Vermeer painting in Amsterdam window. Province North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Francesca Cappa

Scenic bike paths in Damme, West Flanders, Belgium. Photo via Flickr:thsd90
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Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour

Netherlands, Belgium Bike Tours

Cycling diverse scenery and charming towns through Holland and Belgium

  • Experience this wonderful cycling holiday through Holland down into Belgium, past towns, villages, and canals on high-quality cycling paths. With our bike and barge tours between Amsterdam to Bruges becoming increasingly popular, we are excited to also offer a bike and hotel tour between these two vibrant cities.

    As you cycle, you too will come to know what the Dutch and the Belgians learn from childhood, the best way to travel is on two wheels.

    Starting in Amsterdam and traveling in a southwesterly direction you will pass through the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands and Flanders, remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past.

    Highlights:

    • Gouda
    • Dordrecht
    • Willemstad
    • Zierikzee
    • Middelburg
    • Vlissingen (Flushing)
    • Sluis
    • Damme
    • Bruges

    *We also offer this tour with Bruges as the starting point. Ask us!

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  • 2020

    8-day tour

    Category A:

    Twin/double: £ 712 $ 1,578 838 $ 1263 NOK 7891 kr 7284 $ 947 Single room: £ 890 $ 1,974 1048 $ 1579 NOK 9869 kr 9110 $ 1,184

    Category B: 

    Twin/double: £ 674 $ 1,493 793 $ 1195 NOK 7467 kr 6893 $ 896 Single room: £ 852 $ 1,889 1003 $ 1511 NOK 9445 kr 8718 $ 1,133

     

    9-day tour

    Category A: 

    Twin/double: £ 784 $ 1,738 923 $ 1391 NOK 8692 kr 8023 $ 1,043 Single: £ 988 $ 2,190 1163 $ 1752 NOK 10952 kr 10109 $ 1,314

    Category B:

    Twin/double: £ 746 $ 1,654 878 $ 1323 NOK 8268 kr 7632 $ 992 Single room: £ 950 $ 2,106 1118 $ 1684 NOK 10528 kr 9718 $ 1,263

     

    extra options

    Extra night/extra day bike rental:

    Possible in any overnight town, breakfast only:
    Twin/double:  £ 59 $ 132 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79 Single room: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 Extra day standard touring bike rental, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17 Extra day premium touring bike rental, incl. emergency  breakdown service: £ 20 $ 43 23 $ 35 NOK 217 kr 200 $ 26 Extra day electric bike rental, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 24 $ 53 28 $ 42 NOK 264 kr 243 $ 32  

    Supplements:

    8-day tour:
    Electric bike, incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124 Upgrade to premium touring bike (Koga Grand Tour, sporty trekking bike with disc brakes), incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 Dinners (seven) included: £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237
    9-day tour: 
    Electric bike, incl. emergency breakdown service:  £ 107 $ 237 126 $ 190 NOK 1187 kr 1095 $ 142 Upgrade to premium touring bike (Koga Grand Tour, sporty trekking bike with disc brakes), incl. emergency breakdown service: £ 73 $ 162 86 $ 130 NOK 810 kr 748 $ 97 Dinners (seven) included: £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237

    †Tandem bike rental possible as well. Ask us!
    ††Child bike, child trailer, fun-trailer tag-along, and child seat available. Ask us!

    8 and 9-day tour:
    Bike helmet: £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11 GPS rental: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23

    Surcharges:

    If overnight in Amsterdam falls on a Saturday:
    Double/twin/single: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23

    If overnight in Amsterdam falls  during the periods:

    • April 10 to April 13, 2020 
    • April 25, 2020
    • May 1 to May 4, 2020
    • August 1

    Double/twin/single: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68  

    Upgrades, per person/per night, only  available for Category ADouble/twin/single
    Amadore Hotel Arion, Vlissingen £ 11 $ 24 13 $ 19 NOK 118 kr 109 $ 14
    *Bellevue Groothoofd, Dordrecht £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34
    **Hotel Portinari, Bruges £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17
    Westcord Art Hotel, Amsterdam £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11

    *Highly recommended as default 3* hotel is located outside of Dordrecht Center in a busier industrial area. 
    **If you choose to upgrade to Hotel Portinari, dinner cannot be included on this night. Discount will be applied if you have chosen the Dinner Included option.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) or Brussels International Airport (BRU).

    Local Travel

    AMS:
    From the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam (AMS), you can take the train to Amsterdam Central. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in the Arrival’s Hall of the airport, or at ticket machines located in the airport terminal (NS train station). From there you head down the escalator to the train terminal. The train ride from the airport to Amsterdam Central takes about 15-20 minutes and costs only a few Euros.
    BRU
    From the Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU), you can take the train to Amsterdam Central Train Station. The railway station is located under the airport building at level 1. Up to 16 trains a day will take you to Amsterdam via Dordrecht, Rotterdam, and The Hague. Travel time is between 1 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on type of train.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before travel. A very good website to research regional weather is weatherbase.com. The climate in Holland is considered maritime, greatly affected by the sea. Belgium as well is influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Average high low temperatures for the region are: April 55°/40°, May 63°/47°, June 67°/52°, July 72°/56, August 72°/55°, and September 66°/52°. Keep in mind that these are only averages!

    Recommended

    It is recommended to upgrade your hotel in Dordrecht, as default 3* hotel is located outside of Dordrecht Center in a busier industrial area.

    Remarks

    Premium emergency service is included with this tour. In the event of mechanical failure, a support van service can be contacted and will come and repair the bike free of charge. If you are cycling with your own bike, and would like to include this service, please ask. In this case, you will be charged for any new spare parts. If the bike cannot be repaired on the spot, you will be provided transportation to your next destination. Two people plus bikes can be transferred.

    DOCUMENTS:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa


Tour Dates

2020

Tour starts on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays between April 10 and May 3 and between September 4 and September 20, 2020

Daily tour starts possible  from May 4 until August 30, 2020

Please note: A surcharge applies for overnight stay in Amsterdam on Saturdays. See pricing.

High season in Amsterdam:

April 10 to April 13, 2020 
April 25, 2020
May 1 to May 4, 2020
August 1, 2020

Surcharge applies. See pricing.

Skill Level

This is an easy-moderate self-guided tour partly on one of the most well-developed cycling path systems in the world. The route is predominantly rural and flat and passes through a number of nature reserves. Only because of a couple of days of plus 50 km cycling, we are categorizing the tour as easy-moderate. You will ride 212 miles (339 km) over 6 days of cycling. You can also extend this tour to 9 days to divide the longest day.

Where You’ll Stay

Category A accommodation consists of four 4 star and three 3 star establishments.
Category B accommodation consists of five 3 star and two 4 star establishments.
It is possible for Category A bookings only to upgrade on certain nights. See itinerary and pricing. For Category B bookings, an upgrade would entail booking Category A level and then, requesting more of an upgrade on the nights this is available. Itinerary varies slightly between the two levels. Please see detailed day to day itinerary and explanation. The big difference between both categories is the location of the hotels. Category B hotels are sometimes located a bit further from the city center.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7 or 8 nights in the selected level of accommodations
  • Luggage transfer (limited to one checked size bag, so please plan and pack accordingly)
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps,
  • GPS tracks (advanced reservation required)
  • Tourist information
  • Seven days a week service-hotline
  • 24-speed touring bicycle with pannier bag (upgrade is possible, please see pricing)
  • Premium emergency services (please see remarks for details)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Bruges and Amsterdam highly recommended!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour Map

8 days

Day 1:  Arrival in Amsterdam    
Day 2:  Amsterdam - Gouda, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 3:  Gouda - Papendrecht/Dordrecht, 33 mi. (53 km) 
Day 4:  Papendrecht/Dordrecht - Willemstad, 24 mi. (39 km) 
Day 5: Willemstad - Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee, 31 mi. (50 km)  
Day 6:  Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg, 36 mi. (57 km)  
Day 7:  Middelburg/Vlissingen - Bruges, 38 mi. (61 km)  
Day 8:  Departure  

All distances are approximate. The itinerary is for both A and B category. If two overnight destinations are provided, the first is for Category B and the second for Category A. Please take note that the hotels listed are based on availability. They are the first choice but occasionally there is a need for a hotel change. 

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Your cycling adventure starts in Amsterdam, famous for its historic 400-year-old canal district, museums (the new Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank etc), street artists and performers on Dam, Leidseplein, and Rembrandtplein, a notorious red-light district, and more. This city is brimming with things to see and do and you couldn’t wish for a more dynamic beginning to your holiday. Try to arrive early so you have time to admire the elegant tree-lined canals, tall narrow townhouses, and warehouses dating from the 17th century (World Heritage Site).

Category A  and Category B accommodations: Westcord Hotel in 3-star rooms. It is possible to upgrade to higher level room.

Day 2:  Amsterdam - Gouda, 50 mi. (80 km) 
After staying the night in bustling Amsterdam, cycle into the peace and quiet of the “Groene Hart” or Green Heart, a pleasant rural area of low-lying polders with peat meadows and grazing cattle. It’s a flat, open, and spacious landscape where church spires and windmills touch the horizon and clouds are reflected in lakes and canals. For centuries, people flocked from far and wide to buy horses, cows, meat, turf, seed, and cheese at weekly and annual markets in Gouda. We recommend an evening stroll around the old part of town to soak up the yesteryear atmosphere and marvel at the large and attractive market square boasting a wonderful fifteenth-century town hall as well as a Weighing House (“Waag”).

