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Short Holiday in Holland,advice please

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Judyanngee, 3 Aug 2016.

  1. Judyanngee

    Judyanngee New Member

    Hi, I and my friend are "novice" riders (one 20km ride a week)

    We would like to go to Holland for a 2 night break, hiring bikes whilst there.

    Can anyone recommend/advise us of where to fly to/where to stay/ where to hire bikes.

    Sorry for the big ask. I've looked at arranged holidays but I can't find one for only 2 nights (can't do longer due to my friends partner's work and children)

    Thank you for any help
    Judy
     
  2. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    If you only have two nights, I would fly to Amsterdam and use the city as your base for cycling. There are numerous places to hire bikes. It's a wonderful place and you can visit other cities nearby using the extensive network of cycle routes. I stayed at the Hotel van Onna which was cheap, central, and basic, but that was a while ago. Friends have rented apartments but I don't have any details. Have fun.
     
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  3. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire Staff Member

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    I went to Delft in May and enjoyed it. We hired bikes from Halford (different logos etc, does not appear to be the same chain as we have here!). There were lots of places to hire bikes, and there are lots of cycle tracks etc.
    However if you don't have much time, then staying in Amsterdam would be better, as slowmotion says - you won't spend too much time travelling then.
     
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    Judyanngee

    Judyanngee New Member

    Thanks both of you for your replies, I'll discuss with my friend (I think that she had visions if cycling through tulip fields) lol
     
  5. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire Staff Member

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    Cycling through tulip fields can be done - but not at this time of year!*

    * well you can, but the tulips will not be in flower!
     
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  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Amsterdam - Hotel Van Onna is great. Hotel Hegra is also good and also on a canal street. Stayok Vondelpark is in a good location.
     
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  7. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Two nights is effectively one day. If you want to go cycling on that day, fly to Amsterdam, hire a bike from the first rental shop you trip over in the morning and pedal to Zandvoort on the coast, lovely beach. It's 30km but you can have a break in Haarlem. Get the train back if you must. Alternatively, head north from Adam towards Edam, Volendam, Hoorn, but 20km is not going to get you very far.
     
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  8. mixtetape

    mixtetape Active Member

    Location:
    London
    We rented 2 dutch bikes from the Black Bicycle co (I think that was the name) and had a lovely 2 days cycling around Amsterdam. Those were quite heavy though, don't know if I would have taken them out of town (oh, and we had to leave id with them as deposit, which was fine but caught me unprepared). Hope that helps!

    Ps and definitely second the Vondelpark
     
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  9. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    I would spend my two days exploring Amsterdam on two wheels. It's a fantastic city to visit, even if you don't spend time visiting the museums.

    Top tip: don't waste time going to the Anne Frank House. A tourist Hell!
     
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  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I wouldn't miss it. If you book in advance the queues aren't a problem.
     
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  11. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    Fair enough. I'm afraid that the naked commercialisation made me queasy.
     
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  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Rotterdam is an attractive city too. For a day out from there you could take the fast ferry from the landing place beside Erasmus Bridge to Dordrecht. After exploring this ancient city you have the choice of several cycle routes back to Rotterdam.
    https://en.rotterdam.info/
    I have found the Euro Hotel suited me and notice they rent out bikes, although I used my own when staying there.
    http://eurohotelcentrum.nl/?lang=en
     
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  13. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    Bumping this up as I'm looking to do a very similar trip. I'm looking to fly to Amsterdam on a Monday, home on Wednesday. We wouldn't be able to get the kids looked after for any more than that.

    I was thinking of staying somewhere walkable from the airport on the first night or at least somewhere with airport transfers. Then Tuesday morning, find somewhere to hire bikes and ride to Utrecht and check into a hotel there for a night. Next day, ride back into Amsterdam, few hours in the city then flight in the late evening.
     
  14. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    The train from Schiphol to Amsterdam is cheap, quick and regular.

    In Amsterdam, for cheap accommodation in a great location, check http://www.hotelvanonna.nl/eng_route.html .
     
  15. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Legendary Member

    The trains are every 10 minutes Airport - Central Station but if you want to stay near the airport in a hotel without the airport prices , theres a few in Hoofdoorp which is 5 minutes away and all have airport transfers.