Bicyclists travel down a paved path during the Netherlands Bike Tour.

Netherlands Bike Tour July 5–19, 2017 | $2,700 per person + airfare

Join Netherlands historian Dr. James Kennedy '84 on a rails-and-trails tour from Luxemborg through the Ardennes mountains in Belgium to Germany and the North Sea in the Netherlands. You'll bike and sight-see through the quaint villages and historic cities such as Monschau, Aachen, Maastricht, 's Hertogenbosch, Gouda, Delft and the Hague. Cycling mostly on flat trails through the countryside, your rest stops will include serene nature preserves and ancient castles. In the evenings, as you enjoy gourmet food and Dutch hospitality, you'll be treated to stories about Holland's rich history and culture by Dr. Kennedy, who is dean of Utrecht University College. The Northwestern Alumni Netherlands Bike Tour is arranged through Eurotrail

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Tour itinerary

July 5 Depart from the airport of your choice
July 6 Morning arrival at the Schiphol Airport
Aalsmeer flower auction
Van Gogh Museum
Canal tour
July 7 Luxemborg castle
Overnight in Clervaux
July 8 Bike tour begins in Troisvierges
Castle Burg Reuland
Overnight in St. Vith
July 9 Bike along the Fen-Rail past the Battle of the Bulge memorial
Overnight in Monschau
July 10 Bike through forests to Aachen
Dom Church
Roman baths of Carolus Thermen
July 11 Margraten American military cemetery
Overnight in Maastricht
July 12 Maastricht churches
Caves used during WWII
July 13 Bike along the Maas River
Elsloo Castle
Overmight in abbey town of Thorn
July 14 Bike to Vincent Van Gogh's hometown
Overnight in Nuenen
July 15 Bike to 's Hertogenbosch
Vught Concentration Camp
Netherlands' most majestic church
July 16 Bike through medieval Zaltbommel
Artisan glassmakers in Leerdam
Overnight in Vianen
July 17 Bike to Oudewater
Overnight in Gouda
July 18 Bike to Delft
William of Orange Museum
Scheveningen beaches
Overnight in The Hague
July 19 Depart from Schiphol Airport