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Amsterdam and its cycling culture
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Highlights

  • Easy cycling from Amsterdam through the “Groene Hart” of Holland to Bruges
  • Exploring the Biesbosch, a wetland habitat and a paradise for birds
  • Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders and countless windmills
  • Enjoy discovering Zierikzee, whose glory days were in Medieval times
  • Crossing Zeeland, a river delta and province made up purely of islands

Follow dedicated cycle paths from the iconic canals of Amsterdam and through the peaceful countryside of the “Groene Hart”, the green heart of Holland and into Belgium. Conclude your tour in the medieval fairy-tale city of Bruges.

Your route is predominantly rural and passes through a number of nature reserves, over vast polders, alongside windmills, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. Discover Holland and Belgium’s historic splendour in the impressive small cities of Gouda, Dordrecht and Middleburg, the capital of Zeeland.

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam

Your bicycle tour begins in Amsterdam, Holland's capital, and particularly famous for its 400 year old canal district. Try to arrive early so that you can explore the many sights that this city has to offer, such as the new Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank's House, and the elegant tree-lined canals edged with tall townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Overnight: Amsterdam


Day 2: Cycle to Gouda

As a contrast to bustling Amsterdam, cycle into the peace and quiet of the “Groene Hart” or the Green Heart of Holland, a rural area of low-lying polders, with peat meadows and grazing cattle. It’s a traditional flat and spacious Dutch landscape where church spires and windmills seem to touch the horizon and clouds are reflected in lakes and canals.


Arrive in Gouda, where for centuries, people flocked from far and wide to the weekly and annual markets. Recommended is an evening stroll around the old part of town to soak up the atmosphere of yesteryear and to marvel at the large and attractive market square boasting a wonderful 15th century town hall, as well as a Weighing House (“Waag”).


Cycle: 80km


Overnight:Gouda


Day 3: Cycle to Dordrecht

After a hearty breakfast hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an impressive row of nineteen large windmills. It is surely one of the most iconic sites in Holland. They were once used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. 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 and the oldest part of town has over a thousand historical buildings.


Cycle: 52km


Overnight: Dordrecht


Day 4: Cycle to Willemstad

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. A longer optional ride will take you along the edges of this national park.


Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star.


Cycle: 39 or 54km 


Overnight: Willemstad


Day 5: Cycle to Schuddebeurs

Today you will enter the charming Zeeland area, a province of the Netherlands which is made up of islands. For the next couple of days bridges and ferries will help you cross the waters as you cycle south towards Belgium.


Cycle: 53km


Overnight: Schuddebeurs


Day 6: Cycle to Vlissingen

Make your way to the delightful town of Zierikzee, then lock up your bike and take a wander down the narrow streets with their quaint little old houses that take you back in time to the town's glory days.


Your route continues to the charming village of Veere, which prospered in the 16th century and further south discover the nostalgic splendour of the city of Middelburg, capital of Zeeland. At the end of the day, amble down to the beach in Vlissingen to watch the sun set over the sea.


Cycle: 53km


Overnight: Vlissingen


Day 7: Cycle to Bruges

Hop on a ferry boat to Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Crossing the border into Belgium, you will reach the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the romantic Damse Vaart. From here, it’s only a short stretch to Bruges, possibly the most beautiful of all Flemish cities, as its medieval quarter is almost completely intact.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: Bruges


Day 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast make your way to the train station for your onward journeys.

Accommodation

7 Nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels are included.  All the accommodations have been carefully selected to provide a warm welcome and they are located conveniently close to your cycling routes, or in the centre of town. Below are examples of accommodation used on this route.



 

 

 




Westcord Art

This modern hotel brings together the flavours and history of Amsterdam. An easy walk to Westerton Park, the hotel also has a pool to cool off tired legs.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Best Western Hotel Gouda - Gouda

This hotel is in the historical centre of Gouda, next to one of the most beautiful canals in the city, de Hoge Gouwe. It has 101 rooms, and it is specially designed to remind you of Gouda's rich history.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Postillion Hotel - Dordrecht

The Postillion Hotel Dordrecht was completely renovated in 2013. All the rooms are spacious and this property also features a cosy restaurant with terrace, a bar and a gym.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Het Wapen Van Willemstad Hotel - Willemstad

Located on the picturesque harbour of Willemstad this hotel restaurant is the town's oldest and most authentic. You may enjoy a delicious dinner, snack or drink in the lounge bar or on the terrace. All the rooms have very comfortable beds and included is a delicious homemade breakfast.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotellerie Schuddebeurs - Schuddebeurs

As you enter the Hostellerie Schuddebeurs you'll immediately feel at home. Your host and hostess, Bart and Tanja de Bree offer a property in the heart of Schouwen-Duiveland, near Zierikzee and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Relax in your spacious room and if you wish you may dine this evening in the restaurant, which offers regional and seasonal produce.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Restaurant Piccard - Vlissingen

All 45 rooms in this welcoming hotel feature ensuite bathrooms and some have a balcony. There is free WiFi and you can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet in the sun room.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Velotel Bruges - Bruges

This hotel has a very peaceful location an approximate 20 minute walk from downtown Bruges. It offers you a warm welcome, plus comfortable rooms all supplied with air conditioning, a mini bar, TV, a safe and a stylish bathroom.


