What to expect
Cycle between two of Europe’s most historically important and beautiful cities, seeing many of the highlights of Holland and Belgium from your saddle. Starting in Amsterdam, with its famous canals and treasure-filled museums you will ride southwards through the picturesque Dutch countryside, cycling along polders and staying in historic towns including Gouda (don’t forget to try the cheese), Dordrecht and Bergen op Zoom.
Pedalling into Belgium, you’ll ride through a scenic nature reserve until you reach the charming port city Antwerp, with its striking cathedral and local breweries. Cycle out along various rivers and stop to admire impressive church towers and sample delicious Belgian French fries before you reach the university town of Leuven and the architectural delights and laidback cafes of Brussels which await at the end of the week. Cycling on flat routes that are well signposted, you’ll enjoy easy cycling between hotels.
At a glance
- World-famous cities and historic towns across Holland and Belgium
- Museums, cathedrals and beautiful countryside
- Cycling between hotels with luggage transfer included
- Flat cycling routes across Dutch polders and Flemish landscapes
Day 1 (Mon):
Arrive in Amsterdam
Explore the World Heritage canal district of Amsterdam, which dates back to the 17th century. View the townhouses and street performers on Rembrandtplein, or even wander through the infamous red-light district.
Day 2 (Tue):
Amsterdam – Gouda
50 miles (80 km)
Start by cycling through polder landscapes, farming villages and historical towns like Oudewater before making your way to medieval Gouda, famous for its cheese. It is worth spending time in the beautiful old town centre, with its town hall and St. John’s church.
It is possible to reduce the mileage of this tour by spending an extra night in Woerden and starting the tour a day earlier on Sunday.
Day 3 (Wed):
Gouda – Papendrecht
34 miles (55 km)
Cycle from Gouda through the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland to the village of Kinderdjik, which has 19 windmills dating back to the 18th century, before arriving in Papendrecht. You will stay just a short ferry crossing from Dordrecht, one of Holland’s oldest towns, which is totally enclosed by rivers. Walk across the bridges into the heart of the town and take a look at the interesting buildings in the harbour.
An option to upgrade to a 4* hotel in Dordecht is possible, please ask for details.
Day 4 (Thu):
Papendrecht - Bergen op Zoom
43 miles (69 km)
Ride past Biesbosch National Park, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal areas in Europe. After crossing the Diep River you will be in the south of the Netherlands. Your final destination today is the eight hundred year old town of Bergen op Zoom. Enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets and visit the Markiezenhof, a gothic mansion built in the 15th Century.
Day 5 (Fri):
Bergen op Zoom – Antwerp
31 miles (50 km)
Cycle into Belgium, passing through De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide, a cross-border nature reserve. Follow the River Scheldt passing quays into the historical centre of Antwerp. If you are thirsty, visit the De Koninck brewery which brewed its first beer in 1833, you can even taste what they produce.
Day 6 (Sat):
Antwerp - Leuven/Louvain
37 miles (60 km)
Make your way along the banks of the River Scheldt before joining the River Rupel, the country’s shortest river at only 10km. Arrive in Mechelen, a city that sits on the River Dijle and visit the fish market or climb the 514 steps of the cathedral bell tower for wonderful views. Finish in the university town Louvain where its oldest houses date back to the 14th and 15th century. Take time to visit its Old Market Square which is filled with numerous bars and cafes.
Day 7 (Sun):
Leuven/Louvain – Brussels
24 miles (39 km)
Cycle the Brabant’s undulating hills and through the extensive Sonian Forest before approaching Brussels where you can opt to catch a train from a station along the route if you want more time in the capital. Visit the famous Market Square and enjoy the waffles, chocolate and beer to celebrate the end of your tour.
Day 8 (Mon):
Depart from Brussels
Check out after breakfast or extend your stay in Brussels.
3 & 4 Star Hotels
We use 3* and 4* hotels. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- 7 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Luggage transferred each day
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
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- Seven nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation (one suitcase per person (max. 20 kilo)
- Maps, route information and information on places of interest
- GPS tracks available on request
- Local contact number for general assistance
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Ferry crossings
Child & 3rd bed reduction
- Under 4 years - 100% (cot charges may apply locally)
- 4-11 years - 20%
- 12 years plus - 10%
Bike Hire & Extras
Bike hire includes a pannier, handlebar bag and lock.
Hybrid bike with 24 gears
Board upgrade (B&B included)
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