This tour offers you the opportunity to discover historical towns, picturesque villages in country environment, full of nature, water but also dunes and beaches bearing in mind windmills.
These are the typically Dutch ingredients on the Southern Route.
You will discover a diversified tour, guaranteeing you a tourist and cultural discovering of Netherlands.
One day, you will ride relaxed along the canals bordered with reeds, crossing Vecht and Lek rivers and the day after, you will ride through Delft old town from 16th century, Leiden and Harlem. Spectacular, the 18 windmills of Kinderdijk built around 1750.
You will discover Rotterdam by boat, as it must be. You will visit the beaches and dunes of Scheveningen near La Haye. You will live this week like most of the Dutch people : cycling.
- The stages -
Day 1 - Saturday : Amsterdam, boarding the latest at 2 pm, sailing to Haarlem
The first part of the tour you will sail to Spaarndam – known as the village of Hansje Brinker – and from here we make an easy ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem.
Day 2 - Sunday : Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden 45km
Today's trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland and along the Keukenhof. Of course you’ll have time to admire the most beautiful bulb park in the world (tickets are included in the tour price). Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colours ; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres’ background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, narcisses and many other colourful flowers. You spend the night in Leiden which is Rembrandt’s hometown but also Armin van Buuren’s.
Day 3 - Monday : Leiden - Kudelstaart 45km
Today you continue your tour around the Haarlemmermeer. In case you have a lunchstop at the other side of the bridge in Leimuiden. Imagine that this polder once was the biggest lake in Holland and nicknamed ‘the waterwolf’. The cycleroute leads you through the green heart of Holland, an area characterized by small cycle paths, typical black and white cows and despite the work of mr. Leeghwater, a lot of water. Your destination for today is Kudelstaart : a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen.
Day 4 - Tuesday : Visit to flower auction, sailing to Amsterdam and cycling Wormerveer via Zaanse Schans 45km
Every morning „Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer" sets the world price for flowers and plants. As a visitor you can walk over a specially designed gallery to experience the hustle and bustle of demand and supply experience the hustle and bustle lead by the auction clock but also enjoy the gorgeous flowers that are showed in. While flowers and plants start their world tour you will have breakfast while sailing towards Amsterdam. You leave the city behind and continue your tour through lush green polders towards the world famous hamlet of Zaanse Schans. A unique place where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area.
Day 5 - Wednesday : Wormerveer - Alkmaar 45km
From Wormerveer you will cycle through the most beautiful dunes of the Netherlands and if weather permits, you may like to swim in the North Sea during your lunch break at the beach. Today's overnight stay is in cheese town Alkmaar. An historic lively city with many small and bigger shops. A little less than 400 heritage sites, canals and harbour dominate the townscape.
Day 6 - Thursday : Alkmaar - Purmerend 35km
Today you can discover the descent of Beemster cheese and the birthplace of the man who defeated ‘the waterwolf’. The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles. There will be time to visit the windmills at the Rijp and see the house where mr. Leeghwater was born.
Day 7 - Friday : Purmerend - Amsterdam 20 to 35km
Purmerend lies at the edge of an area called ‘Waterland’ where roads and water are nearby on the same level. We visit the nice village of Zunderdorp and Ransdorp. The better cyclists can cycle the long route to Edam and Volendam and if time permits you can cross the lake Gouwzee to admire the traditional fisherman’s village Marken with its typical wooden houses. In Amsterdam you can look back at cycling seven days in great variation of typical Dutch landscapes, towns and many highlights.
Day 8 - Saturday : Amsterdam
Debarkation before 10 AM near Central Station.
1 km = 0.62 miles
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