Welcome to Belgium! Warm up with an easy eight-mile ride over flat terrain before the real journey begins tomorrow. Afterwards, we have a walking tour to find out more about Bruges and its rich history. The city's medieval center is fully intact and there, you’ll find a bustling market square, striking belfry and beautiful churches among its streets.
Our ride begins in Bruges, possibly the most beautiful of Flemish cities. Soon after departure, wereach the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the romantic Damse Vaart. Crossing the border into the Netherlands, we enter the Zeelandic Flanders with winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows, and scattered villages.
Today we enter the charming Zeeland area, a province of the Netherlands made up entirely of islands. For the next couple of days, bridges and ferries help us cross the waters as we cycle towards Amsterdam. We eventually make our way to the delightful town of Zierikzee, then wander down the narrow streets with their quaint little old houses that take you back in time to the town’s glory days.
Today we pass through a key highlight of our time in Europe: Biesbosch. 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.
After a hearty breakfast, we hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an impressive row of 19 large windmills. Once used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder into the River Lek, these are surely among the most iconic sites in Holland. Later we arrive in Utrecht, famed for its markets.
Our last day of cycling ends in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is particularly famous for its 400-year-old, UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal district, and there’s perhaps not a more iconic place to go cycling. With our expert local guide, you can explore the many sights that this city has to offer, such as Anne Frank’s house and the elegant tree-lined canals edged with tall townhouses and warehouses dating from the 17th century.
On the final day of our tour, we discover the lesser-known attractions of Amsterdam by way of a leisurely bike ride. Take a break at sites like the Bejinof, the Dutch Resistance Museum or a local microbrewery before enjoying a second and final night at the Hotel Dwars in the vibrant Utrechtsestraat neighborhood.
It’s time to say goodbye to the splendid Dutch countryside. Bid ‘varwell’ to your new friends and depart from Amsterdam in the morning. After breakfast around 9 am, you can either take a taxi or train to Amsterdam Airport to make your flight back home.