
- Three days of easy cycling through rural landscapes and towns.
Arrive in Schagen
Make your way to Schagen and look around this historic city, castle, tower and market.
Schagen - Edam
37 miles (59 km)
Cycle south through the gentle landscapes of the Beemster region, passing windmills, traditional farmhouses with pyramid-shaped roofs and the attractive villages of Graft de Rijp and Middenbeemster. Arrive in the historic cheese city of Edam, your base for two nights.
Zaanse Schans or Volendam
29/35 miles (47/57km)
Choose between two routes: ride to the museum village of Zaanse Schans to see working windmills, humpbacked bridges and traditional wooden houses; or head to the harbour town of Volendam, where the locals wear traditional costumes in summer. Take the ferry (pay locally) to the former island of Marken and cycle to Durgerdam village on the marshes of Ijmeer Lake – a good place to see classic Dutch bridges, canals and dyke-houses, as well as bitterns, ospreys and bluethroats.
Edam - Amsterdam
25 miles (40 km)
Cycle south along a quiet route to Amsterdam, passing the UNESCO listed Defence Line of Amsterdam – 135 kilometres of fortifications with protective lowlands that were flooded during war.
Depart from Amsterdam
Check out after breakfast and make your way home or extend your stay in Amsterdam.
3 & 4* Hotels
Stay in small, characterful hotels in the centre of Schagen and at a waterfront location in the old town of Edam, plus a stylish boutique hotel in a chic Amsterdam neighbourhood.
- 2 nights in 4* hotels and 2 nights in a 3* hotel
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transfers included
Dates & Prices
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- 2 nights in 4 star hotels and 2 nights in a 3 star hotel
- Board basis: Bed and Breakfast
- Bike hire
- Luggage transport
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- Tourist taxes
- Flights and transfers
- Cycle helmets
Single and triple rooms available on request - please enquire
Bike Hire & Extras
Hybrid bike with 7 gears, pannier and repair kit included.
Child bikes available on request
3 gears with pannier and bike computer
You can add these when you price your trip
Board upgrade (B&B included)
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A short but very sweet tour of the countryside in North Holland. We stayed in lovely and varied hotels with interesting cycling in between.Cathy Staveley, UK, June 2019
This is my first cycling tour - and I had a great time! The organisation (receiving the bikes, luggage transfer, responding to e-mails etc.) was very smooth. The hotels were decent (we especially liked the one in Amsterdam). The route is wonderful - other than the last few km in Amsterdam you cycle almost entirely either on completely separate cycle paths or on very quiet country roads (with cars passing rarely, and they are very aware of cyclists when they do pass). The views are mostly typical dutch countryside (flat fields with windmills and canals), but we also took the Water Land tour on the second day which has some very beautiful cycling along the sea. In terms of difficulty - this was just right for me (60km a day is longer than what I'm used to - but the route is flat, and if you do it in summer there is plenty of light hours to allow you to do this at a leisurely pace - and there are many nice places to stop along the route). In terms of the cycling instructions - they are very detailed, telling you exactly what to do in each turn, but I think there is still potential to get lost if you try to only follow these instructions. It's worth making sure you have either a dutch cycling map or a gpx file of the route (which the local operator was happy to provide us with) - we used both, and had no problem finding our way.Jill, June 2017