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Cycling to Paris
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12-day Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Holiday
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12 days
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Apr May Sep
Cycling E-Bikes
price in double room from: € 1.400
12-day Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Holiday

12-day Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Holiday

Self-guided Netherlands and Belgium bike tour

  • From the "Venice of the North" to the "City of Lights"
  • Enjoy winding cycling trails through a very varied landscape
  • Discover 3 different countries along relaxed cycling routes
  • Taste delicious food: Gouda cheese, Belgian chocolate or French white wines
Cycling route from Amsterdam to Paris
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Start: Amsterdam                       Finish: Paris

Day 1: Arrival Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Gouda (80 km / 50 mi)
Day 3: Gouda - Breda (79 km / 49 mi)
Day 4: Breda - Antwerpen (74 km / 46 mi)
Day 5: Antwerpen - Ghent (78 km / 48,5 mi)
Day 6: Ghent - Tournai (72 km / 44,5 mi)
Day 7: Tournai - Cambrai (65 km / 40,5 mi)
Day 8: Cambrai - Saint-Quentin (50 km / 31 mi)
Day 9: Saint-Quentin - Compiègne (77 km / 48 mi)
Day 10: Compiègne - Chantilly/Senlis (65 km / 40,5 mi)
Day 11: Chantilly/Senlis - Paris (65 km / 40,5 mi)
Day 12: Departure from Paris

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.


Bikes are not allowed on the train from Paris to Amsterdam (or vice versa). We therefore strongly recommend to book this trip with rental bikes, so you can leave the rental bikes at the hotel in Paris at the end of the trip! 


Day 2:    Amsterdam - Gouda (80 km / 50 mi)

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.

80 km / 50 mi

Day 3:    Gouda - Breda (79 km / 49 mi)

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.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 Breda.

79 km / 49 mi

Day 4:     Breda - Antwerpen (74 km / 46 mi)

Breda is it the main city of Nassau in Holland, boasting many imposing monuments. The ancestors of our royal family converted Breda to a beautiful city with richly decorated buildings. 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 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’.

74 km / 46 mi

Day 5:    Antwerpen - Ghent (78 km / 48,5 mi)

Cycling South, along the banks of the river Scheldt you will start on the LF2 Cities Cycle Route. The wide Schelde is not only a natural, but also a tourist attraction. By switching to the LF5 you head towards Dendermonde and Ghent. The bushes and polders show the wild and pure nature here. At the end of the day the sparkling cultural city of Ghent is waiting for you. The Belgians call Ghent their most beautiful city and the city will undoubtedly charm you.

78 km / 48,5 mi

Day 6:    Ghent - Tournai (72 km / 44,5 mi)

The river Scheldt is still your guide as you cycle to the old town of Oudenaarde (AD 974). Also centre of the famous classic cycle race "Ronde van Vlaanderen". The former towing paths along the banks have been transformed to smooth cycle paths, so now and then leafy and then through the open fields of Flanders. Down the road do try one of the most famous Belgian local products "Geraardsbergse mattentaart", a pie with an ancient history of making. Directly after Kluisbergen you leave Flanders and you will enter the province of Wallonia with just a 20 km / 12,5 mi to go to Tournai.

72 km / 44,5 mi

Day 7:    Tournai - Cambrai (65 km / 40,5 mi)

While leaving the 5 bell-towers of Tournai behind you, ride the last on the Belgian cycle path along the Scheldt, before arriving in France. This day offers a pleasant ride through to the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, the first French regional park. Here, Belgium and France link with the barges on Escaut river, between lands and waters where you pedal through to the forests, marshes and ponds populated with various species. You will discover the mining villages classified by UNESCO, the agricultural landscapes, but also the beautiful city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, thermal station, near Valenciennes. Passing through typical villages and hamlets, you reach the town of Cambrai, peaceful city of Art and History. Take advantage of it to discover its streets, where half-timbered houses, rich private mansions, Flemish mansions mingle with pleasure. And don't leave without having tasted the famous "Bétises de Cambrai" or other local specialties!

