Early morning ride in winter. Flickr:Maurice Koop

One of van Gogh's painting (of Provence) at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. CC0

Rural Holland - Gelderland and De Hoge Veluwe Park

Netherlands Bike Tours

A bike tour through the Gelderland region of Holland rich with history, nature, culture, and art

  • When you think of a bike tour in Holland, and you are the typical tourist, then Amsterdam and the surrounding region comes to mind. For those who are not typical, and seek the road less travelled, or in this case, less cycled, then we suggest that you consider the "other Holland", the Gelderland, a region filled with nature, history, and art. On this tour you will be based in Otterlo, the perfect location to cycle out and about to discover the complete landscape and atmosphere of this other Holland. Welcome to our home!

    Highlights abound!

    • De Hoge Veluwe park
    • Kröller-Müller Museum - host of the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world, as well as masterpieces by modern masters including Monet and Picasso
    • Hap and Trap, or bike and eat! Start your route with a coffee and pastry, continue cycling until you stop for lunch, and then onward to dinner
    • Incredible Dutch cycling infrastructure
    • Fascinating WWII history including the area of Operation Market Garden and Arnhem

    Part of this tour can be combined with a hotel based tour in Amerongen for a complete WW II experience. Please take a look at our World War II Reflections tour!

    See a complete list of all our bike tours in the Netherlands.

  • Grand Cafe Hotel Kruller (3 star):
    Double/twin: £ 446 $ 898 520 $ 790 NOK 4940 kr 4560 $ 593 Single supplement: £ 171 $ 345 200 $ 304 NOK 1900 kr 1754 $ 228 Hotel De Sterrenberg (4 star):
    Double/twin, approx: £ 670 $ 1,351 782 $ 1189 NOK 7429 kr 6858 $ 891 (supplement may apply depending on time of bookin)
    Single supplement, approx: £ 107 $ 216 125 $ 190 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143  

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 57 $ 114 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 Extra day bike rental: £ 11 $ 22 13 $ 20 NOK 124 kr 114 $ 15 Dinners included:
    Grand Cafe Hotel Kruller (4 dinners): £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Hotel de Sterrenberg: (4 dinners): £ 107 $ 216 125 $ 190 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143 Extra nights:
    Grand Cafe Hotel Kruller with breakfast and bike rental :
    Double/twin:  £ 65 $ 131 76 $ 116 NOK 722 kr 666 $ 87 Single supplement: £ 26 $ 52 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34 Hotel de Sterrenberg with breakfast and bike rental:
    Double/twin: £ 103 $ 207 120 $ 182 NOK 1140 kr 1052 $ 137 Single: £ 30 $ 60 35 $ 53 NOK 333 kr 307 $ 40 WWII routes guided cycling:
    Day 2: Otterlo to Oosterbeek: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Day 3: Otterlo to Arnhem: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Solo traveler supplement for guide: £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 Entrance fee for park (payable on arrival), includes museum entrance: £ 17 $ 34 20 $ 30 NOK 185 kr 171 $ 22  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport

    Local Travel

    From the airport, utilizing public transportation, you will first take a train to Ede-Wageningen. From this station, you then take a bus to Otterlo.

    Climate

    Best time of year to enjoy this tour is spring, summer, or fall. The Netherlands have a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Always check local conditions before you travel.

    Remarks

    We strongly advise you to request our guide who specializes in WWII history to accompany you on Day 2 and Day 3. See pricing.

    Travel Documents:


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.


Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided or partially guided tour through a beautiful and relatively undiscovered part of Holland. You will cycle on the infamous and well maintained Dutch cycling network and quiet country roads. Entering and exiting any town is either done so on separate bike lanes or well marked lanes.

Where You’ll Stay

You have your choice of two different hotels: the 3 star Grand Cafe Hotel Kruller or the 4 star Hotel De Sterrenberg

What’s Included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 1 Hap en Trap dinner
  • Bike route tracks for Garmin (GPX files) and maps.me (KLM files) (excluding the park routes). Please bring a handlebar holder for your device for the bike (You will be glad you did)
  • Bike rental with helmet and pannier

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Dinners - available for a supplement
  • Electric bike - available for a supplement
  • Entrance fee for De Hoge Veluwe National Park - €20 including museum visit
  • Entrance fee for other museums if applicable
  • Tourist tax, per person, per night, approx: €1.50
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length6 days
From520 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible from April through October on any day accept Sunday and Monday.
 

