Guided Bike and Barge

Web code BE014

Belgium / Cycling across Flanders

Bruges, Gent and Brussels

A journey by bike and boat across the beautiful flemish towns: Bruges, the flemish gem, lively Ghent, Antwep and its diamonds, Mechelen, famous for its tapestries, and eventually Brussels, capital city of the European Union.
  • Day by Day

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    1° Bruges Individual arrival

    The barge will be waiting for you in the Bruges harbour. Check-in on board will be from 3 to 5 pm. Before or after boarding take the opportunity to explore this lovely city rich in art and history,  described as the “Venice of the North”. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre. While you are here you can visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city sitting at a café.

     

    2° Bruges – Blankenberge – Bruges (55 km - 33 miles)

    Your first day of cycling will take you through Damme, the birthplace of the cheeky medieval trickster Till Eulenspiegel, to the seaside resort of Blankenberge. Relax in one of the numerous cafés and, if you want to cool down, enjoy a swim in the North Sea. After approx. 2 hours you will cycle back to Bruges and the barge.

     

    3° Bruges – Ghent (40 km - 24 miles)

    While you enjoy breakfast the barge will sail to Moerebrugge where you will start your daily cycling. Your destination today is the historical city of Ghent which you will reach cycling via Oostende along the Ghent-Oostende-canal through the beautiful Flemish landscape. You will enjoy exploring the pedestrian area in Ghent’s town centre, partly by bike and partly on foot. Ghent is rich in historical building and maintains its appeal from the past and its special atmosphere. During the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest and most important European city after Paris. The barge will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, approx. 15 minutes from the city centre by bike.

     

    4° Ghent – St. Amands (48 km - 29 miles)

    After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle through a diverse landscape to Dendermonde which is located at the mouth of the Dender River where it flows into the Schelde River. Here you can enjoy a visit to the beautiful Flemish Grote Market square. In the evening you will be sailing to Sint Amands one of the most beautiful and winding parts of the route on the river Schelde.

     

    5° St. Amand – Antwerp (42 km - 25 miles)

    Your cycle tour for the day starts in St. Amands and takes you over the Brussels-Rupel canal and on to an historical brick factory situated between Boom and Niel where bricks have been manufactured since the Middle Ages. After cycling through the countryside to Rupelmonde and later to Hemiksem you will finally reach Antwerp, your destination for the night. Antwerp is an important  harbour town situated on the river Schelde and renowned for handling the vast majority of the world's rough diamonds. Its medieval streets, Renaissance monuments and vibrant nightlife are a magnet for tourists from around the world. Highlights to be discovered include: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Markt, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.

     

     

    6° Antwerp –Willebroek (45 km - 27 miles)

    After breakfast you will cycle through the leafy suburbs of Antwerp and past typical Belgian villas surrounded by beautiful trees, manicured gardens and picturesque facades to Lier. From here you cycle along the small river Nete and on to Willebroek where the barge is waiting for you once again. When there is enough interest a beer tasting will be held on board (to be paid on board).

     

    7°  Willebroek – Brussels (40 km - 24 miles)

    While the barge sets off along the Willebroek canal, your final day’s cycling will take you  through the picturesque countryside via Mechelen to Vilvoorde. Mechelen is a remarkable city that can account for over 300 historically listed buildings. Eight of them are churches – all included in less than 3 square kilometres!  From Vilvoorde you will board the barge for the final sail to Brussels, where you can walk through the historical city centre, visit the Grote Markt square (Great Market square), allegedly Europe’s most beautiful medieval square framed in guild houses or marvel at the Gothic town hall.

     

    8° Brussels

    Disembarkation just after breakfast around 9:30 am. End of your tour.

     

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

     

  • Route profile

    Belgian landscape is completely flat. Only during the fourth stretch you will find a short ascent. Recently Belgium and Holland have unified their cycling paths network so it’s all very organized and efficient.

    It will not 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! Wind and rain can be frequent in northern Europe and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention. Your guide on board, he will be able to give you more information.

     

  • How to get there

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

     

    By plane

    The easiest way to get to Bruges is flying into Brussels. Then you can reach Bruges by train. 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: 13 € one way), whereas at the International 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

    The parking palces in Bruges are:

    • parking place at the station, cost: 4 € per day. You will also get a bus ticket to reach the centre of Bruges. Transfer by taxi from Stationsplein to ship berth approx. € 11.
    • t’Zand, secure parking, cost: 9 € per day. Further information in the Final Tour Details.

     

  • 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. 

     

    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.

     

     

  • 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. You can pre-reserve a bike helmet (€ 10 per helmet).

     

  • 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
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Tour details

 

from 919 €

8 days / 7 nights, barge Gandalf

Tour type
guided
 
Price per person
919 € barge Gandalf

 
Departures

Saturday 4.05, 18.05, 1.06, 15.06.19

 

from Brussels departures on this link


Included

  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners) 
  • accompanying material
  • tour leader
  • hotline service

Not included

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

Supplements

250 € single cabin on Gandalf 

 

80 € rental bike

175 € E-bike

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

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