Bruges to Amsterdam Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 or 8 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bruges / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    201 miles/324 kms
  • Themes

  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £695


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

Enjoy the atmospheric, cobbled streets and pretty canals of Bruges for an evening before embarking on a leisurely cycling adventure northwards to Amsterdam. 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


The route flirts with the North Sea coast and at Breskens you cross the wide Schelde Estuary by ferry to the maritime town of Vlissingen in the rural province of Zeeland. Wide-open spaces, big skies and sandy beaches, characterise this charming region which is perfect for exploring by bike.

In North Brabant you spend a night in the fortified town of Willemstad, surrounded on three sides by water, before riding on to Dordrecht, an ancient town with many historic buildings and a delightful old marina. The 19 working windmills of Kinderdijk are another highpoint as is the cheese town of Gouda with its wonderful central square.

Finally you pedal triumphantly into Amsterdam, a city where bikes outnumber cars four to one! Explore the 400 year old canal district and toast the completion of your adventure in one of the many street cafes.

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

This holiday also operates in reverse. Click here for Amsterdam to Bruges 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 7 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 holiday also operates in reverse. Click here for Amsterdam to Bruges cycling holiday.

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Day 1: Arrive Bruges

Bruges - Belgium II*


Bruges is a very picturesque city with a history stretching back to the Vikings. A network of cobbled streets and canals, lined with wonderful old townhouses criss-crosses the city. 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 products!

Day 2: Bruges – Vlissingen/Middelburg, 31 miles/50 kms

Arsenaal - Vlissingen - Holland*


Your cycling adventure begins in earnest today with an easy and enjoyable ride eastwards across open countryside and beside tree-lined canals. After a short distance you reach the pretty, cobble-stoned village of Damme. You won’t be the first to be tempted to stop for a coffee in this lovely little place. A few kilometers further along the cycle path you cross the border into the Dutch province of Zeeland, Quiet lanes and cycle paths lead you through a rural idyll of quiet countryside punctuated by picture-book villages to the coast at Breskens. A short hop across the Schelde estuary on a ferry boat brings you to the maritime town of Vlissingen. You’ll spend the night here or in nearby Middelburg

Day 3: Vlissingen/Middelburg – Schuddebeurs, 33 miles/53 kms

Zierikzee - Zeeland - Holland*


After breakfast the route leads you to nearby Middelburg, a lovely old town with a beautiful square. From here you follow a canal-side cycle path to Veere, a charming village with a strong Scottish connection thanks to a long history of wool trade with Edinburgh. A 5km ride across a cycle path bridge brings you to the delightful town of Zierikzee. In its heyday, the town’s harbour would have been full of tall ships, being loaded with salt, wool and grain to trade in Mediterranean and Baltic Ports.  You’ll spend the night in nearby Schuddebeurs so why not check in first and then spend the evening exploring the atmospheric lanes of this charming old town.

Day 4: Schuddebeurs – Willemstad, 31 miles/50 kms

Typical polder landscape - HollandII*

Polder landscape

Today’s ride leads you through a patchwork of fertile polders (reclaimed plots of land enclosed by dykes) past sand dunes and deserted beaches. You cycle out of Zeeland and into North Brabant to Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-pointed star. Take a stroll around this historic town, admiring the  fortifications and pretty harbour, complete with windmill.

Day 5: Willemstad – Dordrecht – Papendrecht, 28 miles/45 kms

cycling in holland

Cycling in Holland

After breakfast mount up and follow Hollands Diep, an estuary of the Rhine and Meuse rivers, upstream to the 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. Cycle on through Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, completely surrounded by water and then to Papendrecht for your overnight stay.

Day 6: Papendrecht – Gouda, 28 miles/45 kms

Kinderdijk - Holland

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Today’s route leads you northwards to the village of Kinderdijk where an impressive collection of 19 windmills 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. You then ride at an altitude of about two meters below sea level through the unique polder landscape to the cheese town of Gouda. Take a stroll around the old town to soak up the atmosphere stopping in the lovely market square with its 15th-century town hall.

Day 7: Gouda – Amsterdam, 50 miles/80 kms

Amsterdam - Holland V*


Your last day in the saddle takes you into the green heart of Holland.  Low-lying polders, peat meadows and grazing cattle interspersed with church spires, windmills and canals line the cycle path. Slowly the rural landscape gives way to an urban one and before long you arrive in the cycle friendly city of Amsterdam. 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.

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 8: Departure

After breakfast at your hotel in Amsterdam it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

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

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals Saturday and Sunday from 06 May to 30 June & 01-22 September excluding 08 June, 07 & 14 Sept
Arrivals daily from 01 July to 31 August

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2019 Prices
Per person
06 May
13 May
14 May
21 May
22 May
05 Jun
06 Jun
15 Jun
16 Jun
05 Sep
07 Sep
18 Sep
19 Sep
22 Sep
7 Nights
Superior category
Double/twin £718 £761 £718 £761 £718 £761 £718        
Single £984 £1070 £984 £1070 £984 £1070 £984        
Triple £695 £738 £695 £738 £695 £738 £695        
8 Nights
Superior category
Double/twin £800 £843 £800 £843 £800 £843 £800        
Single £1101 £1186 £1101 £1186 £1101 £1186 £1101        
Triple £777 £819 £777 £819 £777 £819 £777        

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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


Half board 7 night trip (£214)
Half board 8 night trip (£244)
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 (£12)


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

Practical Information


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.


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.

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

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 Brussels or take the Eurostar.  Then, take a train to Bruges.

At the end of the trip fly back or take the Eurostar from Amsterdam.

Research flights from UK airports.

Research Eurostar from UK.

Research trains in Belgium.