Bruges – Amsterdam - Belgium meets Holland

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1.
Meet at 12.15 at Newcastle ferry port to board the Bikeliner coach for the short journey to Hull ferry port to board the P&O 18.30 sailing to Zebrugge.

Day 2.
Continue by coach to Bruges (14 miles) to pick up the Hotel Barge Flora, overnight stay in Bruges, called the Venice of the North, maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities, its old centre, which dates from the middle Ages, is almost completely intact. At the time Bruges was a metropole, a centre of trade and art, which you can still fully enjoy. B D

Day 3.
Leaving the beautiful Bruges behind cycle through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to 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: 30 miles.

Day 4.
Today we make our way to Middleburg Capital of Zeeland and once one of the trading cities of the Dutch East India Company, the old town possesses all the charms of a proud city steeped in tradition. With its historic Canalside houses and twisty alleyways and the late Gothic town hall. in the heart of the city lies the Liebfrauen Abbey, founded in 1100 with its 90 m high abbey tower, 'Lange Jan' from the top of the tower there is a good view of the Walcheren Peninsula.
Cycling distance: 39 miles.

Day 5.
Leaving Middleburg, we cycle via the pretty town of Goas to the fortified town of Tholen large sections of the city walls and other fortifications can be found around the town centre. The windmill on the city walls, named De Hoop, was built in 1736 and is still used to mill corn. The historic town hall was built around 1460, it houses the oldest carillon clock in the Netherlands, you can hear it play every 15 minutes. The square in front of the town hall was once used to try criminals. The last execution by sword was carried out here in 1750.
Cycling distance: 40 miles.

Day 6.
Today we leave Zeeland and cross into 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. Our next visit is Willemstad a fortified town surrounded by Water with a small historic quaint harbour then on to Dordrecht one of the oldest towns in Holland, we overnight here in the historic port of Wolvershaven B L D
Cycling distance: 39 miles.

Day 7.
We leave Dordrecht and take the waterbus to Pappendrecht to then a short ride to Kinderdijk, where an impressive row of large windmills can be seen, built to drain the Alblasserwaard. After visiting the windmills, we continue to Schoonhaven known for its silver since the 17th century silversmiths have worked here before arriving at overnight stop Vianen with its lovely 15th century gate. B L D
Cycling distance: 39 miles.

Day 8.
Sail to Breukelen during breakfast then cycle along the winding river Vecht and through the water lands to Amsterdam capital of the Netherlands, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk
Cycling distance: 30 miles.

Day 9.
Depart after Breakfast to cycle to Ijmuiden to board the overnight ferry to Newcastle. B

Day 10.
Arrive in Newcastle ferry port 09.30 where holiday ends.

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner