Holland & Germany | Amsterdam to Aachen | Adult Only
Explore Holland & Germany’s magical countryside the way the locals do - by bicycle and on foot
7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Holland’s tulips, windmills, and canals are quick to capture the imagination. While those are spectacular, they are only a small part of what the Netherlands has to offer. This seven-day multisport adventure dives deep into the rest of the experience. Kayak through the canals of Amsterdam. Sip wine at Maastricht’s wineries overlooking hillside vineyards. Cycle along the trails that the impressionist masters walked for inspiration. Wander museums both indoor and out, filled with masterpieces from the world’s most famous artists. Stay at a castle made into a hotel, and see medieval cathedrals along the way. Savor Holland’s eclectic cuisine and hop across the border to savor German and Belgian gastronomy. This multisport adventure takes you by bicycle and foot from Amsterdam’s colorful tulip markets to Aachen’s famous cathedral.
With over 19,000 miles of bike paths, why not see the country like the locals do: by bike? This multisport adventure puts you behind the handlebars for a ground-level look at Holland, eastern Belgium, and western Germany. Along with cycling through rolling hills of sun-splashed vineyards, vibrant green pastures, and juniper-scented heaths, this tour takes you deep into the history of the region. Visit the stunning Aachen Cathedral built by Charlemagne in 805, the oldest cathedral in northern Europe or take in the art of the masters at the Arnhem Open Air Museum. At the end of the day, relax in luxurious accommodations complete with pools, sauna, and world-class restaurants.
- Paddle through the canals of Amsterdam in the shadow of Amsterdam’s famous windmills.
- Savor flavorful Burgundian cuisine at the end of a great day cycling.
- Walk the cobblestone streets of Maastricht, considered one of the Netherlands’ most picturesque cities.
- Enjoy long rails-to-trails bike paths through tiny rural towns and Holland’s iconic pasturelands.
- Relax in luxury in a historic mansion surrounded by woodlands.
- Walk among the headstones at the American War Memorial honoring fallen soldiers who liberated the Netherlands during WWII.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Holland contains some of the most categorically beautiful locations in Europe, from the heath-fields and tulip gardens of the coast to the cobbled streets of Maastricht.
Netherlands has some of the premiere art museums in the world, celebrating the many Dutch artists who have shaped the art world both past and present.
Visit 3 countries at the same time! Climb to the highest point in the Netherlands by bike to experience Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in one spot.
Amsterdam, Netherlands AMS
Amsterdam, Netherlands AMS
Amsterdam / Arnhem
Meet your guide in the morning for a walking tour around Amsterdam. Learn about Amsterdam’s illustrious past as well as its renaissance architecture from your experienced guide. Let floral scents relax you as you walk past local stands of colorful tulips. See Amsterdam through another perspective as you cruise the canal-ways of Amsterdam by kayak past quaint households and houseboats. Have lunch along the Amstel River which gives the city of Amsterdam its name.
About Hotel Groot Warnsborn
The Hotel Groot Warnsborn sits in the center of both the tranquil Veluwe forests and is within easy reach of many of the attractions of Amsterdam. This stately hotel also boasts a French restaurant with spectacular forest views. Take time to enjoy the amazing property with its lush garden, beautiful lawn, and its sporting facilities. The rooms are spacious and offer a wonderful view of the surrounding area. Leave the hotel on foot and you will soon find yourself immersed in the fabulous forests of the Veluwe, in every direction.
Rheden / Arnhem
After breakfast, head out to find inspiration on the trails trodden by some of the Dutch landscape masters. Follow meandering streams on winding paths. Catch juniper-scented breezes while exploring the heath. Dive into the Dutch history of WWII seeing where the action in “A Bridge Too Far” took place. Hike through Holland’s eastern woodlands and marvel at the mansions hidden in the trees. Tonight enjoy the famous Dutch/Indonesian cuisine “Rijsttafel.”
Hoge Veluwe Nature Reserve / Arnhem
Meet your guide for a quick briefing about cycling in the Netherlands, then head out to immerse yourself in Dutch culture at the Arnhem Open Air Museum, followed by the bike paths of the Hoge Veluwe Nature Reserve. Ride through a fantastic array of terrains including heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. After lunch, enjoy art both inside and outside the Kröller Müller Museum by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and other masters.
Arnhem / Maastricht / Vaals
This morning, transfer to the more pastoral landscapes of Southern Limburg. Walk the cobblestone streets of Maastricht, considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Netherlands. Experience a deep sense of history among the headstones of the American War Memorial, where the Dutch honor fallen soldiers that helped liberate the Netherlands from Axis occupation. Ride the rolling hills that make the eastern Netherlands a cycling destination, enjoying quaint villages and a countryside sprinkled with forgotten castles. Over the next 3 nights, we’ll have a chance to dine in 3 different countries!
About Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal
This castle turned hotel is the epitome of elegance. Relax in palatial rooms, or enjoy a meal in the world-class restaurant. Surrounded by forested hills, Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal is a sanctuary where you can recover from the day’s adventures. The hotel is situated in an extraordinary area, where the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany meet, providing a host of cultural experiences.
Vaals / Aachen
Mount your bicycle for an unforgettable ride through three countries: Starting from our Castle we’ll enjoy an epic day of cycling, experiencing 3 distinct cultures that share a robust and complex history. Today’s sights include the UNESCO World Heritage site of Charlemagne’s Chapel in Aachen and the highest point in the Netherlands at just over 1,000 feet.
Maastricht / Vaals
Spend the day hiking through the rolling hills of the Netherlands and Belgium’s border region. See where Hitler’s Invasion of Belgium began at the (then) world’s largest fortress. Cross over Belgium’s cultural divide, from French influence to Dutch, Wallonia to Flanders. Venture out into vineyards covering wide valleys, or explore underground caverns that hid people and famous artwork from the Nazi’s in WWII. Enjoy some free time in Maastricht before heading back for a lovely dinner the hotel.
Vaals / Amsterdam
Your guides will transfer you back to Amsterdam (2 hrs, 15 min) in time for your flights home or to your onward destination.
** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
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|May 12, 2019||May 18, 2019||Cancelled|
|June 9, 2019||June 15, 2019||Cancelled|
|June 30, 2019||July 6, 2019||Space Available|
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Arrival & Departure
Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Amsterdam. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of the Sir Albert Hotel at 8:30am for a walking tour of Amsterdam. After lunch, we try out blokarting on the coastline.
After breakfast on Day 7, we transfer you back to Amsterdam (2 hours, 15 minutes) and take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in the city.
Hiking: Sightseeing walks accompanied by your guide through the Dutch landscape or on city tours.
Cycling: Cycling 10 to 30 miles per day on predominantly flat or rolling hill terrain.
Blokarting: Lessons with an experienced guide to start. Safe, fun and easy for anyone to learn. Blokarting is sailing across a sandy beach on wheels. You don’t need any sailing experience! Dependent upon weather and tide; alternative activity may be offered.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
Want to know how to make fast friends in foreign places and how to get the most out of a destination by experiencing it like a local? Ask Adam, a longtime Austin Adventures guide who now serves as European Operations Manager in Holland. He caught the travel bug during a semester abroad in New Zealand and Australia and quickly discovered he never wanted to stop experiencing—and more importantly, sharing—the wonder of travel. He taught English in China, managed a resort in Mexico, and now lives with his wife and child in Amsterdam, ensuring guests have the best guides and experiences possible on their European adventures.