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. Please note: This is not a round trip!
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. Cruising further north, 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.
Discover 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 79 km be too long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden (38 km and 48 km). Another option is to do the first or the last stretch by train. The cycling route is then only 56 or 53 km.
After breakfast your cycling holiday has come to an end.
Only on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays from April 10th until May 3rd and from September 4th until September 20th.
|Single room, breakfast||925.00|
|Double room, breakfast||715.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|2020-07-01 - 2020-08-30||10.00|
|Bellevue Groothoofd, Dordrecht||35.00|
|Hostellerie Schuddebeurs, Noordgouwe|
|Hotel NH Brugge, Brugge||15.00|
|Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam||10.00|
|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
|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|
Parking costs at the hotel €3,- per day
Brugge - Velotel****
Middelburg - Hotel aan de Dam***
Zierikzee - Hotel Mondragon
Willemstad - Hotel Mauritz
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
...Such a great way to travel for those who want to get active off the tourist path but don’t want to manage all the logistics! We did this tour in the middle of a longer holiday so there is no way we could arrange luggage/bikes ourselves but we are definitely NOT group tour type people. Using DBT let us do our own trip but with a great concierge taking care of all the details. Not worrying about baggage, being free to stop when and where we wanted, go at our own pace (and stop to birdwatch and pet goats and cats along the way), and find everything ready at the next destination was just perfect. Loved it!!...
...We've done 4 cycling holidays - this one was the best so far. The highlights were Gouda and Willemstad. The scenery for the whole trip was beautiful, but we especially enjoyed the first day from Bruges to Vlissingen...
...We had a fantastic trip and want to thank you for putting this experience together for us. The booking process was easy, picking up the bikes and getting started was straightforward, the route was lovely, the daily planning books were helpful, and we enjoyed our lodgings (some more than others, but all were clean, comfortable, and in good locations)...
...The routes were lovely. Although all the terrain was flat, the landscape changed every day and took us through some very pretty towns and villages. Kinderdijk was also a highlight. Unfortunately it was raining very hard on the day we cycled through the nature reserve to Dordrecht but that was also very beautiful...
...Die Fahrradtour Brügge-Amsterdam war einfach klasse und einer der besten Urlaube, den wir je gemacht haben. Besonders die Niederlande sind ein wunderschönes Land, sowohl auf dem Land als auch in der Stadt, und wir wären am liebsten gleich da geblieben! Dutch Bike Tours als Reiseveranstalter hat zu unserer unvergesslichen Erfahrung maßgeblich beigetragen...
...The accommodations arranged by DBT were all excellent!...
...We enjoyed the route from Brugge to Amsterdam because of the water and shipping. We ALWAYS recommend DBT to our biking friends!...
...The level of difficulty was fine. We had a problem with a bike helmet and some difficulties sorting that out, but did so in the end. The locations in general were great and the directions were really excellent...
...to be riding where cycling infrastructure is so good and the means of transport so popular was magnificent...
...We loved the bike routes. The views and scenery were amazing. And, even though the weather was cool it was perfect weather to bike in. I also liked the fact that we had the wind to our back the first few days in Zeeland. Later we biked into the wind but by then we were used to the biking routine...
...Thankyou for organising some beautiful days. They made up for riding across the Zeelandbrug into a headwind...
...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...
...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 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.
Our holiday was perfect, very nice country side, very nice food and lodging, we wont hesitate to recommend your organization. The gps was, for a few times very useful!
....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. 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.