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Duration
9 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • hotels
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

$1570USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CBA

Trip 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

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.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

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. 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.

Meals:  Nil

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, at Breskens you hop on a local ferry (must be pre-booked, not included, allow EUR7 pp with bike) and cross to the maritime town of Vlissingen. Cruising 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.

Meals:  B

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.

Meals:  B

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.

Meals:  B

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). If the ferry does not go you will follow an alternative route.

Meals:  B

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”).

Meals:  B

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 route will end in the popular commuter town of Woerden. Overnight in Woerden.

Meals:  B

Continue 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.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Amsterdam after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts: Breakfasts are continental style and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices
  • 8 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, to stay in Dordrecht on day 5 instead of Papendrecht,
  • Information pack including route notes, maps, tourist information per room booked. (GPS tracks are available on request)
  • Emergency hotline
  • 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 charged as separate pieces of luggage.
  • 21 speed rental bike with pannier, helmet, repair kit and lock (premium and e-bikes available - supplement applies)

  • Travel to Bruges and from Amsterdam
  • All drinks, lunches and dinners. A dinner package can be booked which includes a 3 course dinner each night - supplement applies
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Ferries - allow 1 to 4 EUR per ferry
  • Bike insurance - can be pre-purchased through UTracks, please ask for our rates
  • 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.

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

This trip involves 7 days cycling between 37 and 61km/23 and 38mi 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/rain gear and water bottle as your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded introductory to moderate and is considered 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.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Jun to 31 Aug (Fri and Sat only from 1 Apr to 30 May and 1 to 25 Sep)

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season supplement applies for departures on selected start dates in April and May as shown.
DN2
April and May are busy months, especially in the province of South-Holland and we are already experiencing availability problems. At the end of April and early May there is a flower parade in Noordwijk-Haarlem area, Formule 1 Grand Prix racing in Zandvoort (dates tba - usually in May). These events affect the availability of hotels in other cities in the region.
DN3
For departures running in reverse, see our trip 'Cycle Amsterdam to Bruges' - trip code UAB.

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Total Priceper person from

$1570USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Premium bike supplementUSD$90
  • E-bike supplementUSD$140
  • Dinner SupplementUSD$340
  • Single supplementUSD$360
*Prices listed are per person

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We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

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Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

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With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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