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Short Holiday in Holland,advice please

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

  1. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    Cheers for the tips.

    My trip itinerary has changed I think. I think I'm going to do it with a cycling buddy and stretch it out to maybe 4 nights with 50 - 70 mile days. The most he has ridden in a day is 55 miles but seeing as Holland is flat, an extra few won't kill him.

    My biggest dilemma at present would be whether to take our bikes on Easyjet at £40 each way pp or hire out there. How much would I be expecting to pay for a decent road bike for 4 days hire?
     
  2. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    A lot more than the £80 you would have to pay Easyjet, but if you just opted for a standard Dutch bike,then that would cost less than what you would pay Easyjet!
     
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  3. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Delft is a great little town, would definitely go there again, Amsterdam is not what it used to be.
     
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  4. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Location:
    Knaresborough
    I hired this last time I went to Amsterdam. Cost very little but weighed about the same as a small Landrover. Watch out for the back brake. IMG_2284.JPG
     
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  5. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    ??

    Did you trash it?
     
  6. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    The trip is coming together nicely. I've booked flights early Friday to late Monday to give us 4 days of decent cycling. I've booked a few hotels (with free cancellation just in case of change!) so at the minute it looks like

    Day 1 - Airport to Rotterdam
    Day 2 - Rotterdam to Utrecht
    Day 3 - Utrecht to Huizen
    Day 4 - Huizen to Amsterdam then to airport

    Where we'll go between cities and for how long, will be planned closer to the time but as long as we make our hotel each night everything else is up for grabs.

    I've found road bike hire in Amsterdam for £45 per day but that means going into Amsterdam from the airport, then riding out west afterward. I'm veering towards bike bags and bringing our own bikes. Apparently the airport store bike bags for £6 per night.

    I'll 'Delftinately' take that on board and see if we can plan that into our travels.
    Edit: I see it's between The Hague and Rotterdam so that works well. The canal looks to be a good route on into Rotterdam too.
     
    Last edited: 12 Jan 2018
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  7. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Veteran

    Beware of websites that say you have booked hotels with free cancellation, on Rip off Britian this morning they highlighted when people have booked on the well known hotel booking sites they find when they go to cancel because of change to plans they find they had not been given that option and when asked to check the email they had received in the small print they had indeed been given the none free cancellation option.
     
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  8. Low Gear Guy

    Low Gear Guy Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    The last couple of times that I used a booking website I paid the hotel direct on arrival. Do they take the money if you don't turn up?
     
  9. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    I'll definitely check this up. I've used this booking site before, and have cancelled rooms with no issue previously. Hopefully though, our plans won't change but I always make a point of paying an extra tenner or so to have the option of cancellation if something does change our plans between now and then.

    All the rooms I have booked are pay on arrival. You have to provide a card at the time of booking which I imagine will be used to collect the fee if there is a no show.
     
  10. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Delft is an easy 30 min ride from Rotterdam airport.

    From Rotterdam, you can follow the lek river pretty much all the way to Utrecht.
     
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  11. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Maastricht is well worth visiting (and has the best coffee shop I've ever visited) But I think it's some way from your intended route.
     
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  12. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    Yea, way too far off for a coffee I'm afraid.
     
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  13. Jody

    Jody Über legend of a forum GOD!

    Delft and surrounding areas are so nice. I would love to buy a house there
     
  14. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    You don't go to Dutch coffee shops to get coffee.
     
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  15. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    In the same way that you wouldn't go into a sex shop and ask for sex.
     
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