Big Ben in London, England of the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland. Photo via Flickr:mal b

Ships in harbor in Ostende (also Oostende), West Flanders, Belgium. Photo via Flickr:sophie

London to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to London

England, France, Belgium, Netherlands Bike Tours

From the English countryside to Flemish pastures to Dutch orchards

Vibrant colors are the common thread throughout this guided or self guided bike tour through four countries. The intense green of the English country side, the Flemish pastures and Dutch orchards, contrast with the blue of the River Thames, North Sea, and canals of Holland. Two energetic cosmopolitan capitals are linked by peaceful and tranquil rides through meadows and along rivers and sandy beaches. Departing from Greenwich, a charming neighborhood of London, the route leads through Kent, the Garden of England. Crossing by ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, you will cycle a short distance on French soil and then through lovely and varied Flanders, rich in fields and meadows, waterways, sandy beaches, and wide promenades along the sea. Belgium, a paradise for cyclsts, is also home to chocolates, waffles, lace, and beer. Elegant Ostend, city by the sea, and romantic, charming Bruges, offer postcard perfection. Your cycling adventure ends in the Netherlands, a land reclaimed from the sea, laced with rivers and canals. Known for wooden clogs, windmills, and dramatic skylines, it is home to artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. We invite you to cycle this original itinerary and rediscover the pleasure of exploration!

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Skill Level

Easy to moderate guided or self guided hotel tour on mainly flat terrain. From Canterbury to Dover (34 km) you will encounter hilly terrain. Average duration of the stages are from 32 to 44 miles/ 52 to 70 km per day or 4 to 5 1/2 hours cycling per day. Tour is recommended for those who have cycling experience.

Where You’ll Stay

Standard category: 1 night in 3 star hotels and 6 nights in 4 star standard room
Deluxe category: 1 night in 3 star hotels and 6 nights in 4 star superior room

What’s Included

  • Guided and Self-Guided tours:
  • Accommodations for 7 nights in selected category
  • Bike rental
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece per person, max 20 kg)
  • Support service in case of emergency
  • Ferry Dover/Dunkirk (deck passage + bike)
  • Informational material
  • Guided only:
  • Breakfasts & dinners (dinners on day 1 and 7 not included)
  • Tour Guide (English and Italian speaking)
  • Ferry Breskens/Vlissingen
  • Train Dartford/Faversham
  • Train Vlissingen/Roosendal
  • Self Guided only:
  • Route descriptions with maps

What’s Not Included

  • Guided and Self-Guided tours:
  • Journey to and from London/Amsterdam
  • Drinks
  • Entry fees
  • Self-Guided only:
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Ferry Breskens/Vlissingen
  • Train Dartford/Faversham
  • Train Vlissingen/Roosendal
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TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Guided or Self-Guided:
Amsterdam to London: July 16, July 30, and August 13, 2017

London to Amsterdam:  July 23 and August 6, 2017

*Minimum of 15 participants required for guided tour.  

Day-To-Day Itinerary

London to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to London Map

Day 1: Arrival in London/Greenwich
Day 2: Greenwich - Canterbury, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 3: Canterbury - Dover + ferry to Dunkirk, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Day 4: Dunkirk - Bruges, 49 mi. (78 km)
Day 5: Bruges - Breskens + ferry to Vlissingen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Vlissingen - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht by train - Vianen, 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 7: Vianen - Amsterdam, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in London/Greenwich
Individual arrival in Greenwich and accommodation in hotel. At 6 pm, a welcome meeting with the guide is scheduled and bike delivery. Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient village overlooking the south bank of the River Thames, just a few kilometers from the center of London. It is also known as the home of time. The Royal Observatory stands on a hill overlooking the village, and from here you can admire the Thames and St Paul's Cathedral. The historical astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich prime meridian, known throughout the world. Every day at 1 pm the red globe on top of the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT), while in the evening a laser ray comes on and goes through the skies of Greenwich with its green light marking the point where the Prime Meridian is located. Greenwich is also a place rich in history and is the site of the royal palace, the birthplace of King Henry VIII , and the oldest royal park of the city. There is a rich architectural heritage here as well, such as the Charlton House and the Queen 's House. Greenwich Market is packed full of unique and distinctive arts and crafts that can not be found elsewhere in the world. All this, together with the feeling of tranquility that pervades the village, makes Greenwich one of the most fascinating areas of the capital.

