Discover Holland + Belgium
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    Discover Holland + Belgium

    Diverse scenery and charming towns steeped in history

    • 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.

      Tour profile/Level 1

      The cycle tours are mostly on asphalted, flat and good developed cycle paths and on very calm side roads.

      Itinerary Amsterdam – Bruges

      Day 1: 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 - you couldn’t wish for a more dynamic beginning of your holiday. Try to arrive early so you have enough time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals and tall narrow townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17th century (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Please be aware of the prices for parking when you arrive by car in Amsterdam. (see "Travel / FAQ")

      Day 2: Amsterdam – Gouda, approx. 79 km
      After staying the night in bustling Amsterdam, plunge into the peace and quiet of the "Groene Hart" or the so-called "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 annuel markets in Gouda. We recommend an evening stroll around the old part of the 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")
      Possibility of an extra night in Woerden
      Day 2: approx. 48 km; Day 3: 38 km)

      Day 3: Gouda – Papendrecht, approx. 37 km
      Hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestetic windmills present a unique spectacle. In the age of wind they were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up to the river Lek. Pedalling on, you will reach your todays goal Papendrecht.

      Day 4: Papendrecht– Willemstad, approx. 65km
      As a result of a major flood in 1421, Biesbosch is one of the few remaining waterland 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, approx. 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. Magnificent 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, approx. 42 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 Sea. 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: Visslingen/Middelburg – Bruges, approx. 66 km
      After a rich 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 an insight of times gone by when it was the centre of the European wool and cloth trade.

      Day 8: Bruges
      Individual departure or extension in Bruges.

      Itinerary Bruges – Amsterdam

      Day 1: Bruges
      Bruges is well-known as the "pearl of Flanders" and shows itself as an enchanting, open city, which was discovered by tourists about 150 years ago. The main part of the medieval center remains exceptionally well preserved and can give a good insight of times gone by when Bruges was the centre of the European wool and cloth trade.

      Day 2: Bruges – Vlissingen/Middelburg, approx. 66 km
      After a rich breakfast, you hop on the bicycle and find your way again. Firstly, you cycle to Damme, a small enchanting town which lies directly on the romantic Damme-Canal. Afterwards your journey leads you the border and to Zeeland, a dutch province, where you’ll find light, wind, water and spacious polders. Bridges and ferries will take you from one island to the other in direction north-east. Some picturesque villages with old houses and cobbled streets will be with you for the next few days. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats.

      Day 3: Vlissingen/Middelburg – Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee, approx. 42 km
      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. 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. 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 Sea.

      Day 4: Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Willemstad, approx. 50 km
      Enjoy your last day in Zeeland. Today you traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. Willemstad has a small, but very interesting city center with a lot of well preserved houses dating back from the 17th and 18th century. This is a small, but absolutely typical dutch, fortified town.

      Day 5: Willemstad – Papendrecht, approx. 59 km
      Today’s way will lead you to the National Park De Biesbosch. As a result of a major flood in 1421, Biesbosch is one of the few remaining waterland 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. Afterwards you cycle further to Papendrecht.

      Day 6: Papendrecht – Gouda, approx. 37 km
      Hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestetic windmills present a unique spectacle. In the age of wind they were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up to the river Lek. On your way to Gouda you will be 2 m under sea level. Your destination for today is the cheese city Gouda, a rural, old dutch town with a really special city center. Not only for cheese people know Gouda but for the city hall, candles, sirup-waffles and canals. The hotel today lies beautifully on the Gouwe, only a few minutes by foot from the historical center away. We recommend an evening stroll around the old part of the 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").

      Day 7: Gouda – Amsterdam, approx. 79 km
      Today you will have a day full of differences: Plunge into the peace and quiet of the "Groene Hart" or the so-called "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 annuel markets in Gouda. After 70 km on your bicycle you will finally arrive in the bustling city of Amsterdam. Try to have enough time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals and tall narrow townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17th century (UNESCO World Heritage Site). If you like, we are happy to book additional nights for you. 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 - you couldn’t wish for a more exciting, last highlight of your holiday.

