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Dutch Waterlandscape

A relaxed tour through the Dutch Green Heart (Het Groene Hart)




These tours will take you through the watery west of the Netherlands. This cultural area was created after centuries of digging away turf and enclosing the sea to reclaim land. Nature in this area is highly valued these days and therefore protected. It痴 still an area of peace and quiet, only slightly disrupted by towns and villages. Both tours start and end in the warm city of Utrecht. In the inner city you値l find the unique wharf canals, historical churches and museums. You can use your first day to visit the city centre, which is definitely worth seeing, or you can make a short but attractive cycling






  • Picturesque Dutch towns like Utrecht, Gouda, Leiden, Abcoude and Weesp

  • Dutch windmills

  • Dutch polder landscape




4 day tour

Day 1 Arrival in Utrecht, 16 km ring tour

Day 2  41 km to Weesp  

Day 3  50 km to Nieuwkoop  

Day 4  50 km back to Utrecht & departure

After spending the night in Utrecht you値l follow the banks of the river Vecht past the colourful villages of Maarssen, Breukelen, Loenen, Vreeland and Nigtevegt. In the picturesque Oud- Zuilen you can visit a castle from the Middle Ages. At the Loosdrechtse Plassen you can pause comfortably. Your hotel is situated in the historical town of Weesp. The day after you値l follow the little river De Gein, through the rural area south of Amsterdam past land-reclaiming mills to the colourful village of Abcoude. You値l pass a few fortified houses of the Stelling of Amsterdam. Alongside de Kromme Mijdrecht you値l reach the ponds of Nieuwkoop (Nieuwkoopse Plassen). Along the river De Meije you値l finally end up at your hotel at the Zuideinderplas. The final cycle day will take you past the stork station Zegveld to the fortified city of Woerden. Past Harmelen you値l ride to the romantic castle De Haar near Haarzuilens. Through the beautiful turf area north of Utrecht you値l return and finish your tour.






7 day tour

Day 1 Arrival in Utrecht, 16 km ring tour

Day 2  41 km to Weesp  

Day 3  50 km to Nieuwkoop  

Day 4  47/64 km roundtrip  

Day 5   26 km to Gouda possibility extra roundtrip 30 km  

Day 6  51/58 km roundtrip  

Day 7 58 or 62 km to Utrecht departure

The first three days are similar to the 4 day tour. In Nieuwkoop you値l enjoy an extra day and you can make a tour to Leiden. The day after you値l cycle past the Reeuwijkse Plassen to attractive Gouda, with its monuments, canals and squares. You値l have plenty of time to look around, this day痴 tour isn稚 limited in time. Those who love silver can take a round trip to the silver town of Schoonhoven, which is situated at the river De Lek. The longer tour will take you to the well-known Kinderdijk. Around 1750 19 Dutch windmills were built here, which are well kept and still in working order. Unesco lists them as World Heritage. The last day will lead you over dykes along the Hollandse IJssel to Oudewater. Through Woerden and past Haarzuilens Castle you値l return to Utrecht.



Included in this cycling vacation

  • 3 or 6 nights with breakfast If booked for half board diner in a restaurant close to the hotel in Weesp and Gouda  

  • Route instructions in English with maps

  • Luggage transportation

  • emergency line

  • if rented a bike: 8 gears, hand breaks, bicycles bag and bike lock  

Not included

  • Tourist tax 



Every Saturday from 1 March till 31 October (Other travel dates are possible on request, but an additional fee may be asked)

Level 1/2

easy and flat itineraries. A tour suitable for all. The difference in altitude is less than 100 meters. the itineraries are all flat and often on bike path. However the wind can be insidious and slow you down. A tour for all ! About 90% cycling on bike paths

Prices p.p. 2018

4 day tour

In a double room   290,00

Single room surcharge   120,00

Half Board surcharge   95,00 

Bike rental  65,00  / insurance  7,50

e-bike rental   125,00 / insurance 7,50

7 day tour

In double room  525,00

Single room surcharge   230,00

Half board surcharge  185,00

Bike rental   95,00 / insurance 12,50

E-bike rental  160,00  / insurance 12,50