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8 Days Road Cycling Holiday Amsterdam to Bruges
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Exciting Road Cycling Holiday in Netherlands and Belgium

Starting in Amsterdam and travelling in a southwesterly direction you will go to the following towns: Gouda, Dordrecht, Willemstad, Zierikzee, Middelburg, Vlissingen (Flushing), Sluis, Damme and Bruges. They count among the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands and Flanders and are remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past. The route is predominantly rural and passes through a number of nature reserves. This touralso offer this tour with Bruges as the starting point. This is not a round trip!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Type of transportation: cycling
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Starts in: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Ends in: Bruges, Belgium
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have 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: 201 miles / 323 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike or e-bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 175 EUR

Highlights

  • 6 days of road cycling
  • Luggage transfer to the next hotel
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • Cycle through the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands
  • 7-days a week service-hotline
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

%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, Netherlands

Your bicycle holiday starts in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district; museums (the new Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank etc); street artists and performers on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein; a notorious red-light district and more.

This city is brimming with things to see and do and you couldn’t wish for a more dynamic beginning to your holiday. Try to arrive early so you have time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals and tall narrow townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17th century (World Heritage Site).

Day 2: Amsterdam to Gouda, Netherlands (80 kilometers)

After staying the night in bustling Amsterdam, plunge into the peace and quiet of the “Groene Hart” or Green Heart, a pleasant rural area of low-lying polders with peat meadows and grazing cattle. It is a flat, open, spacious landscape where church spires and windmills touch the horizon and clouds are reflected in lakes and canals.

For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy horses, cows, meat, turf, seed, cheese etc, at weekly and annual markets in Gouda. Dutch Bike Tours recommends an evening stroll around the old part of town to soak up the yesteryear atmosphere and marvel at the large and attractive market square boasting a wonderful fifteenth century town hall as well as a Weighing House (“Waag”).

Would the 80 kilometers be too long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden (48 kilometers and 30 kilometers).

Day 3: Gouda to Papendrecht/Dordrecht, Netherlands (45 kilometers)

From Gouda, you will cycle via the "Green heart of Holland" to the village of Kinderdijk, explore the site where 19 windmills have been standing majestically in rows since 1740. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek.

One of the mills is open to the public. Your destination, Papendrecht, is just a ferry crossing away from of one of Holland’s oldest towns; Dordrecht. Dordrecht is completely surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. Around the harbour you will see many monumental buildings.

The hotel in Papendrecht is just three kilometers outside the center of Dordrecht on the north banks of the river. You can upgrade to Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd, if you want to stay right in the center and on the crossroads of two major rivers. Here the bike can only be parked outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance).

Day 4: Papendrecht / Dordrecht to Willemstad, Netherlands (45 kilometers)

The result of a major flood in 1421, Biesbosch is one of the few remaining wetland habitats in Europe where the ecosystem has adapted both to saltwater coming in from the sea through tidal creeks, and to freshwater coming down in the rivers.

It is an ever-changing labyrinth of creeks and riverlets encompassing countless little islands of willow woods and reeds, a paradise for birds. The longer ride (54 kilometers) takes you along the edges of this National Park. Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star.

Day 5: Willemstad to Schuddebeurs / Zierikzee, Netherlands (50 kilometers)

Today you will enter Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands marked by light, wind, water and lots of space. It is made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be carrying you across the waters as you drift down towards Belgium. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets are lined up for the coming days. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats.

Day 6: Schuddebeurs / Zierikzee to Vlissingen / Middelburg, Netherlands (53 kilometers)

A wander down the narrow streets of Zierikzee is an absolute delight. Quaint little old houses take you back in time to the town's glory days when ships set sail to sell salt, wool, fish, grain and red dye as far afield as the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

Your route continues to the charming village of Veere. From 1541 everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in and was distributed from Veere. This contract brought the town not only prosperity but also a very lively Scottish expat community that stayed for 300 years.

Walk in their footsteps as you take a tour of the sights. Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendour of the city of Middelburg, capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the most important centres of trade in the Netherlands. At the end of the day, amble down to the beach in Vlissingen to watch the sun set into the sea.

Day 7: Vlissingen / Middelburg, Netherlands to Bruges, Belgium (50 kilometers)

After a hearty breakfast, hop on a ferry boat to Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Having crossed the border into Belgium, you will reach the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the romantic Damse Vaart. From here, it’s only a short stretch to Bruges, known as the pearl of Flanders!

It Is a truly enchanting town that has been welcoming tourists for about 150 years. With most of its medieval architecture intact, it remains exceptionally well preserved and can really give you a sense of times gone by when it was at the centre of the European wool and cloth trade.

Day 8: Return home

This day marks the end of your trip.

Bike rental

  • 24-speed gear bike, 12 EUR / day
  • Electric bike, 25 EUR / day
  • Tandem bike, 20 EUR / day
  • Children's bike,10 EUR / day
  • Trailer-bike, 6 EUR / day
  • Child trailer, 17.50 EUR / day
  • Child seat, 5 EUR / day
  • Racing Bike, 20 EUR / day

Location

This tour will start from Amsterdam and will take you to Gouda, Papendrecht / Dordrecht, Willemstad, Schuddebeurs / Zierikzee, Vlissingen / Middelburg, Netherlands and Brugge, Belgium

Knooppunt (intersection signs)

For the most part, tours from Dutch Bike Tours follow the Knooppunten cycling routes. Holland has an elaborate system of numbered crossroads / intersections with signs for cyclists indicating the way to connecting crossroads. On paper, it will look something like this: knooppunt 61 - 70 - 71 - 72 - 73 - 47. When you arrive at intersection 61, another sign will point the way to the next intersection (70) where you will find another sign (71) pointing the way to the next intersection etc. It’s a very good system!

Occasionally, these Knooppunten cycling routes run parallel to LF routes. Due to road works or temporary closure of a road, it may not always be possible to follow the original routes. Where possible, Dutch Bike Tours will provide you with an alternative route.

LF Routes

LF cycling routes form an extensive national network and can be identified by special signs. They show you around the Netherlands in all its diversity: natural areas and farmland, as well as pretty towns and villages. The routes follow quiet, safe back roads, and segregated cycleways.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the price. For other dietary requirements, the hotel chefs will take your requests into account as much as possible. It’s always a good idea to remind the reception of your dietary needs when you check in at the hotel.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 days of road cycling
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel

What's not included

  • Train back to Amsterdam
  • Ferry crossings
  • GPS-tracks rental (10 EUR)
  • Dinner (30 EUR per day)
  • Emergency call out service / bike breakdown pass (2.75 EUR per day)
  • Extra night (70 EUR)\
  • Accommodation upgrade in Dordrecht (30 EUR)

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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