Holland & Germany – Amsterdam to Aachen | Family
Looking for a perfect family trip in the most kid friendly biking country in the world?
7 days / 6 nights
Activity LevelActivity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
With over 19,000 miles of bike paths in Holland, this multisport adventure puts you behind the handlebars for an up-close-and-personal view of Holland, eastern Belgium, and western Germany. Along with cycling through rolling hills, and vibrant green pastures, this tour takes you deep into the history of the region, which both young and old can enjoy. Visit the stunning Aachen Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in northern Europe, or take in the art of the masters at the Arnhem Open Air Museum.
On this seven-day adventure, you’ll kayak through the canals of Amsterdam, stay at a castle made into a hotel, and see medieval cathedrals along the way. This multisport adventure takes you by bicycle and foot to Amsterdam’s colorful tulip markets and beyond.
- Kayak through the canals of Amsterdam in the shadow of the city’s famous windmills.
- Explore markets filled to the brim with colorful tulips.
- Walk the cobblestone streets of Maastricht, considered one of the Netherlands’ most picturesque cities.
- Cycle through tiny rural towns and Holland’s iconic pasturelands.
- Spend a day visiting three different countries: Holland, Belgium, and Germany.
- View the American War Memorial honoring fallen soldiers who liberated the Netherlands during WWII.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Holland contains some of the most beautiful locations in Europe, from the tulip gardens of the coast to the cobbled streets of Maastricht.
Holland 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.
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, followed by a kayaking tour along the stunning canals.
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.
Kayaking: You’ll kayak for 1.5-2 hours in the canals of stunning Amsterdam.
Known as the nexus of Europe, we’ll begin our trip in the Netherlands, historically blending its own deep-rooted culture with the cultures of neighboring Germany, Belgium, and France. Walk the narrow streets of Amsterdam reveling in the mixture of renaissance architecture and modern cosmopolitan feel. Explore the landscapes that inspired the great Dutch landscape painters, as well as see modern art on display along-side the impressionist masters. Travel the way locals do, cycling through the rolling countryside, as well as enjoying the convenience of ample urban bike paths. Hike the pastoral eastern and southern regions of heaths, woods, and hillside vineyards. Come explore Holland and Germany with the experts in adventure travel!
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 the Netherlands, ensuring guests have the best guides and experiences possible on their European adventures.