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Particulars

Trip Dates:

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

 

2018
April 22-29
April 29-May 6
May 6-13
May 12-19
June 10-17
June 17-24
Sep 09-16
Sep 16-23


Custom trips also available.

 

2019
April 21-29
April 28-May 5
May 5-12
May 11-18
June 09-16
June 16-23
Sep 08-15
Sep 15-22

Trip Size:

4-16 participants

Total Days:

8 days/ 7 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Amsterdam/ Bruges

 

Accommodations:

 

College Hotel, Amsterdam

 

BW City Hotel, Gouda


Groothofd Hotel, Dordrecht

 

Mauritt, Willemstad


Hostellerie Schuddebeurs - Hampshire Hotel

 

Hotel Loskade 45, Middleburg

 

Hotel Ter Duinen,

Bruges

Activity Level:

Easy-going/ Moderate

Terrain:

Flat and scenic.

Cost:

US$ 2950 pp
Bike Rental: US$180

Single Supplement

US$ 650


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 - 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!). Our customized GPS app allows you to follow our routes with ease.

Itinerary

 

DAY 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Our official meeting time is at 7 pm in Amsterdam, but for anyone that would like to do a short bike ride in Amsterdam, we will meet at 4 pm for a 15 km loop through Vondelpark and along canals through the city center, pointing out historical sites etc. Should you prefer to stroll, our hotel is close to museums and popular sights so you can walk easily. After a welcome reception at 7pm, we will dine at a favourite restaurant.
Hotel: College Hotel, Amsterdam

DAY 2: Amsterdam to Gouda
Our route from Amsterdam begins along a quiet cycling path south along the Amstel River. Pass stately homes and gardens and on the river, rowing boats glide silently past. Lunch will be at a roadside bistro midway through the day. Arrive to Gouda, a village with a myriad of canals, a colourful market (and superb cheese). We will visit the city with a local guide to learn the fascinating history of this region, followed by dinner at Bij Ons, a local favourite.
Hotel: BW City Hotel, Gouda
Ride Distance: 50 km or 77 km, elevation gain - n/a

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. We reach Dordrecht via a short ferry ride. We typically arrive early afternoon - should you wish to visit Rotterdam it is just 30 minutes away by catamaran ferry. Dordrecht is one of Holland’s oldest towns and is completely surrounded by water. We will meet up for an optional walking tour and then enjoy dinner at an acclaimed restaurant where fresh fish never tasted better.
Hotel: Groothoofd Hotel, Dordrecht
Ride Distance: 43 km, elevation gain - n/aDordrecht 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. We make our way along quiet roads and bike paths to Zevenbergen where another fabulous lunch awaits and then continue to the charming village of Willemstad, a small historical village with well preserved fortifications. Visit the former mansion of Mauritz, the son of William of Orange or enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the many cafes that line the quaint harbour.
Hotel: Mauritz, Willemstad
Ride Distance: 46 km, elevation gain - n/a

DAY 5: Willemstad to Schuddebeurs

We depart Willemstad and make our way to the charming village of Oude-Tonge. Zeeland is an archipelago of islands, inlets, and polders. Along the Grevelingenmeer beaches, watch the colourful sails of kites and windsurfers. After lunch at a local restaurant in Bruinisse, we make our way through apple, pear and cherry orchards and horse ranches. Taste wine at a vineyard that specializes in Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc varietals conveniently located a few km from our hotel. Dine tonight in the sublime dining room of the hotel.
Hotel: Hostellerie Schuddebeurs, Schuddebeurs
Ride Distance: 46 km, elevation gain - n/a


DAY 6: Schuddebeurs to Middelburg

Start out the day by exploring nearby village of Zierikzee, where the city gate last closed for the night in 1866. Explore the Centrum, town hall and former prison, now a museum and then we make our way through Oosterschelde (Eastern Scheldt) National Park, the largest of the 20 National Parks in Netherlands and boasting remarkable bird life. From here, our route follows the North Sea coast where kilometers of sand dunes and splendid beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Enjoy lunch while watching the aerial acrobatics of kite surfers who flock here for the onshore winds. Late afternoon, visit the utterly charming village of Veere, with a Scottish connection that you will learn as we tour the historic houses center. Arrive to Middleburg, a pleasant and prosperous town with a vibrant center.
Hotel: Hotel Loskade 45, Middleburg
Distance: 44 km, elevation gain - n/a

DAY 7: Middleburg to Brugge

Start the day with a ferry ride to the village of Breskens and to the market town of Sluis (we typically plan our trips to make market day) 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. We will discover its treasures on a walking tour with a local guide and then celebrate our trip finish with a celebratory dinner.
Hotel: Hotel Ter Duinen, Bruges
Distance: 60 km, elevation gain - n/a

DAY 8:

Depart – you can depart at your leisure anytime after breakfast for onward travel.

 

*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
  • 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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