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  • 7 nights | 36 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1360
  • Self-guided from: €950
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  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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Tour description

Explore four countries on this tour with green and the blue colors as a common thread. Experience the intense green of the English countryside, the vibrant green of the Flemish pastures, the colorful green of the Dutch orchards, and blue from the River Thames to the North Sea and along the canals of Holland. You will find peace and tranquillity riding through meadows and along rivers and sandy beaches, and you will discover two cosmopolitan capital cities connected by this tour.

The starting point is Greenwich, a charming neighborhood of London. You ride then through Kent, the Garden of England. With a ferry ride from Dover you will reach Dunkirk for a short distance ride on French soil and then you will enter Flanders, a land rich in fields and meadows. This region, completely flat, is a mixture of waterways, sandy beaches and wide promenades along the sea. Here, the elegant Ostend and the romantic Bruges will offer you unforgettable views. Belgium is also the home of chocolate, waffles, laces and beer.

You will finally enter the Netherlands, a land reclaimed from the waters, a combination of land and rivers and canals, the home of wooden clogs and windmills that gave birth to artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. We invite you to cycle with us on this original itinerary that will make you rediscover the pleasure of exploration and will offer you many memories of a lifetime.

Please note: this tour runs in both directions, from London to Amsterdam, and from Amsterdam to London.

Daily program

Please note: this tour runs in both directions, from London to Amsterdam, and from Amsterdam to London. Both itineraries are listed below.

London to Amsterdam
Jul 28; Aug 11, 2019

Day 1: Arrival in London/Greenwich
You will arrive individually in Greenwich and check into your hotel. You will attend a welcome meeting at 6:00pm where you will pick up your bike. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooks the south bank of the River Thames, just a few kilometers far from the centre of London. The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village, from where you can admire the Thames and St Paul's Cathedral.

The historical astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich prime meridian for which it is known all over the world. Every day at 1:00pm the red globe on top of the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT), while in the evening a laser ray comes on and goes through the skies of Greenwich with its green light marking the point where the Prime Meridian is located.
Overnight in Greenwich.

Day 2: Greenwich – Canterbury (26 miles/42 km + train)
The tour begins by cycling along the southern bank of the river Thames to Dartford (31 km). Here board a train and travel across the County of Kent to Whitstable (1 hour, 20 minutes - not included in self guided). Kent is known as Garden of England for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK.

From Whitstable ride the last 10 km by bike to the day's destination, Canterbury. This beautiful town, located on the main road between Dover and London, is the starting point of the Francigena Way and, in spite of its medieval past, is now lively with students who come here from all over Europe to attend its important University. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture, dominates the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses of the old medieval city center.
Overnight in Canterbury.

Day 3: Canterbury – Dover – Dunkirk (32 miles/50 km + ferry)
Departure by bike early in the morning to cycle the 21 miles/34 kms leading to Dover, one of the most important ports of Great Britain, famous for its white cliffs. After lunch, you will embark on the ferry to Dunkirk (cost included, about 2 hours).

After disembarkation, you will cycle the last 11 miles/18 km to reach the center of Dunkirk. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France and is located in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The first impression shows an industrial town focused on maritime trade, but then the unusual beauty of this place reveals itself with its the dunes and the tens of kilometers of sandy beaches and prospering in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are also practiced here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, built with Flemish influences. The church of St Eloi and two bell towers, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also worth a visit.
Overnight in Dunkirk.

Day 4: Dunkirk – Bruges (49 miles/79 km)
The majority of this stage occurs in Belgium. Once across the France-Belgium border, we ride through the Flemish green countryside. Several World War II battles took place here as French and British troops tried to block the German invasion. Cycling along the coast of the North Sea we reach Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish

Cycling along the coast of the North Sea we reach Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast characterized by its wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels, and restaurants where you can taste excellent mussels, oysters and drink local beers. Our bike tour continues through the Flanders region towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs slowly.
Overnight in Bruges.

