Holland Germany
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: May 13, 2018
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,698

Holland inspires iconic images like colorful tulips swaying in the breeze and 13th century windmills twirling overhead. While those are great, they’re only a small part of what the Netherlands has to offer. With over 19,000 miles of bike paths, cycling is one of the best ways to explore the country. Follow meandering streams and winding trails as you pedal through the gardens that have inspired Dutch landscape painters for centuries. Enjoy the wind in your hair as you ride along country roads skirting vineyards and medieval towns. Take a break from the bike with a few non-pedal-powered adventures. Harness the perpetual wind in the sail of a blokart. Hike through eastern woodlands glimpsing historic mansions hidden in the trees, or stroll among works of art at the Arnhem Open Air Museum. Marvel at the 9th century craftsmanship of the magnificent Aachen Chapel. Or just sit back at an open-air café surrounded by the scent of stroopwafels and coffee. The Amsterdam to Aachen tour brings to life this region’s deep history, weaving it together with the luxuries of modern Netherlands.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Family Vacations
  • Multi-Sport
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

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.

  • Race blokarts along Holland’s legendary coastline 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 an historic mansion surrounded by woodlands.
  • Walk among the headstones at the American War Memorial honoring fallen soldiers who liberated the Netherlands during WWII.

 

Holland
Photo: Holland

"We enjoyed every moment of our adventure. Our guides were super. They were knowledgeable, energetic, and lots of fun. Everything was so well organized and the ratio of biking to other activities was just perfect. We enjoy our biking when it is suited to our abilities and ages. This trip hit the mark on both."

Alanna M. Port Hawkesbury, NS

"Of all our annual family trips, this was rated the best!"

Marion G. Avon, OH

"It was a great trip and we had a wonderful guide who answered all of our questions and gave us excellent instructions and options for each day. The options allowed us to ride our bikes and see and do as much as we wanted. The trip was more than I had expected."

Patti S. Bozeman, MT

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Amsterdam / Oosterbeek
Amsterdam
Meals Included:  L, D

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. Lunch at the beach overlooking the North Sea. Experience Holland’s legendary coastline by blokarting (sailing on wheels) in the shadow of Amsterdam’s famous windmills.

About Hotel de Bilderberg

The Hotel de Bilderberg 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 two restaurant that focus on international cuisine. Soak in the hot tub or sauna after a long day cycling through the countryside, or take a few laps in the pool to cool off. 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.

Day 2: Hoge Veluwe Nature Reserve / Oosterbeek
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Meet your guide for a quick briefing about cycling in the Netherlands, then head out to explore the tranquil 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.

Day 3: Arnhem / Oosterbeek
Amsterdam
Meals Included:  B

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. Immerse yourself in Dutch culture at the Arnhem Open Air Museum, or in the 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 a night on your own in Arnhem.

Day 4: Oosterbeek / Margraten / Vaals
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, transfer to the more pastoral landscapes of Southern Limburg. 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 alongside green pastureland carved out of the forest.

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.

Day 5: Vaas / Aachen
Vaas / Aachen
Meals Included:  B, L

After a hearty breakfast, mount your bicycle for an epic ride through three countries: Holland, Germany and Belgium. Ride the scenic rails-to-trails bike path through the German countryside stopping at historical sites like Charlemagne’s Chapel in Aachen. Enjoy Limburg cuisine inspired by deep Burgundian heritage. Tonight explore the area with another night on your own.

Day 6: Maastricht / Vaals
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Spend the day hiking through the rolling hills of the southeastern Netherlands. Walk the cobblestone streets of Maastricht, considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Netherlands. Sip wine at hilltop wineries and venture out into vineyards covering wide valleys. Enjoy a lovely last night’s dinner as a group back at the hotel.

Day 7: Vaals / Amsterdam
Meals Included:  B

Your guides will transfer you back to Amsterdam (2 hrs, 15 min) in time for your flights home or to your onward destination.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: May 13, 2018
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,698

Confirmed Departures

  • May 13, 2018
  • Jun 10, 2018
  • Jul 1, 2018
  • Jul 22, 2018
  • Aug 26, 2018
  • Sep 2, 2018

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures
Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Amsterdam. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of the American Hotel 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.

Activities

  • 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.

Meals
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.

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.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Holland’s cycling-centric culture means it’s easy to get around by bike in both urban and rural areas.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Blokarting. The ultimate sailing experience on land!
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