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Royal Cycling through the Veluwe
Royal Cycling through the Veluwe
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5 days
Cycling days :
 3
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period:
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
5-10
Culture Forest History
price from € 395
Royal Cycling through the Veluwe
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Bike Tour: Royal Cycling through the Veluwe - 5 days

If peace and tranquility are paramount on your wish list for your next cycling holiday, consider that the stillness of Veluwe forest, heath, quiet villages, and sparsely inhabited farmland may be just what you need. It is one of the largest and most important nature reserves in the country. The one cultural highlight on this tour that draws crowds is the royal palace and its lovely gardens at the center of the region. The surrounding Crown Lands are the Netherlands’ largest Estate and have been looked after by the Dutch royal family since 1684. Natural Forest Management was introduced by Princess Beatrix in the early 1980s and already the Lands show greater biodiversity and esthetic appeal.  Our cycle route follows some of the historical “rides”, paths commissioned by successive kings to connect palaces, retreats and hunting lodges to hunting grounds. In Autumn, the gates close when the king goes hunting.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival Arnhem
Day 2: Arnhem - Beekbergen
Day 3: Beekbergen - Garderen
Day 4: Garderen - Arnhem
Day 5: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival Arnhem

The starting point of this route is the big city of Arnhem, known for the Battle of Arnhem in WWII, part of Operation Market Garden. It boasts a marvelous zoo; beautiful Sonsbeek Park; and an open air museum of cultural history, to name but three of many points of interest. The city is the gateway to two National Parks: Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom. Your hotel is located outside the city at the edge of Veluwezoom National Park (free parking). 

Day 2:    Arnhem - Beekbergen
40 km

You will start your first cycling day with a journey through one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful and beloved areas of natural beauty: Veluwezoom National Park, the oldest National Park in the country. Drink in the views of heathland, beautiful woods and patches of shifting sands, a veritable cyclists’ paradise. Heather flowers from mid-August, so try to plan for August-September to feast your eyes on a carpet of colours ranging from pink to mauve to purple cloaking the heath. From Oosterhuizen to Lieren the woody landscape makes way for typical Dutch meadowland, dotted with farmhouses. Today’s journey ends in the friendly little village of Beekbergen.  

Day 3:    Beekbergen - Garderen
45 km

We have a varied cycling day in store for you. A Dutch landscape of cropfields and pasture is quickly followed by woody surroundings. Through the forest that encloses Apeldoorn town, you will reach Het Loo Palace (meaning: the forest palace). Our royals have moved away: It is now a state museum with original interiors, historical formal gardens, stables and coach houses. Visitors may enter the coach houses to admire the royal carriages, cars and sledges from up close. Next, mount your bikes and continue through the woods to the village of Elspeet. On the last stretch, vast cropfields and woods alternate.  At the end of the day, you will reach the village of Garderen where you will stay the night. 

You could extend the route to 70 km (via Vaassen) or 77 km (via Vierhouten). These longer options take you through impressive heathland. Lovers of history will enjoy the route to Vaassen which passes a traditional Dutch windmill and Cannenburgh Castle. 

Day 4:    Garderen - Arnhem
53 km

Your day begins with a ride through a type of landscape we call coulissenlandschap, a term taken from the theater stage. It is a visually appealing pastoral scene of half open countryside, dotted with free-standing elements such as hedgerows, woodlets and farmhouses which give depth and partly conceal what lies behind, inviting you further in to see more. Do you get the picture? Gradually the woods that surround Kootwijkerduinen appear on the horizon. This lovely nature reserve is marked by sandy inland dunes, shaped by the wind, where the trail gently dips and rises. Continuing on the route, the landscape will open more and more until you reach Radio Kootwijk. If you are into ominous architecture you will enjoy Radio Kootwijk Building A, a concrete sphinx from 1918, purpose-built as a radio broadcasting station. It once featured in a scary movie! Proceed through Veluwe forest to the village of Hoenderloo and from there enter Hoge Veluwe National Park, where you can also visit the excellent art Museum Kröller-Möller, which houses one of the largest van Gogh collection worldwide. An entrance ticket to the park and museum is included in the tour price. 

At this point, you could opt to make a detour to Oosterbeek to visit the Airborne museum. It tells the story of the Battle of Arnhem, where many British, Polish and US troops lost their lives in a 1944 Allied plan for a new invasion route into Germany by securing bridges across the Rhine in the Netherlands, then under Nazi occupation.  

If you would rather cycle from Hoenderloo straight back to Arnhem, you could opt to take a trip into the city center to tune into the ambiance of this lively city. Our tip: Just outside the city center is a working-class neighbourhood where artisans, artists and designers have congregated in Modekwartier, a fashion district boasting hip stores, studios and workshops.

Day 5:    Return home

After one last breakfast, your cycling holiday will come to an end. 

prices & dates
Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 26
Prices €
Per person in a double room 
4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
395,00
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 4) 120,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 4) 120,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 4) 48,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 4) 100,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 4) 11,00
Extra night 70,00
 

Price pp
Single room, breakfast 515.00
Double room, breakfast 395.00
Dinner 120.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Rental bike
Child bike 40.00
Hybrid 48.00
Premium bike 80.00
Ebike 100.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 4 11.00
Bike helmet incl.
Child seat € 5.00 x 4 20.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 4 12.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 4 24.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 4 70.00

Starting point:
Arnhem

accommodation

Arnhem - Postillion Hotel Arnhem ****

Beekbergen - Fletcher Hotel Apeldoorn ****

Garderen - Westcord Hotel de Veluwe ****

practical info

4 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

Arnhem CS

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks available

Any ferry crossings are not included

reviews

09-05-2019

...Holland is truly a biker's paradise! In spite of unusually cold and damp May weather, we had a terrific time. The routes are beautiful, interesting, safe with minimal elevation gain and easy to follow. We spoke to kind, helpful people and saw charming towns, fields ready for planting and newly sprouting crops. We saw farm animals and wildlife. we WILL BE BACK!...

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