Itinerary

Holland & England: Cycling from Amsterdam to London

8 days / 7 nights | Self guided or Guided bike tours | London – Amsterdam or Amsterdam – London

Four countries, one fabulous tour…with the colors green and blue as a common thread. The intense green of the English countryside, the vibrant green of the Flemish pastures, the lush green of the Dutch orchards. And blue, synonymous with water from the River Thames to the North Sea to the canals of Holland. Two cosmopolitan capital cities connected by peace and tranquility as you ride through meadows, along rivers and sandy beaches. Departing from Greenwich, a charming London neighborhood, this tour take you through the beautiful County of Kent, the Garden of England. Crossing by ferry from Dover England to Dunkirk France, continue on French soil and then into Flanders, a land rich in fields and meadows mingled with waterways, sandy beaches and seaside promenades. Discover firsthand why Belgium is known for chocolate, waffles, lace and beer. Explore the unforgettable sites of elegant Ostend and romantic Bruges. Experience the Netherlands, a land reclaimed from the water and home to wooden shoes, windmills and renowned artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. We invite you to take this unique journey to rediscover the pleasure of exploration. Many new experiences and memories await.

Itinerary London to Amsterdam

Day 1: individual arrival in London/Greenwich

Individual arrival in Greenwich and hotel check-in. At 6 pm attend a welcome meeting and receive your bike. Greenwich - an UNESCO World Heritage Site - is an ancient village overlooking the south bank of the River Thames. It is located just a few kilometers from the center of London. The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village. From here you can admire the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral. The historic astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich Prime Meridian for which the village is known worldwide. Every day at 1 pm the red globe atop the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT).

Day 2: Greenwich – Canterbury, 42 kms / 26 miles

The tour begins by cycling along the southern bank of the river Thames to Dartford (31 km). Here board a train and travel across the County of Kent to Whitstable (1h20- not included). Kent is known as Garden of England for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. From Whitstable ride the last 10km by bike to the day's destination, Canterbury. This beautiful town, located on the main road between Dover and London, is the starting point of the Francigena Way and, in spite of its medieval past, is now lively with students who come here from all over Europe to attend its important University. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture, dominates the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses of the old medieval city center.

Day 3: Canterbury – Dover + ferry to Dunkirk, 50 kms / 32 miles

Depart early to cycle 34 km to Dover, an important port town famous for its white cliffs. Here board the ferry to Dunkirk France (about 2 hours + 1 Time Zone). Once in France ride 18 km from the port to the center of the city. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France. It is located in the Nord- Pas de Calais. At first glance Dunkirk is an industrial town focused on maritime trade. But then the unusual beauty of this place sets in with its dunes and tens of kilometers of sandy beaches flourishing in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are popular activities here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, and Flemish influences. The church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.

Day 4: Dunkirk – Bruges, 79 kms / 49 miles

Ride along the sea and through rich farmland as you exit Dunkirk on your way to the French-Belgian border. Once in Belgium ride through the Flemish green countryside. Cycling along the sandy beaches of the North Sea you soon reach Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast. Enjoy the wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels and restaurants, savor the fresh mussels, oysters, and local beers. Another short ride to the today destination, Bruges the romantic city where time seems to have stopped and everything runs more slowly

Day 5: Bruges – Breskens 45 km + ferry to Vlissingen, 45 kms + ferry to Vlissingen / 28 miles

The bike tour continues through the Flanders region. This green land rich in pastures, historic sites and charming towns will fascinate and surprise you. After breakfast Explore the city center and discover the pleasures of Belgian chocolate, lace, and beer. A tour through the network of canals is an unique and interesting way to discover the city. Continue your ride through the countryside along the Dutch border in the direction of Breskens. Here board a ferry for a short ride (about 15 minutes– not included) to Vlissingen, the day's destination. This fishing town is home to shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.

Day 6: Vlissingen – Dordrecht by train + Dordrecht – Vianen, 66 kms / 41 miles

After breakfast, transfer by train from Vlissingen to Dordrecht (1h30 – not included), an elegant river town rich in art, theater and architecture. This cultural center gave birth to several accomplished artists including students of Rembrandt. From here cycle through the Dutch countryside crossing flower gardens, walled cities, canals and dams. Continue northwards through pastures, orchards and meadows dotted with windmills to the village of Vianen.

