Finally, a bike tour in Holland that is perfect for the whole family! Combining quiet low-distance rides with cultural highlights for the adults with entertaining stops at amusement parks and zoos for the kids. The accommodations also provide family or connected rooms.
Set in the middle of Holland, you will see lots of farmland, water, and forest areas.
- The historic town of Amersfoort and Harderwijk
- The monkey garden in Apeldoorn, the Dolphin Zoo in Harderwijk and the Zoo in Arnhem
- The National Park Hoge Veluwe with the famous Kröller Müller museum and the interesting Museonder museum for the children
- The open air (Openlucht) museum in Arnhem with all highlights of Holland in one place
- The Royal palace ‘het Loo’ in Apeldoorn as the ‘Julianatoren’ amusement park in Apeldoorn
- The city of Arnhem famous for its role in WWII with interesting war museums
With so much to see and do, you'll never want to leave!
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*This is a 5-day itinerary in which a rest day can be included after any day. You decide where you want your extra day, in either Harderwijk, Apeldoorn, Otterlo, or Arnhem (Please specify at time of booking!)
Day 1: Amersfoort - Harderwijk, 22 to 28 miles (35 to 45 km)
Day 2: Harderwijk – Apeldoorn 22 to 26 miles (35 to 41 km)
Day 3: Apeldoorn – Otterlo 22 to 26 miles (35 to 41 km)
Day 4: Otterlo – Arnhem 20 miles (32 km)
Day 1: Amersfoort - Harderwijk, 22 to 28 mi. (35 to 45 km)
In the morning, you will get a thorough explanation of the tour including a demonstration of the pre-programmed GPS for a relaxed and stress free tour. You will begin biking through the historic town of Amersfoort and enjoy the beautiful buildings and scenery. Then it is straight on to Harderwijk by the lovely town of Nijkerk, or make a loop to the north, first passing the traditional fishing village of Spakenburg. Both options will bring you along lake IJsselmeer where you can take a quick dip if weather permits. This lake is very shallow so children can swim without fear. Your destination is the old town of Harderwijk with the very impressive Dolphin Zoo.
Accommodation: Hotel Baars
Day 2: Harderwijk - Apeldoorn, 22 to 26 mi. (35 to 41 km)
Today’s ride will be through the Veluwe forest area along quiet bike lanes for safe pedaling. Along your route, enjoy the small villages with pancake restaurants. Pass the Royal Palace ‘het Loo’, a state museum with magnificent gardens. You can also visit the amusement park ‘Juliana Toren’ and the Monkey Garden before arriving at your hotel for the night. This hotel in Apeldoorn has a lovely indoor pool.
Accommodation: Hotel Het Loo
Day 3: Apeldoorn - Otterlo, 22 to 26 mi. (35 to 41 km)
The morning starts with a small climb out of Apeldoorn; it's not a tough job but by Dutch standards it is considered a "hill". Soon you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of heather fields before arriving at the monument of Radio Kootwijk. The day's destination is the quaint village of Otterlo after stopping by the National Park ‘Hoge Veluwe’ (entrance fee required), the ‘Museonder’ museum, or bike directly to Otterlo.
Accommodation: Kruller Hotel
Day 4: Otterlo – Arnhem, 20 miles (32 km)
Today is a great ride through the National Park ‘Hoge Veluwe'. The park is around 55 square kilometers consisting of heatherlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. This car-free area is a bicycle paradise with the impressive Kröller Müller museum, home of a huge van Gogh collection and sculpture garden (not open on Mondays).
Exiting from the south of the Park, you will pass the Dutch open air museum with antique houses, farms, and factories from different parts of the Netherlands. Next to this museum, you will find the Burgers Zoo. Leaving the forest areas riding downhill to the Rhine valley, you will reach Arnhem and the final destination of the tour. In Arnhem, the equipment will be picked up by a local representative and taken to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Molendal
Day 5: Rest day in Harderwijk, Apeldoorn, Otterlo or Arnhem
Enjoy a free day in one of these towns during your tour. Visit one of the highlights nearby and take your time to enjoy the scenery. Please let us know which town you prefer to stay in when you book!
Hotels & Bikes
You will be accommodated in lovely 3 and 4-star hotels. On each day’s details, you will find the name of the preferred hotel.
Your bicycle will be prepared for your arrival, taking into account your gender, height, personal requirements, and your accessory reservation. The rental bikes available are 8 speed multi-geared adult bikes, in both men's and ladies' models, and are manufactured by Koga. Their top-class aluminum hybrid models are built according to our own critical standards and specifications and are the best rental bikes you will find in Holland. Included with the bike rental:
- A toolkit
- Tire repair kit
- Water bottle
- Breakdown assistance
- Hotel accommodation for 4 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- Luggage transfer
- Welcome meeting
- 8-speed hybrid bicycle including waterproof handlebar bag and breakdown assistance
- 3-speed children bicycles, tag-along trailers, or child trailers
- Equipment insurance
- Pre-loaded GPS device & maps
- Additional tourist information
What’s Not Included
- Lunches & dinners
- Train tickets from Amsterdam to Amersfoort & from Arnhem to Amsterdam
- Entrance fees to National Park & all highlights
- Bike protection
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrivals possible between April 1 to September 30, 2022
Price (per person): $ 889 £ 533 $ 789 € 584 ₪ 2047 NZ$ 1013 kr 6487 $ 580
Price is based on a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12). All other family configurations are possible as well, just ask.
Helmet rental per day (payable on arrival): $ 15 £ 9 $ 14 € 10 ₪ 35 NZ$ 17 kr 111 $ 10
Extra nights: on request
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
The Amsterdam Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport. Customer service desks are situated close to the red and white checkered cube at Schiphol Plaza. Staff at the desk will also be able to provide you with train departure information and general information on traveling by train in Holland. Train travel from the airport to Amersfoort is direct and takes about 45 minutes. You will be met at the train station by our local representative for your bike fitting and tour presentation. Your luggage will be transferred to your first hotel. If you are booking an extra night before the tour at the tour hotel, the welcome meeting and bike delivery can occur at the first hotel.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Netherlands is a country that boasts a typical maritime climate with mild summers. Spring and fall can be unpredictable in regards to high/low temperatures and of course, since this is Holland, always bring rain gear. Because the Netherlands is flat, wind can be a factor.
Important to know
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US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU citizens: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and the destination country.
EU-citizens: (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months from the end of your tour.
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Country Entry Requirements
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