Type of tour:Guided
Level:2
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:30 Miles/day average
Dates: Saturdays: Jun 21; Jul 12; Aug 2 and 9, 2014
Tour price:€799
Start city:Amsterdam, Holland
End city:Amsterdam, Holland
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Through the Hanseatic towns of Eastern Holland
Holland's Castles and Walled Towns by Bike and Barge

Tour Description: Guided

In the Middle Ages a treaty existed among many trading towns that were located nearby waterways. On this cycle tour through the eastern part of the Netherlands, you will visit several of these so-called Hanseatic towns. In the vicinity you will find lots of grand castles and estates often situated in pretty nature areas.

You leave Amsterdam by barge and head for Wijk bij Duurstede, a fortified town founded in the year 1500 BC. You visit national park De Hoge Veluwe and the Kröller Müller Museum, that shows a fine collection of Van Gogh paintings. From Arnhem you pass castle Rosendael and follow the river IJssel through Doesburg in direction of Hanseatic town Zuthpen. Your cycle tour takes you through the typical rural villages like Lochem and you make a stop for a visit to Mansion Verwolde. In Deventer you leave the barge and pedal on the banks of the river IJssel to the Hanseatic town of Kampen. An evening walk through the historical center shows you lots of monumental buildings.

After a sailing trip on the lakes between the new and the old land you leave the barge in the hanseatic town of Harderwijk. A roundtrip by bike leads through the moorlands and the forestries that surround this lively town. Spakenburg is a former fishing village that values religious traditions. The costumes you see here are typical for this village and the surrounding area. Before arriving in Amsterdam you first bring a visit to the castle Muiderslot.

In the evening you can see and experience the glory and history of Amsterdam by making a round trip of the canals.

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