Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

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Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

8 Days Starting in Bruges and ending in Amsterdam

Visiting: Belgium, Holland

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

BRA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

25 - 35

Physical rating:

introductory

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Tour Overview

Experience the great cities of the Netherlands and western Belgium 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 the Kreekrak lock, the barge cruises from Belgium through the 'delta' province of Zeeland. 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.

Highlights

  • Walking the cobble stoned streets of Bruges and Ghent

  • Sampling local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels

  • Cycling past a variety of landscapes including windmills of Kinderdijk and the river Schelde

  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard your comfortable barge

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Barge In Bruges, Afternoon Warm Up Cycle And Evening To Explore (15Km/9Mi)
Meals Included: D

Embarkation in Bruges is between 1-2pm (luggage can be brought on board from 11am). After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2pm, there will be a bicycle fitting and a short warm-up cycle through the surrounding countryside. After dinner you can join the guide for a short walk through the centre of town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bruges is perhaps the most beautiful of all Flemish cities, with its Old Town almost completely intact. During the Middle Ages, the city was a metropolis and centre of commerce and art, evident in its many beautiful facades. It is a nice town for shopping and exploring. We suggest sampling a waffle, coffee or traditional Belgian beer around the Grote Markt (big market place).
Tip: There is so much to see in Bruges - we recommend having a night or two here pre tour.

Day 2 : Cycle The Flemish Countryside To Ghent (35 Or 57Km/21 Or 36Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We start our first day of cycling by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. Ghent is a lively university city with a rich past, and in the afternoon you can discover more of its beauty on foot. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was Europe's second largest city after Paris. Its convenient location has brought much prosperity over time, culminating in the late 13th and early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth, with the Cloth Hall established in 1425 bringing many merchants together, and many aristocrats remain today. 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 (in the visitors' centre). The barge will dock at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent approx. 30 minutes by bike from the city centre. Before dinner a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city.

Day 3 : Cycle To Dendermonde / St Amands (40 Or 53Km/24 Or 32Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast in Ghent we will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, located at the confluence of the Dender and Schelde rivers. The boat's departure time will be set by the skipper, dependent on the tides. The River Schedle stretches over 400km 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, and has had considerable commercial and strategic importance over the years. We will continue by bike or barge from Dendermonde to St Amands, depending on the tides.

Day 4 : Cycle To Antwerp, Evening At Leisure (32 Or 49Km/19 Or 31Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

Today we follow the Schelde further downstream through the Temse region to the lively port town of Antwerp. This part of the route is along a beautiful and winding section of the river which over the centuries held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Our destination is Antwerp, famous for handling most of the world’s rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe” (Our Lady) Cathedral. Its other attractions 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 tonight (recommendations available on board).

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

In the morning we cruise through the Schelde-Rhine Canal and the imposing Kreekraksluis (Kreekrak lock). Here our cycle tour starts through the beautiful ‘Wouwse Plantage’ forest to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen we join the barge again for an enjoyable afternoon cruise to Dordrecht, en route passing through the impressive Volkerak lock system. Today, the skipper and guide will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by bicycle. After dinner you can join the guide for an evening walk through the town centre of Dordrecht, which is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.

Day 6 : To Kinderdijk, Cycle To Schoonhoven And Vianen (32 Or 57Km/19 Or 36Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we take the 'Waterbus' (fast ferry, 10 minutes) to Alblasserdam, from where it is a short cycle to the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water from the low Alblasserwaard polder. We will continue by bike to Schoonhoven, renowned for its talented silversmiths, and Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (Lower Rhine), where we will stay for the night and which you can explore at leisure after dinner.

Day 7 : Cruise To Breukelen, Cycle To Nigtevecht And On To Amsterdam (36 Or 46Km/23 Or 28Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

During breakfast we will cruise to Breukelen then disembark for our last day of cycling. Following the winding river Vecht, the area is well known 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 en route to Nigtevecht, where we can visit a traditional cheese farm. We will continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam and the barge in the harbour. You can explore the lively Dutch capital on foot or take a ride to see the famous Amsterdam canals.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes In Amsterdam After Breakfast
Meals Included: B

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

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights in a twin share cabin

  • 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 sandwic

  • 7 nights in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities on a category A+ barge (cabins are configured with two lower beds - supplement applies for premium twin or upper deck suite on select departures, or single cabin). We do not match clients together so

  • Bike rental with handbrake - 7 speed (Magnifiques & Princesse Royal) and 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 on request

  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening

  • Two multilingual tour guides for fully guided cycling tours (group sizes of 22 passengers or more, except Zwaantje which is only ever 1 tour guide), daily briefings

  • Several short city walks

  • 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

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What's Not Included

  • Travel to Bruges and from Amsterdam

  • Dinner in Antwerp (Zwaantje) / Antwerp or Bruges (Magnifiques)

  • Drinks (available for purchase on board) and other items of a personal nature

  • Entrance fees and excursions 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.

  • 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

  • Transfers not specified

  • Fee to bring your own bike (note this is not possible on Zwaantje due to space limitations)

  • 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.

  • A supplement will apply if you are booking a single cabin (we do not match single travellers)

  • Dinner in Antwerp or Bruges

  • Fee to bring your own bike (note this is not possible on La Mar due to space limitations)

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.

Grading

INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 The cycling is introductory (1) grade with daily cycling distances from 11 to 57km (6 to 36mi). 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.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

D & N Harvey(Benalla, VIC)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

06 Sep 2018

The Cycle and Barge tour on the Zwaantje from Bruges to Amsterdam was a wonderful experience in every way. The Captain, guide and crew were so professional and nothing was a bother to them when assistance was required. The meals were great and especially the evening meal which was something to really look forward too after a full day of riding. We loved the concept of this particular tour as it was a small group it was easy to socialise and get to know each other. New friendships were formed as a result. Although the cabins were small they were comfortable. We loved this particular Cycle and Barge Tour (on the Zwaantje) so much that we plan to go on another in the future. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

C. Knudson(Coralville, United States)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

13 Jun 2023

Great trip. Well organized. Easy flat rides as expected.

C. Gadsen(Gordon, Australia)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

15 Oct 2018

We had a very enjoyable trip. The barge, the cabin, and the shared ares were all comfortable and well-maintained. The meals were excellent. The staff were all very engaging, friendly and helpful and the two guides (Anneke and Iris) were first class: very knowledgeable, calm, easy-going and efficient but also firm when they needed to be, particularly regarding the safety of the group.

E. Moore(Lilyfield, NSW)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

13 Jul 2018

A perfect holiday.

S. Howden(Horsham, Australia)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

5 Jun 2023

My husband & I did the 8 day bike/barge from Bruges to Amsterdam. The guides and boat staff were fantastic and felt safe each day on our bike rides. Food on board the barge was lovely as were our rooms. Strongly recommend. We hired the E bikes which made it very easy and enjoyable...especially on our only windy day.

J. Sette(NY, USA)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

13 Sep 2018

My wife and I had a great time on this trip. We got to see wonderful cities and explore the countryside via cycling.

I. Brown(Surfers Paradise)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

14 Aug 2018

The bike from Amsterdam to Bruges was excellent - very good maps and daily instructions. Great camaraderie amongst riders from different countries. We had a lot of fun along the way.

J. Hamilton(Australia)  

Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge - Deluxe

20 Jun 2023

The actual trip was excellent: the Magnifique 2 Barge crew were incredibly friendly and every aspect of the bike riding and daily activities was meticulously organised. The accommodation on board was comfortable and it was a real pleasure to sit down at night to a lovely table and fine dining.

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