- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 18-99 yrs
- max group size 16
- guiding method Self-guided
- Tour Code BM-20421
- Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
- Starts/Ends Amsterdam, Holland/ Paris, France
- Cycling through three countries
- Discovering a mix of cities and quiet country towns
- Delighting in the flavours of The Netherlands, Belgium and France
- Enjoying the everchanging scenery
- Staying in small, familyrun hotels
Experience a variety of landscapes and lifestyles as you cycle from Amsterdam via Belgium to Paris. Cycle your way from the canals of Amsterdam to the 'City of Lights', Paris, on this relaxed and diverse self guided cycling trip traversing three countries. Pedalling on a combination of dedicated cycle ways along canals and rivers, sleepy country lanes and urban cycle friendly roads, this is a relaxed ride where you can focus entirely on the changing scenery, flavours and languages as you make your way from The Netherlands, through Belgium and finally to France. The trip is ideal for those who revel in city experiences, but also enjoy activity. Combine time at the museums and world famous buildings of Amsterdam and Paris with visits to Gouda, famous for its cheese, Antwerp, and the medieval architecture of Ghent. Your time in the saddle will be well rewarded in each country as you ride through changing landscapes and lifestyles, from The Netherlands' iconic Kinderdijk windmills to Belgium's beer and chocolate and of course beautiful French villages, with their local food and wine. Electric bikes will lower the grading and are an option to consider on this epic two wheeled journey.
Day 1 : Arrive Amsterdam
Day 2 : Cycle through the Green Heart of Holland to Gouda (80km/50mi)
Day 3 : Continue past Kinderdijk windmills to Breda (81km/50mi)
Day 4 : Cycle into Belgium and the heart of Antwerp (73km/45.5mi)
Day 5 : Follow the river Scheldt then continue to charming Ghent (90km/56mi)
Day 6 : Cycle through the open fields of Flanders and on to Tournai (79km/49mi)
Day 7 : Cross into France and cycle through forests and villages to Cambrai (74km/46mi)
Day 8 : Visit Vaucelles Abbey & the Great War memorials en route to Saint-Quentin (51km/31.5mi)
Day 9 : Cycle through the Oise valley to Compiègne (75km/47mi)
Day 10 : Cycle via Chantilly, famous for its cream, to the medieval town of Senlis (67km/42.5mi)
Day 11 : Cycle along the Canal de l'Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin into Paris (72km/45mi)
Day 12 : Trip concludes
- 11 nights in 3 to 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- 27 speed premium touring rental bike with pannier, helmet, repair kit and lock (e-bikes, road bikes available - supplement applies). GPS device rental is included (one per room).
- 11 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer between hotels - limited to 1 piece of luggage per person weighing a max 20kg - excess charge for extra luggage items to be booked and paid before departure. Please note that small bags cannot be attached to the main luggage, they will be charged as separate pieces of luggage.
- Information pack including route notes, maps, tourist information per room booked (GPS tracks available on request)
- Emergency hotline
- Travel to Amsterdam and from Paris
- All drinks, lunches and dinners. A dinner package can be booked which includes a 3 course dinner on 7 nights (not in Ghent, Tournai, Saint Quentin or Paris) - supplement applies.
- Items of a personal nature
- Tour guide - this is a self guided tour
- Travel insurance - mandatory
- Entrance fees
- Transfers and ferry crossings - allow 1 to 2 EUR per ferry
- Excess luggage - supplement applies. Each piece of extra luggage will be charged a supplement. Luggage cannot be heavier than 20kgs due to work safety rules.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle Amsterdam to Paris tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 07 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 December 2022, a deposit of 269 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Cycle Amsterdam to Paris tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Cycle Amsterdam to Paris tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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What is the best month to visit France?
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