As this is a flexible private tour, you're invited to mention specific interests in order to make the route even more personalized.
A full day bike trip through a scenic countryside in the direct vicinity of Amsterdam.
Along medieval castle and small fortified towns. And windmills too, of course.
Pickup in the centre of Amsterdam, cycling starts after a 15 minutes train ride.
Total duration 6 - 8 hours.
Cycling distance between 15 and 60 km (10 - 40 miles). Fully flexible, we can always make tour shorter or longer while en route.
Privately guided for individuals, or family. Maximal group size 6 people.
BACKGROUND CONTENT :
This country has largely been created from water and dirt by people in the course of time. Through hard labour. Hardship and living conditions we can hardly imagine.
So, the focus is on the people's history, how this land was created and preserved. Personal stories, eye witnesses. Pointing out the traces of the past. Of floods and wars, and how people did overcome ... or not.
As this was a disputed region during most of the last 1000 years, plenty of war souvenirs. From medieval castle to fortified towns, from old forts to World War II bunkers.
You'll also see part of the Holland Water Defence Lines, and of the 135 km long Defence Line of Amsterdam (on the UNESCO World Heritage List).
Depending on the cycling distance you will discover a variety of landscapes.
Of course, there's that classic Holland with green pastures, cows, rivers and canals, and windmills.
But also huge lakes and wetlands teaming with wildlife. Forests and heath covered plains, with traces of human presence going back to prehistoric times. Park like woods with stately country mansions, mostly 17th and 18th century.
All over, a great variation in historic buildings. Old farmhouses and a couple of charming little towns with gothic churches.
And as a surprise even (modest) hills, just to remind you that the Netherlands are not as flat as you always thought.
TIP for the beginning of your stay :
A countryside bike tour can be perfectly combined with an Amsterdam heritage city walk.
Discovering the old centre and places, an introduction to the history of the city and Holland, talking over and giving practical tips for your visit to the Netherlands. Ideal, and very rewarding at the beginning of your stay.
For more information on a walk in historic Amsterdam, see supplier profile and other package there.
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