Amsterdam to Bruges Cycling Holidays
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Amsterdam to Bruges (Bike and Barge) – Updated for 2019
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £899 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Explore the cultural highlights and scenic areas in Holland and Flanders
• Cycle along flat bike paths from Amsterdam to Bruges
• Cruise through Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges
• Sail on the recently refurbished MS Fluvius or MS Magnifique (date dependent)

Route features
Flat riverside paths suitable for beginners and children.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam – Vianen (bike tour approx. 5 – 15 km / 3 – 9 mi)

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 p.m. At around 2 p.m. the MS FLUVIUS will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek river. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short bicycle ride.

Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Dordrecht (bike tour approx. 32 -56 km / 19 – 34 mi)

After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills, which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing.

From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Tholen – Kreekrak lock – Antwerp (bike tour approx. 20 – 36 km / 13 -23 mi)

During breakfast the ship sails to Tholen.You cycle through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south to the impressive Kreekrak lock. Then you will sail to Antwerp, which is not only known as dia-mond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”.

Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – Dendermonde (bike tour approx. 48 – 64 km / 29 – 39 mi)

Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.

Day 5: Dendermonde – Ghent-Merelbeke (bike tour approx. 52 km / 32 mi)

The bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city, again, one with a rich past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more or to shop in the lively centre. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge.

The convenient location has over the years brought much prosperity, culminating in the late 13th, early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth. In the city, many old patricians preserved. The Cloth Hall (1425) brought cloth merchants together.

The main church is the St. Bavo Cathedral, which is built in different ages and in the different corresponding styles. In the cathedral are some masterpieces of medieval art, which “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by Jan van Eyck is the most famous. The ship is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent (approx. 30 min by bike from the city centre).

Day 6: Ghent-Merelbeke – Moerbrugge – Bruges (bike tour approx. 33 – 41 km / 21 – 26 mi)

During breakfast the MS Fluvius will sail to Moerbrugge, a suburb of Bruges. Start of your bike tour through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders around Bruges. Bruges also called the Venice of the North is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old centre which dates from the Middle Ages is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a metropolis and center of commerce and art. You can still see this glory at the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is also a nice town for shopping or going out.

Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, (bike tour approx. 38 – 51 km / 23 – 31 mi)

The last bike tour takes you to a quiet canal along where you’ll find lots of poplars, through an attractive polder landscape with nice small farm houses to the North Sea coast. A long sandy beach and numerous cafés provide enough variety during your lunch break. Then heading back to Bruges.

Day 8: Departure from Bruges

After breakfast till 09:30 am: end of the tour and disembarkation.

Important Information

Embarkation: from 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm
Disembarkation: After breakfast, until 09:30 am

Bicycles on board (brand/model may change): Bikkel unisex bicycles, 7 gears, pannier bag, hand brakes and pedal brakes or (only a few) hand brakes only (subject to availability). E-Bikes (Bikkel 1be E2, 8 gears, hand brakes only, pannier bag) are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number. Please indicate your body height when you book. To bring your own bike: on request only, due to lack of space on sundeck (max. 4 own bikes) •

Cycle Tours:

Individual tours or daily guided bike tours by one guide (for 18 persons or more two guides). If there are two guides on board you can often choose between a shorter and a longer tour. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bicycle option. It is also possible to ride the bike tours individually. Tour description and maps are available on board.

The kilometers/miles indicated for the cycle tours are approximate. The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable for cyclists with an average physical condition.

Luggage on board:

we recommend water-proof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage as storage space in the cabin is very limited!

Alterations of schedule or program: subject to change. In case that as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons a route cannot be taken, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this would not be a reason for fee-free cancellation)

Travel documents:

EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.

This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Through Holland and Belgium always flat along bike paths.

This beautiful journey leads along wonderful landscape and scenic villages. During the cruise of the MS FLUVIUS from one spot to the next, you are offered interesting bike tours. Those tours will be adjusted individually with the tour guide, depending on the group and their potential.

The mentioned kilometres are ca-distances. There is a daily briefing in the evening for the next day. If wished, you can cycle tours also individually, maps will be provided for that. The tours can be managed from everyone in normal shape. If you do not want to cycle you can also stay on board or make a shorter bike tour.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Information

Where you will stay...

About the MS Fluvius

The small, familiar and very popular river cruiser MS FLUVIUS sails under Dutch flag and had its sailing area in Holland and Belgium for many years. The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the partially roofed sun deck of the ca. 70 Meter long ship are sitting places (tables + chairs) and storage room for the bikes.

On board of this cosy ship are a total of 22 cabins for max. 44 guests. All cabins have shower + toilet, 2 lower beds (partly in a right angle), TV and air-conditioning – individual adjustable.

Upper deck: four premium twin cabins (ca. 12 m²) with a double bed (140 × 200 cm) and a room high window, the upper part of the window is to open plus 3 × 2-bed-cabins ( ca. 11 m²) with picture window (cannot be opened).

Main deck: 14 × 2-bed-cabins (ca. 11 m²) and 1 × 2-bed cabin (ca. 10 m²). Windows on main deck cannot be opened. The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are no-smoking zones.

Important Information

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest doesn’t want to cycle one day, he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

Program + details barring changes, e.g. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

On the arrival day is it possible to put your luggage already on board as from 9:30 AM.

Daily guided bike tours: it is also possible to ride the bike tours individual tour description and maps are available on board. During the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour as well and in case of emergency or breakdown reachable on his cell phone.

Year of construction: 2001, partly remodeled 2017/2018 • Length: 70 m • Width: 5,60 m • Depth: 1,00 m • Height: 3,85 m • Crew: ca. 5 – 6 • Currency on board: EURO. Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.

Included services

7 nights tour and accommodation on board of MS Fluvius in the booked category
Program according to the routing
Welcome drink
Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon till 4 PM,
7 × 3 course dinner)
Daily cabin cleaning
Use of linen and towels
Daily briefing on the respective bike tours
Tour guide for guided bike tours (for 18 persons or more two tour guides)
All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours (deposited on board, 1 per cabin)
Fees for ferries

Not included:

Journey to Amsterdam and from Bruges
Parking fee
Entrance fees and excursions
Town maps
Drinks on board

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Your Prices

Amsterdam to Bruges (Bike and Barge)
8 days, 7 nights

Prices shown are per person and include full board accommodation with bike hire.

Departure Dates: Departs on Saturdays
Ship: MS Fluvius

Category C: Two-Bed Main Deck Small

20th April 2019:
Cat C: £899
18th May to 21st September 2019:
Cat C: £939
Availability: 20th April to 21st September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category B: Two-Bed Main Deck

20th April 2019:
Cat B: £939
18th May to 21st September 2019:
Cat B: £989
Availability: 20th April to 21st September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Upper Deck

20th April 2019:
Cat A: £1089
18th May to 21st September 2019:
Cat A: £1129
Availability: 20th April to 21st September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Premium Category: Two-Bed Cabin with French balcony

20th April 2019:
Premium: £1179
18th May to 21st September 2018:
Premium: £1229
Availability: 20th April to 21st September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

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Holiday Price: £899
Single Supplement: From £289

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