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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Bike Tour: Green Heartlands of Holland - 6 days

The Green Heart is a rural area surrounded by the big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. What saved it was its wetland and marshes: poor building ground! Instead, the bogs were used to harvest peat. This bike tour will take you to the southern part of this area.
Here you’ll find the picture book Holland of old: low-lying peat meadows with grazing cattle; vast polders under beautiful skies; lakes, streams and rivers; and pretty villages with monumental farmhouses. You will sleep in attractive historical towns, including "cheese town” Gouda. 

Route
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Gorinchem
Day 3: Gorinchem – Gouda
Day 4: Gouda - Woerden
Day 5: Woerden – Utrecht
Day 6: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht. Utrecht lies in the very center of the Netherlands, near woodland and the small River Kromme Rijn. The centre of Utrecht is not far away and has shops galore, museums and a friendly night life.

Day 2:    Utrecht - Gorinchem
58 km

Start cycling from the hart of Holland and travel south, you'll reach "Glass town Leerdam, a meeting place where glassblowers from many countries demonstrate their craft. Further on, you´ll come across two more Dutch Water Line fortresses: Asperen and Vuren. Before you'll reach Gorinchem you can cross the River Waal by ferry boat and you will reach infamous and interesting Loevesteijn Castle. The nearby fortified town of Woudrichem is also well worth a visit.

Day 3:    Gorinchem – Gouda
62 km

Get your camera out for Kinderdijk, a UNESCO world heritage where 19 windmills have been standing majestically in rows since 1740. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. One of the mills is open to the public.
Your destination today is cheese town Gouda, also known for its candles and syrup waffles (try one hot!). If possible, plan your trip so that you can go to the traditional Thursday morning cheese market.

Day 4:    Gouda - Woerden
38 km

Today the route will take you past the river Vlist to the historical town Oudewater, famous for its monumental ‘Heksenwaag’. The 16th century Witches Weighhouse now serves as a museum. This town is a great place to stop for lunch and admire the beautiful historical buildings. Oudewater is also known for its many storks, so keep your eyes open along the way for these beautiful birds. You will end your day in historical Woerden, known for the cheesemarket on Saturdaymorning (apr-aug). Wander around the old fortress walls, enjoy the canals and taste the local products. 

Day 5:    Woerden – Utrecht
45 km

The landscape of rivers, polders, lakes, woods, parks and marshy fens makes for a wonderful bike trip today. The last part will take you along the water, through Breukelen, to your hotel. At the end of your day you have time for a final visit to Utrecht. In the heart of the old inner city lies the peaceful Oude Gracht (= Old Canal). Its characteristic quaysides are unique to Utrecht. Nowadays they are the pleasant setting for waterside cafes. Explore the pretty Museum Quarter, or go (window) shopping on some of the quieter shopping streets. 

Day 6:    Return home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices
Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 25.
Prices €
Per person in a double room 
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
460,00
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 5) 150,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 5) 60,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 5) 125,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5) 13,75
Extra night 70,00
 

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 465.00
Single room, breakfast 615.00
Dinner 150.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 50.00
Hybrid 60.00
Premium bike 100.00
Ebike 125.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 5 13.75
Child seat € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 5 15.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 5 25.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 5 30.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 5 87.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00

Starting point:
Utrecht

accommodation

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 Mitland **** (Utrecht)
Hotel Le Bon Apart *** (Gorinchem)
Best Western Hotel Gouda **** (Gouda)
Best Western Hotel Woerden *** (Woerden)
Bikes

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

5 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

Utrecht / Maarssen

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Schiphol to Utrecht departs 4 times per hour. Travel time is about 30 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €10- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to www.ns.nl/en. For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check: www.9292.nl/en.

reviews

07-07-2019

...We did the Green Heartlands of Holland bike tour and had an amazing trip. Dutch Bike Tours exceeded our expectations every step of the way. I do recommend getting the GPS unit. Between the GPS and the number system we only veered off the path a few times. The route was curated to take us by the coolest landmarks and sights. The towns we stayed in where welcoming and authentic. I highly recommend this company to anyone interested in a bike tour. We had a lot of questions before the trip and Dutch bike tours was very responsive as well.  The bikes were very new and easy to adjust to our liking...

29-05-2019

...Kinderdijk was great, I enjoyed wandering around Gouda during the market and Oudewater - the witches weigh house was unique! I enjoyed the whole route, it was very varied and left me feeling that I really experienced what this country has to offer. The cycling distance struck a nice balance - it was leisurely while also giving a sense of achievement at the end. Dank u wel!...

27-05-2019

...Some of the route went through beautiful farmland of well kept properties. The Dutch people take such pride in their homes as is evident by the care they take with their gardens and landscaping. Seeing the windmills along the calm waters of the canals was amazing...

25-06-2018

... I loved the idea of the bike tour and we enjoyed it. The Dutch Heartlands tour was pleasant and largely as expected. Gouda was a highlight of our vacation, especially as we were there on Thursday morning for the cheese market. However, Woerden seemed uninteresting and without particular charm...

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