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Cycling from Paris to Amsterdam
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Paris-Amsterdam cycling tour
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12 days
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May Jun Sep
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price in double room from: € 1.400
Paris-Amsterdam cycling tour

Paris-Amsterdam cycling tour

From the Eiffel Tower of Paris to the canals of Amsterdam

  • A complete bike adventure through three European countries
  • Start in Paris and discover France, its gastronomy and 'oh lala'
  • Then discover Belgium's medieval cities and villages
  • End up in Holland: the cyclist’s paradise of water and windmills
  • On the road: world-famous buildings and museums, everchanging countryside, numerous historic towns like Ghent, Antwerp and Gouda... 
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Start: Paris      Finish: Amsterdam

Day 1: Arrival Paris
Day 2: From Paris to Chantilly/Senlis (72 km / 45 mi)
Day 3: From Chantilly/Senlis to Compiègne (66 km / 41 mi)
Day 4: From Compiègne to Saint-Quentin (79 km / 49 mi)
Day 5: From Saint-Quentin to Cambrai (50 km / 31 mi)
Day 6: From Cambrai to Tournai (75 km / 47 mi)
Day 7: From Tournai to Ghent (79 km / 49 mi)
Day 8: From Ghent to Antwerpen (90 km / 56 mi)
Day 9: From Antwerpen to Breda (73 km / 45 mi)
Day 10: From Breda to Gouda (81 km / 50)
Day 11: From Gouda to Amsterdam (78 km / 48 mi)
Day 12: Departure from Amsterdam

Day 1:    Arrival Paris

Your holiday starts in Paris, ‘The City of Lights’. There is so much to see and do here: stroll along the river banks of the Seine or the Montmartre district or visit the famous attractions such as the Sacre Cœur Basilica, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre museum with the Mona Lisa and of course the Eifel Tower. 

! Bikes are not allowed on the train from Amsterdam to Paris (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 Amsterdam at the end of the trip. 

Day 2:    From Paris to Chantilly/Senlis (72 km / 45 mi)

Today you start cycling! Exiting 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. 

On the first 30 kilometers from Paris to Gressy, the route follows the nice cycle track of the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural setting away from cars, for a safe exit out of Paris.

As you get closer to Senlis you will encounter forests and true nature as you reach the region “Ile de France”: guaranteed change of scenery with these great pines and this sandy soil in the Landes, south west of France. 

Day 3:    From Chantilly/Senlis to Compiègne (66 km / 41 mi)

The program of the day: Prestigious castle, medieval towns and large forest area! 

Chantilly is world renowned 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). 

An ancient foundation and a royal residence during the Middle Ages. The charming city of Senlis preserves its rich history and has several museums. Its protected environment of 40 ha is particularly appreciated by filmmakers. 

After forest of Halatte you cross the "plateau" of Nery but the slope is soft! Béthisy-Saint-Pierre, which is close, is worth a detour. 

After following down the Automne river, which gave its name to this valley, called the 35 bell-towers, today’s journey ends the in the forest of Compiègne.  A large town bordering the forest, a palace looking out over wooded immensities, these are the first impressions of Compiègne. The city, furrowed by charming shopping streets, has museums with varied collections.

Day 4:    From Compiègne to Saint-Quentin (79 km / 49 mi)

In the morning, we recommend to start at the abbey of Ourscamp. The route then continues along the canal, toward Noyon. Noyon is listed as a city of Art and History. Feel the medieval atmosphere around the cathedral, which saw the coronation of Hugues Capet in 987.

Further along the route, you cross vast natural areas with over 200 species of birds and cycle through the fertile valley of the Oise before you reach Saint Question. Discover its streets with Art Deco houses, the details of which deserve to be spotted. The style is adopted during the rebuilding of the city, which was destroyed during the Great War but once again became the dynamic economic capital of Haute Picardie.

Day 5:    From Saint-Quentin to Cambrai (50 km / 31 mi)

The route in the morning takes you towards the Touage Museum, through small hilly roads between rural villages and memorial sites of the Great War: cemeteries, memorials and vestiges of the Hindenburg line. A bit further down the road you will pass the sources of l’Escaut, the famous river that you follow for kilometers and whose course flows into the North Sea in Netherlands. In the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut lies a jewel: the abbey of Vaucelles (XII century). As it is presented to you today, the abbey remains an exceptional construction both in its dimensions and the quality of its restoration. 

