Amsterdam to Paris Cycle Expedition

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duration DURATION: 18th – 29th SEPTEMBER
location LOCATION: NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, FRANCE
money COST: ON CONTACT


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About Road Trip

A dream bike ride through Europe, from the canals of Amsterdam to the Eifeltower of Paris. These two European cities with big importance for history, world-famous buildings and museums are the start and the finish of this journey through 3 countries.

In between you will discover famous and beautiful towns like Gouda, Antwerp and Ghent as you cycle through varied landscapes. You will experience great cycling in European cycle paradise Holland with water, windmills and a perfect cycle-paths system. Medieval cities and villages in Belgium with great food, beer and chocolate. And then of course France, beautiful France with it’s very wide spectrum of food and wines.


ITINERARY


Day 1: Arrival Amsterdam

Your holiday starts in Amsterdam, one of the crown-jewels of Europe. With so much to see and do, you couldn’t wish for a more vibrant way to kick off your holiday. If you arrive early, make sure to go for a walk to marvel at the townhouses in the 17th-century canal district (listed as World Heritage). Have you got time and energy left? Opt to saunter down the infamous red-light district which attracts millions of curious tourists every year; or enjoy the street performers on friendly Rembrandtplein.
Bikes are not allowed on the train from Paris to Amsterdam (or vice versa). We therefore strongly recommend to book this trip with rental bikes, so you can leave the rental bikes at the hotel in Paris at the end of the trip.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Gouda                                   80 km

The first leg of the route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, abounding in water. It is a true cycling paradise, with characteristic peat and polder landscapes, small farming communities and picturesque historical villages. End the day in medieval Gouda. Amble through the beautifully preserved town center and visit the old town hall and St. John’s church. Stop off at a bakery to buy fresh syrup waffles (Gouda is the hometown of syrup waffles) and Gouda cheese – perhaps the world’s most famous type of cheese.

Day 3: Gouda – Breda                                                79 km

Today’s highlight is one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attractions: Kinderdijk, a worldfamous complex of windmills. Nineteen historical windmills reach to the skies in the epitome of classical Dutch countryside. You can visit an authentic workshop and find out how these mills were built and how they work. Have you always wanted to be a miller? This is where you can still learn the trade! You will cycle through Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest towns. A visit to the scenic harbour quarter with its wonderful historical buildings should not be missed. The route will take you right past one of the few remaining fresh-water tidal areas in Europe: Biesbosch National Park. Upon crossing Hollands Diep river by ferry, you will find yourself in the south of the Netherlands. In village after village, Brabant hospitality will entice you to stop for a cup of coffee and big slice of fruit tart. Today’s destination is Breda.

Day 4: Breda – Antwerpen                                       74 km

Breda is the main city of Nassau in Holland, boasting many imposing monuments. The ancestors of our royal family converted Breda to a beautiful city with richly decorated buildings. The landscape along today’s cycling route is predominantly woody. On the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, catch
your breath in De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide, a lovely cross-border nature reserve. The route takes you right into the historical and touristic heart of Antwerp. It’s the largest town in Flanders and Belgium’s most important port city. After viewing the historical town center, you might like to venture to the hip and trendy parts of the city: ‘t Zuid and Het Eilandje. Have you worked up a thirst for Belgian beer? Consider visiting De Koninck beer brewery. It has been going strong since 1833 and has a new visitor’s center welcoming guests wishing to look around and do some tasting. This brewery is best known for its ‘Bollekes’

Day 5: Antwerpen – Ghent                                   78 km

Cycling South, along the banks of the river Scheldt you will start on the LF2 Cities Cycle Route. The wide Schelde is not only a natural, but also a tourist attraction. By switching to the LF5 you head towards Dendermonde and Ghent. The bushes and polders show the wild and pure nature here. At the end of the day the sparkling cultural city of Ghent is waiting for you. The Belgians call Ghent their most beautiful city and the city will undoubtedly charm you.

Day 6: Ghent – Tournai                                         72 km

The river Scheldt is still your guide as you cycle to the old town of Oudenaarde (AD 974). Also, center of the famous classic cycle race “Ronde van Vlaanderen”. The former towing paths along the banks have been transformed to smooth cycle paths, so occasionally leafy and then through the open fields of Flanders. Down the road do try one of the most famous Belgian local products “Geraardsbergse mattentaart”, a pie with an ancient history of making. Directly after Kluisbergen you leave Flanders and you will enter the province of Wallonia with just a 20 km to go to Tournai.
Today we also offer you two alternative routes that go through the Flemish Ardennes, in case you don’t want to follow the river all day long.

Day 7: Tournai – Cambrai                                    65 km

While leaving the 5 bell-towers of Tournai behind you, ride the last on the Belgian cycle path along the Scheldt, before arriving in France. This day offers a pleasant ride through to the Parc Naturel Regional Scarpe-Escaut, the first French regional park. Here, Belgium and France link with the barges on Escaut river, between lands and waters where you pedal through to the forests, marshes and ponds populated with various species. You will discover the mining villages classified by UNESCO, the agricultural landscapes, but also the beautiful city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, thermal station, near Valenciennes. Passing through typical villages and hamlets, you reach the town of Cambrai, peaceful city of Art and History. Take advantage of it to discover its streets, where half-timbered houses, rich private mansions, Flemish mansions mingle with pleasure. And don’t leave without having tasted the famous “Bétises de Cambrai” or other local specialties!
To visit Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux you can take the longer route (79km). This route is approximately 5 km longer than the standard route.

