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Amsterdam-Bruges 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (FV)
The Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge cycle 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. A great way to combine bike & boat.
The picturesque Vecht, charming villages and the Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk. 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
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
The barge has eighteen twin cabins and four double cabins. On the upper deck, there are three standard twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft. ) with two separate single beds and four double cabins (12 m² – 129 sq.ft. ) with a double bed (140 x 200 cm) and a large panoramic window. On the lower deck you will find fourteen standard twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) and one smaller twin cabin (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.), all of which have two separate single beds. On prior request, a child’s cot can be placed in two of the standard twin cabins.
Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All twin cabins have a fixed window, the panoramic window in the double cabins can be opened. Each cabin has an individually adjustable air-conditioning unit, a ventilation system, a flatscreen TV and a hair dryer.
There is a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs) and a storage room for the bikes. While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.
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 / waterbus
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
2018: Fees for ferries / waterbus
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)
A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment
Transfer between Amsterdam and Bruges: There is a good train connection between these two cities.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge tours in Europe
Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Vianen
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 p.m. At around 2 p.m. the ship will leave Amsterdam and sail to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek, where you will spend the night. Here the bicycles will be distributed and you can enjoy a short bicycle ride.
Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk – Dordrecht (56 km/34 mi.)
Today you will cycle along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day as you cycle through the Alblasserwaard region you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take you and your bicycle in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.
Dordrecht – Tholen | Tholen- Kreekrak lock | Kreekrak lock–Antwerp (20 km/13 mi. or 36 km/23 mi.)
During breakfast the Fluvius will sail to Tholen where you will start your day’s cycling by visiting the “Wouwse Plantage” forest. Another attraction on the day is the impressive Kreekrak lock. After once again meeting up with the Fluvius you will finish your day by sailing to the port city of Antwerp which is situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and has many attractions that include: 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. After dinner visit the beautiful old city centre.
Antwerp – Temse – Dendermonde (48 km/29 mi. or 64 km/39 mi.)
Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, your home for the night. 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.
Dendermonde – Ghent (52 km/32 mi.)
Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the ship will moor for the night at a lock in a suburb of town. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. The city’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has meant it to be a major trading port since Roman times. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. A major attraction is St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept.
Day 6 (Thu): Ghent – Moerbrugge | Moerbrugge – Bruges (33 km/21 mi. or 41 km/26 mi.)
During breakfast the Fluvius will sail from Ghent to a place close to Bruges. Your bicycle tour will lead through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders around this beautiful city, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’. The city attracts more than two million visitors every year who come for the ambience of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. An outstanding example of a medieval 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 constructions 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.)
Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here if you want you can swim in the sea along an inviting sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape. On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.
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.|
|Apr 18 2020||Apr 25 2020||44||Single rooms||1,424€|
|May 02 2020||May 09 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|May 30 2020||Jun 06 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Jun 27 2020||Jul 04 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Jul 25 2020||Aug 01 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Aug 08 2020||Aug 15 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||44||Single rooms||1,499€|
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