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Holland's Green Heart cycling
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Holland's Green Heart cycling

Holland's Green Heart cycling

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.

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Route

Start: Utrecht                  Finish: Utrecht

Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Amsterdam (63 km)
Day 3: Amsterdam - Gouda (80 km)
Day 4: Gouda - Utrecht (67 km)
Day 5: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Utrecht

Arrival in Utrecht

Day 2:    Utrecht - Amsterdam (63 km)

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.

Day 3:    Amsterdam - Gouda (80 km)

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)

Day 4:    Gouda - Utrecht (67 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.

Day 5:     Return Home

After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

prices & dates
 
Starting dates 2019:  
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  
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room 
4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
410,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 4) 120,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 4) 120,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 4) 48,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 4) 100,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 4) 11,00
GPS rental 10,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room 17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
14 - 18 September 2018
13 - 15 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019
staying overnight in a double room  
staying overnight in a single room





52,20
105,00
   
Extra night 70,00
   
   
   
 
accommodation
Utrecht - Hotel Mitland**** (Utrecht)
Hotel Mitland**** (Utrecht)

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'.

www.mitland.nl

Westcord Art Hotel*** & *** (Amsterdam)
Westcord Art Hotel*** & *** (Amsterdam)

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!

www.westcordhotels.com

Best Western Hotel Gouda**** (Gouda)
Best Western Hotel Gouda**** (Gouda)

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.

www.bestwesterngouda.nl

practical info

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

BICYCLE RENTAL

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.

 Bike -24 gears                                                  Child bike

      

   

Fun-Trailer/add on bike                   Child trailer                 Child seat   

      

                                

E-BIKES 

You can also rent an electric bike  (Trek o Giant)

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 4 nights in 3*/4* hotels, with ensuite bathrooms
  • All breakfasts (Halfboard optional)
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel
  • Map, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • Service-hotline (also at weekends)

Not included

  • Transport to/from Utrecht
  • Ferry tickets are not included
  • GPS

Extras

  • All dinners
  • Bike rental
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