Two cosmopolitan capital cities connected by peace and tranquility as you ride through meadows, along rivers and sandy beaches.
Departing from Greenwich, a charming London neighborhood, this tour take you through the beautiful County of Kent, the Garden of England. Crossing by ferry from Dover England to Dunkirk France, continue on French soil and then into Flanders, a land rich in fields and meadows mingled with waterways, sandy beaches and seaside promenades. Discover firsthand why Belgium is known for chocolate, waffles, lace and beer. Explore the unforgettable sites of elegant Ostend and romantic Bruges. Experience the Netherlands, a land reclaimed from the water and home to wooden shoes, windmills and renowned artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. We invite you to take this unique journey to rediscover the pleasure of exploration. Many new experiences and memories await.
Day One. Individual arrival in Greenwich and hotel checkin. At 6 pm attend a welcome meeting and receive your bike. Greenwich - an UNESCO World Heritage Site - is an ancient village overlooking the south bank of the River Thames. It is located just a few kilometers from the center of London. The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village. From here you can admire the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral. The historic astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich Prime Meridian for which the village is known worldwide. Every day at 1 pm the red globe atop the observatory is dropped to mark the time (GMT). In the evening a laser travels through the skies of Greenwich marking the Prime Meridien. Greenwich is also a place rich in history. It was the site of a royal palace, the birthplace of King Henry VIII, including the most ancient royal park of city. Extraordinary architecture such as the Charlton House and the Queen's House, many village parks, and one of the most popular markets of London are here to see and explore. All that, along with the tranquility pervading the village, makes Greenwich one of the most fascinating areas of the capital.
Day Two. Greenwich – Canterbury 46 Km / 29 mi. The tour begins by cycling along the southern bank of the river Thames to Dartford (31 km). Here board a train and travel across the County of Kent to Whitstable (1h20- not included). Kent is known as Garden of England for its green landscape dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK. From Whitstable ride the last 10km by bike to the day’s destination, Canterbury. This beautiful town, located on the main road between Dover and London, is the starting point of the Francigena Way and, in spite of its medieval past, is now lively with students who come here from all over Europe to attend its important University. The city was the first capital of the Saxon kingdom of Kent and the seat of the first Christian diocese of England founded by St. Augustine. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture, dominates the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses of the old medieval city center.
Day Three. Canterbury – Dover + ferry to Dunkirk 50 km / 32 mi. Depart early to cycle 34 km to Dover, an important port town famous for its white cliffs. Here board the ferry to Dunkirk France (about 2 hours + 1 Time Zone). Once in France ride 18 km from the port to the center of the city. Dunkirk is the third most important port in France. It is located in the Nord- Pas de Calais. At first glance Dunkirk is an industrial town focused on maritime trade. But then the unusual beauty of this place sets in with its dunes and tens of kilometers of sandy beaches flourishing in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are popular activities here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, and Flemish influences. The church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.
Day Four. Dunkirk – Ostend 59 km / 37 mi. Ride along the sea and through rich farmland as you exit Dunkirk on your way to the French-Belgian border. Once in Belgium ride through the Flemish green countryside. Several World War II battles took place here as French and British troops fought to block the German invasion. After passing through the towns of Veurne and Koksijde, return to the sandy beaches of the North Sea on your way to Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast. Enjoy the wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels and restaurants, savor the fresh mussels, oysters, and local beers.
Day Five. Ostend – Bruges – Breskens 68 km + ferry to Vlissingen /42 mi. The bike tour continues through the Flanders region. This green land rich in pastures, historic sites and charming towns will fascinate and surprise you. Cycle towards the romantic city of Bruges where time seems to have stopped and everything runs more slowly. Explore the city center and discover the pleasures of Belgian chocolate, lace, and beer. A tour through the network of canals is an unique and interesting way to discover the city. Continue your ride through the countryside along the Dutch border in the direction of Breskens. Here board a ferry for a short ride (about 15 minutes– not included) to Vlissingen, the day’s destination. This fishing town is home to shipyards and a naval academy. The promenade, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.
Day Six. Vlissingen – Dordrecht by train + Dordrecht – Vianen about 66 km / 41 mi. After breakfast, transfer by train from Vlissingen to Dordrecht (1h30 – not included), an elegant river town rich in art, theater and architecture. This cultural center gave birth to several accomplished artists including students of Rembrandt. From here cycle through the Dutch countryside crossing flower gardens, walled cities, canals and dams. Continue northwards through pastures, orchards and meadows dotted with windmills to the village of Vianen.
Day Seven. Vianen – Amsterdam about 64 km / 40 mi. During the last cycling day travel first to Utrecht. Utrecht is an old city vibrant with culture and university life. This historic city is characterized by medieval palaces and ancient buildings, evidence of its rich commercial past. Picturesque canals are fringed by wine cellars transformed into trendy clubs. Pubs and coffee shops surround the docks. From Utrecht continue through charming towns and along canals on the way to Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is famous its art, architecture, and its open-minded society. Dam Square, the Anne Frank house, art and history await. Cycling is definitely the most suitable way to explore the city. But a tour of the canals by boat is highly recommended.
Day Eight. After breakfast the tour ends.