Vermeer painting in Amsterdam window. Province North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Francesca Cappa

Scenic bike paths in Damme, West Flanders, Belgium. Photo via Flickr:thsd90
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Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour

Netherlands, Belgium Bike Tours

Cycling diverse scenery and charming towns through Holland and Belgium

  • Experience this wonderful cycling holiday through Holland down into Belgium, past towns, villages, and canals on high-quality cycling paths.With our bike and barge tours between Amsterdam to Bruges becoming increasingly popular, we are excited to also offer a bike and hotel tour between these two vibrant cities.

    In eight days of cycling, you too will come to know what the Dutch and the Flemish learn from childhood, the best way to travel is on two wheels.

    Starting in Amsterdam and traveling in a southwesterly direction you will pass through the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands and Flanders, remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past.

    Highlights:

    • Gouda
    • Dordrecht
    • Willemstad
    • Zierikzee
    • Middelburg
    • Vlissingen (Flushing)
    • Sluis
    • Damme
    • Bruges

    *We also offer this tour with Bruges as the starting point. Ask us!

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  • 2018 Prices

    8 day tour: £ 777 $ 1,240 823 NOK 8161 kr 7534 $ 979

    Single supplement: £ 198 $ 316 210 NOK 2083 kr 1922 $ 250

    E bike rental: £ 86 $ 137 91 NOK 902 kr 833 $ 108

    9 day tour: £ 843 $ 1,345 893 NOK 8856 kr 8174 $ 1,063

    Single supplement: £ 293 $ 467 310 NOK 3074 kr 2838 $ 369

    *Please indicate the length of tour you desire in the comment section on the reservation form.

    extra options

    2018 Options

    Extra night, twin/double:  £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83

    Extra night, single room: £ 94 $ 151 100 NOK 992 kr 915 $ 119
    Surcharge for overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays, double/twin:   £ 14 $ 23 15 NOK 149 kr 137 $ 18

    Single:   £ 28 $ 45 30 NOK 298 kr 275 $ 36

    Surcharge for overnight in Amsterdam during the periods of May 15 - 17, May 28 - 30, June 13 - 15,  July 21, 24, and 25, and September 14 -18, double/twin:  £ 47 $ 75 50 NOK 496 kr 458 $ 60

    Single: £ 94 $ 151 100 NOK 992 kr 915 $ 119

    Surcharge for upgrade to 4* Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd in Dordrecht: £ 28 $ 45 30 NOK 298 kr 275 $ 36 (Highly recommened as default 3* hotel is located outside of Dordrecht Center in a busier industrial area)

    Supplement, E bike rental (8 day tour):  £ 86 $ 137 91 NOK 902 kr 833 $ 108 Supplement, E bike rental (9 day tour): £ 98 $ 157 104 NOK 1031 kr 952 $ 124

    Dinners included:
    8 day tour:  £ 182 $ 291 193 NOK 1914 kr 1767 $ 230 9 day tour: £ 208 $ 331 220 NOK 2182 kr 2014 $ 262

    *Road bike is available for rental. Please ask.

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport or Brussels International Airport.

    Local Travel

    Both the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Brussels International Airport have train stations where you can purchase tickets to Amsterdam Centraal, the station located closest to your hotel. From Schiphol, the ride takes approximately 30 minutes. From Brussels, the ride takes around 3 hours with connections in Antwerp. From Amsterdam Centraal, you can take Bus line 48. The ride is only approximately 10 minutes and costs between €1 to €2. A taxi will cost between €14 and €16.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Average high low temperatures for the region are: April 55°/40°, May 63°/47°, June 67°/52°, July 72°/56, August 72°/55°, and September 66°/52°.

    Remarks

    Premium emergency service is included with this tour. In the event of mechanical failure, a support van service can be contacted and will come and repair the bike free of charge. If you are cycling with your own bike, you will be charged for any new spare parts. If the bike cannot be repaired on the spot, you will be provided transportation to your next destination. Two people plus bikes can be transferred.


Tour Dates

2018 Dates
Tour starts on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays between April 13 and April 29, 2018

Daily start possible from April 30 until August 30, 2018

Please note:

9 Day Tour start only possible on Friday or Saturday

A surchare applies for overnight stay in Amsterdam on Saturdays. See pricing.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights or 8 nights in 3 and 4 hotels
  • Breakfast (buffet)
  • Luggage transfer (limited to one checked size bag, so please plan and pack accordingly)
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps,
  • GPS rental or tour as GPS-file (advanced reservation required)
  • Tourist information
  • Seven days a week service-hotline
  • 24-speed bicycle with pannier bag
  • Premium emergency services (please see remarks for details)

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Dinners (available with supplement)
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Bruges and Amsterdam highly recommended!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8–9 days
From811 Rates
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Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided tour on one of the most well developed cycling path systems in the world. You will ride 200 miles (320 km) over 6 days of cycling. The route is predominantly rural and flat and passes through a number of nature reserves.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour Map

Day 1:  Arrival in Amsterdam    
Day 2:  Amsterdam - Gouda, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 3:  Gouda - Dordrecht, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Day 4:  Dordrecht - Willemstad, 24 mi. (39 km) 
Day 5: Willemstad - Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee, 31 mi. (50 km)  
Day 6:  Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg, 33 mi. (53 km)  
Day 7: Vlissingen/Middelburg - Bruges, 31 mi. (50 km)  
Day 8:  Departure  

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Your cycling adventure starts in Amsterdam, famous for its historic 400-year-old canal district, museums (the new Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank etc), street artists and performers on Dam, Leidseplein, and Rembrandtplein, a notorious red-light district, and more. This city is brimming with things to see and do and you couldn’t wish for a more dynamic beginning to your holiday. Try to arrive early so you have time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals, tall narrow townhouses, and warehouses dating from the 17th century (World Heritage Site).   

