Cycle & Stay: Capital Encounters - From Amsterdam to Paris
12 days I Hotel to Hotel I Self-guided cycle tour
Take a truly inspiring European bike tour from the bright lights of canal city, Amsterdam, via Antwerp, ‘City of Diamonds’ and Belgium’s other medieval gems like Ghent to the romantic streets of Paris, that famous ‘City of Lights’. On this wonderfully scenic cycle ride through three countries, you’ll discover everything from the lowlands of Holland to the lofty heights of France’s Eiffel Tower as you pedal through beautiful, outstretched landscapes dotted with iconic windmills and impressive cathedrals, home to timeless national parks and thought-provoking battlefields.
Each day, simply cycle at your own pace, stopping off to explore castles, museums and monuments as you wish, or to savour the irresistible local flavours along the way. There’s Gouda’s famous cheeses; Belgium’s great array of craft beers and chocolate temptations; French wines and gourmet delights - not forgetting Chantilly’s rich and delicious cream. Just let the little European lanes and cycle paths lead you through the gentle variations of the Dutch, Belgian and French countryside from one cultural discovery to the next. On this capital bike tour, Amsterdam and Paris might be the big stars of the show, but there’s a great constellation of highlights along the way too!
This is a linear tour route, with return travel to your start point possible by plane or by fast train (Thalys), but this is not included in the tour price. Please also note that bikes are not permitted on this train service, so booking this tour with rental bikes (which can be left at the Paris hotel) is strongly recommended.
Easy to Moderate - Gentle cycling tours in mainly flat terrain with some gentle hills, but no long or steep ascents. Individual stages of the cycle ride are generally short with some longer stages. Cycle map includes route options, so you have the flexibility to shorten or extend your bike tour as you wish.
* Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan capital, with a canal area that’s brimful of culture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Gouda – historic market place and town hall, but simply a must for cheese * Kinderijk – windmill * Dordrect – highly historic trading city with many monuments by the harbour * Biesbosch National Park – freshwater tidal area, almost unique in Europe * Breda – medieval buildings, castles and even the Beer Advertising Museum! * Antwerp – diamond city famed for its cathedral and famous son, Rubens * Ghent – university town packed with medieval art and architecture * Tournai (Belgium)– massive 5 towered cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site * Cambrai (France) – city of art and history including the medieval Tour des Arquets * Battlefield sites of recent centuries * Saint Quentin – Art Deco architecture * Noyon – city of art and history famed for its cathedral * Compiegne – forest city * Senlis – full of medieval charm * Chantilly – home to a castle and the famous cream * Paris – ‘City of Lights’, home to romantic streets, galleries galore, famous towers and triumphal arches!