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Gems of the East


Bike Tour: Gems of the East - 7 days

Are you familiar with the east of the Netherlands? With this holiday we would like to present to you three of our favourite towns: Zutphen, Nijmegen and Doesburg. All three have attractive old town centres: very old, welcoming and full of culturally interesting things to see. Moreover, the surrounding countryside is well-loved by cyclists for its diversity: leafy country estates, grand mansions, rivers, farmland, woods...  Beautiful rural regions such as Rijk van Nijmegen and Montferland offer gentle inclines. Finally, check out the fine hotels we have selected for you and your mind will be made up. 

Day 1: Arrival in the town of Doetinchem
Day 2: Doetinchem - Nijmegen
Day 3: Round Tour near Nijmegen
Day 4: Nijmegen - Zutphen
Day 5: A Round Tour of the Surroundings of Zutphen (30 to 60 km)
Day 6: Zutphen - Doetinchem
Day 7: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in the town of Doetinchem

Make your way to Villa Ruimzicht Hotel in Doetinchem.  This rather grand hotel stands in a small park on the edge of town. Doetinchem offers a good choice of shops.

Day 2:    Doetinchem - Nijmegen
50 km

The rural route takes you into Germany to Hoch Elten. Back in the Netherlands, at Millingen aan de Rijn a ferry will carry you across the Rhine River. Nijmegen is one of the towns claiming to be the oldest in the country. It has almost certainly been inhabited for over 2000 years. When Roman soldiers set up camp here and eventually built a fort, a trading settlement developed next door which they called Novio Magus (new market) from which the name Nijmegen derives. In Het Valkhof Museum you can find out about daily life in Nijmegen in Roman times and marvel at the archaeological finds. The museum also hosts permanent and temporary art exhibitions of all kinds. Start off your tour on the market square and look around you at all those lovely old buildings. The city centre has many interesting tourist attractions as well as wonderful little shopping streets. 

Day 3:    Round Tour near Nijmegen
45 km

Famous Seven Hills Road will take you part of the way through undulating Rijk van Nijmegen region boasting rivers and water meadows, lakes and streams, pasture and heather fields, deciduous woods and rare “blue grassland” (carnation sedge, compact rush, purple moor grass). In the village of Groesbeek, the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 may have your interest. The heath at Mookerhei turns a lovely mauve colour in August. Finally, return to Berg en Dal outside Nijmegen where you will stay the night.  

Day 4:    Nijmegen - Zutphen
66 km

Today the woods of the Veluwe will be your guide. You will cycle past the city of Arnhem and the lovely village Eerbeek. Spoilt for choice of things to do you will have to pick and choose. What will it be? The famous Burgers Zoo or the Netherlands Open Air Museum? The Airborne Museum about the 1944 Battle of Arnhem or Rosendael Castle in Rozendaal? The woods and heath of the Veluwe are truly a sight to behold when in August the heath blooms. Have a pleasant evening walking through downtown Zutphen’s curvy narrow cobbled streets looking up at the many ancient and beautiful houses. 

You can shorten your route by 7 km (total 59 km) by cycling on the special fast cycling route.

Day 5:    A Round Tour of the Surroundings of Zutphen (30 to 60 km)
32 km

Today you can choose from multiple routes. First you follow the right bank of the IJssel to Gorssel. You take the ferry there and you arrive in a beautiful floodplain area. A café and agricultural museum De Kribbe are nearby. You can continue via the left bank of the IJssel, with Slot Nijenbeek en route, back to Zutphen. Enthusiasts also cycle to the old, Hanseatic city of Deventer in Overijssel or the small town of Bronkhorst. They return to Zutphen via a beautiful bicycle loop.

Day 6:    Zutphen - Doetinchem
50 km

This is a trip through pastoral countryside, cropfields, pasture and leafy country estates. The village of Almen is home to a small printing press museum. Smedekinck Museum in the pretty village of Zelham is housed in an ancient farmhouse and portrays daily village life through the centuries. Lovely Vorden Castle and gardens are well worth a visit. 

Day 7:    Return Home

After eating your fill at the breakfast buffet, it’s time to go home. 

Starting dates:
Daily from May 1st till September 24.
Prices €
Per person in a double room 
6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 6) 180,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 6) 72,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 6) 150,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 6) 16,50
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 575.00
Single room, breakfast 755.00
Dinner 180.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 60.00
Hybrid 72.00
Premium bike 120.00
Ebike 150.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 6 16.50
Child seat € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 6 18.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 6 30.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 6 105.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00

Starting point:
Nijmegen, Doetinchem or Zutphen


Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

Hotel Villa Ruimzicht **** (Doetinchem)
Fletcher Parkhotel Val Monte **** (Berg en Dal)
Hampshire Hotel - 's Gravenhof Zutphen **** (Zutphen)

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets! 

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike



practical info

6 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel


Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airports nare Flughafen Düsseldorf (DUS) or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Dusseldorf to Doetinchem departs 1 time per hour. Travel time is about 2 hours. A single ticket costs approx €30,- per person excl. bicycle.
The train from Schiphol to Doetinchem departs 2 times per hour. Travel time is about 1.45 hour. A single ticket costs approx €23,- per person excl. bicycles.

For timetables and tickets, go to For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check:



...Nice balance between countryside (rivers, forests)/sightseeings/distances...


…We have arrived home safely and have really enjoyed our riding in Holland again. It is a real treat to ride on joined up cycle facilities and see how difficult crossings and junctions can be designed for us to be safe. We enjoyed the variety of scenery on the routes, including the ferries. We only had one soaking, and that on top of the dyke at Milligan ferry. Wild flowers good, lanes and paths quiet, lovely forests and a fair amount of sunshine. We had trouble leaving nijmegen first day due to roadworks and new cycle ways on the east side, and again leaving on the west bridge to go to Ede for the same reason. Sometimes the garmin routes did not agree with the map and number so we had a few domestic trouble as there as one was wanting to follow the GPS and the other preferred the traditional method!! The Velorama in Nijmegen is outstandingly good and interesting…


....We had a good experience of biking Holland, and we are quite happy about it. It should have been a real pick for Norwegians to bike in Holland, but we did not see anyone, and heard Scandinavian languages only a couple of times. We were really surprised to find so few tourists in this area.
Som suggestiones:
•The bikes should have been cleaned up before we got them, and the one I had should have had new tyres months ago.  I was so happy I did not punctured when we got on to gravelled roads. 
•Information about the route could have been better.  We tried to get some help from Lonely Planet, but it was not much to find there either.  It would have helped to get som more information of what to see or what to do on route. 
•Hampshire hotel was good. Villa Ruimziche was excellent in every respect. But Golden Tulip was not up to the standards. The receptionist was not well trained in this stuff, there was a lack of personell, and the kitchen was quite simple, but the location was good....

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