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Holland & Belgium Bike Tour tour
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Holland & Belgium Bike Tour

Backroads
5.0 . Excellent
97%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
6 days
From: $ 4,198 $ 700 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Short Description

"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 royals. And in bike-crazy Belgium, home of cycling great Eddie Merckx, passion for le vélo is legendary. You'll find it in the pastoral flat-as-a-pannekoek landscape, amid the flower fields and silent canals. And in the bustling cities 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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Amsterdam
End City Bruges

Travel Theme

Cultural Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Belgium Netherlands

Cities & Attractions

Amsterdam Bruges

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Itinerary

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  Savor traditional pannenkoeken (pancakes) by day and Michelin-starred cuisine by night  In the spring, admire the vibrant floral designs at Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden  Pedal past forests and windmills on your way to Holland’s charming coast  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  If you're overwhelmed by the bier choices in Belgium, try Zot, which has the distinction of being the only beer brewed in Bruges—it's also regarded as one of Belgium's finest—prost!  Pedal to the Flemish village of Diksmuide, once the heart of Belgian resistance in World War I  Enjoy a final spin through the forests and over the canals around Bruges.

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Price Per Day: $ 700 per day
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Holland & Belgium Bike Tour

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Excellent vacation, biking in Holland and Belgium, 6 days

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Excellent vacation biking around Holland & Belgium with Backroads. See my videos to get a flavor for the trip.
https://vimeo.com/97188922 Biking in Netherlands, May 2014

https://vimeo.com/97536546 Biking in Bruges, Belgium (May 2014)

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Just returned from my fourth Backroads trip, a bike trip to Burgundy. My compliments to the company for delivering consistently great experiences. We rode through beautiful countryside, past famous vineyards and historic chateaus. Our accommodations were deluxe, and the food was wonderful. Our guides were knowledgeable, and professional.
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amazing experience

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Once again Backroads came through with another amazing experience for my family... Thank you Backroads for delivering on the value-added proposition of a private trip!
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Outstanding. Our group has taken annual trips with different tour companies. While we insist on quality, we also look for value. This tour gets an A+ on both counts, thus we'll be looking to Backroads first for our next tour. The performance of Backroads, its leaders and support staff were far better than anything we've ever seen before.
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Our guides were fabulous

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Our guides were fabulous. Everything was taken care of and every request was met instantly. There was someone at every corner to show the way and always a bottle of cold water ready for us. The food was great and the accommodations were wonderful... Backroads could not have done a better job. Thanks.
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extremely well organized

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This was my second experience with Backroads; both were excellent trips but this trip far surpassed excellence. Our trip had been highly researched, extremely well organized, and included a great variety of activities in different places. With the help of all of our guides, we met fascinating people in their respective areas of expertise and/or in their locale. A most memorable trip and done so, with the assistance of our guides.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

12 or more People

Cancellation Policy:

Number of days Prior to trip start (Per Person)

96+ days: Cancellation Fees is $200        

61-95 days Cancellation Fees is 30%

31-60:  Cancellation Fees is 60%

0-30 days will be 100%

Trip ID#:

HolBelBac

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport and visa fees

Meals Included:

All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners

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