Amsterdam to Bruges Cycling Holidays
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Amsterdam to Bruges (Bike and Barge)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £819 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 (Sat): Amsterdam – Nigtevecht | Nig-tevecht – Breukelen (ca. 15km / 9 miles) | Breukelen – Vianen

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 first test bike ride through the surrounding area.

Day 2 (Sun): Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (ca. 50 km / 30 miles) | Kinderdijk – Dordrecht

After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to silver city Schoonhoven. Then further through the Alblasserwaard to Kinderdijk. There an impressive row of 19 large windmills appears (UNESCO cultural heritage).

You can visit one of these mills. Then the barge takes you further to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. Dordrecht is an important intersection in the shipping. Overnight in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.

Day 3 (Mon): Dordrecht – Tholen | Tholen – Kreekrak lock (ca. 35km / 21 miles) | Kreekrak lock – Antwerp

During breakfast the ship sails to Tholen. Then a bike tour through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, via Bergen op Zoom, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). The ship is docked at the end of the dam and from here it will sails through the impressive port of Antwerp to the city.

Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”. After diner: a visit to the beautiful old city centre.

Day 4 (Tue): Antwerp – Temse – St-Amands / Dendermonde (ca. 42/56km** / 25/34 miles**)

After breakfast you cycle out of the port to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful but capri-cious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent.

You will cycle either to St-Amands or Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river.

Day 5 (Wed): St-Amands / Dendermonde – Ghent (ca. 53/40 km** / 32/24 miles**)

Bike tour from St-Amands or by barge to Dender-monde. From Dendermonde 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) came cloth merchants together.

The main church St. Bavo Cathedral, which is built in different ages and in different 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.

Day 6 (Thu): Ghent – Bruges (ca. 45 km / 28 miles)

Our last bike tour starts just outside the city and goes through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to 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 a also a nice town for shopping or going out.

Day 7 (Fri): Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, (ca. 50 km / 30 miles)

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 12 kilometer long sandy beach, numerous cafés and the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (an unique nature reserve) provide enough variety during your lunch break. Then back to Bruges.

Day 8 (Sat): Bruges

After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 10:00 AM.

Important Information

Embarkation: from 1.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m
Disembarkation: After breakfast, until 10:00 am

Bike hire on board: Unisex bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake and pannier bag, limited number of freewheel hub bikes. E-Bikes are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and at limited number.

Cycle Tours: Daily guided bike tours. It is also possible to ride the bike tours individually. Tour description and maps are available on board. You will cycle about 35 to 56 km/21 to 35 miles. The kilometers/miles indicated for the cycle tours are approximate

Cycle ways / level of difficulty: 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 even for unpracticed cyclists

Luggage on board: we recommend waterproof 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 need a valid identity card or passport for this journey

Special dietary needs and food allergies: inform us about your dietary needs and we will do our best to take them into consideration. There will be an extra fee of approx. € 25 per person/week (to be paid directly on board). Please inform us on booking.

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.

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Where you will stay...

About the MS Fluvius
The MS FLUVIUS was put into service in 2001 and is comfortable equipped. The boat has two passenger decks, a non-smoking panorama restaurant, a homelike panorama lounge with bar and a sun deck with garden furniture.

The popular boat was renovated and enlarged in 2003. A comfortable, familiar atmosphere, good facilities and a friendly crew which takes good care of you is awaiting you. All 19 cabins have smaller windows below deck and bigger windows on upper deck (cannot be opened). The cabins are equipped functional and have shower/toilet, air-conditioning and TV.

Technical details: Year of construction 2001, length 70 m, breadth 5,60 m, draft 1 m, height 3,85 m. Drive: 2-screw drive. Size of cabins about 8-12 sqm, Dutch flag. Number of decks: 2. Maximum passengers: 36. Crew: 4-5 persons. Language on board: German. Valuta on board: EURO, traveller’s cheques will be accepted, no credit cards.

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.

Included services

- 7 nights in cabins with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category
– Program as mentioned in the tour course
– Welcome drink
– Full board: breakfast, lunch package for your bike tours, three-course dinner
– Coffee and tea daily from 3 – 4 p.m.
– Daily cleaning of cabins
– Linen and change of towels as required
– Daily bike tour briefing
– Tour guidance – as it is a guided tour!
– All harbour and lock fees
– Tour guide on MS Fluvius
– Local tour guidance and guided bike tours, self-guided trips with route book (available on board) are possible on MS Magnifique
– Maps and information material 1x per cabin

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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 B: Two-Bed Below Deck

22nd April 2017:
Cat B: £819
6th May to 26th August 2017:
Cat B: £869
9th September 2017:
Cat B: £819
23rd September 2017:
Cat B: £709
Availability: 22nd April to 23rd September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Top Deck

22nd April 2017:
Cat A: £959
6th May to 26th August 2017:
Cat A: £1009
9th September 2017:
Cat A: £959
23rd September 2017:
Cat A: £839
Availability: 22nd April to 23rd September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Single Category: Single Cabin Bed Below Deck

22nd April 2017:
Cat B: £959
6th May to 26th August 2017:
Cat B: £1009
9th September 2017:
Cat B: £959
23rd September 2017:
Cat B: £839
Availability: 22nd April to 23rd September 2017
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £89
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

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: From £819
Single Supplement: From £209

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