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Holland and Bruges

Summary

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One of our most popular tours. You cycle in two countries both of which are really bike-crazy. This tour has it all: a balanced combination of rural areas and picturesque towns and villages.

Recreational, E-bike
8 days
380 km / 236 mi
€ 980.-
  • Including guided city bike tour in Bruges
  • Flexible itinerary with option to extend the tour
  • Reverse tour option - Bruges to Amsterdam
  • Optional route in the tulip region in April
  • Discounts: 4-7 persons 5% | 8+ persons 10%

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Details

Type
Recreational, E-bike
Duration
8 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Individual: with GPS and map
Guided:  with cycling guide
Individual - GPS
Distance per day
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
380 km / 236 mi
Lodging
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B
Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel
Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Standard, (private bathroom & breakfast)
Luggage transport
In panniers on your bike (transfers optional)
Bicycle
Included
Dates
14 Apr 2018 - 01 Oct 2018
You can start this tour every day during this period
Start
Hoofddorp (10.00 | 10 am)
Finish
Bruges (17.00 | 5 pm)

Prices

Tour price
€ 980.-
Recreational bike
High quality multispeed bicycle included
E-bike
Bicycle with electric motor assistance
€ 238.-
Optional
Daily luggage transfers
Total price per booking
€ 587.-
Optional
Upgrade to Comfort hotels
Comfortable 3 star accommodation
€ 169.-
Optional
Upgrade to Premium hotels
Unique 3-5 star accommodation and setting
€ 481.-
Optional
Extra day in the flower region
Cycling through the tulip fields in April
Optional
Single supplement
€ 290.-

Itinerary

8 days - 7 nights
9 days - 8 nights option: extra day in April, with a ride through the tulip fields
Reverse tour option - Bruges to Amsterdam (no surcharge)


Day 1 – On the road to Gouda
45km/28mi
Transfer to Hoofddorp (25 minutes by train or taxi from Amsterdam). You will meet our representative for equipment delivery and tour instructions at 10:00 (10 AM) at the railway station. Or we can arrange a pre-tour hotel in Hoofddorp, from where we start your tour. You first cycle southward, into the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland. The destination for today is Gouda. This town is famous for its cheese, candles and clay pipes. The historic center is dominated by a number of ancient churches and of course the imposing and beautifully decorated town hall, standing right in the middle of the large market square. But before reaching your hotel in the historic town center of Gouda, you cycle over the typical Dutch landscape of green pastures, narrow waterways and well-maintained front gardens belonging to the many proud farmhouses. The last part goes right through the beautiful Reeuwijk lakes area.

Day 2 – From Gouda to the River Rhine delta
35km/22mi or 45km/28mi
You can take your time on a walking tour through the historic town center of Gouda before starting the short route option. You first cycle to Oudewater. This small town is famous for its historic Witches Weighhouse. During the 15th century, those who were considered light enough to fly on a broomstick ended up on the pyre. The ones on ‘the safe side’ received a “Certificaet van Weginghe” or weight certificate. As in the past, visitors can still stand on the large scales to determine whether or not you are a witch! The route continues on to the River Vlist and the small town of Schoonhoven, situated on the banks of the River Rhine, and which is famous for its silversmiths. Another 10km/6mi of cycling brings you to your overnight stay in the village of Bergambacht.
Try to leave Gouda on time if you choose the long route, because today you might want spend time off your bicycle. You cycle southwards towards the River Lek. After crossing the river by ferry, you will pass along the windmills at Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here there are nineteen windmills in a row, which are best viewed from the bicycle path running past them. To cycle through this site, you do not need to buy entrance tickets, but if interested you can apply for a guided tour at the entrance and see a windmill from the inside. Another 10km/6mi of cycling brings you to Bergambacht.

Day 3 – Cycling the polders to Dordrecht
40km/25mi
After a hearty Dutch breakfast, you will again cross the River Rhine by ferry and first cycle to the historic village of Nieuwpoort, a strategic naval base in the Middle Ages. The route continues along the windmills of Groot-Ammers (four windmills in a row) and through the Alblasserwaard polder, situated between the Rhine and Meuse (Maas) rivers. You will pass through many quaint farming village before reaching the historic town center of Dordrecht, located at the important confluence of three rivers.

Day 4 – Southward route into Brabant
50km/31mi
From Dordrecht you first cycle to the Biesbosch nature reserve. The silence found in this labyrinth of creeks and rivers is only disturbed by a variety of birds and the whispering wetland reeds. This is cycling at its best! You now cross the most southern river bridge on the Rhine and Maas delta before entering the more wooded southern province of Brabant. You spend the night in the quaint village of Bosschenhoofd.

Day 5 – To the Zeeland isles
60km/38mi or 70km/43mi
Today the route continues into Zeeland. This most southwestern region of the Netherlands is characterized by open spaces, salt water bays, the impressive Deltaworks (Deltawerken) waterworks and cycle paths running along the tops of the dikes. If you decide to do some extra mileage, you will ride through the small historic town of Willemstad and along another water defense dam. Your accommodation for the night is at a remote location right in the middle of this landscape, on one of the islands of Zeeland.

Day 6 – Along the waterworks to Middelburg
50km/31mi
The first part of the route passes the former fishing village of Zierikzee and also the Oosterscheldekering, which is Holland’s longest sea barrier with the most fantastic sluice system. Todays route also takes you through the beautiful harbor town of Veere, one of the most important trading towns in the Netherlands during medieval times. Continuing southwards, you reach Middelburg, the historic capital of Zeeland. Your overnight accommodation is located close to the historic central square and harbor district.

Day 7 – The final stage to Bruges
50km/31mi
The last day of cycling brings you to Bruges, the pearl of Flanders. But before you can reward yourself with a delicious Belgian beer, you have to cross the wide salt water Westerschelde channel by ferry. The last part of the route involves a tranquil cycle ride along the banks of a canal. This runs from the Netherlands-Belgium border village of Sluis to Bruges. Your hotel is located in a quiet part of the historic town center of Bruges. Here you will meet our representative late afternoon, for the pick-up of the bikes (included in the tour price).

Day 8 – Exploring Bruges
8km/5mi
Breakfast is followed by a 2.5 hour guided bike tour on city bikes (included in the tour price). You cycle along the treasures of Bruges, which includes part of the circular defense walls and the city canals. And you can take more time exploring Bruges by strolling through the town center with its market squares and numerous historic buildings.
• If you want to spend more days in Bruges, we can arrange extra overnight accommodation and/or a shuttle transfer to Amsterdam.

>> Option: Extra day of cycling in April - ride through the tulip fields
40km/25mi
Add an extra pre-tour day to this tour for a spectacular ride in the tulip region! Each year during the month of April, the bulb fields between Haarlem and Leiden are in full bloom. So you can only add this option to your tour in April. The route provides you with a dramatic and multicolored display of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. The route also goes past the Keukenhof Spring Gardens. The Keukenhof is the world's largest flower and tulip park and there are many species and hybrids on display, along with every color you can think of.
With this extra day option your tour starts in Haarlem (20 minutes by train or taxi from Amsterdam) and includes an extra overnight in the flower region. The next day you pick up the route near Hoofddorp and continue with day 1 of the tour itinerary.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

recreational Superb recreational hybrid bike (included)
- Various frame sizes for all heights
- Shimano Premium hub gearing
- Magura hydraulic brakes
- Schwalbe anti-puncture tires
- Fenders and chain guard
- Comfortable Selle Royal gel seat
- Ergonomic handelbar grips
- Front- and rear light
- Mounted lock
- Weight 16 kg / 35 lbs
- Optional: E-bike

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