An Easy Ride with Plenty to See
The most fulfilling way to experience all that the Netherlands has to offer is by touring it on a bicycle. From stunning fields of colorful flowers to charming historic towns, cheese markets, and windmills, there's a lot to take in. This tour will take you along rivers, nature preserves, and quiet meadowlands where cattle graze. You're free to stop whenever you wish to visit points of interest along the way. Much of this route hearkens back to the days when fishing and trade were major industries in the area. This path is an easy ride with flat terrain the entire way. 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 (Optional start & finish in Amsterdam and GPS)
You can easily catch the train that originates at Amsterdam Airport, or if you wish to travel by car, you'll find that the hotel in Bunnik offers free parking.
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 bridges. 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).
Sample hotel: Best Western City Plus Gouda
Day Four: Gouda to Papendrecht (47 km)
On this day of your journey, you'll reach Kinderdijk, the home of 19 windmills that have been there from 1740. The purpose of the windmills is to move extra water from the polder to the Lek River. The public is only allowed to walk through one of Kinderdijk's mills. After finishing up with the scenery there, you'll move on to Dordrecht, one of the Netherland's oldest towns. Dordrecht sits amidst a group of rivers, so you'll cross a stately bridge to step into the town's center. Spend some time exploring the harbor area, which is home to many monuments.
Sample hotel: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht, four stars
Day Five: Papendrecht to Gorinchem (59 km)
Today you'll ride through Biesbosch National Park, which is one of Europe's last freshwater tidal regions. This part of your ride will take you past marshy forests, meadows, and landscapes filled with reeds. Water birds are a common sight in this area because they spend a lot of time breeding, foraging for food, and resting here. If you're especially fond of wildlife, stop in at Biesbosch Center Dordrecht to learn more about the inhabitants of this area.
Sample hotel: Hotel Gorinchem
Day Six: 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 are 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 Seven: Return Home (non-cycling day)
After a healthy breakfast, you'll head home.
Total distance: 304 km
Average distance: 61 km
Shortest distance: 47 km
Longest distance: 80 km
Time in the Year
From April 1st to September 24th.
595 Euro per person
6 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
24 gear bike hire - 72 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
Road Service - 16.50 euro
Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
Single room - 180 Euro
Half board accommodation - 180 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