      Possibility of an extra night in Woerden: Day 7: approx. 38 km; Day 8: 48 km)

      Day 8: Amsterdam
      Individual departure or extension in Amsterdam.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) or Brussels Zaventem (BRU) / Brüssels Charleroi (CRL), via train further to Bruges or via train to the train station Charleroi and then further via bus to Bruges.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: approx. € 20 per day at the arrival hotel in Amsterdam; approx. € 3 per day in Bruges (Velotel)


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Amsterdam Centraal or Bruges Main Station


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      train ride back to Amsterdam or Bruges, not included, two possibilities:

      • approx. € 50,- per person (approx. € 10,- per bike extra, only via Den Haag HS), approx. 3,5 h
      • Thalys (high-speed train) in about 1,5 h (approx. € 80,- per person - no bicycle possible)

      More information at: www.belgianrail.be and www.thalys.com


      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included services:

      • 7 nights in 3-4 * Hotels, private facilities and breakfast
         
      • if booked half-board: 3-course dinner
         
      • luggage transport
      • GPS-tracks available
      • maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      10.04. - 03.05.20 Amsterdam - Bruges every FRI/SAT/SUN
      04.05. - 30.08.20 Amsterdam - Bruges daily
      04.09. - 20.09.20 Amsterdam - Bruges every FRI/SAT/SUN
      10.04. - 03.05.20 Bruges - Amsterdam every FRI/SAT/SUN
      04.05. - 30.08.20 Bruges - Amsterdam daily
      04.09. - 20.09.20 Bruges - Amsterdam every FRI/SAT/SUN

      Extras

      child reduction (two full paying adults in double room)  
      0-3,99 years -100%
      4-11,99 years -20%
      3rd person in double room (12-99 years) -10%
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      24-speed touring bike 84
      E-bike 175
      Children’s / youth bike 60
      GPS rental 10
         
      Additional nights
      Amsterdam/Bruges (dbl/sgl) 70/100
      supplement extra night Amsterdam saturday (dbl/sgl) 20/20
       additional supplement overnight in Amsterdam (dbl/sgl)* 60/60
      Supplement Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd Dordrecht (instead of Papendrecht) 35
      Supplement NH Hotel Bruges 15

      * April 10.-13./25, May 01.-04., August 01.


      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • selected 3-4* hotels

      Hotel examples:

      Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel

      Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda

      Papendrecht - Apollo Hotel Papendrecht

      Willemstad - Hotel Mauritz

      Noordgouwe - Hostellerie Schuddebeurs

      Middelburg - Hotel aan de Dam

      Brugge – Velotel

       

      Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.

       

      
       
      
    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 24-speed-bike with hand brakes
      • Premium bike, lightweight 27-speed bike with disc brakes
      • E-bikes unisex (on request)

      E-bike

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.


    • 5,0 20.09.2019 | Stanley and Diana A. Discover Holland + Belgium

      Amsterdam to Bruges

      2 issues; one being theE bike received by Stan Armstrong on Day 1.. battery not working properly; died at the 50 km mark on an 80 km day. Made for a tough day. Replaced quickly that night, Thank you Also, accommodation in Middelburg at the Hotel aan de ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      4,3 11.09.2019 | Art H. Discover Holland + Belgium

      Bicycling from Amsterdam to Brugge

      There were two problems that you should know about. The first and smaller problem was that the written tour instructions at the Westcord Art Hotel in Amsterdam were only in German, with no English, and nobody was there to answer our questions. I can ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 2
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 2
      • Accomodation 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 2
      • On-site assistance 2
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      4,9 09.09.2019 | Ron S. Discover Holland + Belgium

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      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 3
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,7 23.08.2019 | David L. Discover Holland + Belgium

      Bruges to Amsterdam August 2019

      -I reported my height to Rad und Reisen as 155 cm. The bicycle from Dutch Bike Tours had a top bar that was a little too high for someone with short legs; a smaller frame or a step-through frame would have been better. -Navigation of Dutch bicycle routes ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,7 18.07.2019 | Suzanne J. Discover Holland + Belgium

      Fabulous Family Holiday

      We had a fantastic holiday. The bikes needed some spoke adjustment to start but my husband managed that as he is a regular cyclist. I had an e-bike which I loved as I am not a regular cyclist. Dutch Cycle Tours were extra helpful when my son was ill ...
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,0 27.05.2019 | Debra L. Discover Holland + Belgium

      Brugge to Amsterdam

      Brugge to Amsterdam Excellent tour and scenery Tour description could be improved by personalising itinerary with details of ferry transport times specific to the dates of your trip , especially on days ferry’s don’t run. We arrived at ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 3
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 1
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 4
      • Luggage transport 4
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,5 09.10.2018 | Phelan J. Discover Holland + Belgium

      Thank you Rad & Reisen

      Bikes provided by Dutch BIkes were in average condition - one needed a tuneup and another had parts & pannier missing. Also, we were given the wrong size which took time out of our day to get corrected (about 3 hours). Hotel ((Westcord Art) worked ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more
      5,7 30.08.2018 | Chris S. Discover Holland + Belgium

      kiwis in Holland

      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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