Guided Bike and Barge

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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 wil 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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    1° Arrival and embarkation in Bruges

    Arrival and embarkation early afternoon 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)

    Today, your day starts on the water and the barge will leave Bruges early. Just outside, your first bike tour to Ghent through the flat land of West-Flanders will starts. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb of Ghent).

     

    3° Ghent – Dendermonde/ St. Amand (40 km)

    Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde and you can ride your bike 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. Overnight in Dendermonde or in St. Amand (barges Magnifique I,II,II and Zwantije and Fleur).

     

    4° Dendermonde/ St. Amand – Antwerp (35/50 km)

    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Baasrode and 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. For guests of barges Magnifique I,II,II and Zwantije and Fleur, dinner will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).

     

    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 Dordrecht.

     

    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 (don’t forget your camera!). 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 (35/45 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 AM.

     

     

    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.

     

  • Route profile

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

    Holland is 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.

    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 point of embarkation will be written in the final document that you will receive a few days before departure.

     

    By plane

    The easiest way to get to Bruges is arriving to Brussels by plane. Brussels has two airports: Charleroi (45 km away form the centre) and International Zaventem (12 km). 

     

    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

     

    To get to the city centre you can take a shuttle bus (duration: 1 hour; cost: approx.14 € one way), whereas at the International airport you can find a train that takes you directly to the central station (duration: 20 minutes). Further information on the airport websites.

     

    By train

    The nearest arrival point is Bruges Central Station. More information on www.belgianrail.be/en

     

    By car

    We suggest the Parking Centrum-Station (Buiten Begijnenvest, 8000 Bruges), near the station Bruges, price 3,50 € per day, open 24h24. For further information: www.interparking.be

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    For this tour dinner, overnight and breakfast will be aboard a river cruise boat, while lunch, which is still included, consists of a packed lunch. For barges Magnifique I,II,III, Zwantjie and Fleur the dinner in Antwerp is not included. There are several boats available depending on the chosen departure date.

     

    GANDALF

    The beautiful Gandalf is a comfort class passenger ship that can accommodate 20-22 guests.

    Almost everything on this barge is on one level, including the comfortable salon which has gorgeous panoramic windows. 

    Cabins
    There are 8 double cabins that are equipped with twin beds and 2 cabins that can be made into a triple with a bunk bed. All cabins come with private bathroom facilities, bed linens, towels, and central heating. There is a fan in each cabin, as well as windows that can be opened. 

    The Gandalf also has a large deck, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the great views.

     

    Watch Gandalf photo gallery.

     

     

    MAGNIFIQUE

    Magnifique is 63 meters long and it accommodates max. 35 guests.

    • The lower deck has 16 cabins: 
    • 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 m², 2 single adjacent beds)
    • 4 premium twins (approx. 14 m², 2 single adjacent beds and a small sitting area)
    • 1 single cabin (approx. 8 m²)


    All cabins have fixed portholes, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, individually regulated AC, flat screen satellite TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). 

    Common areas
    On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (with limited data use). There are two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with tables, chairs and a bicycle shed (front deck), a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.

     

    Watch Magnifique photo gallery.

     

     

    MAGNIFIQUE II

    The 63 meter long barge can accommodate 35-38 guests.

     

    The lower deck has 14 cabins:

    • 1 premium twin cabin (approx. 13 m², 2 single adjacent beds and a small sitting area),
    • 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 m², 2 single adjacent beds)
    • 1 single cabin (approx. 8 m²); the upper deck has 4 beautiful suites (approx. 14 m², 2 single adjacent beds next and a small sitting area) with large panoramic windows.

     

    The cabins on the lower deck have fixed portholes, while upper deck suites have a 2 meter wide window (which can be partly opened).

     

    All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower and toilet), individually regulated AC, a flat screen satellite TV, a small safe and a hair dryer.

     

    On request, an extra bed is available in 2 twin cabins and 1 upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).

     

    Common areas

    On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant, bar, a lounge and a wide screen TV and Wi-Fi (unlimited data use). There is a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and table and a Jacuzzi on the aft deck for the use by guests and a cycle shed.

     

    Watch Magnifique II photo gallery.

     

      

    MAGNIFIQUE III

    The premium barge Magnifique III can host 40 persons. It is 7 m long.

     

    It has 14 regular twin cabins (approx. 11 M² , 2 single beds as twins, next to each other) and 2 single cabins in the lower deck.

     

    In the upper deck it has 5 suites with a small sitting area and large windows (a part of the windows can be opened) (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds as twins, next to each other).

     

    All cabins and suites have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Most cabins can also be booked as cabins with a double bed (on previous request only).

     

    Common areas

    The barge has a spacious salon witha restaurant area, bar and lounge and whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax on Top deck for beautiful views around.

