Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

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Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

8 Days Starting in Bruges and ending in Amsterdam

Visiting: Belgium, The Netherland

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

UBR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 44

Physical rating:

introductory

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Tour Overview

Experience the great cities of western Belgium and the Netherlands on this classic barge and bike trip between Bruges and Amsterdam. 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 from Belgium through the 'delta' province of Zeeland. Cycling on your own with a set of maps and directions or with the guide - the choice is yours. In the evenings, relax on board your comfortable barge or explore the towns on foot.

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

  • Cycling through the countryside of Holland and Belgium past locks, windmills and cheese farms

  • Visiting interesting towns such as Antwerp, famous for its nightlife and Ghent with its cobble stone streets

  • Sampling local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels

  • Discovering the vibrant cities of Bruges and Amsterdam by bike and on foot

  • Cycling through scenic countryside and past locks, windmills and cheese farms

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Barge In Bruges, Afternoon Warm Up Cycle And Evening To Explore (11Km/6Mi)
Meals Included: D

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).
*If you arrive early, it's possible to leave your luggage on board from 11am.

Day 2 : Cycle The Flemish Countryside To Ghent (57Km/36Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Your cycle tour starts early today in the outskirts of Bruges, from where you 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 will dock at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent approx. 30min by bike to the city centre.

Day 3 : Cycle To Dendermonde (40Km/24Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast in Ghent you 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 Belgian beer after your 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.

Day 4 : Cycle To Antwerp (48 Or 63Km/21 Or 39Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

Today you will 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 the boat is moored 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. Dinner is not included this evening so you are free to dine in one of the many restaurants in the historic centre of Antwerp.

Day 5 : Cruise To Kreekrak, Cycle To Tholen, Cruise To Dordrecht (20 Or 36Km/13 Or 23Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

In the morning we cruise through the Schelde-Rhine Canal and through the imposing Kreekraksluis (Kreekrak lock). Your cycle tour starts through the beautiful 'Wouwse Plantage' forest before leading to Tholen, a former fishing village set amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen you board the boat 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.

Day 6 : Ferry To Alblasserdam, Cycle To Kinderdijk And Vianen (57Km/36Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning you will 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. 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.

Day 7 : Cruise To Breukelen, Cycle To Nigtevecht And On To Amsterdam (38 Or 48Km/24 Or 29Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

During breakfast the barge will cruise to Breukelen where you disembark for the final day of cycling. You will ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its sprawling mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. 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 your last evening aboard. On arrival you can explore the lively Dutch capital on foot or make a round trip of the famous Amsterdam canals.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes In Amsterdam
Meals Included: B

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

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights in a twin share cabin

  • 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 w

  • 7 speed trekking bike rental with handbrake or backpedal brake and pannier, helmet (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)

  • 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 wi

  • Information pack including route notes & maps (one set per cabin), GPS tracks available in advance on request

  • 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).

  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening

  • 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

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What's Not Included

  • Fees for ferries and Waterbus

  • 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

  • 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).

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • 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 insurance - available only if pre-booked. Payable locally: rates are €10/week standard bike, €25/week e-bike

  • 2024: guided option - supplement applies. Includes

  • 2024: Fees for ferries and Waterbus

  • 2024: guided option - supplement applies. Includes the fees for ferries and Waterbus

  • 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, EUR25 for e-bikes) - further details of this Limitation of Liability (damage) policy are available on request

  • Guide - this is a self guided cycle trip. Optional guided package - supplement applies. Includes Fees for ferries and Waterbus

Grading

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.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the panniers provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, water and camera.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

M. Hartsburg(Richards Landing, United States)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

26 Sep 2023

A sister and friend trip that exceeded our expectations. Amazing week biking and meeting so many wonderful people.

L. Weber-Smith(Middlesex, United States)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

1 Jun 2023

This trip was amazing! The accommodations were great, food, staff and guides. All staff went above and beyond to make sure all guests had what they needed. I do want to say you have to be a decent bicycle rider, confident to arrive into cities with many pedestrians, cars and other bicyclists. The trips are sometimes longer, so you get to see more and many would benefit from an e bike.

M. Coppo(Newmarket, QLD)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

03 Jun 2017

I would highly recommend a UTracks Bike and Barge trip for an active cycling holiday. The fitness level makes it achievable for most people with the ability to ride a bike. It’s a great way to see a part of a country and experience a more down to earth approach, while still seeing the major sites and having points of interest with a guide.

Zita Horton(Mt Gravatt, QLD, Australia)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

16 Feb 2023

The Bike and Barge trip from Bruges to Amsterdam was so much fun, and UTracks were awesome at helping us get it organised. It was a bit tricky, as some of us were travelling from Australia and others from the UK. Allie was amazing with her assistance, and the UK team were very helpful and knowledgeable. We have no hesitation in recommending this company.

J. Kaeser(Caboolture, Australia)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

13 Sep 2022

Really enjoyed the trip. Fantastic food, great staff, well organised.

E. Kurtz-Hardowa(Edmonton, Canada)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

31 May 2023

I thought the accommodations were better than expected and the food was amazing. Tom and Bettina were great as leaders.

C. Plotzki(Saskatoon, Canada)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

3 Jun 2023

It was very well planned. Staff were all professional. The trip was exactly as described.

B. Williams(Etobicoke, Canada)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

30 Aug 2023

Absolutely beautiful tour through the countryside and medieval towns and cities. The guided tour was extremely well executed and included ferry costs, and a dairy farm tour, but the unguided tour would have been easy to navigate on your own using the tour apps, and maps provided daily. The rooms on the Barge Fluvius were very small, as expected but the food on board was excellent bar prices were very reasonable. Problems with the A/C in the rooms, and water issues (on/off) at the end of the day should be corrected. Also, there are TV's in each room, but they do not work.

S. Lefebvre(Gatineau, Canada)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

1 Jun 2023

A great adventure with friendly staff and guides. The food and facilities on the boat were great. The cycling was nice however some areas can be quite busy with traffic which makes it difficult with a large group. My bicycle was not suited for me, since there were no other bikes available I was given an electric bike, while I did appreciate the staff finding a solution, I did not enjoy the electric bike (to heavy for me). Some nice stops along the way.

S. Griessel(Nanoose Bay, Canada)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Comfort

18 May 2019

The bike and barge part of the trip was wonderful...the guides knowledgeable and the meals on the barge beautifully done.

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