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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 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 where we have catch the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland. Night on ferry.
Cycle approx 85 miles
Day 2: Harwich - Amsterdam
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 70 miles
Day 3: Amsterdam - London
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)