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. Some of the highlights are:
- 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 the rest day can be included after any day. You decide if you want to stay 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In excellent 3 star to 4 star hotels
- Hotel accommodation for 4 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- Luggage transfer
- Welcome meeting
- 7-speed hybrid bicycle including waterproof handlebar bag and breakdown assistance
- 3-speed children bicycles, tag-along trailers, or child trailers
- Equipment insurance
- Door to door route descriptions on GPS device and maps
- Additional tourist information
What’s Not Included
- Lunches and dinners
- Train tickets from Amsterdam to Amersfoort and from Arnhem to Amsterdam
- Entrance fees to National Park and all highlights
- Bike protection
- Travel insurance
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrival from March 28 to October 4, 2020
Price for family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12): $ 902 £ 497 $ 850 € 535 $ 969 kr 5797 $ 635
All other family configurations are possible as well, just ask.
Helmet rental per day (payable on arrival): $ 17 £ 9 $ 16 € 10 $ 18 kr 108 $ 12
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. A good website to use to research high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.
Important to know
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
This tour is run by Tulip Cycling.
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