....We have just arrived back home in Australia and are very happy to provide you with some feedback.
Our 'Pearls of Holland' bike tour was probably the highlight of our European holiday. Everything was extremely well organised - bikes great, luggage arrived each night where it was supposed to and Hotels comfortable and well located. The tour itself was extremely enjoyable and well thought out. Canals, meadows, windmills, lakes, gardens, wildlife, town squares - all with easy flat riding. A highlight was Kukenhof ? which nicely filled out one of our days.
We would highly recommend your Company (and this tour) to all of our friends and hope to come back to do some more cycling around Holland another time with Dutch Bike Tours.
Thanks also for all your efforts and prompt responses before we left Australia for Amsterdam. It was much appreciated and it all worked out well...
...The tours in Holland was very good, well organized and we enjoyed the days around Holland...
....We had a great time on our tour. Really enjoyed the diversity of this part of Holland.
Had a few challenges with the signage. In the country we missed a few signposts that may have been hidden by weeds or hedges. In the city the signage was generally good.
Found the hotels very good and nicely located near major attractions. The staff at the hotels were great and our luggage arrived most days before we did. All hotels were aware of my wife's need to eat gluten free and looked after her very well.
Only suggestion that we have is that it might be better for both riders to have the knooppoint instructions. The other thought we had is to maybe push the gps a little stronger. We would likely use it the next time (assuming that feedback is positive about their use). Notice I said next time. :). My wife would like to do another tour in two years time. Time will tell.
Thank you again for looking after this very pleasant part of our vacation. We will indeed refer our friends to your company. By the way the bikes and panniers were excellent....
....Die Radtour hat riesig Spaß gemacht und wir waren von Allem voll begeistert.
Die Beratung und Organisation im Vorfeld war spitze. Wir konnten die 1. und 2. Etappe der eigentlich Tour wirklich gut an einem Tag fahren, so dass wir Tour in 6 Tagen geschafft haben.
Die Hotels waren super, das Personal sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Die Radwege sind sehr gut ausgebaut und mit den Knotenpunkten auch gut zu finden. War man mal wirklich unsicher, wie sie Strecke weiter geht, hat Ihre ausführliche Beschreibung oder unser Navigationsystem mit Ihren gpx.Dateien uns gut weitergeleitet. Einmal fuhr am ersten Tag eine Fähre nicht, da haben wir über Ihre Servicenummer sofort eine Alternativroute an Hand von Knotenpunkten erhalten und sind so gut in Leiden gekommen.
Der Koffertransfer hat super geklappt, die Koffer waren stets vor unserer Ankunft im Hotel. Die gemieteten Räder waren die besten, die wir jemals gemietet hatten.
Der kleine Reiseführer anbei hat auch eingeladen, sich die eine oder andere Sehenswürdigkeit anzuschauen. Alles in Allem hat es uns sehr gefallen und müssen Ihnen ein wirklich großes Lob aussprechen. Wir planen im nächsten Jahr bestimmt wieder ein Radtour in Holland mit Dutch-Bike-Tour. Bis dahin alles Gute und machen Sie weiter so....
....This is to thank you and all at Dutch Bike Tours for the most excellent experience we have enjoyed on our bike tour of Holland.
We were very impressed with the detailed preparation and excellent maps that you provided for our trip. The bicycles were first class and the accommodations along the way were superbly located.
Our luggage was transported faultlessly between each of our destinations, so thanks for doing that so very well.
Special mention should be made of the Best Western City Plus in Gouda, however all places we stayed were most hospitable and the restaurant associated with the BW Museum Hotel in Delft, Le Marriage, provided a very wonderful and memorable dining experience.
You were most helpful after it became necessary to rearrange our travel plans and we greatly appreciate your flexibility in that regard....
....I shall definitely return to visit another area of your wonderful country using Dutch Bike Tours. Your hotel choices were excellent and the hospitality and foods provided were exceptional.
The daily distances you had planned suited me fine as I was then able to explore my destinations after an early afternoon arrival and before the evening meal.
I finally understood your cycle route markings after you provided me with the little numbered sheets in my welcoming pack that I received in the envelope at my first hotel.
Thanks for providing me with a wonderful holiday with so many wonderful memories and photographs....
....Wir waren mit der Tour sehr zufrieden. Der Gepäcktransport hat wunderbar funktioniert. Die Hotels waren sehr gut bis auf das Hotel in Zandvoort. Trotzdem war es eine wunderschöne Radtour!....
...The bikes and hotels were all great and I'm sure we will be back one day. One thing I think you could improve on are the maps from Casa 400 hotel to get to the first numbered cycle route. The photocopy maps were very difficult to follow and the road names too small to read. Hope you don't take this as a criticism as we really had a fab time. Many thanks for all the organising...
....Thank you for your e mail and we are very grateful for the cycling holiday you prepared for us in Holland, which was one of the best holidays my wife and I have had!
We had never been on a biking holiday before, and we appreciated the fresh air, the easy cycling and we found your bikes of the highest quality (much better than our own bikes at home! We wondered whether we could get similar ones for ourselves here in the UK?).
