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Kinderdijk wind mill

Dutch Waterscapes

Forts, castles and ingenious waterworks

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6 Days / 5 Nights
Kinderdijk wind mill

Experience the fascination of the Dutch Water Lines with Eurobike, a network of historical defense lines in the Netherlands. Stretching from Muiden to the De Biesbosch National Park, this testament to unique engineering consists of dikes, locks, and forts. Over six days, you'll discover the impressive Muiderslot castle, explore the Water Lines Museum at Fort Asperen, and stroll through the fortified cities of Naarden and Gorinchem.

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Utrecht before embarking on the first of four cycling stages to the beautiful Gorinchem. Make a stop in Leerdam to try the famous cheese. Along the way, you'll pass forts and castles. On day 3, the route takes you from the Zuiderzee to the Waal River. You'll discover Schoonhoven, known for its gold and silversmiths, as well as the city of Oudewater, famous for its weighing house for witches.


During the ride to Abcoude, you'll cycle through an especially charming region, where you're sure to encounter a windmill or two. Along the way, take a look at Fort Wierickerschans and the town of Bodegraven. The final stage takes you past Fort Uitermeer and Muiderslot Castle back to Utrecht.

  • Hidden gems in Utrecht: Stroll through the idyllic Pandhof garden of the Dom Tower, visit the flower market at Janskerkhof on Saturdays, and explore the charming Wittevrouwen district with its trendy boutiques and cozy cafes off the beaten path of tourists.
  • The orchard of the Netherlands: The Betuwe enchants with endless orchards, primarily during springtime when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. This region, crisscrossed by rivers, offers idyllic cycling paths along the dikes as well as picturesque villages. Taste local fruits and experience the rural charm.
  • Fort Wierickerschans: A historical fortress in Bodegraven, impresses with its military past. Built in the 19th century, the well-preserved fort now offers insights into history. You'll also find idyllic picnic spots and hiking trails there if you'd like to enjoy the green surroundings.

The water lines are not just architectural heritage; they're also green sanctuaries filled with nature and tranquility. Discover the history of water defense and relish the picturesque landscapes on this cultural journey through the Netherlands. Despite covering around 55 to 60 kilometers on the daily cycling stages, the flat terrain makes it an easy endeavor.


The Netherlands is a cyclist's paradise - on a journey in the saddle, you can expect perfect bike paths and routes that have something to offer for everyone. Check out our cycling holidays in the Netherlands!

Itinerary at a glance

Taste the famous Leerdam cheese on your bike tour and admire the Dutch windmills in green nature next to the numerous fortified towns.

Picturesque parks and canals, historic buildings and many interesting museums await you in Utrecht. In the vibrant city centre, numerous restaurants and bars invite you to linger.

You start your cycle tour in a southerly direction. Through the picturesque Betuwe region you reach Leerdam. The tasty cheese is known far beyond its borders. Practically around the corner is Fort Asperen. The imposing tower fortress is a work of art in itself. As you continue, you pass Fort Vuren, Loevestein Castle and reach the fortified town of Woudrichem. The former city wall still surrounds the entire settlement. The stage destination is the fortified town of Gorinchem. Situated on the banks of the Linge, Merwede and Waal rivers, Gorinchem is a Dutch picture-book town.

Today you cycle through part of the Old Dutch Water Line, which saved Holland from the war against the Spanish and French about 350 years ago. You cycle through Nieuwpoort, one of the smaller fortified towns in the Netherlands, built around 1200. Then you proceed through Schoonhoven, known for its nickname: The Silver City. The next stop is picturesque Oudewater with the well-known witch’s scales, which attacts visitors from all over the world. The tour ends in historic Woerden, known for the cheese market on Saturday mornings (Apr-Aug). Walk amongst the old fortress walls and enjoy the canals and taste the local products.

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you get back on your bike for a fabulous tour. The route takes you along the old Roman border and past Fort Wierickerschans and Bodegraven. You cycle through a typical Dutch landscape with flat pastures and grazing cows, lake areas and white water. In Abcoude admire the Fort Abcoude, one of the historic churches and discover Piet Mondriaan, who painted this pieces here for years.

Fort Nigtevecht is located in the midst of beautiful nature. Part of the old and new Dutch waterline is Fort Uitermeer. The fort dates back to the 16th century. Absolutely worthwhile is a visit to Muiderslot, which was built as early as 1285. Surrounded by gardens and water, it is one of the best-preserved castles in Holland. The fortified town of Naarden has an impressive double city wall with moat, city gates and bastions. Via Loenen aan de Vecht and Breukelen you finally reach Fort aan de Klop, a green oasis in the city of Utrecht. This also brings you to the starting point of your cycle tour. For the indefatigable, there is still a short tour to Fort de Gagel and Fort Ruigenhoek. The best way to end the evening is with a cool beer.

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Route information


The route is very well signposted, mostly flat, with little traffic and even car-free in parts. The cities themselves are perfect for exploring by bike.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (DE, EN)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Utrecht train station
  • Airport Amsterdam
  • Hotel parking, approx. EUR 13 per day, no reservation possible, payable on site. Public parking garage, approx. EUR 15 per day. Park&Ride-parking spaces at the beach bath, free of charge.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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