65 km / 40,5 mi

Day 8:    Cambrai - Saint-Quentin (50 km / 31 mi)

Today, you leave Cambrai by lodging the Canal de Saint-Quentin (inaugurated in 1810 by the Emperor Napoleon 1st), discover the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut. Here is a jewel: the abbey of Vaucelles (XII century). As it is presented to you today, the abbey remains an unusual construction both in its dimensions and the quality of its restoration. A few pedaling strokes and you pass the sources of l’Escaut, the famous river that you follow for kilometers and whose course flows into the North Sea in Netherlands. Continue on towards the Touage Museum, this route takes you through small hilly roads between villages devoted to agriculture and memorial sites of the Great War: cemeteries, memorials and vestiges of the Hindenburg line. Find the canal and its cycle path to finally reach Saint Quentin. Discover its streets with Art Deco houses, the details of which deserve to be spotted. It is the style adopted during the rebuilding of the city, which was hardly destroyed during the Great War and once again became a dynamic city, the economic capital of Haute Picardie.

50km / 31 mi

Day 9:    Saint-Quentin - Compiègne (77 km / 48 mi)

On the way to Compiegne, through the fertile valley of the Oise. The itinerary takes again the cycle path of the canals, to the discovery of Chauny. You cross vast natural areas with more than 200 species of birds. Continue towards Noyon, the route continues along the canal. Noyon is listed as a city of Art and History: medieval atmosphere around the cathedral which saw the coronation of Hugues Capet in 987. Then return to the shared tracks where a stop at the abbey of Ourscamp is recommended. A large town bordering the forest, a palace opening towards wooded immensities, these are the first impressions that Compiègne leaves. The city, furrowed by charming and shopping streets, has museums with varied collections.

77 km / 48 mi

Day 10:     Compiègne - Chantilly/Senlis (65 km / 40,5 mi)

The program of the day: Prestigious castle, medieval towns and large forest area! Your journey starts in the forest of Compiègne and then goes up the Automne river which gave its name to this valley, called the 35 bell-towers. You pass close to Béthisy-Saint-Pierre which is worth a detour. To finally cross the "plateau" of Nery but the slope is soft ! You cross the forest of Halatte before reaching the charming medieval town of Senlis. An ancient foundation, a royal residence during the Middle Ages, the city preserves its rich history and has several museums. Its protected environment of 40 ha is particularly appreciated by filmmakers. And finally, you reach Chantilly, world renown for its castle (sometimes compared to a castle of the Loire), its Great Stables, its porcelain, its lace and its gastronomy (yes the famous cream Chantilly would have been invented here).

65 km / 40,5 mi

Day 11:    Chantilly/Senlis - Paris (65 km / 40,5 mi)

Last day by bike before arriving in the City of Light, the culmination of your journey! Leave Senlis and cycle in the forest for an itinerary in the heart of nature. No crossing of village to the doors of the region “Ile de France”: guaranteed change of scenery with these great pines and this sandy soil you will be able to believe you ... in the Landes, south west of France ! From Gressy to Paris, the route follows the nice cycle track of the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural setting on the last 30 kilometers for a safe entrance into Paris, far from cars! Crossing the capital along the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin really allows us to dive into a history book, an open-air museum.

65 km / 40,5 mi

Day 12:    Departure from Paris

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Paris.


Min 2. persons required for departure 

Please note: a minimum stay of 2 nights in a row is required in the hotel in Amsterdam on the following dates:
Apr 22, 2024
May 5, 2024

Price pp
Single room, breakfast   2,125.00
Double room, breakfast   1,400.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 80.00
Upgrades pp/night
NH Collection Antwerp Centre, Antwerpen 20.00

Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam

Surcharges per person
Stay in Amsterdam on saturday   20.00

Stay in Amsterdam from:

08 Apr 2023 - 10 Apr 2023
22 Apr 2023 - 22 Apr 2023
18 May 2023 - 18 May 2023
28 May 2023 - 29 May 2023

Rental bike
Premium bike   275.00
Ebike   330.00
Extra services
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 11 66.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 11 66.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 11 55.00

Starting Point:

Amsterdam 4****

Extra night in Paris (breakfast only):

Based on a double room €100 per person
Based on a single room €175 per person


You can fly to Amsterdam Schiphol and return from Paris Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly.

To get back to Amsterdam there is a fast train Thalys that takes you in 3 hours and 17 minutes back to Amsterdam. Bookable 3 month in advance starting at € 39,- one way p.p. During weekdays this train runs every 2 hours. You can not take a bike on this train (we take care of the rentalbikes)


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.

Holiday Inn Express Paris - Canal de la Villette (Parijs - France)
Holiday Inn Express Paris - Canal de la Villette (Parijs - France)

Enjoy your stay in pleasant Paris on the banks of the canal de l’Ourcq in this eco-friendly hotel! 