 

 

 

Alternate Accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into  different accommodations which are not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your cycling routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described and details will all be sent to you.


Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


This tour is available for solo cyclists but again a supplement is payable. If you are travelling solo the tour is more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Availability

This trip is best enjoyed between the months of April and September. Spring is great as there will be a profusion of tulips and other spring flowers, but anytime of year is good to be there as the summers rarely get too hot. this is northern Europe after all! You can start the tours on Saturday (or on Sundays in early July until mid-August).


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo cyclists are also welcome for an additional supplement.


Experience & Fitness

This tour is rated easy to moderate as the cycling routes are flat. The routes on this cycle tour are along high quality and dedicated cycle paths. Your routes are mostly rural and passes through a number of nature reserves.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

You will be supplied with detailed route descriptions and cycling maps. Therefore you should have no problem finding your way. Any alternate route options will be provided in your route notes.


Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.


Bike Hire

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Good quality 24-Speed Batavus hybrid bikes are available. E-bikes are also available for rental. Your bike will be delivered to you at the first hotel before your arrival. Please provide us with your height as the bike will be adjusted to the correct height before it is delivered. ncluded with the bike hire is one pannier per bike, one bike lock chain per every two bikes, and one puncture repair kit per every two bikes. Rental of helmets is not included in the bike hire, please bring your own if you wish to wear one. (We highly recommend that you wear a helmet).


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and


Getting to Amsterdam

By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam, is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.


By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.


By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.


Getting from Bruges

Bruges is easily accessed by flights from Brussels Airport. Take a 90 minute train ride with Belgian Railways from Bruges to the airport. It is also possible fly from Antwerp Airport with a 1h25 train ride from Bruges.


By Train -There are also excellent rail links from all over Europe from Brussels and Bruges. Visit the Belgian Railways website to check train times and book tickets from Bruges to other European destinations.

Getting to Amsterdam

By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam, is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.


By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.


By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.


Getting from Bruges

Bruges is easily accessed by flights from Brussels Airport.
Take a 90 minute train ride with Belgian Railways from Bruges to the airport. It is also possible fly from Antwerp Airport with a 1h25 train ride from Bruges.


By Train -There are also excellent rail links from all over Europe from Brussels and Bruges. Visit the Belgian Railways website to check train times and book tickets from Bruges to other European destinations.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3* and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Comprehensive Information Pack, Route Notes and Maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our local partners and UK Office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Amsterdam and from Bruges
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike Rental

Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Bike Rental
  • Airport/taxi transfers.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is rated easy to moderate as the cycling routes are flat. The routes on this cycle tour are along high quality and dedicated cycle paths. Your routes are mostly rural and passes through a number of nature reserves.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in the spring months when Hollands flowers are in bloom.  Please note you can only start this tour on Saturdays. (But on Saturdays and Sundays from early July until mid-August). You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred to your next accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask that you limit your bags to one per person of max. 20kg in weight.

When is the best time of year?

The best time for cycling is during the spring months between April and May when the weather is a little cooler and the flowers are in bloom. Summer is also a very good time as the weather is fair and you have the opportunity for visiting the summer cheese markets.

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Cycling Paradise!

By Old Boot

from Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Pros

  • Bicycling Friendly
  • Fellow cyclers and Solo travel
  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations

Cons

  • Gaps in Maps

Best Uses

  • Become acquainted with the Netherlands
  • Holiday
  • Relaxation

Comments about macs adventure Amsterdam to Bruges Cycling:

Bicycling is THE way to become acquainted with the Netherlands. The cycling ways are wonderful between cities and small towns and wander by canals and countryside. Cycling here is definitely a trip I'd repeat. While the maps are generally accurate, the scale is quite small and not completely accurate with the Dutch points. Bring a larger scale map for clearer detail and a regional/country map for route overview. Friendly cycling ways and road signs can assuredly put you back on course. Others cycle the route with various companies and the friends made and companionship to talk about the day or pedal a bit broadened the adventure of getting to know the country and people. Accommodations were mostly larger hotels with a few quaint inns. Staff was friendly and welcoming to cyclists. While all hotels were well suited to the route, some had idyllic positions and some had poor evening access to town. I love Mac's commentaries on the routes of past trips and hope to see their commentary along with the map for this trip. Thank you, Andy, for organizing without hitches! Along with a little bicycle maintenance with well loved bikes and learning how to route find in Holland, I'm keeping trips through the Netherlands in my cycling repertoire!

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