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May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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Gems of the East

Bike Tour: Gems of the East - 7 days

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 Montferland offer gentle inclines. Finally, check out the fine hotels we have selected for you and your mind will be made up. 

Day 1: Arrival in the town of Doetinchem
Day 2: Doetinchem - Nijmegen (Lent)
Day 3: Round Tour near Nijmegen
Day 4: Nijmegen (Lent) - Zutphen
Day 5: A Round Tour of the Surroundings of Zutphen (30 to 57 km)
Day 6: Zutphen - Doetinchem
Day 7: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in the town of Doetinchem

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.

Day 2:    Doetinchem - Nijmegen (Lent)
54 km

A varied route through the nature reserves Montferland and Ooijpolder, which partly leads through Germany. In Zeddam you will pass the Grafelijke Torenmolen, the oldest working windmill in the Netherlands. Through the forests and grain fields of the Montferland and past Bergh Castle you cycle unnoticed into Germany. From Elten you are heading for the Rhine, a ferry will take you to Millingen aan de Rijn and the Ooijpolder. The moraine of Nijmegen is getting closer and closer over dikes through beautiful floodplains and villages. The hotel is located opposite the center of Nijmegen in Lent on the other side of the river Waal.

Enthusiasts can opt for a longer route of 61 km. This route goes over the Rhine bridge at Emmerich (longest suspension bridge in Germany), along the German Old Rhine (with Germany's historic, oldest steel railway bridge and the former Schenkenschanz fortress) to Millingen, after which you follow the standard route through the Ooijpolder to Lent.

Day 3:    Round Tour near Nijmegen
48 km

Today you can choose from 2 wonderful round trips of 48 km (which can also be combined into one trip of 57 km), which also takes you through the center of Nijmegen. The south-westerly tour goes through the Land van Maas en Waal, straight through the Overasselt and Hatertsevennen nature park with the St. Walrick 'fever' tree for healing and back through the woods below Nijmegen.

The southeastern route is a beautiful but hilly ride through the Rijk van Nijmegen along the Mookerheide, the South Limburg-like Zevendal. A beautiful winding path through Germany takes you to Groesbeek, where the locally well known Zevenheuvelenweg ('seven hill road') to Berg en Dal awaits you. Finally, a fast descent takes you close to the thickest Dutch tree (take a short stroll) and the Ooijpolder. Impressive views of the push moraine accompany you the last bit back to Nijmegen.

Day 4:    Nijmegen (Lent) - Zutphen
58 km

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. 

You can shorten your route on a few places to a route between 50 km and 56 km. 

Day 5:    A Round Tour of the Surroundings of Zutphen (30 to 57 km)
32 km

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.

Day 6:    Zutphen - Doetinchem
50 km

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. 

Day 7:    Return Home

After eating your fill at the breakfast buffet, it’s time to go home. 


Starting dates:
Daily from May 1st till September 24.

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 775.00
Single room, breakfast 1,105.00
Extra night double room, breakfast only 80.00
Rental bike
Child bike 66.00
Hybrid 78.00
E-bike 162.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 4.00 x 6 24.00
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
Tag-along bike € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 6 105.00
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
SGR per piece 5.00

Starting point:
Doetinchem (arrival with own car) or Nijmegen Lent (arrival by train)


The hotels and the B&B on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the accomodation we work with appears below. If a certain accomodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will try to request a comparable alternative if possible. 

When selecting the accomodation, we try to take into account as much as possible a safe and closed bicycle shed. However, we cannot do this with all of them guarantee and this partly depends on the number of bicycles of other guests.

Hotel Villa Ruimzicht **** (Doetinchem)
Van der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent **** (Lent)
Hampshire Hotel - 's Gravenhof Zutphen **** (Zutphen)

If you don’t bring your own bike, you can rent one 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 bike 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


Our hybrid bikes have 24-gears with hand brakes. 
The hybrid bikes are circa 16,5 KG.

Rental bike

The e-bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine. The weight of the e-bike is ca. 25 KG. We recommend a minimum height of 160 cm for the e-bike.


For children who are at least 120 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm). 
The child bikes come with at least 7-gears and hand brakes. 
The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm. 

24" child bike:

26" child bike:
Child bike 26 inch


All our rental bikes come with a bell.


All our adult bikes come with hand brakes. 


For children up to 30 months old (max. 15 KG) it is possible to rent a front child seat. This is not possible with e-bikes, due to the display.

For children older than 30 months (max. 22KG) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.

Both front- and rear child seats are €5,- per day.  


Helmets are not mandatory in the Netherlands, but can be rented for €10,- per piece.
Available sizes: Adult: 54-61 cm, Child: 50-55 cm (only available for children over 5 years). 


All our bikes come with both front- and rear lights. You need to push the button on the lamp and it will flash three times. This means that the lights will automatically start working when it gets dark. 

