Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Take time to visit the canal district, museums, and street life of this dynamic city. Our hotel is close to museums and popular sights so you can walk easily.
Hotel: Sandton Hotel de Filosoof, Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam to Haarlam
It’s a short ride to the quintessential Dutch town of Haarlam but there is an add-on loop to the coast, where paved trails weave through sand dunes and along the sea. Haarlem's historic center is lined with canals filled with landmarks that hometown artists painted.
Distance: 40 km, elevation gain 110 m.*
Day 3: Haarlam to Gouda
Cycle south through what is known as the Green Heart of Holland, a region filled with farm fields, dykes and windmills. The real highlight is the Keukenhof Gardens, which started as the small kitchen garden of a 15th-century countess and now bills itself as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, designed to showcase the art of Dutch bulb growers. The gardens cover 70 acres (28 hectares) of wooded parkland with nine miles (14 kilometers) of walking paths that wind around ponds, a windmill, greenhouse pavilions holding indoor displays, and more than seven million bulbs planted three layers deep to ensure a blaze of color from the end of March to mid-May. Arriving to Gouda, a village with a myriad of canals, a colourful market on Thursday mornings (and that superb cheese). Visit the 15th century town hall and St. Jans Church with its stain-glass windows and the pedestrian streets inside the historical center or take time to see the famous Gouda cheese made.
Distance: 61 km, elevation gain 110 m.*
Day 4: Gouda to Dordrecht
Today, we will cycle to the Unesco village of Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills have been standing majestically since 1740. These windmills were used to drain excess water from the low-lying polder to the River Lek. Dordrecht is one of Holland’s oldest towns and is completely surrounded by water.
Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 170 m.*
Day 5: Dordrecht to Willemstad
Today, we will cycle through De Biesbosch National Park, one of the last freshwater tide areas in Europe and a rich flora and fauna wetland area. Willemstad is a small historical town with well preserved fortifications.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 80 m.*
Day 6: Willemstad to Schuddebeurs
Zeeland is an archipelago of islands, inlets, polders, so this day will involve some bridge crossings and ferries as you ride towards Belgium.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 76 m.*
Day 7: Schuddebeurs to Middelburg
The ride crosses a 5 km long bridge with a separated bike lane the entire way- the Dutch take care of their cyclists! Arrive to Middleburg, a pleasant and prosperous town with a vibrant center.
Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 56 m.*
Day 8: Middelburg- Brugge
Start the day with a ferry ride to the village of Breskens before cycling into Belgium and its enigmatic villages of Damme and then Bruges, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ and one of the most enchanting cities in Europe.
Distance: 60 km, elevation gain 80 m.*
Day 9: Brugge
Another day to explore routes around Brugge or just relax and explore the city. Distance: 60 km, elevation gain 100 m.*
Day 10: Depart
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.