They say that God created the world, but the Dutch created Holland. This is especially true of North Holland, a province of wild sand dunes, pristine coastline and picture postcard countryside, more than half of which has been reclaimed from the North Sea. This flexible, independent cycling tour follows a clockwise loop from Haarlem, taking in lighthouses, canals, sweeping beaches and floating houses. En-route, you'll pass fields ablaze with lavender, lillies and tulips (according to season) and stop off at heritage-rich towns filled with markets, cathedrals and musical bells. It encompasses Holland's dramatic seafaring legacy with ports and marinas at every turn - the C17 Dutch East India Company fleet was based in Hoorn, which gave its name to Cape Horn in South America.
There is nowhere in the world that caters so enthusiastically to cyclists, right down to cycling traffic lights! The cycling paths are fabulously flat, meaning it's a great choice for families, first-timers or people who haven't been on a bike in years! All routes (except day 3) can be shortened on the train if you wish, while easy-to-follow signposts combined with pinpoint accurate maps make adapting your day incredibly simple.
Extra nights can be arranged in any of our overnight stops, so you can tailor your holiday to suit. A mixture of traditional and boutique hotels await in Haarlem, Alkmaar, Hoorn and Edam and Amsterdam. Evening meals are included in Alkmaar* and Edam. All other overnight stops have some great restaurant choices on the doorstep.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Amsterdam's world-famous canal ring and the city is hosting lots of activities and events throughout 2013. Visit www.iamsterdam.com to find out more!
* In Alkmaar, only on the first night of the 8-night itinerary.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Hotel Lion d'Or, Haarlem|
|Tour Ends||Hotel Lion d'Or, Harrlem|
|Rail Options||Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Then bus Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Haarlem, 40 mins (taxi to hotel, 5 mins, pay locally). Return: Rail Haarlem to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport by bus, 40 mins.|
|Rail Supplement||Bus tickets from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Haarlem, pay locally. Allow approx 8 Euros per person (US$10) round trip.|
|Singles||Add $77 per night. 8 night version, add $77 per night.|
|Other details||This holiday may be adapted into an 8 night version - add $425 per person to the tour price. Room upgrade is not available on this holiday.|
|Hotels||**** (1 night), AAAA (1 night), *** (4 nights)|