Day 2:  Amsterdam - Gouda, 50 mi. (80 km) 
After staying the night in bustling Amsterdam, cycle into the peace and quiet of the “Groene Hart” or Green Heart, a pleasant rural area of low-lying polders with peat meadows and grazing cattle. It’s a flat, open, and spacious landscape where church spires and windmills touch the horizon and clouds are reflected in lakes and canals. For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy horses, cows, meat, turf, seed, and cheese at weekly and annual markets in Gouda. We recommend an evening stroll around the old part of town to soak up the yesteryear atmosphere and marvel at the large and attractive market square boasting a wonderful fifteenth-century town hall as well as a Weighing House (“Waag”).  

*If this day is too long for you, you can actually change the itineary and spend an overnight in Woerden (48 km) and then continue on to Gouda (30 km).

Day 3:  Gouda - Dordrecht, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestic windmills present a unique sight. In the age of wind, they were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. Pedaling 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 has over a thousand historical buildings and three nostalgic canals. 

Day 4: Dordrecht - Willemstad, 24 mi. (39 km) 
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 small rivers encompassing countless little islands of willow woods and reeds, a paradise for birds. The longer ride (54 km) takes you along the edges of this National Park. Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star.

Day 5: Willemstad - Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee, 31 mi. (50 km)  
Today you will enter Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands marked by light, wind, water, and space. It is made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be carrying you across the waters as you drift down towards Belgium. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets line the banks. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. 

Day 6: Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg, 33 mi. (53 km) 
A stroll down the narrow streets of Zierikzee is an absolute delight. Quaint little old houses take you back in time to the town's glory days when ships set sail to sell salt, wool, fish, grain, and red dye as far afield as the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Your route continues to the charming village of Veere. From 1541, everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in and was distributed from Veere. This contract brought the town not only prosperity but also a very lively Scottish expat community that stayed for 300 years. Walk in their footsteps as you take a tour of the sights. Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendor of the city of Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was one of the most important centers 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.  

Day 7: Vlissingen/Middelburg - Bruges, 31 mi. (50 km)  
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, 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, 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 center of the European wool and cloth trade. 

Day 8: Departure  

9 Day Tour:

Day 1:  Arrival in Amsterdam    
Day 2:  Amsterdam - Woerden, 30 mi. (48 km) 
Day 3:  Woerden - Gouda, 19 mi. (30 km) 
Day 4: Gouda - Dordrecht, 32 mi. (52 km)​
Day 5:  Dordrecht - Willemstad, 24 mi. (39 km) 
Day 6:  Willemstad - Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee, 31 mi. (50 km)  
Day 7:  Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee - Vlissingen/Middelburg, 33 mi. (53 km ) 
Day 8:  Vlissingen/Middelburg - Bruges, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 9:  Departure  

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Customer Feedback

  • Jeanine C. 1 month ago

    Our booking and trip experience were excellent. The Trip Site team were very responsive to all inquiries and questions. The trip information provide was accurate, provided information to provide to family members at home and was received in a timely manner.
    Excellent trip, staff and overall experience!

  • Peter and Janice Vink 2 years ago

    This was our first tour in hotels, others have been on barges. I would recommend staying with the barges. There is no contact with a person regarding the tour or the bikes except hotel staff so issues with the bikes were difficult. Bikes were in bad shape we had 4 flats and a broken gear casing so we spent a lot of time in bike shops getting repairs done. Thank goodness ther are lots of bike shops in Holland. GPS was good but one day took us to the wrong hotel some 10 km off course and missed a town we had to back track the next day to see, so that was very annoying. After that we made sure it had the right destination on the GPS. Some hotels were lovely but a couple were very small. We had purchased the meal plan and that was good, though Tripsite said we would have a choice of meals there were 3 places it was just one meal offered to bike tour participants. Holland is beautiful and enjoyable to bike though we had lots of rain and wind so dress appropriately.

  • Cornelius Mast 2 years ago

    The Mast Family
    Bike tour Bruges to Amsterdam,
    June 14-20, 2015

    We really enjoyed the trip. The scenery was beautiful and we got a good overview of the coasts, farm land, waterways, historical sites and the cities. The hotels were very nice, comfortable, varied and had good restaurants in the hotels. The breakfast buffets were great. We particularly enjoyed the smaller hotels. Luggage transfer worked well.
    The routes were easy to follow for the most part once we got “tuned into” finding the route signs. With the maps we were also able to alter the route to see some other sites we were interested in.
    A couple of things would have made the trip easier:
    Equipment:
    More specific information about the bikes, which differ from those we normally ride, before the trip started would have helped us to get a good start the first day.
    An extra tube for the tires would have helped since some tires required multiple patches.
    Route:
    The route on day 2 from Vlissingin to Noordgouwe included a ferry across Veerse Meer. When we arrived at the location on Monday we were told the ferry did not run Monday in June (this was in the detail route description but was in Dutch, not in English). We spoke to some local residents who told us the (lengthily) alternate but mentioned that since there were so many of us we could speak to the ferry staff and see if they would run for us (which they nicely did). Our trip would have been much more pleasant (and a couple hours shorter) that day if we had had this information up front.

    Availability of help:
    It was not easy to contact you when we needed to report an equipment issue after finishing a route after your office hours. We had to resort to emailing you so you did not get the message until the next day. We received an email that we would be called and the battery replaced but we never received a call, maybe because we had a US cell phone. So on the 3rd day someone finally showed up with a replacement bike. This would have been a better situation if:
    We could have contacted you after office hours.
    The bike people had contacted the desk at the hotel rather than trying to call our phone.

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