Cycle & Stay: Sandy Beaches & Beautiful Cities
7 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
Few countries can lay claim to such super sandy beaches so close to its vibrant capital more than the Netherlands - and a cycle tour is just the perfect way to make the connection. Feel like a local right from the start as you pedal out from Bunnik near Utrecht along the banks of the River Vecht to Amsterdam, where romantic canals, museums and so much more lie in store. Soak up the city vibe and enjoy the exciting nightlife, but save some of your shopping for Haarlem - an historic spot, but total retail therapy paradise – which you’ll meet en route to the popular North Sea beach resort of Zaandvoort.
Feel the sand between your toes… Let your imagination drift with the sea breeze along the golden dunes…Then cycle on to Scheveningen, breathing in the fresh sea air, admiring the very special flora and fauna in this wild, shape-shifting world and getting a sniff of the beautiful bulb fields too, located here just inland. Nearby, The Hague has its own fair share of unexpected colourful city offerings from famous works to art to the royal residence and seat of Government, but as your circular cycling trip rolls on, what could be more fitting than a visit to Gouda, home of those enormous round wheels of cheese? Plan your stay to sample the great cheese market spectacle if you can, before being wowed by big city Utrecht with its time-honoured ‘Oude Gracht’ wharves and marvellous collection of entertaining museums.
Nice & Easy - Gentle touring by bike along flat cycle tracks and minor roads. Some small and short ascents only in areas of undulating dunes and 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, historic wharves, inviting café terraces and even street organ museums * River Vecht – old majestic farmhouses and garden tea pavilions along the riverside * Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan capital, with a canal area that’s brimful of culture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Haarlem – historic centre and shoppers’ heaven * North Sea coast – dunes, beaches and the lively resort of Zandvoort * The Hague (Den Haag) – Dutch Government quarter and royal residence * Gouda – historic market place and town hall, but simply a must for cheese-lovers