Amsterdam to Bruges Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 or 8 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Bruges
  • Distance

    201 miles/324 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    006-105CNL
Price From £695

Overview

A leisurely cycling holiday on quiet lanes and cycle paths from Holland’s cycle friendly capital to the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium. Along the way you’ll pedal alongside serene canals and through idyllic polder landscapes to charming villages and historic towns. Highlights include Gouda, with its lovely Market Square, Dordrecht – one of Holland’s oldest cities, the maritime towns on the islands of Zeeland, the windmills of Kinderdijk, and, of course, Amsterdam and Bruges themselves.

Spend an evening exploring the canals and attractions of Amsterdam before embarking on a leisurely cycling adventure southwards to Bruges. Detailed route notes and maps will lead you along a wonderful network of cycle paths and quite lanes and don’t worry, this is the lowlands and so you can rest assured you won’t encounter any hills along the way. The verdant polder landscape is interrupted by the odd windmill or church spire on the horizon, the latter providing advanced notice that you are about to cycle through another gorgeous little village or town.

Kinderdijk - Holland

Kinderdijk – Holland

Explore the cheese town of Gouda with its wonderful central square. The 19 working windmills of Kinderdijk are sure to be a highlight as is the lovely old marina in Dordrecht, one of Hollands oldest towns. In North Brabant you spend a night in the fortified town of Willemstad, surrounded on three sides by water, before leaving the mainland behind and cycling out onto the islands of Zeeland, Hollands westernmost province. Wide-open spaces, big skies and sandy beaches, characterise this charming region which is perfect for exploring by bike. Finally you pedal triumphantly into Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and the perfect place to celebrate your achievement.

This is an easy to leisurely route that can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness.

This trip also operates in reverse. Click here for Bruges to Amsterdam cycling holiday

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy to leisurely route that can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness.
The terrain is level and the daily distances are very manageable except perhaps for day 2 which covers 80 kms. If this sounds a little daunting you can opt for the 8 night trip which divides this day in two by inserting an extra night in Woerden.

This trip also operates in reverse. Click here for Bruges to Amsterdam cycling holiday

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Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal scene in summer

Amsterdam

Check into your hotel and then get out to explore Europe’s most cycle friendly capital. The city is of course famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district but we also recommend taking in the street artists and performers on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. The Canal Museum is a great new attraction and the renovated Rijks and Maritime Museums are also worth visiting.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Gouda, 50 miles/80 kms

Gouda - Holland*

Gouda

Follow the cycle path south out of Amsterdam. After a while the urban sprawl gives way to a region known as the green heart of Holland. Low-lying polders, peat meadows, grazing cattle and canals line the cycle path while windmills and church spires punctuate the horizon. Your destination today is Gouda, a town famous for its cheese. Don’t miss the gorgeous market square with its 15th century town hall.

Please note that it is possible to split this day in two, spending an extra night in the town of Woerden – in this case you would cover 30 kms on one day and 48 kms the next.

Day 3: Gouda – Dordrecht – Papendrecht, 28 miles/45 kms

Kinderdijk - Holland

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Leave Gouda and cycle south on cycle paths that follow dykes through teh unique polder landscape. Stop in Kinderdijk to admire the 19 traditional windmills that were were originally built to pump the Alblasserwaard polder dry. Today a modern pump does most of the hard work but the windmills are still fully functioning and all bar one have resident families living inside. The unoccupied windmill is a museum which you are welcome to explore during your visit. Cycle on through Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, completely surrounded by water and then to Papendrecht for your overnight stay.

Day 4: Papendrecht – Willemstad, 28 miles/45 kms

cycling in holland

Cycling in Holland

Leave today and pedal into the nearby Biesbosch National Park, a rare wetland habitat where the ecosystem has adapted to both saltwater coming in from the sea and freshwater coming down the rivers. Here the waters continuously ebb and flow through a maze of streams and tributaries, creating a paradise for all kinds of wildlife. Then cycle alongside Hollands Diep, the estuary of the Rhine and Meuse Rivers, to Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-pointed star. Take an evening stroll around this historic town, admiring the  fortifications and pretty harbour, complete with windmill.

Day 5: Wilemstad – Schuddebeurs, 31 miles/50 kms

Typical polder landscape - HollandII*

Polder landscape

Today’s route leads you off the mainland onto a series of islands that make up Holland’s westernmost province – Zeeland. You’ll pedal through a patchwork of fertile polders, past sand dunes and deserted beaches. You’ll spend the night in the small village of Schuddebeurs, just 3kms north of Zierikzee, a lovely old maritime town. In its heyday, the Zierikzee’s harbour would have been full of tall ships, being loaded with salt, wool and grain to trade in Mediterranean and Baltic Ports. We recommend an evening stroll through the town’s cobbled streets.

Day 6: Schudderbeurs – Middelburg/Vlissingen, 33 miles/53 kms

Arsenaal - Vlissingen - Holland*

Vlissingen

Leave Scudderbeurs and cycle through Zierikzee and out to the coast. Here you embark on a 5km ride on a cycle path bridge across the Oosterschelde, a tidal basin that is also Holland’s largest national park. Cycle across the green meadows of Nord Beveland to Veere a charming village with a strong Scottish connection thanks to a long history of wool trade with Edinburgh. A little further south you cycle through Middelburg with its lovely town square and then to the maritime town of Vlissingen – you’ll spend the night in either of these pleasant towns.

Day 7: Middelburg/Vlissingen – Bruges, 31 miles/50 kms

The beautiful medieval city of Bruges

Beautiful Bruges

The day starts with a ferry ride across the Schelde Estuary to the town of Breskens from where you start your last day’s ride. Quiet lanes and cycle paths lead you through a rural idyll of quiet countryside punctuated by picture-book villages to the picturesque, medieval town of Damme. After admiring the town, cycle along the canal-side cycle path, past the lovely old windmill to the gorgeous old city of Bruges. A network of cobbled streets and canals, lined with wonderful old townhouses criss-cross the city and quaint squares accommodate wonderful old churches and museums. Of course the Belgians are master chocolatiers and brewers and Bruges offers numerous opportunities to sample these world famous local products!

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure

Dates & Prices

This trip also operates in reverse. Click here for Bruges to Amsterdam cycling holiday

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Fri, Sat and Sun from 16 April to 05 May & 06-22 September excluding 15 June & 14 September
Daily arrivals from 06 May to 01 September

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Deposit per person £150

Price Includes

7 or 8 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 or 8 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements below)
GPS rental (see supplements below)
Ferry crossing

Supplements

Half board 7 night trip (£196)
Half board 8 night trip (£224)
Bike with pannier & lock 7 night. See practical information. (£86)
Bike with pannier & lock 8 night. See practical information. (£98)
Electric bike with pannier & lock 7 night (£178)
Electric bike with pannier & lock 8 night (£204)
Bike breakdown support 7 night trip (£22)
Bike breakdown support 8 night trip (£25)
Helmet (£12)
GPS device (£11)

Reductions

Free for children up to 3 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for children (4-11 years) sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

hybrid bike (24 gears)

An example of the bike used on this cycling holiday

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 24 speeds and comfortable saddle with an upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock and repair kit.

Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers tag-a-longs and child seats are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Amsterdam: WestCord Art Hotel
Woerden: Best Western Hotel Woerden
Gouda: Best Western Gouda
Papendrecht: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht
Willemstad: Hotel Mauritz
Schuddebeurs: Hostellerie Schuddebeurs
Middelburg: Hotel aan de Dam
Bruges: Velotel Bruges

Local taxes
Some hotels in some countries have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

 

Getting There

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar. At the end of the trip we suggest you fly back from Brussels Airport, which is a 1.5 hour train journey away.

Research flights from the UK here

Research Eurostar from UK here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 02/09/2018
  • Name - Annette Milne
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Pre tour information was excellent. We knew everything we needed to know. I had emailed asking for hotel names at start and finish and these were given very promptly.

    The negative comment was one of our bikes needed some attention on the first day. We had to find a cycle shop to buy a tool to tighten front head stem which was very loose and chain oil as chain needed oiling. The pedal also clicked the whole trip. This was the men's bike. The panniers also had sand in the bottom. A shake out would have been good.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Fantastic trails. We used the GPX file sent by tour company and found that to be brilliant. In fact getting out of Amsterdam would have been really tricky if we had had to have stopped to look at the intersection numbers at every turn. Accommodation mostly excellent. Wondered why we stayed in Schuddebeurs where there was no other option for meal? Quite expensive when there was another town nearby. Also room at Maraboe very very small. We stayed an extra 3 nights in another much better room with a decent sized bathroom.
  • Date - 24/06/2018
  • Name - Linda Steinke
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Everything went very well on scheduling and planning our tour.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - This was our third trip with Flexitreks, and we plan to use them again in the near future!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Linda, we appreciate the feedback.

    Product : Couldn't ask for more - thanks Linda!
  • Date - 20/10/2017
  • Name - Louise Dabello
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Great service from Andy in the run-up to our holiday. It was very apparent that he knows the area well which inspired confidence from the start.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - What a lovely route this was. Just the right amount of cycling each day to work up an appetite for a lovely meal each evening. Great scenery and next to hills! Bikes were fab too.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Louise - we're happy you all had a great time. I'm sure you meant to say  'next to no hills'!
  • Date - 14/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Good service as usual. Would have been helpful to have a summary of the trip mileage/descriptions etc with the pre tour documents rather than having to go back and search for the bike trip description on the website. You only get the full trip details at the first hotel.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Limited tour path description using knoppunt intervals and a small pocket guide for each day. Most of the time that is fine until the next number given is not presented as an option at the intersection! This happens occasionally and can be confusing. Just occasionally a crucial sign at a junction on the path can be missing. This was particularly apparent crossing from Holland into Belgium where the numbers in our guide did not usually correspond to the path numbers and needed a bit of proper map reading.
    Variable quality of hotels. Some excellent and some quite poor. Best were Hotel Schudderbeurs and Bellevue Groothoofd and most disappointing was Piccard in Vlissingen. Pleasantly surprised by the Westcord Art Hotel which was of a good standard for Amsterdam with excellent facilities and rooms.
    No problems with 21 speed bikes which were of excellent quality and the bag service was very reliable.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for this very useful feedback. A colleague will cycle the Amsterdam – Bruges route next week, to check the directions and see where our description needs to be updated. I do understand that it can be difficult and confusing at certain intersections because they do sometimes change numbers and “knooppunten” during the season which we don’t know about in advance. This is the irst time we have received negative comments regarding the Vlissingen hotel so we'll monitor it closely henceforth and look for an alternative if necessary.