Holland & Belgium Bike Tour
- Uncover the captivating history and culture of two countries in a single trip
- Windmills, canals, pitch-roofed farmhouses and vast skies - scenery straight out of a Dutch masterpiece
- A welcoming bike culture of epic proportions
- Luxuriate in hotels reminiscent of the 17th-century Golden Age
- "Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder" - sample Belgium's national treasure
From the Dutch Countryside to Beautiful Bruges
"A Dutchman without a bike is like a fish without water" so the saying goes. In Holland, with nearly one bicycle for every person, everyone rides - even the king and queen. And in bike-crazy Belgium, home of cycling great Eddie Merckx, passion for le vélo is legendary. You'll find it all makes sense, the Dutch and Belgian zeal for two wheels. You'll find it in the pastoral flat-as-a-pannekoek landscape, amid the flower fields and silent canals. And in the timeless towns and storybook villages. You'll even find it post-ride - whether in the form of a fine Belgian Lambic or a pot of steamed mussels. Come bike with us in Holland and Belgium. And feel the love.
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 PathsThe Dutch & Belgians are famous for their love of bikes. And that love of bikes has created an amazing labyrinth 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 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.
Days 1-2 Timeless scenery straight out of a Dutch masterpiece Begin with a leisurely ride from Alkmaar to Santpoort, located on the edge of a scenic coastal forest In the spring, admire the vibrant floral designs at Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden Enjoy the rollercoaster effect of biking the Dutch dunes Emerald-green fields and horse farms lead the way to The Hague, our home for the next two nights.
Day 3 Bike through hamlets and countryside to Gouda, where the beloved cheese originates Delight in a visit to 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 Uncover the captivating history and culture of two countries in a single trip Bike over the border - welcome to Belgium! It's a scenic spin to romantic Bruges - nearly car-free and ideal for exploring on foot Discover the nooks and crannies of this stunningly preserved medieval city of narrow cobblestone streets, steep-gabled brick houses, lofty spires and meandering canals Enjoy an easygoing pedal to the Flemish village of Diksmuide, once the heart of Belgian resistance in World War I.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
This is a great place for a Backroads trip, with easy, flat riding and interesting things to see and learn.- New Bern, NC
I think what sets Backroads apart from other travel groups is the quality of the leaders. They are young, interesting, bright, and fun to be with. I feel like I'm traveling with a close relative and not someone I just met. It amazes me how special each and every one of the leaders have been. Whatever you are doing when you screen your applicants, just keep doing it.- Cincinnati, OH
Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
Santpoort, Holland (1 night) A historic country estate situated within a national park, and featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Hotel des Indes
The Hague, Holland (2 nights) Built in 1858 to host aristocrats and heads of state, this opulent former palace is set on the shady Lange Voorhout among the cafés, restaurants and shops of the historic city center. (pool, spa)
Hotel de Tuilerieën
Bruges, Belgium (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)
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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests $6,898 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
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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* Includes a shuttle