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National Park, Hanseatic towns

Amersfoort - Otterlo - Arnhem - Zutphen - Deventer

The National park, Hanseatic towns ride is the perfect combination for tourists interested in small historical towns and the best of Dutch national parks. The mix of the Hanseatic towns and villages of Doesburg, Zutphen and Deventer, along with the car-free Hoge Veluwe National Park, makes this an unique bike tour.

Whilst passing through these wonderful towns and parks, you will come across a number of highly interesting museums, such as the renowned Kröller Müller museum and the Airborne museum.

The fascinating town of Arnhem, well known for its role in World War II (Operation Market Garden) and the beautiful historical town of Amersfoort, where you will start your ride, are also included in this tour. Although this part of the Netherlands is not that well-known for visitors from abroad, it is certainly one of the most beloved areas for the Dutch who love cycling in their spare time.



Day 1 Amersfoort - Otterlo (43 km)

Your tour starts with a personal bike fitting and a detailed explanation of your tour in Amersfoort. Pedal to the well-preserved and listed medieval centre with one of the tallest church towers in the Netherlands. It is possible for you to visit the Mondriaan House or the historical, and educational, Flehite museum. The cycle ride out of town will take you on a quiet bike lane along a tranquil canal up to the villages of Scherpenzeel, Renswoude and Lunteren. From Lunteren onwards, the landscape starts to change and the more open farmland is replaced by gorgeous forest areas. You end your day in the pretty village of Otterlo at the gateway to the ‘Hoge Veluwe’ National Park.


Day 2 Otterlo - Arnhem (47 km)

Your cycling today takes you through the National Park, which covers approximately 55 km2. It is a mix of heathland, sand and woodland areas. Once in the park, you will cycle past the famous Kröller Müller museum. The museum (which is not open on Mondays) has the second-largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, as well as one of Europe’s largest sculpture gardens. You leave the park, to the north of Arnhem, and the trip makes a loop to Oosterbeek. You will pass the Doorwerth castle, the Airborne Second World War museum and finally ride on to the city of Arnhem. On the last few kilometers there are plenty of museums and highlights to visit like the Dutch National Open Air Museum, the zoo and the Dutch water museum. Finally ending your day at the charming Art Nouveau hotel Molendal on the edge of the town centre.


 Day 3 Arnhem - Zutphen (46 km)

After having a lovely breakfast, you leave the town of Arnhem and cycle up to the river IJssel valley. After taking a small bicycle ferry, you cycle along pretty recreational lakes to the small, but charming, Hanseatic town of Doesburg. You can stop off at the main town square of the historical Hanseatic town of Doesburg. Visit the Doesburgs mustard factory and ‘de Waag’. Cycling leisurely along the banks of the river Ijssel, you continue towards the picturesque art village of Bronkhorst. Bronkhorst, one of the smallest cities in the Netherlands, houses a museum dedicated to Charles Dickens. After this, Zutphen is your stop for the night and is one of the historic Dutch towns being part of the Hanseatic League. History will engulf you in the ‘s Gravenhof Hotel, which is full of 17th century painting and architecture.


 Day 4 Zutphen - Deventer (29 or 42 km)

Although Zutphen and Deventer, both part of the Hanseatic League, are in close proximity to each other, the cycle ride will not take you straight there. The region itself is an eclectic mix of farmland, forest areas and flood plains. You will certainly enjoy the wonderful landscape on the 40 km- cycle ride on the way from one town to another. However, if you are primarily interested in the old historical towns themselves, then the shorter version of the route will guide you more directly to the towns and villages on the way. Deventer, the final stop of your cycle ride, is just as much a historical town as Zutphen. The Waag (Weighing-house) on the edge of the Brink square, the medieval Bergkerk (Mountain Church) on top of a small hill, the old streets around this church and the Saint Lebuïnus church in Gothic style are some of the highlights in this town. During the year, Deventer hosts three events of national and even international fame. In the first weekend of July, the city is the scene of the Deventer on Stilts festivals with actors and artists giving free performances in the streets. In August, Deventer is home to Europe’s largest book fair and finally in December you have the Dickens Festival.