Day 7: Canterbury – Greenwich, 64 kms / 40 miles

During the last cycling day travel first to Utrecht. Utrecht is an old city vibrant with culture and university life. This historic city is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, evidence of its rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are fringed by wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs. Pubs and coffee shops surround the docks. From Utrecht continue through charming towns and along canals on the way to Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is famous its art, architecture, and its open-minded society. Dam Square, the Anne Frank house, art and history await. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to explore the city. But a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended.

Day 8: Amsterdam – Depart after breakfast

Time to head for home, or on to your next destination perhaps?

Itinerary Amsterdam to London

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam

Individual arrival in Amsterdam and hotel check in. At 6 pm attend a welcome meeting and receive your bike. Dinner is on your own in this unique city. Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands, is famous for streets that weave with canals, for its architecture, and especially for the open-minded society. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to visit the city center. But a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended. Dam Square, museums of art and history, and the Anne Frank house await you.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Vianen, 66 kms / 41 miles

Depart Amsterdam cycling south through charming towns and along canals on the way to Utrecht. Utrecht is an old city vibrant with culture and university life. This historic city is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, evidence of its rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are fringed by wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs. Pubs and coffee shops surround the docks. From Utrecht continue the ride to the day's destination, the village of Vianen

Day 3: Vianen – Dordrecht + Dordrecht – Vlissingen by train, 87 kms / 42 miles

Your tour continues through the Dutch countryside surrounded by pastures and meadows dotted with windmills. Along the way we cross flower gardens, walled cities, canals and dams. Dordrecht is a elegant river town rich in art, theater and architecture. This cultural center gave birth to several accomplished artists including students of Rembrandt. From Dordrecht transfer by train to Vlissingen (1h30 – not included). This fishing town is home to shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.

Day 4: ferry Vlissingen – Breskens and Breskens – Bruges, 44 kms / 27 miles

After breakfast start the day with a short ferry ride (about 15 minutes - not included) from Vlissingen to Breskens Belgium. From here cycle along canals and fields towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs more slowly. Explore the city center and discover the pleasures of Belgian chocolate, lace, and beer. A tour through the network of canals is an unique and interesting way to discover the city.

Day 5: Bruges – Dunkirk, 80 kms / 50 miles

Your ride continues northward through the Flanders region rich in pastures, historic sites and charming towns. The first stop will be in Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast. Enjoy the wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels and restaurants, savor the fresh mussels, oysters, and local beers. Then continue on your way to the French border. Several World War II battles took place here as French and British troops fought to block the German invasion. Once across the French border, ride through rich farmland and along the coast of the North Sea to arrive in Dunkirk. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France. It is located in the Nord- Pas de Calais. At first glance Dunkirk is an industrial town focused on maritime trade. But then the unusual beauty of this place sets in with its dunes and tens of kilometers of sandy beaches flourishing in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are popular activities here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, and Flemish influences. The church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.

Day 6: ferry to Dover + Dover – Canterbury, 50 kms / 31 miles

Depart early to cycle 16 km to the port of Dunkirk. Here board the ferry to Dover (about 2 hours - 1 Time Zone). Dover, famous for its white cliffs, is one of the most important ports of Great Britain. Once in Dover cycle 34 km to Canterbury. This beautiful town, located on the main road between Dover and London, is the starting point of the Francigena Way and, in spite of its medieval past, is now lively with students who come here from all over Europe to attend its important University. The city was the first capital of the Saxon kingdom of Kent and the seat of the first Christian diocese of England founded by St. Augustine. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture, dominates the narrow alleys and halftimbered houses of the old medieval city center.

Day 7: Canterbury – Greenwich, 80 kms / 50 miles

Your last cycling day begins with a 10 km ride to Whitstable. In Whitstable you board a train and travel across the County of Kent to Dartford (not included - 1h20). Kent is known as "garden of England" for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. Once in Dartford you cycle the last 31 km traveling along the southern bank of the river Thames to Greenwich. Greenwich - an UNESCO World Heritage Site - is an ancient village overlooking the south bank of the River Thames. It is located just a few kilometers from the center of London. The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village. From here you can admire the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral. The historic astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich Prime Meridian for which the village is known worldwide. Every day at 1 pm the red globe atop the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT).

Day 8: London - Depart after breakfast

Time to head for home, or on to your next destination perhaps?

Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.