My husband I will be visiting Europe mid August to first week of September- 3 weeks. Our time will be divided with 10 days in Norway with a family reunion, then 4 days in Brugge (with a day cycling) , then we head off to Haarlem for the last week
We have 6-1/2 days to plan. We have decided to stay in Haarlem and go by train into Amsterdam for day trips to avoid the crowds and have a quieter evenings. i am thinking 3 full sight-see days in Amsterdam might fit our plans - 1 day - a walking tour, canal boat cruise and general walk orientation;a 2nd day to visit the Van Gogh museum (morning) and then afternoon free to enjoy and walk around, a third day to visit the Rijkmuseum (morning) with the afternoon again to enjoy and walk. The free afternoons can be planned in more detail later on. One day we will go to Delf (a close friend is from this town)
Here is what I need help with:
We would like to break up these intense museum days with a couple of more relaxed days with day trip cycling - 30 - 40 km per day is our speed. we would like to see dikes, windmills, and farms land, slow it down and enjoy dutch countryside and smaller villages. we can cycle from Haarlem to the coast - one option. but we would be interested to hear suggestions of day trips to a smaller village with a lovely cycle path to see dutch countryside or sea side . we can cycle from Haarlem, OR can take a train to a town/village and pick up a rental bike there. We enjoy biking but are not super experienced cycler's so want to stay off big and busy roads and pathways. Some of our most delightful memories of days in Europe have been spent cycling in countryside, vineyards and to small villages.
I don't feel like i need to see all of Amsterdam on this trip as we fully expect to be back on other trips. We come to Europe most years for a few weeks
thanks for your cycling day trip suggestions