Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour

Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour

Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour

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From $1,550USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Experience the highlights of the Netherlands, France, and Belgium on two wheels

Cycle from the “Venice of the North” to the “City of Lights” at your own pace.

Be swept back in time as you pedal your way through Amsterdam’s seventeenth-century Canal District.

Visit ancient abbeys, whimsical castles, and open-air museums across three must-see European countries.

Revel in the spellbinding landscapes of unspoiled natural parks, blooming valleys, and polder-lined country lanes.

Embark on a dream ride in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France on the 12-day self-guided Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour.

This mesmerizing international cycling adventure brings you from the “Venice of the North” to the “City of Lights” on top-quality cycling trails through unbelievable natural landscapes.

Beginning in the progressive Dutch capital, Amsterdam, you’ll ride south to the famous “cheese town” of Gouda before crossing the border into Belgium, where you’ll enjoy spectacular stays in Antwerp and Ghent. As you near the French border, you’ll enjoy a night in Tournai before crossing over into France for a superb lineup that includes Cambrai, Saint-Quentin, Compiègne, and Chantilly. The tour ends with a bang in France’s seductive capital, Paris, where you’ll dive in into a world of art, fashion, history, and exquisite international food and wine.

Pedal your way through ancient medieval cities in Belgium, unwinding with a crisp cold Belgian beer in hand at a historic brewery. Visit top attractions in the Netherlands, like the whimsical world of ancient windmills known as Kinderdijk. Delight in charming French towns with royal roots, indulging your taste for spectacular food and wine.

From the canals of Amsterdam to the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, this extraordinary tour invites you to experience the best of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in just 12 days. Launch into this one-of-a-kind cycling tour. Book your spot on the Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour today!

Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Your cycling tour begins in one of Europe’s genuine crown jewels, Amsterdam. You couldn’t ask for a more exciting start to your cycling holiday, and with so much to see and do, you’ll want to settle into your hotel and set out to explore.

Find out what all the buzz is about in the infamous Red Light District or experience Amsterdam through the lens of history in the city’s 400-year-old Canal District.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Amsterdam
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle the Green Heart to “Cheese Town” Gouda

A challenging, exciting ride sets the tone for your first day of cycling as you ride to the “cheese town” of Gouda. Setting out into the Netherlands’ lush Green Heart, you’ll enjoy enthralling scenery on a route enveloped in polders and swaying peat meadows.

Cruising through historical towns like lovely Oudewater, you’ll end the day in medieval Gouda, a town famous for much more than just its tasty cheese. Take a trip down to the well-preserved town center for a showcase of Gouda’s impressive medieval buildings, and after you’ve had your fill of cheese, why not top of the day with fresh syrup waffles, another delicacy found in this delightful town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Gouda
Distance
80km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle to Kinderdijk, Biesbosch National Park, and Breda

Day 3 has plenty in store, so fuel up with a hearty breakfast and get ready to ride to Breda. Up first is one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attractions, Kinderdijk—a world of ancient windmills that tower high into the sky. Then, you’ll revel in the natural beauty of Biesbosch National Park, where you’ll tackle a 1-kilometre-long bridge suspended above the pretty Diep River.

Today’s final stretch takes you through gorgeous pastoral landscapes in the south of the Netherlands through several charming Brabant villages, and finally on to Breda, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodation.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Breda
Distance
79km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle the De Zoom Kalmthoutse Heide Nature Reserve to Antwerp

If you didn’t get the chance to explore Breda yesterday, rise early this morning and enjoy breakfast, then set out to take in this ornate city with Dutch royal roots.

Then, you’ll set out on today’s scenic route into a woodsy area that straddles the Dutch-Belgian border. On the border lies the De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide nature reserve, where the natural beauty and wildlife that call the reserve home will amaze you.

Finally, you’ll sail into Antwerp, Belgium’s most influential port city and the largest town in the Flanders region. Check into your accommodation, then set out to explore this eclectic city, perhaps unwinding with a cold Belgian beer at one of several historic breweries found here.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Antwerp
Distance
74km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle the Scheldt River to Dendermonde and Ghent

This morning, you’ll set south following breakfast for another enthralling ride, tracing the River Scheldt. The route begins on the LF2 Cities Cycle Route, then continues on the LF5, leading you first through Dendermonde and then on to today’s destination, Ghent.

