Arrival in Utrecht
Todays scenery of woods, water and polder will enchant you. Hidden away in the woods youll find a famous pancake inn, a castle where Queen Beatrix will return to live when she retires and a palace where Juliana and Bernhard lived. Along the shores of Randmeren lakes youll reach Harderwijk which used be a prosperous port but is now no longer by the sea!
Cycle through the woods and farmland of Flevopolder to Lelystad, where you can visit an exhibition on how the polder came to be. Cross Lake IJsselmeer atop a 32 km dike from Lelystad to Enkhuizen. You will see our Golden Age reflected in the historical buildings of pretty Enkhuizen. Dont miss the excellent Zuiderzee Museum!
After looking around pretty Hoorn, which made its fortune trading in the Golden Age, you will set off on today’s coast-to-coast bike route from Lake IJsselmeer to the North Sea. You will pass by Holland’s oldest polder, Beemster, drained by windmills in 1612(!). You can also visit an interesting "museum windmill” as well as cheese town Alkmaar -the market is on Fridays.
The sandy beaches of the North Sea are backed by dune systems that safeguard the hinterland from the sea. Today you will cycle through a Dune Reserve and a National Park that protect the many species of dune flora and fauna. Cross the North Sea Canal by ferry. Zandvoort is a well-known seaside resort.
The Hague, our seat of government, is brimming with things to do and see. Our pick: Vermeers "Girl with a Pearl Earring in Mauritshuis Museum and Mesdags tranquil "Panorama of Scheveningen. The route goes through the green heart of Holland via Bodegraven to the beautiful Gouda.
Rivers, polders, lakes (bird lovers bring your binoculars!) and marshy fens make for todays lovely scenery. On route you will have time to explore the heart of the lively city of Utrecht. Discover the pretty Museum Quarter and admire the beautiful canal Oude Gracht. Its wharves are unique to Utrecht and make a pleasant setting for waterside cafes where you might like to stop for Dutch style apple pie.
|Daily from April 1 till September 22.|
|Single room, breakfast||1,015.00|
|Double room, breakfast||775.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 2.75 x 8||22.00|
|Child seat||€ 5.00 x 8||40.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 8||24.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 8||48.00|
|Theft insurance premium bike||€ 6.00 x 8||48.00|
|Extra luggage||€ 5.00 x 8||40.00|
|Add on bike||€ 6.00 x 8||48.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 8||140.00|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
Utrecht or Harderwijk
Utrecht - Hotel Mitland****
Harderwijk - Best Western Hotel Baars****
Enkhuizen - Hotel de Koepoort****
Alkmaar - Grand Hotel Alkmaar****
Zandvoort - Palace Hotel Zandvoort****
Scheveningen - Boulevard Hotel***
Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****
8 Nights included
3/4 Star Hotels
Breakfast included, Halfboard optional
Tourist information on all the places of interest
The possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service-hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
...The hotel and route choices were great. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience...
...Loved the route through Flevoland. Straight, pretty and lots to see...
...Well organised holidays that take care of everything...
...The Netherlands is a great country to bike through, especially for folks who do not like cycling on busy roads. I regret not leaving one week earlier (ex. end of April or first start of May) as we came at the very tale end of the tulips. However, the weather was relatively good, everything was in bloom, the air was full of wonderful fragrants and bird calls, and everywhere you look, nature lovers are treated to some fine landscaping....