Cycle & Stay: Holland's Great Rivers
8 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
Explore Holland’s rich delta-lands where Europe’s great rivers, the Rhine and the Meuse, meet the sea and the landscape simply couldn’t be more Dutch! Canals, dijkes, tributaries and rivers lead through lush green pastures grazed by black and white Frisian cows, past windmills and ancient farmhouses, mixing harbours great and small with modern cities and memories of the great Golden Age. And of course, no Dutch cycling adventure around this area would be complete without letting your hair down in the refreshing North Sea breezes by the sandy beaches of Holland’s impressive dune coast.
‘Little’ rivers like the Vecht, Schie, Lek and Waal become your companions too as you pedal from Utrecht’s ‘Oude Gracht’ wharves via cheese-city Gouda, delicately coloured Delft and the walled city of Gornichem. From the coast to architectural eye-opener Rotterdam, a bike ride along the banks of Europe’s busiest shipping route has plenty of wow factor. But then so too do the historic ‘River City’ of Dordrecht - an island surrounded by no less than five rivers! - and birdwatchers’ paradise, the Biesbosch National Park.
On this cycle tour, you’ll stay ‘above’ the Great Rivers dividing line, the area historically associated with the sober, hard-working Protestant folk of the north. Of course the traditionally more relaxed, catholic lands ‘below the Great Rivers’ are waiting to offer a wonderful welcome too. Fancy discovering the flavour of both? Take a look at our bike tours including Amsterdam and Bruges.
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 * Gouda – historic market place and town hall, but simply a must for cheese-lovers * The Hague (Den Haag) – Dutch Government quarter and royal residence * Scheveningen – vibrant, modern coastal resort * Delft - famous for potteries producing blue and white tiles and chinaware * Rotterdam – impressive harbour city * Dordrecht – historic river intersection , one of Holland’s oldest towns * Biesbosch National Park – freshwater tidal area, almost unique in Europe * Gorinchem - historic walled town centre, monuments and former fishing industry hub.