Cycle, hike, and relax in open-air cafés on this outdoorsy 5-day tour of Holland's southernmost region. Limburg is home to historic cities like Maastricht and Valkenburg aan de Geul, where you'll tour grand churches and romantic castles. It's also known for its hilly countryside, particularly the gorgeous scenery of the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg, which you'll explore on e-bike and on foot. Since this area of the Netherlands is known for its vineyards and gastronomic traditions, you'll dine well, too, a perfect way to end a day's worth of fresh air and active pursuits.

Highlights

  • Café-hop in the charming historic center of Maastricht
  • Go on a self-guided hike on the trails around Epen
  • Enjoy an e-bike tour of the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg
  • View ancient cave paintings outside Valkenburg
  • Take in sweeping countryside views from Valkenburg Castle

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Tour the Riverside City of Maastricht Maastricht
Day 2 Cycle Through the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg Epen
Day 3 Enjoy a Free Day in the Countryside Epen
Day 4 See Cave Paintings & a Castle in Valkenburg Valkenburg
Day 5 Depart Amsterdam - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Tour the Riverside City of Maastricht

Maastricht City Hall

Welcome to the Netherlands! Your adventure begins in Maastricht. On the border with Belgium, not far from France, Maastricht is located on the banks of the Maas River. After checking into your hotel, you will go on a self-guided walking tour to see the highlights of the center, including the picturesque Sint-Servaas Bridge, the stunning churches of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebasiliek and Basiliek van Sint-Servaas, and the famous Vrijthof Square with its many cafés, shops, restaurants, and bars. 

Day 2: Cycle Through the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg

Fields in the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg

A guided e-bike tour through the hills will bring you to one of the prettiest landscapes in the country today. Between Maastricht, Kerkrade, and Geleen lies the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg. With forests, streams, and gently rolling hills, the land has a long history of human occupation, thanks to its fertile soil. That history is reflected in the many beautiful timber frame farmhouses, castles, monasteries, villages, and hamlets that seamlessly blend in with the green countryside. Take a picnic and enjoy a journey through this peaceful region. You'll end up at a country hotel near Vaals and Epen where you will spend the next two nights of the trip. 

Day 3: Enjoy a Free Day in the Countryside

A country road in southern Holland

Today is free to enjoy as you like! The hotel staff will provide you with maps of the region's hiking trails and bike paths. After exploring more of the countryside on foot or e-bike, take your time savoring regional Dutch specialties. Then relax at the hotel before moving on to Valkenburg aan de Geul on day four. 

Day 4: See Cave Paintings & Castles in Valkenburg

Picturesque Schaloen Castle

After breakfast, go for a short walk in the hills. Then you'll travel to the small town of Valkenburg aan de Geul. The place has long been popular with travelers who come to see the area's mines and cave paintings that date back to the days of the Romans. Head to the regal Schaloen Castle and the ruins of Valkenburg Castle, which offers excellent views over the surrounding landscape. Similar to Maastricht, Valkenburg has some great restaurants. Enjoy a leisurely dinner in one of them on the last night of the trip.

Day 5: Depart Amsterdam - End of Trip 

Colorful rows of tulips

This morning, it’s time to bid farewell to the Netherlands. Head to the Amsterdam airport or train station to make your way to your next destination. Safe travels!

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