FAMILY VACATION

Netherlands Family Vacation

  • 7 Days
  • 18 People Max

    5 - 18 guests

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Trip End: Amsterdam, Netherlands
holland biking adventure tour

Emerald pastures, peaceful meadows, quaint villages, and working windmills create the quintessential Dutch backdrop of this Netherlands family vacation.

Beyond the quaint canals of Amsterdam, The Netherlands’ pristine northern territories open their arms with irresistible wonders and charm. Cycle on well-marked bicycle paths along the Zuiderzee, past windmills, through forests and verdant pastures, to remote hamlets and cobblestone villages. Along the way, flowers greet you at every turn. You’ll enjoy this easygoing family bicycle vacation in what we consider our European homeland! Relax and enjoy the refreshing sea breezes, lovely inns, and tasty local fare while we handle the details of this unforgettable family vacation through the Netherlands.

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Netherlands Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands Trip End: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day 1Arrive in Amsterdam, cycle near Haarlem and along the coast

  • Day 2Bike from De Rijp to Enkhuizen, visit a windmill

  • Day 3Ferry to Stavoren, cycle along lake Ijsselmeer

  • Day 4Cycle through the canal-laced village of Giethoorn

  • Day 5Visit a bird sanctuary, cycle through dreamy hamlets to Exloo

  • Day 6Ride through moors to the village of Eext, visit Emmen outdoor market

  • Day 7Transfer to Amsterdam, depart home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Amsterdam, cycle near Haarlem and along the coast

    We meet in the morning in Amsterdam. After a short transfer out of town, start biking near Haarlem. Get ready for an incredible bike ride along the coast. Manicured bike paths lead the way through cresting dunes and lively beach resorts, then wind through some of the loveliest neighborhoods in all of Holland. There’s also the possibility to visit the Keukenhof tulip fields in the spring. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner with the rest of the group.

    Hotel Lion d’Or, Haarlem

    Biking: Up to 46.6 kilometers (up to 29 miles), easy

  • Day 2

    Bike from De Rijp to Enkhuizen, visit a windmill

    Start biking in De Rijp, a colorful town with green gabled houses and a long whaling heritage. After visiting a working windmill, cycle over canals and wooden drawbridges to sea-faring towns like Schermerhorn and Hoorn. For lunch, enjoy local fare at a cafe in Hoorn. Spend tonight near the picture-perfect harbor of Enkhuizen.

    Hotel Suydersee, Enkhuizen (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: Up to 50 kilometers (up to 31 miles), easy

  • Day 3

    Ferry to Stavoren, cycle along lake Ijsselmeer

    Board the ferry to Stavoren, then bicycle along Lake IJsselmeer on small roads and dikes to the old port of Hindeloopen. It’s the perfect chance to learn a bit of history and visit charming towns steeped in tradition. Settle for the night overlooking the yachts of Lemmer. Take advantage of a night on your own to explore the town center.

    Hotel Iselmar, Lemmer (Breakfast)

    Biking: Up to 63 kilometers (up to 39 miles), easy

  • Day 4

    Cycle through the canal-laced village of Giethoorn

    Today’s carefree bike ride leads through forests and watery landscapes highlighted by a visit to Giethoorn. Known as the Venice of Holland, it is a wonderful canal-laced village with thatched houses and humpback bridges. This evening we’ll stay at the grand Kasteel de Havixhorst.

    Chateau De Havixhorst, Staphorst (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: Up to 80 kilometers (up to 50 miles), easy

  • Day 5

    Visit a bird sanctuary, cycle through dreamy hamlets to Exloo

    Start the day greeting hundreds of storks and peacocks at a bird sanctuary on the grounds of your hotel. Then spin along forested bicycle paths through dreamy hamlets tucked deep in the woods. Visit the craft village in Orvelte before continuing on to peaceful Exloo and our cozy hotel, and later a dinner of savory Dutch pancakes.

    Hotel De Hunzebergen, Exloo (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: Up to 64 kilometers (up to 40 miles), easy

  • Day 6

    Ride through moors to the village of Eext, visit Emmen outdoor market

    Today’s ride travels on dramatic moors dappled with purple heather and dotted with prehistoric stone beds. Later, head over to the outdoor market in Emmen and visit its outstanding, prize-winning zoo. Then follow fertile pastures and dense woodlands to the thatched village of Eext. Back in Exloo, share memories of the trip as everyone enjoys a farewell dinner together.

    Hotel De Hunzebergen, Exloo (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Biking: Up to 43 kilometers (up to 27 miles), easy

  • Day 7

    Transfer to Amsterdam, depart home

    Enjoy breakfast before your guide transfers you to Amsterdam for your departure home. The two-and-a-half-hour shuttle will give you plenty of time to relax and reflect on your trip before heading home.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

    Notes: *Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate.

Netherlands Family Vacation Departure Dates

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Discounted child prices are available for children 12-years-old and under. Click the BOOK button for your preferred departure below to see child prices.

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip we'll meet you in the lobby of Sir Albert Hotel at 8:30am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Amsterdam for your pre-night, but you must get to the pick-up point at the pre-designated time.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Amsterdam Airport in time for flights below, Amsterdam train station or a hotel of your choice in Central Amsterdam around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Amsterdam at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the host city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Amsterdam after 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per Trip Leader/guide, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

benefit wow

"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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