Easygoing E-bike Tour Netherlands & Belgium
Dolce Tempo Journey from Amsterdam to Bruges
E-bike through these two bicycle-loving countries, where the bike paths are bustling and the roads are nearly an afterthought. You couldn’t design a better place to ride if you tried, from the backdrop of windmills and tulip fields to the pancake-flat landscapes and endlessly fascinating history. End the day in a quaint village with a mouthwatering piece of chocolate or a draught of local beer, and you’ll understand why this is the land of wielersport.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Netherlands & Belgium
Start Amsterdam / End Bruges
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Enjoy protected bike lanes alongside centuries-old canals, beautiful landscapes echoing with the ring-ring of cyclists’ bells, and views of windmills and flower fields.
Experience the fascinating history of these two countries, from our historic lodgings in the Hague to the WWI legends of Flanders Field. And be invited to join friendly locals as they ride bikes, brew beer, bake bread and more.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Quintessential European luxury defines this itinerary, from opulent 19th-century hotels to pitch-roofed farmhouses and peaceful villages. Enjoy the local bounty of beer, chocolate, cheese and waffles amid the same scenery that inspired the Dutch master painters.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Be introduced to Holland’s bike paths on the way to Santpoort, passing alongside canals and lush forests | Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a classic Dutch farmhouse in the countryside | Drink in vistas of windmills and horse pastures as we make our way to the hotel by e-bike | Relax at our historic and luxurious retreat, the onetime summer residence of Dutch nobility.
A historic country estate situated within a national park and featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Enjoy the picturesque coastline and quaint towns of the Netherlands | In the spring months, be amazed by Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden | Visit Kinderdijk’s World Heritage site, an incredible example of Medieval hydraulic engineering | Cruise along peaceful bike paths en route to Gouda, birthplace of the eponymous cheese | Treat yourself to a traditional pannenkoek (pancake) or a slice of appeltaart topped with Chantilly cream | Continue riding on gentle bike paths or take an afternoon to appreciate the works of masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Hague’s world-class museums.
Built in 1858 to host aristocrats and heads of state, this opulent former palace is located among the cafés, restaurants and shops of the historic city center. (pool, spa)
Breeze across the border to Belgium | Dive into the culture of Bruges, whose cobblestone streets and meandering canals are replete with history | Sample world-renowned local beers accompanied by a classic local staple: pommes frites (fries) | Hop back on the e-bike to enjoy more car-free paths, or take the afternoon to learn about the fascinating WWI history of Flanders | Enjoy a final morning in leafy placid Bruges on your e-bike or at your leisure | Visit a classic Belgian chocolate shop and get a sweet souvenir for your journey home.
An elegant hotel—originally a 15th-century noble residence—overlooking Den Dyver, the most picturesque canal in Bruges. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our dedicated e-bike tours make adventuring by bike a breeze! Perfect for beginners, occasional bikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world by bike. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS supported routes, your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles. Our custom electronic-assist bikes* allow you to pedal effortlessly.
Available Bike Options
On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The Dutch and Belgians are famous for their love of bikes. And that love of bikes has created an amazing network of bike paths and routes that extend throughout each country. Many of the paths we utilize on this trip are the equivalent of scenic byways, linking quaint villages and big cities alike. Navigating these intricate bike routes requires more attention to the GPS and directions than you might expect. Be prepared to make more stops than you usually would to ensure you're on the right track, all the while experiencing the occasional rush of riding among many locals as they commute and run errands by bike.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.