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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  • Guided Option: £ 1351 $ 2,154 1430 NOK 14181 kr 13090 $ 1,702

    Single supplement: £ 397 $ 633 420 NOK 4165 kr 3845 $ 500

    Triple room: £ 1029 $ 1,642 1090 NOK 10809 kr 9978 $ 1,297

    Self Guided Option: £ 963 $ 1,536 1020 NOK 10115 kr 9337 $ 1,214

    Single supplement: £ 397 $ 633 420 NOK 4165 kr 3845 $ 500

    Triple room: £ 638 $ 1,017 675 NOK 6694 kr 6179 $ 803

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107

    Extra nights

    Amsterdam 4 star:  £ 94 $ 151 100 NOK 992 kr 915 $ 119

    Single room:  £ 175 $ 279 185 NOK 1835 kr 1693 $ 220

    Greenwich 4 star:  £ 113 $ 181 120 NOK 1190 kr 1098 $ 143

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

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to London or Amsterdam depending on starting point.

    Local Travel

    Bus or Taxi to first hotel.

    Climate

    Please check the weather conditions for the area prior to departure for up to date information. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the area are: July, 73°/59° and August, 73°/59°.

    Remarks

    Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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

1 night in 3 star hotel and 6 nights in 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Guided and Self-Guided tours:
  • Accommodations for 7 nights in selected category
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 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:
  • 5 x dinner (not included on days 1 and 7)
  • Tour Guide (English and Italian speaking)
  • Support service
  • Ferry Breskens/Vlissingen
  • Train Dartford/Whitstable
  • Train Vlissingen/Dordrecht
  • 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/Whitstable
  • Train Vlissingen/Dordrecht
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1020 Rates
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Tour Dates

Guided or Self-Guided:
Amsterdam to London: July 15 and August 5, 2018

London to Amsterdam:  July 22, July 29, and August 12, 2018

*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, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Canterbury - Dover + ferry to Dunkirk, 32 mi. (50 km) 
Day 4: Dunkirk - Bruges, 49 mi. (79 km)
Day 5: Bruges - Breskens + ferry to Vlissingen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Vlissingen - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht by train - Vianen, 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 7: Vianen - Amsterdam, 40 mi. (65 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, 26 mi. (42 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. (79 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, 28 mi. (45 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 15 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. (65 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
Individual arrival in Amsterdam and hotel check in. At 6 pm attend a welcome meeting and receive your bike. Dinner is on your own in this unique city. Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands, is famous for streets that weave with canals, for its architecture, and especially for the open-minded society. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to visit the city center. But a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended. Dam Square, museums of art and history, and the Anne Frank house await you.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Vianen, 41 mi. (66 km)
Depart Amsterdam cycling south through charming towns and along canals on the way to Utrecht. Utrecht is an old city vibrant with culture and university life. This historic city is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, evidence of its rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are fringed by wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs. Pubs and coffee shops surround the docks. From Utrecht continue the ride to the day’s destination, the village of Vianen.

Day 3: Vianen - Dordrecht - Vlissingen (by train), 42 mi. (67 km)
Your tour continues through the Dutch countryside surrounded by pastures and meadows dotted with windmills. Along the way we cross flower gardens, walled cities, canals and dams. Dordrecht is a elegant river town rich in art, theater and architecture. This cultural center gave birth to several accomplished artists including students of Rembrandt. From Dordrecht transfer by train to Vlissingen (1h 30 – not included). This fishing town is home to shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.

Day 4: Vlissingen + ferry to Breskens - Bruges, 27 mi. (44 km)
After breakfast start the day with a short ferry ride (about 15 minutes - not included) from Vlissingen to Breskens Belgium. From here cycle along canals and fields towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs more slowly. Explore the city center and discover the pleasures of Belgian chocolate, lace, and beer. A tour through the network of canals is an unique and interesting way to discover the city.

Day 5: Bruges - Dunkirk, 50 mi. (80 km)
Your ride continues northward through the Flanders region rich in pastures, historic sites and charming towns. The first stop will be in Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast. Enjoy the wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels and restaurants, savor the fresh mussels, oysters, and local beers. Then continue on your way to the French border. Several World War II battles took place here as French and British troops fought to block the German invasion. Once across the French border, ride through rich farmland and along the coast of the North Sea to arrive in Dunkirk. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France. It is located in the Nord- Pas de Calais. At first glance Dunkirk is an industrial town focused on maritime trade. But then the unusual beauty of this place sets in with its dunes and tens of kilometers of sandy beaches flourishing in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are popular activities here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, and Flemish influences. The church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.

Day 6: Ferry to Dover - Canterbury, 31 mi. (50 km)
Depart early to cycle 16 km to the port of Dunkirk. Here board the ferry to Dover (about 2 hours - 1 Time Zone). Dover, famous for its white cliffs, is one of the most important ports of Great Britain. Once in Dover cycle 34 km to Canterbury. This beautiful town, located on the main road between Dover and London, is the starting point of the Francigena Way and, in spite of its medieval past, is now lively with 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 the seat of the first Christian diocese of England founded by St. Augustine. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture, dominates the narrow alleys and halftimbered houses of the old medieval city center.

Day 7: Canterbury - Greenwich, 26 mi. (42 km)
Your last cycling day begins with a 10 km ride to Whitstable. In Whitstable you board a train and travel across the County of Kent to Dartford (not included - 1h20). Kent is known as “garden of England” for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. Once in Dartford you cycle the last 31 km traveling along the southern bank of the river Thames to Greenwich. Greenwich - an UNESCO World Heritage Site - is an ancient village overlooking the south bank of the River Thames. It is located just a few kilometers from the center of London. The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village. From here you can admire the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral. The historic astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich Prime Meridian for which the village is known  worldwide. Every day at 1 pm the red globe atop the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT).

Day 8: Departure from London/Greenwich

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