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Northern Holland 5-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1

  • 5days
  • Netherlands

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Self-guided Level 1 Cycling Tour in Northern Holland

This is Holland at its wettest and flattest! This part of North Holland province fits the image that most foreigners have of Holland. The polders, often consisting of many rectangles of damp meadows separated by ditches, are encompassed by dikes and canals. When you cycle on a dike you’ll be able to see the difference in water levels between the canal on the one side and the lower lying ditches in the polder on the other side. This cycle tour will also take you to the dunes on the North Sea coast which not only protect the hinterland from the sea but also harbour many species of dune flora and fauna. You will certainly enjoy the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now Lake IJsselmeer) and the small towns of Edam and Volendam. Your bike holiday would not be complete without a visit to attractive Amsterdam. As on all carefree cycle tours, luggage transfer and excellent accommodation is provided.  

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 4 Nights included
  • 3/4 Star Hotels
  • Tourist tax
  • Breakfast included
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • 7-days a week service-hotline
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel (1 piece, 20kg per person)
  • Alkmaar
  • GPS tracks

Not included in the tour:

  • Any ferry crossings are not included
  • Parking possibilities at the hotel (fee-paying)
  • Bike rental
  • Bike theft insurance - 12-24 EUR
  • Helmet - 10 EUR
  • Extra nights


  • Extra night in Amsterdam with breakfast - 75 EUR p.p
  • Stay in Amsterdam on Saturday - 22 EUR surcharge
  • Child bike - 44 EUR
  • Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • The train from Schiphol to Alkmaar departs 2 times per hour. Travel time is about 50 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €10- per person excl. bicycle.
  • For dates: 8,9 & 10 April, 22 April, 18 May and 28-29 May a minimum stay of 2 nights in a row is required in the hotel in Amsterdam
  • Daily departure from April to 26 September 2023

Please book your hybrid bike (52 EUR)  or e-bike (108 EUR) when booking the tour: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Alkmaar.

    Time to settle into your hotel

  • Day 2

    Alkmaar - Amsterdam 62 km

    This stretch of the tour is very diverse. Zaanse Schans is a recreated (inhabited!) neighbourhood in the style typical of this area on the River Zaan in the 17th-18th Centuries: beautiful dark green wooden buildings, bridges and windmills. There are lots of things to see, including clog, cheese and tin making demonstrations. From here, make your way to Amsterdam. Amsterdam will welcome you with romantic canals, bridges and... more than 800,000 bicycles! Amsterdam is for exploring. There is so much to see and do. Whether you like, art, culture, an evening out or just looking around the canal area, you will have a great time. A canal boat trip is a great way to get a better look at the canal houses.

  • Day 3

    Amsterdam - Volendam 35 km

    Today you will cycle past and through villages such as Durgerdam and Volendam along Lake Markermeer. The beautiful stone houses in the distinctive heart of catholic fishing village Volendam seem to have been drawn up without an organised street plan. "De Dijk, overlooking the harbour, attracts many tourists who browse the souvenir shops and have a break at a pavement cafe or restaurant.

  • Day 4

    Volendam - Alkmaar 60 km

    On this coast to coast bike trip you will cycle right through the province of North Holland from east to west. You will enjoy different landscapes, from the coast of Lake Markermeer, through polders such as Schermer and Beemster (a World Heritage Site!) which were drained many centuries ago, do the flowers (April/May) behind Heiloo/Alkmaar. Cycle atop the old "sea dike of former Zuiderzee. Edam is a pretty, historical village. In its heyday, in the 17th Century Golden Age, it was a town of shipbuilders and traders. The well-preserved buildings you will see in the centre date back to this period. Go for a stroll and enjoy the bridges, squares, gables, canals and other monuments. In summer you will love the weekly traditional cheese market on Wednesdays.

  • Day 5

    Return Home

    After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Sep 18 2023 Sep 22 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 19 2023 Sep 23 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 20 2023 Sep 24 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 21 2023 Sep 25 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 22 2023 Sep 26 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 23 2023 Sep 27 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 24 2023 Sep 28 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 25 2023 Sep 29 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€
Sep 26 2023 Sep 30 2023 12 Single rooms 580€
Double rooms 460€

Car rental in Netherlands

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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