Windmill in Veere on Walcheren in Zeeland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:dynphoto

Cobbled street in Bruges, Belgium. Photo via Flickr:Ron Kroetz
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Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Tour

Belgium, Netherlands Bike Tours

Cycling diverse scenery and charming towns through Belgium and Holland

  • We have discovered this wonderful cycling holiday that kicks off in Belgium and leads up through the Netherlands to Amsterdam. Recurring themes include historical architecture, pastoral countryside, and water vistas. As you pedal this cycling paradise, you will discover places you would simply not see if traveling by car. You too will come to know what the Dutch and the Belgians learn from childhood, the best way to travel is on two wheels.

    Starting in Bruges, you will go through the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands and Flanders, remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past, and end your tour in Amsterdam, the Venice of the North!

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

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

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  • 2020

    8-day tour:

    Twin/double £ 712 $ 1,578 838 $ 1263 NOK 7891 kr 7284 $ 947 Single room: £ 890 $ 1,974 1048 $ 1579 NOK 9869 kr 9110 $ 1,184

    9-day tour:

    Twin/double: £ 784 $ 1,738 923 $ 1391 NOK 8692 kr 8023 $ 1,043 Single: £ 988 $ 2,190 1163 $ 1752 NOK 10952 kr 10109 $ 1,314

    extra options

    Extra night/extra day bike rental:


    Possible in any overnight town, breakfast only:
    Twin/double:  £ 59 $ 132 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79 Single room: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 Extra day standard touring bike rental, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17 Extra day premium touring bike rental, incl. emergency  breakdown service: £ 20 $ 43 23 $ 35 NOK 217 kr 200 $ 26 Extra day road bike rental, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 20 $ 43 23 $ 35 NOK 217 kr 200 $ 26 Extra day electric bike rental, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 24 $ 53 28 $ 42 NOK 264 kr 243 $ 32

    †Tandem bike rental possible as well. Please ask.

    Supplements:


    8-day tour:
    Electric bike, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124 Upgrade to premium touring bike (Koga Grand Tour, sporty trekking bike with disc brakes), incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 Dinners (seven) included: £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237
    9-day tour: 
    Electric bike, incl. emergency breakdown service:  £ 107 $ 237 126 $ 190 NOK 1187 kr 1095 $ 142 Upgrade to premium touring bike (Koga Grand Tour, sporty trekking bike with disc brakes), incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 73 $ 162 86 $ 130 NOK 810 kr 748 $ 97 Dinners (seven) included: £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237

    †Tandem bike rental possible as well. Ask us!
    ††Child bike, child trailer, fun-trailer tag-along, and child seat available. Ask us!

    8 and 9-day tour:
    Bike helmet: £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11 GPS rental: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23

    Surcharges:

    If overnight in Amsterdam falls on a Saturday:
    Double/twin/single: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23

    If overnight in Amsterdam falls  during the periods:

    • April 10 to April 13, 2020 
    • April 25, 2020
    • May 1 to May 4, 2020
    • August 1

    †Additonal supplement:
    Double/twin/single: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68

    †This is in addition to the Saturday Amsterdam supplement.

    Upgrades, per person/per night, only  available for Category ADouble/twin/single
    Amadore Hotel Arion, Vlissingen £ 11 $ 24 13 $ 19 NOK 118 kr 109 $ 14
    *Bellevue Groothoofd, Dordrecht £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34
    **Hotel Portinari, Bruges £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17
    Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11

    *Highly recommended as default 3* hotel is located outside of Dordrecht Center in a busier industrial area. 
    **If you choose to upgrade to Hotel Portinari, dinner cannot be included on this night. Discount will be applied if you have chosen the Dinner Included option.

     

    please note

    Rates are per person 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 (AMS) or Brussels International Airport (BRU).

    Local Travel

    ARRIVAL
    AMS:
    From the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam (AMS), you can take the train to Bruges. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in the Arrival’s Hall of the airport, or at ticket machines located in the airport terminal (NS train station). From there you head down the escalator to the train terminal. The train ride from the airport to Bruges takes about 4 hours minutes and costs approx. €43 and requires one to 2 transfers.
    BRU:
    From the Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU), you can take the train to Bruges Central Station. The railway station is located under the airport building at level 1. The train departs every hour and the ride takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes - cost around €20 per person. The ride requires one connection.
    DEPARTURES Your tour ends in Amsterdam. Please note that the first hotel in Amsterdam, the Westcord Art Hotel, offers a direct shuttle service to Schiphol airport from the hotel. This shuttle is available from 07.00 until 12.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and departs every 30 minutes. Due to limited availability in the minivan (max. 7 seats), the shuttle does need to be reserved in advance (through our partner or directly with the hotel). The price is €7,50 per person and needs to be paid at the hotel. Outside these times, clients can utilize public transport or a taxi to the hotel.
    From Amsterdam Central Train Station, there are trains that depart frequently to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or back to Brussels.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before travel. A very good website to research regional weather is weatherbase.com. The climate in Holland is considered maritime, greatly affected by the sea. Belgium as well is influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and generally enjoys cooler summers. 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.

