This is a dream bike ride through some of Europe's most stunning countryside. From the canals of Amsterdam to the Champs Elysees in Paris, this journey through 3 countries will allow you to immerse yourself in rich history and culture. Enjoy famous towns such as Gouda, Antwerp and Ghent, see classic countryside dotted with memorials to the first World War, fields of poppies and endless windmills.
Departure dates: 21 June 2018 19 July 2018 2 August 2018 16 August 2018 30 August 2018 13 September 2018
DAY 1Arrival into Amsterdam
Your cycling holiday starts in Amsterdam. There is so much to see and do so we reccomend that you arrive early. Enjoy a walk to marvel at the townhouses in the 17th-century canal district, a UNES...Show MoreCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at Westcord Art Hotel 3*Please note that bikes are not allowed on the train from Paris to Amsterdam (or vice versa). We therefore strongly recommend you hire bikes for this tour.
DAY 2Amsterdam to Gouda
The first part of your journey takes you through the Green Heart of Holland. It is a cycling paradise, offering beautiful vistas, small farming communities and picturesque towns. Your day ends in...Show More the medieval town of Gouda, home of cheese and waffles. Today's cycling is approximately 80km. Overnight at Best Western Hotel Gouda 4*
DAY 3Gouda to Breda
Today you will visit Kinderdijk, a world-famous complex of windmills. Nineteen historical windmills sit together and you can visit an authentic workshop to learn about their history. Your r...Show Moreide continues through Dordrecht, one of the country's oldest towns and we reccomend riding to the harbour quarter with its wonderful historical buildings. The rest of your ride today goes through quiet countryside and national parks before you reach Breda. Today's cycling is approximately 79km. Overnight at Golden Tulip Keyser Breda 4*.
DAY 4Breda to Antwerp
You will ride through nature reserves in the south of the country before you cross into Belgium and the historical town of Antwerp. It’s the largest Flanders town and a beautiful palce to stop ...Show Morefor a beer, one of Belgium's most famous exports. Today's cycling is approximately 75km.Overnight at Hampton by Hilton 3*
DAY 5Antwerp to Ghent
You head further south along the banks of the river Scheld before turning towards Ghent. The bushes and polders are in abundance today and you will be riding through pure nature. Your destiantion...Show More is Ghent, the self proclaimed most beautiful city in Belgiu Today's cycling is approximately 78km. Overnight at Best Western Chamade 3*
DAY 6Ghent to Tournai
The river Scheldt is still your guide today as you ride through Flanders, home to the Tour of Flanders, a brutal pro race taking in the cobbles (pave) of the area. You will instead enjoy smooth c...Show Moreycle paths snd open fields before heading into the province of Wallonia and then Tournai. Today's cycling is approximately 72km. Overnight at Hôtel Cathédrale 3*
DAY 7Tournai to Cambrai
Today you will ride the cycle path along the Scheldt before crossing the border into France. You will enjoy a lovely ride through to the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, a beautiful national...Show More park. You will ride through forests and marshes along the canals that link Belgium and France. Your destination is Cambrai, a beautiful town where rich private mansions and classic timber houses line the streets. Today's cycling is approximately 65km. Overnight at Hôtel Le Mouton Blanc 2*
DAY 8Saint-Quentin to Compiègne
Your destination today is Compiègne via the valley of Oise. Your ride will be via cycle path of the canals crossing vast natural areas with more than 200 species of birds. Continue towards Noyon...Show More, a city of art and history dating back to the 10th century. You will arrive into Compiègne where you can explore its charming streets, museums and cafes. Today's cycling is approximately 75km. Overnight at Hotel du Nord 3*
DAY 9Cambrai to Saint Quentin
Today you leave Cambrai by via the Canal de Saint-Quentin, opened by Napoleon himself. Discover the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut and the beautiful Abbey of Vaucelles. You will ride along small hil...Show Morely roads between villages dominated by agriculture and past memorial sites of the First World War. You will ride along the canal into Saint Quentin. Discover its streets with Art Deco houses, quiet life and cafes. Today's cycling is approximately 65km. Overnight at Le Grand Hotel 4*
DAY 10Compiègne to Chantilly/Senlis
Today your ride takes in grand castles, medieval towns and large forests, soemthing for everyone to enjoy. Your journey starts in the forest of Compiègne before heading up the Automne river. You...Show More will ride the Nery plateau and the forest of Halatte before reaching the charming medieval town of Senlis. Senlis is an ancient city and was a royal residence during the Middle Ages. It has a rich and well preserved history as well as several museums. You will then reach Chantilly, world renowned for its castle, its porcelain and of course cream (Chantilly means cream in French). Today's cycling is approximately 65km. Overnight at La Porte Bellon 3*
DAY 11Chantilly/Senlis to Paris
Today you will ride into Paris. Leave Senlis and ride through the quiet forests and countryside. From Gressy to Paris, you will ride along a quiet cycle track to the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural s...Show Moreetting which makes way for your grand entrance into Paris. You will cross the capital along the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin for the last leg of your journey. Today's cycling is approximately 65km. Overnight at Holiday Inn Paris 4*
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing, or add a few extra days in Paris.
Your ride across 3 countries takes in beautiful medieval towns, historic castles and green countryside. You can be assured of relatively flat riding along cycle paths as you make your way from Amsterdam's vibrant city and canals, to the glitz of Paris, via silent forests, Dutch polders and lakes and small farming communities.
The best period to travel is late Spring to early autumn and of course the height of the summer is the most popular time to travel.
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Holland, Belgium and France 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.