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. Don't leave without having tasted the famous "Bétises de Cambrai" or other local specialties!

Day 6:    From Cambrai to Tournai (75 km / 47 mi)

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, near Valenciennes. 

Day 7:    From Tournai to Ghent (79 km / 49 mi)

While leaving the 5 bell-towers of Tournai behind you, today you will leave Wallonia and enter the province of Flanders. Down the road you can try one of the most famous Belgian local products "Geraardsbergse mattentaart", a pie with an ancient history of making. The river Scheldt is your guide as you cycle to the old town of Oudenaarde (AD 974), a center of the famous cycle race "Ronde van Vlaanderen". The former towing paths along the banks have been transformed to smooth cycle paths. Via the open fields of Flanders, you will arrive at the sparkling cultural city of Ghent. The Belgians call Ghent their most beautiful city and the city will undoubtedly charm you.

Day 8:    From Ghent to Antwerpen (90 km / 56 mi)

Cycling north, along the banks of the river Scheldt, you will start on the LF5 as you leave Ghent and cycle towards Dendermonde. The bushes and polders show the wild and pure nature here. The wide Schelde is not only a natural, but also a tourist attraction. 

By switching to the LF2 Cities Cycle Route you head towards Antwerp. It’s the largest city 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 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’. 

Day 9:    From Antwerpen to Breda (73 km / 45 mi)

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. Upon crossing the border, you will find yourself in the south of the Netherlands. Village after village, Brabant´s hospitality will entice you to stop for a cup of coffee and big slice of apple pie. 

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

Day 10:     From Breda to Gouda (81 km / 50)

The route today will lead you right past one of the few remaining fresh-water tidal areas in Europe: Biesbosch National Park. You will cycle through Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest towns and a great place to stop for a lunch break. A visit to the scenic harbour with its wonderful historical buildings should not be missed.

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! 

End the day in the medieval city 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.

Day 11:    From Gouda to Amsterdam (78 km / 48 mi)

Today’s route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, abounding with water. It is a true cycling paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming communities and picturesque historical towns. 

Your cycling holiday ends in Amsterdam, one of the crown-jewels of Europe. With so much to see and do, you couldn’t wish for a more exciting way to end your trip. Make sure to go for a walk to marvel at the townhouses in the 17th-century canal district (listed as World Heritage). Do 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 12:    Departure from Amsterdam

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay and spend some extra time in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.


The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the hotels we work with appears below. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will try to request a comparable alternative if possible. 


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

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.


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

This classical hotel has a perfect location and has an outstanding kitchen. If the weather is nice, this hotel is a guarantee for a great stay.


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

Located in the bustling heart of Compiegne, you will have plenty of tourist attractions within walking distance. The rooms are characterized by atmosphere, elegance and style!


Le Grande Hôtel (Saint-Quentin)
Le Grande Hôtel (Saint-Quentin)

Found in the centre of Saint-Quentin. The rooms are big and comfortable.


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 loungebar.


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

A traditional hotel in the centre of Tournai. 


Best Western Chamade (Ghent)
Best Western Hotel Chamade *** (Ghent - Belgium)

Close to the Sint-Pieters train station and the city centre. This hotel has big rooms and a delicious breakfast.


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

This 4-star hotel is a 5-minute walk from the diamond quarter and the Keyserlei and Meir shopping districts. Mercure Antwerp City Center Hotel is less than a 15-minute walk from the Antwerp Zoo and Antwerp Central Station.


Golden Tulip Keyser Breda **** (Breda)
Golden Tulip Keyser Breda **** (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.


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

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


Westcord Art Hotel (Amsterdam)
Westcord Art Hotel ***/**** (Amsterdam)

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.



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

Departure from Amsterdam by train

To get back to Paris there is a fast train Eurostar that takes you in 3 hours and 17 minutes back to Paris. During weekdays this train runs every 2 hours. You can not take a bike on this train (we take care of the rentalbikes) 

Website Eurostar


If you don’t bring your own bike, you can rent one from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bike waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 


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.


The e-bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine. The weight of the e-bike is ca. 25 KG. We recommend a minimum height of 160 cm for the e-bike.



GPS tracks are available on request



  • 11 nights' accommodation with breakfasts
  • Luggage transport (1 piece per person, max. 20 kilos)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Maps, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Any ferry crossings are not included

Optional services

  • Rental bike
  • Halfboard optional

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