Cycle & Stay: The Green Heart of Holland
Bright City Lights & Beautiful Countryside
5 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
Here’s a brilliant little break and great introduction to doing things the Dutch way – exploring Holland’s historic cities and gloriously green countryside by bike. Right from the start, you’ll be feeling like one of the locals as you cycle from Bunnik into the cosmopolitan capital, Amsterdam, along the banks of the River Vecht. You won’t be alone, passing the smart 17th century villas here and pedalling across bridges towards the romantic canal quarter – the city has over 600,000 bikes! With so much to see and do from museums and galleries to lively squares and shopping temptations, it’s simply the ideal way to go with the flow – unless you fancy a canal-boat trip of course!
But the flat cycle paths through green polderlands are calling, so get a taste for some charmingly Dutch old rural villages and farmsteads en route to that big cheese of a city, Gouda. Savour hot syrup waffles and wonderful nuggets of history here from the Gothic Town Hall to the intriguing Weigh House and make sure that the Thursday traditional cheese market is on your menu too. Another green and pleasant cycle ride leads through woods and parklands, alongside lakes and rivers to big city, Utrecht. Pedal beside the ‘Oude Gracht’ to discover historic wharves and don’t miss the delightful museum quarter before your Dutch brief encounter comes to an end back in Bunnik.
Nice & Easy - Gentle touring by bike along flat cycle tracks and minor roads. Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. Cycle map includes route options, so you have the flexibility to shorten or extend your bike tour as you wish.
* Utrecht – cathedral city of towering delights and historic wharves * River Vecht – stately homes and garden pavilions * Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan capital, with a canal area that’s brimful of culture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Gouda – historic market place and town hall, but simply a must for cheese-lovers *Castle de Haar – impressive architecture and beautiful garden