The Veluwe, an area in the province of Gelderland, is the largest push moraine complex of the Netherlands. It features different landscapes like woodlands, heath, small lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Amsterdam. And your destination, the ‘royal city’ of Apeldoorn, is located right in the heart of it, surrounded by nature! Picturesque Hanseatic cities lie just around the corner, as do the IJssel river and historical sites and monuments that breathe the rich history of this province.
Day 1: Arrival in Apeldoorn
In the morning, you’ll be welcomed in your hotel in Apeldoorn. In the afternoon, we’ll begin with an easy bike ride around Apeldoorn, to give you a first impression of this wonderful area. Since the 17th Century, the city is famous for its Het Loo Palace, which to this date is a popular refuge for the Dutch royal family, either as a summer retreat or for official family occasions. In the evening, we’ll follow a city guide around the city.
Day 2: Loenen War Cemetery, Beekbergen Steam Engine
Winding through the woodlands and past farms around Apeldoorn, we’ll reach the village of Loenen nestled between rolling hills. The Veluwe area is highly popular with Dutch tourists for its beautiful natural scenes. Loenen is also known for its war cemetery. The lay-out is nothing you would expect of a military cemetery. No endless straight rows, or manicured lawns with stately crosses here. The graves lie along winding paths around a beautiful, little chapel with a thatched roof.
Today, we will also experience the sheer force of mighty steam locomotives. We will ride on a steam train along a century-old railway line. Take in the beautiful scenery, while enjoying a sumptuous lunch in the meantime. The Veluwse Steam Train is one of only a handful still working steam engines in the Netherlands.
Day 3: Radio Kootwijk Transmitter Building
Through lush thickets and heathers, we’ll make our way to Radio Kootwijk, surrounded by the biggest active sand drifts of Western Europe. Your eyes will undoubtedly be drawn to an odd, massive building towering from these drifts, vaguely reminding you of a temple, or even the Egyptian sphinx. This is the monumental, art deco-style transmitter station of Radio Kootwijk, built in 1920. A guided tour in and around the building will explain why this building was built out of solid concrete (even the window sills), and gives us the chance to check out its interior.
Day 4: Deventer
Today, we’ll be crossing the provincial border into Overijssel, to visit the picturesque Hanseatic city of Deventer. Being one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Deventer boasts a wealth of trade history. Its location on the IJssel river gives Deventer a unique character. A city guide will show you around the historical sights. And of course, there’s enough time to sit down and enjoy a tasty Dutch cup of coffee with a lovely slice of Deventer Cake. Take your time to explore the city on your own, walking the charming, narrow streets or visiting a museum, before heading back to Apeldoorn.
Day 5: Crown Domain Walk, Het Loo Palace Visit
Today we’ll give the bikes a rest. In the morning, a forester will take us on a two-hour hike through the historical forests of Het Loo Palace. It takes only a little imagination to conjure up images of royals walking, hunting, riding, painting, drinking tea, or even ice skating here! After lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the palace on your own. It is currently subject to thorough renovations, but the gardens and stables are open to the public.
Day 6: Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kröller-Müller Museum
The Veluwe’s scenic beauty of distinctive ancient landscapes will receive some love today. Our journey through the Hoge Veluwe National Park will show you stunning dune landscapes, mixed forests, heathlands, and grassy plains. The Kröller-Müller family founded this cultural heritage site in the early 20th Century. The Kröller-Müller houses the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world. Other famous modern masters here include Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Piet Mondrian. Outside, you’ll find one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe. The modern pieces blend into the natural background. You will have the time to explore the museum and sculpture garden at leisure.
One of the most iconic buildings of the Netherlands is the hunting lodge of Saint Hubert. It was designed by Berlage, a renowned architect who got his inspiration from an English country house. Not only the exterior is his doing, but the interior too, right down to the cutlery. You’ll get to see it for yourself during a guided tour.
Today is our last pedaling day of the tour. Once more, we’ll be passing through the Crown Domains, the royal family’s woods, before arriving in Elspeet. This village is known for its grain mill. The mill is an important landmark for the village. After a tasty cup of coffee with homemade cake or cookies, we’ll cycle on to Vierhouten. During the Second World War, a secret village hidden deep in de Vierhouten forests provided a safe haven for people in hiding. During our visit in the forest, we will tell you more about this incredible story, while we visit the reconstructed refugee huts.
Day 8: End of tour
Tabel met planning
€1850,- per person
Group booking (16 persons): €1550 p.p
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.
20 km - 12 mi
35 km - 21 mi
40 km - 24 mi
45 km - 27 mi
50 km - 31 mi
45 km - 27 mi