Paris – Amsterdam
Paris - Amsterdam
A dream bike ride through Europe, from the Eifel tower of Paris to the canals of Amsterdam. World-famous buildings and museums are the start and the finish of this journey through 3 countries. In between you will explore famous and beautiful towns like Ghent, Antwerp and Gouda as you cycle through varied landscapes. You will start in France with it’s very wide spectrum of food and wines. Then discover medieval cities and villages in Belgium with great food, beer and chocolate. And then of course European cycle paradise Holland with water, windmills and a perfect cycle paths system.
Day to Day
Travel dates 2019: TBC
Day 1 - Arrival Paris
Your holiday starts in Paris, there is so much to see and do here: stroll along the river banks of the Seine or the Montmartre district or visit the famous attractions such as the Sacre Cœur Basilica, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre museum with the Mona Lisa and of course the Eifel Tower! Bikes are not allowed on the train from Amsterdam to Paris (or vice versa) so rental bikes are highly recommended.
Day 2 - Paris – Chantilly/Senlis 65 km
Today you start cycling! Exiting the capital along the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin really allows us to dive into a history book, an open-air museum. On the first 30 kilometers from Paris to Gressy, the route follows the nice cycle track of the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural setting away from cars. As you get closer to Senlis you will encounter forests and true nature as you reach the region “Ile de France”: guaranteed change of scenery with these great pines and this sandy soil in the Landes, south west of France.
Day 3 - Chantilly/Senlis - Compiègne 65 km
Chantilly is world renowned for its castle, its Great Stables, its porcelain, its lace and its gastronomy. An ancient foundation, a royal residence during the Middle Ages, the charming city of Senlis preserves its rich history and has several museums. After crossing the forest of Halatte you cross the “plateau” of Nery but the slope is soft! You pass close to Béthisy-Saint-Pierre which is worth a detour. After going down the Automne river which gave its name to this valley, called the 35 bell-towers, today’s journey ends the in the forest of Compiègne.
Day 4 - Compiègne – Saint-Quentin 77 km
In the morning, we recommend to make the abbey of Ourscamp your first stop of the day. The route continues along the canal, toward Noyon. Further along the route, you cross vast natural areas with more than 200 species of birds and cycle through the fertile valley of the Oise before you reach Saint Question. Discover its streets with Art Deco houses, the details of which deserve to be spotted.
Day 5 - Saint-Quentin – Cambrai 50 km
The route in the morning takes you towards the Touage Museum, through small hilly roads between villages devoted to agriculture and memorial sites of the Great War. A few pedaling strokes and you pass the sources of l’Escaut, the famous river that you follow. In the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut lies a jewel: the abbey of Vaucelles. Passing through typical villages and hamlets, you reach the town of Cambrai.
Day 6 - Cambrai – Tournai 65 km
This day offers a pleasant ride through to the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, the first French regional park. Here, Belgium and France link with the barges on Escaut river, between lands and waters where you pedal through to the forests, marshes and ponds populated with various species. You will discover the mining villages, the agricultural landscapes, but also the beautiful city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.
Day 7 - Tournai – Ghent 72 km
Today you will leave Wallonia and enter the province of Flanders. The river Scheldt is still your guide as you cycle to the old town of Oudenaarde. Also centre of the famous classic cycle race “Ronde van Vlaanderen”. At the end of the day the sparkling cultural city of Ghent is waiting for you. The Belgians call Ghent their most beautiful city and the city will undoubtedly charm you.
Day 8 - Ghent – Antwerpen 78 km
Cycling North, along the banks of the river Scheldt you will cycle towards Dendermonde. The bushes and polders show the wild and pure nature here. Head towards Antwerp, the largest town in Flanders and Belgium’s most important port city. After viewing the historical town centre, you might like to venture to the hip and trendy parts of the city. Have you worked up a thirst for Belgian beer? Consider visiting De Koninck beer brewery.
Day 9 - Antwerpen - Breda 74 km
The landscape along today’s cycling route is predominantly woody. On the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, catch your breath in De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide, a lovely cross-border nature reserve. Upon crossing the border, you will find yourself in the south of the Netherlands. In village after village, Brabant hospitality will entice you to stop for a cup of coffee and big slice of fruit tart. Today’s destination is Breda, the main city of Nassau in Holland, boasting many imposing monuments.
Day 10 - Breda – Gouda 79 km
The route today will take you right past one of the few remaining fresh-water tidal areas in Europe: Biesbosch National Park. You will cycle through Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest towns and a great place to stop for a lunch break. A visit to the scenic harbour quarter with its wonderful historical buildings should not be missed. Today’s highlight is one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attractions: Kinderdijk, a world-famous complex of windmills. End the day in medieval Gouda. Amble through the beautifully preserved town centre and visit the old town hall and St. John’s church. Stop off at a bakery to buy fresh syrup waffles and Gouda cheese.
Day 11 - Gouda - Amsterdam 80 km
Today’s route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, abounding in water. It is a true cycling paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming communities and picturesque historical towns. Your cycling holiday ends in Amsterdam, one of the crown-jewels of Europe. With so much to see and do, you couldn’t wish for a more exciting way to end your holiday.
Day 12 - Departure from Amsterdam
End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
Per person in a double room
11 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
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