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Brussels-Bruges 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (Mg)
On this classic bike and barge cycling tour along the Schelde River you will experience the best of what the Flemish Region of Belgium – also known as Flanders - has to offer. Small canals and rivers, quiet country lanes and ancient villages steeped in history.
During the course of the 8 days, 7 nights tour you will visit the world famous cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen and Bruges, will cycle through the beautiful Belgium landscape and will have the opportunity to be immersed in Belgium’s well-deserved reputation for superb food and drink. As well as cycling through many picturesque villages each day, you will:
Enjoy the best of Brussels
Visit Antwerp, a city famous for its vibrant nightlife
Get the opportunity to explore Ghent
Be able to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre of Bruges
Visit Mechelen, a small and picturesque city
On a daily basis you will cycle along old tow paths next to small canals and rivers and via quiet country lanes to ancient villages steeped in history. Enjoy a coffee or one of the many village beers in an authentic Belgian pub where the locals approvingly raise their glass, especially when you arrive by bike. Your home away from home for the duration of the Bruges to Brussels tour is a premium barge which has a capacity of 32-35 guests. One of the most luxurious barges cruising Dutch and Belgian waterways, following a major 14 metre extension in 2012/13, now boasts 11 twin cabins, four premium twins, two single cabins and a beautiful large salon with restaurant, bar and lounge area.
Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Bruges or Brussels
Full board; 7x breakfast, 6x lunch or picnic lunch during bike tours, coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7x three course dinner
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
Welcome drink, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening
Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free), during the day the tour leader is cycling the daily bike tour and reachable on his cell phone for individual cyclists; daily complete guided bike tours
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin.
Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.
Transfers to/from the docking places in Bruges and Brussels
Dinner in Antwerp (1x)
Entrance fees & excursions
Fees for ferries
Drinks on board
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Special diets on request/surcharges may apply
If you would like to rent a bike (75 euros) or e-bike (175 euros) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Some Triple cabins (1109 Euros p.p.) and Premium cabins (1359 Euros p.p.) available on request. Ask us about availability at [email protected]
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Individual arrival in Brussels. Embarkation time is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The ship awaits you in the Brussels harbor. After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2 p.m. your tour leader will take you for walk (and you will also use public transport) to explore the capital of Belgium: Just take a walk through the historical city center, along the gothic town hall and the beautiful guild houses on the Grote Markt square.
NB: Your barge may already leave Brussels on Sat. evening during dinner to sail to Zemst and stay there for the night, instead of staying in Brussels for the first night.
Brussels – Zemst* | Zemst – Mechelen – Willebroek (38 km/23 mi.)
During breakfast the barge will sail to Zemst (if it is not already there) On your first cycling tour you will visit Mechelen. Remarkable in Mechelen is that over 300 buildings on less than 3 square kilometers are listed as historical buildings: 8 of these are churches. Continue through green, soft slanted hilly country, along picturesque villages and large country estates to Willebroek. In the meantime the barge will sail over the Willebroek canal to today’s destination.
Willebroek – Antwerp (34 km/21 mi. or 54 km/34 mi.)
Tour from Willebroek to Lier. The city of Lier has 2 Unesco World heritage sites, the beguinage and the belfry. Beguinages are closed courtyards, where widows and unmarried women led a religiously inspired but independent life. Self-rule occurred under the leadership of a ‘grand dame’. From Lier you continue to Antwerp. This harbor city on the river Scheldt is one of the world’s major diamond cities and has many highlights: the City Hall is one of several majestic buildings constructed in the Renaissance, the historical City Square Grote Markt, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner in a restaurant of your choice (not included).
Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands (34 km/21 mi. or 49 km/31 mi.)
Today’s cycling tour will lead you upstream the river Schelde to Rupelmonde, where the river Rupel joins the river Schelde. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. You will cycle along a picturesque section to St. Amands, your home for the night.
St. Amands – Dendermonde | Dendermonde– Ghent (52 km/32 mi.)
During breakfast the ship will bring you to the beautiful city Dendermonde, where your cycling tour starts. A “must” is a short stop on the beautiful Flemish market square Grote Markt of Dendermonde. Today’s cycling tour will lead you to the vibrant city of Ghent. Explore the pedestrian area in the town center, partly by bicycle and partly on foot. The architectural richness in the historical center of the city of Ghent (during the Middle Ages the 2nd largest European city just after Paris), has been maintained well. Docking place for the night is at a lock, in a suburb of Ghent, approx. 30 cycling minutes from the center of town.
Ghent – Bruges (22 km/13 mi. or 45 km/28 mi.)
Today you 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. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to see the picturesque medieval town center of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city 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 city’s original Gothic buildings form an integral part of the town’s identity. While you are here you can 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.
Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (38 km/23 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)
The last cycling tour takes you first to a quiet canal along where you’ll find lots of poplars, through an attractive polder landscape with nice small farm houses. Then via the small city of Damme to the North Sea cost. A long sandy beach, numerous cafés and the attractive dune landscape provide enough variety during your lunch break. Then back to Bruges while riding along a small canal.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
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