At Cyclingholidays Groningen you have come to the right place for the most beautiful individual cycling holidays in the province of Groningen and surrounding. Comfortable cycling with friends, your partner or family. Or all by yourself to enjoy the peace and relaxation that an individual cycling holiday offers you.
Cyclingholidays Groningen provides the most beautiful routes on quiet back roads or cycle paths. Enjoy the beautiful nature and the interesting sights of each region
Stay in carefully selected accommodations during our hotel cycling holidays. Cycling from one luxury pitch or from hotel to hotel.
If you opt for a trek, the luggage will be transported for you. You only take the necessary supplies with you for the day. Relaxed cycling without luggage: after all, it's a holiday! Luggage transport is included in the cycling holiday. You will then find the luggage at your next hotel.
Whether you prefer to go on a cycling holiday with your own bike or opt for the convenience of a rental bike: it is all possible at Cyclingholidays Groningen. Renting an e-bike is also possible. Nothing stands in the way of a great cycling holiday!
We take good care of you when traveling. We are available 24/7 in case of problems during your cycling holiday. You are in good hands with Cyclingholidays Groningen.
Of course we will not send you on your way without providing you with good travel documents / route directions. You will also receive great tips for on the road and tourist information. This allows you to get the most out of your cycling holiday.
Would you like to give a personal touch to your cycling holiday or add a bit of customization? You can give all our cycling tours your own 'twist' in one way or another. Extend, upgrade, extras: you name it. At Cyclingholidays Groningen we like to think along with you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We can be reached by phone from Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h30 on:
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Welcome to all cyclists
So you want to find out more about cycling (holidays) in the Netherlands? Great! Because there is a real cycling culture in the Netherlands. People don’t just cycle for leisure here, but also to get about and commute to work. You will see all kinds of cyclists on the road: office workers with briefcases slung over their shoulders, students with their school bags secured on the back of their bikes, mothers on carrier bikes with their children, dog owners with their pooches in dog trailers. And let’s not forget the many recreational cyclists.
The Netherlands is the perfect place to explore by bike. The country has many cycle paths and signposted cycle routes, the landscape is flat, distances are short and there is lots to see and do along the way. So come visit the Netherlands and get on a bike! This is how our tours work:
Day 1 of your holiday is arrival day, the day you travel to the starting point of your tour. We haven’t planned any cycling on this day. A town selected by us as starting point for a tour is easy to reach by public transport unless otherwise specified. For those arriving by car, a parking place is not possible to reservate. Not all the hotels have free parking spots.
Should you wish to start your tour at a different town on the route from the one we have assigned as the starting point, this can usually be arranged. However, please keep in mind that it will not always be possible to rent our bikes at an alternative point of departure. Nor is free parking at the hotel guaranteed. Please contact us for further details.
The name and address of our bank is:
ING Bank N.V.
1000 BV Amsterdam
Iban nummer: NL16 RABO 0364 3612 55
T.N.V. De Fietsvakantiewinkel B.V.
Do you wish to insure your bike against theft? The cost is € 3,- per day per bicycle.
For an electric bicycle: € 6,00 per day per bicycle. Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance.
The easiest way to book your bike holiday, is to fill out our online booking form. But feel free to use e-mail or phone if you prefer. The booking will be definitive and irrevocable as soon as the booking confirmation has been sent to you. Please also read our Conditions of Booking. Should you wish to make changes to your booking, this will be possible up to 14 days before the start of the holiday (if the hotels are still able to accept the changes). We charge €25, - per booking for processing the change irrespective of the number of participants.
If you want to change a Boat Bike tour to a normal bike tour, we will see this as a cancellation of your booking.
We advise that you bring your own puncture kit in case you have to fix a flat tire. For minor repairs you can turn to a bicycle repairman. For anything bigger, call our service hotline.
Mile after wonderful mile of untroubled cycling is what we would wish our clients. However there is a minimal chance of breakdown along the way. If this thought is a nagging worry to you, a Bicycle Breakdown Assistance insurance policy may ease your mind. If you buy this insurance from our partner FietsNED in advance, their service is as follows. The costs are €3 per bicycle per day. If your bike breaks down by the roadside a FietsNED bicycle repair man will drive to you in his repair van and fix your bike so you can continue your tour. You won’t have to pay him repair costs. If you are cycling on your own bicycle you will be charged for any new spare parts your bike may require. If you are renting a bicycle through Cyclingholidays Groningen any new parts are at our expense. If it turns out the bicycle cannot be repaired on the spot, or if you can't continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.
Some of our bike tours are suitable for families with children. We rent out child bikes, child seats, trailers and trailer-bikes.
If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear.
For € 12,- a day you can hire a 24-speed gear bike.
An e-bike is € 25,- a day.