Day 5: Bruges – Breskens – Vlissingen (28 miles/45 km + ferry)
After breakfast take time to visit Bruges. As you walk through the city center you will discover historic buildings, lace shops, pubs serving local beers, and a network of canals. A canal tour is a unique and interesting way to discover the city. We continue our ride through the countryside along the Dutch border in the direction of Breskens.

Here we board a ferry for a short ride (about 15 minutes - not included in self guided) to Vlissingen, the day's destination. This fishing town is home to shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.
Overnight in Vlissingen.

Day 6: Vlissingen – Dordrecht – Vianen (41 miles/66km + train)
After breakfast, you transfer by train from Vlissingen to Dordrecht (about 1 hour, 30 minutes - not included in self guided). Dordrecht is an important fluvial centre that gave birth to several artists including some students of Rembrandt. Dordrecht is an elegant and charming town from the architectural point of view too. It surprises for art and culture, for the terraces overlooking the canals, for theatres and festivals.

From here cycle through the Dutch countryside crossing flower gardens, walled cities, canals and dams. Continue northwards through pastures, orchards and meadows dotted with windmills to the village of Vianen.
Overnight in Vianen.

Day 7: Vianen – Amsterdam (40 miles/65 km)
During the last cycling day we travel first to Utrecht. Utrecht is an old city vibrant with culture and university life. The historic center is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, evidence of its rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are fringed by wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs, pubs and coffee shops surround the docks.

From Utrecht, we continue through charming towns and along canals on the way to Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is famous for streets that weave with canals, for its architecture, and especially for its open-minded society. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to visit the center. But a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended. Dam Square, museums of art and history, and the Anne Frank house await you.
Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 8: Departure
Breakfast marks the end of the tour. You will depart individually for your onward travels.


Amsterdam to London
Self-guided only: Jul 21; Aug 4, 2019

Day 1: Individual Arrival in Amsterdam
Individual arrival in Amsterdam and accommodation in hotel. At 6:00pm welcome meeting and bike delivery. Enjoy dinner on your own in this unique city.

Amsterdam is the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands, famous for the streets that weave the many canals, for its architecture and especially for the open-minded society that distinguishes it. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to visit the center, but a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended too. Dam Square, the many museums of art and history, the Anne Frank house are waiting for you.
Overnight in Amsterdam

Day 2: Amsterdam – Vianen (41 miles/66 km)
Departure from Amsterdam cycling south direction through green fields to Utrecht. Utrecht is a very old city with its own university and a vibrant cultural life. Its historic center is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, witnesses of the rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are overlooked by the wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs and many pubs and coffee shops crowd the docks. From Utrecht continue riding toward Vianen, today's destination.
Overnight at Vianen.

Day 3: Vianen – Dordrecht – Vlissingen (42 miles/67 km + train)
Your tour continues through the Dutch countryside surrounded by pastures and meadows dotted with windmills. Along the way we cross flower gardens, walled cities, canals and dams. Dordrecht is an elegant river town rich in art, theater and architecture. This cultural center gave birth to several accomplished artists including students of Rembrandt.

From Dordrecht transfer by train to Vlissingen (about 1 hour, 30 minutes – not included). This fishing town is home to shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.
Overnight in Vlissingen.

Day 4: Vlissingen – Breskens – Bruges (27 miles/44 km + ferry)
After breakfast we start the day with a short ferry ride (about 15 minutes - not included) from Vlissingen to Breskens Belgium. From here we cycle along canals and fields towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs slowly. As you walk through the city center you will discover historic buildings, lace shops, pubs serving local beers, and a network of canals. A canal tour is a unique and interesting way to discover the city.
Overnight in Bruges.

Day 5: Bruges – Dunkirk (50 miles/80 km)
In the first morning, our tour continues northward through the Flanders region rich in pastures, historic sites and charming towns. The first stop is in Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast. This seaside town is characterized by its wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels, and restaurants where you can taste excellent mussels, oysters and drink local beers.

