Tower Bridge in London, England. Flickr:Martin Bauer

Sigthseeing in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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London to Amsterdam Bike Tour

England, France, Belgium, Netherlands Bike Tours

Bike the English countryside, Flemish pastures, and Dutch orchards!

  • Enjoy this epic bike tour that includes London and Amsterdam, two energetic cosmopolitan powerhouses and everything in between! Vibrant colors are the common thread throughout as you cycle four countries. The intense green of the English countryside, the Flemish pastures and Dutch orchards, contrast with the blue of the River Thames, North Sea, and canals of Holland. The two bustling capitals are linked by peaceful and tranquil rides through meadows and along rivers and sandy beaches.

    Highlights:

    • Greewich, a charming neighborhood of London
    • Kent, the garden of England
    • Ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkirk
    • Flanders
    • Belgium, a paradise for cyclists but also renowned for chocolates, waffles, lade, and BEER!
    • Elegant Ostend, city by the sea
    • Romantic, charming, Bruges
    • Holland, a land reclaimed from the sea, laced with rivers and canals.

    Offered in either direction, we invite you to cycle this original itinerary and rediscover the pleasure of exploration!

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  • Guided Option: $ 2778 £ 1378 $ 2,410 1510 $ 2835 kr 17033 $ 1,715

    Single supplement: $ 846 £ 420 $ 734 460 $ 864 kr 5189 $ 523

    Self Guided Option: $ 1996 £ 990 $ 1,732 1085 $ 2037 kr 12239 $ 1,233

    Single supplement: $ 846 £ 420 $ 734 460 $ 864 kr 5189 $ 523

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 230 £ 114 $ 199 125 $ 235 kr 1410 $ 142

    Helmets (advance reservation required) $ 28 £ 14 $ 24 15 $ 28 kr 169 $ 17

    Extra nights

    Amsterdam 4 star: Pending

    Single room: Pending

    Greenwich 4 star: Pending

    Single room: Pending

    please note

    Triple rooms are available. Discount applies.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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  • Travel

    Fly to London or Amsterdam depending on the starting point of your tour. Closest airports in London are Heathrow (36.5 km), London City Airport (13 km), or Gatwick (44 km). Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is approx. 23 km from the city center.

    Local Travel

    Train from airport to city center and then taxi to your 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 region in July and August are 70/59°.

    Remarks

    Following data has to be provided after tour confirmation: full names (as written on the passport/ID card), passport/ID card number and expiry date, nationality, date of birth. These details are compulsory in order to reserve the ferry transfer from Dunkirk to Dover.

    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. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *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.


Skill Level

Moderate guided or self-guided hotel tour on mainly flat terrain consisting of 80% paved roads and 20% unpaved. There are a few days where you will cycle longer distances. From Canterbury to Dover you will encounter hilly terrain. You will cover a total of 345 km with total elevation gain of 1730 m. See each day’s details for distance and elevation gain. This tour is recommended for those who have cycling experience. There is a possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on Day 2, 5, 6, and 7.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in mostly 4 star accommodations with some 3 star establishments

What’s Included

Guided and Self-Guided tours:

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Welcome briefing
  • 7 breakfasts (buffet)
  • Bike rental (27-speed aluminum frame touring bike) with mudguard, rear rack, comfort gel saddle)
  • Bike accessories: cycle computer, one-sided rear pannier, one water bottle, and bike lock
  • Luggage transfer
  • Support service (vehicle) in case of emergency
  • Ferry Dover/Dunkirk (deck passage + bike)
  • GPS tracks on request

Guided only:

  • 5 dinners (not included in Amsterdam and London)
  • *Tour guide
  • *Tour guides are not historical or cultural, but only environmental, so according to Italian laws, they are not authorized to give out info and details on places of historical or cultural interest.
    • Ferry: Breskens/Vlissingen
    • Train: Dartford/Whitstable
    • Train: Vlissingen/Dordrecht

    Self-guided only

    • Front handlebar bag or one map holder
    • One repair kit per cabin (one spare tube, glue, patch kit, pump, 2 Allen keys, and tire level)

    What’s Not Included

    Guided and Self-Guided tours:

    Self-Guided only:

    • Lunches and Dinners
    • Ferry Breskens/Vlissingen
    • Train Dartford/Whitstable
    • Train Vlissingen/Dordrecht
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    TypeBoth
    SkillModerate
    Length8 days
    From1085 Rates
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    Tour Dates

    2020

    Guided

    London to Amsterdam: Sunday, August 2, 2020

    Self Guided

    London to Amsterdam: Sunday, August 2, 2020

    Amsterdam to London: Sunday, July 26, 2020

    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    London to Amsterdam Map

    London to Amsterdam - self-guided & guided

    Day 1: Arrival in London/Greenwich
    Day 2: Greenwich - Canterbury, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 3: Canterbury - Dover + ferry to Dunkirk, 32 mi. (50 km) 
    Day 4: Dunkirk - Bruges, 50 mi. (80 km)
    Day 5: Bruges - Breskens + ferry to Vlissingen, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 6: Vlissingen - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht by train - Vianen, 41 mi. (65 km)
    Day 7: Vianen - Amsterdam, 41 mi. (65 km)
    Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam

    Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions, or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way, you may find temporary deviations caused by roadwork, which cannot be foreseen.

    Day 1: Arrival in London/Greenwich
    Individual arrival in Greenwich and accommodation in hotel. 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. 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, 24 mi. (40 km)
    After breakfast, your bike tour begins along the southern bank of the River Thames leading to Dartford 19 mi. (30 km). From here, there is a train transfer to Faversham (1h 10) crossing the county of  Kent, known as the “garden of England”. The green landscape is dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. The last 10 km by bike leads to 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. 

