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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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8-09
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Bruges - Amsterdam
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Bike Tour: Bruges - Amsterdam - 8 days

We have devised a wonderful cycling holiday that kicks off in Belgium and leads up through the Netherlands to Amsterdam. Recurring themes include historical architecture, pastoral countryside and water vistas. In eight days you will discover a great many delightful places you otherwise wouldn’t have chanced upon. 

Starting in Bruges, you will go to the following towns: Damme, Sluis, Vlissingen (Flushing), Middelburg, Zierikzee, Willemstad, Dordrecht, Gouda and Amsterdam. They count among the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands and Flanders and are remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past. The route is predominantly rural and passes through a number of nature reserves. Cycling paths are of high quality.

We also offer this tour with Amsterdam as the starting point.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Bruges, Belgium
Day 2: Bruges – Middelburg/Vlissingen
Day 3: Middelburg/Vlissingen – Schuddebeurs
Day 4: Schuddebeurs – Willemstad
Day 5: Willemstad – Papendrecht
Day 6: Papendrecht – Gouda
Day 7: Gouda – Amsterdam
Day 8: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is known as the pearl of Flanders. It’s a truly enchanting town that has been welcoming tourists for about 150 years. With most of its medieval architecture intact, it remains exceptionally well preserved and can really give you a sense of times gone by when it was at the centre of the European wool and cloth trade. 

Day 2:    Bruges – Middelburg/Vlissingen
50 km

After a hearty breakfast, hit the tracks and pedal 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, hop on a ferry boat to the maritime town of Vlissingen. Cruising further north, you will discover the nostalgic splendour of the city 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:    Middelburg/Vlissingen – Schuddebeurs
53 km

Discover the charming village of Veere. From 1541 everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in and was distributed from Veere. This contract 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:    Schuddebeurs – Willemstad
50 km

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:    Willemstad – Papendrecht
45 km

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.
The hotel is in Papendrecht, but if you like to stay in Dordrecht this is possible, you can upgrade to ****Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd, right in the old center and on the crossroads of 2 major rivers.

Day 6:    Papendrecht – Gouda
45 km

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 your bike towards Gouda, cruising at about two meters below sea level, enjoy pastoral countryside and wonderful cloudscapes. For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy horses, cows, 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. Walk all the way around St. John’s church and the market square boasting a 15th-century town hall and a Weighing House (“Waag”).  

Day 7:    Gouda – Amsterdam
80 km

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. Your bicycle holiday ends in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district. This city is brimming with things to see and do. As always, street artists and performers draw crowds on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. A new attraction is “Het Grachtenhuis” (Museum of the Canals). Have you been to the renovated Rijksmuseum and Maritime Museum?  

Would the 80 km be to long for you then you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden. (30 km and 48 km)

Day 8:    Return Home
prices & dates
Starting dates:  

Only on Saturdays and Sundays from April 20th till September 22nd

 
Daily in July and August   
   

In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies
of € 17,50 per person in a double room

 
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room 
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
710,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 7) 175,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 7) 19,25
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade Dordrecht Old City Center ****Bellevue Groothoofd in double room
Bike can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance)
30,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room 35,00

Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods
13 - 15 April 2019
20 - 21 May 2019
12 - 15 June 2019
12 - 16 September 2019

14 - 18 September 2018
staying overnight in a double room  
staying overnight in a single room 







52,50
105,00
   
Extra night  70,00
   
Starting point:  
Bruges   
accommodation

Brugge - Velotel****

Middelburg - Hotel aan de Dam***

Noordgouwe - Hostellerie Schuddebeurs***

Willemstad - Hotel Mauritz****

Papendrecht - Apollo Hotel Papendrecht****

Gouda - Best Western Hotel Gouda****

Amsterdam - Westcord Art Hotel*** & ****

practical info

7 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

Bruges

Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

reviews

12-09-2018

...The accommodations arranged by DBT were all excellent!... 

14-07-2018

...We enjoyed the route from Brugge to Amsterdam because of the water and shipping. We ALWAYS recommend DBT to our biking friends!... 

24-06-2018

...The level of difficulty was fine. We had a problem with a bike helmet and some difficulties sorting that out, but did so in the end. The locations in general were great and the directions were really excellent...

15-06-2018

...to be riding where cycling infrastructure is so good and the means of transport so popular was magnificent...

15-06-2018

...We loved the bike routes. The views and scenery were amazing. And, even though the weather was cool it was perfect weather to bike in. I also liked the fact that we had the wind to our back the first few days in Zeeland. Later we biked into the wind but by then we were used to the biking routine...

02-06-2018

...Thankyou for organising some beautiful days. They made up for riding across the Zeelandbrug into a headwind...

17-09-2017

...I want to thank you and your team on handling all the logistics on our recent trip from Brugge to Amsterdam.  All ten of us had an outstanding time.  Hotels were great, daily bike maps worked perfectly,  the route was very beautiful,  and the luggage was always at the hotel when we arrived.  I would recommend you to anyone who wants to experience the charm and beauty of the Netherlands on a bike,  which by the way is the only way travel in the Netherlands...

08-06-2016

...Wow – what an amazing trip.  You guys really organized everything so well.  I absolutely loved everything, hotels, etc was perfect.  You may want to consider busing people or having them take the train from Willemsted to the center of Dordrecht - close to where the ferry leaves to start the next days ride (the one from Dordrecht to Gouda was perfect)...

08-05-2016

...We absolutely loved our bike tour. All of our expectations were surpassed. We have recommended your company to several friends, and we definitely want to use you again in the future. We loved how easy everything was. Really no worries. It helped having a gps...

15-09-2015

We enjoyed the tour. The wind on the first couple of days wasn't helpful, but that not something you can control!
We got lost a couple of times, but I think that was mainly our map reading, not your instructions!
Accommodation & breakfasts were good. We were impressed with the bike roads/paths network across the country.

15-09-2015

Our holiday was perfect, very nice country side, very nice food and lodging, we wont hesitate to recommend your organization.  The gps was, for a few times very useful!

14-08-2015

....We really enjoyed our trip. The Hotels were good, the route fine and the cycling we found quite easy. We didn't use the GPS, we used the maps and Intersection numbers. This mostly worked well. It was a wonderful holiday....

30-05-2015

We had a superb trip with Dutch Bike Tours. The logistics, detailed route selection, bikes and scenery were first class. The services provided were perfect for our style of bike touring where we wanted a great route and luggage forwarding without the need to travel with a guide or in a group.

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