Great art to be found in Wallonia, Belgium. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Davidh820

Amsterdam dazzles in North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Elyktra

Amsterdam to Paris

Netherlands, France, Belgium Bike Tours

Amsterdam to Paris by bike and everything in between!

  • Bike Europe, from the canals of Amsterdam to the Eiffel tower of Paris! These two European cities of historical proportions, world-famous buildings and varied museums are the start and the finish of this journey through three countries. And throughout, famous and beautiful towns like Gouda, Antwerp, and Ghent will thrill you as you cycle through varied landscapes.

    Biking in Holland is a paradise, with water, windmills and a perfect cycle path system. Medieval cities and villages in Belgium will enchant with art and architecture, not to mention great food, beer, and chocolate. And then of course France, beautiful France, need we say more! This is tour where nature blends with the urban as you cycle towards the 'piece de resistance', or the finishing touch, Paris "The City of Lights".

    Check out our other bike tours in Holland and in France!

  • Twin/double: £ 1229 $ 1,961 1280 NOK 12907 kr 11914 $ 1,549 Single room supplement: £ 570 $ 910 594 NOK 5990 kr 5529 $ 719 Dinners included: £ 288 $ 459 300 NOK 3025 kr 2792 $ 363

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 120 $ 191 125 NOK 1260 kr 1163 $ 151 Extra nights (Amsterdam only): £ 67 $ 107 70 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into and out of Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport or out of Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport

    Local Travel

    If you want to fly into and out Amsterdam, from Paris there is a fast train (Thalys) to Amsterdam. Travel time, 3 hours and 17 minutes.

    Climate

    Be sure to check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use when researching local weather is weatherbase.com. Here you will find average high/ low temperatures, average rainfall, and other information related to the weather.


Skill Level

In Holland, and most of Belgium, along the river, the cycling will be very flat other than the ascents going over a bridge or dyke. However, the wind is a factor to be considered while cycling in Holland. In northern France you will find some hills, not steep but longer slopes of a couple of kilometers. Closer to Paris, you will encounter short hills. The daily distances are not meant for the occasional rider! You should be well trained and saddle ready for this tour.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in 3 star and 4 star establishments during your tour

What’s Included

  • 11 night accommodations in 3 and 4 star accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Tourist information
  • Luggage transfer
  • Bike rental with helmet, rear pannier, handlebar bag, puncture repair kit, pump chain lock, and km counter
  • GPS
  • Emergency hot line number

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Dinners (can be booked with supplement, see pricing)
  • Ferry crossings
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length12 days
From1280 Rates
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Tour Dates

June 21, July 19, August 2, August 16, August 30, 2018

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival Amsterdam
Day 2:  Amsterdam - Gouda, 50 mi.  (80 km)
Day 3:  Gouda - Breda, 50 mi. (79 km)
Day 4:  Breda - Antwerpen, 46 mi. (74 km)
Day 5:  Antwerp - Ghent, 49 mi.  (78 km)
Day 6:  Ghent - Tournai, 45 mi. (72 km)
Day 7:  Tournai - Cambrai, 41 mi.  (65 km)
Day 8:  Cambrai - Saint-Quentin, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 9:  Saint-Quentin - Compiègne, 48 mi. (77 km)
Day 10:  Compiègne - Chantilly/Senlis, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 11:  Chantilly/Senlis - Paris, 41 mi.  (65 km)
Day 12:  Departure from Paris

All distances are approximate.

Day 1:  Arrival Amsterdam
Your cycling holiday starts in Amsterdam, one of the crown-jewels of Europe. With so much to see and do, you couldn’t wish for a more vibrant way to kick off your holiday. If you arrive early, make sure to go for a walk to marvel at the townhouses in the17th-century canal district (listed as World Heritage). Have you got time and energy left? Opt to saunter down the infamous red-light district which attracts millions of curious tourists every year or enjoy the street performers on friendly Rembrandtplein.

Day 2:  Amsterdam - Gouda, 50 mi.  (80 km)
The first leg of the route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, abounding in water. It is a true cycling paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming communities and picturesque historical towns such as Oudewater. It was to this place that women who had been accused of witchcraft fled from all over Europe to prove their innocence by "weighing".  The Witches Weighhouse in Oudewater became famous for its refusal to participate in the delusions about witchcraft. All of the so-called witches who were ever weighed here were not found to be too light, and were thus not sentenced. End the day in medieval Gouda.  Amble through the beautifully preserved town center and visit the old town hall and St. John’s church. Stop off at a bakery to buy fresh syrup waffles (Gouda is the hometown of syrup waffles) and Gouda cheese - perhaps the world’s most famous type of cheese.

Day 3:  Gouda - Breda, 50 mi. (79 km)
Today’s highlight is one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attractions, Kinderdijk, a world-famous complex of windmills. Nineteen historical windmills reach to the skies in the epitome of classical Dutch countryside. You can visit an authentic workshop and find out how these mills were built and how they work. Have you always wanted to be a miller? This is where you can still learn the trade! You will stay the night in Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest towns. A visit to the scenic harbor quarter with its wonderful historical buildings should not be missed.The route will take you right past one of the few remaining fresh-water tidal areas in Europe,  Biesbosch National Park. Upon crossing a one-kilometre-long bridge high above Hollands Diep river, you will find yourself in the south of the Netherlands. In village after village, Brabant hospitality will entice you to stop for a cup of coffee and big slice of fruit tart. Today’s destination is Breda.

