Big Cities and Dutch Countryside
The region surrounded by Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague is known as the Green Heart. This wetlands area was difficult to build on, so it's been mostly left in its natural state. Area residents harvest peat from the bogs in the Green Heart, which offers one of the quintessential views of the Netherlands: meadows filled with cattle, polders lying under stunning skies quaint farmhouses and lots of water! This tour takes you through several must-see villages, including Gouda, also known as "cheese town." You'll also pass through Amsterdam. Flat land covers this route, so it's an easy ride. As with all of our tours, you'll find your luggage waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.
Day One: Arrive in Utrecht
There is free parking at the hotel in Utrecht, which you can reach easily via train originating at Amsterdam Airport.
Sample hotel: Hotel Mitland or Carlton President
Day Two: Utrecht to Amsterdam (63 km)
Your first day of cycling will take you to the River Vecht in Amsterdam. Many of the breathtaking garden areas and stately homes in this region date to the 1600s and 1700s when they were built by wealthy merchants. When you finally reach Amsterdam, you'll have the opportunity to take in the city's romantic canals and bridge. From the moment you set foot in the city, you'll see that it's virtually made for exploration via bike. There are plenty of activities to engage in, whether you enjoy visiting art museums, taking in cultural experiences or just spending a night out on the town. You'll definitely want to take a boat tour of the city so that you can take in the stunning houses that line the canals.
Sample hotel: Westcord Art Hotel
Day Three: Amsterdam to Gouda (80 km) (*)
By the third day of your journey, you're trekking across the Green Heart, passing through traditional Dutch villages on your way. When you finally reach Gouda, you'll want to stop in at the Gothic-style town hall, which dates from 1450, and the Weigh House, which was built in 1667. The city's canals and St John's church should also be on your agenda. If you can, you may want to plan your journey so that on day four, you're waking up on a Thursday to experience the cheese market that is active during the morning. Also don't forget to stop in some of the local shops and restaurants to check out the homemade candles and try the waffles.
(*) If this day is to long for you, we invite you to split it into two days and spend the additional night in Woerden. (30 km and 49 km).
Prices: A supplement of 70 Euro per person + 1 more bike hire day
Sample hotel: Best Western City Plus Gouda
Day Four: Gouda to Utrecht (67 km)
On your way back to Utrecht, you'll traverse an incredible landscape filled with polders, rivers, parks, marshes and lakes. You'll also see several castles and stately homes on your ride. As you pass through Utrecht, take some time to enjoy Utrecht's city center, beautiful canals and unique wharves. Don't forget to take a tour through the Museum Quarter and visit the variety of local shops.
Day Five: Return Home (non-cycling day)
After dining on a hearty breakfast, you'll head home.
Total distance: 193 km
Average distance: 64 km
Shortest distance: 60 km
Longest distance: 68 km
Time in the Year
From April 1st to September 26th.
399 Euro per person
4 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
GPS (Only if you start & finish in Amsterdam) - 10 Euro
7 gear bike hire - 48 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
Road Service - 10 euro
Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
Single room - 120 Euro
Half board accommodation - 110 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 4-12 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 5-6 people enjoys a 5% discount per person
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