Itinerary

Windmill Cycle Tour Holland

6 days / 5 nights

Enjoy the peace and quiet on this cycle tour. This is pure Holland for you. Black and white Frisian cows graze in lush green meadows bordered by pollard willows. Under vast horizons, water birds land on dazzling lakes with with reedy fringes. The world famous windmills at Kinderdijk scoop excess water out of the polder up into the river. Numerous interesting historical towns await you. The terrain on this tour is flat all the way. As on all our carefree cycle tours, we provide luggage transfer and excellent accommodation.

Highlights : Old town Utrecht, market place Gouda, windmills Kinderdijk (part of the UNESCO world heritage), historical city of Dordrecht, Biesbosch National Park, cycle paths along the rivers

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Utrecht.

Utrecht can be reached by train from Amsterdam Airport. Parking at the hotel is possible for a moderate fee.

Day 2: Bunnik – Gouda (Cycling 60 km/37 miles)

Today you’ll see stately homes, castles, woods and parks before reaching cheese town Gouda. Try to plan your trip so that you will be able to see the traditional Thursday morning cheese market at the start of Day 3. The town is also known for its syrup waffles (try one hot!) and candles.

Day 3: Gouda - Papendrecht / Dordecht (Cycling 52 km / 32 miles)

At the village of Kinderdijk, explore the site 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 a museum mill and open to the public. Your destination, Dordrecht, is one of Holland’s oldest towns. It’s completely surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. Around the harbour you will see many monumental buildings.

Day 4: Papendrecht / Dordrecht – Gorinchem (Cycling 52 km / 32 miles)

Dordtse Biesbosch is part of Biesbosch National Park, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe. The countless islands of marshy willow woods, reed-lands and grasslands are surrounded by creeks and rivers. The place is a resting, foraging and breeding site for water birds. Nature lovers should visit Biesbosch Centre Dordrecht for information on this fascinating area.

Day 5: Gorinchem – Utrecht (Cycling 50 km / 31 miles)

Gorinchem’s walled town centre has a long, turbulent history and over two hundred monuments to remember it by. It used to be big in fishery,markets and trade, but was often plagued by floods and conquerors (the town was the gateway to Holland). In the heart of the city of Utrecht lies the peaceful Oude Gracht (= Old Canal). Its characteristic wharves are unique to Utrecht. Nowadays they are the pleasant setting for waterside cafes and restaurants. Explore the Museum Quarter and do some (window) shopping on one of the quieter shopping streets.

Day 6: After breakfast in your hotel, you will return home.

Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.