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The Great Rivers Tour


Bike Tour: The Great Rivers Tour - 8 days

The landscape is typically Dutch! You’ll be surrounded by windmills, cows in the meadows, dikes and ancient farmhouses. The route also takes you down the North Sea coast with its lovely sandy beaches, windswept dunes and busy resorts. You might be interested to visit the impressive port of Rotterdam or the modern city centre. Old Dutch fishing villages also feature on this route. Ride your bike along the banks of the busiest shipping routes in Europe.
Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Gouda
Day 3: Gouda - Scheveningen
Day 4: Scheveningen - Rotterdam
Day 5: Rotterdam - Papendrecht
Day 6: Papendrecht - Gorinchem
Day 7: Gorinchem - Utrecht
Day 8: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht

Day 2:    Utrecht - Gouda
62 km

Today youll see stately homes, castles, woods and parks before reaching "cheese town Gouda, famous for its candles, syrup waffles (try one hot!) and beautiful church. If you're in Gouda on Thursday morning, go visit the traditional cheese market.

Day 3:    Gouda - Scheveningen
64 km

Through open grassland you will cycle to The Hague, home to the government and the Queen. The Hague is brimming with things to do and see. You might like to take the opportunity to see Vermeer’s famous painting "The Girl with the Pearl Earring” in Mauritshuis Museum. Another favourite is Mesdag’s cylindrical Panorama of Scheveningen in 1881. Then climb back on your bike and check out 21st Century Scheveningen, the resort where you’ll spend the night.

Day 4:    Scheveningen - Rotterdam
62 km

Cycle down the coast through dunes and past seaside resorts. Then pedal east along the New Waterway ship canal (completed in 1872), past fishing villages, windmills and jenever distilleries, to the great city of Rotterdam. Alternative Route via Delft. Delft is a university town on the River Schie, between The Hague and Rotterdam. Go for a lovely walk on the cobbled streets of the old town centre with its cute crooked houses and pretty canals and bridges. Delft Blue ceramics factories are open to the public. The Vermeer Walk and the Vermeercentrum are dedicated to the famous baroque painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) who lived in Delft all his life. The Nieuwe Kerk church has been the last resting place for our royals since 1584.

Day 5:    Rotterdam - Papendrecht
31 km

Modern Rotterdam offers architecture, art, port tours, a maritime museum and shops galore. The re-developed inner-city harbours are hotspots. On your way visit the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. Then on to Papendrecht, just north of one of Hollands oldest towns Dordrecht. Dordrecht is surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. The harbour area is especially picturesque.

Day 6:    Papendrecht - Gorinchem
59 km

Today you cycle through a part of Biesbosch National Park, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe. The countless islands of marshy willow woods, reed-lands and grasslands are surrounded by creeks and rivers. The place is a resting, foraging and breeding site for water birds. Nature lovers should visit Biesbosch Centre Dordrecht for information on this fascinating area. Before you arrive in Gorinchem you can, if you wish, take a boat trip to visit the interesting Loevesteijn castle. The town of Woudrichem is definitely worth a visit.

Day 7:    Gorinchem - Utrecht
58 km

Gorinchems walled town centre has a long turbulent history and over two hundred monuments to remember it by. It used to be big in fishery, markets and trade, but was often plagued by floods and conquerors (the town was the gateway to Holland). In the heart of the big city of Utrecht lies the peaceful Oude Gracht (= Old Canal). Its characteristic wharves are unique to Utrecht. Nowadays they are the pleasant setting for waterside cafes. Explore the pretty Museum Quarter or go (window) shopping in one of the quieter shopping streets.

Day 8:    Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

Starting dates:
Daily from May 1 till September 23.
Prices €
Per person in a double room
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 7) 175,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 7) 19,25
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade to 4**** hotel in Dordrecht city centre  
Bikes can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance)
Upgrade to 5***** hotel in Scheveningen! 30,00
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 640.00
Single room, breakfast 850.00
Dinner 210.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 70.00
Hybrid 84.00
Premium bike 140.00
Ebike 175.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 7 19.25
Child seat € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 7 21.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 7 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:


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)
Best Western Hotel Gouda **** (Gouda)
Boulevard Hotel *** (Scheveningen)
Westcord SS Rotterdam **** (Rotterdam)
Apollo Hotel Papendrecht **** (Papendrecht)
Hotel Le Bon Apart *** (Gorinchem)

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

7 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

CS Utrecht

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 For bus details, how to reach the hotel, check:



Thank you for your message! We are back home since yerterday.
With pleasure, i am sharing you my comments about our tour.
It was a wonderful experience. We discovered so many beauties of Netherland. All the tour was perfectly organized. The instructions and informations were perfect! At no moment, we got lost. The combination of the GPS and the paper with the numbers were perfect.
Unfortunately we didn't have a beautiful weather for 3 days, but that the risk to do that in September!!! Every hotels were very good. 
Our suitcases were always there when we arrived( except one day, but that was because the hotel forget that they already have them..!!!!)
To conclude, we really enjoyed our experience and we fall in love with your country!!!
Thank you for this beautiful tour and your excellent organisation.


We enjoyed the tour, especially the wildlife, the scenery and the cycling facilities. We do have off-road cycles routes in Britain, but these do not have the quality of those we met in Holland. Many of our own routes are unsurfaced so the Dutch use of tarmacadam almost everywhere is most welcome. Similarly, the separation of cyclists from motor traffic, and the priority given to cyclists (especially at junctions), are not found in Britain. I wish they were!
We were also very surprised (and pleased) by the attitude of Dutch motorists ... in England, so many drivers are impatient and do not recognise that cyclists are road users as much as they themselves are. We saw very few cyclists wearing helmets ... in England there is serious debate as to whether they should be made compulsory! As I have been knocked off my bike several times in England, once very seriously, I would not dream of riding without a helmet in this country.

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