The Green Heart is a rural area surrounded by the big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. What saved it was its wetland and marshes: poor building ground! Instead, the bogs were used to harvest peat. Today, here is where you’ll find the picture book Holland of old: low-lying peat meadows with grazing cattle; vast polders under beautiful skies; lakes, streams and rivers; and pretty villages with monumental farmhouses. You will also stop at a number of attractive towns, including "cheese town” Gouda. Naturally, your bike holiday would not be complete without a visit to amazing Amsterdam!
The terrain on this cycle tour is flat all the way. As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transport and excellent accommodation.
Start: Utrecht Finish: Utrecht
Arrival in Utrecht
You will cycle to Amsterdam on the banks of the lovely little River Vecht. Characteristic for this area are the many stately homes and garden pavilions built by rich Amsterdam merchants in the 17th and 18th Centuries. At the end of the day, Amsterdam welcomes you with its 165 romantic inner-city canals, 1281 bridges and more than 600,000 bikes. Amsterdam is a city for exploring. There is so much to see and do, whether you like art, culture, an evening out or just looking around and taking in the spirit of the city. A canal boat tour gives you a better look at the lovely canal houses.
Today is the day you cross the rural Green Heart. On the way, you will come across characteristic old Dutch towns and villages. As you wander around Gouda at the end of the day, don’t miss the Gothic town hall (1450); the Weighing House(1667); the romantic inner city canals and the stained glass windows in St. John’s Church. If possible, plan your trip so that you can witness the traditional Thursday morning cheese market at the start of Day 4. Gouda is also famous for making candles and syrup waffles (try one hot!).
Would the 80 km be to long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden. (30 km and 49 km)
The landscape of rivers, polders, lakes, woods, parks and marshy fens makes for a wonderful bike trip. You will see stately homes and castles along the way. The lively centre of the big city of Utrecht will draw you to its peaceful inner city canals and characteristic wharves, unique to Utrecht. Explore the pretty Museum Quarter, or go (window) shopping on some of the quieter shopping streets.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.
|Single room, breakfast||535.00|
|Double room, breakfast||415.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Surcharges per person||€|
|Stay in Amsterdam on saturday||20.00|
|Stay in Amsterdam from:
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 2.75 x 4||11.00|
|Child seat||€ 5.00 x 4||20.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 4||12.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 4||24.00|
|Theft insurance premium bike||€ 6.00 x 4||24.00|
|Extra luggage||€ 5.00 x 4||20.00|
|Add on bike||€ 6.00 x 4||24.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 4||70.00|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
Situated on the outskirts of Utrecht at a five minutes' drive from the city centre and the Utrecht Industries Fair buildings. Mitland Hotel Utrecht has 146 luxuriously furnished hotel rooms and is situated in a splendid park and offers a wonderful view of the old 'De Bilt fortress'.
Art Hotel Amsterdam (3-stars) in district 'Westerpark', is only a 10 minute public transport ride from the center of Amsterdam. The hotel is on the border of Spaarndammerbuurt. The area is rich in Amsterdam School Architecture, making it a wonderful walking route with much to discover. Theater Amsterdam is located within walking distance of the hotel. Ideal for a night out!
This new hotel with 101 rooms and 7 meeting rooms is adjacent to the former Gas and Light Factory. The special interior design of the hotel reminds of the rich history of Gouda.
Starting dates: Daily from April 1 till September 26.
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies of € 17,50 per person in a double room
The closest airport you can fly into is Amsterdam Schipol (AMS).
From Schiphol airport there is a direct connection to Utrecht by train
Parking possibilities at the hotel
If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You will receive your rental bike at the start of your holiday and return it before you go home. All bikes are provided with chain locks.
Our hybrid bikes have 21-gears with hand brakes. We will assign the bikes according to gender, as we have both men- and women style bikes.
Our premium bikes are lightweight and make excellent touring bikes with 27-gears and disc brakes. The bikes are less heavy than our hybrid bikes: they weigh +/- 15 KG. We have both men- and women style premium bikes, which will be assigned according to gender. Our premium bikes have normal pedals. Most of our premium bikes are Koga Grand Tourer bikes or similar. Premium bikes are always on request.
Two of our mostly used race bikes are Montreal 74 Eddy Merckx and Blockhaus 67 Eddy Merckx, both unisex. The bikes are made from aluminium.
For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm)
Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only. The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm. We mostly use the Victoria Spezial 8.7. This tandem bike comes with 24-derailleur gears or nuvinci gears. The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.
E-bikes are always on request, as we have a limited amount of e-bikes available. Our e-bikes are unisex, have handbrakes and have ten gears. Our smallest e-bike has a frame size of 49 cm and is suitable for persons that are 155 cm (5ft1) or taller.
GPS tracks are available on request.