Best Western Hotel Gouda  (Gouda)
Best Western Hotel Gouda (Gouda)

This hotel is located in the historic city center of Gouda, next to one of the most attractive canals in the city. The hotel boosts 101 hotel rooms on three floors, each with its own Gouda theme.


Golden Tulip Keyser (Breda)
Golden Tulip Keyser (Breda)

Only five minutes of walking from this hotel and you will find yourself at the 'Grote Markt'. This hotel offers spacious rooms, free WiFi and an elegant restaurant.


Mercure Antwerp City South **** (Antwerpen - Belgium)

This four-star hotel, housed in a modern glass building, offers a practical environment with your comfort in mind. It is located in the heart of Antwerp's business district.


Hotel Chamade ***
Hotel Chamade *** (Gent - Belgium)

Hotel Chamade is a 3-star hotel located in a residential area of Ghent, near the Sint-Pieters railway station and within walking distance of the historic centre of Ghent.


D'Alcantara *** (Tournai - Belgium)
D'Alcantara *** (Tournai - Belgium)

Full equipped hotel located in the city center, just 2 steps from the Grand Place, and all activities and events. With Bar area and renovated rooms.

Hôtel le Mouton Blanc (Cambrai)
Logis Hôtel Mouton Blanc *** (Cambrai - France)

This classical hotel can be found in the heart of Cambrai. This hotel has a restaurant and a lounge bar.


Hôtel Le Florence ** (Saint-Quentin - France)
Hôtel Le Florence ** (Saint-Quentin - France)

47 Comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms which will bring you calm, serenity and comfort in the heart of the city. The rooms provide several equipments for a pleasant stay as welcome tray, quality bedding and all services.


Aiden by Best Western T'Aim Hôtel **** (Compiegne - France)
Aiden by Best Western T'Aim Hôtel **** (Compiegne - France)

A boutique hotel with everything you need for a memorable stay in the heart of Compiègne. Staff available 24 hours a day.


Logis Hostellerie de la Porte Bellon *** (Senlis - France)
Logis Hostellerie de la Porte Bellon *** (Senlis - France)

Located in the heart of Senlis, this hotel continues a long family tradition. Céline, Jean and their team offer a warm welcome in a cosy atmosphere. The hotel offers pleasant rooms to discover the medieval past of this beautiful town in the Oise region.


Holiday Inn Paris la Villette (Paris)
Holiday Inn Paris la Villette (Paris)

In the north of Paris you can find this trendy hotel. The hotel has multiple terraces with views over the canal Bassin de la Villette. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but a traditional French restaurant can be found in the same building.



Starting dates 

2023: 1 June, 31 July and 31 August

Min 2. persons required for departure

Please note: a minimum stay of 2 nights in a row is required in the hotel in Amsterdam on the following dates:
April 8, 9, and 10, 2023
Apr 22, 2023
May 18, 2023
May 28 and 29, 2023

We advise to come by plane or train. 

You can fly to Amsterdam Schiphol and return from Paris Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly.

To get back to Amsterdam there is a fast train Thalys that takes you in 3 hours and 17 minutes back to Amsterdam. Bookable 3 month in advance starting at € 39,- one way p.p. During weekdays this train runs every 2 hours. You can not take a bike on this train (we take care of the rentalbikes)

Parking in Amsterdam is € 12,50 per day


If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our 24 gear touring bikes will be delivered to you at the start of your holiday and you must return them before you go home. All bikes are equipped with a chain lock and a repair kit. Hybrid and e-bikes also include a saddlebag.


      Chain lock                Saddlebag               Repair kit 

Hybrid bike

Our hybrid bikes have 21-gears with hand brakes. We will assign the bikes according to gender, as we have both men- and women style bikes.



Child bike

For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm)



Fun-Trailer                                     Child trailer                       Child seat   





Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only. The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm. We mostly use the Victoria Spezial 8.7. This tandem bike comes with 24-derailleur gears or nuvinci gears. The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.




E-bikes are always on request, as we have a limited amount of e-bikes available. Our e-bikes are unisex, have handbrakes and have ten gears. Our smallest e-bike has a frame size of 49 cm and is suitable for persons that are 155 cm (5ft1) or taller. 

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 11 nights' accommodation with breakfast included
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest (*)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel
  • Maps, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

(*) NOTE: Travel documents are only in English (or Dutch or German)

Not included

  • Any ferry crossings are not included

Optional services

  • Rental bike
  • Halfboard optional

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