The Brabant life and landscape forms the basis of the work of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). His love for the simple man, nature and farmland; it all began in this beautiful province, when he lived here from 1883 to 1885 in Nuenen amid the beautiful woods and meadow landscapes. When Vincent made the famous painting “The Potato Eaters”, he painted the harsh reality of the everyday life of farmers. Many of his sources of inspiration are still there. Nuenen is an open air museum with many beautiful houses, trees and squares. 21 places of interest refer to the stay of Van Gogh in Nuenen where he made more than 500 drawings and paintings.
Cycle through the province of Brabant where Van Gogh lived and worked, the land that inspired him and he embraced in his heart. Follow his footsteps and visit the places of major impact on the work of this world-famous artist.
Right after arriving you can admire the village of Nuenen, where van Gogh lived from 1883 to 1885 and painted several of his world famous paintings. You will stay overnight in this village. You probably want to start with a visit to the Vincentre.
You will make a roundtrip by bike in the Nuenen area to discover the 20+ Van Gogh highlights.
Today you will explore the landscape of the Brabant province with landscapes that inspired the painter in his work. The cycling route is signposted with special Van Gogh route signs. At the end of the day you arrive in the capital of the province, ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Next to a lively city centre full of restaurants you will find the North Brabant Museum, an important museum with the art and history of Brabant. Here you can find original works by Van Gogh, like the female farmers of the Potato Eaters and his father’s Rectory.
On day three you leave ‘s Hertogenbosch on the southern side, through Vught. You will cycle to the “Loonse and Drunense” Dunes, through Oisterwijk to Tilburg. At the spot where once was Van Gogh’s school, today children are learning to draw and paint in Vincent’s Art Room. In a reconstructed classroom, you see how he got his first serious drawing lessons from his teacher Constant Huijsmans.
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this cycling day. Between Alphen and Goirle you will cycle along the border of Belgium. The paintings of Vincent will come to life.
On your last day of cycling you will cross narrow paths back to Nuenen. Again you will come across the beautiful fields and farmlands he loved so much. Back in Nuenen, you can look back on your trip and dream about what Van Gogh was doing only a hundred plus years ago in this very place.
After breakfast your cycling holiday comes to an end.
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.
|Van Gogh Tour
|Double room per person, 5 nights
|Hotel-to-Hotel Luggage Transfers (1 suitcase per person)
|Rent 24-speed Hybrid Bike (go here for more options)
|€78 (6 x €13)
|Dinner (Every Night)
|€195 (6 x €32,50)
|€75 per night
|€10 (price per tour)