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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!

Route
Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Gouda / Bodegraven
Day 3: Gouda / Bodegraven- Papendrecht / Dordrecht
Day 4: Papendrecht / Dordrecht – Willemstad
Day 5: Willemstad – Schuddebeurs
Day 6: Schuddebeurs – Middelburg / Vlissingen
Day 7: Middelburg / Vlissingen – 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 / Bodegraven
79 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 79 km be too long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden (48 km and 38 km). 

Day 3:    Gouda / Bodegraven- Papendrecht / Dordrecht
37 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
65 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 ride 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
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 – Middelburg / Vlissingen
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. 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.

Day 7:    Middelburg / Vlissingen – Brugge
66 km

After a hearty breakfast, you will cycle to Vlissingen. After Vlissingen 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

After breakfast your cycling holiday has come to an end.

prices & dates
Starting dates:

Start on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 April and 3 May and between 4 September and 20 September
Daily start from 4 May till 30 August

Prices €
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 (€ 30 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 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019


staying overnight in a double room   
staying overnight in a single room 







52,50
105,00
Extra night  70,00

Price pp
Single room, breakfast 925.00
Double room, breakfast 715.00
Dinner 210.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2020-08-01 - 2020-08-01
2020-05-01 - 2020-05-03
2020-04-25 - 2020-04-25
2020-04-10 - 2020-04-12
60.00
Rental bike
Child bike 70.00
Hybrid 84.00
Premium bike 140.00
Ebike 175.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 7 19.25
Child seat € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 7 21.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 7 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:
Amsterdam

Starting dates:

Start on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 April and 3 May and between 4 September and 20 September

Daily start from 4 May till 30 August


Price pp
Single room, breakfast 880.00
Double room, breakfast 670.00
Dinner 210.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday 20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2020-08-01 - 2020-08-01
2020-05-01 - 2020-05-03
2020-04-25 - 2020-04-25
2020-04-10 - 2020-04-12
60.00
Rental bike
Child bike 70.00
Hybrid 84.00
Premium bike 140.00
Ebike 175.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 7 19.25
Child seat € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 7 21.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 7 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:

Amsterdam

accommodation

Category A:

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****

 

Category B:

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

Bodegraven - Gr8 Hotel Bodegraven****

Dordrecht - Postillion Hotel Dordrecht***

Willemstad - Hotel Mauritz

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

Shuttle service possible between Westcord Art Hotel and Schiphol Airport 

reviews

06-09-2019

...We had a best holiday on the road of Holland. Bicycles was nearly new and everything fixed and equipped. Instructions are very clear and helpful. Hotels in good location with nice diners and breakfast. Luggage was delivered in time. Even weather was beautiful, except our last day (typhoon in Belgium)...

03-09-2019

...I was very satisfied overall with the trip. I was very happy overall and would be likely to do another bike trip in the future...

02-09-2019

...It was so smooth and well organised with the bags arriving at each hotel everyday and no trouble with any of the five bikes we hired for the trip, and would add that I wouldn't do a trip like this without hiring the GPS unit which had all the routes and hotels loaded. Brilliant holiday and a great way to see your country...

01-09-2019

...As we expected, the bike tour itself was very nice, visiting many nice cities and going trough lovely scenery.  We very much enjoyed the bike trip...

28-08-2019

...Probably lack of research on our side but did not realize that the general wind direction is from the SW and is usually quite strong. We did not have good luck with the weather which is just bad luck but knowing about the general windiness of Holland and usual wind direction would have had us considering taking the trip in the opposite direction. All accommodations were comfortable and friendly. This was our first bicycle tour and despite the weather we really enjoyed the experience and would like to do it again! Thank you so much for all your help and hope to book with you in the not to distant future. (Just not into the wind and rain everyday.) Holland is both beautiful, friendly and fun... 

03-08-2019

...I loved being in the country the most. Crossing the long bridges and dykes was so much fun. The Groen Hardt was wonderful...

26-07-2019

...We have a wonderful time and your service was great, the breakfasts and hotels were wonderful...

25-07-2019

...Our trip was such a great experience, we were able to see the country of the Netherlands at such a wonderful pace. It is superior to driving as you get to see such beautiful sites along the way. The tour was well organised and we were able to find our way easily from stay to stay. My Dutch family felt that they too would like to take such a tour through their own country as they followed the blog of our trip. I would recommend this tour to everyone, it really was fantastic...

16-07-2019

...We loved every minute of our trip especially crossing that long 5 klm. bridge and the ferries, the ocean view and canals....thank you for a great trip... 

14-07-2019

...Very beautiful bike ride, amazing landcapes with lot of water. In Netherlands, everything is made for bikes. People are very nice, always ready to help, inform...

11-07-2019

...Everyday we had different scenery. One day was better then the next...there was a lot of variety....beautiful cities, fields, canals, unique bridges to cross and ferries...

09-07-2019

...A family bike tour is an experience like no other. Riding from Amsterdam to Bruges allowed us time to explore, reflect and laugh. By the end of the tour our 10 year old was able to lead, knowing how to read and identify the signs and we spent a lot of time riding in a group chatting as we ambled along fields and canals. Night time was a chance to explore some beautiful old towns and local delicacies...

03-07-2019

...We have recently returned from our holiday and would like thank you, we had a fantastic time.  Our bags were transported efficiently, always delivered to the hotels prior to our arrival. We liked the other hotels selected, particularly the Bellevue in Dordrecht due to the fabulous river view. The GPS was essential for us and the directions taking us to the hotels each day much appreciated. The routes you had chosen took us through varied, beautiful scenery, we loved catching the ferries...

