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. This bike tour will take you to the southern part of this area.
Here 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 sleep in attractive historical towns, including "cheese town” Gouda.
Arrival in Utrecht. Utrecht lies in the very center of the Netherlands, near woodland and the small River Kromme Rijn. The centre of Utrecht is not far away and has shops galore, museums and a friendly night life.
The scenery on today’s route comprises vast polders, windmills, characteristic farm houses and lush meadows. Travelling south, you’ll reach glass town Leerdam, a meeting place where glassblowers from many countries demonstrate their craft. After Leerdam you will follow the river Linge towards Gorinchem.
Get your camera out for Kinderdijk, a UNESCO world heritage where 19 windmills have been standing majestically in rows since 1740. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. One of the mills is open to the public.
Your destination today is cheese town Gouda, also known for its candles and syrup waffles (try one hot!). If possible, plan your trip so that you can go to the traditional Thursday morning cheese market.
Today the route will take you past the river Vlist to the historical town Oudewater, famous for its monumental ‘Heksenwaag’. The 16th century Witches Weighhouse now serves as a museum. This town is a great place to stop for lunch and admire the beautiful historical buildings. Oudewater is also known for its many storks, so keep your eyes open along the way for these beautiful birds. You will end your day in historical Woerden, known for the cheesemarket on Saturdaymorning (apr-aug). Wander around the old fortress walls, enjoy the canals and taste the local products.
The landscape of rivers, polders, lakes, woods, parks and marshy fens makes for a wonderful bike trip today. The last part will take you along the water, through Breukelen, to your hotel. At the end of your day you have time for a final visit to Utrecht. In the heart of the old inner city lies the peaceful Oude Gracht (= Old Canal). Its characteristic quaysides are unique to Utrecht. Nowadays they are the pleasant setting for waterside cafes. 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.
|Daily from April 1 till September 25.|
|Per person in a double room
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
|A supplement will be required for:|
|Single room (€ 30 x 5)||150,00|
|Dinner (€ 27,50 x 5)||137,50|
|Bike rental (€ 12 x 5)||60,00|
|E-Bike (€ 25 x 5)||125,00|
|Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 5)||13,75|
Utrecht - Hotel Mitland****
Gorinchem - Hotel Gorinchem***
Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****
Woerden - Best Western Hotel Woerden***
5 Nights included
3/4 Star hotels
Breakfast included, Halfboard optional
Tourist information on all the places of interest
The possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service-hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
Utrecht / Maarssen
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included