In 2020 we celebrate the liberation of the Netherlands 75 years ago and that we have been living in freedom ever since. The Memorial Tour offers you a diversity in history, culture and nature. Forests, Europe's largest sand drifts, the river IJssel, reclaimed land from the sea with tulip fields, it's all in the program. The famous May 4, the Dutch hold a national commemoration for all Dutch casualties of the Second World War. On this occasion, veterans who’ve fought for our freedom are honored. May 5 is Liberation Day.
Day 1: Arrival in Apeldoorn
Your hotel will make you feel right at home. In the afternoon, we’ll try our first few kilometers by bike in the vicinity of Apeldoorn. In the evening, a local city guide will highlight Apeldoorn’s famous sights.
Day 2: Radio Kootwijk Area
As we cycle through the beautiful forests and heathlands heading for Radio Kootwijk, we pass the biggest active sand drifts of Western Europe. As we approach, a towering building in the middle of the plains will undoubtedly draw your attention. This monumental 1920 art deco transmitter station might give you the impression of a temple or a sphinx. And we are lucky to get a tour around and learn about the important role it played in the communication between The Netherlands and it's colony of Dutch East Indies.
Upon our return, we have the chance to visit the Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn.
Day 3: Apeldoorn and Surroundings
Today is Remembrance Day, and we will be attending a commemoration ceremony for victims of war. A bus will take us to a village, where in the middle of a tranquil forest we’ll find a solemn Canadian war cemetery, with 1394 white crosses. Schoolchildren living in the vicinity play an important role in keeping the cemetery. But we will be cycling today, too. A short ride though in the afternoon. Along the edge of the Crown dominions (the royal hunting grounds) near Apeldoorn. In the evening we will be able to join the nation in observing two minutes of silence at 8 PM.
Day 4: Tulip Fields of Noordoostpolder
In 1944, the Netherlands turned the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea) into land, creating an area of 178 square miles (461km2) now known as the Noordoostpolder (Northeastern Polder). A few former islands are now villages. The soil is ideally suited for growing tulips as far as the eye can see, which we will be visiting today. The flat countryside with typical Dutch skies will show you tulip fields in full glory*. As we pedal along the fields, you will have ample opportunity to get up close and take your flower selfies. A visit to a tulip farm and the former island villages cannot be missed.
* Please note: tulip growth depends on weather conditions, and cannot be guaranteed.
Day 5: Deventer
Today we will mount our iron steeds and pedal our way to the province of Overijssel, to visit the picturesque Hanseatic city of Deventer. The Hanseatic league was a medieval alliance between towns seeking each other’s assistance in their trade expeditions. As one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Deventer breathes trade history. Its location on the IJssel river banks adds a unique charm.On our way back we learn more about Operation Canonshot (April 1945) when Canadians liberated Twello and surrounding area.
Day 6: Hoge Veluwe National Park, Kröller-Müller Museum
Taking in the scenic beauty of the Veluwe’s distinctive ancient landscapes will be a major chunk of today’s program. We will go by bus to the park but to get though the park we will use their White Bike System. Our journey through the Hoge Veluwe National Park will highlight the stunning dune landscape, mixed forests, heathlands and grassy plains. The Kröller-Müller museum holds the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world. But other famous modern masters, like Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Piet Mondrian, can be found here as well. Take your chance to stroll around one of Europe’s largest sculpture gardens, where the modern art pieces blend into the natural background. The National Park follows a White Bike principle: cars are banned, and visitors may use the available white bicycles on site for free!
After visiting De Hoge Veluwe National Park, we will head over to the Airborne Museum, located near the city of Arnhem, in the former British WWII local headquarters. You might recognize it from the classic movie A Bridge Too Far.
Day 7: Beekbergen and Steam Train
We will be cycling to Beekbergen, where you’ll get the chance to visit an old train station with an authentic office, as well as its steam depot. The Veluwse Steam Train is one of only a handful of working steam engines in the Netherlands. You get to experience the sheer force of these mighty steam locomotives. Take in the beautiful scenery while we puff along a century-old railway line.
Day 8: End of tour
€1850,- per person
Group booking (16 persons) €1550 per person
What’s not included?
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Take the train to Apeldoorn. Trains run every half hour. It takes 1.10 minutes to Apeldoorn
The Netherlands enjoys a maritime climate (in general; mild winters, cool summers). Dutch weather differs per season. Generally Dutch summers are warm but not too hot. There is no clear dry or wet season. It rains throughout the year, however the amount of rain that falls is nothing compared to the tropics. Check local weather conditions prior to departure to see if you need to bring your rain gear.
The hotels we stay in are centrally located.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. During dinner water is included as well as two consumptions.
Extra nights are upon request
Your tours are always guided and in small groups (max 16 persons). Your tour guide is with the group the whole tour City Walks are mostly done by local city guides.
Our tours are perfect for those who love to cycle leisurely. It’s flat terrain which is ideal for average cyclists. Sloping hills are rare and easily cycled. When you are in doubt or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You will bike on a 7 gear tour bike.
We can also arrange an E-bike for you. E-bikes feature a small electric engine and battery that assist and ease your pedaling. So it is easier, but you still have to pedal.You could compare it to having a tailwind. There is a surcharge for these electric bikes.
Tours are done with only 'regular'bikes or with only e-bikes.
During the tour you will receive bike panniers (for your lunch package, water bottle and bag). All bikes have locks.
A helmet is not obligated in The Netherlands. Ofcourse you are free to bring your own helmet.
25 km - 15 mi
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25 km - 15 mi
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40 km - 25 mi
Bus - Bus
40 km - 25 mi