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!
Cycle tour - Holland - Green Heart Tour - Individual - 5D/4N
Discover pure nature in Holland by bike
Type of JourneySelf-Guided
Characteristics of this journey/holiday
Day by day
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.
Accommodation in 3*/4* hotels and breakfast buffet or extended breakfast.
Accommodation in 3*/4* hotels
Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
Detailed route notes and maps
Emergency phone support 24/24
Half board – 3-courses evening meal without wines
Bike hire with full equipment
GPS navigation system
Bike breakdown insurance (22 €person)
Everyday departures available between
01.04 to 26.09.2020
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies of € 22,- per person in a double room and € 22,- per person in a single room.