Many call Ghent the most beautiful city in Belgium, and it's known as a dazzling hub brimming with culture and authentic charm. Check into your hotel here and explore to decide for yourself.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ghent
Distance
78km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Belgian Pies on the Ride to Tournai

Pleasantly charmed by your time in Ghent, head out this morning to tackle your next adventure on your bike on the first stretch to Oudenaarde.

Pedal smooth cycle paths alongside the open fields of Flanders, hopping off your bikes in Kluisbergen to savour one of Belgium's most delectable local specialties, the "Geraardsbergse Mattentaart," a mouth-watering milk curd pie. Finally, you'll cross over into the province of Wallonia, enjoying a final stretch to today's destination, Tournai, home to five impressive bell towers.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tournai
Distance
72km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Cycle the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut to Cambrai

Set out this morning following breakfast on one final stretch along the Scheldt, which paves that way to France. Having arrived in France, you’ll revel in a mesmerizing ride through the Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, France’s first-ever regional park. Forests, marshes, and ponds brimming with wildlife accompany you on the ride to Cambrai, as well as several idyllic French villages.

Arrive in Cambrai, a harmonious city with deep roots in both art and history. Check into your accommodation, then peruse the elegant streets lined with Flemish mansions and half-timbered buildings, and pop into a café to taste the famous “Bétises de Cambrai” (boiled sweets).

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cambrai
Distance
65km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Cycle the Haute-Escaut and Visit the Abbey of Vaucelles

A gorgeous route awaits today, through the spellbinding landscapes of the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut, which brings you to the magnificent Vaucelles Abbey. The thirteenth-century Cistercian abbey is a true delight to explore. Masterfully restored, you’ll marvel at the historic building’s unique dimensions.

Country lanes and gently rolling hills characterize the next stretch, with the opportunity to stop at the Touage Museum along the way. Finally, you’ll press on to Saint-Quentin, a remarkable city rebuilt after the Great War in the Art Deco Style.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Saint-Quentin
Distance
50km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Cycle the Valley Oise to Noyon and Compiègne

Enjoy another delightful French breakfast this morning, then set out for the vibrant Oise Valley. Keep your eyes peeled on today’s route for the rich birdlife that calls this area home as you cruise alongside the canals that lead to Noyon.

Stop for lunch in Noyon, admiring its medieval atmosphere and impressive cathedral before continuing towards the abbey of Ourscamp. Then, spotting a pretty town bordered by lush green forest, you’ll ride to Compiègne, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodation and various fascinating museums.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Compiègne
Distance
77km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Castles, Medieval Towns, and Enchanted Forests

This morning, you’ll venture into the ethereal world of the Compiègne Forest before continuing up to the Automne river. Cruise past Béthisy-Saint-Pierre, which is well worth a detour, then navigate the plateau of Nery, soon entering the Halatte Forest.

Reach the gorgeous town of Senlis, a former royal residence in the Middle Ages. Senlis is a charming medieval town with a rich history and features several top-notch museums. The final stretch for today guides you to Chantilly, where you’ll spend the night. Check out the town’s world-renowned castle and treat yourself to a gastronomic adventure in the home of the famous Chantilly cream.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Chantilly
Distance
65km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Final Ride to the City of Lights

The culmination of your journey is a momentous final leg to Paris, known as the “City of Lights.” Depart Senlis this morning following breakfast and enjoy a splendid stretch through the forest to enter the beautiful Ile de France region, where you’ll note the landscape change. Towering pines and sandy earth characterize Ile de France, paving the way to the town of Gressy.

From Gressy, you’ll pedal a smooth track adjacent to the Canal de l’Ourcq, enjoying the peaceful rural setting that soon fades as you find yourself ushered into the vigorous energy of France’s capital, Paris.

Enjoy your final evening in this world-famous city, known as a hub for fashion, art, culture, and heavenly gastronomy!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Paris
Distance
65km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Depart

With so much to see and do in Paris, it goes without saying that adding an extra night or two at the end of this tour is an excellent idea. Otherwise, check out after breakfast and head to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour Prices and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour is run as a fixed departure tour, and the price per person depends on the time of year and how many people are in your group.

Please note that all the departures are on request and the availability is not guaranteed. The minimum size of the group is 2. Alternative days might be available on request, for an extra charge.

Prices below are per person.

