Netherlands & Belgium:
Amsterdam to Antwerp Bike Tour
Seven nights; seven days of easy and leisurely bicycle touring on paved bike routes through the heart of South Holland, Zeeland, and Flanders.
“Truly unbelievable care and thought…you gave us a superb holiday with many cherished memories” – Joan H. & Richard van S.
Start: Amsterdam, Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to make alternate arrangements, if necessary.
Finish: Antwerp, following breakfast on day eight.
Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans 63km
Meet at 09:00 in the lobby of the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel or another pre-determined location in Amsterdam. After a quick introduction, rental equipment familiarization and safety talk you’ll board a short ferry across the IJ and begin cycling north to the village of Marken. Another ferry will take you to the small city of Volendam, known for its traditional clothing and traditional Edammer cheese. From here you will cycle a short distance further to Zaanse Schans where you’ll spend the night in the midst of the region’s best preserved windmills and traditional wooden architecture. LD
(Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Heerlijck Slaapen or Inntel Hotels, Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans to Noordwijk 84km
Begin cycling toward the North Sea Coast then head west through the dunes of Zuid-Kennemerland and into the tulip fields near Lisse. The gardens at Keukenhof are world renowned and spring time visitors may choose to spend as much time there as they wish before the final stretch into the seaside town of Noordwijk. Those who skip the garden visit may arrive in time for an afternoon swim at the nearby beaches. BLD
Vesper Hotel, or
Villa De Duinen, Noordwijk
Noordwijk to Brielle 72km
Enjoy an easy ride today following canals and bike paths through the cities of The Hague and Delft, a charming medieval place with canal lined streets, magnificent architecture, and known as the haunt of Golden Age painter Johannes Veermer. You will ferry across Rotterdam Harbour and cycle into the fortified town of Brielle. With origins dating back to the early 14th century, Brielle is steeped in history and includes some 400 buildings and structures that are recognized on the national heritage list. BD
Brasserie Hotel de Nymph, Brielle
Brielle to Veere 80km
Today’s leisurely ride will take you through many small towns and villages each offering a pleasant distraction be it a simple coffee and cake or a refreshing beer. You ride will lead you across several dykes many of them spotted with windmills both new and old-fashioned. Beaches throughout the day will tempt you during the warm summer months as you make your way toward the picturesque town of Veere on the northeast coast of Walcheren Island. Here you can visit the “The Lammeken” and “The Struijs”, two historic properties that attest to the community’s deep relationship with Scotland. BLD
't Waepen van Veere, Veere
Veere to Bruges ~65km
Pass through Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, then to Vlissingen and the pedestrian/bicyclist ferry to Breskens. A little more along the North Sea Coast before turning inland to Sluis and following quiet canal pathways to the medieval gem of Bruges. You’ll spend just enough time in Bruges to become used to cycling its cobblestone streets. BD
The Pand Hotel, or
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce; Bruges
Bruges to Ghent 50km
You can linger in Bruges this morning before a short and easy bike ride along the canal path to Ghent, a vibrant modern city with a rich medieval past. In the middle ages, Ghent was one of Europe’s largest and wealthiest cities; today, it is a balanced setting of medieval charm amid cosmopolitan chic. You’ll have time to explore the many highlights of the city’s car free center including, the Graslei, the Belfort, the Gravensteen, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral which is home to the renowned Ghent Alterpiece and the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. BL
Ghent River Hotel, or
Hotel De Flandre, Ghent
Ghent to Antwerp 90km
Your destination today is Antwerp, a bustling city with a sense of place that makes visiting it relaxing and fun, often leaving one with a strong desire for more. Today’s route follows the meandering course of the Scheldt River into the heart of Antwerp. The city’s attractions are enough to fill several days; noteworthy sites include Rubens House, the Plantin Moretus Museum, and the Stadhuis and Grote Markt. You may also want to visit Middelheim Park, a permanent open-air exhibition of modern sculpture, including work by famous artists such as Rodin, Hans Arp, and Henry Moore. BLD
Hotel Sandt, or
De Witte Lelie, Antwerp
Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. Trains to Amsterdam or other European centers are frequent but you may want to consider an extra night in here to experience more of this fascinating city; ask us to help arrange extra lodging on your behalf. B
Note about the route:
The ride follows well-developed, flat, cycling paths through the low-lying coastal regions of South Holland, Zeeland and Flanders.
Delve into the history, culture and geography of the Netherlands and Belgium on this flat and leisurely bike ride linking Amsterdam and Antwerp, two of Europe’s most historic cities. This region appears made for the bicycle; the tulips, cheeses, dykes, canals and windmills enhance the intrinsic pleasure of cycling one of the world’s best developed bicycling networks, beside the friendly, practical, and charming Dutch populace that use the routes on a daily basis. The countryside here is a quilt of colour from spring to fall, as the crops of tulip, hyacinth, daffodil, narcissus, and crocus give way to canola, sunflowers and potatoes as the seasons progress. Cycling along the North Sea coast, you will also be amazed to see firsthand the effort and engineering ingenuity the Dutch have invested in their dyke systems. The recently finished “Delta Works” took over 30 years to complete, and are designed to protect a large part of the country against such massive flooding incidents as the numerous ones in the 13th century that left their toll on the people here and their way of life.
We recommend arriving in Amsterdam a few days early. Bikes are in amazing abundance here and beyond the multitude of sites and museums you’ll be tempted by opportunities to explore several great bike rides through the city and surrounding countryside.
Maps & Elevations
Explore more of the vast cycling networks of the Benelux region.
In Amsterdam, try to see the Tulip Museum and the Rijksmuseum - highlights of the city.
Spend some extra time in historic Antwerp and explore the Rubenshuis, the former house of painter Peter Paul Rubens, now a museum.
Hop on a short train ride south and check out beautiful Brussels.
Keep the blood flowing and join us on our Moselle River Valley ride just over the border in Germany.
Contact us for additional suggestions or help planning your stay before and after your adventure.
Amsterdam, Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Antwerp, following breakfast on day eight.
US 3095 C 3695(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, guide and van support, maps and route notes, luggage handling, taxes)
US 2625 C 3095(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, maps and route notes, luggage transfers, taxes)
US 845 C 995
Hybrid: US 225 C 265
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.