Fortified towns and Ancient Fortresses
The New Dutch Water Line dates back to the early 17th century when it was used as a chain of water-based defenses. This tour will take you by many of these strongholds as you cycle through an area filled with classic Holland sights: farm houses, polders and a series of windmills, which you'll see at Gorinchem. The route also takes you past many small villages scattered along the way between the rivers that run through the region. One of the places of interest on this tour is Leerdam, which is known as the "glass town." You'll also pass Utrecht, a city with a rich history and romantic canals. This route avoids rough terrain and is easy to follow. Just like all of our bike tours, you'll find your luggage waiting for you when you arrive at the outstanding accommodations we've provided for you.
Day One: Arrive in Utrecht
You can easily catch the train that originates at Amsterdam Airport, or if you wish to travel by car, you'll find free parking within the hotel in Utrecht.
Sample hotel: Hotel Mitland or Carlton President
Day Two: Utrecht to Gorinchem (58 km)
Fort Rijnauwen is one of many massive fortresses that make up the Dutch Water Line. You'll see the fort in less than 10 minutes after you leave Utrecht on your bike. A trench and a large grounds area surround the fortress. On the grounds there's a wide variety of animals, including deer, grass snakes, kingfishers, bats and weasels. The area was closed to tourists for several years so that the rare flora and fauna could thrive. As you cycle south, you'll find Leerdam, the "glass city." Leerdam earned the name because it's a rendezvous for glassblowers to practice their art.
As you continue riding south, you'll see two more fortresses that belong to the Dutch Water Line: Vuren and Asperen. A ferry boat will take you across the River Waal, and on the other side you'll see Loevesteijn Castle. You'll also have a chance to stop in Woudrichem, another nearby town.
Sample hotel: Hotel Gorinchem
Day Three: Gorinchem to Utrecht (55 km)
The town of Gorinchem (pronounced gorcum) has a rich but troubled history and a town center that's filled with more than 200 monuments to mark these turbulent memories. The town was once a thriving trade center and fishing village, but floods often plagued it and armies frequently attacked it because it was Holland's entrance point.
After your exploration of Gorinchem is complete, you'll ride north to Utrecht. The old inner city contains the Oude Gracht, or Old Canal. A string of caf?s lies along the Old Canal, which has quaysides that unlike those in other cities. Don't forget to visit the city's stunning Museum Quarter. Also Utrecht is a great place for shopping.
Day Four: Return Home (none-cycling day)
After spending the night in Utrecht and having breakfast at the hotel, you'll return home.
Total distance: 113 km
Average distance: 57 km
Shortest distance: 55 km
Longest distance: 58 km
Time in the Year
From April 1st to September 27th.
290 Euro per person
3 nights‘ double/twin room bed & breakfast accommodation in *** or **** hotels
Luggage transfer between hotels
Tour book with detailed route descriptions and maps
Panniers for carrying things you need on the road
Emergency hotline operating 7 days a week from 7:00 to 23:00
24 gear bike hire - 36 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
Road Service - 8.25 euro
Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
Single room - 90 Euro
Half board accommodation - 90 euro
Extra night - 70 euro
Price does not include
Discounts / Group prices:
3 people sharing a room:
A child aged 0-4 sharing a room with their parents is free of charge
A child aged 4-11 sharing a room with their parents enjoys a 20% discount
3 people over 12 years old sharing a room enjoy a 3% discount
A group of 7-8 people enjoys a 7% discount per person
A group of 9 people or more enjoys a 10% discount per person