The majority of this stage occurs in Belgium. After passing through the towns of Veurne and Koksijde, we return to the sandy beaches to cycle along the coast of the North Sea, across the French border and into Dunkirk. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France. It is located in the Nord-Pas de Calais, 10 km from the border with Belgium.

At first glance, Dunkirk is an industrial town focused on maritime trade. But then the unusual beauty of this place sets in with its dunes and tens of kilometers of sandy beaches flourishing in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are popular activities here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, and Flemish influences. The church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.
Overnight in Dunkirk

Day 6: Dover – Canterbury (31 miles/50 km + ferry)
Departure by bike early in the morning to cycle to the port of Dunkirk. Ferry to Dover (about 2 hours - 1 Time Zone) one of the most important ports of Great Britain, famous for its white cliffs. After lunch you will cycle the last 34 km to reach Canterbury. The beautiful town is located on the main road between Dover and London. It is the starting point of the Francigena Way and in spite of its medieval past it is now strongly animated by the multitude of students who come here from all over Europe to attend its important University. The magnificent Christ Cathedral dominates with its mass the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses of the old medieval center. Today, after several renovations, it is one of the best examples of English Gothic.
Overnight in Canterbury.

Day 7: Canterbury – Greenwich (26 miles/42 km + train)
After breakfast the last bike tour starts to Greenwich. The first 10 km takes you to Whitstable and from here train transfer (about 1 hour, 20 minutes - not included) till Dartford crossing the Kent county known as "garden of England" for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. Last 31 km from Dartford that you will cycle partially along the southern bank of the river Thames till Greenwich.

Greenwich was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient village overlooking the south bank of the River Thames, just a few kilometers far from the center of London. The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village, from where you can admire the Thames and St Paul's Cathedral.

The historical astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich prime meridian for which it is known all over the world. Every day at 1 pm the red globe on top of the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT), while in the evening a laser ray comes on and goes through the skies of Greenwich with its green light marking the point where the Prime Meridian is located.
Overnight in Greenwich.

Day 8: Departure from Greenwich
After breakfast, the tour ends.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

From London: Jul 28; Aug 11, 2019 (minimum 8 participants)

Prices

Tour Package

When you book, please enter the passport number, name as it appears on the passport, country of citizenship, gender, and date of birth for each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.

Per person, double occupancy
€1360
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€440
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
€95
Electrically assisted bike
€200
Extra Nights, Amsterdam
Per person, double occupancy
€98
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€178
Extra Nights, Greenwich
Per person, double occupancy
€106
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€200

Dates

From London: Jul 28; Aug 11, 2019. From Amsterdam: Jul 21; Aug 4, 2019 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Tour Package

When you book, please enter the passport number, name as it appears on the passport, country of citizenship, gender, and date of birth for each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.

Per person, double occupancy
€950
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€440
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
€95
Electrically assisted bike
€200
Extra Nights, Amsterdam
Per person, double occupancy
€98
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€178
Extra Nights, Greenwich
Per person, double occupancy
€106
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€200
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Verde Natura Terms and Conditions

Individual reservations:

Cancellation fees
If clients need to cancel their booking before departure of a bike and hotel tour:

  • 60 days or more before the beginning of the trip: 15% of the total amount (min €50)
  • 59 – 30 days before the trip begins: 25% of the trip price
  • 29 – 21 days before the trip begins: 40% of the trip price
  • 20 – 11 days before the trip begins: 70% of the trip price
  • 10 – 4 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • 3 days before the trip and no-show: 100% of the trip price

The calculation of the penalty fee does not include the day of withdrawal and the departure date. A declaration of withdrawal must be made in writing within the deadline of one working day prior to the booked departure date.

Cancellation fees
If clients need to cancel their booking before departure on a bike and boat tour:

  • 60 days or more before the beginning of the trip: 20% of the trip price
  • 59 –31 days before the trip begins: 30% of the trip price
  • 30 –21 days before the trip begins: 50% of the trip price
  • 20 –11 days before the trip begins: 70% of the trip price
  • 10 –1 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • No-show: 100% of the trip price

If the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (4 or 8 participants), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, 21 days before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, the payments you have made for the only tour will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us.

