Guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL039

Belgium, Holland / From Bruges to Amsterdam

Two countries by boat

Your journey will start in the fascinating Bruges and move on to the other Belgian pearls Ghent and Antwerp. You will be crossing the Belgian region of the the Flanders famous for its medieval towns and with a reputation for superb food and drinks and then move on to the Dutch countryside of Zeeland. Attractions along the way include many charming villages, a visit to a Dutch cheese farm and the 19 famous Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk, UNESCO cultural heritage.
  • Day by Day

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    Aboard Zwaantje, Princesse Royal, Magnifique II, III, IV

     

    1. Bruges

    Embarkation time in Bruges is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The ship awaits you in the Bruges harbor. After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2 PM there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. After dinner the guide will take you for a short walk through the center of town. We advise you to come to Bruges one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”. While you are there make sure you visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.

     

    2. Bruges - Ghent (35/60 km)

    You will start your first day of cycling by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent’s medieval center features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the center of the city has to be seen to be believed. During the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city, after Paris. The ship will dock for the night at a lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 30 cycling minutes from the city center. Before dinner a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city.

     

    3. Ghent - Dendermonde/St.Amands (40/55 km)

    In the morning you will spend some time in Ghent. Later in the morning you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde located at the confluence of Dender and Schelde rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is: “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. During this section of the Schelde the speed of the ship will be determined by the height of the tide. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bicycle or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands.

     

    4. St.Amands - Antwerp (30/50 km)

    Today we will follow the Schelde river further downstream through the Temse region to Antwerp. Over the centuries the Schelde river has held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon… Today it is a beautiful waterway just perfect for bike and barge holidays! Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbor city famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.

     

    5. Antwerp - Tholen - Dordrecht (20/35 km)

    This morning, the ship will sail along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system. Here your bicycle tour starts through the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest to Tholen, Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. From Tholen you will join the ship again for a nice afternoon sail to the city of Dordrecht. Halfway the ship will pass the impressive Volkerak lock system. Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands is your destination for the day. The guide will take you for an evening walk and tell you about the history of the Netherlands.

     

    6. Dordrecht - Vianen (30/60 km)

    Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bicycle in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills – one of which you can visit (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments). You will then continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (Lower Rhine), where you will stay for the night and where you can explore at your leisure after dinner.

     

    7. Vianen - Amsterdam (35/45 km)

    During breakfast the ship will cruise to Breukelen where you disembark to start your final day of cycling. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses and their large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you will arrive at Nigtevecht where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbor.

     

    8. Amsterdam

    After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 9:30 a.m.

     

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    Aboard Fluvius and Lena Maria

     

    1. Bruges

    Arrival and embarkation at 2 p.m. in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called “Pearl of Flanders”. The crew will welcome you. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges. Afternoon and evening with city tour in Bruges.

     

    2. Bruges - Ghent (60 km)

    Your first cycle tour starts early today in the outskirts of Bruges through the flat land of West-Flanders. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept and the 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre. The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb of Ghent).

     

    3. Ghent - Dendermonde (40 km)

    Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde to Dendermonde, a nice town on the conjunction of the rivers Dender and Schelde. The bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful parts of the Schelde, a tidal river. You will follow this beautiful tidal river downstream to Dendermonde, the ideal place to have a nice Belgium beer after your bicycle ride.

     

    4. Dendermonde - Antwerp (50/65 km)

    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent. Antwerp is well known as a major sea port, one of the world’s leading diamond and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born. There are many highlights in the city to discover including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.

     

    5. Antwerp - Dordrecht (20/35 km)

    The barge will sail over the Schelde-Rhine Canal, over the huge Kreekrak locks to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will cycle along the impressive large Volkerak locks to the fortified town of Willemstad, then further to end in Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands.

     

    6. Dordrecht - Vianen (60 km)

    Today the “Waterbus” will bring you to Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 windmills in line. The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. You can visit one of the windmills. Then bike tour via silver city Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore this town.

     

    7. Vianen - Amsterdam (40/50 km)

    First the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river: this area is well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. Over the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue over Abcoude and Ouderkerk on the Amstel river to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbour of Amsterdam.

     

    8. Amsterdam

    After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 9:30 a.m.

     


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays. These decisions are only taken by the barge’s captain.

     

     

  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bicycles, mainly due to its flat landscape, under the north sea level. The cycle path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signs and with small stumps called “mushrooms”, numbered and signalled on the maps.

     

    It is easy to cycle in Belgium as well, especially if you ride your bike along the flat maritime region. Belgium has recently unified its bike paths net with the Dutch one.

    Note that sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so please pay attention. Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult at times.  

    It won’t be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle!

     



  • How to get there

    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure.

