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Castles and National park Tour

 

Amsterdam  

Sunday - 10 to 15 km (6 to 9 miles)

Arrival on board the Elodie in Amsterdam where the crew will welcome you with a nice cup of coffee or tea. Introduction to the crew, explanation of the rules on board, information on the program. After the introduction We will make a short tour through the rural area of Amsterdam North to get comfortable with your bike. In the evening after dinner your guide will take you for a walk through Amsterdam.

 

Amsterdam - Wijk bij Duurstede

Monday 45 km (28 miles)

Early in the morning we will sail to Breukelen where your cycle tour begins. Along the lovely river Vecht you can see the castles of Nijenrode and Oud Zuylen. Following this river that goes right to the heart of Utrecht we will end at the Dom.

Te big church tower that if you're willing to climb it gives you a magnificent view over the city and the area.

We proceed our journey to Slot Zeist. This castle from the 17th century was (partially) designed by the famous French architect Daniel Marot can be visited.

After this visit we cycle to Wijk bij Duurstede where we will pay an evening visit to Duurstede castle. In this nice town we will also stay for the night.

 

Wijk bij Duurstede-Amerongen-Arnhem 

Tuesday 45 km (28 miles)

Riding via a hilly cycle path through the Amerongse forest, we arrive in Rhenen where we park the cycles to enjoy a tasty cup of coffee. To arrive eventually at the castle in Doorwerth, we go through a large nature reserve over the Grebbeberg and the Laarseberg. We will pas Doorwerth Castle and go to the lock and dam complex in Driel where the cycles are put on board again. The ship sails further to Arnhem and we will spend the night here. Having a delightful rest, you can enjoy a splendid, twisting river landscape.

 

Arnhem – Zutphen

Wednesday 45 km (28 miles) or 10 km (6 miles)

First yet a little more of busy Arnhem but then the cycle trip goes further over the national park Veluwezoom. This is Holland’s oldest national park, formed by heather, woods, hills and shifting sands. The hilly landscape offers splendid panoramic views. We cycle along the Elsberg game observation post to Huis Eerbeek. One of the oldest churches in Holland is in the small village of Hall. In consultation with the sexton, we will try to visit this church. From the church we will had to 

the attractive village of Bronckhorst. The last "etappe" of this day will be to Zutpen. Zutphen is a Hanze town and one of the top 5 Dutch towns from the middle ages. You will see more Hanze towns on this tour way. The boat sails to Hattum the same afternoon to spend the night.

 

Hattem – Harderwijk

Thursday 40 km (25 Miles) or 15 km (9 miles)

The next morning we start with a visit to the Anton Piek and Voorman museum in Hattem. Two romantic painters and illustrators from the early 20th century that had a perfect sense for atmosphere.

From here the cycle tour begins over the heather to Elburg.

Through the rural landscape and small cycle paths we will find our way to this nice town.

Elburg used the be a very important fishing village on the former South Sea. If we arrive in time you will have the change of visiting the market or climb the old tower that was part of this towns defense system hundreds of years ago.

From here we follow our tour through the "new land" of the

Flevo polder to Harderwijk where we will spend the night.

 

Harderwijk - Nijkerk - Almere

Friday 35 km (22 miles) or 50 km (31 miles)

We cycle through the centre in the direction of the Leuvense forest. We come across two very nice mansions before we enter the Ermelose heather, we cycle to old Groevenbeek and Putten. We stop at the “Het Arboretum pinetuin” (The Arboretum Pine Garden). On this country estate you can find trees from all corners of the world. At the end of the afternoon you we arrive in Nijkerk where the Elodie will be waiting voor you at the locks, after a sailing trip, we arrive in Almere where we will have an evening tour to a special

Casle.

 

Almere– Amsterdam 25

Saturday 45 kilometers (28 miles)

If you want to spend more time in Ámsterdam you can join us for a sailing trip to Amsterdam and enjoy the changing picture of the border lakes. If you don't want to mis another day of healthy exercise you can go for a 45 km cycle trip and visit the Muiderslot, one of Holland finest Castles. We will meet you back in Amsterdam. The Elodie lies moored in the middle of the town a very good starting point to visit this lively city. In the evening you can choose a restaurant to you liking out of the many good restaurant you can find in Amsterdam.

 

Sunday

We take leave of you after breakfast.

 

  

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