Cycle & Stay: Right through the middle of Holland
7 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
Here’s a bike tour that’s absolutely Dutch to the core. It loops its way right through the middle of Holland - out and back from historic Utrecht, up to cosmopolitan capital, Amsterdam, then down past Kinderdijk’s irresistible row of 19 windmills to the river-ringed town of Dordrecht. With gentle, flat terrain all the way, it’s carefree cycling country, combining river landscapes, nature reserves and perfect polders with just the right mix of vibrant cities and must-see museums.
From Amsterdam’s iconic canals to colourful bulb-fields by the North Sea coast and Gouda’s great cheese market, pedal towards Rotterdam, through Holland’s Green Heart, to discover the beautiful bridges and quaysides of Dordrecht, one of the country’s oldest towns and a testimony to the rich trading past of the Dutch ‘Golden Age’. Love nature? Then you’ll adore the adjacent Biesbosch National Park, where Frisian cows graze on lush water-meadows and reed-fringed lakes attract all sorts of waterfowl. It’s definitely a good idea to have the binoculars in the panniers and, cycling at your own pace, you’ll of course be as free as a bird to stop and watch the natural world go by a while.
Heading back northwards, you’ll want to explore walled Gorinchem, a former fishing town once known as ‘Gateway to Holland’ and maybe make a little time to enjoy more of Utrecht. Well, what could be more Dutch through and through than the city’s ‘Speelklok’ Museum of colourful street organs?
Easy to Moderate: Gentle cycling tours in mainly flat terrain with some gentle hills, but no long or steep ascents. Individual stages of the cycle ride are generally short with some longer stages. 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 * 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 * Kinderdijk – windmill wonderland * Dordrecht – highly historic trading city with many monuments by the harbour * Biesbosch National Park – freshwater tidal area, almost unique in Europe * Gorinchem - historic walled town centre, monuments and former fishing industry hub.