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Trip Dates:

This trip can be booked by groups of 4-16. You choose the dates!

 

2017
April 23-30
April 30-May 7
May 7-14
May 14-21
June 11-18
June 18-25
Sep 10-17
Sep 17-24

2018
April 22-29
April 29-May 6
May 6-13
May 13-20
June 10-17
June 17-24
Sep 09-16
Sep 16-23


Custom trips also available.

Trip Size:

4-16 participants

Total Days:

8 days/ 7 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Amsterdam/ Bruges

 

Accommodations:

 

College Hotel, Amsterdam

 

Best Western Plus, Gouda


Groothofd Hotel, Dordrecht

 

Mauritt, Willemstad


Hostellerie Schuddebeurs - Hampshire Hotel

 

Hotel Aan de Dam, Middleburg

 

Hotel Ter Duinen,

Bruges

Activity Level:

Moderate

Terrain:

Flat and scenic.

Cost:

US$ 2950 pp
Bike Rental: US$180


Holland & Belgium

Amsterdam to Bruges 8 Days - Classic

Although the Dutch didn’t invent the bicycle, almost everyone in the country (including the queen) rides one; the cycling infrastructure in both villages and throughout the countryside is superb. Cycling from the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam to the charming village of Bruges, Belgium, you will experience the best of these two countries. From the Unesco World Heritage site of the Kerkenhof gardens to the chocolate makers in Bruges, this is a unique journey in Europe.

Only Great Explorations:

 

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.

  • A ride you will never forget: each of the rides will be memorable, along canals, dykes, and through charming villages.

  • Local expert guides for historic walks and visits.

  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.

  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

Straight Talk: Holland probably has more bike paths and routes in cities and countryside than any country in the world. And lots of locals ride their bikes (60% of all trips in Amsterdam are by bike!). This means that as you depart cities (of any size) you will see bike paths heading off in many directions. Rather than provide route instructions, we have found it easier to explain the signage to people and provide very detailed maps (1:50,000 scale) and gps of our route for those that like to use. Be prepared to stop more frequently than you might in countries with more open road and thrill in the fact that Holland has created these bike paths and signed routes to make it a pleasure to cycle.

Itinerary

 

DAY 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Take time to visit the canal district, museums, and street life of this dynamic city. Our hotel is close to museums and popular sights so you can walk easily.
Hotel: College Hotel, Amsterdam

DAY 2: Amsterdam to Gouda
Cycle south through what is known as the Green Heart of Holland, a region filled with farm fields, dykes and windmills. Option to detour to the Keukenhof Gardens, which started as the small kitchen garden of a 15th-century countess and now bills itself as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, designed to showcase the art of Dutch bulb growers. The gardens cover 70 acres (28 hectares) of wooded parkland with nine miles (14 kilometers) of walking paths that wind around ponds, a windmill, greenhouse pavilions holding indoor displays, and more than seven million bulbs planted three layers deep to ensure a blaze of color from the end of March to mid-May. Arriving to Gouda, a village with a myriad of canals, a colourful market on Thursday mornings (and that superb cheese). Visit the 15th century town hall and St. Jans Church with its stain-glass windows and the pedestrian streets inside the historical center or take time to see the famous Gouda cheese made.
Hotel: Best Western Plus, Gouda
Distance: 77 km, elevation gain 100 m.*

DAY 3: Gouda to Dordrecht

Today, we will cycle to the Unesco village of Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills have been standing majestically since 1740. These windmills were used to drain excess water from the low-lying polder to the River Lek. Dordrecht is one of Holland’s oldest towns and is completely surrounded by water. Hotel: Groothoofd Hotel, Dordrecht
Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 170 m.*Dordrecht is one of Holland’s

DAY 4: Dordrecht to Willemstad
Today, we will cycle through De Biesbosch National Park, one of the last freshwater tide areas in Europe and a rich flora and fauna wetland area. Willemstad is a small historical town with well preserved fortifications. Hotel: Mauritz, Willemstad
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 76 m.*

DAY 5: Willemstad to Schuddebeurs

Zeeland is an archipelago of islands, inlets, polders, so this day will involve some bridge crossings and ferries as you ride towards Belgium.
Hotel: Hostellerie Schuddebeurs – Hampshire Hotel, Schuddebeurs
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 76 m.*


DAY 6: Schuddebeurs to Middelburg

The ride crosses a 5 km long bridge with a separated bike lane the entire way- the Dutch take care of their cyclists! Arrive to Middleburg, a pleasant and prosperous town with a vibrant center. Distance: 44 km; 56 m gain
Hotel: Hotel Aan de Dam, Middleburg
Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 56 m.*

DAY 7: Middleburg to Brugge

Start the day with a ferry ride to the village of Breskens before cycling into Belgium and its enigmatic villages of Damme and then Bruges, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ and one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Distance: 60 km; 80 m gain
Hotel: Hotel Ter Duinen, Bruges
Distance: 60 km, elevation gain 80 m.*

DAY 8:

Depart – trains return to Amsterdam

 

*distances vary depending on hotels used.

  • What's Included
  • Weather
  • Ride Info
  • Map

Map of the Area

 

Ride Info

TBD

Amsterdam to Bruges Weather

 

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

 

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 7 nights lodging in 3-4 stars hotels
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums s
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 1.800.242.1825

 

 

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