Cycling from Amsterdam to Brussels

Cycling from Amsterdam to Brussels

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Cycling from Amsterdam to Brussels

8 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in Brussels

Visiting: Amsterdam, Gouda, Papendrecht, Bergen op Zoom, Antwerp, Leuven, Brussels

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

C07AX

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

12 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
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Tour Overview

Starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Belgium's capital city of Brussels, we would expect you to want add a few extra nights on to do city breaks in both cities to discover the variety of architecture, historic sites and monuments as well as shopping arcades, parks, gardens, art galleries and museums. Discover why millions visit these two key European cities every year with Amsterdam's famous network of canals (a UNESCO World Heritage site), its infamous red light district and its fabulous squares - Dam, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Brussels is famous for its food, comic strips, the world-famous Manneken Pis statue as well as the Atomium and the amazing Grand Place.

Highlights

  • Visit two European Capitals in Amsterdam and Brussels along with the historic cities of Gouda and Antwerp

  • Delight in Dutch and Belgian treats - stroopwafels, cheese, moules & frites, luxury chocolates, gaufres and beer!

  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of Holland's Green Heart and the Flemish countryside with mostly flat cycling

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Westcord Art Hotel (3*)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Marvel at the townhouses along the 17th century canal district, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. You could also opt to saunter down the infamous
red-light district which attracts millions of curious tourists every year; or
enjoy the street performers on friendly Rembrandtplein.


Day 2 : Amsterdam To Gouda
Location: Amsterdam, Gouda
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Gouda
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today's route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, a true cycling
paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming
communities and picturesque historical towns such as Oudewater. It was to
this place that women who had been accused of witchcraft fled from all over
Europe to try to have their innocence proven by weighing. Finish your ride in
medieval Gouda, discover this beautifully preserved town centre, visit the
Gothic town hall and St. John's church. Stop off at a bakery to buy fresh
syrup waffles (Gouda is the hometown of the famous stroopwafels) and pick up
some Gouda cheese. If 49mi/79km is a little too far for you to cycle you can
take the train for the last section reducing the route to 35mi/56km.

Day 3 : Gouda To Papendrecht
Location: Gouda, Papendrecht
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht
Meals Included: Breakfast

From Gouda you'll continue through the Green Heart of Holland to the village
of Kinderdijk. Explore the site on which 19 windmills have stood majestically
since 1740 and used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into
the River Lek. You can even pay one of the mills a visit. Your destination,
Papendrecht, is just a ferry crossing away from of one of Holland’s oldest
towns; Dordrecht, which is completely surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges
take you across the water into the heart of town with its many monumental
buildings around the harbour. The hotel in Papendrecht is just 3km outside
the centre of Dordrecht on the north banks of the river.

Day 4 : Papendrecht To Bergen Op Zoom
Location: Papendrecht, Bergen op Zoom
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Grand Hotel De Draak
Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow today's route past one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in
Europe: the Biesbosch National Park. Crossing a one-kilometre-long bridge
high above Holland's Diep river, you arrive in the south of the Netherlands.
Continue through village after village, with Brabant hospitality enticing you
in to stop for a cup of coffee and a big slice of fruit tart. Bergen op Zoom,
today's destination, is 800 years old and the town's narrow streets, old
squares and hundreds of monuments testify to a rich and dramatic past. Be
sure to feast your eyes on Markiezenhof, a late-gothic mansion built by the
local noble family in 1485, that now serves as a museum and archive, before
you settle down at one of the many pavement cafes.
*/Please note you will only be able to cycle through the Biesbosch park on
days when the ferry is running, which is not daily. An alternative route will
be provided for days when there is no ferry service./*

Day 5 : Bergen Op Zoom To Antwerp
Location: Bergen op Zoom, Antwerp
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hampton by Hilton Antwerp
Meals Included: Breakfast

The landscape along today's cycling route is predominantly wooded. On the
border between the Netherlands and Belgium, catch your breath in De Zoom -
Kalmthoutse Heide, a lovely cross-border nature reserve. The route takes you
along the Scheldekaaien (quays on the River Scheldt) right into the
historical heart of Antwerp, Belgium's most important port city and the
largest town in Flanders. After seeing the historical centre you might like
to venture to the hip and trendy parts of the city: 't Zuid and Het Eilandje.
If you've worked up a thirst on your journey, consider a visit to the De
Koninck beer brewery. It has been going strong since 1833 and has a new
visitors centre welcoming guests wishing to look around and do some tasting.
This brewery is best known for its 'bollekes', a type of rounded beer glass.

Day 6 : Antwerp To Leuven
Location: Antwerp, Leuven
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Radisson Park Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a short stretch on the banks of the River Scheldt, change course to
follow the River Rupel, the shortest river in the country (nearly 10 km
long). Along the way you'll see abandoned brick works and chimneys as silent
witnesses of a tough industrial past. A good place to stop for lunch is the
old town of Mechelen, within sight of the church tower of 13th century St.
Rombold's cathedral or the Grand Place with its fabulous architecture.
Continue along the River Dijle to end your day in the delightful university
town of Leuven, where the oldest houses date back to the 14th and 15th
centuries. Discover the Grand Beguinage, a community for spinsters, set up in
1234, it consists of 100 houses and is now part of the university campus.
Also visit the early-Gothic church of St. John the Baptist (1304) and the Old
Market Square (Oude Markt), nicknamed 'the longest bar counter in the world'
due to the enormous number of bars and cafes on the square.

Day 7 : Leuven To Brussels
Location: Leuven, Brussels
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Brussels Grand Place
Meals Included: Breakfast

The hills of Belgian Brabant and the expansive Sonian Forest set the scene
for today's cycle. There are also train options if you don't feel like
cycling into the big city of Brussels. The city's main attraction is the
fantastic Grand Place and the nearby little statue of Manneken Pis still
draws the crowds although there's plenty more to see. Your visit to Brussels
should involve culinary treats such as delicious hot waffles, chocolate,
triple-fried frites and beer. You should also enjoy the shopping and culture.
You'll be hard-pushed not to want to stay longer.

Day 8 : Leave Brussels
Location: Brussels
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Brussels

What's Included

  • Local bike hire

  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)

  • All breakfasts

  • Luggage transfers

  • Route notes and maps

What's Not Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers

  • Travel insurance

  • Half board upgrade (5 nights only)

  • Optional electric bikes

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food

All breakfasts are included. There are plenty of treats to be tried during your trip from the Netherlands to Belgium with local specialities including stroopwafels, cheese, moules & frites, luxury praline chocolates, gaufres and beer.

Accommodation

Less than 5km from the Old Town, this lovely hotel offers trendy and well-appointed rooms. Guests can enjoy the Wellcome Wellness centre which features an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. The Grand Cafe serves all-day dining. You can also visit the restaurant Mme Coco for a delicious culinary evening. The chic SKYY Bar offers panoramic city views and serves a range of wines and exotic cocktails, as well as a 5 course dinner at the chef's table.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    YesThere are no specific health risks.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Four star hotels

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    12+ year people can go in this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Only Luggage transfers

  • What is the maximum group size?

    12

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews of this Operator

Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

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