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Bruges – Amsterdam

Cycling through Belgium and the Netherlands

8 Days / 7 Nights
Easy
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Belgium and the Netherlands are two dream destinations for a cycling vacation – magnificent landscapes, impressive cities, and a flat landscape. Cycle between Bruges and Amsterdam along a route where one hotspot follows the next over the course of eight days. Enjoy the lively atmosphere in Dordrecht and Gouda, find tranquility in Zeeland and the De Biesbosch National Park. And yes – don't forget to try the cheese!

You begin in Belgium in the enchanting city of Bruges and first explore Flanders. Enjoy the coast and the sea view during your first stage towards Vlissingen – on beautiful days, a refreshing dip in the cool water beckons before boarding the ferry to Zeeland. The province along the coast with numerous islands and peninsulas accompanies you until Day 4.

 

After spending a night in the fortress city of Willemstad, you'll cycle through the De Biesbosch National Park, where a fascinating flora and fauna await you. Passing through two great cities, Dordrecht and Gouda, with the iconic windmills of Kinderdijk in between, the final stage showcases Holland at its very best before you roll into the vibrant metropolis of Amsterdam.

  • The picturesque old town of Bruges: The historical city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The canals and architecture around the Grote Markt could be straight out of a movie – no wonder, as Bruges has served as a backdrop for various film productions. Treat yourself to typical delights like fries, chocolate, or waffles during your exploration tour.
  • The Zeeland coast: With its offshore islands and peninsulas, Zeeland is a picturesque idyll with beautiful beaches and a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy the regional cuisine here, which is influenced by the fruits of the sea.
  • From canals to the red light in Amsterdam: The canals of Amsterdam create a distinctive atmosphere, providing a unique experience during a boat tour through the city's waterways. Enriched with culture, the Dutch capital has an abundance to offer, be it exploring numerous museums, taking part in festivals, or venturing into the Red Light District.

The bike tour from Bruges to Amsterdam is suitable for all types of cyclists, with its easy-going nature allowing for a relaxed active vacation. Whether along the coast or through meadows and pastures, upon arriving in Amsterdam, you will have covered nearly 350 kilometers and gained countless impressions. 

 

Excellent cycling paths, Dutch hospitality, and the many scenic landscapes and cities make bike tours in the Netherlands a truly special experience. Let our tours whisk you away to travel dreams – and afterward, take a glance at our bike tours in Belgium.

Itinerary at a glance

Bruges with its medieval city center is the pearl of Flanders, and Amsterdam is always well worth a visit. In Zeeland, you'll be hopping from island to island. In the De Biesbosch National Park, you'll find the fascinating freshwater tidal area.

The Venice of the North delights with its old town and canals. Situated in the middle of the beautiful Flanders countryside, Bruges is the most attractive city in the region. The city centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

From Bruges you start your cycling tour through the beautiful landscape of West Flanders. At Knokke-Heist you reach the coast, which will now accompany you for a short distance. Extensive sandy beaches invite you to take a dip in the cool water again and again. At the end of the day, a ferry will take you to Zeeland. The maritime town of Vlissingen is your next overnight stop. The sunset is particularly beautiful during an evening stroll along the sea promenade.

You will spend the day in the province of Zeeland, whose rich nature and long history will amaze you. Beautiful beaches with crystal clear water often accompany you along the route. Culinary delights include fresh mussels and crabs from the sea, and those interested in art and culture will find numerous museums. In Zierikzee, there are over 500 monuments to marvel at and shopping fans will find numerous small boutiques.

The first stretch of today’s tour takes you through Zeeland again before you cross over to the province of North Brabant. There will be no shortage of opportunities for swimming stops today, and you will find beaches, sun and delicious food around every corner. Willemstad is your next overnight stop. The historic fortress town has hardly changed since 1585.

Today’s stage takes you to De Biesbosch National Park; a unique labyrinth of small rivers and streams stretching over 8,000 hectares. In this water kingdom, you can observe numerous bird species as well as beavers. The tranquillity of the untouched nature guarantees deceleration. Contrast this with the hustle and bustle of Dordrecht: In Holland's oldest city, there are over 1,000 monuments to marvel at, and there is always something going on in the picturesque alleys of the city centre.

Today you will discover the impressive windmills of Kinderdijk. These 19 buildings are among the most photographed motifs in Holland. In the three museum windmills, you can learn all kinds of interesting facts about their origins. Situated between historic drawbridges and picturesque streams, you will also be impressed by the water-rich nature. The stage destination Gouda is not only known for its delicious cheese - you should also try the syrup waffles here. There are many historic buildings to visit in the city centre.

On your last cycling stage, you will roam through the green heart of the Netherlands. A vast natural area, alternating with towns and picturesque villages. You will find everything that is so typical of Holland: cheese, windmills, grazing cows, historic country estates and quaint farms where the old craftsmanship still prevails. The destination of your cycle tour is Amsterdam. The Dutch metropolis cannot be explored in one evening.

After breakfast, your cycling holiday from Belgium to Holland comes to an end. There is much to discover in the capital of the Netherlands. We are happy to book an extension for you, or you can avail of the optional return transfer with our bike bus to Bruges.

Route information

Easy

The route follows the “fietsknooppunten” numbered junction network in Belgium and Holland. The route is mainly flat on asphalted cycle paths and side roads with little traffic. Only when entering and leaving the cities should you expect increased traffic. The trip is also suitable for families with children as well as cycling beginners.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person with max. 23 kg)
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer by bike bus from Amsterdam, Sunday afternoon, costs EUR 79/person, additional EUR 39 for own bike, reservation required, payable in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Bruges central train station
  • Brussels airport
  • Hotel garage, costs approx. EUR 25 per day, public garage, costs approx. EUR 7 to EUR 16 per day, no reservation possible.
  • Good train connections from Amsterdam to Bruges

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Ferry rides to be organized on your own
  • This tour is a partner tour
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

 

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