     

    Watch Magnifique III photo gallery.

     

     

    FLUVIUS

    A comfortable river barge for max. 36 guests.

     

    On board there are 19 en suite cabins (aprox. 10 m² = 108 square feet) with 2 low beds, individually adjustable AC, and ventilation system. All cabins have a window (all windows are fixed). 3 cabins on the upper deck and 16 cabins on the lower deck.

     

    The salon is a large room for common use and it features a semi-separate restaurant area and a bar area. On the spacious and partially covered sun deck are sitting places (tables + chairs) and storage room for the bikes.


    Watch Fluvius photo gallery.

     

     

    FLEUR

    The Fleur started cruising in 2002. This small, yet very tasteful passenger barge with its sleek lines was built to fit the smaller locks and canals in France and has been cruising the French waters ever since. In 2018 Steffie Kranz and Evert Jan Muurling, will take over ownership. Steffie and Evert Jan have been in the business for more than 15 years. These years of experience and commitment are reflected in every detail and guarantee that your vacation will be a pleasant one.

    Description of the cabins
    On the lower deck, the Fleur has ten comfortable guest cabins (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin, central heating and air-conditioning; windows are fixed for safety reasons. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a mini safe and hair dryer.

    Description of the ship
    On the upper deck, there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a dining area, a cozy bar, central heating and air-conditioning. Wi-Fi is available. On the upper deck you will also find the half-covered sun deck, which is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif and to enjoy the scenery while cruising.

     

    Watch Fleur photo gallery.

     

     

    ZWAANTJE

    On the lower deck, the Zwaantje has twelve comfortable guest cabins. Ten twins (7 m² – 75 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and two doubles (6 m² – 65 sq.ft.) with one double bed. 

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

    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.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    • a unisex touring bike with 7 gears and hand brake. 
    •  a unisex e-bike with 7 gears and hand brakes.
     

    The bikes are equipped with: 

    • pannier bag;
    • lock.

     

    In each cabin you will find a pump and a repair kit.

     

    In the Netherlands the bike helmet is not mandatory for cyclists. Some bike helmets are available on board of Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III, Zwantije (for free).  In the barges Fluvius and Gandalf, if you you pre-reserve a bike helmet (€ 10 per helmet), we can bring it on board for you.

     

  • Accompanying material

    You will receive by email, a few days before departure:

    • Embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point;
    • Tour Notes
    • Final tour Details.

     

    Please confirm us that you have received all the information.

    If you have any doubt, please contact us before departure.

     

    You will receive in site:

    • tour maps. Do not worry if the map is small, your real guide is the numbers you will find on every crossing on the cycle paths, that will help you find the correct way. 

     

  • 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.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Detail

     

Tour details

 

from 939 €

8 days / 7 nights, barges Fluvius,Gandalf

Tour type
guided tour
 
Price per person

939 € twin cabin barges Fluvius/Gandalf

1129 € twin cabin barges Zwantjie/Fleur

1159 € twin cabin barges Magnifique I,II,III



Departures

from Bruges: 

Fluvius: 27.04, 25.05, 8.06, 22.06, 20.07, 3.08, 17.08, 31.08, 28.09.19

Gandalf: 29.06, 17.08.19

Fleur: 11.05, 12.10.19

Magnifique: 11.05, 25.05, 6.07, 20.07, 3.08, 17.08, 31.08, 14.09, 28.09, 12.10.19

barca Magnifique II: 29.05, 12.06, 24.07, 7.08, 21.08, 18.09, 2.10, 16.10.19

barca Magnifique III: 1.06, 15.06, 29.06, 13.07, 10.08, 24.08, 7.09, 21.09, 5.10.19

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from Amsterdam: departures on this link

 
Included

  • 7 overnights
  • full board: breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners (barges Fluvius and Gandalf) / 6 dinners (barges Magnifiques and Zwantije) 
  • tour leader
  • Accompanying material
  • Bed linen and towels.
  • 7-days hotline service

 
Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board and specified meals
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included

 
Supplements

250 € single cabin on Fluvius/Gandalf

340 € single cabin on Zawantije

390 € single cabin on Magnifique/ II/III

565 € single cabin on Fleur

 

150 € twin cabin above deck on Fluvius

250 € double cabin above deck on Fluvius

200 € premium cabin on Magnifique I,II

450 € suite above deck Magnifique II, III

 

85 € rental bike

175 € E-bike

 

50 € gluten/lactose free menu (to be paid on spot)

 


Reductions

50 € low season Fluvius (20.04, 28.09.19)

80 € low season Magnifique I,II, III (October)

100 € low season Fleur (October)

 

150 € third person in cabin Magnifique I,II,III

240 € third person in premium Magnifique I

300 € third person in suite Magnifique I,II

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