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Discover Holland + Belgium

Diverse scenery and charming towns steeped in history



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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. 58 - 68 km
After getting to know Amsterdam, today you will cycle into the "Green Heart" - a particularly cultural and historical landscape with rivers, extensive polders, lakes and wetlands. Your destination today is Gouda, famous for the cheese of the same name. A cozy, old-fashioned Dutch town with a particularly authentic city center.

Day 3: Gouda – Papendrecht, approx. 38 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
Nature lovers will get their money’s worth today. The first part of the route takes you along one of the largest nature reserves in the Netherlands: De Biesbosch. This national park is rich in rivers, streams, lakes and islands and is one of the few freshwater tidal areas in the world. The tour continues to Willemstad, a small, old fortified town on the Haringvliet. Please note: You can only take the route through the National Park on days when the ferry ’t Leeuweveerke is in operation (the ferry ticket must be paid on site) - there is an alternative route for other days!

Day 5: Willemstad – Noordgouwe/Zierikzee, approx. 50 km
Today you cross a mosaic-like landscape of polders, dunes and golden sandbanks - Zeeland. On your way towards Belgium, the route zigzags across the islands, with small ferries and bridges providing the connections.

Day 6: Noordgouwe/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg, approx. 43 km
Picturesque little houses in Zierkzee remind us of the glorious times when ships carrying salt, wool, fish, grain and red dye sailed as far as the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. The cycle route continues to the charming town of Veere, which was already selling Scottish wool in 1541. Further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendor of Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland and one of the most important trading centers of the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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
Next on the program is the village of Veere. From 1541, all goods from Scotland - mainly wool - entered the country via Veere. This treaty not only brought prosperity to the town, but also a very lively Scottish community that remained for 300 years. Follow in their footsteps when you take a tour of the sights. The narrow streets of Zierikzee are also an absolute delight. Picturesque old houses take you back to the town’s glorious past, when sailing ships set sail from here to the Baltic and the Mediterranean to sell salt, wool, fish, grain and red dye.

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. 65 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. Please note: you can only take the route through the National Park on days when the ferry ’t Leeuweveerke is in operation (the ferry ticket must be paid for on site) - there is an alternative route for other days!

Day 6: Papendrecht – Gouda, approx. 37 km
Set off again and drive to the village of Kinderdijk, where nineteen majestic windmills offer a unique spectacle. On the way towards Gouda, you will be driving about two meters below sea level! For centuries, people came from far and wide to buy horses, cows, meat, peat, seeds, cheese, etc. at the weekly and annual markets in Gouda. We recommend a stroll through the old town to soak up the atmosphere of yesteryear. Walk around St. John’s Church and the market square with the 15th century town hall and the Weigh House.

Day 7: Gouda – Amsterdam, approx. 58 - 68 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 roughly 70 km on your bicycle you will finally arrive in the bustling city of Amsterdam. 

Day 8: Amsterdam
Individual departure or extension in Amsterdam.


  • 7 nights in 3-4 * Hotels, private facilities 

  • Daily breakfast

  • Luggage transport

  • GPS-tracks available

  • Maps and information material per room

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
      29.03. - 23.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges
      29.03. - 23.09.24
    Bruges - Amsterdam


    child reduction (two full paying adults in double room)
    0-3,99 years -100%
    4-11,99 years -20%
    from 12 yrs -10%
    Bicycle & equipment
    24-speed touring bike 93
    E-bike 202
    helmet rental 10
    Accident/Service Insurance 31
    Theft insurance bike/E-bike 23/47
    Extension per day bike/E-bike 13/29
    Additional Luggage 30
    Changes 3 days before arrival (rebooking fee) 50
    Surcharge Amsterdam on SATURDAYS 22
    Surcharge Amsterdam on Fare dates* 40
    Additional nights
    Amsterdam (dbl/sgl) 111/194
    Amsterdam on SATURDAYS (dbl/sgl) 139/222
    Amsterdam on Fare dates* (dbl/sgl) 156/239
    other destinations (dbl/sgl) 83/133

    *on the following dates minimum stay of 2 nights: March 29-31, April 20 + 26-28, May 9-12 + 17-19.

    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


    Hotel samples

    You stay in selected 3-4* hotels.

    Amsterdam: Westcord Art Hotel

    Gouda: Best Western Hotel Gouda

    Papendrecht: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht

    Willemstad: Hotel Mauritz

    Noordgouwe: Hostellerie Schuddebeurs

    Middelburg: Hotel aan de Dam

    Bruges: Velotel

    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.


    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
    • E-bikes unisex (on request)

    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    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.

    Note: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle

    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.


    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. € 15,- per day at the arrival hotel in Amsterdam; approx. € 5,- per day in Bruges (Velotel)

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal or Bruges Main Station


    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


    Travel stories

    4,9 of 6 Stars | 21
    We got to experience the Netherlands like we never would if we travelled by car or train (...) Another great experience - Thanks Rad+Reisen! ... M.D. 10/23
    5.5 04.10.2023 | Mike D. Discover Holland + Belgium

    Discover Holland + Belgium 2023

    Four friends on bikes from Brugge to Amsterdam! With help from Marcel & Doris at Rad+Reisen the booking procedure was easy. On arrival at our first hotel in Brugge, the local partner company, Dutch Bike Tours, had all our travel documents & bikes ready ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
    5.3 27.06.2022 | Geoff M. Discover Holland + Belgium

    Amsterdam to Bruges

    Lots of easy cycling through pleasant countryside, but getting out of Amsterdam was a nightmare and made the first day too long.
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
    4.2 07.06.2022 | Kenneth Paul S. Discover Holland + Belgium

    Bike Tour 2022

    Trip was a great adventure- lots of beautiful scenery and lovely little towns, as was last year?s cycle trip across Austria. Bicycles were ok, but mine was missing a screw holding the handlebar bag was missing a holding screw, the bike chain was loose ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 3
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 3
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
    4.7 06.06.2022 | Mitch M. Discover Holland + Belgium

    Amsterdam to Bruge May/June

    Bikes via Dutch Bike Tours not as good quality as last time (2016). No water bottles provided this time. KP maps pretty good, only occasional missing numbers. Hotels all satisfactory and some very good indeed. Liked all the distances having inserted the ...
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 4
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