Wednesday, June 26 Departure from the U.S. airport of choice.
Thursday, June 27: Arrival and the Capital Arrival in the morning at Schiphol airport. Opportunity to get cash at an ATM machine. A coach will depart around 8:30 AM to Madurodam in The Hague, where you will see the Netherlands in miniature or the art museum Mauritshuis. After walking through the buildings of the Dutch parliament, we will continue on to our hotel in Bergen, to take a nap, fit our bikes and make a short bike tour in the village. 2 miles Friday, June 28: Cheese and Dunes We will start the day with a bike tour to the cheese market in Alkmaar, where cheeses are weighed and then carried on wooden barrows to the buyers’ trucks. After lunch, we will bike to the dunes. If the weather cooperates, we will take a dip in the North Sea -or- we’ll visit a large aquarium. We will stay in Bergen. 18 miles Saturday, June 29: Windmills and Polders We will depart Bergen and bike along waterways and see lots of windmills - visiting the one in Schermerhorn. We will bike through historic polders and quaint villages like Oterleek, Graft and De Rijp to the town of Purmerend, where we will stay in a hotel. 27 miles Sunday, June 30: Ferries and Fishing Towns In the morning we will have an opportunity to go to church. Afterwards, we will bike through the fishermen’s villages of Edam and Volendam and take the ferry to the former island of Marken. We will bike back to the mainland across the dike, following the coast lines and biking through the country side north of Amsterdam, enjoying villages, canals and ferries. We will spend the night in Amsterdam, where we will also take a canal boat tour. 33 miles Monday, July 1: Amsterdam and Castle We will start with a museum in Amsterdam, (choose from the Anne Frank House or the Rijksmuseum). Afterwards, we’ll bike through the village of Weesp and visit castle Muiderberg. After enjoying tea in the fortified town of Naarden, we will bike on through a nature area to Huizen, where we will stay in a hotel. 27 miles Tuesday, July 2: The Rich and the Poor This day we will bike past the lush and wealthy mansions of the rich in ‘t Gooi to the conservative and isolated fishermen’s town of Spakenburg, where some women still wear traditional Dutch costumes. We will stay in Amersfoort, a town with modern suburbs and poor neighborhoods. 27 miles Wednesday, July 3: Rest and Relaxation Day of rest and relaxation. Our hotel is in the historic downtown, surrounded by shops. We will make a canal tour, a city walk and visit the birth home of Mondrian, the painter. At night we will enjoy a concert. Thursday, July 4: Countryside and Farms We’ll bike through the countryside, through small villages like Scherpenzeel, Renswoude, Lunteren and Ede, and visit a couple of farms. We will see old war defense lines and end in a hotel in Otterlo on the Veluwe. 33 miles Friday, July 5: Art and History We will bike through Park Hoge Veluwe to the internationally famous art museum Kröller Müller, and then on to Arnhem, where we will visit the open air museum. Through rolling hills, woods and heath fields, we will bike to our luxury hotel, located in a nature area. 27 miles Saturday, July 6: Trade Towns and Manors Through the Hanseatic towns of Doesburg and Doetinchem, we will bike on the winding country of roads of the Achterhoek through Gaanderen en Terborg, visit a farm and end in Germany, staying in a castle hotel Wasserburg in Anholt (see picture on the cover). 33 miles Sunday, July 7: Bus Tour We will enjoy a leisurely morning in the castle hotel. Afterwards, we will take a coach back to Amsterdam. On the way we might see ancestral towns of participants. In Amsterdam we will attend The English Church service in the Pilgrim Church. We will end the day in a hotel near Schiphol airport. Monday, July 8: Departure
Day of departure. From the hotel there are regular shuttles to Schiphol airport.