Cycle & Stay: Capital Encounters - From Amsterdam to London
8 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
Here’s an awesome way to discover some of Northern Europe’s best bits in real Dutch style. Cosmopolitan canal city Amsterdam is just fabulous on two wheels, so too the historic waterways and quaysides of Utrecht, Dordrecht and medieval Bruges, and there’s something so special about coasting along with the North Sea breeze in your hair, through chic Belgian resorts like Ostend towards the dunescapes and seaports of Northern France. But take the ferry across to Dover’s iconic white cliffs and there’s nothing quite like cycling through the county of Kent, ‘The Garden of England’ around the world-renowned cathedral city of Canterbury, before finally pedalling along the mighty River Thames to the famous hills of Greenwich with their views across to London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.
Dutch fortified ports, Belgian battlefields, French towering belfries, even the English home of time at London’s Greenwich Royal Observatory are all highlights along your cycling way, but so too is the countryside and coastal scenery. Holland’s gentle ‘Waterland’ alternates low-lying pasturelands and waterways. By Rembrandt’s ‘River City’, Dordrecht, begins an area of dams, bridges and ferryboats. And beyond Bruges, sandy beaches stretch out for miles along the North Sea Coast. Finally, by England’s shores, chalk uplands mark the start of a rolling countryside full of vistas and villages. With all this and the magnificent capital encounters of Amsterdam and London too, this wonderful cycling tour really does offer the best of both worlds.
This linear tour includes the ferry crossing Dunkirk to Dover. Some parts of the route are covered by train (rail fares not included). Please see tour itinerary for full details.
Return travel to your start point is possible by plane or by train and ferry, but this is not included in the tour price.
Intermediate: Cycle tours in terrain varying from flat to hilly. More suitable for people who cycle regularly (or for people who cycle only occasionally and don’t mind getting off to push up a hill!).
Please note: We advise that basic cycling experience is required for this particular tour. Although the terrain is mainly flat and mainly on tarmacked surfaces (only 20% unmade country roads), the ride between Dover and Canterbury in England (34 kms) is hilly. Cycling distances are around 44 to 80 km per day / 4 to 6 hours on the bike saddle. Suitable for children aged 12 + years.
* Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan capital, with a canal area that’s brimful of culture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Utrecht – cathedral city of towering delights and historic wharves * Vianen – fortified port * Dordrecht – highly historic trading city with many monuments by the harbour * Vlissingen (Flushing) – lively seaside resort and historic shipbuilding port * Bruges (Belgium) – ‘Venice of the North’, an almost intact medieval city * Ostend (Belgium) – popular seaside resort with an impressive prom! * Battlefield sites of recent centuries * Dunkirk /Dunkerque (France) – maritime, ancient and modern including St Eloi’s and bell towers designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site * Dover (England) – white cliffs country * Canterbury (England) – magnificent cathedral city and place of pilgrimage * Greenwich – home to the Royal Observatory above the Thames, an UNESCO World Heritage Site * London – pomp, circumstance, palaces, museums, red double decker buses…