     

    By plane

    The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Bruxelles. From the airport Brussel Zaventem to Bruges you can take the train (1 change, transfer ca. 1h30 - 2h30). For further information on timetables and prices you can consult: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

     

    By train

    The nearest arrival point is Bruges Central Station. More information on www.belgiantrain.be

     

    By car

    We suggest the Parking Centrum-Station (Buiten Begijnenvest, 8000 Bruges), near the station Bruges, price 3,50 € per day. For further information: www.interparking.be

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    MAGNIFIQUE II

     

    The barge Magnifique II is equipped with:

    - 4 Suites above deck cabins (14m2)

    - 12 Standard Twin below deck cabins (11m2)

    - 1 Premium Twin below deck cabin (13m2)

     

    The suites cabins have two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, of which the middle part can be opened. In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an extra bed is available in two twin cabins and one upper deck suite for children up to age 16 (above one of the other beds). All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink.

    The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have 2 m wide windows (which can be partly opened) and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas 

    The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished and spacious salon with air conditioning, a restaurant area, a beautiful bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting area, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. Wi-Fi is available. The Magnifique II has a beautiful, partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables on the aft deck and a cycle storage on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax while you enjoy the scenery when cruising.

     

     Watch Magnifique II photo gallery.

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    MAGNIFIQUE III

     

    The barge Magnifique III is equipped with:

    - 5 Suites above deck cabins (16m2)

    - 14 Standard Twin below deck cabins (12m2)

    - 2 Standard Single below deck cabins (9m2)

     

    The suites cabins have two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors. In most cabins and all suites, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed.

     

    On request, an additional third bed is available in one of the suites and one of the twin cabins for children up to age 16 (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds). All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have sliding glass doors that can be partly opened. The air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas

    The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting corners, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. There are also two TV screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real-time movement and position of the barge. Wi-Fi is available. Large glass doors open to the beautiful partially roofed teak wood sundeck with chairs and tables on the aft deck. There is a cycle deck on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax and enjoy the scenery while cruising.

     

    Watch Magnifique III photo gallery.

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    MAGNIFIQUE IV

     

    The barge Magnifique IV is equipped with:

    - 10 Suites above deck cabins (16m2)

    - 8 Standard Twin below deck cabins (12m2)

     

    The suites cabins have two separate beds, a cozy sitting area and a large sliding window. The below deck twin cabins have two single beds and fixed portholes. All cabins have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

     

    Common areas 

    The Magnifique IV’s upper deck features a spacious and tastefully-decorated salon with air conditioning, a bar and lounge area. Here you will find large panoramic windows, a widescreen TV, and information screens displaying the barge’s real-time location. Wi-Fi is also available. The comfortable and inviting restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see our talented chefs in action. Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs. The front deck has space to accommodate bicycles, while the top deck boasts a hot tub and deckchairs, from which you can enjoy the scenery.

     

    Watch Magnifique IV photo gallery.

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    FLUVIUS

     

    The barge Fluvius is equipped with:

    - 3 Standard Twin above deck cabins (11m2)

    - 4 Standard Double above deck cabins (12m2)

    - 15 Standard Twin below deck cabins (11m2 and one of them is 10m2)

     

    All twin cabins have two separate single beds. All double cabins have a double bed (140 x 200 cm) and a large panoramic window. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All twin cabins have a fixed window, the panoramic window in the double cabins can be opened. Each cabin has an individually adjustable air-conditioning unit, a ventilation system, a flatscreen TV and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas 

    The Fluvius has a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs) and a storage room for the bikes. While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

     

    Watch Fluvius photo gallery.

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    LENA MARIA

     

    The barge Lena Maria is equipped with:

    - 12 Standard Twin cabins (ca. 11m2)

     

    All twin cabins have two separate single beds. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating. Furthermore, you will find a hair dryer in each cabin.

     

    Common areas

    On the upper deck of the Lena Maria you will find the cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, where you can have a drink. On nice evenings, or while cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

     

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    ZWAANTJE

     

    The barge Zwaantje is equipped with:

    - 10 Standard Twin cabins (7m2)

    - 2 Standard Double cabins (6m2)

     

    Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating, air-conditioning and a window; the windows in the doubles can be opened, the windows in the twins are fixed for safety reasons. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a mini safe and hair dryer.

     

    Common areas 

    On the upper deck you will find the nice and cozy salon with heating, air conditioning, large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Wi-Fi is available. The Zwaantje also has a very spacious sun deck with chairs and tables where you can relax, enjoy the scenery while sailing or join the skipper in the wheel house.

     

    Watch Zwaantje photo gallery.

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    PRINCESSE ROYAL

     

    The barge Princesse Royal is equipped with:

    - 11 Standard Twin cabins (11m2)

    - 4 Premium Twin cabins (14m2)

    - 1 Standard Single cabin (7m2)

     

    On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins for children up to age 16 (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds).

