Amsterdam Bike Ride 2024

Saturday 27 Jul 2024 - Sunday 04 Aug 2024Harwich Ferry Terminal390km (250 miles)
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Cycling in Holland is a delight - where the bike always comes first!

Following the traffic-free cycle paths and quiet roads that criss-cross the country, this hostel-based cycling holiday will introduce you to the lesser-known landscapes of the Netherlands as we ride alongside tree-lined canals and atop dykes, exploring the pretty villages and natural beauty of the Dutch countryside.

Visiting the beaches, castles, historic cities and nature reserves of this cyclists' paradise, you'll experience the pleasure and relaxation that comes with a holiday in a country where the cyclist is king...and queen.

Travelling on Saturday 27th July, the overnight ferry crossing onboard Stena Line's 'Superferry', Hollandia, offers comfortable cabins, two restaurants, two bars and a cinema - a great onboard experience meaning you're fresh for the start of this great cycling holiday. Following routes through picturesque and varied countryside, you'll be welcomed with typically warm Dutch hospitality at the beautiful, clean and friendly hostels.

PLEASE NOTE: ACCOMMODATION IS IN SHARED SINGLE GENDER EN-SUITE HOSTEL ROOMS, TYPICALLY WITH 4 OR 6 BEDS. Groups of friends may share a mixed room, and the Amsterdam hotel has some 2-bed rooms (subject to avaialbility).

An average level of fitness is required for this holiday. You must be able to cycle up to 60 miles in one day. (Remember that the terrain is very level!) Minimum age 13.

If you have any queries about this holiday, please get in touch using the 'Contact' link at the head of the page or feel free to call us on 0117 422 1472

"I wanted to say thank you to all the organising crew for a fantastic holiday! Weather was great, cycling and scenery was superb and there was a great sense of bonhomie & good feeling amongst the cyclists. I'll definitely recommend your events & tours to my friends" A. C.

"I just arrived back from the Amsterdam bike ride and it was a really excellent experience. The group was super- friendly, the weather was sunny, and the organisers were really helpful." Richard, Oxford Bike Works

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Ride Details

Basic Trip Cost



Ferry Crossings (inc berth in cabin & breakfast on outward journey)
Hostel Accommodation (shared rooms, usually 4 or 6 berth ensuite)
Breakfast & Dinner
All luggage transfers
GPX route and maps
Courier, Cycle Mechanic


Harwich Ferry Terminal


Harwich Ferry Terminal


390km (250 miles)

Challenge Rating

Start Times


Route Details

Sat 27 July: Overnight sailing from Harwich to Hoek van Holland.

Sun 28 July: Cycle alongside the mighty River Maas to the heart of the Biesbosch National Park and the tranquil woodland Dordrecht hostel (50 miles approx)

Monday 29h July: Passing the famous Kinderdijk windmills, we head through the ‘green heart’ of the Netherlands to the university city of Utrecht with its beautiful historic centre. (60 miles, approx.)

Tuesday 30th July: Following the coast of the IJmeer we call at Naarden, with its ‘Star Fort’, and Muiden as we head into the centre of exciting Amsterdam & the Vondelpark hostel (45 miles approx)

Wedneday 31st July: Day off to explore Amsterdam with optional ride to Zaanse Schaans / Broek-in-Waterland.

Thursday 1st August: Riding north along the IJmeer again to Marken & we catch the ferry to Vollendam / Edam, turning west to Heemskerk and the impressive (moated!) Slot Assumberg castle. (60 miles approx)

Friday 2nd August: Day off to visit the beach (5km) or cycle / take the train to pretty Alkmaar. (Cycle: 20 miles)
Saturday 3rd August: Heading south along the coast & through Haarlem, it's back to the Hook of Holland and our overnight ferry home. (60 miles approx)

Sunday 4th August: Arrive back in Harwich 06:30

Other Info

Please click here for our holiday terms and conditions
Bike Events 0117 422 1472

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

Take A120 to Harwich then follow signs for Harwich International Port and railway station then for the Car Ferry (luggage drop off with Bike Events' support vehicle).

Long term parking available at Harwich International Railway Station (£8.60 per 24hrs) and local car parks - visit

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Getting here by train

Trains from London Liverpool St, London to Harwich Ferry Terminal
National Rail enquiries 03457 48 49 50

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