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Amsterdam – Bruges - Holland meets Belgium

Holiday Itinerary
 

Day 1.
Meet at 1500 at Dover to board the Bikeliner coach for the P&O 1700 sailing to Calais, on arrival in Calais continue to Dunkirk for overnight stay.

Day 2.
Continue by coach to Amsterdam to pick up the Hotel Barge Fiep, sail to Vianen. B D

Day 3.
In the morning, our bike ride leads to Schoonhaven the Silver town for coffee, before visiting Kinderdijk, where an impressive row of large windmills can be seen, built to drain the Alblasserwaard. After visiting the windmills, we cycle to Pappendrecht to board the River bus to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, and an important junction for shipping traffic. We spend the night here in the historic port of WolvershavenB L D
Cycling distance: 39 miles.

Day 4.
Cycling from Dordrect we cross over the Oude Maars river into the province of Zeeland heading for the tiny island of Tiengemeten the whole island is a nature reserve only accessible by a small ferry, we will have lunch her before cycling to Willemstad our overnight stop, surrounded by Water with a small historic quaint harbour and a stately white windmill at the harbour’s end a former flour mill it’s now a magnificent private residence. B L D
Cycling distance: 39 miles.

Day 5.
Today we enter the North Brabant area, stopping to visit the War Grave of Wing Commander Gibson who led the Dam Busters raid, he crashed just outside of the town of Steenbergen on active duty in 1944. One of the propellers of the aircraft is in Steenbergen Park our lunch stop, we cross the border again into Zeeland for our overnight stop at Tholen old walled town once an island in the middle of the large Zeeland waters, where many people fished for their living.
B L D
Cycling distance: 35 miles.

Day 6.
Today we make our way to Middleburg Capital of Zeeland, via Veera small town in the coast known for its connections with the Scottish wool trade, from here we continue to Middleburg our overnight stop, one of the trading cities of the Dutch East India Company. The old town is steeped in tradition, with its historic Canalside houses and twisty alleyways and the Liebfrauen Abbey, from its 90 m high tower, 'Lange Jan’ there is a good view of the Walcheren Peninsula. B L D
Cycling distance: 39 miles.

Day 7.
Our destination today is Ghent, lively university city, with a rich past, the city has its origins in Roman Times, and here the rivers Leie and Schelde converge, this favourable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years. There are two magnificent churches in Ghent, Saint Nicholas is one of the defining features of Ghent’s famous Medieval skyline – the Three Towers of Ghent – Saint Baafs houses the famous Mystic Lamb Tryptic painted by Jan van Eyck. B L D
Cycling distance: 41 miles.

Day 8.
Our last cycling day takes us through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to our final destination Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings, in the city center’s Burg square, is the 14th-century Stadhuis (City Hall) and nearby, Market square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views, and of course not forgetting the famous Belgian chocolate shops.
B L D
Cycling distance: 31 miles.

Day 9.
After one last look around the town travel by coach to Calais to board the 14.00 P&O sailing to Dover arriving at 14.30 continue to pick up points where holiday ends

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner