London to Amsterdam Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    London or Amsterdam / Amsterdam or London
  • Distance

    214 miles/344 kms
  • Themes

    Ebike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    043-103CGB
Price From £891

Overview

A fun, fascinating and easy cycling holiday from Greenwich in London via Canterbury, Ostend, Bruges and Utrecht to Amsterdam. Level cycling on quiet roads and asphalted bike paths taking in some amazing scenery and landmarks along the way. It is also possible to do this tour in reverse from Amsterdam to London.

Book in January and receive 1 free bike per couple, on regular bikes only.

Start from Greenwich on the banks of the River Thames and embark on a real adventure cycling through four countries as you make your way over land and sea to Amsterdam in Holland. On the way you will enjoy carefree cycling through the Kent countryside, stopping to enjoy the sights and sounds of medieval Canterbury before heading to Dover and the ferry to France.

Cycling alongside a canal in Belgium

Cycling in Belgium

After a night in Dunkirk the route leads you along the lowlands coast to Ostend and the romantic city of Bruges in Belgium. The flemish countryside could have been made for cycling with no hills in sight but plenty of small charming villages along the way.

Then its on into Holland, a land of rivers and canals, clogs and windmills. Cycling is king here so you can look forward to silky smooth cycle paths leading you through the traditional polder landscape to vibrant Utrecht and then finally Amsterdam itself.

This tour is available both as a guided and a self-guided tour.

Other than some slightly hilly terrain between Canterbury and Dover, the route is flat with daily sectors of between 30 and 45 miles.

Itinerary & Map

Other than some slightly hilly terrain between Canterbury and Dover, the route is flat with daily sectors of between 30 and 45 miles.

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Day 1: Arrive London/Greenwich

Cutty Sark - Greenwich - England - 043

Cutty Sark – Greenwich

On arrival make your way to your first hotel. At around 7pm there is a welcome meeting at the hotel but try to arrive early as Greenwich really does have a lot to offer. This is where East meets West and a simple line on the floor of the Royal Greenwich Observatory shows the Prime meridian or 0° longtitude established in 1851. From here you can also enjoy fantastic views of the Thames and the London skyline. Bustling Greenwich market offers an eclectic mix of artwork, jewellery and vintage clothing to browse while the beautiful Cutty Sark, the world’s last surviving tea clipper sits proudly in her dry dock nearby. The National Maritime Museum describing Britain’s sea faring past, is also well worth a visit.

Day 2: Greenwich – Canterbury 26 miles/42 kms

Thames Path

Thames Path

After a good breakfast its time to start cycling! Cycle along the River Thames to Dartford where you can catch the train into the wonderfully green English countryside to the town of Whitstable in rural Kent. From here you cycle to the small seaside town of Herne Bay and then on to the medieval city of Canterbury.  The quaint narrow streets of the old town are joy to explore as is the beautiful and ancient Cathedral nearby. Since Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered there in 1170 the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as depicted in English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous book ‘The Canterbury Tales’. You could also go for a relaxing punt along the River Stour.

Day 3 : Canterbury – Dover + ferry to Dunkirk 32 miles/50 kms

Cycling in Kent

Cycling in Kent

It’s an early start today as you cycle south through the Kent Countryside to Dover where you will catch the ferry to France. On a clear day the french coast can be seen from Dover Castle which sits on a hilltop above the town – the castle is the largest in England and well worth a visit if you have the time. On arrival in Dunkirk you have a short ride to your overnight hotel. The town itself is a busy port surrounded by miles of wide sandy beaches and is most associated with the evacuation of British troops during the second world war – an operation that Winston Churchill said was a ‘miracle’.

Day 4: Dunkirk – Bruges 49 miles/79 kms

Bruges

Bruges

After breakfast you cycle eastwards over the border into Belgium. The flat Flemish countryside is perfect for cycling and you will set a good pace as you pedal past the towns of Veurne and Koksijde along the coast to Ostend. Enjoy the long, beach-front promenade before turning inland and following a wonderful canal-side cycle path to Bruges. You’re bound to enjoy your night in one of Europe’s most romantic cities. A network of cobbled streets and canals lined with wonderful old townhouses criss-cross the quaint city centre. Charming squares tempt you to sit and sip a beer or wine whilst watching the world go by. Of course, the Belgians are master chocolatiers and Bruges offers an abundance of opportunities to sample this much-revered product.

Day 5:Bruges – Vlissingen 28 miles/45 kms + ferry

Arsenaal - Vlissingen - Holland*

Vlissingen

It’s a relatively short ride today so take your time and enjoy a morning in Bruges if you wish. Once underway the route leads you through delightful flemish countryside. Before long you cross into Holland and after a few more miles of easy cycling through peaceful countryside you arrive in Breskens on the banks of  the Scheldt estuary. A 15 minute ferry ride ( not included) delivers you to the other side to the fishing town of Vlissingen in the province of Zeeland. The seafront promenade is pleasant and features an old prison tower dating back to the fifteenth century. You stop for the night in this pleasant town.

Day 6 : Vlissingen – Dordrecht – Vianen + train, 41 miles/66 kms

Typical polder landscape - Holland*

Polder landscape

The day starts with a 1.5 hour train journey (not included) to  the charming town of Dordrecht from where today’s day cycle ride will begin.  From Dordrecht you enjoy a wonderful cycle ride through the pretty Dutch countryside passing canals, dams, old walled towns and flower gardens. Cycle onwards through scenic orchards and meadows to the village of Vianen.

Day 7 : Vianen – Amsterdam, 40 miles/ 64 kms

Amsterdam - Holland V*

Amsterdam

Your last day’s cycling takes you to the historic and vibrant city of Utrecht. The historic centre has a mix of ancient buildings overlooked by the great choice of bars and restaurants.  Your final destination is the cosmopolitan and thriving city of Amsterdam. This exciting bicycle friendly city is the prefect finale to a superb cyclng holiday. Museums, architecture, art, parks, shops, restaurants and bars – there really is something for everyone here. Perhaps visit the superb Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum or Anne Frank’s house where she wrote her famous diaries during the Second World War. Stroll through some of Amsterdam’s wonderful gardens and parks and enjoy the views or consider a canal tour to see the city from a different vantage point. Spend your last night in this exciting city.

Day 8: End of trip

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

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Self-guided
From London28 July, 11 August
From Amsterdam21 July, 04 August
Guided
From London28 July, 11 August

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2019 Prices

January Sale: Receive 1 free bike per couple, on regular bikes only.

043-103CGB
Per person
21 Jul
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27 Jul
28 Jul
29 Jul
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11 Aug
 
Self-guided
Superior category
Double/twin £954 £1017 £954              
Single £1451 £1514 £1451              
Triple £891 £937 £891              
Guided
Superior category
Double/twin £1366 £1428 £1366              
Single £1862 £1975 £1862              
Triple £1272 £1318 £1272              
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Deposit per person £150

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
Self-guided: 7 x Breakfast
Guided: 7 x Breakfast, 5 x Dinner (dinner not included day 1 and day 7)
Ferry Dover - Dunkerque
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance
GUIDED TOUR ALSO INCLUDES:
English speaking guide
Train Dartford - Whitstable
Train Vlissingen - Dordrecht
Ferry Breskens - Vlissingen

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements).
Helmet (€15, MUST be booked in advance, payable locally)
SELF-GUIDED TOUR does not include:
Train Dartford - Whitstable and Vlissingen - Dordrecht. Ferry Breskens - Vlissingen
E-bike credit card deposit €400 on arrival
Tourist tax (approximately €2-3 pppn payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Greenwich, dbl/twin, superior (£90)
Extra night Greenwich, single, superior (£170)
Extra night Amsterdam, dbl/twin, superior (£83)
Extra night Amsterdam, single, superior (£151)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£90)
Electric bike with pannier and lock (£189)

Practical Information

Bikes

The hybrid unisex bike used on this tour.

The hybrid unisex bike used on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock (per room) and repair kit (for the self-guided trips only).

An example of the e-bike used on this tour.

An example of the e-bike used on this tour.

Electric bikes are also available for hire. Please note: A €400 credit card deposit will be requested on arrival as a ‘guarantee’ only. This will be returned when you return the bike in good condition. 

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively helmets are available for rent, to be prebooked, €15 payable locally.

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.

London: Double Tree by Hilton London Greenwich
Canterbury: The Falstaff Hotel
Dunkerque: Hotel Borel
Bruges: Hotel Ter Brughe
Vlissingen: Amadore Hotel Restaurant Arion
Vianen: Van der Valk Hotel
Amsterdam: Ramada Apollo Amsterdam centre

Local taxes: Some hotels 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. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to London or take the Eurostar train.

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar train.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research Eurostar from UK here

 

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