Arrival in Utrecht
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
|Daily from May 1 till September 23.|
|Single room, breakfast||850.00|
|Double room, breakfast||640.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|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|
Utrecht - Hotel Mitland****
Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****
Scheveningen - Boulevard Hotel***
Rotterdam - Hotel SS Rotterdam****
Papendrecht - Apollo Hotel Papendrecht****
Gorinchem - Hotel Gorinchem***
7 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
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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.