Category A: Best Western Hotel Gouda
Category B: Campanille Hotel 

*If this day is too long for you, you can actually change the itinerary and spend an overnight in Woerden (48 km) and then continue on to Gouda (30 km). See short itinerary below for this 9-day option.

Day 3:  Gouda - Papendrecht/Dordrecht, 33 mi. (53 km) 
Hit the trail once again and head for the village of Kinderdijk where nineteen majestic windmills present a unique sight. In the age of wind, they were used to drain excess water out of the low-lying polder up into the River Lek. Pedaling on, you will reach one of the oldest towns in Holland: Dordrecht, completely surrounded by water. The area around the marina is a true gem. This oldest part of town has over a thousand historical buildings and three nostalgic canals. 

Category A: Apollo Hotel Papendrecht
Category B: Postillion Hotel Dordrecht

The hotel in Papendrecht  for Category A  is 3 km outside the center of Dordrecht on the north banks of the river. You can upgrade to ****Hotel Bellevue Groothoofd in Dordrecht if you want to stay right in the center.  At the Groothoofd,  the bike can only be parked outside, in front of the hotel (with camera surveillance), but be sure to lock securely.

Day 4: Papendrecht/Dordrecht  - Willemstad, 24 mi. (39 km) 
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. It’s an ever-changing labyrinth of creeks and small rivers encompassing countless little islands of willow woods and reeds, a paradise for birds. The longer ride (54 km) takes you along the edges of this National Park. Round off the day in Willemstad, a fortified town shaped like a seven-point star.

Category A and B: Hotel Mauritz

Day 5: Willemstad - Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee, 31 mi. (50 km)  
Today you will enter Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands marked by light, wind, water, and space. It is made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be carrying you across the waters as you drift down towards Belgium. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets line the banks. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes and golden sand flats. Category B bookings will overnight in Schuddebeurs. Category A in Zierikzee.

Category A and Category B: Hostellerie Schuddebeurs
 

Day 6: Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg, 36 mi. (57 km) 
A stroll down the narrow streets of Zierikzee is an absolute delight. Quaint little old houses take you back in time to the town's glory days when ships set sail to sell salt, wool, fish, grain, and red dye as far afield as the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Your route continues to the charming village of Veere. From 1541, everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in and was distributed from Veere. This contract brought the town not only prosperity but also a very lively Scottish expat community that stayed for 300 years. Walk in their footsteps as you take a tour of the sights. Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendor of the city of Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was one of the most important centers of trade in the Netherlands.

Category A: Hotel aa De Dam
Category B: Hotel Piccard

For Category A bookings, your hotel for the evening, Hotel aa De Dam, is located in Middelburg however, it is possible to book an upgraded hotel in the coastline town of Vlissingen, at the Amadore Hotel Arion for a supplement. 

Day 7: Middelburg/Vlissingen - Bruges, 38 mi. (61 km)  
After a hearty breakfast, hop on a ferry boat to Zeelandic Flanders with its winding country roads, pollard willows, wet meadows and scattered villages. Having crossed the border into Belgium, you will reach the charming little town of Damme on the banks of the romantic Damse Vaart. From here, it’s only a short stretch to Bruges, known as the pearl of Flanders! It’s a truly enchanting town that has been welcoming tourists for about 150 years. With most of its medieval architecture intact, it remains exceptionally well preserved and can really give you a sense of times gone by when it was at the center of the European wool and cloth trade. 

Category A and B: Velotel.

It is possible to upgrade to Hotel Portinari, Bruges (see pricing) but please note if you choose to upgrade to Hotel Portinari, if you have chosen the Dinner Included option, this cannot be provided on this night. Discount will be applied if you have chosen the Dinner Included option.

Day 8: Departure  

9-days

Day 1:  Arrival in Amsterdam    
Day 2:  Amsterdam - Woerden,  31 mi. (49 km)

Hotel used for both Category A and Category B in Woerden is the Best Western Hotel.

Day 3:  Woerden  -  Gouda, 27 mi. (43 km) 
Day 4:  Gouda Papendrecht/Dordrecht, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 5: Papendrecht/Dordrecht - Willemstad, 38 mi. (61 km)
Day 6: Willemstad - Scheddebeurs/Zierikzee, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7:  Schuddebeurs/Zierikzee – Vlissingen/Middelburg, 36 mi. (57 km)  
Day 8:  Middelburg/Vlissingen - Bruges, 38 mi. (61 km)  
Day 9:  Departure  

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Tour Reviews

  • Brooks B. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Enjoyed All aspects of this Bike Tour. Thank You for all the coordination and attention to detail. We chose this as a list minute add on to a long trip to Europe and Tripsite folks worked hard to make this happen for us! We will definitely book a future Biking trip with you ASAP! Thank You!!