29-06-2019

...Very sad to give up our bikes , we had a wonderful time . The way it was organised was faultless... 

05-06-2019

...We’re back after a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for setting up the bike ride. The Netherlands are so perfect for biking and the scenery, food, and the people were fantastic. The arrangements you made were just great. We’re back in the desert now and looking at the pictures we took and remembering what a beautiful time we had...

22-05-2019

...Thank you for a wonderful holiday!...

06-05-2019

...We love the country, the people are warm and helpful, And the route is fantastic. In our case we thought we should have started in Brugge and cycled to Amsterdam as we would have had the wind at our back in a couple of the days. Fabulous week !...

11-09-2018

...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 again and highly recommend the company. Don't hesitate to book your cycling trip with DBT and enjoy the good life by bike!!...

06-09-2018

...Without a doubt the BEST week ever on a bike!...

14-08-2018

...Beautiful scenery particularly during the first three days and into Bruges. Depending on the time of year Bruges to Amsterdam may have the wind at your back... 

09-08-2018

...It was wonderful trip through the netherlands countryside and old charming towns. I love that we could explore and bike at our own pace (also far cheaper than the guided tours). It was nice that all hotels seemed happy to see you (used to dealing with bikes, luggage, etc). DBT was always quick to respond to any issues/questions that i had before and during the trip. Hope to do another trip again in the future...

08-08-2018

...We had a wonderful time. Route was excellent, hotels good and backup queries from Dutch bike staff timely and helpful. We became quite saddle sore with the Dutch bikes. Would prefer a more traditional bike next time...

23-07-2018

...Perfect bicycle holiday. Every day had its charm - and surprise! Holland is a wonderful country for bicycles! Always save some time to also walk the streets! Even the smallest places will surprise you!...

10-07-2018

...Great seeing the countryside & experience biking in the Netherlands & Belgium...

03-07-2018

...We had a few questions about one of the bikes when we arrived, but received excellent support when we called in to your office (the front bag needed to be switched out). We chose to add the extra night in Woerden, and would recommend this for most riders vs. Amsterdam - Gouda all on day one. We will certainly recommend your company to others. Thank you...

23-06-2018

...All hotels were perfect. The route from Papendrecht to Willemstad was beautiful. Great holiday. Everything was super...

22-06-2018

...GPS was invaluable.Twice we experienced road closures due to road works and the GPS enabled us to re-route effectively. All hotels were of good quality. We would have liked some information about public toilets in Holland. We did not find public toilets on this trip...

21-06-2018

...the accommodation and dinners included in the halfboard were fantastic...

12-06-2018

...Thank you for routing through Kinderdijk. It was definitely a highlight...

25-05-2018

...Travel through nice towns, picking your own places to stop and get a beverage or some food was very nice. We stopped at a small place in Sirjans and meet a very nice couple who owned the place. Roads good and very impressed with the bicycle paths in Netherlands. Quite a 'highway' system and wished we had something similar in the USA...

24-05-2018

...Everything was well organized! The staff at all the hotels were helpful & friendly... 

 

30-06-2017

...My husband and I are back in New York following our cycling adventure fom Amsterdam to Bruges and I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous trip! Everything was well-organized and the bicycles and equipment were top quality. Your country is beautiful and the Dutch people that we met along the way were lovely - always friendly and helpful.  We're already talking about our next Dutch Bike Tours trip!...

13-05-2017

...The accommodations were good, the routes were well planned. All in all it was very organized...

06-05-2017

...We had a great experience! We have already referred friends who have heard of our time biking in The Netherlands. We enjoyed the comfort of the Dutch bikes...

30-04-2017

...This was our first cycling trip in Holland so the whole experience was new and interesting. We loved the dedicated bike routes and pretty countryside despite the continual rain and cold weather! We were very pleased with the bikes and found them comfortable and easy to ride...

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...

29-09-2015

Equipment very good condition.
Accommodation generally very good except second last night (bathroom in cupboard and limited opportunity to visit to town in evening).
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 .

29-09-2015

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

21-09-2015

...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....

02-09-2015

...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!...

21-08-2015

...“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 is 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, Francesca, also have read with patience this my email. Keep it up, because it still travel by bicycle is still the best way to travel!....

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 mostly satisfactory. The GPS worked well and the routes you chose were excellent. The cycle paths in Holland are superb. The Dutch 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....

27-06-2015

....We zijn aangenaam verrast door de grote landschap in België en Nederland....

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. 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....

10-06-2015

...We had a very enjoyable trip in your beautiful country. The innkeepers were all welcoming and helpful with the bikes, and the bikes performed very well. There was one particularly challenging day when the wind was over 40 mph - it seemed like we rode three times the distance....

04-06-2015

...Thank you for a wonderful trip.  All of the hotels met our expectations.  The bikes all fit and worked out well.  Your handbook of materials was complete and superb...

16-05-2015

We successfully finished our ride yesterday after a wonderful six days.  We have many happy memories and are excited to share our stories and pictures with our friends back home in Canada

15-07-2014

...I wish it hadn’t rained so hard on the Wednesday but that is always the risk you take with an outdoor activity like cycling. I found the routes easy to follow but did get lost briefly a couple of times (once when the path was being repaired and was blocked and the other when I missed the turn). The hotels were great and the food was of high quality. I will recommend the experience to other riders. The only suggestion I have is that it would be good to have a shorter option for each of the sectors, if possible, when the weather in a sector was really bad. Not sure how practical that would be. Again, thanks very much...

 

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