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Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges

Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges

Crossing from the Netherlands into Belgium

  • A wonderful cycling holiday through the Netherlands down into Belgium on high-quality cycling paths.
  • Amsterdam with its world-famous canals and flower markets
  • Visit historic Dutch and Flemish towns including Gouda, Dordrecht, Willemstad, Vlissingen (Flushing), Sluis, Damme and Bruges.
  • A rural route passing windmills, tulip farms and nature reserves.

Map route from Amsterdam to Bruges cycling
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Start: Amsterdam                      Finish: Bruges

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Gouda (80km)
Day 3: Gouda - Papendrecht/Dordrecht (45km)
Day 4: Papendrecht/Dordrecht – Willemstad (45 km)
Day 5: Willemstad – Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee (50 km)
Day 6: Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Middelburg/Vlissingen (53 km)
Day 7: Middelburg/Vlissingen – Brugge (50 km)
Day 8: Return home

Day 1:    Arrival in Amsterdam

Your bicycle holiday starts in Amsterdam, famous for its gorgeous 400-year-old canal district; museums (the new Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank etc); street artists and performers on Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein; a notorious red-light district and more. This city is brimming with things to see and do and you couldn’t wish for a more dynamic beginning to your holiday. Try to arrive early so you have time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals and tall narrow townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17th century (World Heritage Site).   

Day 2:    Amsterdam - Gouda (80km)

After staying the night in bustling Amsterdam, plunge into the peace and quiet of the “Groene Hart” or 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. 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 an evening stroll around the old part of town to soak up the yesteryear atmosphere and marvel at the large and attractive market square boasting a wonderful fifteenth century town hall as well as a Weighing House (“Waag”).

Challenge: 78 km (you can split this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden)

Day 3:    Gouda - Papendrecht/Dordrecht (45km)

From Gouda you'll cycle via the "Green heart of Holland" to the village of Kinderdijk, explore the site where 19 windmills have been standing majestically in rows since 1740. They were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. One of the mills is open to the public. Your destination, Papendrecht, is just a ferry crossing away from of one of Holland’s oldest towns; Dordrecht. Dordrecht is completely surrounded by rivers. Beautiful bridges take you across the water into the heart of town. Around the harbour you will see many monumental buildings.

The hotel in Papendrecht is just 3km outside the center of Dordrecht on the north banks of the river. You can upgrade to ****Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd, if you want to stay right in the center and on the crossroads of 2 major rivers. Here the bike can only be parked outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance).

Challenge: 45 km

Day 4:    Papendrecht/Dordrecht – Willemstad (45 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. The longer ride (54 km) takes you along the edges of this National Park. Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star.

Challenge: 45 km

Day 5:    Willemstad – Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee (50 km)

Today you will enter Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands marked by light, wind, water and lots of space. It is made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be carrying you across the waters as you drift down towards Belgium. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets are lined up for the coming days. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. 

Challenge: 50 km

Day 6:    Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Middelburg/Vlissingen (53 km)

A wander down the narrow streets of Zierikzee is an absolute delight. Quaint little old houses take you back in time to the town's glory days when ships set sail to sell salt, wool, fish, grain and red dye as far afield as the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Your route continues to the charming village of Veere. From 1541 everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in 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. Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendour of the city of Middelburg, capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the most important centres of trade in the Netherlands.

Challenge: 53 km

Day 7:    Middelburg/Vlissingen – Brugge (50 km)

After a hearty breakfast, you will cycle to Vlissingen. After Vlissingen hop on a ferry boat to Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Having crossed the border into Belgium, you will reach the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the romantic Damse Vaart. From here, it’s only a short stretch to Bruges, known as the pearl of Flanders! It’s a truly 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 centre of the European wool and cloth trade. 

Challenge: 50 km

Day 8:    Return home
Starting dates 2020:

Start on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 April and 3 May and between 4 September and 20 September

Daily start from 4 May till 30 August

Price pp
Single room, breakfast   925.00
Double room, breakfast   715.00
Dinner 210.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday   20.00
Stay in Amsterdam from:
2020-08-01 - 2020-08-01
2020-05-01 - 2020-05-04
2020-04-25 - 2020-04-25
2020-04-10 - 2020-04-13
Rental bike
Child bike   70.00
Hybrid   84.00
Premium bike   140.00
Ebike   175.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 7 19.25
Child seat € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 7 21.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 7 35.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 7 42.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 7 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00



All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

NOTE: There is a upgrade possibility in Dordrecht Old City Center ****Bellevue Groothoofd in double room Bike can only be parked, outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance). Cost are €30,- per person


Amsterdam: Westcord Art Hotel

This hotel is on the border of the Spaarndammer neighbourhood, which is known for its architecture. In the lobby you can find an original piece of Herman Brood. Every room has an 'art' item.


Gouda: Best Western Hotel Gouda

This hotel is only minutes away from the historical centre of Gouda. 


Papendrecht: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht

The Apollo Papendrecht hotel has a trendy restaurant, bar and roofterrace. It had an ideal position close to Dordrecht, Kinderijk and Biesbosch.


Willemstad: Hotel Mauritz.
Willemstad: Hotel Mauritz.
Noordgouwe: Hotel Schuddebeurs

Close to the Maritime Museam and the cityhall. This hotel is located in the city centre of Noordgouwe.


Middelburg: Hotel Aan de Dam
Middelburg: Hotel Aan de Dam

Located in a building from 1500 that is officially called d'Oude Meulen and  is built under the architecture of Jacob van Campen for a board member of the VOC. Jacob van Campen is also the architect of the palace on the Dam in Amsterdam and known for his own style 'Dutch Classicism'. Many details from that period have been retained in the building.


Bruges: Velotel

This modern hotel is located in the centre of Bruges with big, clean rooms. The hotel has an inviting lounge, a bar and a restaurant.


practical info

Starting dates:

Start on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 April and 3 May and between 4 September and 20 September

Daily start from 4 May till 30 August

The closest airport you can fly into is Amsterdam Schipol (AMS).

From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), you can reach Amsterdam by train.


If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You will receive your rental bike at the start of your holiday and return it before you go home. All bikes are provided with chain locks.

 Bike -24 gears                                                  Child bike



Fun-Trailer/add on bike                   Child trailer                 Child seat   







You can also rent an electric bike  (Trek o Giant)

GPS tracks are available on request.


NOTE: In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge of € 15,- per person in a double room applies (30€ per person and night in single room). It can also be applied in certain periods along the year.


  • Overnight stay in 3*/4* hotels, with ensuite bathrooms
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transport (1 piece per person, max. 20 kilos)
  • Map, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • Tourist taxes
  • Service-hotline (also at weekends)

Not Included

  • Transport to Amsterdam and back from Bruges
  • Ferry tickets are not included
  • GPS


  • All dinners
  • Bike rental


"The accommodations were lovely and the route was quite easy to follow, what lovely scenery and villages we cycled through, such good times!. The trip was wonderful in almost all the aspects"

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