Duration of bike trips: 1/2 or full day, more days

First, you have to decide on the time frame, and the distance you want to cycle.
With ½ day, and from 20 km, a bike tour can include a castle or windmill visit.
This minimum duration for a cycling trip of half a day allows for a good introduction to the country and its history.
To discover my favourite region in all its beauty and variety, you'll need a full day. Now, that doesn't mean at all hard cycling labour. Having a full day ahead of us primarely means we can take it easy. Indeed, cycling a bit more, but with plenty of breaks and stops you'll hardly notice. And a full day brings fortified Naarden within range, one of the beste preserved 17th century fortress towns in Europe.
On a full day we also have more chances of seeing a working windmill.
For an idea of what you can come across on a bike trip, see pictures pages.

A suggestion : if you want to try and taste first, you could choose to have two separate day trips, if desired with a resting day in between.
First trip half day, with not too much cycling, to see how it goes. After that we can decide what the second trip will be like.
You can of course decide that the second day will be no bike trip at all, but a walk instead. In city or countryside.
And if we do have two bike trips, you'll find that they will be very different. Plenty of choices and possibilities around here !
This is a popular option with many guests. Ideal if you're staying around a couple of days.

Multi-day bike tours.
The basic idea of these highly personalised tours is to allow for optimal flexibility regarding route, pace and cycling distance. Global itinerary worked out by mutual agreement, taking interests and time frame into account. The same with places to stay for the night : options are presented in advance with their price tag. You choose, and are fully in control of the costs.
Also during the tour different longer or shorter itineraries remain possible for each day. Even, in most cases, an unforeseen resting day with little or no cycling at all. If you would wish so.
See this review of a five-day bike tour (click here).


Practical points if you decide on a guided day trip

Keep in mind that in Holland adults rarely wear bike helmets for normal relaxed cycling, which is what we're up to on a guided bike tour. Only racers and small children do. Most bicycle rentals, and certainly on the countryside, don't have helmets available.
Important : you are the judge of your cycling skills. But I'm the one guiding you on your day trip. If I think it is unsafe for you to go cycling, you will hear it !
Good to know : at all times a cycling trip is completely at your own risk. Well, walking in town or driving a car is probably more hazardous than cycling in the countryside... But still, especially if you're not really used to cycle, watch out for the unexpected and be careful.
See also : activity and booking conditions ; the small print (PDF).

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