Luxury itinerary day-by-day

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  1. 1. Day one

    Arrive Amsterdam

    Arrive in Amsterdam and settle into the Dylan Hotel, overlooking the Keizersgracht, one of the city's most scenic canals. The 17th- century canals of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a delight to wander along. But the city holds much more to explore than just historic canals. Why not visit the revitalised Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum? Or, maybe Anne Frank's House is a 'must see' for you?

  2. 2. Day two

    Amsterdam to Haarlem

    After breakfast you will be picked up by taxi from your hotel for a short transfer to Amsterdam north. Here you will be fitted with your bicycles and be briefed on the route, your ride starting along a quiet and scenic canal that leads to the impressive historic villages of Broek in Waterland, Monnickendam, Volendam and Edam. Reaching the lowlands of the ‘Twiske’ recreational area north of Amsterdam you will come across villages that are unique, showing off the Dutch history of the Golden Age and the Zaanstreek’s typical green wooden houses, the famous Zaanse Schans windmills not far away now. Finally, cycling south you are biking into Haarlem, once a major North Sea trading port, the old town surrounded by a defensive wall with a medieval character of cobblestone streets and gabled houses. Today it is at the heart of a major flower-bulb-growing district and famous for its outlying tulip fields, art museums and almshouses built around leafy courtyards.

    38 miles (65 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Haarlem to Delft

    The ride from Haarlem to Delft is full of diversity, starting with beautiful forest areas as you head south along the Dutch coast, enjoying the North Sea and the coastal villages of Zandvoort, Noordwijk and Katwijk where car free bike lanes run by rolling sand dunes. Heading inland you will visit the beautiful historic town of Leiden which together with Delft is often called ‘small’ Amsterdam due to the sheer number of scenic canals. Biking along one of them you will reach the town of Delft which is known for Delftware, the hand-painted blue-and-white pottery. The medieval Oude Kerk in the old town is the burial site of Johannes Vermeer, one of the world’s greatest artists. Once the seat of the Royal House of Orange, the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk is home to the family's tombs and overlooks Delft's lively market square.

    40 miles (65 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Delft to Dordrecht

    From Delft you cycle on through lowlands, your route leading into Schiedam where you continue to cycle the canals and see the five largest windmills in the world including ‘De Walvisch’ or ‘The Whale’ which once ground grain for the local distilleries. From Schiedam it is just a small ride to Rotterdam, a city with a wealth of architectural styles following its bombing in the Second World War including sky-scrapers designed by many renowned Dutch modernist architects. Rotterdam is not only Europe’s largest port but is also a modern vibrant city with leading art musuems such as the Boijmans Van Beuningen with its impressive collection of Old Masters, Modernist and Contemporary Art. From Rotterdam cycle to the historic town of Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city with its grand monuments and museums, ancient warehouses and the busy merchant streets that commemorate the wealthy history of this city by the water.

    34 miles (55 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Dordrecht to Den Bosch

    Leaving the town of Dordrecht to the southeast, pass through the Biesbosch National Park, one of the last extensive areas of freshwater tidal wetlands in north-western Europe. Cycle along the Merwede river in the Rhine valley up to the fortified village of Woudrichem where you will find the impressive medieval Loevestein castle enlarged by William The Silent in the sixteenth century. Passing the fortified village of Heusden, you will arrive in ‘s Hertogenbosch or Den Bosch. It’s a wonderful city full of historic buildings, wonderful museums, great shops, welcoming cafés and restaurants. You can stroll and discover the medieval architecture, take a boat tour of the centuries-old canal system, or go for a bicycle ride along the fortresses. Den Bosch has many beautiful attractions, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

    38 or 42 miles (68 or 60 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Den Bosch to Eindhoven

    Today you are riding through the historic province of Noord Brabant, once a state of the Holy Roman Empire and the scene of conflict between the Protestant Dutch Republic and Catholic Spain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With a variety of farmland, forests and the beautiful Dommel river you will cycle past the incredible achievements of reclaimed land or polders, masterpieces of Dutch ingenuity. Today is a day of scenery, landscape and beautiful bike lanes, the town of Eindhoven known for its technology and design hub, and the birthplace of Philips Electronics. It has a number of museums including The Philips Museum and the Van Abbemuseum which focuses on art and design.

    28 miles (45 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Eindhoven to Roermond

    The first part of the ride is along the beautiful Dommel river, part of which you cycled yesterday, passing historic watermills, forest areas and heather fields. Cycling south towards the Belgium border you will come to the Thorn region where a Benedictine nunnery founded in the 10th century awaits you. Having taken a break in this beautiful village, cycle on along the Maas river to Roermond, your hotel on the shores of the lakes formed from the confluence of the Meuse, Roer and Swalm. The town belonged to the duchy of Guelders for many centuries and remains the seat of the Bishop of Limburg. With a host of cultural and historical artefacts, the town centre is designated as a conservation area with a number of listed buildings, its skyline dominated by St. Christopher Cathedral, dating back to the 15th Century and the Munster Church, built in the 13th Century.

    40 miles (65 km)

  8. 8. Day eight

    Roermond to Elsloo

    Riding through the province of Limburg, this most southern part of the Netherlands is known for its lovely hilly landscape, not typically Dutch at all! But by following the beautiful Maas river you won’t have any difficult hills to master and you will pass through the village of Stevensweert, its street plan still very much that of the former fortress built by the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War, the Dutch War of Independence of the seventeenth century. At Elsloo, feel the warmth of the south, enjoy rich Burgundy cuisine, smell the forest around you, experience craftsmanship, listen to the silence and know that this lifestyle is a good one!

    27 miles (45 km)

  9. 9. Day nine

    Elsloo to Maastricht

    Your final day is not a long ride and with less kilometres you can have the pleasure of mastering the hilly first part of the ride to Valkenburg aan de Geul with its castle, watermills, historic churches and different types of former marl quarries or caves. The final section of your trip is along the Geul which meanders between the hills to Maastricht, the final destination of your ‘Grand Tour of the Southern Netherlands’. A university city with medieval-era architecture and a vibrant cultural scene, Maastricht boasts the Gothic-style church of Sint Janskerk, the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius which houses a significant collection of religious art and the Bonnefanten art museum with its focus on contemporary art. Raise a glass in the cobbled streets of the old town to celebrate the completion of your tour!

    21 miles (35 km)

  10. 10. Day ten

    Maastricht

    Depart Maastricht