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8-00 | The Great Rivers Tour
Cycling tour through Gouda, Utrecht and South-Holland
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The Maas, Waal, Lek, and Rhine
This tour is filled with quintessential Dutch landscapes which include old farmhouses, dikes, cows, and of course, windmills! The tour brings you along the coast of North Sea and all of its beautiful sandy beaches, bustling resorts, and windswept dunes. You may want to stop in at Rotterdam's port or check out the city center there. This route also contains a number of old fishing villages. You'll cycle along the rivers that are some of the highest traffic shipping routes on the continent.

In the past, the Great Rivers served as the divider between the southern Catholics and the northern Protestants. Residents either lived over or under the rivers. These days however, the land in the middle of these Great Rivers has caught the eyes of bicyclists and bird lovers. De Biesbosch National Park is also included in this tour, with all of its natural beauty and diverse plant and animal life.


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 that the hotel in Utrecht offers free parking.

Sample hotel: Hotel Mitland or Carlton President

Day Two: Utrecht to Gouda (67 km)
On your way to Gouda, commonly known as "cheese town", you'll catch a glimpse of castles and ride through parks and forests. If at all possible, you should consider planning to be in Gouda on a Thursday morning so that you can stop in at the cheese market. In addition to cheese, Gouda also offers world-famous hot waffles and homemade candles. 

Sample hotel: Best Western City Plus Gouda

Day Three: Gouda to Scheveningen (65 km)
Today you'll visit The Hague, which is where the Queen of the Netherlands and the nation's government reside. There are numerous activities and sights to be taken in. One point of interest is Mauritshuis Museum, which is home to The Girl with the Pearl Earring, a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer. Another well-known painting here is Panorama of Scheveningen, which Mesdag painted in 1881. Finally you'll get back onto your bicycle and ride to Scheveningen, a 21st century resort, which is where you'll sleep tonight. 

Sample hotel: Boulevard Hotel

Day Four: Scheveningen to Rotterdam (56 km)
When you ride south, you'll follow the coastline, weaving through the dunes and going through seaside resorts. Next you'll push east to the New Waterway, which you'll follow past a number of fishing villages, distilleries, and windmills until you reach Rotterdam.

Alternative Path through Delft
If you'd like to take a side tour, why not check out the town of Delft? It's a college town situated on the Schie River right between Rotterdam and The Hague. Take a stroll along cobbled streets while you check out the town center, which is filled with charming bridges and canals and crooked canals. You can opt to tour the Delft Blue factories where the easily recognized ceramics are made. Check out the Vermeer Center and Vermeer Walk to learn about Johannes Vermeer, a well-known painter who resided in Delft during the Baroque Period. Also check out Nieuwe Kerk, a church where the royal family has been buried for the past four centuries.

Sample hotel: Hotel SS Roterdam

Day Five: Rotterdam to Papendrecht (31 km)
You'll start today in Rotterdam, which is a modern city where you'll find port tours, incredible architecture, art, a museum dedicated to maritime life, and plenty of shopping. Some of the city's hotspots are the harbors, which have been redeveloped over the years.

When you reach Dordrecht, which is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands, you'll see that it sits amidst several rivers. Stunning bridges will carry you over the water and into the town center. The harbor here is especially beautiful.

Sample hotel: Apollo Papendrecht

Day Six: 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 Seven: 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. At the end of the day you‘ll set off at the hotel where you started.

Day Eight: Return Home (non-cycling day)
After a healthy breakfast, you'll head home.

Riding Distances
 Total distance: 333 km
 Average distance: 56 km
 Shortest distance: 31 km
 Longest distance: 67 km

Time in the Year
From April 1st to September  23th.

635 Euro per person

Price includes:
 7 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

Optional services:
 24 gear bike hire - 84 euro (for other options please go to our bike hire page)
 Road Service - 19.25 euro
 Bike theft insurance - 3 euro per day (6 euro for electric bikes)
 Single room - 210 Euro
 GPS - 10 euro
 Half board accommodation - 210 euro
 Extra night - 70 euro

Price does not include
 Ferry Crossing

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

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