We have devised a wonderful cycling holiday that kicks off in Belgium and leads up through the Netherlands to Amsterdam. Recurring themes include historical architecture, pastoral countryside and water vistas. In eight days you will discover a great many delightful places you otherwise wouldn’t have chanced upon.
Starting in Bruges, you will go to the following towns: Damme, Sluis, Vlissingen (Flushing), Middelburg, Zierikzee, Willemstad, Dordrecht, Gouda and Amsterdam. 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. Cycling paths are of high quality.
We also offer this tour with Amsterdam as the starting point.
Bruges is 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.
After a hearty breakfast, hit the tracks and pedal to the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the Damse Vaart. Then continue to the border and enter Zeeland, a Dutch province marked by light, wind, water and lots of space. It is mostly made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be taking you across the waters as you drift north east. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets are lined up for the coming days. But first you will pass through Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. At the end of the day, hop on a ferry boat to the maritime town of Vlissingen. After dinner, head for the beach to watch the sun set into the sea.
Discover the nostalgic splendour of the city of Middelburg. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the most important centres of trade in the Netherlands. Next up, is 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. 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 for the Baltic and Mediterranean to sell salt, wool, fish, grain and red dye.
Enjoying your last day in Zeeland, traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star.
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. Pedalling on, you will reach one of the oldest towns in Holland: Dordrecht, completely surrounded by water. The area around the marina is a true gem. This oldest part of town counts over a thousand historical buildings and three nostalgic canals.
The hotel is in Papendrecht, but if you like to stay in Dordrecht this is possible, you can upgrade to ****Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd, right in the old center and on the crossroads of 2 major rivers.
Hit the trail once again and set off for the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestic windmills present a unique spectacle. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. As you ride your bike towards Gouda, cruising at about two meters below sea level, enjoy pastoral countryside and wonderful cloudscapes. 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 a stroll around the old part of town to soak up the yesteryear atmosphere. Walk all the way around St. John’s church and the market square boasting a 15th-century town hall and a Weighing House (“Waag”).
Plunge into the “Groene Hart” (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. Your bicycle holiday ends in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district. This city is brimming with things to see and do. As always, street artists and performers draw crowds on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. A new attraction is “Het Grachtenhuis” (Museum of the Canals). Have you been to the renovated Rijksmuseum and Maritime Museum?
Would the 80 km be to long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden. (30 km and 48 km)
Only on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 April till 22 September
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
|Per person in a double room
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
|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|
|Upgrade Dordrecht Old City Center ****Bellevue Groothoofd in double room
Bike can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance)
|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
|Extra night in Bruges, Woerden or Amsterdam||70,00|
Brugge - Velotel****
Vlissingen - Hotel Piccard****
Noordgouwe - Hostellerie Schuddebeurs***
Willemstad - Het Wapen van Willemstad***
Papendrecht - Apollo Hotel Papendrecht****
Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****
Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****
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
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included
I want to thank you and your team on handling all the logistics on our recent trip from Brugge to Amsterdam. All ten of us had an outstanding time. Hotels were great, daily bike maps worked perfectly, the route was very beautiful, and the luggage was always at the hotel when we arrived. I would recommend you to anyone who wants to experience the charm and beauty of the Netherlands on a bike, which by the way is the only way travel in the Netherlands.
We enjoyed the tour. The wind on the first couple of days wasn't helpful, but that not something you can control! We got lost a couple of times, but I think that was mainly our map reading, not your instructions! Accommodation & breakfasts were good. We were impressed with the bike roads/paths network across the country.
Wow – what an amazing trip. You guys really organized everything so well. I absolutely loved everything, hotels, etc was perfect. You may want to consider busing people or having them take the train from Willemsted to the center of Dordrecht - close to where the ferry leaves to start the next days ride (the one from Dordrecht to Gouda was perfect).
We absolutely loved our bike tour. All of our expectations were surpassed. We have recommended your company to several friends, and we definitely want to use you again in the future. We loved how easy everything was. Really no worries. It helped having a gps.
We really enjoyed our trip. The Hotels were good, the route fine and the cycling we found quite easy. We didn't use the GPS, we used the maps and Intersection numbers. This mostly worked well. It was a wonderful holiday.
We had a superb trip with Dutch Bike Tours and Belgian Bike Tours. The logistics, detailed route selection, bikes and scenery were first class. The services provided were perfect for our style of bike touring where we wanted a great route and luggage forwarding without the need to travel with a guide or in a group.