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Dutch Bike Tours Cycling holiday Amsterdam – Bruges
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Amsterdam – Bruges
Amsterdam – Bruges
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Duration :
8 days
Cycling days :
 6
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period:
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Code:
8-08
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Amsterdam – Bruges
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Bike Tour: Amsterdam – Bruges - 8 days

We have devised a wonderful cycling holiday through the Netherlands down into Belgium, past towns, villages, canals – on high-quality cycling paths. In eight days of cycling you will discover many delightful places you otherwise wouldn’t have chanced upon.
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.
We also offer this tour with Bruges as the starting point. This is not a round trip!

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Gouda
Day 3: Gouda - Papendrecht/Dordrecht
Day 4: Papendrecht/Dordrecht – Willemstad
Day 5: Willemstad – Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee
Day 6: Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg
Day 7: Vlissingen/Middelburg – Brugge
Day 8: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival in Amsterdam

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 - Gouda
80 km

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’s 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.  We recommend 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 km be to long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden (48 km and 30 km). 

Day 3:    Gouda - Papendrecht/Dordrecht
53 km

From Gouda you'll 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 3km 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 2 major rivers. Here the bike can only be parked outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance).

Day 4:    Papendrecht/Dordrecht – Willemstad
61 km

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’s 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 km) 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 – Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee
50 km

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 – Vlissingen/Middelburg
57 km

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 – Brugge
61 km

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’s 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
prices & dates
Starting dates:  

Start on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12 april and 5 May and between 6 September and 22 September
Daily start from 6 May till 1 September

 
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
of € 17,50 per person in a double room
 
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room 
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
710,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 27,50 x 7) 210,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 7) 175,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 7) 19,25
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade Dordrecht Old City Center ****Bellevue Groothoofd in double room
Bike can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance)
30,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00

Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
13-15 May
20-21 May
12-15 June
12-16 September
staying overnight in a double room   
staying overnight in a single room 






52,50
105,00
   
Extra night  70,00
   
Starting point:  
Amsterdam   
   
accommodation

Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****

Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****

Papendrecht - Apollo Hotel Papendrecht****

Willemstad - Het Wapen van Willemstad***

Noordgouwe - Hostellerie Schuddebeurs***

Vlissingen - Hotel Piccard****

Brugge - Velotel****

practical info

7 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

not included:
Amsterdam Sloterdijk / Amsterdam CS
Bruges - Amsterdam via Antwerpen

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Train back to Amsterdam is not included

reviews

09-09-2018

I cycled as a solo female traveller from Amsterdam to Brugges in late August 2018. Dutch Bike Tours exceeded my expectations from beginning to end in terms of responsiveness, dependability, professionalism, service orientation, quality of hotel accommodations and meals (I took the half board), and the sheer beauty of the bike trails and sights or places of interest along the way. I highly recommend the GPS, which allowed me to fully enjoy the scenery rather than keep my eyes focused on paper maps, and the bike breakdown pass which I used once and was extremely well served by. I will definitely cycle with Dutch Bike Tours and Belgian Bike Tours again and highly recommend the company. Don't hesitate to book your cycling trip with DBT or BBT and enjoy the good life by bike!!

29-09-2016

Equipment very good condition. Accommodation generally very good. Meals all excellent with third last evening the BEST (excellent presentation, meal and detail of services) Experience was excellent and would recommend your Company to anyone wanting to bike tour in Europe and would use your company again - service was excellent.

29-09-2016

We had a great time, and particularly enjoyed the routes chosen and the quality of the bikes.

21-09-2016

The hotels were anywhere from good to outstanding.  Even the less expensive hotels had their attractions (e.g., the hotel in Vlissingen had a wonderful dining room and a swimming pool.) All the hotels varied a great deal and we enjoyed staying in each one. Well done.

02-09-2016

We loved the GPS which was indispensable for the trip! We loved the hotels but thought the hotel in Dordrecht was too far from the city center. We appreciate that our luggage was always delivered on time and was often early. Thanks for a fun adventure!

21-08-2016

We finished our cycling tour and we are  really enthusiastic about the experience. Hotels were excellent; the one in  Schuddebeurs was an old country inn surrounded by nature in this little village on the path; in Willemstad we were right on the marina. Even the dinners were excellent. In addition, the landscape has helped a lot, the Netherlands and Belgium are extremely nice bike, we have come almost exclusively bike paths and we loved every single ride. Amsterdam is interesting and Bruges is very beautiful .. I would leave immediately again , of course! Thanks for everything. Keep it up, because it still travel by bicycle is still the best way to travel!

21-07-2016

Now we are going back home and missing already the incredible daily cycling days we had. We just loved it all, the routes, the bikes, the places, organization, maps, tips and all locations we stayed. We thank you very much for such incredible experience you provided to us.

12-08-2015

We have had a fantastic time cycling from Amsterdam to Bruges. lovely route, great Accomodation and reliable bikes. the GPS was extremely useful especially to find the hotels. this is our 3rd successive trip with your company and we have never been disappointed.

10-08-2015

We had a very enjoyable time in Holland. Unfortunately, we chose a week when the weather was very poor. 4 of the 6 days were wet and windy. The hotels you have chosen were satisfactory. The GPS worked well and the routes you chose were excellent. The cycle paths in Holland are superb. The Dutch and Belgian people we met were all friendly and helpful and their spoken English is excellent. We would definitely consider another holiday with you, even a repeat of this one done in the opposite direction and in nicer weather.

02-07-2015

Overall, we enjoyed our trip very much. The bikes were of excellent quality, and the routes took us through scenic and interesting landscapes. People whom we met were friendly and helpful. We hope to take another trip in the near future.

30-06-2015

We have enjoyed the ride and our trip was well organized.

22-06-2015

Overall we really enjoyed the trip and so I do not want to give any bad impressions. For example, the accommodations were terrific as were the meals. The routes chosen were excellent and gave us a chance to see a variety of things. We also met many nice people on the trip which was a real benefit as well.

18-06-2015

I would just like to say that we had a great time and would definitely recommend and use Dutch Bike Tours again for cycling in Holland and Belgian Bike Tours for cycling in Belgium. Virtually all the accommodations were of acceptable quality although there was some variation in standards amongst all the venues with some being newer, larger and more convenient than others. The general route was enjoyable and gave us a good appreciation of the regional difference through this part of the country.

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