Starting dates

Daily from April 1 till October 1


Prices in Euro - No peak season charges - Prices include all taxes
Item Price
Per person in a double room (luggage transport in panniers on your bike, storage of suitcases at Tulip Cycling)   € 465
Per person in a double room (daily luggage transport by courier service)   € 565
Single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room)   € 200
Upgrade to E-bike or road bike per person   € 50
Extra nights in Otterlo, Arnhem or Zutphen, per person in a double room   € 75
Extra nights single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room)   € 60
Pre and post tour accommodation in Amsterdam, Amersfoort and Deventer   On request
Hotel upgrades in Otterlo   On request
Additional items (extra panniers, helmets, ponchos, extra GPS devices)   Price list
Discount   Amount
Discount by groups of 4 or more   10%

Otterlo – Carnegie Cottage*** (if you should stay on Monday or Tuesday in Otterlo we will support you with a different hotel option)

Arnhem – Hotel Molendal ***

Zutphen – Hotel ‘s Gravenhof ***

Included in this tour

4 days of biking
3 nights in 3 star hotel in town centre
Bicycle rental (with repair kit, pump, lock and water bottle)
Waterproof handlebar bag
Door to door route on GPS device and maps
Personal start and finish
Breakdown assistance and 24/7 help desk
Equipment insurance
Additional tourist information

