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The largest National Park in the Netherlands is considered to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Netherlands. It makes this tour very attractive for nature and culture lovers.

Recreational, E-bike
6 days
215 km / 134 mi
€ 580.-
  • Visit to Apeldoorn with several options
  • Safe routes with lots of quiet bicycle paths
  • A two nights stay in the National Park
  • Discount: 4-7 persons 5% | 8+ persons 10%

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Details

Type
Recreational, E-bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Individual: with GPS and map
Guided:  with cycling guide
Individual - GPS
Distance per day
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
Total distance
215 km / 134 mi
Lodging
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B
Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel
Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Standard, (private bathroom & breakfast)
Luggage transport
In panniers on your bike (transfers optional)
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 Apr 2018 - 01 Oct 2018
You can start this tour every day during this period
Start
Abcoude (10.00 | 10 am)
Finish
Abcoude (16.00 | 4 pm)

Prices

Tour price
€ 580.-
Recreational bike
High quality multispeed bicycle included
E-bike
Bicycle with electric motor assistance
€ 178.-
Optional
Daily luggage transfers
Total price per booking
€ 337.-
Optional
Upgrade to Comfort hotels
Comfortable 3 star accommodation
€ 121.-
Optional
Upgrade to Premium hotels
Unique 3-5 star accommodation and setting
€ 344.-
Optional
Extra day in Apeldoorn
To fully explore Apeldoorn and its attractions
Optional
Single supplement
€ 129.-

Itinerary

6 days - 5 nights
7 days - 6 nights option

Day 1 – From Amsterdam and eastbound
45km/28mi or 55km-34mi
From Amsterdam you can easily reach the tour start in Abcoude by train or taxi in 20 minutes. Our representative will meet you 10:00 (10 AM) at the railway station for equipment and route instructions, or we can arrange a pick-up in Amsterdam. On the first day of the tour, the route heads east through a landscape of waterways and woods and (with the long route option) some excellent cycling stretches along Lake Yssel. Your hotel or B&B is located in the small farming town of Nijkerk.

Day 2 – From the farmlands to the woodlands
40km/25mi or 55km/35mi
On the second day of the tour, you cycle from Nijkerk towards the mid-size town of Apeldoorn. Your GPS device will guide you along agricultural farming areas and woods, right through the heart of the green Veluwe region. Apeldoorn is famous for the royal Het Loo Palace with its stunningly beautiful gardens and parklands. Your accommodation lies close to the royal palace. The Dutch often say that the altitude changes here when cycling over the low sand dunes of the Veluwe. But remember this is still Holland: these dunes are only ‘a bridge high’.
>> When you want to take more time to explore Apeldoorn and its attractions you can opt for an extra night (view below).

Day 3 – To the ‘De Hoge Veluwe’ national park'
25 km / 16 mi
You reach Otterlo after a relatively short bike ride through the Royal Forests around Apeldoorn. This quaint little village is located on the border of ‘De Hoge Veluwe’ National Park. It’s very unique landscape was created during the last Ice Age and the park represents one of the largest nature reserves in the Netherlands. It covers approximately 55 square kilometers, and has a wide topographical range including heathlands, sand dunes and woodlands, supporting a great variety of wildlife and birds.

Day 4 – Loop tour through the national park
10 km/6 mi or 35km/22mi
Today you have ample time to explore all of the National Park. It has over 37 kilometers of bicycle paths, as well as the famous Kröller Müller Museum (closed on Mondays). The museum has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. Masterpieces from Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan are also part of the permanent exhibition. The museum is located only 3 kilometers from your accommodation in Otterlo. You can also visit the St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge in the park for a guided tour. The lodge was designed for the Kröller Müller family by the famous Dutch architect Berlage in 1914.

Day 5 – Enjoy cycling to Amersfoort
35km/21mi or 55km/35mi
Ready to return westward? Get back on your bicycle and ride the paths, passing through small villages, greeting Dutch cyclists as you pass them by and enjoying the timeless farming landscapes and neat grasslands. The route eventually takes you to Amersfoort. When you arrive early you can explore the historic city center of Amersfoort on foot, to admire its charming little streets, old bridges, city canals and national monuments.
The longer route option for today includes cycling over the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (hill ridge). This might sound challenging but in the slopes are not steep and the height of these hills is not more than 75 meters / 230 feet.

Day 6 – Return to Abcoude
40 km / 25 mi
The final day of this tour heads further west and first takes you over a wooded section, after you have left Amersfoort. During the last 20 km/12mi you enter the lowlands again, with interesting cycling stretches along the mid Holland lakes and the River Vecht. Our representative will meet you at the railway station in Abcoude late afternoon. Or we can arrange one or more nights in a quiet hotel in the historic village center of Abcoude, from where you can easily (20 minutes transfer) make your daily visits to the vibrant city center of Amsterdam.

>> Optional extra day between day 2 and 3
To fully discover Apeldoorn and its attractions we can book you an extra night in this town. You may want to visit the royal Het Loo Palace and its beautiful gardens. If you are accompanied by children or when you you simply love watching monkeys at play, check out the Apenheul Primate Park. And for children up to the age of 12, there’s also Julianatoren [Queen Juliana Tower] family amusement park. Of course, you can also just jump on your bicycle and make a nice 30 km / 19 mi countryside loop tour to the small town of Vaassen with its medieval castle of Cannenburch.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

recreational Superb recreational hybrid bike (included)
- Various frame sizes for all heights
- Shimano Premium hub gearing
- Magura hydraulic brakes
- Schwalbe anti-puncture tires
- Fenders and chain guard
- Comfortable Selle Royal gel seat
- Ergonomic handelbar grips
- Front- and rear light
- Mounted lock
- Weight 16 kg / 35 lbs
- Optional: E-bike

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