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12 Days Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Holiday in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France
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Amsterdam - Gouda - Breda, Netherlands; Antwerpen - Ghent - Tournai, Belgium; Cambrai - Saint Quentin - Compiègne - Chantilly - Paris, France

Lovely Cycling Holiday the Netherlands, Belgium, and France

Join a dream bike ride through Europe, from the canals of Amsterdam to the Eifel Tower of Paris. The two European cities with big importance for history, world-famous buildings, and museums are the start and finish of this journey through three countries. In between are the medieval cities and villages of Belgium with its great food, beer, and chocolate. Cycle through varied landscapes, through famous and lovely towns like Gouda, Antwerp, and Ghent. Experience great biking in the European paradise of Holland with its water, windmills, perfect cycle paths system. Then, of course, France, beautiful France, with its very wide spectrum of cuisine and wine. Cycle towards the “piece de resistance” and the City of Lights.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Type of transportation: Cycling
  • Terrain: Hilly, paved, and mostly flat
  • Starts in: Amsterdam
  • Ends in: Paris
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometimes, 31-45 miles per day) to challenging (cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 436 miles / 702 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 275 EUR

Highlights

  • Countryside and city biking
  • Explore the Green Heart of Holland
  • Lovely nature reserves and national parks
  • Follow rivers and smooth cycling paths in Belgium
  • Cycle in French medieval towns to Paris
  • Scrumptious breakfast every day
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction
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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will stay at three or four-star hotels across the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Rooms will be available in double occupancy for 11 nights. After a wonderful day’s cycling, there’s nothing like a comfortable and pleasant hotel to top off the experience. Dutch Bike Tours makse a point of selecting hotels that have a good atmosphere and ample luxury and comfort. You will stay in hotel rooms with en-suite shower / toilet or bath / toilet.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam

Your holiday will start in Amsterdam, one of the crown jewels of Europe. With so much to see and do, you could not wish for a more vibrant way to kick off your holiday. Note that bikes are not allowed on the train from Paris to Amsterdam, or vice versa. Dutch BikeTours, therefore, strongly recommends to book the trip with rental bikes, so you can leave the rental bikes at the hotel in Paris at the end of the trip.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Gouda (50 miles / 80 kilometers)

The first leg of the route will take you through the Green Heart of Holland, abounding in water. It is a true cycling paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming communities, and picturesque historical towns such as Oudewater. It was to the place that women who had been accused of witchcraft fled from all over Europe to try to have their innocence proven by weighing. You will end the day in medieval Gouda.

Day 3: Gouda – Breda (48 miles / 79 kilometers)

The day’s highlight will be one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attractions, Kinderdijk, a world-famous complex of windmills. There, 19 historical windmills reach to the skies in the epitome of the classical Dutch countryside. You will cycle through Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest towns.

The route will take you right past one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe, Biesbosch National Park. Upon crossing a one-kilometer-long bridge high above Holland’s Diep River, you will find yourself in the south of the Netherlands. In village after village, Brabant hospitality will entice you to stop for a cup of coffee and a big slice of fruit tart. The day’s destination will be Breda.

Day 4: Breda – Antwerpen (46 miles / 74 kilometers)

Breda is it the main city of Nassau in Holland, boasting many imposing monuments. The ancestors of the royal family converted Breda to a beautiful city with richly decorated buildings. The landscape along the current day’s cycling route will be predominantly woody.

On the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, you will catch your breath in De Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide, a lovely cross-border nature reserve. The route will take you right into the historical and touristic heart of Antwerp. It is the largest town in Flanders and Belgium’s most important port city.

Day 5: Antwerpen – Ghent (48 miles / 78 kilometers)

Cycling south, along with the banks of the River Scheldt, you will start on the LF2 Cities Cycle Route. The wide Schelde is not only a natural but also a tourist attraction. By switching to the LF5, you will head towards Dendermonde and Ghent. The bushes and polders show the wild and pure nature there.

At the end of the day, the sparkling cultural city of Ghent will be waiting for you. The Belgians call Ghent their most beautiful city and the city will undoubtedly charm you.

Day 6: Ghent – Tournai (45 miles / 72 kilometers)

The River Scheldt will still be your guide as you cycle to the old town of Oudenaarde (A.D. 974), also the center of the famous classic cycle race "Ronde van Vlaanderen." The former towing paths along the banks have been transformed to smooth cycle paths, now and then, leafy.

You will then cycle through the open fields of Flanders. Directly after Kluisbergen, you will leave Flanders and you enter the province of Wallonia, with just 20 kilometers to go to Tournai.

Day 7: Tournai – Cambrai (40 miles / 65 kilometers)

While leaving the five bell-towers of Tournai behind you, you will ride the last on the Belgian cycle path along the Scheldt, before arriving in France. The day will offer a pleasant ride through to the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, the first French regional park.

There, Belgium and France link with the barges on Escaut River, between lands and waters where you will pedal through to the forests, marshes, and ponds populated with various species. You will discover the mining villages classified by UNESCO, the agricultural landscapes, but also the beautiful city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, a thermal station, near Valenciennes. Passing through typical villages and hamlets, you will reach the town of Cambrai, the peaceful City of Art and History.

Day 8: Cambrai – Saint-Quentin (31 miles / 50 kilometers)

On day eight, you will leave Cambrai by lodging the Canal de Saint-Quentin which was inaugurated in 1810 by the Emperor Napoleon I. There, you will also discover the Haute Vallée de l'Escaut as well as a jewel, the 12th Century Abbey of Vaucelles. As it will be presented to you on day eight, the abbey remains an unusual construction, both in its dimensions and the quality of its restoration.

