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introductory
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in a twin share cabin
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$1860USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: BRA

Trip highlights


  • Walking the cobble stoned streets of Bruges and Ghent
  • Cycling past a variety of landscapes including windmills of Kinderdijk and the river Schelde
  • Sampling local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard your comfortable barge

Experience the great cities of the Netherlands and western Belgium on this classic barge and bike trip between Bruges and Amsterdam. En route visit Antwerp and Ghent whose historic centres will enchant you with their history and refined culture. Wind your way by bike along the Vecht river with its impressive mansions and country houses, visit a cheese farm and the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. Via Dordrecht and the Kreekrak lock, the barge cruises from Belgium through the 'delta' province of Zeeland. Cycling with the group and guide or on your own with a set of maps and directions - the choice is yours. In the evenings, relax on board your comfortable barge or explore the towns on foot.


From 1:00pm you can check-in to the barge in Bruges and meet your guide and crew (luggage can be brought on board from 11am). After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2:00pm, there will be a bicycle fitting and a short warm-up cycle through the surrounding countryside. After dinner the guide will take you for a short walk through the centre of town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bruges is perhaps the most beautiful of all Flemish cities, with its Old Town almost completely intact. During the Middle Ages, the city was a metropolis and centre of commerce and art, evident in the many beautiful facades. It is a nice town for shopping and exploring. We suggest sampling a waffle, coffee or traditional Belgian beer around the Grote Markt (big market place).

Meals:  D

We start our first day of cycling by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. Ghent is a lively university city with a rich past, and in the afternoon you can discover more of its beauty on foot. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was Europe's second largest city after Paris. Its convenient location has brought much prosperity over time, culminating in the late 13th and early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth, with the Cloth Hall established in 1425 bringing many merchants together, and many aristocrats remain today. St Bavo Cathedral reflects different periods in history and building styles and houses some masterpieces of medieval art, the most famous of which is "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck. The barge will dock at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent approx. 30 minutes by bike from the city centre. Before dinner a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast in Ghent we will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, located at the confluence of the Dender and Schelde rivers. The boat's departure time will be set by the skipper, dependent on the tides. The River Schedle stretches over 400km through northern France, western Belgium and the southwestern part of the Netherlands and is connected by several canals to the basins of the Rhine, Meuse and Seine Rivers, and has had considerable commercial and strategic importance over the years. We will continue by bike or barge from Dendermonde to St Amands, depending on the tides.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we follow the Schelde further downstream through the Temse region to the lively port town of Antwerp. This part of the route is along a beautiful and winding section of the river which over the centuries held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Our destination is Antwerp, famous for handling most of the world’s rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe” (Our Lady) Cathedral. Its other attractions include the City Hall, one of many majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner is not included* and will be in town at a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board). *At times dinner will be served on board here instead of in Bruges (Magnifiques only)

Meals:  B,L

In the morning we cruise through the Schelde-Rhine Canal and the imposing Kreekraksluis (Kreekrak lock). Here our cycle tour starts through the beautiful ‘Wouwse Plantage’ forest to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen we join the barge again for an enjoyable afternoon cruise to Dordrecht, en route passing through the impressive Volkerak lock system. Today, the skipper and guide will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by bicycle. After dinner you can join the guide for an evening walk through the town centre of Dordrecht, which is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we take the 'Waterbus' (fast ferry, 10 minutes) to Alblasserdam, from where it is a short cycle to the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water from the low Alblasserwaard polder. We will continue by bike to Schoonhoven, renowned for its talented silversmiths, and Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (Lower Rhine).

Meals:  B,L,D

During breakfast we will cruise to Breukelen then disembark for our last day of cycling. Following the winding river Vecht, the area is well known for its sprawling mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. We'll pass through the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland en route to Nigtevecht, where we can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam and the barge in the harbour. You can explore the lively Dutch capital on foot or take a ride to see the famous Amsterdam canals.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast the journey comes to an end as you say farewell to the guide and crew. Check out and disembark by 9:30am.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks)
  • Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch on board. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities on a category A+ barge (cabins are configured with two lower beds - supplement applies for premium twin or upper deck suite on select departures, or single cabin). We do not match clients together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis).
  • Bike rental with handbrake - 7 speed (Magnifiques), 11 speed (Fleur) and 21 speed (Zwaantje), waterproof pannier, helmet and water bottle (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (one set per cabin), GPS tracks on request
  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
  • Two multilingual tour guides for fully guided cycling tours (group sizes of 22 passengers or more, except Zwaantje which is only ever 1 tour guide), daily briefings
  • Several short city walks
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Tea and coffee on board
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance to Antwerp cathedral, Ghent canal trip
  • WIFI

  • Travel to Bruges and from Amsterdam
  • Dinner in Antwerp (Zwaantje/Fleur) / Antwerp or Bruges (Magnifiques)
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board) and other items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets - EUR50pp (subject to change) paid locally on board. See below for further details regarding catering for dietary requirements.
  • Transfers not specified
  • Bike insurance - payable locally (EUR10 for standard bikes and EUR25 for e-bikes) - further details of this Limitation of Liability (damage) policy are available on request
  • Fee to bring your own bike (note this is not possible on Fleur or Zwaantje due to space limitations)

Bike information


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
Operates with the Magnifique II (S), Operates with the Magnifique III (K), Operates with the Magnifique IV (O), Other boats - the Zwaantje (1) on 10 Jul, the Fleur (2) on 9 Oct
DN2
For departures running in reverse, see our trip 'Amsterdam to Bruges - Deluxe'.
DN3
High season is from 1 Apr to 1 Jul and 26 Aug to 30 Sep, Mid Season is from 6 Jul to 24 Aug and 1 Oct to 6 Oct - supplement applies.

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Total Priceper person from

$1860USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$180
  • Premium Twin Cabin - pp supplement (Mags / PRoyal) 2022 (seasonal supp applies)USD$260
  • Premium Twin Cabin - pp Supplement (Mags / PRoyal) 2021 mid seasonUSD$270
  • Premium Twin Cabin - pp Supplement (Mags / PRoyal) 2021 high seasonUSD$380
  • Single cabin Supplement (PRoyal / Mag III only)USD$540
  • Upper Deck Suite Supplement (Magnifique II, III, IV only) ppUSD$640
  • Single use of twin cabin - Supplement (on request)USD$880
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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