  • Curt K. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our bike barge tour was fantastic, starting with the scenery and locals backed up by the staff , food and guides.

  • Heather W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The full range of stimulating experiences of all things Dutch with so many things different every day. The impressive first day, in particular, through and out of Amsterdam set up exciting anticipation for subsequent days that was maintained. If one highlight has to singled out, which is somewhat unfair, it would be the spectacular and unique ride over the Zealand Bridge and competing there with the raw forces of nature. Our tip would be to ensure you use the route maps and GPS in combination noting the advice that there are variances, and each evening check out the actual start of the route for the following day.

  • Janet S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The bike ride from Amsterdam to Bruges was a great way to connect 2 tourist destinations and get a different experience going through the amazing countryside. The fact that the Netherlands is so bike-friendly makes all the difference! The local partner has a lot of experience with planning the right routes and selecting optimal locations to stop at night.

  • Jeanine C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our booking and trip experience were excellent. The Tripsite team were very responsive to all inquiries and questions. The trip information provide was accurate, provided information to provide to family members at home and was received in a timely manner.
    Excellent trip, staff and overall experience!

    • Maria 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      can you say more about your riding experiences - what were the bikes like, were you able to stop along the way...are you experienced cyclists?
      thank you.

      • Jeanine 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

        The bikes were what I would say are typical bikes of The Netherlands - sit up straight, heavy and sturdy, pedal easily. Overall, the bikes were perfect. They came equipped with a pannier in the back and a bag on the handlebars.

        We were given a gps and the packet received upon checkin at the first hotel contained very useful maps. I wish we had received the maps ahead of the trip to better plan for our stops during each days ride.

        I am an experienced rider. I ride a road bike multiple times a week with a Bike club.

        This trip does not require a great deal of experience, just a level of comfort in riding a basic bike.

        Good luck. We enjoyed the trip immensely.

        One suggestion, if time allows you to break up the ride between Amsterdam and Gouda I would recommend it. Otherwise it is a long day, and it minimizes your time in Gouda.

  • Peter and Janice Vink 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our first tour in hotels, others have been on barges. I would recommend staying with the barges. There is no contact with a person regarding the tour or the bikes except hotel staff so issues with the bikes were difficult. Bikes were in bad shape we had 4 flats and a broken gear casing so we spent a lot of time in bike shops getting repairs done. Thank goodness ther are lots of bike shops in Holland. GPS was good but one day took us to the wrong hotel some 10 km off course and missed a town we had to back track the next day to see, so that was very annoying. After that we made sure it had the right destination on the GPS. Some hotels were lovely but a couple were very small. We had purchased the meal plan and that was good, though Tripsite said we would have a choice of meals there were 3 places it was just one meal offered to bike tour participants. Holland is beautiful and enjoyable to bike though we had lots of rain and wind so dress appropriately.

  • Cornelius Mast 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Mast Family
    Bike tour Bruges to Amsterdam,
    June 14-20, 2015

    We really enjoyed the trip. The scenery was beautiful and we got a good overview of the coasts, farm land, waterways, historical sites and the cities. The hotels were very nice, comfortable, varied and had good restaurants in the hotels. The breakfast buffets were great. We particularly enjoyed the smaller hotels. Luggage transfer worked well.
    The routes were easy to follow for the most part once we got “tuned into” finding the route signs. With the maps we were also able to alter the route to see some other sites we were interested in.
    A couple of things would have made the trip easier:
    Equipment:
    More specific information about the bikes, which differ from those we normally ride, before the trip started would have helped us to get a good start the first day.
    An extra tube for the tires would have helped since some tires required multiple patches.
    Read more… > Route:
    The route on day 2 from Vlissingin to Noordgouwe included a ferry across Veerse Meer. When we arrived at the location on Monday we were told the ferry did not run Monday in June (this was in the detail route description but was in Dutch, not in English). We spoke to some local residents who told us the (lengthily) alternate but mentioned that since there were so many of us we could speak to the ferry staff and see if they would run for us (which they nicely did). Our trip would have been much more pleasant (and a couple hours shorter) that day if we had had this information up front.

    Availability of help:
    It was not easy to contact you when we needed to report an equipment issue after finishing a route after your office hours. We had to resort to emailing you so you did not get the message until the next day. We received an email that we would be called and the battery replaced but we never received a call, maybe because we had a US cell phone. So on the 3rd day someone finally showed up with a replacement bike. This would have been a better situation if:
    We could have contacted you after office hours.
    The bike people had contacted the desk at the hotel rather than trying to call our phone.

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