Tulip roundtrip
    • Travelcode: 444

    Tulip roundtrip

    • From April to mid-May you’re most likely to strike lucky and see the tulip fields in full bloom, although nobody can predict exactly when spring will set in. Opening times for world-famous Keukenhof park vary slightly each year but fall roughly within this timespan. The historical cities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Haarlem are great places to spend an evening, at a pavement café perhaps, weather permitting. On the first cycling day, don’t miss Cruquius (1852), a steam-driven pumping station, built with attention to aesthetic detail, and an important part of our industrial heritage. It was one of three pumping stations devised to drain Haarlemmermeer lake (170km2) which had the nasty tendency to expand and eat up more and more land and villages. The result was vast Haarlemmermeer polder which now harbours Amsterdam Airport, four meters below sea level. In the afternoon you will catch your first glimpse of the tulip fields. The second day of cycling is dedicated exclusively to those famous floral scenes, so you can enjoy them to your heart’s content. The route is quite short allowing for time to visit Keukenhof park. The last leg of the tour takes you from Leiden right across the green meadows and glistening lakes of the rural Green Heart region to Uithoorn. From here the lovely River Amstel will be your guide back to Amsterdam.

       

      Tour profile/Level 1

      The cycle tours are mostly on asphalted, flat and good developed cycle paths and on very calm side roads.

      Day 1: Amsterdam

      Individual arrival. Get here early and opt to wander around the gorgeous and surprisingly peaceful seventeenth century canal ring area (World Heritage Site). If you like bustle, make your way to the city’s famous squares: Dam, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Should you prefer to roam off the beaten track, saunter up Brouwersgracht or hire a canal bike and find out what the city looks like from the water.

      Day 2: Amsterdam - Haarlem, approx. 53 km

      It may be tempting to linger in Amsterdam, but today is the day you get to see your first tulip fields! Set off early to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the lively capital and enter a region called South Kennemerland. Firstly, head for Cruquius, a steam-driven pumping station for a lesson in Dutch water management. Just after the village of Bennebroek you can catch your first short glimpse of the tulip fields. Then veer north and crown your day in the city centre of Haarlem. Look up at the typically Dutch facades on the market square. The city boasts a wealth of art, culture, monuments, restaurants and cafes.

      Day 3: Haarlem - Leiden, approx. 43 km

      Downtown Haarlem deserves to be explored thoroughly. We recommend a city walk to discover the city’s hidden "hofjes”. A hofje is a square of tiny almshouses set around an idyllic courtyard, often built by the church or by private charity to house single older women. Also dating back to the Dutch Golden Age, the works of Haarlem painter Frans Hals (group portraiture) and his townsmen including Jacob Ruysdael (land- and seascapes) and Pieter Saenredam (church interiors) are on display at the Frans Hals museum. In the afternoon get set for a colourful bike trip through the Dune and Bulb Region. Try to time this holiday before mid-May to capture the bulb flower fields in their full splendour! Tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths are grown here commercially (for bulb export) and temporarily transform the landscape into one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions. Leiden is the oldest university town in the Netherlands. It has a very busy cultural events calendar and a friendly city centre with canals, monuments windmills and museums. The historical botanical gardens get special mention.

      Day 4: Leiden - Amsterdam, approx. 58 km

      The route back to Amsterdam takes you past several lakes, across rural ‘Green Heart’, to the River Amstel. On the banks of this lovely river, you will encounter pretty villages and grand country houses. This is one of the greenest routes to get you right into Amsterdam, back to your hotel. As you may have guessed, the city is named after the river. In the 13th century, Amsterdam started out as a fishing village by a dam at the mouth of the river. The oldest part of Amsterdam is around the Oude Kerk (Old  Church), the oldest building in the city.

      Day 5: Amsterdam

      Individual departure or extension.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
      Direct train from Amsterdam Schiphol (aiport) to Amsterdam Sloterdijk 6 times per hour. Duration approx. 22 minutes.
      Price: approx. € 5/one way
      Per taxi approx. 30 minutes. Price: approx. € 50


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Amsterdam Centraal
      Take the bus 22 direction Muiderpoort to Zaanstraat. Bus stops in front of the hotel.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: approx. € 20/day at P+R Oosterdok near Amsterdam Centraal station

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    • Included services:

      • 4 nights in 3-4 * Hotels, private facilities and breakfast
         
      • if booked half-board: 3-course dinner
         
      • luggage transport
      • GPS-tracks available
      • maps and information material per room
    • Extras

      child reduction (two full paying adults in double room)  
      0-3,99 years -100%
      4-11,99 years -20%
      3rd person in double room (12-99 years) -10%
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      24-speed touring bike 48
      Premium bike 80
      E-bike 100
      Children’s / youth bike 40
      GPS rental 20
         
      Additional nights
      Amsterdam (dbl/sgl) 70/100
      supplement extra night Amsterdam saturday (dbl/sgl) 20/20
      additional supplement overnight in Amsterdam (dbl/sgl)* 60/60

      * April 10.-13., April 25, May 01.-04., August 01.


      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • 3-4* hotels, private facilities and breakfast

      Hotel examples:

      Amsterdam: Westcord Art Hotel
      Haarlem: Hotel Lion d’Or
      Leiden: Best Western Hotel Leiden

      Please take note that all hotels mentioned above are hotel examples only. Your will find your definite hotel on the hotel list in your travel documents. Subject to modifications.

      selected 3-4* hotels

      Amsterdam
      Hotel example:  Westcord Art Hotel

      Haarlem
      Hotel example: Hotel Lion d’Or

      Leiden
      Hotel example: Best Western Hotel Leiden

      Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 24-speed-bike with hand brakes
      • Premium bike, lightweight 27-speed bike with disc brakes
      • E-bikes unisex (on request)

      E-bike

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.


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