A masterpiece from Amsterdam to Bruges
6 Days / 5 Nights
Amsterdam to Bruges
It’s little wonder the Dutch masters were so inspired to paint Holland’s rich landscape; for a nation in which many live below sea level, the high points are everywhere apparent. Here in the legendary land of tulips and windmills, we navigate our way by pedalling the endless towpaths, bike paths, polders and dykes that dot the land. After a visit to UNESCO Kinderdijk, we venture south into Flanders in Belgium, whose cultural heart, Bruges, is a work of art unto itself. Stately Flemish architecture soars over tranquil canals and bustling squares, testament to the creative might of its spinners, tapestry-makers, and artists centuries ago. Kids can channel the creativity too: sand-castle building, painting, artisanal chocolate lessons. The journey is quite simply a masterpiece for all ages.
*The activities on our Holland & Belgium Family Biking trip are recommended for children age 8 years and older.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Marya Valli
Day by Day
Drive to a delightful seaside resort for a bike ride along the beach and into the rugged dunes. We stop for lunch at the Beachclub on Wassenaar's beach where the kids will stay for a lesson in sandcastle construction. Meantime, adults ride through to The Hague to visit to the spectacular Panorama Mesdag.
The next morning’s destination is Leiden. Kids embark on a Rembrandt tour and drawing lesson while adults take a guided walk of the town. We all meet again at Holland's most famous Pancake house for lunch! This evening, grown-ups enjoy a tasting of the Dutch gin known as jenever before a savoury Indonesian dinner.
After breakfast adults will pedal eastward into the rich fields and pastures of the Dutch countryside towards Gouda, home of the eponymous mild cheese. The kids will arrive in Gouda to partake in a treasure hunt!
Begin the day with a visit to a typical Dutch windmill and meet Ineke at her Gouda cheese farm. We then hop on our bikes to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend much of the afternoon driving across the south of Holland into Belgium, arriving in Bruges in time for a private sunset boat cruise through the city’s picturesque canals.
Follow bike paths out of Bruges and into the surrounding castle countryside. Kids instead will start their day with a walk through town and up the Belfry tower followed by a chocolate making workshop. Our final dinner will take place in the brasserie along the canal.
We’ll say our goodbyes over breakfast this morning at The Dukes’ Palace. Your guides will be happy to assist you with your travel plans.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’dwant. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation (suite upgrade available, call for details)
- All breakfasts, three lunches (four for kids), and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guides and support van
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet, and kids’ equipment where needed
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
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