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Bruges-Amsterdam 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (G)
During this fascinating 8 day, 7 night tour you will discover the best of what Holland and Belgium has to offer. Charming villages, a real Dutch cheese farm and the famous 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk.
You will visit the world famous cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges and will have the opportunity to cycle through the beautiful – and flat – Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium. Along the way you will cycle through many charming villages, will visit a number of local attractions and will get to enjoy life on board your floating hotel for the week. Highlights include a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the famous 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and the world famous cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges in the western Flanders region of Belgium. You will discover the Dutch province of Zeeland which is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works and the Flanders region of Belgium famous for its medieval towns and a 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
Explore the city of Antwerp
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 which caters for a maximum of 22 guests, a barge which has been a very popular ship for boat and bike tours for many years and is sure not to disappoint.
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 board while cruising to the next town. Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
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-guided option. The guide can be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.
8 days/7 nights accommodation onboard
7 x breakfasts and packed lunches
7 x 3-course dinners
Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and after the cycling tours, till 4 PM
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders,)
Some short walking tours
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Fees for ferries / water-bus
Coffee and tea on board on other hours
Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
Wi-Fi ( unlimited data package to be purchased on board: €10)
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Entrance fees and excursions
Transfers to/from the docking place
Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be applied
Rental bicycle: €75 per week (80 euros 2020)
Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available) (180 euros 2020)
Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment
Return to Bruges: there is a good train connection between these two cities.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge tours in Europe
Bruges (11 km/6 mi.)
Embarkation time in Bruges is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The ship awaits you in the Bruges harbor. After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2 p.m. there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. After dinner the tour leader will take you for a walk through the center of town.
We advise you to come to Bruges one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”. While you are there make sure you visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.
Bruges – Ghent (57 km/36 mi.)
Your cycle tour starts early today in the outskirts of Bruges. You will start your first day of cycling by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent’s medieval town center features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical center of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris). The ship will dock for the night at a lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 30 cycling minutes from the city center.
Ghent – Dendermonde (40 km/24 mi.)
After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, a friendly little town, located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. Dendermonde has a beautiful town hall located at a cozy square. The ideal place to have a nice Belgium beer after your bicycle ride. Worth visiting is also the St. Alexius Beguinage where you can learn about housekeeping, work and recreation in the lives of former generations.
Dendermonde – Antwerp (48 km/21 mi. or 63 km/39 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 harbor city situated on 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 Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.
Antwerp – Kreekrak locks | Kreekrak locks – Tholen | Tholen – Dordrecht (36 km/23 mi. or 20 km/13 mi.)
This morning, the ship will sail along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system. Here your bicycle tour starts through the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest to Tholen, Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. From Tholen you will join the ship again for a nice afternoon sail to the beautiful city of Dordrecht. Halfway the ship will pass the impressive Volkerak lock system. Your tour leader will take you for an evening walk and tell you about the history of the Netherlands.
Dordrecht – Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (57 km/36 mi.)
A fast ferry will bring you to Alblasserdam. From here you will cycle 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 Silver City – has been renowned for its talented silversmiths.
Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen – Amsterdam (38 km/24 mi. or 48 km/29 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 historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbor.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Aug 17 2019||Aug 24 2019||20||Single rooms||1,189€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||20||Single rooms||1,424€|
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