Amsterdam to Bruges (Bike and Barge)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £949 per person
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• 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 MS Mecklenburg
Flat riverside paths suitable for beginners and children.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Amsterdam – Vianen, cycle 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. your ship 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, cycle tour approx. 56 km / 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: Boat tour Dordrecht – Willemstad / Willemstad – Tholen, cycle tour approx. 40 km / 24 mi
In the morning the ship sails to Willemstad, a beautiful fortified city and the beginning of your today’s cycling tour to Tholen. This place once was an island where citizens made their living from fishing. Today Tholen is connected to the mainland, but still has its charm of a little old harbour town.
Day 4: Tholen – Kreekrak lock – Antwerp, cycle tour approx. 20 – 36 km / 12 – 22 mi
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 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”.
Day 5: Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands, cycle tour approx. 34 – 49 km / 21 – 30 mi
You cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to St. Amands – a magical place with a beautiful landscape and actually one of the highlights. You should try the incomparable Duvel beer – if you didn’t already.
Day 6: St. Amands – Dendermonde – Ghent, cycle tour approx. 52 km / 32 mi
During breakfast the ship sails to Dendermonde. At first you should take time for a walk. Special attractions: The “Beginenhof” with the museum of local history and the beautiful Grote Markt. 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 7: Ghent-Merelbeke – Lovendegem – Bruges, cycle tour approx. 45 km / 28 mi
Start of your bike tour from Lovendegem, a suburb of Ghent 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 Flem-ish cities. Its old center 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 8: Departure from Bruges
After breakfast till 09:30 am: end of the tour and disembarkation.
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 Mecklenburg 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?
Tour Route Map
About the MS Mecklenburg
The MS MECKLENBURG is a small river cruiser with family atmosphere and your swimming hotel during the tour. On the partially roofed sun deck are sitting places (tables + chairs) and storage room for the bikes.
The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area.
On board of this cosy ship are a total of 11 cabins for max. 22 guests. All cabins (approx.. 8-9 m2) have shower + toilet, 2 lower beds and air-conditioning. Windows cannot be opened.
The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety meas-ure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are no-smoking zones.
Length: 41 m
Width: 5,05 m
Depth: 1,20 m
Passengers: max 22
Currency on board: EURO. Only cash.
Your journey to Amsterdam and from Bruges will be individual. Embarkation: from 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm
After breakfast, until 09:30 am
Bicycles on board:
Unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are on these tours 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
Languages on board:
Daily guided bike tours by one guide. 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 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)
EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid pass-port 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.
- 7 nights tour and accommodation on board of MS Mecklenburg in the booked category
– Program according to the routing
– Welcome drink
– Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon 7× 3 course dinner)
– All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
– Daily cabin cleaning
– Use of linen and towels
– Daily briefing on the respective bike tours
– Tour guide for guided bike tours
– Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours (deposited on board, 1 per cabin)
– GPS tracks
- Journey to Amsterdam and from Bruges
– Parking fee
– Bike rental
– Ferry fees
– Entrance fees and excursions
– Town maps
– Drinks on board
Passenger car parking options in Amsterdam (subject to change):
For example: Parking Oosterdok www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/english, economy fare ca.
€ 20.-/24 h. No reservation possible.
Return transfer by train from Bruges to Amsterdam approx. 40 € per person.
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 Mecklenburg
Category A: Two-Bed Main Deck
9th May 2020:
Cat A: £949
20th June 2020 | 1st August 2020 | 12th September 2020
Cat A: £1049
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £89
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.
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.
Holiday Price: £949
Single Supplement: On Request