Day 8: Cambrai – Saint-Quentin                        50 km

Today, you leave Cambrai by lodging the Canal de Saint-Quentin (inaugurated in 1810 by the Emperor Napoleon 1st), discover the Haute Vallée de l’Escaut. Here is a jewel: the abbey of Vaucelles (XII century). As it is presented to you today, the abbey remains an unusual construction both in its dimensions and the quality of its restoration. A few pedaling strokes and you pass the sources of l’Escaut, the famous river that you follow for kilometers and whose course flows into the North Sea in Netherlands. If you want, you can take the 6 km longer route to visit the interesting canal tunnel and the Touage museum. The route takes you through small hilly roads between villages devoted to agriculture and memorial sites of the Great War: cemeteries, memorials and vestiges of the Hindenburg line. Find the canal and its cycle path to finally reach Saint Quentin. Discover its streets with Art Deco houses, the details of which deserve to be spotted. It is the style adopted during the rebuilding of the city, which was hardly destroyed during the Great War and once again became a dynamic city, the economic capital of Haute Picardie.

Day 9: Saint-Quentin – Compiègne                   77 km

On the way to Compiegne, through the fertile valley of the Oise. The itinerary takes again the cycle path of the canals, to the discovery of Chauny. You cross vast natural areas with more than 200 species of birds. Continue towards Noyon, the route continues along the canal. Noyon is listed as a city of Art and History: medieval atmosphere around the cathedral which saw the coronation of Hugues Capet in 987. Then return to the shared tracks where a stop at the abbey of Ourscamp is recommended. When cycling through the woods of Compiègne, you will go past the “Clairière de l’Armstice”, where the armistice (and the actual end) of the First Great War was signed. (and Hitler as revenge forced the French to sign the surrender treaty in 1940). Then you reach Compiègne, a large town bordering the forest, furrowed by charming and shopping streets and museums with varied collections.

Day 10: Compiègne – Senlis                            65 km

The program of the day: Prestigious castle, medieval towns and large forest area! Your journey starts in the forest of Compiègne to go via Pierrefonds and its enchanting castle to the abbey of Saint Jean aux Bois, with its well-preserved abbey grounds, city gates and 850year old oak tree. The route continues alongside a number of Gallo Roman ruins to the Automne Valley, followed by the climb to the beautiful village of Néry. Via the forest of Halatte you’ll arrive in Senlis. Do you have some energy left? Cycle an additional 15 km through the forest of Halatte via Chantilly to Senlis. Chantilly is known for its castle (sometimes compared to a castle of the Loire), its Great Stables, its porcelain, its lace and its gastronomy (yes, the famous cream Chantilly would have been invented here).

Day 11: Senlis – Paris                                       65 km

Last day by bike before arriving in the City of Light, the culmination of your journey! Leave Senlis and cycle in the forest for an itinerary in the heart of nature. No crossing of village to the doors of the region “Ile de France”: guaranteed change of scenery with its great pines! From Gressy to Paris, the route follows the nice cycle track of the Canal de l’Ourcq, a rural setting on the last 30 kilometres for a safe entrance into Paris, far from cars! Crossing the capital along the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin really allows us to dive into a history book, an open-air museum.
Those who want to end this tour in style, can cycle an optional 24 km and safe route through the city. Your hotel is your starting point. The route goes along the river Seine (and the Notre Dame) towards the Eiffel tower and back.

Day 12: Departure from Paris

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Paris.


HIGHLIGHTS


Things to Note

  • Costing provided is on current exchange rate basis, which may or may not
    fluctuate at the time of making actual payment & remitting the same in
    Europe.
  • Customer has to accept and pay the difference amount if any arises due to
    currency fluctuation.
  • We strongly recommend to try local cuisine wherever we do our expeditions
    that’s why meals are not included as people may have different food habits &
    preferences.
  • Providing Indian meals in Europe is very expensive due to which basic
    package cost becomes very high.
  • There’s Indian restaurant available within few km’s from every hotel we are
    staying which can be accessed on cycle or public transport. You can always
    enjoy it if you wish to.
  • We are trying to include basic European dinner every day in package cost
    itself, but it can be confirmed closer to departure only.
  • Half Board package is available please register your request for same.
    Anusandha Adventures or any person associated would not be liable for
    cancelation of anything due to uncertain circumcise, political unrest or act or
    God.
  • Baggage transfer would be done from one stay to another once we check out
    from hotel.
  • Above mentioned hotels are for reference only, hotels or accommodation type
    change as per itinerary requirement, availability of hotels or any other reason.
  • Occupancy ratio may change in some places & may go higher.


CHARGES



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Inclusions: 

  • International Return Airfare (IND to Amsterdam & Paris to IND).
  • Visa Charges & visa assistance.
  • International Travel Insurance.
  • 12 Nights Stay in above mentioned or similar Hotels on double/twin, triple occupancy.
  • Daily buffet breakfast at hotels.
  • Cycle rentals, includes all premium Swiss made cycles.
  • GPS device (1 device in 2 participants).
  • Detailed route maps & guidance day by day basis.
  • Insurance for cycles.
  • Extra overnight stay in Amsterdam.

Exclusions:

  • Meals
  • Forex
  • Any extra baggage or on-board purchase charges
  • Any personal expenses or shopping.
  • Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Packed water bottles.
  • Any snacks or lunch during cycling hours.
  • Any early check in or late check out charges.
  • Any extra itinerary in Paris or in Europe.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusions above.

TERMS & CONDITIONS



Disclaimer
  • Anusandha Adventures will not be liable for any refund in case of any Natural Disaster during tour.
  • In case of natural disaster, Anusandha Adventures would not be liable to provide any individual any other mode of transportation.
  • Anusandha Adventures will not be liable for any expenses for extra stay or meals if occurred due to natural disaster in region.