Day 2: Greenwich - Canterbury, 29 mi. (46 km)
After breakfast, your bike tour in England begins along the southern bank of the River Thames till Dartford 19 mi. (31 km). From here, there is a train transfer to Faversham (1h 10) crossing  Kent county, known as the “garden of England” for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. The last  17 mi. (27 km) by bike leads first in the direction of Herne Bay, a pleasant town on the northern coast of the Kent and then to the final goal, beautiful Canterbury, located on the main road between Dover and London. It is the starting point of the Francigena Way and in spite of its medieval past,  it is now energized by the multitude of students who come here from all over Europe to attend its important university. The city was the first capital of the Saxon kingdom of Kent and then the seat of the first Christian diocese of England, founded by St. Augustine. The grandeur of Christ Church Cathedral overshadows the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses of the old medieval center. Today, after several renovations, it is one of the best examples of English Gothic. 

Day 3: Canterbury - Dover + ferry to Dunkirk, 32 mi. (50 km) 
The cycling day begins early heading to Dover, one of the most important ports of Great Britain, famous for its white cliffs. After lunch, embarkation on the ferry to Dunkirk (about 2 hours + 1 Time Zone) after which, it is 11 mi. (18 km) to reach the center of Dunkirk , located east of the city. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France and is located in the Nord- Pas de Calais, only 6.2 mi. (10 km) from the border with Belgium. The first impression is of an industrial town focused on maritime trade, but then the unusual beauty becomes apparent in the dunes and the tens of kilometers of sandy beaches where flora and fauna flourish. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are also enjoyed here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, with Flemish influences. The church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, are well worth a visit. 

Day 4: Dunkirk - Bruges, 49 mi. (78 km)
The main part of today's stage takes place in Belgian territory. Once the border is crossed, you will cycle surrounded by the lush, green Flemish countryside.  It is here that battles between the French and British attempting to block German invasion during World War II took place. Cycling along the coast of the North Sea you reach Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast characterized by its wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels, and restaurants where you can taste excellent mussels, oysters, and drink local beers. Our bike tour continues through the Flanders region towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs slowly.

Day 5: Bruges - Breskens + ferry to Vlissingen, 25 mi. (40 km)
You continue to cycle through Flanders, a garden land, rich in pastures, historic sites, and charming towns. The route is leading towards Bruges, the romantic little city of canals and bridges, medieval Flemish architecture, and cobbled streets. Be sure to visit the lace shops and of course, once again, taste the local beer! The cycling continues through the countryside, along the Dutch border, in the direction of Breskens, followed by a short ferry ride (about 30 minutes) to reach Vlissingen, the day's destination. This fishing town is the home of shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walk, where the prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located. 

Day 6: Vlissingen - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht by train - Vianen, 41 mi. (66 km)
After breakfast, transfer by train from Vlissingen to Dordrecht (not included – 1h30). Dordrecht is an elegant and charming town from the architectural point of view too. It is an important fluvial centre that gave birth to several artists including some students of Rembrandt. It surprises for art and culture, for the terraces overlooking the canals, for theatres and festivals. From here you can start riding through the Dutch countryside crossing flower gardens, walled cities and several canals and dams. You then continue northwards again by bike, surrounded by pastures, orchards and meadows to the village of Vianen.

Day 7: Vianen - Amsterdam, 40 mi. (64 km)
The last cycling day brings you soon to Utrecht. Utrecht is a very old city with its own university and a vibrant cultural life. Its historic center is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, witnesses of the rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are overlooked by the wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs and many pubs and coffee shops crowd the docks. Cycle until you reach Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands, famous for the streets that weave the many canals, for its architecture, and especially for the open minded society that distinguishes it. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to visit the centre, but a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended too. Dam Square, the many museums of art and history, the Anne Frank house are waiting for you.

Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam
Your bike tour ends after breakfast.  

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Vianen, 38 mi. (65 km)
Day 3: Vianen - Dordrecht - Vlissingen (by train), 42 mi. (67 km)
Day 4: Vlissingen + ferry to Breskens - Bruges, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Bruges - Dunkirk, 49 mi. (78 km)
Day 6: Ferry to Dover - Canterbury, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Canterbury - Greenwich, 32 mi. (51 km)
Day 8: Departure from London/Greenwich

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