Along the most scenic rivers and waterways of Europe, surrounded by windmills, cows and nature, you will cycle through the typical Dutch landscape with tranquil green ridges and ancient farms. The route leads along the North Sea dunes, the ports of Rotterdam and old Dutch fishing villages such as Maassluis and Vlaardingen.
We drive through Schiedam with its mills and distilleries and the seaside resorts Scheveningen and Kijkduin Hook of Holland where the beach is almost right next to the bike path.
This area offers more than just a beautiful sandy beach, sun and sea. Indeed, there are also the boulevards to “strolling” and shopping, as well as many cafes and beach pavilions.
The first hotel you will be staying in is ideally located in the center of the Netherlands on the edge of the Rhine river. Utrecht has a wonderful old historic city center full of culture, shops and restaurants. Utrecht can be reached by train from Amsterdam Airport in approx. 45 minutes.
Today you cycle along numerous country houses, castles, woods and parks before reaching “cheese town” Gouda. There is a traditional thursday morning cheese market in Gouda. The town is also known for its syrup waffles (try one hot!) and candles.
Through the green heart of the Netherlands you bicycle through grasslands to The Hague, the seat of government and royal residence of the Netherlands. The Hague offers many museums, beautiful buildings, events and shopping.
You cycle through the coastal towns Kijkduin and Hook of Holland to Maassluis, an old fishing village. In Schiedam you find distilleries and mills. After the former fishing village Vlaardingen you bike to the modern city of Rotterdam with its modern skyline and major port areas. During your boat trip it is easy to see how the ports are being redeveloped into attractive areas today. From the Euromast, the highest tower of the country, you have a wonderful view of the city and the surrounding area.
You continue your way by bike to Dordrecht. Dordrecht is one of the oldest cities of The Netherlands which is evident from all the historical buildings and churches you will encounter here. Also lots of cozy squares and streets to eat and drink something.
Along the edge of the island of Dordrecht, you continue your way through a special freshwater area, National Park De Biesbosch. You’ll cycle through and along polders, mills, willows, green pastures full of cows, farms, quaint villages, historic towns and wide rivers.
In the towns Gorinchem and Woudrichem history is still vividly present. This is evident from the ramparts, city gates, armories and other monuments. A few miles later you reach Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, with its unique architecture, numerous museums, hundreds of years old canals with low yards full of restaurant terraces, nice shopping and nice cafes and pubs.
For your daily overnight stays we select the best hotels from our pool of quality hotels. Because some of the hotels are sometimes fully booked we use this selection system so we can switch to the next hotel on the list if the previous hotel didn’t have any rooms available.
|Dutch Canals & Dunes Tour
|Double room per person, 7 nights
|Hotel-to-Hotel Luggage Transfers (1 suitcase per person)
|Rent 24-speed Hybrid Bike (go here for more options)
|€91 (7 x €13)
|Dinner (Every Night)
|€227,50 (7 x €32,50)
|€75 per night
|€10 (price per tour)