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Peaceful Drenthe

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The northern province of Drenthe is a cyclist’s paradise. Well maintained bike paths cross the woods, heath- and farmlands. The perfect environment for a guided recreational cycling tour.

Recreational, E-bike
5 days
210 km / 130 mi
€ 1,340.-
  • All inclusive tour (all meals and entrance fees)
  • Excellent hotels in quaint villages
  • Group size 8-16 persons
  • Including lecture and guided tours of selected attractions
  • Optional E-bike

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Details

Type
Recreational, E-bike
Duration
5 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Individual: with GPS and map
Guided:  with cycling guide
Guided
Distance per day
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
210 km / 130 mi
Lodging
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B
Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel
Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Comfort, full board
Luggage transport
Daily transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
21 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
25 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
27 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Dates are flexible for larger groups
Start
Borger (14.00 | 2 pm)
Finish
Borger (16.00 | 4 pm)
Transfer
If no price is indicated the transfer is free
Assen railway station 14.00 hrs

Prices

Tour price
€ 1,340.-
Recreational bike
High quality multispeed bicycle included
Luggage transfers
Daily luggage transfers per courier service included
E-bike
Bicycle with electric motor assistance
€ 149.-
Optional
Single supplement
€ 128.-

Itinerary

5 days - 4 nights

Day 1 - Local ride in Borger
20km/13mi
Take a train to Assen (e.g. from Amsterdam, 1 hrs 50 minutes and no transfers, Euro 25 per ticket). A tour leader will pick you up at the railway station at 14.00 hrs (2 pm) and then the shuttle (20 min) brings you to your hotel in the center of the enchanting little village of Borger. The Borger region is famous for its Hunebedden (dolmen or giant's grave) which are reckoned to be 5,500 years old, and basically large stone graves. Check-in, equipment delivery and instructions and a local bike ride before dinner. After dinner a local historian will give a presentation about the Drenthe landscape and the local evolution.

Day 2 - The eastern peat region
55km/34mi
On the second day you will explore the southeastern part of Drenthe, a lower peat region. This is a beautiful cycling route in a landscape of woods and wetlands, traversed by many canals - the result of modern Dutch nature management.

Day 3 - Along Camp Westerbork to Dwingeloo
45km/28mi
Today the route leads to Dwingeloo. The landscape gradually changes into a dryer and higher area with sand dunes and heath lands, dotted with bushes and groups of trees. Do not expect any hard climbs here, because ‘high’ in Holland mostly means no more than 50 mtrs/150 ft! Halfway along the route you will pass Camp Westerbork. From 1942 to 1944 this was a WW II transit camp from where thousands of Jews and people against Nazism were deported to concentration camps elsewhere in Europe. Visit to the Memorial Center and a guided walking along the surrounding grounds and barracks. The hotel in village of Dwingeloo is an authentic family hotel where modern comfort goes hand in hand with personal hospitality. The view from the hotel situated on the old market square, or the brink as it is called in Holland, and the surrounding ancient buildings is breathtaking.

Day 4 - The western woods
60km/38mi
Day four of the tour is a circular cycle trip through the woodlands and heath lands in national and regional parks. A fairytale landscape, dotted with ‘elfin villages’, farm worker hamlets and imposing, thatched farmhouses. En route you will have plenty of opportunities for stops, and enjoying a large cup of tea or coffee, accompanied by a delicious piece of local Drenthe baking. This is relaxation at its best.

Day 5 - Along Orvelte and back to Borger
55km/34mi
On the final day, a southern route will take you back to Borger. Halfway along the route we will visit the museum village of Orvelte. An excellent place for a guided walking tour and a special lunch, prepared with local ingredients. You will arrive in Borger in the middle of the afternoon and be taken to the railway station in Assen.

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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