Hello people of expertise!
If you wouldn't mind taking a look at my plan so far - it would be appreciated. Our bike trip will be from April 15 - April 18, 2014 inclusive.
I have two trains of thought as to how we should do this.
Train to Lisse - 1/2 day walk about Keukenhof (pre-buy tickets online)
Train to Leiden - sleep overnight
Day 3, Day 4
Ride from Gouda to Utrecht - overnight (2 nights)
End of Day 4 - return by train to Amsterdam
Rent Bikes at Macbike - Central Station/Amsterdam
Train to Haarlem, Stay four nights
Train to Leiden, Gouda, Utrecht with bicycles (daily) and do day trips in and around each location. Train back to accommodations in Haarlem.
End of Day 4 - train back to Amsterdam
Am a bit leery about cycling on the coast in mid-April - might be chilly?
If we commit to PLan #1 - will need to book accommodations at each location - which will pressure us to get there rain or shine.
Want to see windmills, tulips, nature, castles. At least one of the group don't want to ride more than 30 km/day. Re: Plan #1: What is your opinion on two nights in Utrecht? If not Utrecht, what place would you suggest we stay two nights in.
Can you recommend a bike route book I should buy that is awesome for this area?
Much appreciated, Carol