     

    Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have an individually regulated air conditioning, ventilation system and central heating; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons. Furthermore, each cabin has a flat screen (satellite) TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas

    On the upper deck, the Princesse Royal has a tastefully furnished lounge with air conditioning, restaurant, a beautiful bar, a sitting area with cozy corners, a wide screen TV and large windows. Wi-Fi is available. Furthermore, the Princesse Royal offers two partly covered teak wooden sundecks with chairs and tables where you can have a drink when the weather is nice and enjoy the scenery while cruising. On the elevated aft deck you will find a barbecue and a whirlpool/Jacuzzi to relax.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • unisex touring bikes with 7/21 gears and hand brakes
    • unisex e-bikes with hand brakes

    At the moment of booking aboard Fluvius and Lena Maria you can draw up a bike insurance against theft and damage (touring bike € 10; e-bike € 25). This policy covers:

    • the theft of the bicycle only if you present the key of the lock;
    • the damage of the bicycle if it is not due to careless or improper behavior of the customer.

     

    The bikes are equipped with:

    1 pannier bag

    1 lock.

     

    You will be provided with a pump and a repair kit per cabin.

     

    Bike helmets are not mandatory, but we advise you wear one for your safety anyway.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains the link to download the tour information material in Pdf:       

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details

    On the spot you will find the maps (one for each cabin) and the GPS tracks.

     

     

  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre.

    Staff support
    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

Tour details

 

from 1,019 €

8 days / 7 nights, barges Fluvius

Tour type

Guided tour
 

Departure dates

Fluvius SA 23.04, 7.05, 21.05, 4.06, 18.06, 2.07, 16.07, 30.07, 13.08, 27.08, 10.09, 24.09.2022

Lena Maria SA 24.09.2022

 

Zwaantje SA 9.07.2022

Princesse Royal SA 14.05.2022

 

Magnifique II TH 12.05, 26.05, 9.06, 23.06, 7.07, 21.07, 4.08, 18.08, 1.09, 15.09, 29.09, 13.10.2022

Magnifique III TU 10.05, 21.06, 5.07, 19.07, 2.08, 13.09, 27.09, 11.10.2022

Magnifique IV TH 19.05, 2.06, 16.06, 30.06, 14.07, 28.07, 25.08, 8.09, 22.09.2022

 

From Amsterdam: departures on this link

 

Seasons

Fluvius and Lena Maria

Season 1 | 16.04 and 24.09.2022 

Season 2 | 23.04 - 23.09.2022

 

Princesse Royal

Season 1 | 14.05.2022

 

Zwaantje

Season 1 | 9.07.2022

 

Magnifique II/ III/ IV

Season 1 | 11.10 - 20.10.2022 

Season 2 | 5.07 - 25.08; 4.10 - 6.10.2022 

Season 3 | 28.04 - 30.06; 30.08 - 30.09.2022


Price per person

Season 1 | 16.04 and 24.09.2022

 

Fluvius and Lena Maria | below deck 

1019 € in standard twin cabin

1529 € in single cabin

 

Season 1 | 14.05.2022

 

Princesse Royal | below deck 

1379 € in standard twin cabin

1799 € in single cabin

2069 € in standard twin cabin for single use

 

Season 1 | 9.07.2022

 

Zwaantje | below deck 

1289 € in standard twin cabin

1934 € in standard twin cabin for single use

 

Season 1 | 11.10 - 20.10.2022

 

Magnifique II/ III/ IV | below deck 

1229 € in standard twin cabin

1599 € in single cabin (only on Magnifique III)

1844 € in twin cabin single use

 

 

Included

 

Aboard Fluvius and Lena Maria

  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service

 

Aboard Zwaantje, Princesse Royal, Magnifique II, III, IV

  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, packed lunch and 6 dinners - excluding drinks)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Entrance Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp
  • Tasting Belgium products
  • Canal trip through Ghent
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bike helmet
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person

 

Fluvius

Season 2 | 23.04 - 23.09.2022
€ 50 in standard twin cabin
€ 75 in single cabin

 

€ 200 upper deck twin cabin
€ 350 upper deck double cabin

 

Princesse Royal

€ 200 below deck premium cabin

 

Magnifique II/III/IV

Season 2 | 5.07 - 25.08; 4.10 - 6.10.2022

€ 100 in standard twin cabin
€ 130 in single cabin (only on Magnifique III)
€ 150 in twin cabin single use

 

Season 3 | 28.04 - 30.06; 30.08 - 30.09.2022
€ 150 in standard twin cabin
€ 200 in single cabin (only on Magnifique III)
€ 225 in twin cabin single use

€ 200 below deck premium cabin (only on Magnifique II)
€ 500 upper deck suite cabin

 

Rental bikes
€ 95 Touring bike
€ 210 E-bike

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