A few pedaling strokes and you will pass the sources of l’Escaut, the famous river that you will follow for kilometers and whose course flows into the North Sea in the Netherlands. You will continue on towards the Touage Museum. The route will take you through small hilly roads between villages devoted to agriculture and memorial sites of the Great War such as cemeteries, memorials, and vestiges of the Hindenburg line. You will find the canal and its cycle path to finally reach Saint Quentin.

Day 9: Saint-Quentin – Compiègne (48 miles / 77 kilometers)

On the way to Compiegne, you will cycle through the fertile valley of the Oise. The itinerary will take, again, the cycle path of the canals, to the discovery of Chauny. You will cross vast natural areas with more than 200 species of birds. You will continue towards Noyon and the route will continue along the canal.

Noyon is listed as a city of Art and History. It has a medieval atmosphere around the cathedral which saw the coronation of Hugues Capet in 987. You will then return to the shared track. A large town bordering the forest and a palace opening towards wooded immensities, those are the first impressions that Compiègne creates. The city, furrowed by charming and shopping streets, has museums with varied collections.

Day 10: Compiègne – Chantilly/Senlis (40 miles / 65 kilometers)

The program of the day, a prestigious castle, medieval towns, and a large forest area! Your journey will start in the forest of Compiègne and then go up the Automne River which gave its name to the valley, called the “35 bell-towers.” You will pass close to Béthisy-Saint-Pierre, which is worth a detour, to finally cross the "plateau" of Nery. However, the slope will be soft!

You will cross the forest of Halatte before reaching the charming medieval town of Senlis. An ancient foundation, a royal residence during the Middle Ages, the city preserves its rich history and has several museums. It is a protected environment of 40 hectares and is particularly appreciated by filmmakers.

Finally, you will reach Chantilly, world-renowned for its castle, which is sometimes compared to a castle of the Loire, its Great Stables, porcelain, lace, and gastronomy. Yes, the famous cream Chantilly would have been invented there.

Day 11: Chantilly/Senlis – Paris (40 miles / 65 kilometers)

It will be your last day by bike before arriving in the City of Lights, the culmination of your journey! You will leave Senlis and cycle in the forest for an itinerary in the heart of nature. There will be no crossing of the village to the doors of the region, “Ile de France.” There will, however, be a guaranteed change of scenery with the great pines and sandy soil.

Then, you will be in Landes, southwest of France! From Gressy to Paris, the route will follow the nice cycle track of the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural setting on the last 30 kilometers for a safe entrance into Paris, far from cars! Crossing the capital along the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin will really allow you to dive into a history book and an open-air museum.

Day 12: Departure from Paris

The end of your trip will be after breakfast. Dutch BikeTours advises you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Paris.

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in the three countries of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. You will explore Amsterdam, Gouda, Dordrecht, Biesbosch National Park, and Breda in the Netherlands, Antwerp, Dendermonde, Ghent, Oudenaarde, Flanders, Wallonia, and Tournai in Belgium.

Traveling through France, you will encounter the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Cambrai, Saint Quentin, Chauny, Noyon, Compiègne, the Forest of Halatte, Senlis, Chantilly, Landes, Gressy, Ile de France, and Paris.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be provided with delicious breakfast daily. You can add a supplement of eight dinners, except in Antwerp, Paris, and Gent.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Day 1

If you arrive early, make sure to go for a walk to marvel at the townhouses in the 17th Century canal district, listed as a World Heritage. Have you got time and energy left? Opt to saunter down the infamous red-light district which attracts millions of curious tourists every year. You can also enjoy the street performers on the friendly Rembrandtplein.

Day 2

You can amble through the beautifully preserved town center and visit the old town hall and Saint John’s Church. You can stop off at a bakery to buy fresh syrup waffles as Gouda is the hometown of syrup waffles as well as the Gouda cheese which is perhaps the world’s most famous type of cheese.

Day 3

You can visit an authentic workshop and find out how the mills in Kinderdijk were built and how they work. Have you always wanted to be a miller? That is where you can still learn the trade! Furthermore, a visit to the scenic harbor quarter of Dordrecht, with its wonderful historical buildings, should not be missed.

After viewing the historical town center of Antwerp, you might like to venture to the hip and trendy parts of the city, ‘t Zuid and Het Eilandje. Have you worked up a thirst for Belgian beer? Consider visiting De Koninck beer brewery. It has been going strong since 1833 and has new visitor centers welcoming guests wishing to look around and do some tasting. The brewery is best known for its “Bollekes.”

Day 6

Down the road, do try one of the most famous Belgian local products, "Geraardsbergse mattentaart," a pie with an ancient history of making.

Day 7

You can take advantage of Cambrai to discover its streets where half-timbered houses, rich private mansions, and Flemish mansions mingle with pleasure. Do not leave without having tasted the famous "Bétises de Cambrai" or other local specialties!

Day 8

You can discover the streets of Saint Quentin with its art deco houses. The details of which deserve to be spotted. It is the style adopted during the rebuilding of the city which was hardly destroyed during the Great War and once again, became a dynamic city, the economic capital of Haute Picardie.

Day 9

A stop at the abbey of Ourscamp is recommended.

Day 12

Explore the city of Paris.

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • 7-days-a-week service-hotline
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel

What's not included

  • Any ferry crossings

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

To get back to Amsterdam, there is a fast train, Thalys, that takes you in three hours and 17 minutes back to Amsterdam. It is bookable for three months in advance, starting at 39 EUR for one way per person. During weekdays, the train runs every two hours. You cannot take a bike on the train. However, Dutch BikeTours can take care of the rental bikes including a helmet.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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