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Dutch Discovery

Edam, Amsterdam & Gouda
 
Archetypal Dutch landscapes peppered with pretty villages and crisscrossed with canals offer the perfect terrain for cycling – while your luggage is transported, cycle self-guided from Edam to Gouda, with a day in iconic Amsterdam along the way.
Dutch Discovery. 6 nights
Dutch Discovery. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Holland

The country of Holland (strictly speaking 'The Netherlands') – its people, towns, cities and landscape – is so completely cycle-friendly that it seems only natural to discover it on two wheels, and this journey between the two charming ‘cheese towns’ of Edam and Gouda is a truly fascinating adventure. Beginning by the picturesque shores of Markermeer and the marshes of Ijmeer, you pedal via the colourful and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam through the Netherlands’ ‘green heart’, to finish in historic Oudewater, gaining a true flavour of all things quintessentially Dutch along the way.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    It can be sometimes be windy, so we recommend packing a windproof jacket, whatever the time of year.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 5 5 8 12 16 19 21 21 18 14 9 6
    mm 67 46 60 48 52 61 71 70 75 82 88 80
  • Arrival in Edam
    Night 1: at Hotel de Fortuna (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day cycling.
  • Choice of routes from Edam: 48km or 59km

    Circular route from Edam via Zaanse Schans: 59km
    This first option is a pleasant circuit that will take you inland to the historic museum-village of Zaanse Schans, which includes working windmills, hump-backed bridges, traditional green wooden houses and workshops dating back several hundred years, before returning to Edam.

    Circular route from Edam via Marken: 48km
    The second option heads to the harbour town of Volendam, where the local inhabitants wear traditional, colourful costumes throughout the summer. You then continue by ferry (pay locally) to the former island of Marken (now a peninsula), from where you cycle parallel to the waters of Ijseemeer, a good place for bird watching – ducks, geese and waders are common, but you may also spot rare bitterns, ospreys and bluethroats. Finally, you pass through handsome Broek, with its wooden houses, to return to Edam.
    Edam
  • Edam to Amsterdam: 41km
    Leaving Edam, you head south to the fascinating city of Amsterdam along quiet roads and cycle paths, making use of a couple of the cheap river boat services to cross some of the canals along the way. To enter the city, you must pass through the Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam), a 135-kilometre-long ring of fortifications consisting of 42 forts and protective lowlands which could be flooded during times of war. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other places of interest on the approach to the city centre include a tower from where wives bid goodbye to their sea-faring husbands, Amsterdam's oldest market square, a church with connections to Rembrandt, and the green open spaces of Vondelpark. Your destination is the Hotel Apollofirst, where you spend two nights.
    Cycle from Edam to Amsterdam
  • Explore Amsterdam
    Enjoy a day exploring Amsterdam with our included city walking tour around the quieter canals of the western Grachtengordel (canal district). Follow our well-chosen route to discover what life on the canal is really like by visiting the Woonbootmuseum (Wooden Houseboat Museum), before sampling one of the 350 Dutch beers on offer at t'Arendsnert, a friendly Dutch beer cafe.
    Alternatively, you may prefer to wander round the truly spectacular Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, relax at one of the many waterside cafés, or take a boat trip on the canal to admire the terraces of narrow 17th-century merchants’ homes, characterised by large windows and decorative gable tops.
    Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam to Oudewater: 51km
    You leave the city via Beatrixpark, before cycling through typical 'polder' landscapes of central Holland – low-lying areas of canals, small lakes, and meadows grazed by cows. You cycle through Woerden, complete with a castle, before a scenic riverside route leads you to Oudewater, one of the Netherlands’ oldest small towns, famous for its witches’ weighing stool. In the 16th century, women accused of witchcraft came here to be weighed and, if deemed too heavy to fly a broomstick, they were acquitted! Your hotel for your final two nights is the Hotel Abrona in Oudewater.
    The route from Amsterdam to Oudewater
  • Circular route from Oudewater: 53km
    Today, we recommend a picturesque circuit to visit Gouda, passing through the Groene Hart (‘Green Heart’) of the Netherlands, characterised by verdant meadows and narrow blue canals. Every Thursday during the summer, the Gouda cheese market comes to life as farmers wearing traditional Dutch costumes throng in the square weighing and selling their wares. (Alternatively, you can buy cheese from several of the farms that you pass along the way.) You return via the large lakes around Reeuwijk, where beautiful houses sit amid a shimmering landscape of water. A perfect end to your relaxed discovery of this enchanting region.
    Quiet lanes around Oudewater
 

Accommodation

You stay in a variety of accommodation, from cosy, family-run inns to a high-quality city hotel.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 30 March - 30 September 2019

    Start any day except Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    30 March - 25 May £845 £410
    26 May - 7 September £895 £425
    8 - 24 September £845 £410
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £90

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £110 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 30 March - 30 September 2019

    Start any day except Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    30 March - 25 May £1095 £410
    26 May - 7 September £1155 £425
    8 - 24 September £1095 £410
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £115

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: add £110 per person
    Included travel: UK–Brussels (Eurostar), Brussels–Amsterdam (Thalys), approx duration 4h40. Pay locally for bus from Amsterdam station to Edam (0h45), and walk (0h10). Home: Gouda–Brussels (regional rail & Thalys), Brussels–UK (Eurostar) approx duration 6h & taxi transfer from hotel to Gouda station (0h45).

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 30 March - 30 September 2019

    Start any day except Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    30 March - 25 May £1035 £410
    26 May - 7 September £1085 £425
    8 - 24 September £1035 £410
    3rd & 4th person discount -£130
    Single traveller supplement £220

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Electric bikes available: add £110 per person

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel de Fortuna
    Superior: 30 Mar - 30 Sep 2019 £22
    Superior with waterside terrace: 30 Mar - 30 Sep 2019 £28
    Hotel Apollofirst
    Superior: 30 Mar - 30 Sep 2019 £30

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £18pp per day.
    Hotel Apollofirst (B&B) Double room Single room
    30 Mar - 30 Sep 2019 £124 £210
    Hotel Abrona (B&B) Double room Single room
    30 Mar - 30 Sep 2019 £75 £135
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Amsterdam

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Amsterdam. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
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    Belfast Intl. - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Bristol - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Inverness - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Amsterdam Schiphol jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Liverpool - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe 
    London City - Amsterdam Schiphol British Airways 
    London City - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Amsterdam Schiphol British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Amsterdam Schiphol British Airways 
    Heathrow - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe 
    Manchester - Amsterdam Schiphol easyJet 
    Manchester - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Amsterdam Schiphol Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Amsterdam Schiphol Flybe 
    Southampton - Amsterdam Schiphol KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Amsterdam. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Amsterdam

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Amsterdam Schiphol airport to hotel (0h45) £65 flexible
    rail Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Centraal (0h30), bus Amsterdam to Edam (0h45, pay locally), walk Edam to hotel (0h10) £5 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Amsterdam Schiphol airport (1h15) £65 flexible
    taxi hotel to Gouda station (0h45), rail Gouda to Amsterdam Schiphol airport (1h30) £42 1100
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 2 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a Dutch city bike with 7 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. The bike shop also has a limited number of tandems.
  • No. We recommend that you bring your own.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Holland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Dutch is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Dutch time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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