This is a wonderful point to point cycling holiday taking in the delights of Netherlands' polders, windmills and picturesque towns, before crossing the border into Belgium. You will ride through delightful towns and rural villages which you cannot explore easily other than by bike. We can also reverse the trip for you if you prefer to start in Brugges and cycle to Amsterdam.
DAY 1Arrival into Amsterdam
We recommend getting to Amsterdam early (or even a couple of nights before) to discover this wonderful city. Enjoy the famous squares of Dam or Rembrandtplein or spend some time on a canal boat a...Show Morend explore the city by water.
DAY 2Amsterdam to Gouda
Today you will ride through the Groene Hart, or Green Heart, in the Randstad. Its a land that rails against urban sprawl, retaining its rural character characterised by its vibrant green fields.&...Show Morenbsp;The Green Heart has numerous separated cycle paths allowing you to delve into the countryside. Your ride will finish in Gouda. For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy horses, cows, meats and cheese. It's a beautiful place to enjoy an evening stroll or visit the gothic town hall and medieval buildings.
Today's cycling is approximately 80km. Please note that is this day is too long for you, we can split it in 2, with an overnight stay in Woerden.
DAY 3Gouda to Dordrecht
Hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestic windmills present a unique spectacle. In the age of wind they were used to drain excess water out of the lo...Show Morew-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. This oldest part of town counts over a thousand historical buildings.
Today's ride is approximately 52km.
DAY 4Dordrecht to Willemstad
Today you will ride to the edge of the Biesboch national park. The ecosystem has adapted to both the saltwater from the sea making its way inland, and the freshwater of the rivers, to create ...Show More;an ever-changing labyrinth of creeks and riverlets. Countless little islands of willow woods and reeds provide a paradise for birds. You will finish your ride today at Willemsatd, a fortified town shaped like a seven point star.
Today's cycling is approximately 39km.
DAY 5Willemsatd to Schuddebeurs
Today your ride takes you into Zeeland, a province made up of islands. Bridges and ferries will be carrying you across the waters as you head south towards Belgium. Picture-book towns with a...Show Morencient houses and cobbled streets are lined up for the coming days. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats.
Today's cycling is approximately 50km.
DAY 6Schuddebeurs to Vlissingen
A wander down the narrow streets of Zierikzee take you back in time to when ships set sail to sell salt, wool, fish and grain to the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Your route continues to the char...Show Moreming village of Veere, a town filled with Scottish expats in the middle ages from its trading history with Scotland. Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendour of the city of Middelburg, capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the most important centres of trade in the Netherlands. At the end of the day, amble down to the beach in Vlissingen to watch the sun set into the sea. Today's cycling is approximately 53km
DAY 7Vlissingen to Brugges
After a hearty breakfast, hop on a ferry boat to Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Having crossed the border into Belgium, yo...Show Moreu 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 Brugges, 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.
Today's cycling is approximately 53km
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
It's not called the lowlands for nothing with half the country being less than a metre above sea level. You can be assured of almost entirely flat riding from place to place and the experience of crossing the Dutch polders, land reclaimed from the sea and which help provide the Netherlands with such fertile land.
Given the country's small size, there is very little variation in Holland's climate. The best period to travel is late Spring to early autumn. Expect breezier conditions as you ride closer to the coast.
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Holland at your own pace. We have hard copy routes available for you to follow but we recommend hiring a GPS and be guided from place to place with our preloaded routes.
The bike we will provide you with is a fabulous 24 geared touring bicycle, perfect for exploring the short distances you will be making on your holiday. We are able to provide e-bikes, children's bikes and road bikes so if you require these, please ask us.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.