For photographs, see our website.
You will receive your rental bike at the start of your holiday and return it before you go home. All bikes are provided with chain locks. If a rental bike gets stolen or damaged, we will hold the client responsible. If your insurance does not cover this event, you will have to pay the costs yourself.
The last day of the holiday is departure day: the day you check out of the hotel and travel home. We have not planned any cycling on this day. Rental bikes will not be available to you on this day.
A child aged 0-4 sharing a room with its parents: free
For a child aged 4-11 sharing a room with its parents: 20% discount For an extra bed in a double room, the third person of 12 years or older gets 10% discount
For groups of Seven or more, who book a holiday together, Cyclingholidays Groningen offer group discounts:
• Seven or eight people: 7% off per person
• Nine or more people: 10% off per person.
It is possible to stay extra nights at any of the hotels on your route at the cost of € 70,- per extra night per person (based on a double room).
The starting date is flexible: set off any day between April 1st and October 1st. Moreover, your point of departure is also flexible. Should you wish to start your tour at a different town on the route from the one designated by us, this can be arranged. However, please keep in mind that
a) free car parking will not be not possible in all the cities;
b) nor will it be possible to rent our bikes at an alternative point of departure; so bring your own or arrange to rent one elsewhere.
The total amount due must be in our possession 6 weeks before the start of your cycling holiday. The deposit is 15% of the total amount (minimum €100,-) and is due no later than ten days after receipt of our booking confirmation.
After a wonderful day’s cycling, there’s nothing like a comfortable and pleasant hotel to top off the experience. We make a point of selecting hotels that have a good atmosphere and ample luxury and comfort. You will stay in hotel rooms with en-suite shower/toilet or bath/toilet. In the booking form you can opt for just bed and breakfast or choose to also have your evening meals at the hotels.
For a holiday without a care, you need to set off well insured because in the event of unexpected incidents you’ll want help. Moreover, it is in your best interest to limit your financial risk as much as possible in case of cancellation or other unforeseen circumstance. We recommend to take out a travel insurance at home before your trip starts. We do offer the possibility to take out a cancellation insurance with us.
For the most part, our tours follow the Knooppunten cycling routes. Holland has an elaborate system of numbered crossroads / intersections with signs for cyclists indicating the way to connecting crossroads. On paper it will look something like this: knooppunt 61 - 70 - 71 - 72 - 73 - 47. When you arrive at intersection 61, another sign will point the way to the next intersection (70) where you will find another sign (71) pointing the way to the next intersection etc. It’s a very good system! Occasionally, these Knooppunten cycling routes run parallel to LF routes. Due to road works or temporary closure of a road it may not always be possible to follow the original routes. Where possible, we will provide you with an alternative route.
LF cycling routes form an extensive national network and can be identified by special signs. They show you around the Netherlands in all its diversity: natural areas and farmland, as well as pretty towns and villages. The routes follow quiet, safe back roads and segregated cycleways.
Your luggage – one suitcase per person (max. 20 kilo) – will be transported by us from hotel to hotel. The luggage is picked up after 9 a.m. and usually delivered to your next hotel before 5 p.m.
If you wish to bring more luggage, please let us know in advance. This is possible for an extra fee of 5 euro per bag per day.
We will handle your luggage with care. With normal use scratches, dents and other minor damages of your suitcases can occur. For this, we are not responsible. For large damages you can file a claim with your travel and/or luggage insurance.
As soon as we can confirm your holiday, we will send you the travel agreement (contract) per e-mail. It will stipulate the sum of your down payment, to be paid immediately. The down payment is 15% of the total price of your holiday plus insurance premium if you want to buy travel insurance. For bike & boat tours the deposit is 30%. The remaining sum is due no later than six weeks before the starting date of your holiday.
After the booking is confimed by us, you will receive the log in information for My FVG, your personal holiday page.
On My FVG you can see a lot of payment options to make it easier for you to transfer the money.
The name and address of our bank is:
ING Bank N.V.
1000 BV Amsterdam
Account Number: 9679616
BIC (Swift code): INGBNL2AXXX
Most hotels don’t accept pets. If you want to take your dog with you on your holiday, please contact us to discuss the options.
We have assigned an official point of departure to every tour. However, should you wish to start the tour at a different stop on the route, this can be arranged. Please note that rental bikes are not available at these alternative points of departure. Moreover, we only transfer luggage from and to hotels on the route.
We have a wide range of rental bikes. Click on Rental Bikes to check them out.
Most of our tours are round tours, i.e. the hotel where you start your holiday is also the hotel you return to at the end. Free parking is not standard for all our tours. The hotels in Groningen and Pieterburen have free parking. Most of the other locations will charge costs for a parking place.