Day 4:  Breda - Antwerpen, 46 mi. (74 km)
Breda is  the main city of Nassau in Holland boasts of many imposing monuments. The ancestors of the royal family converted Breda to a beautiful city with richly decorated buildings. The landscape along today’s cycling route is predominantly woody. On the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, catch your breath in De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide, a lovely cross-border nature reserve. The route takes you right into the historical and touristic heart of Antwerp. It’s the largest town in Flanders and Belgium’s most important port city. After viewing the historical town center, you might like to venture to the hip and trendy parts of the city, ‘t Zuid and Het Eilandje and work up a thirst for Belgian beer! Consider visiting De Koninck brewery. It has been going strong since 1833 and has a new visitors center for tastings. This brewery is best known for its ‘Bollekes’.

Day 5: Antwerp - Ghent, 49 mi.  (78 km)
Cycling South, along the banks of the river Scheldt, you will start on the LF2 Cities Cycle Route. By switching to the LF5 you head towards Dendermonde and Ghent. The bushes and polders showcase the wild and pure nature here. At the end of the day the sparkling cultural city of Ghent is waiting for you. The Belgians call Ghent their most beautiful city and the city will undoubtedly charm you.

Day 6: Ghent - Tournai, 45 mi. (72 km)
You continue to cycle alongside the river Scheldt to the old town of Oudenaarde (AD 974), home of the famous classic cycle race "Ronde van Vlaanderen". The former towing paths along the banks have been transformed to smooth cycle paths through the open fields of Flanders. Down the road do try one of the most famous Belgian local products "Geraardsbergse mattentaart", a small, round, curd cheese pie. Directly after Kluisbergen you leave Flanders and you will enter the province of Wallonia with just a 20 km to go to Tournai.

Day 7: Tournai - Cambrai, 41 mi.  (65 km)
While leaving the 5 bell-towers of Tournai behind you, ride the last on the Belgian cycle path along the Scheldt, before arriving in France. This day offers a pleasant ride to the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, the first French regional park. Here, Belgium and France link with the barges on Escaut river, between lands and waters where you pedal through to the forests, marshes and ponds populated with various species. You will discover the mining villages classified by UNESCO, the agricultural landscapes, but also the beautiful city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, thermal station, near Valenciennes. Passing through typical villages and hamlets, you reach the town of Cambrai, peaceful city of Art and History. Take advantage of it to discover its streets, where half-timbered houses, rich private mansions, Flemish mansions mingle with pleasure. And don't leave without having tasted the famous "Bétises de Cambrai" or other local specialties!

Day 8: Cambrai - Saint-Quentin, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today, you leave Cambrai by lodging the Canal de Saint-Quentin (inaugurated in 1810 by the Emperor Napoleon 1st), discover the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut. Here is a jewel: the abbey of Vaucelles (XII century). As it is presented to you today, the abbey remains an unusual construction both in its dimensions and the quality of its restoration. A few pedaling strokes and you pass the sources of l’Escaut, the famous river that you follow for kilometers and whose course flows into the North Sea in Netherlands. Continue on towards the Touage Museum, this route takes you through small hilly roads between villages devoted to agriculture and memorial sites of the Great War: cemeteries, memorials and vestiges of the Hindenburg line. Find the canal and its cycle path to finally reach Saint Quentin. Discover its streets with Art Deco houses, the details of which deserve to be observed. It is the style adopted during the rebuilding of the city, though hardly destroyed during the Great War. Afterwards, it once again became a dynamic city, the economic capital of Haute Picardie.

Day 9: Saint-Quentin - Compiègne, 48 mi. (77 km)
On the way to Compiegne, through the fertile valley of the Oise. The itinerary takes again the cycle path of the canals, to the discovery of Chauny. You cross vast natural areas with more than 200 species of birds. Continue towards Noyon, the route leads along the canal. Noyon is listed as a city of Art and History.  A stop at the abbey of Ourscamp is recommended as you continue on. Compiègne is a large town bordering the forest, crisscrossed  by charming streets.

Day 10: Compiègne - Chantilly/Senlis, 41 mi. (65 km)
The program of the day; prestigious castle, medieval towns, and forest. Your journey starts in the forest of Compiègne and then goes up the Automne River which gave its name to this valley, called the 35 bell-towers. You pass close to Béthisy-Saint-Pierre which is worth a detour and finally cross the "plateau" of Nery. You cross the forest of Halatte before reaching the charming medieval town of Senlis. An ancient foundation, a royal residence during the Middle Ages, the city preserves its rich history and has several museums.  And finally, you reach Chantilly, world renown for its castle (sometimes compared to a castle of the Loire), its Great Stables, its porcelain, its lace and its gastronomy (the famous cream Chantilly!)

Day 11: Chantilly/Senlis - Paris, 41 mi.  (65 km)
Last day by bike before arriving in the City of Light, the culmination of your journey! Leave Senlis and cycle in the forest for an itinerary in the heart of nature. From Gressy to Paris, the route follows the nice cycle track of the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural setting on the last 30 kilometers for a safe entrance into Paris, far from traffic!

Day 12:  Departure from Paris
End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Paris.

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