Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

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Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

8 Days Starting in Bruges and ending in Amsterdam

Visiting: Belgium

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

CBA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

introductory to moderate

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Tour Overview

When it comes to self guided cycling holidays the cities and countryside of The Netherlands lends itself to this flexible style of travel. This itinerary, which crosses from Belgium, follows high-quality cycle paths past the delightful towns, villages and canals that The Netherlands is famous for and will take you to regions of the country you would otherwise never discover. From the Belgium city of Bruges, the pearl of the Flanders region, the ride takes you past the famous Kinderdijk windmills, polders and nature reserves en-route to the border. You'll ride north, with the wind at your back, to the Green Heart, through some of the most picturesque, well preserved and evocative towns of the Netherlands and Flanders including the cheese capital of Gouda and the fortified town of Willemstad. Finishing in the dynamic city of Amsterdam, you should allow time to explore its many museums, parks and canals either on foot or by bike.

Highlights

  • Cycling in a flat landscape through The Netherlands' Green Heart

  • Exploring vibrant Amsterdam and historic Bruges

  • Sampling cheese in Gouda and waffles in Willemstad

  • Discovering the Biesbosch wetlands and pedalling past the famous Kinderdijk windmills

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Bruges

The trip commences in enchanting Bruges. With most of its medieval architecture intact, the town remains exceptionally well preserved and gives a sense of times gone by when it was at the centre of the European wool and cloth trade. After checking in to your hotel, we recommend heading to the Markt for some delicious waffles, chocolates or beer.
Optional upgrade available in Bruges to a more centrally located hotel - supplement applies, must be requested a time of booking.

Day 2 : Cycle To Zeelandic Flanders And Take The Ferry To Vlissingen/Middelburg (66Km/41Mi)

After a hearty breakfast you start cycling 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, at Breskens you hop on a local ferry (The ferry crossing must be reserved online in advance, link provided on booking). and cross to the maritime town of Vlissingen. A little further north, you will discover the splendour of Middelburg, capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the most important centres of trade in the Netherlands.

Day 3 : Cycle Via Veere To Zierikzee / Noordgouwe (42Km/26Mi)

Today you discover the charming village of Veere. From 1541 everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore and was distributed from Veere, which 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.

Day 4 : Cycle And Take Ferries In Zeeland (50Km/31Mi)

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.

Day 5 : Cycle Willemstad To Papendrecht (65Km/40Mi)

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.
Please note you will only cycle through de Biesbosch park on days that the ferry departs (not a daily service, payable locally, card only). If the ferry does not go you will follow an alternative route.

Day 6 : Continue Past Kinderdijk Windmills To Gouda (37Km/23Mi)

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 towards Gouda, cruising at about 2m below sea level, enjoy pastoral countryside and wonderful cloud-scapes. For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy livestock, 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 including all the way around St John’s church and the market square, boasting a 15th-century town hall and a Weighing House (“Waag”).
* Due to limited availability, if we are unable to accommodate in Gouda, we will book an overnight in the towns of Bodegraven, Oudewater or Woerden.

Day 7 : Cycle To Amsterdam (68Km Or 58Km/36 Or 42Mi)

Leaving from either Gouda or Bodegraven, you 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. From Woerden, through an increasingly urban landscape towards the city. Your cycle journey ends in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district. The city is brimming with things to see and do. Street artists and performers draw crowds on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, a new attraction is “Het Grachtenhuis” (Museum of the Canals), and don't miss the Rijksmuseum and Maritime Museum.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes

The trip concludes this morning in Amsterdam after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    hotels

  • 7 breakfasts: Breakfasts are continental style and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices

  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities. Optional upgrades available: in Bruges on day 1 at a more centrally located 4* hotel

  • Information pack provided digitally including route notes & navigational app for use with your smartphone, and a printed pack at the joining hotel

  • Luggage transfer between hotels - limited to 1 piece of luggage per person weighing a max 20kg - excess charge for extra luggage items to be booked and paid before departure. Please note that small bags cannot be attached to the main luggage. They will be

  • 24 speed hybrid rental bike with pannier, helmet, repair kit and lock (e-bikes available - supplement applies)

  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Bruges and from Amsterdam

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • E-bike hire, supplement applies

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What's Not Included

  • All drinks, lunches and dinners. A dinner package can be booked which includes a 3 course dinner each night - supplement applies

  • Entrance fees

  • Guide - this is a self guided tour

  • Transfers

  • Excess luggage - supplement applies. Each piece of extra luggage will be charged a supplement. Luggage cannot be heavier than 20kgs due to work safety rules.

  • All drinks, lunches and dinners

  • Excess Luggage

Grading

This trip involves 7 days cycling between 37 and 66km/23 and 41mi per day usually along paved cycle paths and quiet county roads across generally flat terrain. Only towards the end of the tour does the terrain become slightly hilly. The well-posted cycle route is generally low traffic and often car-free. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera
ain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is suitable for beginners who have a good level of fitness. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list and we do provide one for each client.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water. A small daypack which can be kept inside the pannier is useful for sightseeing.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

S. Hopkins(Welland, Canada)  

Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

19 Jul 2023

Our cycling adventure from Bruges to Amsterdam met and exceeded our expectations. The logistics made the trip stress free along with the use of the GPX files provided. We were pleased with the varied accommodations and our luggage arrived on time with the exception on one day. We will definitely be recommending and booking with them in the future!

C. Hogan(Birmingham, United Kingdom)  

Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

9 Jun 2023

Good bikes. Reasonable travel directions which we fairly quickly got familiar with but could not get the app to work. Beautiful countryside and scenery and a good route with comfortable accommodation. Baggage delivered efficiently.

J. Walker(Nelson Bay, Australia)  

Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

5 Jun 2024

Fabulous way to explore another culture and country. So much fun.

E. Cunneen(Perth, Australia)  

Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

21 Oct 2023

Excellent way to see this quiet corner of the Netherlands. The route was well planned with quiet roads, points of interest and reasonable distance each day. Bruges is a beautiful starting point and the final ride into Amsterdam was exhilarating. A small confusion with bike delivery was resolved by calling friendly local staff.

M. Chaston(Vancouver, Canada)  

Cycle Bruges to Amsterdam

1 May 2024

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