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The royal gardens of Holland

Cycling through famous National Parks and the Royal Gardens


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This trip brings you a large variety of the best culture and nature the Netherlands has to offer. During the trip you experience The land of Mauve, situated in the heart of Holland. You can visit the hometown of the famous painter Piet Mondriaan Amersfoort and the blooming city of Utrecht. You can cycle through the wonderful National Park of Soestduinen, the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and the Royal Gardens.

Amersfoort is a small city exactly in the center of the Netherlands. From the 98 meter high tower “Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren”, you get a wonderful view of the scenery of this trip. When the weather is clear, you can easily see the heather and forest landscape of ‘The land of Mauve’, and get a marvellous view of the wavy green landscape of the national park Utrechtse Heuvelrug and the flat polders alongside Eem.

  • Type of tour Self-guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 3,5,8, days
  • Distance 40 km
  • Singer museum Laren
  • The Mondriaan house
  • National Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug
  • Climbing tower Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

The land of Mauve


Approaching Hilversum, the landscape turns to open fields, and trees get replaced by heather. This is where the so-called land of Mauve begins, which he described himself as: ‘Beautiful landscape. Lovely heather, sheep too, magnificent thatched roofs and very friendly corners’. In these surroundings, which are highly acclaimed by many painters, and accommodate the artists-village of Laren, you can visit the Singer Museum.

Day 2



From your hotel it is only about 7 kilometres cycling to the nearby town of Amersfoort. Going through Soesterduinen, which is a unique nature reserve with shifting sand dunes and great picnic spots, the bicycle route will take you to this historical city. The old city walls with entrance gates ensure that the downtown area has perfectly managed to maintain its medieval looks. A stroll or a trip in a boat down the canals is indeed a great way of exploring this old city. A world famous person Piet Mondriaan was born here in Amersfoort in 1872.  Presently there is a museum for Constructive and Concrete art situated at the house he was born.


Day 3



Another city that you can easily visit from your hotel by bicycle, is Utrecht. Utrecht is a medieval city with canals and a cathedral tower. This church tower of more than 112 metres, is the tallest church tower of the Netherlands, and when the weather is clear, it offers a fabulous view of the surroundings.

Day 4

Bunschoten Spakenburg and Eem


Also towards the northern area of Amersfoort, the bicycle route will take you through vast forests. The Soestdijk palace is situated here; the palace of the former queen Juliana, and Drakensteyn castle; the former queen Beatrix’s country home. The Soestdijk palace has now open to public, and if it has been reserved, you can enjoy a high tea here on Fridays and Sundays.

Day 5

Utrechtse Heuvelrug alongside country houses


Towards the south of Amersfoort, the route will take you across vast forests of the Treek estate. The pyramid of Auterlitz is also situated here; a monumental obelisk from 1804, which was built in the honour of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Day 6

Alongside the Valleikanaal


Travel Dates

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
The royal gardens of Holland This tour will not be offered in 2018

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Local bike with 3 gears, 2 days €33
Local bike with 3 gears, 5-days €85
Local bike with 3 gears-8 days €119
1 bike map 1 bike map Falk, scale 1:50,000 (1 inch = 0.8 miles) €9.50


  • 2,4,7 overnight stays at the Hilton Royal Parc hotel based on 2 people sharing with ensuite facility (bath) and radio /TV
  • Breakfast
  • Route description and map material
  • Parking facilities

Not included

  • € 20,- reservation fee (per booking)
  • Dinners
  • Bicycle rental
  • Excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

Special details

Please take good notice of our booking conditions.

No bike insurance available for this tour.

The program is subject to change without notice

Public transport

From Schiphol airport there is a direct train connection to Amersfoort. The train depart multiple times per hour and take approximately 45 minutes. From the trainstation in Amersfoort you can take a taxi or bus to your hotel.
A taxi form Schiphol is around 145 euro.

By car

Take A1 to Amersfoort, then A28 to Utrecht. Take exit 4 (Soesterberg) and turn right at N413. At the second traffic light turn right then left at the next set, heading for Soestduinen, for 2.4km. The hotel will be on the left-

Distance from Hotel: 60 km to Schiphol. Drive Time: 50 min.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What will happen should I encounter problems along the way?

    Luckily, this rarely occurs, since our bicycles are virtually new and well-maintained. Nevertheless, should you encounter a problem, then a quick phone call to our local agent will be sufficient. He shall ensure that you are back on your bike as soon as possible and, should it be necessary, you can exchange your bike through him. We assume that you are able to fix a flat tire yourself, and for this purpose, we will provide you with a repair kit and bike pump.

  • When are the rental bicycles delivered?

    The rental bicycles are as a rule delivered on the evening of the day of arrival and must be returned upon arrival at the last hotel.

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.

  • Average daily temperature during your holiday?

    The average daily temperatures per month are listed below:

    April: 13°C / 55.5°F
    May: 19°C / 66°F
    June: 21°C / 70°F
    July: 23°C / 73.5°F
    August: 23°C / 73.5°F
    September: 20°C / 68°F
    October: 15°C / 59°F

    The rain is spread pretty evenly over the year, so there is not much point in trying to avoid the Dutch drizzle. Current weather forecast

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour for April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good shoes
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    extra towel
    •    soap/ insect repellent
    •    hairdryer (220V) for certain tours

    The final packing list we suggest for your tour will be included in your travel documents.

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