After full payment has been made, we will send you the hotel list per e-mail. The complete route package incl maps etc. you will find in the first hotel when you arrive.
For group bookings (10 persons or more) different cancellation terms can apply.
Cycling by Numbers - Finding Your Way!
How does it work?
It’s really easy. The Dutch have a brilliant system for navigating the cycling path network!
Main intersections in the bike track network have been assigned a number. You’ll find them on the map we provide you with.
These are examples of the kind of signs you will see on your tour:
At every numbered intersection there’s a big sign with a map of the surroundings where you can see where you are and what options you have, just like on the map that we provide you with.
In the picture above, the bottom three signs refer to fixed routes. For our tours, we sometimes use a combination of cycling-by-numbers and fixed routes, sending you along short stretches of long-distance LF routes, for example. This works just fine because the two systems tie in nicely. You’ll also find written directions in your Route Pack.
Look here for a little Dutch movie about the numbers system:
We have cycle tours for cyclists of all ability levels, as our tours have varying degrees of difficulty.
We have listed explicitly all the daily cycling distances for each tour. Please study them carefully before you decide on a holiday. Moreover, you may want to take into consideration how much time you want to spend sightseeing in relation to the hours spent cycling. Remember, you can always book an extra night if you need more time to see the sights.
Many people presume that the Netherlands are flat. In the west of the country this is indeed the case, with the exception of the dunes all down the coast. However, the east of the country may require slightly more pedal power. The Veluwe area is on a low ridge; and South-Limburg province is known and loved for its rolling landscape. As a rule, if you book a holiday in the east of the country, it’s best to expect a gentle incline or two.
On the whole, it is hard to predict how cyclists will experience the level of difficulty of their tour. It depends on a range of factors, some of them subjective. To name but a few:
The classification below should be regarded as a global indication of cycling difficulty levels and is intended only to help compare the tours in this brochure.
This is an easy cycling trip on relatively flat terrain, suitable for people with little or no cycling experience. Daily cycling distances span roughly 30-50 km.
The terrain could be slightly hilly or daily distances are higher (roughly 60 km a day with exceptions until 75 km). It is possible that you will encounter a short incline from time to time. With some cycling experience you should easily be able to handle this level. Daily distances span 30-65 km.
You can expect a journey through hilly terrain with regular climbs, some of them strenuous even to the point of perhaps having to get off and push for a bit. Daily cycling distances span 30-50 km.?
This is the highest level for the flat tours. Terrain is flat but daily distances will raise to a span of 60-100 km.
Hilly to mountainous terrain. Inclines are longer and steeper than in level 3. A good level of physical fitness and a bike with alpine gearing is a must. Daily cycling distances can vary from 30 to 80 km.?
Stages on mountainous terrain with long and heavy climbs. This level is only for really well-trained cyclists.
If the starting point of your tour is Groningen and Pieterburen Bruges, you can rent a GPS device from us when you book your tour. After picking it up at your first hotel, mount it onto your handle bars and you’re off! Navigation has never been easier.
At the end of your tour you can hand over your GPS to the reception of your last hotel.
The easiest way to book is to fill out online booking form. But you can also send us a message by e-mail or just give us a ring. Your booking will be irrevocable as soon as we send you the booking confirmation.
After receiving our booking confirmation, kindly transfer 15% down payment per person (minimum €100,-) as soon as possible. For bike & boat tours we ask 30% down payment. The remaining sum is due not later than 6 weeks before the start date of your cycling holiday as stated in the booking.
Should you wish to make changes to your booking, this will be possible up to 14 days before the start of the holiday (if the hotels are still able to accept the changes). We charge €25, - per booking for processing the change, irrespective of the number of participants.
If, due to unforeseen circumstance, we are forced to deviate from the published route descriptions, participants will be informed a.s.a.p.
Prices are per person, unless otherwise specified, and based on two (or more) adults sharing a room. We do not charge you extra for taxes, administrative booking fees, etc. You will receive one Route Pack per room.
If you are travelling alone, we will calculate a surcharge that takes into account the additional costs for luggage transport, single room and Route Pack.
It is possible to stay extra nights at any of the hotels on your route.
Extra nights cost € 70,- per person per night for a double room and breakfast.
Cyclingholidays Groningen/Fietsvakantiewinkel (Chamber of Commerce registration number 30088748) is a registered participant of SGR. You can verify this on www.sgr.nl. Holidays listed on this website are covered by SGR’s guarantee, within the terms of the SGR guarantee scheme. Under SGR’s guarantee, consumers shall have their prepaid travel sum refunded if their counterparty is unable to fulfil its contractual obligations due to financial inability. Insofar as the agreement includes the transport and the destination has already been reached, the return trip will be arranged. A mandatory SGR contribution of € 5 per person will be charged when booking, for the benefit of the SGR fund.