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-06-01

Amsterdam, Netherlands

12 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-06-12

Paris, France

125+
$1,550USDBook Now
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2023-07-31

Amsterdam, Netherlands

12 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-08-11

Paris, France

125+
$1,550USDBook Now
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2023-08-31

Amsterdam, Netherlands

12 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-11

Paris, France

125+
$1,550USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour

This tour is based on hotels. Hotels on this trip are mostly 3- and 4-star with one 2-star stay. Accommodations along the route offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Guests may have access to amenities such as swimming pools, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on. All accommodations are private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $675USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. This tour is not available for solo travellers as minimum size of the group is 2.

Westcord Art Hotel in Amsterdam

Located in the Westerpark district, the Westcord Art Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Amsterdam, only a 10-minute ride from the city center. Theatre Amsterdam is located within walking distance, making it the optimal place to catch a show.

Best Western Hotel in Gouda

A gorgeous, newly renovated hotel designed with Gouda’s rich and fascinating history in mind.

Golden Tulip Keyser in Breda

The Golden Tulip hotel brings the best of Breda to its doorstep. Located a short walk from Breda’s Art Museum and overlooking Chassépark, everything is within reach for guests during their stay.

Hampton Hotel in Antwerp

A modern hotel found in the bustling center of historical Antwerp within walking distance of the famous cathedral and the Diamon District.

Best Western Chamade in Ghent

Set in a lively area of Ghent, this modern hotel features several modern amenities, and guests can enjoy breakfast in the casual restaurant that boasts spectacular city views.

Hôtel Cathédrale in Tournai

In the city center of Tournai, this charming hotel is set on a quiet cobble-stoned street, located within walking distance of several top attractions in Tournai.

Hôtel le Mouton Blanc in Cambrai

Guests will enjoy the cozy bar, and excellent restaurant at this classic hotel found in the center of Cambrai.

Le Grande Hôtel in Saint-Quentin

Large, comfortable rooms and a warm and welcoming ambience make this an excellent stay in Saint-Quentin.

Best Western les Beaux Arts Hotel in Compiègne

This delightful hotel overlooks the pretty Oise River and is just a short walk from the impressive eighteenth-century Palais de Compiègne.

La Porte Bellon in Chantilly

Guests will enjoy a wide selection of helpful amenities at this hotel, including room service, in-room kitchenettes, and a bar and lounge.

Holiday Inn Paris la Villette in Paris

This stylish, modern hotel overlooks the Bassin de la Villette and is located just 5 kilometres from the famous Louvre. A trendy bar and lounge and lovely outdoor terrace are perfect for unwinding here after a day of adventures.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour?

Meals

11 breakfasts are included. You can upgrade to half board and add 11 dinners to your tour package for an extra charge of 228 EUR per person.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 11 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Amsterdam and after the tour in Paris are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transportation during the tour is included for one piece of luggage per person, and extra pieces of luggage can be added for an extra charge of 50 EUR per one piece. Your bike rental and airport transfers are not included but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Maps and route descriptions
  • GPS device
  • Tourist information on all places of interest
  • Tourist taxes
  • 7 days/week phone service

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • Guide services
  • Flights
  • Ferry tickets
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • E-bike rental: $325USD per person
  • Upgrade to half board: $275USD per person
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequenty Asked Questions about Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour

How hard is the Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable cycling distances of up to 80 kilometres in a day, with plenty of opportunities for breaks and refreshments. The terrain is a mix of hilly and flat with some steep extended climbs.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills, and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need a visa to travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

When is the best time to travel to Netherlands, Belgium, and France for this tour?

The best time to travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France for this cycling tour is from May to September, when the weather is at its best. July and August are the busiest months for tourists. This tour is available from June to September, allowing you the option to travel during the summer or early fall.

Are meals included on the Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour?

11 breakfasts are included. You can upgrade to half board and add 7 dinners to your tour package for an extra charge of 228 EUR per person.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Amsterdam to start this tour?

Fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). You can take the Amsterdam express shuttle to the city center. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Where does the Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Paris. You can return to Amsterdam by train, which takes approximately 3 hours. You can also depart from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport (ORY), both easily reachable by public transport from the city center. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer to the airport as a supplement in advance or arrange your own private transfer.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are 21-gear hybrid bikes, 27-gear premium bikes, 10-gear e-bikes, or race bikes (Montreal 74 Eddy Merckx and Blockhaus 67 Eddy Merckx).

What equipment does bike rental include?

All bike rentals come with a chain lock and repair kit. Hybrid bikes and e-bikes also include a saddlebag.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the Netherlands, Belgium, and France?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable cycling distances of up to 80 kilometres in a day, with plenty of opportunities for breaks and refreshments. The terrain is a mix of hilly and flat with some steep extended climbs.


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