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Amsterdam, the dutch golden age

Weesp - Edam - Zaandam

In the area to the north of Amsterdam, there are numerous famous little towns and places such as Volendam, Edam, Monnickendam, the Zaanse Schans windmill group and Marken.

Whilst enjoying these touristic attractions, you can also revel in the historical town of Hoorn, Weesp, the medieval Muiderslot Castle and the picturesque village of de Rijp. All with their own individual cultural and historical background, which makes a visit there so very worthwhile.

Nearly half the area surrounding Edam consists of water, crisscrossed with charming bike lanes giving you not only open grass polders and peat rivers but villages full of colourful wooden houses and traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs shaped like pyramids.



Day 1 Weesp - Edam (45 km)

Your tour starts with a personal bike fitting and a thorough explanation of your tour at the railway station in the town of Weesp. Weesp is easy accessible from Amsterdam and a popular stop for tourists with its historical center, three full-size historical windmills and a bastion and fortifications, which are part of the Amsterdam Defense line and the Dutch Water Line. After leaving the medieval Muiderslot castle, which is currently a national museum, you cycle towards the northern peninsula of the province of Noord Holland. In earlier times, the fishing village of Monnickendam was an important port, which makes it an ideal stop for either a great lunch or coffee break. Then on to Katwoude, where there are numerous cheese farms welcoming you to drop in for a taste. Finally, onto Edam and its picturesque hotel ‘de Fortuna’, which will be your home for next few days! The restaurant at hotel ‘de Fortuna’ is of outstanding quality and can be highly recommended for that perfect dinner.


Day 2 Edam – Hoorn - Edam (49 km)

After leaving the small narrow streets of Edam, you head towards the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. Lake IJsselmeer used to be part of the North Sea but was dammed off in 1932 by the 32 km-long Afsluitdijk to avoid more flooding after a number of disasters, one of which had happened in 1916. Today it is a fresh water lake. On the halfway point of this tours, you will visit the historical town of Hoorn, which during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ was a major harbour town and important base for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). On your way back to Edam, you cycle more inland to enjoy both the old and more recently reclaimed polders.


 Day 3 Edam – polder landscape - Edam (46 km)

The Dutch polders are unique in the world. The Beemsterpolder is even an UNESCO monument dating back to the beginning of 17th century. The polder has retained its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements – built accord to the principles of classical and Renaissance planning. This polder demonstrates, extremely well, how the Dutch have drained large parts of the country over the years. However, this new reclamation is a great contrast to the older polders you will find near the picturesque villages of Schermerhorn, Graft-De Rijp, which are renowned for their charateristic monuments which boost some of the oldest wooden houses in the province of Noord Holland.


 Day 4 Edam - Zaandam (48 km)

Your final day is perhaps your best ride ever. In less than 50 km, you will enjoy the historical fishing town of Volendam, a ferry crossing, the former island of Marken, picturesque Broek in Waterland, the Twiske recreactional area and finally the famous Zaanse Schans windmill group, so do,wake up early there is lots to enjoy! Volendam is a popular tourist attraction well-known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some of the residents. The ferry connection to the peninsula of Marken takes about 30 minutes and is a great break while cycling. From Marken to Broek in Waterland, you cycle past lovely farmland and after Broek in Waterland, you then head up to the Twiske recreational lakes, which, in the summer time, is an ideal spot for a picnic stop. The last leg of your tour takes you to the Zaanse Schans, with its seven museums and eight different types of windmills.

Starting dates

Daily from April 1 till October 1

Prices in Euro - No peak season charges - Prices include all taxes
Item Price
Per person in a double room   € 550
Single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room)   € 200
Upgrade to E-bike or road bike per person   € 50
Extra nights in Edam per person in a double room   € 75
Extra nights single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room)   € 60
Pre and post tour accommodation in Weesp and Amsterdam   On request
Additional items (extra panniers, helmets, ponchos, extra GPS devices)   Price list
Discount   Amount
Discount by groups of 4 or more   10%

Edam – Hotel de Fortuna ***

Included in this tour

4 days of biking
3 nights in 3 star hotel in town centre
Bicycle rental (with repair kit, pump, lock and water bottle)
Waterproof handlebar bag
Door to door route on GPS device and maps
Personal start and finish
Breakdown assistance and 24/7 help desk
Equipment insurance
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Tissot family, USA
A wonderful trip!!! Thanks to Peter for all his help to make it so special (and for convincing me to do the trip without a tour group). We had such a great time. My two 10 year old girls had such a great fun (and were proud of their accomplishment). It is a of a trip we will all remember. Thanks for everything! I’ve already recommended you to friends.
Sharon Moore
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Brigitte and Francois
Thank you for everything. We packed lots of memories into this trip. It was a grand way to learn about Netherlands and see what a cultured and friendly place it is.
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Susan and Billy Hobart
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Michael and Chau Smith
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Louise Taillard, South Africa
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Barbara Morgan
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Alicia Fuentes
My wife and I just finished a 4 day self guided tour. It was fabulous! Tulip planned a route that we never could have found on our own. The equipment and handling of our luggage made everything easy. We loved the trip!!
Bob Brownson
Thank you Tulip Cycling for a exciting and scenic 5 day tour through part of your beautiful country. Peter’s meticulous organisation and first class equipment made our ride a memorable one.
Geoff and Bethany Canberra Australia
Our friends recommended this cycling trip for my 50th birthday and it was a fabulous celebration-- by far the best family vacation we’ve ever taken! The route Peter crafted for us was perfect-- so beautiful! The hotels were quaint, food was delicious. And our 11 and 12 year old loved riding tandem. I cried when we had to go home. We’ve talked about this trip for months... can’t wait to return. A 5-star experience!
Jane and Mark
The trip overall was our favorite vacation we've ever taken. We feel privileged to have visited. As a lifelong cyclist, it was like visiting the promised land.
Katherine and Stephen Coleman, USA
Thank you for organizing our trip this summer, we had a fantastic time and will definitely return in the future. We had so many good experiences traveling along the countryside enjoying the scenery and weather.
Auburn and Sean Brady, USA
We had a great time in Holland.
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Carvajal family, Mexico
Our memories are still fresh in our minds and we loved every minute of out time in the Netherlands. Your company ensured the cycling portion was flawless and most enjoyable. Thank you for providing top quality bicycles and support equipment.
John and Peg Lalonde, Canada
The tour was wonderful, and I've recommended your services highly to my friends. In particular, the route selection was superb.
Judith Macaluso, USA
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Gillian and John Au, UK
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John and Christine Widdowson, UK
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Martens family, USA
We have recommended your business to many people – as we had a terrific cycling trip, due to your professional organisation and fabulous path routing. The GPS was brilliant and the route really showcased the variety of experiences available in the Netherlands – there is no better way to see a country than through the eyes of a local.
Thank you, again.
Richard Lewis
It was truly an extraordinary journey, where everything was carefully prepared by you and your staff.
We were enchanted by the landscapes of flower fields, windmills, canals, small towns and by the kindness with which we were treated by the Dutch people. It was really unforgettable days that make us want to return, and invite our friends as well.
Emerson de Carvalho
Tailor made tour for 3 days of cycling for my husband, me and teenage son! Fantastic bikes, superb organization!!! A fantastic get away and we just had to show up. Lots of opportunity to add in our own stops along the way, the route details, booked hotels and luggage transport made for a stress free journey. Peter is outstanding and lives what he does. Every detail taken care of do you can just get on the bike pedal away with your GPS route!
We did a six day ride in June to mark my 70th birthday. The accommodations were amazing; small, neat, clean hotels and bed and breakfasts. The GPS was a little iffy for us, but Peter always answered our call for a quick fix! I would love to come back and do another ride.
Terry Dickow
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Julie So
We asked Peter to plan a ride on our tandem from Amsterdam to Ghent, Belgium in 8 days in September 2018. He planned the route, with beautiful maps and excellent GPS, arranged the hotels and the luggage transport. We even go to almost see the King in The Hague.
Only thing he couldn't control was the weather, when a storm blew in from the North Sea. We got a bit wet and wind-blown, but thoroughly enjoyed all of his arrangements.
Dolly Craft
We did the short version of the historic town. It was perfect for us as an American family of four with two teenage kids (13 and 16). If we ever get another chance, we would do it again and probably build in more days to the trip to just enjoy the different towns.
Samantha Pearson
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Natascha Wesch
We were very happy with your cycling service. The e-bikes and GPS were an excellent choice for us as was your instruction at the outset. The Hanseatic tour was very interesting and the countryside beautiful. We particularly noticed how friendly and helpful the people in Holland are. We also noticed a more positive attitude about cyclists by motorists in Holland compared to motorists in Canada.
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