Cancellation fees for a Charter

For cancellation after the confirm:

  • 180 days or more before the beginning of the trip: 20% of the trip price
  • 179 – 120 days before the trip begins: 30% of the trip price
  • 119 – 60 days before the trip begins: 50% of the trip price
  • 59 – 30 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • 29 – departure day: 100% of the trip price

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 11
  • 4 Star 3
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.8
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.4
  • Hotels or boat 4.4
  • Scenery 4.5
  • Ease of navigation 4.4
  • Tour documents 3.7
  • Local tour company services 4.7
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.6

Reviews

roadrider56 September 27, 2018

Add this tour to your list!

Overall this was a great tour of England to Amsterdam. The tour guide spoke poor English but was very kind to the group. Unfortunely my bike was in poor condition and they did not fix the issue until the forth repair when I finally had a flat tire due to the brake issue. There were 11 of us on this tour and I was the only one with a bad bike. ( my brake pad was rubbing on the wheelset.) This was my first guided tour. I much prefer a self guided tour but this route seemed a bit more difficult to follow then the past three I have ridden .Therefore I believe it is recommended to have a guide if you choose this tour. The weather was outstanding and 95% of the paths were paved or crushed gravel. The wind was at our back the food was outstanding. The accommodations were comfortable.

Bryndís September 15, 2018

Great experience for us.

This was our first trip with bike tours. Everything was perfect, our guide Ricardo was great. And using the app on the road was really easy. It was really nice to start a new day and go to a new location. The hotels were different, old and new but all satisfactory.

Andrew or Richard September 15, 2018

Great trip

Well guided and all ran smoothly. My only suggestion is to have less time for lunch break so arrive at destination for night earlier. Otherwise an excellent trip.

Suse2 September 14, 2018

So good!

Our London to Amsterdam self-guided ride was fantastic. Apprehensive at first as we two 55+ year olds had both been unwell and therefore unpracticed in the weeks prior, so it was a relief to find the ride one that could be taken easily at own pace. The App is brilliant (take a power pack so you don’t run out of battery), the handbook really useful and the rewards for putting in the miles, brilliant. Stunning variety of land and townscapes, great hotels and friendly efficient service from Verde Natura and Riccardo. we really had a sense of achievement.

Tena September 5, 2018

Highly recommended

I went from London to Amsterdam. The entire trip was excellent. The guides were very friendly and careful to make sure we were all safe and having a good time. The hotels were all fantastic. It was a wonderful experience. Biketours.com were helpful with booking and questions as well.

SA830 September 5, 2018

Awesome trip!

We did the self-guided tour, but the guides were very helpful in terms of giving us tips on where to stop and how to navigate the routes. The hotels were always ready, the bikes were in excellent condition, and the whole tour ran very smoothly. If you're someone who is looking for a great way to explore countries like you haven't before, I would recommend this bike trip.

cdke August 27, 2017

Amsterdam to London - rainy but still had a great time

My husband and I did a self guided trip along side the guided trip. We used Verde Natura's GPS app that made it very easy to use with the written directions. NOTE: you must have a portable battery or your phone will die before you are finished. Riccardo and Riccardo made themselves available each morning to review any difficult areas that we might encounter. We did ride with the group to the ferry for which I am very grateful but I wish we could have taken an early ferry to arrive in Canterbury earlier to see the cathedral. The hotels were above average and comfortable. Breakfast everywhere was very good. From what I could see the guided trip people had a great time and we loved their guide Riccardo.

Dick August 18, 2017

Excellent support, Great tour

Great tour from London to Amsterdam, wise choice to do the GUIDED version.

Aase August 17, 2017

Awesome trip

Fantastic varied route. Everyday had something different to offer and the route was extremely well chosen being very scenic and hardly anytime spent on roads with cars. Totally recommend this trip