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Netherlands & Belgium Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Windmills, Tulips, Canals & Villages

From $4,599 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$0 to $-1 for sgl. occ.)

Coastal footpaths and trails through flower fields dotted with the Netherland's iconic windmills. Rich history and magnificent architecture delight in The Hague and Utrecht. Belgium beckons with hiking routes through rolling forests, lush pastures and purple seas of heather. And in charming villages with cobblestone streets, you and your family will find spectacular regional cuisine. From the legendary North Sea to the exquisite Amblève Valley, expect the unexpected.

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Netherlands & Belgium

Start Amsterdam, The Netherlands / End Brussels, Belgium

Netherlands and Belgium Family Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Saunter down classic seaside promenades and soak up the laid-back Dutch beach culture found just outside The Hague
  • Experience the vibrant floral designs at Holland's Keukenhof Gardens, where millions of tulips bloom in April and early May
  • Walk through beautifully shifting landscapes—green forests, bucolic hills, picturesque meadows and enchanting villages
  • Celebrate a good day's hike with a pint of Belgian ale and discover the country's rich farm-to-table culinary traditions
Netherlands & Belgium

Start Amsterdam, The Netherlands / End Brussels, Belgium

Netherlands and Belgium Family Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Kick off your journey among a sea of flowers over lunch at a farm in the countryside | Hike amid the North Sea's expansive sandy beaches and rolling windswept dunes | Springtime visitors experience the tulips of famed Keukenhof Gardens in full bloom | Discover The Hague's Gothic architecture, interesting history and lively culinary and cultural scene.

Days 2-3 Walk through a uniquely Dutch landscape of polders, dikes and farming canals to the iconic windmills of Kinderdijk, a World Heritage site | Taste organic gouda—a Dutch classic—made fresh at a local farm | Hills in Holland? You bet! Hike through rolling forests, meadows and heathland to the beautiful village and castle of Amerongen, nestled along the Rhine | Get to know the tree-lined canals and promenades of Utrecht, a vibrant university town and one of the Netherland’s oldest cities.

Days 4-6 Cross the border and immerse yourself in picturesque Belgian villages, cow-dotted pastures and fruit orchards | Explore the pristine broadleaf forests and lush trails of the Ardennes, a hiker's paradise | Taste centuries-old recipes for Belgian beer, chocolate and Herve cheese in this culinary hot spot | Savor a family picnic lunch among the heathers in the Amblève Valley | Visit the town of Spa, whose mineral-rich thermal waters attracted 18th-century royalty and inspired the now ubiquitous term | Find your own spa bliss at our state-of-the-art retreat, a building inspired by the grandeur of Versailles.

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From $4,599 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$0 to $-1 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Hotel des Indes, Netherlands
Hotel des Indes

The Hague (1 night)

Grand Hotel Karel V, Utrecht
Grand Hotel Karel V

Utrecht (2 nights)

Manoir de Lebioles
Manoir de Lébioles

Spa (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Holland and Belgium

More On This Trip

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Hotel des Indes, Netherlands

Hotel des Indes

The Hague (1 night)

Built in 1858 to host aristocrats and heads of state, this opulent former palace is located among the cafés, restaurants and shops of the historic city center. (pool, spa)

Grand Hotel Karel V, Utrecht

Grand Hotel Karel V

Utrecht (2 nights)

This centrally located and elegant property along the Utrecht canal was originally built in the 14th-century as a monastery and has housed nobles throughout the centuries. (spa)

Manoir de Lebioles

Manoir de Lébioles

Spa (2 nights)

Inspired by the palace of Versailles, this former manor has been reimagined as a luxury hotel featuring exceptional hospitality, a world-class wellness center and a fairy-tale garden. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Meijendel Nature Park to the Hague (Levels 1-2)
Keukenhof Gardens Visit (1 Hour) *Spring Departures
2 Alblasserdam to Kinderdjik & Utrecht (Levels 1-3)
Cheese Farm Visit (1 Hour)
3 Doorn to the Utrecht Hill Ridge Natural Park (Levels 1-3)
Utrecht Walking Tour (1 Hour)
4 Belgian Villages & Spa (Levels 1-3)
Belgian Beer Tasting (1 Hour)
5 Ambleve Valley to High Fens National Park (Levels 1-3)
Chocolate Tasting (45 Minutes)
6 Castle Estate (Level 1)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Holland and Belgium

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Holland and Belgium you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Holland and Belgium trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Holland and Belgium designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Holland and Belgium, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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