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Cycling Amsterdam to Brussels

Cycling Amsterdam to Brussels

Amsterdam - Brussels

  • An international bicycle holiday starting in the the Dutch capital and finishing in the epicentre of Europe, Brussels.
  • Visit a string of exceptional and historically precious Dutch and Flemish towns.
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Dutch and Flemish countryside with age-old farmhouses and dominating church spires. 
Cycling route Amsterdam Brussels
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Route
Day 1: Arrival Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam – Gouda
Day 3: Gouda - Dordrecht
Day 4: Dordrecht - Bergen op Zoom
Day 5: Bergen op Zoom - Antwerpen
Day 6: Antwerpen - Leuven/Louvain
Day 7: Leuven - Brussels
Day 8: Departure from Brussels

Day 1:    Arrival Amsterdam

Your cycling holiday starts in Amsterdam, one of the crown-jewels of Europe. With so much to see and do, you couldn’t wish for a more vibrant way to kick off your holiday. If you arrive early, make sure to go for a walk to marvel at the townhouses in the 17th-century canal district (listed as World Heritage). Have you got time and energy left? Opt to saunter down the infamous red-light district which attracts millions of curious tourists every year; or enjoy the street performers on friendly Rembrandtplein.

Day 2:    Amsterdam – Gouda

The first leg of the route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, abounding in water. It is a true cycling paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming communities and picturesque historical towns such as Oudewater. It was to this place that women who had been accused of witchcraft fled from all over Europe to try to have their innocence proven by weighing. End the day in medieval Gouda. Amble through the beautifully preserved town centre and visit the old town hall and St. John’s church. Stop off at a bakery to buy fresh syrup waffles (Gouda is the hometown of syrup waffles) and Gouda cheese - perhaps the world’s most famous type of cheese.

Challenge: 75 km (can be splitted this day by booking an extra overnight in Woerden, 48 km + 30 km)

Day 3:    Gouda - Dordrecht

Today’s highlight is one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attractions: Kinderdijk, a world-famous complex of windmills. Nineteen historical windmills reach to the skies in the epitome of classical Dutch countryside. You can visit an authentic workshop and find out how these mills were built and how they work. Have you always wanted to be a miller? This is where you can still learn the trade! You will stay the night in Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest towns. A visit to the scenic harbour quarter with its wonderful historical buildings should not be missed.

Challenge: 60 km

Day 4:    Dordrecht - Bergen op Zoom

In the morning, the route will take you right past one of the few remaining fresh-water tidal areas in Europe: Biesbosch National Park. Upon crossing a one-kilometre-long bridge high above Hollands Diep river, you will find yourself in the south of the Netherlands. In village after village, Brabant hospitality will entice you to stop for a cup of coffee and big slice of fruit tart. Today’s destination is Bergen op Zoom. Eight hundred years old, the town’s narrow streets, old squares and hundreds of monuments testify to a rich and dramatic past. Before you settle down at one of the many pavement cafes, don’t forget to feast your eyes on Markiezenhof, the town’s pride and joy. This late-gothic mansion (1485) was built by the local noble family and now serves as museum and archive.

Challenge: 63 km

Day 5:    Bergen op Zoom - Antwerpen

The landscape along today’s cycling route is predominantly woody. On the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, catch your breath in De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide, a lovely cross-border nature reserve. The route takes you along the Scheldekaaien (quays on the River Scheldt) right into the historical and touristic heart of Antwerp. It’s the largest town in Flanders and Belgium’s most important port city. After viewing the historical town center you might like to venture to the hip and trendy parts of the city: ‘t Zuid and Het Eilandje. Have you worked up a thirst for Belgian beer? Consider visiting De Koninck beer brewery. It has been going strong since 1833 and has a new visitors centre welcoming guests wishing to look around and do some tasting. This brewery is best known for its ‘Bollekes’.

Challenge: 50 km

Day 6:    Antwerpen - Leuven/Louvain

After a short stretch on the banks of the River Scheldt, change course to follow the River Rupel, the shortest river in the country (nearly 10 km long). In the region of the same name, abandoned brick works and useless chimneys are silent witnesses of a hard industrial past. Along the River Dijle, enter the age-old town of Mechelen right up to the church tower of St. Rombold’s cathedral. This looks like a good place to stop for lunch. Belgian French fries, by the way, are the best in the world. Continue along the River Dijle to crown your day in the university town of Louvain. It’s a pleasant town where the oldest houses date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Don’t miss the Grand Béguinage: Counting 100 houses, it was set up in 1234 as a community for spinsters; and now it’s part of the university campus. You also might like to see the early-Gothic church of St. John the Baptist (1304). Round off your explorations on the Oude Markt (Old Market Square), nicknamed ‘the longest bar counter in the world’ due to the enormous number of bars and cafes on the square.

Challenge: 60 km

Day 7:    Leuven - Brussels

The hills of Belgian Brabant and the extensive Sonian Forest set the scene for our cyclists today. If you don’t feel like cycling into the big city of Brussels, you can opt to catch a train at one of the stations along the route. Brussel’s main attraction is the fantastic Grote Markt (Great Market Square). Nearby, the little statue of Manneken Pis still draws crowds. Your visit to Brussels can also involve scrumptious hot waffles, chocolate, beer, culinary treats, fun shopping or soaking up a bit of culture. One thing’s for sure: Brussels can’t be explored in one day.

Challenge: 39 km

Day 8:    Departure from Brussels

After breakfast, your cycling holiday has come to an end. You can take a flight from Brussels or take the train back to Amsterdam.

prices & dates
Starting dates 2019:  

Only on Mondays between May 06 and September 16

 

 

 
In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies of € 17,50 per person in a double room  
   
Prices €  Euro 
Per person in a double room 
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
710,00
   
A supplement will be required for:  
Single room (€ 30 x 7) 210,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 6, not in Brussels) 180,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 7) 84,00
GPS rental 10,00
Upgrade 4**** hotel in the centre of Dordrecht
Bikes can only be parked outside (in front of) the hotel, with camera surveillance
30,00
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a double room  17,50
Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturday in a single room  35,00

Surcharge staying overnight in Amsterdam during the periods

  13 - 15 April 2019
  20 - 21 May 2019
  12 - 15 June 2019
  12 - 16 September 2019

       staying overnight in a double room

       staying overnight in a single room  

 

 




52,50

105,00

   
Extra night starting from  70,00
   
   
 
accommodation

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.

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.

www.westcordhotels.com/amsterdam

Gouda: Best Western Hotel Gouda

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

www.bestwesterngouda.com

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.

www.apollohotels.com/papendrecht

Bergen op Zoom: Grand Hotel de Draak

Big and luxury rooms equipped with comfort. Most rooms have a 14th or 15th century theme.

www.hoteldedraak.com

Noordgouwe: Hotel Schuddebeurs

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

www.hampshire-hotels.com/hotel-schuddebeurs

Leuven: Radisson Park Inn

Comfortable hotel situated in the city centre of Leuven. The rooms are spacious and there is free WiFi.

www.parkinn.com/radisson

Brussels: NH Brussels Grand Place Arsenberg

Centrally located hotel with big and comfortable rooms. Friendly and helpful staff.

www.nh-hotels.com/nh-brussels-grand-place-arenberg

practical info

Starting dates: 

Only on Mondays between May 06 and September 16

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

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

BICYCLE RENTAL

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   

      

                                                            

E-BIKES 

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

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

NOTE: In case of staying overnight in Amsterdam on Saturdays a surcharge applies of € 17,50 per person in a double room

Included

  • 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
  • Service-hotline (also at weekends)

Not included

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

Extras

  • All dinners
  • Bike rental
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