    Elevation gain: +260 m

    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 15 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. Dunkirk is also known for an important battle fought here during World War II, as French and British troops tried to block the German invasion.

    Elevation gain: +495 m 

    Day 4: Dunkirk - Bruges, 50 mi. (80 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. 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. Final destination is the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs slowly.

    Elevation gain: +350 m

    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. 

    Elevation gain: +165 m

    Day 6: Vlissingen - Dordrecht (by train) - Vianen, 41 mi. (65 km)
    After breakfast, transfer by train from Vlissingen to Dordrecht (not included – 1 h 30). Dordrecht is an elegant river town rich in art, theatre, and architecture. From here you will cycle through the typical Dutch countryside to Vianen. It is an important fluvial center that gave rise to several artists including some students of Rembrandt. It delights for art and culture, for the terraces overlooking the canals, for theatres and festivals. From here you start riding through the typical Dutch countryside, 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.

    Elevation gain: +145 m

    Day 7: Vianen - Amsterdam, 41 mi. (65 km)
    During your last cycling day, you will first reach Utrecht, an old university town vibrant with culture. This historic city is full of medieval buildings, proof of its rich commercial past. Back on your saddle, you fill finally head to Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands, famous for its art and architecture. Cycling is definitely the best way to visit the city center and to get lost among its romantic canals.

    Elevation gain: +255 m

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

    Amsterdam to London (self-guided)

    Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
    Day 2: Amsterdam - Vianen, 41 mi. (65 km)
    Day 3: Vianen - Dordrecth + Dordrecht - Vlissingen by train, 41 mi. (65 km)
    Day 4: Ferry Vlissingen - Breskens and Breskens - Bruges, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 5: Bruges - Dunkirk, 50 mi. (80 km)
    Day 6: Ferry to Dover + Dover - Canterbury, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Day 7: Canterbury - Greenwich, 25 mi. (40 km)
    Day 8: Departure

    Day 1: individual 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. (65 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.

    Total elevation gain: +280 m

    Day 3: Vianen - Dordrecht + Dordrecht - Vlissingen, 41 mi. (65 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 an 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 (1h30 – 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. 

    Total elevation gain: +190 m

    Day 4:  Ferry Vlissingen - Breskens - Bruges, 28 mi. (45 km)
    After breakfast start the day with a short ferry ride (about 15 minutes - not included) from Vlissingen to Breskens Belgium. From here you cycle along canals and fields towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs more slowly. Explore the Unesco listed city center and discover the pleasures of Belgian chocolate, lace, and beer. A tour through the network of canals is a unique and interesting way to discover the city. (not included).

    Total elevation gain: +165 m

    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.

    Total elevation gain: +345 m

    Day 6: Ferry to Dover + 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 half-timbered houses of the old medieval city center. 

    Total elevation gain: +495 m

    Day 7:  Canterbury - Greenwich, 25 mi. (40 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 32 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, located just a few kilometers from the center of London. This London is a Unesco World Heritage Site, known worldwide for its Royal Observatory, the location of Greenwich Prime Meridian, marking the time for the whole world (GMT) 

    Total elevation gain: +255 m

    Day 8: End of tour after breakfast. 

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    Tour Reviews

    • Cindy S. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      London to Amsterdam was a great trip. Beautiful scenery especially along the North Sea and canals and farmland of Holland.hotels were unique but comfortable. Breakfast was always good. Dinners were good but more variety needed in menu choices. Loved the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk and all the small towns we rode through. There were 12 of us plus 6 others on the self- guided which made for a lively and interesting, diverse group.
      What was disappointing and could be improved was communication from the guide. Very little information was given ahead of time as to what was next and no information about the towns history, culture and facts regarding where we were. This would have made the trip more enjoyable and interesting.

    • Ed Carroll 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      I did this "guided" bike tour from London to Amsterdam. There are many areas where improvement is needed.

      We weren't given a map or App of the biking route as promised. We rode through many villages, resorts and towns from Dunkirk to Amsterdam but were not told the names of the towns, or the history of the towns - and we stopped only for "coffee breaks". When we asked what town we were in for the coffee breaks the guide was unable to tell us. We either used google maps or asked strangers where we were. Also, we biked past notable places of interest like the beach in Dunkirk where British troops were rescued during WWII - and the Dover Castle - but never stopped - even to take pictures. It was all about getting to the next hotel in time for dinner.

      We weren't told the hotel we were staying in until we arrived at the hotel. We usually arrived at the hotel around 6pm and had little time to turn in our bikes for the night, get our Read more… luggage, unpack, shower, change clothes and get ready for dinner by 8pm which usually lasted over two hours. And then we started early the next day - to get to our hotel for the next night.

      Overall it is a "forced march" from London to Amsterdam. If you want to bike 344Km then I suggest you just go and bike 344Km for the exercise on a route most convenient to you because that is what this is. Or, take the self-guided tour which is cheaper and includes maps and the App and you can sight-see and take time to enjoy the country-side you are biking through.

      The online website says "You will receive a code to download the maps, itinerary, points of interest, services and GPS position on your smartphone or GPS device. The App provides GPS tracks to be used offline. Paper copies of the route are available with supplement of €15." When I asked for the map or the App I was told they were only available to self-guided participants and that I should use GPS to figure out where we were at any given point. But that is not what the website says/said. As it is, we have no map or record of the route we biked or the towns we passed through. I would not recommend this "tour" to anyone.

      PS. Do not interpret this critique as a criticism of the people who guided this tour. The people who guided us were patient, kind, personal, friendly and professional....in my opinion they had/have no impact on how this tour is/was deigned.

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