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London to Amsterdam

UK, Netherlands Cycle CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

Cycling from London to Amsterdam – the bike capital of the world – is a classic European cycle experience and a wonderful challenge to achieve in only two days.

Passing through the picturesque countryside of rural England, we cross the Channel and continue across the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland. The sight of Amsterdam with its network of canals, cobbled streets and wonderful architecture will evoke a real sense of excitement. We celebrate our achievement with a night in Amsterdam before heading home by train.


London to Amsterdam

3 DAYS
  • An early start from north east London allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It is not long before we are among the fields and villages of rural Suffolk. The route is reasonably flat and will take us through quieter parts of the Suffolk countryside through Malden and then Colchester before heading to our destination Harwich. Here we have dinner at the yacht club before catching the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland. Night on ferry.

     

    Cycle approx 82 miles

    Route Profile

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  • We arrive into the Hook of Holland early in the morning and head towards Amsterdam. Our route takes us across the flat, cycle-friendly lands of Holland, hugging the sandy beaches and dunes of the coast. We pass the resort towns of Ter Heijde and Scheveningen, on the outskirts of The Hague, and head north through Katwijk aan Zee, an ancient town at the mouth of the River Rhine that was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. We leave the coast at Zandvoort’s long sandy beach and head east and inland, passing through Haarlem, which for centuries has been the ‘tulip centre’. Not far from Amsterdam now, we ride past the waterways and parks of Europe’s bike capital to our central finish point. We check into our hotel and have a well-earned shower and rest, before celebrating our achievement in this vibrant city. Night hotel.

     

    (Breakfast on ferry not included)

     

    Cycle approx 55 miles

    Route Profile

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  • The morning is free for sight-seeing and exploring Amsterdam, or simply relaxing in one of the city’s many cafés. We then take an afternoon train back to London, connecting onto Eurostar in Brussels.


    (Lunch not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £1,150 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £650 Tour Cost £250.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £575 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Amsterdam return (by ferry and train)
    • All meals except where specifed
    • Celebration meal in Amsterdam
    • Accommodation on a twin share basis in hotel / shared cabin on ferry
    • Discover Adventure leaders, mechanics and drivers
    • Full vehicle support throughout the trip

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Bicycle
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and water bottles 
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £1,200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £700 Tour Cost £250.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £600 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Amsterdam return (by ferry and train)
    • All meals except where specifed
    • Celebration meal in Amsterdam
    • Accommodation on a twin share basis in hotel / shared cabin on ferry
    • Discover Adventure leaders, mechanics and drivers
    • Full vehicle support throughout the trip

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Bicycle
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and water bottles 
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £1,200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £700 Tour Cost £250.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £600 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Amsterdam return (by ferry and train)
    • All meals except where specifed
    • Celebration meal in Amsterdam
    • Accommodation on a twin share basis in hotel / shared cabin on ferry
    • Discover Adventure leaders, mechanics and drivers
    • Full vehicle support throughout the trip

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Bicycle
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and water bottles 
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

  • Accommodation is in shared cabins on the ferry, and a 2-3* hotel in Amsterdam; rooms are on a twin-share basis.

  • The food provided is plentiful and will give you plenty of energy. Lunches are generally buffet-style while dinners are usually eaten at the hotel. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew, including mechanics. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary.

    The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, making you lunch and sorting out any mechanical problems. Support vehicles are with the group all of the time, and carry all luggage and spares.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.


Testimonials

Rachel - February 2017


Had a fantastic time and loved every second!! Weather was gorgeous for cycling in and had major Monday morning blues this week from being gutted it was all over!!!

Jennifer - February 2017


Thank you for your email. I had a fantastic trip - it was very well organised, the water and food stops were fab and the support from the team along the way was great. I am keen to sign up for another trip so I think that says it all! Thanks again for all your help.

Grace - November 2016


I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and the team at Discover Adventure. It was an incredible experience and so well organised by you guys. The team were amazing. Hopefully I'll be doing something again with you in the near, or for now not so near, future!

Sheyan - November 2016


Great organisation, great ride and would love to repeat the experience one day.

Omar - November 2016


The event is extremely well organised and ran like clockwork. The staff are attentive and care about your well-being. It felt like a real adventure and the fact you can ride your own pace is great whilst your luggage and transport logistics are all taken care of :)

Jennifer - November 2016


I had a fantastic trip, well organised, great support and met some brilliant people, I am keen to sign up for my next challenge!

Cycle Training Weekends

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£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!

MORE INFORMATION

grade | CHALLENGING (1)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

CHALLENGING trips involve full days of activity, and are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but are achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude.

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