• Backroads Holland & Belgium Bike Tours
  • Holland & Belgium Bike Tours
  • Holland & Belgium Bike Tours
  • Backroads Holland & Belgium Bike Tours
  • Backroads Holland & Belgium Bike Tours

Holland & Belgium Bike Tour

Windmills of the Dutch Countryside to Beautiful Bruges

  • Admire scenery straight out of a Dutch masterpiece—windmills, canals, pitch-roofed farmhouses and vast skies
  • Luxuriate in hotels reminiscent of the 17th-century Golden Age, with their old-world opulence and white-glove traditions
  • Sample Belgium's national treasure—”Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder”—as well as plenty of Dutch cheese along the way
  • Explore picturesque Amsterdam and medieval Bruges, two captivating gateway cities in two unique countries

In Holland, there are more bicycles than people. And in Belgium, passion for le vélo is legendary. Hop on the saddle and you too will be smitten. As you explore the flat-as-a-pannekoek landscape, amid the flower fields and silent canals. And in the bustling cities and storybook villages. Come bike with us in Holland and Belgium. And feel the love.

Holland & Belgium Biking Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Begin with a leisurely ride from Alkmaar to Santpoort, located on the edge of a scenic coastal forest | Savor traditional pannenkoeken (pancakes) by day and Michelin-starred cuisine by night | In the spring, admire the floral designs at Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden | Pedal past emerald green fields, horse farms and windmills on your way to the coast | A landscape of dunes and seaside lanes lead the way to The Hague.

Day 3 Bike through polders and countryside to Gouda, where the beloved cheese originates | Delight in the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk, known for its 19 windmills once used to drain the surrounding floodplain | Taste a wedge of distinctive Gouda—or perhaps a slice of appeltaart? | Biking is a way of life in the Netherlands, and it's a pleasure to join the locals as you cruise through the region, passing dikes and quaint villages.

Days 4-6 Cycle over the border to Belgium on a scenic spin to romantic Bruges | Discover the secrets of this medieval city of narrow cobblestone streets, steep-gabled brick houses, lofty spires and meandering canals | Try the locally brewed Brugse Zot beer | Pedal to the Flemish town of Diksmuide, once the heart of Belgian resistance in World War I | Enjoy a final ride through forests and over canals around Bruges | Visit one of the town's many chocolate shops for some tasty souvenirs.

This was the perfect trip to take with my parents, who are still biking in their 70's! We loved the dedicated bike paths (and lack of hills:). The leaders were outstanding!
Kate - San Francisco

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.

Navigating Bike Paths

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.
$4,298 - $4,598
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(+$940 to $960 for sgl. occ.)

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Amsterdam, Holland/Bruges, Belgium

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg

Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg

Santpoort (1 night)

A historic country estate situated within a national park and featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Hotel des Indes

Hotel des Indes

The Hague (2 nights)

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)

Hotel De Tuilerieen

Hotel De Tuilerieën

Bruges (2 nights)

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)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Great trip!

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This was the perfect trip to take with my parents, who are still biking in their 70's! We loved the dedicated bike paths (and lack of hills:). The leaders were outstanding!

 
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Another wonderful bike trip with Backroads

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from Davis, CA

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How do you do it? I have very high expectations based on my previous trips with Backroads. But still, I head out on another trip, and you still manage to exceed expectations. Your secret weapon is your leaders. Ingo, Kelly, Nik and Guillermo did another fabulous job. I'm going home feeling physically tired and mentally relaxed. Perfect! Thank you.

 
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As always, the guides were amazing. Great customer service and attention to detail all the way. . Everyday they had a little surprise that added another fun element.
There are established and mapped bike trails along the waterways. Mostly flat and not a lot of traffic. Very doable even for the recreational biker.

 
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This was our first biking trip with Backroads. It was wonderful in all regards. The leaders were great; the hotels were charming and comfortable; the food, both in restaurants and the leader-prepared gourmet picnic lunches, was great.

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Dates & Prices

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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 10 0 26 0
2 10* 0 22 100 39 100
3 15 0 28* 0 48* 0
4 17* 0 28* 0
5 21* 0 64 0
29* 0
6 12 0
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Holland and Belgium

More Than Canals and Windmills...

...not that you won't see plenty of both as you bike flat, quiet roads through landscapes straight out of masterpieces by Cuyp or van Ruisdael. After riding in Holland and Belgium for more than 20 years, we know both countries intimately and can share our insiders’ take on everything from the best places to try a great beer or a chunk of Gouda (or both) to contemporary cultural attractions that provide an interesting counterpoint to the classic must-see sights.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Holland and Belgium trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Holland and Belgium trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Holland and Belgium

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Holland and Belgium. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Holland and Belgium—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Holland and Belgium that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

The Best Leaders in Holland and Belgium

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Holland and Belgium, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Holland and Belgium you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Holland and Belgium, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,398 pp dbl occ

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