The routes you choose were really nice, and we appreciated being able to spend the extra night in each hotel so we could explore the cities of Amsterdam, Harlem and Leiden, going to various museums, art galleries, churches and concerts etc, not forgetting the wonderful Keukenhof.Again we would like to thank you for your prompt and efficient dealing with all our enquiries and arranging such a lovely holiday for us. We showed some pictures of our travels to the ladies in our church this afternoon and they were very impressed!....
....Danke. Ich hatte eine sehr gute, unfallfreie Woche mit einem bequemen Bike.
Alle Reservationen haben geklappt und das Gepäck war immer rechtzeitig im Hotel und das GPS hat funktioniert.
Die Reise durch Holland hat mir sehr gefallen. Meine Erwartungen sind erfüllt!
Für meinen Geschmack sind die Hotels für Bikesportler eher zu edel. Mir wären kleinere persönlichere Hotels lieber gewesen....
....We have just completed Holland Highlights Cycle Tour.
Firstly we would like to say how much we enjoyed our holiday and would love to do another some time. Thank you for the information that you provided. The acommodation was excellent.
On our last day - Alkmaar to Amsterdam; we followed the route intersection numbers provided with the Knooppunter (an brilliant idea by the way) but this did not take us to the dunes on the North Sea Coast. The intersection numbers took us through Zaanse Schans which matched the 4 pages of route description. Another customer may be upset that they didn't go to the coast!....
....All went well many thanks. GPS was invaluable as through cities, like Amsterdam, the cycle route signs were not consistent and we needed the GPS. I would suggest you advise anyone who thinks they dont need it/can manage with Google maps on an iPad that their routes arent good enough. i.e GPS pretty mandatory.
I think on the first day we should have had someone there who could adjust the bikes or at least give us an Allen key's panner so we could do it ourselves. Not much point having the person meeting you who cant adjust the bikes. Otherwise very enjoyable....
....We had a lovely holiday, thank you.
The hotels were all great - especially nice were the Grand Hotel Alkmaar, and the Hotel Medemblik. We liked that the hotels were all in the centre of town, and it was easy to get out for a walk and see the sights once we had dropped off the bikes. Our baggage was always delivered to the hotel on time for our arrival, and some of the hotels were even kind enough to have placed our bags up in the room ready for us. The bikes were great quality, and we had no trouble navigating once we had worked out the junction system on the first day. The handlebar-mounted junction list was brilliant, and between this and the map, and we rarely bothered to use the detailed written instructions. We especially liked the rides on Days 1 (Alkmaar to Hoorn), 2 (Hoorn to Medemblik) and 4 (Den Helder to Alkmaar). Highlights were the ride along the sea wall between Enzhuizen and Medemblik, and the ride down the coast through the Dunes and Tulip fields from Den Helder to Alkmaar.
Alkmaar, Hoorn and Medemblik were great stop-overs.
For us, this was the first cycle trip we had done, and was well suited to us given the mostly flat terrain, quality bike paths followed on the route, and a manageable distance each day. Due to a great experience we will definitely be looking into more cycle tours with your company in the future....
...All in all it was an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it. However, I am really glad that you asked for feedback as I had one real bone of contention and that was to do with one of my hotels. I would seriously consider taking another tour with your company and I particularly thought the little bottle of champagne was a lovely thought. Thank you for a wonderful tour and hopefully I will have another tour next year...
....Abbiamo avuto una vacanza splendida, grazie!
Gli hotel erano tutti perfetti, soprattutto il Grand Hotel Alkmar e l’Hotel Medemblik: abbiamo apprezzato molto il fatto che tutti gli hotel erano a centro città, ed era facile e comodo per noi uscire a fare una passeggiata a vedere le attrazioni dei vari luoghi dopo che avevamo finito il giro.
I nostri bagagli sono stati consegnati agli hotel successivi in tempo ed alcuni hotel sono stati particolarmente gentili nel portare le nostre valigie già in camera.
Le bici erano ottime e non abbiamo avuto alcun problema nel seguire le indicazioni una volta capito come funziona la segnaletica il primo giorno.
Comodissimi erano gli incroci sul portacartine, e grazie a questi e alle mappe, non abbiamo avuto bisogno di guardare spesso le indicazioni stradali, per quanto dettagliate.
Ci sono piaciute in modo particolare i giri il giorno 1 (da Alkmaar a Hoorn), il giorno 2 (da Hoorn a Medemblik) e 4 (da Den Halder a Alkmaar).
Gli highlight del viaggio sono stati la pedalata lungo la diga tra Enzhuizen e Mdemblik, e quella lungo la costa attraverso le dune e i campi di tulipani da Den Halder ad Alkmaar.
Alkmaar, Hoorn e Medemblik sono villaggi splendidi per una sosta.
Questo è stato il primo viaggio in bici che abbiamo fatto ed è stato perfetto per noi, grazie agli ottimi percorsi prevalentemente pianeggianti e alle distanze non eccessive da pedalare ogni giorno. E’ stata un’esperienza magnifica e sicuramente faremo altri viaggi con la vostra compagnia in futuro....