London to Amsterdam cycle 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.
When are the weekends? 12-14 May and 22-24 September 2017
Who can take part? Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can take part, The trip organisers Discover Adventures will provide you with a complete training guide when you register and with advance planning anyone can achieve this challenge.
Accommodation and food
Accommodation is in shared cabins on the ferry, and a 2-3* hotel in Amsterdam; rooms are on a twin-share basis. All food is included except where specified in the itinerary. Lunches are generous buffet-style with plenty of energy food to keep you going! Please let us know any dietary requirements well in advance.
- All transport from London to Amsterdam return (by ferry and train)
- All meals except where specified
- Celebration meal in Amsterdam
- Accommodation on a twin-share basis in hotel /shared cabin on ferry
- Discover Adventure leaders / mechanics / drivers
- Full vehicle support throughout the trip
- Maps and route information
- Two meals as specified in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- 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
- Challenge itinerary
Day 1: London – Harwich
An early start from north-east London allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London into the fields and villages of rural Suffolk. The route is reasonably flat through quieter parts of the Suffolk countryside 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
Day 2: Harwich – Amsterdam
We arrive in the Hook of Holland early in the morning and head towards Amsterdam. Our route takes us past the flat, cycle-friendly sandy beaches and dunes of the coast. 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. After a shower and short rest we celebrate our achievement in this vibrant city. Night hotel. (Breakfast on ferry not included.)
Cycle approx 55 miles
Day 3: Amsterdam – London
The morning is free for sight-seeing and exploring Amsterdam. We then take an afternoon train back to London, connecting onto Eurostar in Brussels. (Lunch not included.)
For a more detailed itinerary please see here
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