    DOCUMENTS:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa


Tour Dates

2020

Tour starts on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays between April 10 and May 3 and between September 4 and September 20, 2020

Daily tour starts possible  from May 4 until August 30, 2020

Please note: A surcharge applies for an overnight stay in Amsterdam on Saturdays. See pricing.

High season in Amsterdam:

  • April 10 to April 13, 2020 
  • April 25, 2020
  • May 1 to May 4, 2020
  • August 1, 2020

Surcharge applies. See pricing.

Skill Level

This is an easy-moderate self-guided tour on one of the most well-developed cycling path systems in the world. The route is predominantly rural and flat and passes through a number of nature reserves. Because of a couple of days of plus 50 km cycling, we are categorizing the tour as easy-moderate. You will ride 212 miles (339 km) over 6 days of cycling. You can also extend this tour to 9 days to divide the longest day.

Where You’ll Stay

Category A: Consists of four 4 star and three 3 star establishments.
Category B: Consists of five 3 star and two 4 star establishments.
It is possible for Category A bookings only to upgrade on certain nights. See itinerary and pricing.
For Category B bookings, an upgrade would entail booking Category A level and then, requesting more of an upgrade on the nights this is available.
Itinerary varies slightly between the two levels. Please see detailed day to day itinerary and explanation. The big difference between both categories is the location of the hotels. Category B hotels are sometimes located a bit further from the city center.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7 or 8 nights
  • Luggage transfer (limited to one checked size bag, so please plan and pack accordingly)
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps,
  • GPS tracks (advanced reservation required)
  • Tourist information
  • Seven days a week service-hotline
  • 24-speed touring bicycle with pannier bag (upgrade is possible, please see pricing)
  • Premium emergency services (please see remarks for details)

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8–9 days
From838 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Tour Map

8-day tour

Day 1: Arrival in Bruges
Day 2: Bruges - Middleburg/Vlissingen, 38 mi. (61 km)  
Day 3: Middleburg/Vlissingen - Schuddebeurs, 36 mi. (57 km) 
Day 4: Schuddebeurs - Willemstad, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Willemstad - Papendrecht, 38 mi. (61 km)  
Day 6: Papendrecht - Gouda, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 7: Gouda - Amsterdam, 50 mi. (80 km) 
Day 8:  Departure 

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Bruges 
Bruges is known as the pearl of Flanders. It is truly an 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 2: Bruges - Middelburg/Vlissingen, 38 mi. (61 km)  
After a hearty breakfast, hit the tracks and pedal to the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the Damse Vaart. Then continue to the border and enter Zeeland, a Dutch province marked by light, wind, water, and lots of space. It is mostly made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be taking you across the waters as you drift northeast. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets But first you will pass through Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Your hotel for the evening is located in Middelburg however, it is possible to book an upgraded hotel in the coastline town of Vlissingen for a supplement. 

Day 3: Middelburg/Vlissingen - Schuddebeurs, 36 mi. (57 km)
Today you will discover the nostalgic splendor of the city of Middelburg. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was one of the most important centers of trade in the Netherlands. Next on the agenda is the charming village of Veere. From 1541 everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore 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. A wander down the narrow streets of Zierikzee is an absolute delight. Quaint old houses take you back in time to the town's glory days when ships set sail for the Baltic and Mediterranean to sell salt, wool, fish, grain, and red dye. 

Day 4: Schuddebeurs - Willemstad, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today, your last day in Zeeland, you will traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. Your day will end in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star. 

Day 5: Willemstad - Papendrecht, 38 mi. (61 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 riverlets encompassing countless little islands of willow woods and reeds, a paradise for birds. 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 and three nostalgic canals. The hotel is in Papendrecht, but if you like to stay in Dordrecht this is possible, you can upgrade to ****Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd, right in the old center and on the crossroads of 2 major rivers.

