The Green Heart is picture book Holland. You will cycle through peaceful meadows with grazing cattle, across vast polders under beautiful skies and meander round quiet rivers, lakes and streams. This is the perfect holiday if you're looking to ride in rural locations.
DAY 1Arrival into Utrecht
Upon arrival into Utrecht, enjoy the city centre or explore the woodlands that surround the River Kromme Rijn.
DAY 2Utrecht to Gorinchem
Today's route sees you cross vast polders and ride past typically Dutch windmills, old farm houses and lush meadows. As you head south south, you will reach the glass town of Leerdam, a meeting place for glassblowers from many countries who demonstrate their craft. After Leerdam you will continue following the river Linge towards Gorinchem where you finish your day.
Today's cycling is approximately 58km
DAY 3Gorinchem to Gouda
Today you will ride toward the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinderdijk. The 19 windmills have standing since 1740 are a beautiful sight and you can explore the history of this quiet place.
Your destination today is Gouda, famous for its cheese. There other speciality is syrup waffles so reward yourself after a day on the bike. If possible, plan your trip so that you can go to the traditional Thursday morning cheese market.
Today's ride is approximately 60km.
DAY 4Gouda to Woerden
You will head past the river Vlist to the town Oudewater, famous for its it's 16th century Weighhouse. A few centuries ago, people suspected of being a witch were weighed here - how could you could fly a broomstick if you weighed anything.....
Oudewater is also known for storks, so keep your eyes open along the way for these beautiful birds. Your ride will end in Woerden, known for its Saturday cheese market.
Today's cycling is approximately 38km.
DAY 5Woerden to Utrecht
Today's landscape is typically Holland. You will pass by rivers, polders, lakes and woods. The last part will take you along the water, through Breukelen, to your hotel. At the end of your day you have time to explore Utrecht. In the heart of the old inner city lies the old canal and its quaysides, thronging with waterside cafes are unique to Utrecht.
Today's cycling is approximately 35km.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
It's not called the lowlands for nothing with half the country being less than a metre above sea level. You can be assured of almost entirely flat riding from place to place and the experience of crossing the Dutch polders, land reclaimed from the sea and which help provide the Netherlands with such fertile land.
Given the country's small size, there is very little variation in Holland's climate. The best period to travel is late Spring to early autumn. Expect breezier conditions as you ride closer to the coast.
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Holland at your own pace. We have hard copy routes available for you to follow but we recommend hiring a GPS and be guided from place to place with our preloaded routes.
The bike we will provide you with is a fabulous 24 geared touring bicycle, perfect for exploring the short distances you will be making on your holiday. We are able to provide e-bikes, children's bikes and road bikes so if you require these, please ask us.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.