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  • guided cycle
  • 7 nights in a twin share cabin
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1140GBP


Trip Code: UBR

Trip highlights

  • Discovering the vibrant cities of Amsterdam and Bruges by bike and on foot
  • Cycling through the countryside of Holland and Belgium past locks and windmills and cheese farms to reach interesting towns such as Antwerp, famous for its nightlife and Ghent with its cobble stone streets
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow passengers aboard a comfortable barge
  • Sample local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels

Experience the great cities of Holland and western Belgium on this classic barge and bike trip between Amsterdam and Bruges. En route visit Antwerp and Ghent whose historic centres will enchant you with their history and refined culture. Wind your way by bike along the Vecht river with its impressive mansions and country houses, visit a cheese farm and the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. Via Dordrecht and Kreekrak lock, the barge cruises through the 'delta' province of Zeeland to Belgium. Cycling with the group and guide or on your own with a set of maps and directions - the choice is yours. In the evenings, relax on board your comfortable barge or explore the towns on foot.


Holland and Belgium

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From 1:00pm, you can check into the barge in Bruges and meet your guide and crew. After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2:00pm there will be a bicycle fitting and short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. After dinner on board the tour leader will take you for a walk through the centre of town. Bruges is known as the "Venice of the North" and the "Pearl of Flanders". We strongly recommend coming one or two days earlier so you have time to discover its treasures. Perhaps the most beautiful of all Flemish cities, the medieval Old Town is almost completely intact and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Middle Ages it was a metropolis and centre of commerce and art, and you can see this glory in the beautiful buildings. Bruges is also a nice town for shopping or going out - sample a waffle, coffee or traditional Belgian beer around the Grote Markt (the big market place).

Meals:  D

Our cycle tour starts early today in the outskirts of Bruges, from where we will pedal through pleasant Flemish countryside along the Ghent canal towards the historical centre of Ghent. It is a lively university city with a rich past, and in the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover more of its beauty on foot. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has over the years brought much prosperity - in the Middle Ages it was the second largest European city after Paris. The textile industry brought great wealth, with the Cloth Hall established in 1425 bringing many merchants together, and many aristocrats remain today. The main church St Bavo Cathedral reflects different periods in history and building styles, and houses some masterpieces of medieval art, the most famous of which is "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck. The barge is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent approx. 30min by bike to the city centre.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast in Ghent we will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape alongside the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, a friendly little town, located at the junction of the Dender and Schelde Rivers. The River Schedle stretches for 435km through northern France, western Belgium and the southwestern part of the Netherlands and is connected by several canals to the basins of the Rhine, Meuse and Seine Rivers. It has always had considerable commercial and strategic importance over the years. Dendermonde has a beautiful town hall on its main square. The ideal place to relax and enjoy a nice Belgium beer after our ride. Worth visiting is the St Alexius Beguinage, where you can learn about housekeeping, work and recreation in the lives of former generations. Overnight Dendermonde.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we follow the Schelde river further downstream through the Temse region and the small village of Baasrode to the lively port town of Antwerp. This part of the route is along a beautiful and winding section of the Schelde which over the centuries held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Antwerp, where we moor overnight, is known as the diamond city and has an abundance of jeweller's shops. Peter Paul Rubens lived and worked in Antwerp in the 17th century, producing paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe and you will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe" (our lady) Cathedral. Other highlights include the City Hall, one of many majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market and the medieval Steen Castle.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we cruise through the Schelde-Rhine Canal and through the imposing Kreekraksluis (Kreekrak lock). Our cycle tour starts through the beautiful 'Wouwse Plantage' forest and we head to Tholen, a former fishing village set amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen we board the barge for an afternoon cruise to Dordrecht, passing through the impressive Volkerak lock system en route. After dinner there will be an evening walk with the tour leader to the town centre of Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take a fast ferry to Alblasserdam from where it is a short cycle to the famous 19 UNESCO listed windmills of Kinderdijk. The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. We will then continue cycling to the 'Silver City' of Schoonhoven, renowned for its talented silversmiths, and on to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore the town.

Meals:  B,L,D

During breakfast the barge will cruise to Breukelen where we disembark for our final day of cycling. We ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its sprawling mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. We'll pass through the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland and arrive at Nigtevecht, where we can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden to Amsterdam and the barge's mooring place in the harbour for our last evening aboard. On arrival you can explore the lively Dutch capital on foot or make a round trip of the famous Amsterdam canals.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast the journey comes to an end as you say farewell to the guide and crew. Check out until 9:30am.

Meals:  B


  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (6 dinners in 2023) (does not include drinks)
  • Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch on board. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a Category A or B+ barge with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis. Category A (Fluvius) - (2023 only Fluvius): all twin cabins are air conditioned and configured with two lower beds, while double cabins are configured with a double bed. The trip price is based on a standard twin cabin below deck - supplement applies for other cabin categories except a small twin cabin main deck where a discount applies (twin cabin upper deck, double cabin upper deck or single cabin). Category B: all cabins are configured with two lower beds. We do not match clients together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin, below deck only (limited and on a request basis).
  • 7 speed trekking bike rental with handbrake or backpedal brake and pannier, helmet (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (one set per cabin), GPS tracks available in advance on request
  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
  • Experienced multilingual guide for fully guided cycle tours and daily briefings - extra cycle guide for group sizes of 18 passengers or more (on the Fluvius only).
  • Several city walking tours
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Daily cabin cleaning (Cat A) or mid week cabin cleaning service (Cat B+)
  • Daily tea and coffee during breakfast and 3-4pm
  • Fees for ferries and Waterbus
  • WIFI
  • carbon offset

  • Travel to Bruges and from Amsterdam
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Drinks and other items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Transfers not specified
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets - EUR50pp (subject to change) paid locally on board. See below for further details regarding catering for dietary requirements.
  • Optional canal tour of Amsterdam - tickets can be purchased on board
  • Bike insurance - payable locally (EUR10 for standard bikes and EUR25 for e-bikes) - further details of this Limitation of Liability (damage) policy are available on request

Bike information




INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 The cycling is introductory (1) grade with daily cycling distances from 11 to 63km (6 to 39mi). As with all of our cycling programs, wind and poor weather could make the trip grade change. Should you not wish to cycle there are walking options available. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos, visit a museum or enjoy the market places in many of the interesting towns visited. It is considered suitable for children, as long as they have road sense, are familiar with the workings of a bike (gear change etc) and are comfortable cycling alongside moving vehicles at times. Electric bikes are available for a supplement and when used will ensure the cycling is comfortable for less physical cyclists - however it is still essential that you are comfortable cycling on roads and in light traffic in variable weather conditions. *For safety reasons, we highly recommend that cycle helmets be worn during cycle sections.

Departure dates


High Season
A high season supplement applies from 23 Apr to 23 Sep.
Departures are on board the barge Fluvius except on 24 Sep when the Lena Maria also operates (K) - please specify your boat preference when booking.
For departures running in reverse, see our trip 'Amsterdam to Bruges - Comfort' - trip code UAM.

Total Priceper person from


Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for Small Twin cabin Below Deck (Fluvius only)GBP£-26
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£100
  • Upper Deck Twin Cabin (Fluvius only)GBP£180
  • Supplement for Upper Deck Double Cabin (Fluvius only)GBP£350
  • Single Supplement (single in twin lower deck cabin only) - low seasonGBP£480
  • Single Supplement (single in twin lower deck cabin only) - high seasonGBP£500
*Prices listed are per person

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