Day 6: Papendrecht - Gouda, 33 mi. (53 km)  
Today's route leads to the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestic windmills present a unique sight. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. As you ride your bike towards Gouda, cruising at about two meters below sea level, enjoy pastoral countryside and wonderful cloudscapes. For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy horses, cows, meat, turf, seed, cheese etc., at weekly and annual markets in Gouda. We recommend a stroll around the old part of town to soak up the yesteryear atmosphere. Walk all the way around St. John’s church and the market square boasting a 15th-century town hall and a Weighing House (“Waag”).  

Day 7: Gouda - Amsterdam, 50 mi. (80 km) 
Plunge into the “Groene Hart” (green heart), a pleasant rural area of low-lying polders with peat meadows and grazing cattle. It’s a flat, open, spacious landscape where church spires and windmills touch the horizon and clouds are reflected in lakes and canals. Your bicycle holiday ends in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district. This city is brimming with things to see and do. As always, street artists and performers draw crowds on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. A new attraction is “Het Grachtenhuis” (Museum of the Canals). You'll also want to visit the newly renovated Rijksmuseum and Maritime Museum?  

**If this day is too long for you, you can actually change the itinerary and spend an overnight in Woerden (43 km) and then continue on to Amsterdam (49 km). See short itinerary below.

Day 8: Departure 
End of tour, after breakfast.

9-day tour

Day 1: Arrival in Bruges
Day 2: Bruges - Middleburg/Vlissingen, 38 mi. (61 km)  
Day 3: Middleburg/Vlissingen - Schuddebeurs, 36 mi. (57 km) 
Day 4: Schuddebeurs - Willemstad, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Willemstad - Papendrecht, 38 mi. (61 km)  
Day 6: Papendrecht - Gouda, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 7: Gouda - Woerden,  27 mi. (43 km)
Day 8: Woerden - Amsterdam, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Day 9:  Departure 

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Tour Reviews

  • Debora Z. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a great trip even though we had a far amount of rain. We enjoyed the challenge. So many memories. Going thru the Dutch country side and how clean and neat all the houses looked. Out in the middle of nowhere in a field a cow was giving birth to two calf's. My husband and I were self guided and we had fun finding all the little water crossing. Riding into Amsterdam on our last day was intense but now I feel I can ride anywhere. All our accommodations were unique and wonderful. This was our second trip with Trip site. Thank you.

  • Zachary S. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable is simply the experience of riding through beautiful countryside and getting a feel for the landscape, towns, farms, etc. One suggestion for others/the trip planners - we loved all of it but would have enjoyed a layover day now and then to really explore a particular city or area (like Gouda). Overall, fantastic trip and well organized.

  • Ann H. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was truly wonderful to see the countryside and bike through the small towns.

  • Sarah L. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a fantastic trip. The combo of GPS and descriptions helped us get to our next stop. We saw and did things off the beaten path. It was great!

  • Jim C. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Meeting the native people from the Netherlands and Belgium. Meeting other cyclists on the tour routes.

  • Jon T. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Middelburg was the highlight for us - the town, our hotel, and the surrounding countryside were beautiful. Overall we had a great time on our bike trip. A few details:
    - I had to reschedule our trip after initially booking. Tripsite staff were super helpful and I was relieved at how easy rebooking was.
    - Our bikes didn't come with waterproof panniers, GPS, or a repair kit as promised. We got the repair kit and GPS at our third hotel but were bummed we never got the panniers
    - Our original itinerary had a mistake that had us riding 100km miles the first day and 10km the second day. It was fixed after we pointed out the issue.
    - The route was very pleasant and well-paced.

  • Darren T. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part: The views and experiences we shared together as we ride along.

  • Jann H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was biking into Schuddebeurs in Holland after a long but beautiful day of cycling to discover we were staying in the most beautiful inn in a lovely village setting.

  • Patricia M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved the trip. GPS wasn't dependable all the time, especially in Amsterdam.

  • Michelle C 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our first bike tour (second for the two other couples in our party) and we truly enjoyed it. It was a good amount of daily biking, a mostly flat ride, with nice places to stop along the way. We liked all of the hotels - though two could have been more conveniently located in town - and the breakfasts were always great. We made use of the printed directions, maps, bike route number system, and GPS to find our way - each system seemed to work better at different points of the journey. There were a couple mix-ups with missing or misplaced signage on the bike route, but other than that, things went smoothly. We've posted pictures and more info about our trip at http://intentionaltravelers.com/4-reasons-self-guided-bike-tour/ . Thanks for a great trip!

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