Bike & Barge Tour - Holland to Flanders: Bruges to Amsterdam
The Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Barge Tour is an exciting and diverse holiday experience that highlights some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Belgium. On a daily basis you will cycle through a variety of flat landscapes through charming villages and historic cities while cruising along the impressive waterways of Zeeland, the River Schelde and the picturesque Vecht and Lek Rivers. The tour is perfect for families who want to cycle together and enjoy barge life or, for that matter, anyone wanting to enjoy a delightful week of cycling to a long list of historic destinations.
The picturesque Vecht, charming villages and the Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk - Amsterdam to Bruges. During the course of the 8 day, 7 night tour you will visit the world famous cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges – each in their own right are destinations of significance with a long list of sights and attractions to discover. Along the way you will cycle through the beautiful Dutch landscape of Zeeland, will visit a real Dutch cheese farm and 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and will discover the western Flanders region of Belgium. The province of Zeeland is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works, while the Flanders region of Belgium boasts a number of world famous medieval towns and has a well-deserved reputation for superb food and drink. As well as cycling through many picturesque villages each day, you will:
Have the opportunity to discover Amsterdam
Cycle through Utrecht, the geographical centre of Holland
Visit Antwerp, a city famous for its vibrant nightlife
Get the opportunity to explore Ghent
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre of Bruges
For the duration of the tour you will live and travel on board your floating hotel barge. The former cargo barge was totally rebuilt and extended in 2003 and is now a luxury river cruise barge that caters for up to 38 guests in 18 luxury double and two single cabins.
INCLUDED: - Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8d/7n (Sat/-Sat/) from/to Enkhuizen; - Full board (7 x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner); - Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); daily short cleaning of the cabin; - Welcoming drink on the first evening; - Board tour guide by the crew(multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours; - Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours; - Daily complimentary coffee and tea till 4 pm.
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Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag - 70 Euros / A$110
Rental E-Bike with 3 levels of support, 7 gears, reach approx. 60-65 km/36-39 miles: Extra A$250 / 165 Euros per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available so book early)
Tour Details Belgium & Netherlands: From Bruges to Amsterdam
The barge awaits you in Bruges harbour. Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board from early afternoon. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”, during the afternoon and in the evening.
Bruges – Ghent (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
Your cycle tour starts today as the barge sails out of Bruges early in the morning. Following the distribution of bicycles after breakfast you will start pedalling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent enjoy the best of what this beautiful city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. The town centre of Ghent features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical centre of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris). The barge will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 15 cycling minutes to the city centre.
Ghent – Dendermonde/St. Amands (Approx. 40-53 km**/24-32 mi.)
After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde which is located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers.The skipper will discuss with guests the departure time of today’s tour which may vary depending on whether it is high or low tide and the subsequent speed of the barge. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bike or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands.
St. Amands/Dendermonde – Antwerp (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.)
Today we will follow the Schelde River further downstream through the Temse region and the small village of Baasrode to Antwerp. This part of the route is along a most beautiful and twisting section of the Schelde which over the centuries held strategic importance for the Romans,Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbour city situatedon the river Schelde famous for handling up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedraland the medieval Steen Castle
Antwerp – Kreekrak locks | Kreekrak locks – Tholen – Willemstad – Dordrecht(Approx. 25-45 km**/15-28 mi.)
The barge will sail this morning along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system to Tholen, a former fishing village in the Dutch province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will cycle along the impressive Volkerak lock system to the fortified town of Willemstad and then on to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands and your destination for the day. The skipper will discuss with you in the morning which parts of the tour will be covered by barge or by bicycle.
Dordrecht – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (Approx. 25-50km**/16-32 mi.)
Today the barge will take you to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills – one of which you can visit (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments). You will then continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek where you will spend the evening. Since the 17th century Schoonhoven - nicknamed Zilverstad (SilverCity) - has been renowned for its talented silversmiths.
Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen – Amsterdam (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
During breakfast the barge will cruise to Breukelen where you disembark and start your final day of cycling. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you arrive at Nigtevecht where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the villages of Abcoude and Ouderkerk on the Amstel River and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbour.
Disembarkation after breakfast until 10 AM: End of your trip. If you wish, you can explore Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or go on a canal tour (not included)
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on boardwhile cruising to the next town.
Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorologicalreasons.On the arrival day it is possible to load your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.A guide will guide the bike tour daily, however it is also possible to ride the bike tour individually(self-guided).Tour descriptions and maps are available on board for anyone interested in taking the self-guidedoption.The guide can be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdownof the bicycle.
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