When you push again, the lamp will flash one time and the lights will be turned off.


Our bikes come with a defender lock with plug in chain (cable lock that is attached to the regular lock, see picture).

You need to turn the key a bit, take out the pin from the cable lock and attach it to a pole/other bike/fence etc.

When you push the pin back into the regular lock, you need to lock the regular lock as you always do, and both locks will be secured.


1 pannier is included at the 'standard' bikes and the e-bikes.

Height: 42 cm
Depth front to the side: 17 cm
Wide top: 32 cm
Wide down: 23 cm
Volume: 20 liters
It has an easy click-on/click-off system. The panniers are water resistant, so everything will stay dry.


The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals. 


All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars. 


There is one small puncture kit included, which can be found in the pannier. In case a rental bike has another problem, we always advise you to go to a bike repair shop or call the bike breakdown emergency number which is provided in the travel documents when you book this extra service.


Saddles can be adjusted in height without using any tools, see ‘Quick Release’.
Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover. 


Dutch Biketours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.

We have a limited amount of tandem bikes available on request.
Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only.
The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm.
We mostly use the Victoria Spezial 8.7.
This tandem bike comes with 24-derailleur gears or nuvinci gears.
The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.

We have limited family tandem bikes available on request.
The family tandems have 7-gears and can be used for one adult and one child with a minimum body height of 125 cm.


A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and on their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.


Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total).
We mostly use the XLC Duo 2 child trailer.
Child trailers are not possible in combination with e-bikes.  

Mile after wonderful mile of untroubled cycling is what we would wish our clients. However there is a minimal chance of breakdown along the way. If this thought is a nagging worry to you, a Bicycle Breakdown Assistance insurance policy may ease your mind. If you buy this insurance from our partner ANWB pechhulp in advance, their service is as follows. The costs are €4,- per bicycle per day. If your bike breaks down by the roadside an ANWB bicycle repair man will drive to you in his repair van and fix your bike so you can continue your tour. You won’t have to pay him repair costs. If you are cycling on your own bicycle you will be charged for any new spare parts your bike may require. If you are renting a bicycle through Dutch Bike Tours any new parts are at our expense. If it turns out the bicycle cannot be repaired on the spot, or if you can't continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.

Do you wish to insure your bike against theft? The cost is € 3,- per day per standard hybrid bicycle.
For an electric bicycle, premium bike or racing bike: € 6,00 per day per bicycle.
Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance. 

If a rental bike gets stolen or damaged, we will hold the client responsible.
If your insurance does not cover this event, you will have to pay the costs yourself.

Article 1 Bike Rental Price

The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the Dutch Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.

Article 2 Payment

a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.

b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, Dutch Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.

c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.

Article 3 Rental Period

a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (the departure day), as stated in the booking confirmation.

b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.

c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.

d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation.
If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip. 

e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).

f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. Dutch Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.

Article 4 Improper Use

a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.

b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.

c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.

d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.

Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft

The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.

Article 6 Theft Insurance

It is possible to purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance. Covered are: damages arising out of the theft of the bicycle; and damages to the bicycle as a consequence of the theft. Not covered are: theft of bicycle parts; and damages arising out of attempted theft.

Article 7 Theft Insurance Premium

a. The premium for Bicycle Theft Insurance is € 3,00 per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle € 6,00 per day as well for a Premium bike and racing bike.

The number of insurance days is the same as the number of cycling days as stated in our booking confirmation.

Article 8 Liability in the Event of Theft

a. If you did not purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us before the start of the holiday, you will be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.

b. If you did purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us, but you failed to lock the wheel lock and failed to produce the original wheel lock key and failed to produce an official theft report drawn up by the police, you will still be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.

Article 9 Costs During the Rental Period

Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs.


Practical info

6 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included

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


Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airports nare Flughafen Düsseldorf (DUS) or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Dusseldorf to Doetinchem departs 1 time per hour. Travel time is about 2 hours. A single ticket costs approx €30,- per person excl. bicycle.
The train from Schiphol to Doetinchem departs 2 times per hour. Travel time is about 1.45 hour. A single ticket costs approx €23,- per person excl. bicycles.

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



We particularly loved the route on our last day when we had several miles through a forest of Scots Pine and open moors with heather which reminded us very much of Scotland. There were even some Highland cows on the path to make us feel completely at home!



Easy cycling due to flat terrain and the amazing provisions for cycling in Holland. So bike friendly - the tracks and the people.

John Watt - GB


We really liked hotel Ruimzicht. Clean , elegant , stylish. Spacious , renovated room. Excellent food and service definitely a 4 star plus hotel.


... We enjoyed all cycling routes in the Achterhoek. Especially the alternation between landscape and cozy places was very pleasant ...


...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…

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