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.
An early start from Stratford in 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 Essex. The route is reasonably flat and will take us through quieter countryside, passing through Maldon and Colchester, before heading to our destination. We have dinner at the rugby club at Harwich before catching the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland. Night on ferry.
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.
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)
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.
We have a Passenger Portal which will give you more details of the challenge itself. It also enables you to see any outstanding information we need, the countdown to your challenge departure, see your outstanding balance, make payments and update your contact details. You can access this via the following link - Passenger Portal Log in.
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, with plenty of information, and we are always available if you need advice.