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 Montferlant offer gentle inclines. Finally, check out the fine hotels we have selected for you and your mind will be made up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After eating your fill at the breakfast buffet, it’s time to go home.
|Daily from April 1 till September 24.|
|Single room, breakfast||755.00|
|Double room, breakfast||575.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|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|
Nijmegen, Doetinchem or Zutphen
Doetinchem - Hotel Villa Ruimzicht****
Nijmegen/Berg en Dal - Fletcher Parkhotel Val Monte****
Zutphen - Hampshire Hotel 's Gravenhof Zutphen****
6 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
...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.
•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....