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The support given by Tulip Cycling was excellent. The equipment, choice of bike paths and the pre-programmed GPS made the whole experience one of pure delight and fun with gorgeous sights all the way, wonderful accommodations and easy travel.
Tissot family, USA
A wonderful trip!!! Thanks to Peter for all his help to make it so special (and for convincing me to do the trip without a tour group). We had such a great time. My two 10 year old girls had such a great fun (and were proud of their accomplishment). It is a of a trip we will all remember. Thanks for everything! I’ve already recommended you to friends.
Sharon Moore
Just returned from our fabulous journey from Amsterdam to Bruges. It was outstanding! The itinerary, the equipment (bikes, GPS, maps, etc.) and our guide Peter were fantastic. Peter really have deep knowledge of his country, what a memorable ride across the Netherlands.
Brigitte and Francois
Thank you for everything. We packed lots of memories into this trip. It was a grand way to learn about Netherlands and see what a cultured and friendly place it is.
The GPS was essential, and we are so glad we learned to use it. Everytime, we wondered where is Peter taking us? We would come across a canal, field of flowers, quaint village, spectacular scenery. Thank you so much.
Susan and Billy Hobart
You run a very professional organization and we look forward to more tours in the future. You have made us biking enthusiasts.
Michael and Chau Smith
Because of you we had a magnificient trip! I’m excited to tell all my friends about my trip and this lovely country and encourage them to come and visit and use Tulip Cycling to see the country.
Mary Thomas
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Louise Taillard, South Africa
Thank you so much for this very enjoyable experience! Your organizational skills and attention to detail are outstanding.
Barbara Morgan
Just to thank you again for the wonderful trip, yours was the 7th we made and one of our favorites now
Alicia Fuentes
My wife and I just finished a 4 day self guided tour. It was fabulous! Tulip planned a route that we never could have found on our own. The equipment and handling of our luggage made everything easy. We loved the trip!!
Bob Brownson
Thank you Tulip Cycling for a exciting and scenic 5 day tour through part of your beautiful country. Peter’s meticulous organisation and first class equipment made our ride a memorable one.
Geoff and Bethany Canberra Australia
Our friends recommended this cycling trip for my 50th birthday and it was a fabulous celebration-- by far the best family vacation we’ve ever taken! The route Peter crafted for us was perfect-- so beautiful! The hotels were quaint, food was delicious. And our 11 and 12 year old loved riding tandem. I cried when we had to go home. We’ve talked about this trip for months... can’t wait to return. A 5-star experience!
Jane and Mark
The trip overall was our favorite vacation we've ever taken. We feel privileged to have visited. As a lifelong cyclist, it was like visiting the promised land.
Katherine and Stephen Coleman, USA
Thank you for organizing our trip this summer, we had a fantastic time and will definitely return in the future. We had so many good experiences traveling along the countryside enjoying the scenery and weather.
Auburn and Sean Brady, USA
We had a great time in Holland.
Thank you for everything.
Carvajal family, Mexico
Our memories are still fresh in our minds and we loved every minute of out time in the Netherlands. Your company ensured the cycling portion was flawless and most enjoyable. Thank you for providing top quality bicycles and support equipment.
John and Peg Lalonde, Canada
The tour was wonderful, and I've recommended your services highly to my friends. In particular, the route selection was superb.
Judith Macaluso, USA
We had the most wonderful holiday with your company and I wish to say a big thank you for all your hard work and professionalism in ensuring we had the best possible experience.
Gillian and John Au, UK
Tulip Cycling just got better!
We do a weeks self guided tour with Tulip Cycling every year and have now been cycling for 9 years each time in a different area of this lovely country.
John and Christine Widdowson, UK
Our trip with you was fantastic....and we've told many others about it. The GPS made it unique.
Martens family, USA
We have recommended your business to many people – as we had a terrific cycling trip, due to your professional organisation and fabulous path routing. The GPS was brilliant and the route really showcased the variety of experiences available in the Netherlands – there is no better way to see a country than through the eyes of a local.
Thank you, again.
Richard Lewis
It was truly an extraordinary journey, where everything was carefully prepared by you and your staff.
We were enchanted by the landscapes of flower fields, windmills, canals, small towns and by the kindness with which we were treated by the Dutch people. It was really unforgettable days that make us want to return, and invite our friends as well.
Emerson de Carvalho
Tailor made tour for 3 days of cycling for my husband, me and teenage son! Fantastic bikes, superb organization!!! A fantastic get away and we just had to show up. Lots of opportunity to add in our own stops along the way, the route details, booked hotels and luggage transport made for a stress free journey. Peter is outstanding and lives what he does. Every detail taken care of do you can just get on the bike pedal away with your GPS route!
We did a six day ride in June to mark my 70th birthday. The accommodations were amazing; small, neat, clean hotels and bed and breakfasts. The GPS was a little iffy for us, but Peter always answered our call for a quick fix! I would love to come back and do another ride.
Terry Dickow
Yes, one can DIY a bike trip around the country, but we believe that the depth of knowledge that Tulip provided for our ride took us to and through places that we would not otherwise have experienced just following a map or Google Maps over 16 days. We believe Tulip provided very good value and we recommend them highly.
Julie So
We asked Peter to plan a ride on our tandem from Amsterdam to Ghent, Belgium in 8 days in September 2018. He planned the route, with beautiful maps and excellent GPS, arranged the hotels and the luggage transport. We even go to almost see the King in The Hague.
Only thing he couldn't control was the weather, when a storm blew in from the North Sea. We got a bit wet and wind-blown, but thoroughly enjoyed all of his arrangements.
Dolly Craft
We did the short version of the historic town. It was perfect for us as an American family of four with two teenage kids (13 and 16). If we ever get another chance, we would do it again and probably build in more days to the trip to just enjoy the different towns.
Samantha Pearson
My husband and I did a 1-week tour through parts of the Netherlands in May 2018 and we loved our experience. Peter and Tulip Cycling were amazing! The level of detail and organization is spectacular! Communication with Peter is easy and quick. Our experience was so good that we are returning again next year with a large group! I highly recommend this tour company - you will be very pleased with the service!
Natascha Wesch
We were very happy with your cycling service. The e-bikes and GPS were an excellent choice for us as was your instruction at the outset. The Hanseatic tour was very interesting and the countryside beautiful. We particularly noticed how friendly and helpful the people in Holland are. We also noticed a more positive attitude about cyclists by motorists in Holland compared to motorists in Canada.
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