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

8 Days£1740GBP

Overview

Trip Code: ABR

Trip highlights


  • Exploring Amsterdam and walking the cobble stoned streets of Bruges and Ghent
  • Cycling along the river Schelde and seeing the famous windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Sampling local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels
  • Soaking up the hospitality on board the comfortable barge

Experience the great cities of The Netherlands 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 the 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.

Countries:

Holland and Belgium

Starting Point:

Amsterdam

Finishing Point:

Bruges


Make your own way to the boat in Amsterdam for embarkation and check-in at 2pm. Your crew for the week will be waiting to welcome you on board and the barge will cruise to Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek River. After settling in to your cabin, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the boat and your fellow travellers. Later there'll be dinner on board and afterwards you can enjoy a short first ride in the surrounding area.

Meals:  D

A great first day of cycling starting with a ride along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven, renowned for its talented silversmiths since the 17th century. Later in the day as we cycle through the Alblasserwaard region we will reach Kinderdijk, famous for its impressive row of windmills. All have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight. From nearby Alblasserdam we will take the “Waterbus” (fast ferry, 10 minutes) to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Meals:  B,L,D

During breakfast on board, the boat will cruise to Willemstad where you begin your day’s cycling. Willemstad is a beautiful old fortified town on the Haringvliet waterway. The ride takes us to Tholen, which was once an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Today, Tholen is connected to the mainland. After visiting Tholen we continue to Bergen op Zoom, an historic fortified town that once lay on the open waters of the Oosterschelde. After dinner you can take a walk through the narrow street of the old town, with church squares and idiosyncratic monumental buildings that show the rich history that goes back more than eight hundred years.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning a short ride takes us through the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” area surrounding Bergen op Zoom. In the early afternoon we will once again board the boat and cruise to the port city of Antwerp, situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling most of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner is not included tonight.(recommendations available from the crew).

Meals:  B,L

This morning we will cycle out of Antwerp alongside a picturesque section of the Schelde River to St Amands, our base for the night. This stage is one of the natural highlights of the tour.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will cruise to Dendermonde then cycle, following the river Schelde to Ghent. The barge will moor for the night at a lock in the suburb of Merelbeke, approx 30min by bike from the centre. Ghent is a lively university city boasting a rich history. Since Roman times its position at the junction of the Leie and Schelde rivers has ensured the town's prosperity as a trading port. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are St Bavo Cathedral, where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including Jan Van Eyck's ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ can be viewed in the visitors' centre, and the 91m belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre. Before dinner a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will cycle from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’ and arguably the most beautiful of all the Flemish cities. UNESCO World Heritage listed, it has a picturesque medieval town centre and a long list of historic attractions. An outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the original Gothic buildings form an integral part of the town’s identity. You can visit one of its many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture from the comfort of a local café or bar.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trip concludes after breakfast in Bruges, with check out and disembarkation by 9:30am.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, 6 dinners (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 in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities on a Deluxe category* barge (cabins are configured with two lower beds - supplement applies for premium twin or upper deck suite on select departures, or single cabin. A discount applies for LaMar cabin with split beds on a twin share basis). We do not match clients together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis). *except Zwaantje (Comfort category)
  • Bike rental with handbrake or backpedal brake - 7 speed (Magnifiques) or 21 speed (Zwaantje), waterproof pannier, helmet and water bottle (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (one set per cabin), GPS tracks available on request
  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
  • Two multilingual tour guides for fully guided cycling tours (group size of 22 passengers or more, except Zwaantje which is one tour guide only), daily briefings
  • Several short walking tours
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Entrance to Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Tasting of Belgian products, Canal trip through Ghent
  • Wi-fi
  • Fees for ferries

  • Travel to Amsterdam and from Bruges
  • Dinner in Antwerp
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board) and other items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Transfers not specified
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • A supplement will apply if you are booking a single cabin (we do not match single travellers)
  • 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 example lactose or gluten free diets - EUR65pp (subject to change) paid locally 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
  • Fee to bring your own bike (note this is not possible on Zwaantje or LaMar due to space limitations)

Bike information


Suitability

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INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 The cycling is introductory (1) grade with daily cycling distances from 15 to 56km (9 to 34mi). 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. *For safety reasons, we highly recommend that cycle helmets be worn during cycle sections.


Departure dates


Notes

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High Season
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2025: High season is from 1 Apr to 1 Jul and from 28 Aug to 30 Sep - supplement applies. 2024: High season is from 25 Apr to 30 Jun and from 29 Aug to 30 Sep - supplement applies. Discount applies to 5 Oct on board LaMar and 10 Oct on Magnifique IV departures.
DN2
Operates with the Magnifique 1 (3), Operates with the Magnifique II (S), Operates with Magnifique III (K), Operates with Magnifique IV (O), Operates with Zwaantje (2). Operates with LaMar (D), Operates with Fleur (FS)
DN3
For departures running in reverse, see our trip 'Bruges to Amsterdam - Deluxe - trip code BRA. We also have Comfort Plus and Comfort versions of the trip - see trip codes UAM, UBR (reverse) - both comfort and UAH & UDH (reverse) both Comfort Plus.
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Discount applies to 9 Oct departure.

Priceper person from

£1740GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for twin cabin with split beds - LaMar ppGBP£-92
  • Discount for 5 & 10 October 2024 dep pp (LaMar & Mag IV)GBP£-54
  • Discount for 9 October 2025 dep pp (Mag IV)GBP£-54
  • Electric Bike Supplement -2025GBP£130
  • Premium Twin Cabin - pp supplement (Mags II (seasonal supp applies)GBP£250
  • Single cabin Supplement (on Mag III only) - low seasonGBP£350
  • Junior Suite Supplement (Magnifique I only) pp - seasonal supps applyGBP£390
  • Single use of twin cabin with split beds - LaMar onlyGBP£520
  • Single cabin Supplement (on Mag III only) - high seasonGBP£550
  • Upper Deck Suite Supplement (Magnifique II, III, IV only) pp - seasonal supps applyGBP£570
  • Single use of twin cabin - Supplement (on request) - Zwaantje 2024GBP£700
  • Single use of twin cabin - Supplement (on request) - low season 2024GBP£700
  • Single use of twin cabin - Supplement (on request) - low seasonGBP£750
  • Single use of twin cabin - Supplement (on request) - high season 2024GBP£770
  • Single use of twin cabin - Supplement (on request) - 2025 high season (season supp also applies)GBP£840
*Prices listed are per person

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