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Dutch & Belgian Waterways River Cruise Bike Tour

Tulip Time in the Netherlands & Belgium

Couples, Friends & Solos

Activity Levels 1-3

Small Luxury Ship

We love this part of the world any time of the year but seeing it in spring: breathtaking. Vivid rows of tulips stretch to the horizon and wrap around fairy-tale windmills. Beyond the blooms, bike through historic towns and medieval cities. And as you sail the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium, captivating scenery delights, from romantic bridges to traditional gabled buildings.

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Dutch & Belgium Waterways River Cruise Biking
Dutch & Belgium Waterways River Cruise Biking

Netherlands

Start/End Amsterdam

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Celebrate spring among vibrant blossoms of tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths plus the windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Experience Dutch and Belgian biking culture as you ride to places like unforgettable Amsterdam, charming Ghent, beautiful Bruges and historic Middelburg
  • Clink your glass of Belgian beer—perhaps a singel, dubbel or quadrupel—and indulge in waffles, chocolate and gourmet cheese
  • Learn about the Zeeland province and how it’s protected by the Delta Works—a masterpiece of engineering
Ports of call
Amsterdam
Hoorn
Middelburg
Ghent
Antwerp
Rotterdam
Kinderdjik
Schoonhoven
Amsterdam
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Small Luxury Ship
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Description

DAYS 1-2 Welcome to the Netherlands, a country where cycling is a way of life | Start with a bike ride in the famous Dutch bulb region and find yourself surrounded by rows of jaw-dropping tulips | Picnic in the midst of flower fields | Before boarding our ship in Amsterdam, see the millions of flowers on display in Keukenhof Gardens | Sail through Ijsselmeer to idyllic Hoorn | Cycle along the stunning coast, with the Dutch countryside and shimmering lakes as the backdrop | In Edam, sample its acclaimed cheese and discover waterways lined with colorful houses.

DAYS 3-4 Ride on amazing bike paths and along the coast through the province of Zeeland | See the storybook village of Willemstad and the twisting alleys of Middelburg | Marvel at the engineering miracle of the Delta Works—a massive flood barrier critical to a country sitting largely below sea level | Cross the border into Belgium and continue to Ghent, one of the country's oldest cities | Bike along a canal and through picturesque countryside to magical Bruges | Explore the city’s well-preserved architecture, from medieval to classical design.

DAYS 5-6 Bike through the impressive and historic center of Antwerp | Lunch on the footsteps of Westmalle Abbey, where monks have been producing beer since the 18th century | Back in the Netherlands, admire the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk’s World Heritage site | Pedal on cycling paths through enchanting villages and past lush farmland | As you bike through polders to Gouda, keep an eye out for a variety of birds including warblers, buntings and bluethroats | Try a wedge of the namesake cheese or treat yourself to a slice of appeltaart topped with whipped cream.

DAYS 7-8 Discover just how easy it is to navigate your bike in Amsterdam | Cycle out of the city and into the countryside, where quaint villages and beautiful meadows await | Enjoy unparalleled views of stately homes, arched bridges and famous monuments as our ship weaves through Amsterdam’s intricate canals.

Accommodations
AmaWaterways Ship
AmaWaterways Ship
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A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

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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. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

April 2023
Apr 10 - Apr 17
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Apr 17 - Apr 24
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Apr 24 - May 1
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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 10 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 28 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 40 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 28 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 40 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Other
Boat Tour in Bruges | 45 minutes
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 19 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 32 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Other
Beer Tasting with Local Expert | 30 minutes
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Kinderdijk Windmill Tour | 45 minutes
Day 7
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 8
Other
Disembarkation in Amsterdam

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip. (click the arrow to see all available options)

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Dedicated support vans
  • Custom Titanium bike
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals
  • Private cocktail/wine receptions
  • Off-ship lunches in genuine settings

Straight talk

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.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

Backroads Support on Board and on Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and creative meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' Captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow. Depending on the situation, we may use a bus or our bikes to get to the next destination and use a land-based hotel if needed, in which case our leaders will adjust the rides and activities as necessary.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Double-Docking

Most port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.

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