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Rural Holland - Gelderland and De Hoge Veluwe Park Map

Day 1: Arrival in Otterlo
Day 2: Otterlo to Oosterbeek, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 3: Otterlo to Arnhem, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Day 4: Visit Hoge Veluwe National Park
Day 5: Hap and Trap
Day 6: Departure or extension of tour

Day 1: Arrival in Otterlo
Otterlo is a village in the eastern part of Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland. You will have your choice of two accommodations and price levels, based on availability. After picking up your rental bike, you may want to take a ride around Otterlo or stroll the quaint town.

Day 2: Otterlo to Oosterbeek, 31 mi. (49 km)
Today's route leads through a beautiful nature reserve on excellent cycle paths. The route runs for the most part through the area of Operation Market Garden. Operation Market Garden was one of the biggest Allied operations in WWII and occurred in September 1944. The operation aimed to conquer the bridges across the Meuse, Waal, and Rhine Rivers in Holland. This would allow Allied troops to avoid the Siegfried line, a defense line running from Switzerland to Kleve. It was hoped that a quick advance to the Ruhr area and Berlin would put an end to the war around Christmas. The bridges in Eindhoven and Nijmegen were captured intact but the Allied forces failed to conquer the last bridge near Arnhem: it was a 'bridge too far.' The route passes the Airborne War Cemetary and the Airborne Museum Hartenstein. As you bike, you will come across memorials in various places. You may consider a visit to Castle Doorwerth which was in the line of fire and seriously damaged in 1944. Today it is a  hunting museum. It is strongly suggested that you consider booking our guide, a specialist in WW II history,  for this day and Day 3.

Day 3: Otterlo to Arnhem, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Leaving Otterlo, you will cycle along beautiful moors and forests, on excellent bike paths. You may encounter sheep, cattle, deer, and perhaps, a wild boar. The city of Arnhem was badly hit during  WWII. In 1944, there was bitter fighting between the Allies and the German troops. The goal of the Allies to conquer the bridge over the Rhine failed miserably at a great loss of lives.  You will pedal over this hard-fought bridge. The Airborne Museum at the Bridge is worth a visit. Though small, it is very informative, providing information about Arnhem, the bridge, the battles, and the people.  As well, Arnhem"s War Museum is on the route. The museum is a private museum, dedicated to keeping alive the memory of this important episode in history and to preserve a unique collection for posterity.  A huge German bunker, a Luftwaffe Commando Center is also on the route. Again, this route will be best experienced with guide.

Day 4: Visit Hoge Veluwe National Park
Hoge Veluwe National Park (Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe) occupies an area of 13,750 acres, is the largest continuous nature reserve in the country, and is notable for its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dunes. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild boar, and mouflon. It's also an important sanctuary for birds and has long been a popular destination for bird watchers.  As with so much of the Netherlands, Hoge Veluwe National Park is predominantly flat, making touring by bike one of the best ways to enjoy its magnificent scenery. This park was once owned by the Kröller-Müller family and a stop at their main residence, St. Hubertus, a magnificent mansion, completed in 1923, will be noteworthy. A visit within is only possible with guided tours. However, the other highlight of this park, is the Kröller-Müller Museum and Sculpture Garden, which houses an amazing collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures. There are 280 paintings and drawings by Vincent Van Gogh alone. To enter the park, you must pay an entrance fee and it is highly recommended to include a visit to the museum. It is a must see!

Day 5: Hap and Trap, Otterlo - Kootwijk, 30 mi. (48 km) 
What is this you ask? Literally translated, this means 'Bite and Pedal', a cycling experience that entails pedaling from one restaurant to another with all that is Holland in between! Wonderful bike paths, incredible cycling atmosphere and infrastructure, forests, heather fields, sand dunes, and more are your landscape. In Otterlo, you report to the restaurant "De Waldhoorn" at 10 am where you will enjoy coffee and a snack, for lunch you will stop at Restaurant De Brinkhof or  "t Hilletje" in Kootwyk, followed by an appetizer at the restaurant "De Vergulde Leeuw" in Harskamp, and finally dinner at De Waldhoorn back at your starting point!
Please note that it is not possible to do the Hap and Trap route on Monday or Wednesday. Order of routes can be adjusted.

Day 6: Departure or extension of tour

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