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Amsterdam-Bruges 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (MB)
During this tour some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders are highlighted: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, where you still can feel the charm of the days long gone. After embarkation in Amsterdam you will cross through a beautiful part of the Netherlands. Of course, you pass by the 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk via Dordrecht and Tholen, the ship cruises through the “Delta” Province of Zeeland to Belgium. You will spend the night in Antwerp, the city of Rubens, whose paintings can be admired in the cathedral. You will cycle along the beautiful tidal river Lower Schelde. Destination of your tour is Bruges, the“Pearl of Flanders”
The barge is a small river cruiser with family atmosphere and will be your 'floating hotel' during the tour. On the partially roofed sun deck are sitting places (tables + chairs) and storage room for the bikes. The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. Onboard this cosy ship are a total of 11 cabins for max. 22 guests. All cabins (approx. 8-9 m2) have shower + toilet, 2 lower beds and air-conditioning. Windows cannot be opened.The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety meas-ure, a statutory Smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are no-smoking zones. Currency on board:EURO.Only cash
The quality of the cycle ways along this route is excellent. Most of the way is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable for cyclists with an average physical condition.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge Tours in Europe
Amsterdam - Vianen, cycle tour approx. 5-15 km/ 3–9 mi
Embarkation and check -in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 p.m. At around 2 p.m. your ship will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek river. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short bicycle ride.
Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Dordrecht cycle tour approx. 56 km/ 34 mi
After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven–nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills, which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.
Boat tour Dordrecht–Willemstad / Willemstad-Tholen, cycle tour approx. 40 km/ 24 mi
In the morning the ship sails to Willemstad, a beautiful fortified city and the beginning of today’s cycling tour to Tholen. This place once was an island where citizens made their living from fishing. Today Tholen is connected to the mainland, but still has its charm of a little old harbour town.
Tholen – Kreekrak lock –Antwerp, cycle tour approx.20-36 km/ 12–22 mi
You cycle through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south to the impressive Kreekrak lock. Then you will sail to Antwerp, which is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”.
Antwerp– Temse – St. Amands, cycle tour approx. 34-49 km/ 21–30 mi
You cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to St. Amands –a magical place with a beautiful landscape and actually one of the highlights. You should try the incomparable Duvel beer – if you didn’t already.
St. Amands – Dendermonde – Ghent, cycle tour approx. 52km/ 32 mi
During breakfast the ship sails to Dendermonde. At first you should take time for a walk. Special attractions: The “Beginenhof” with the museum of local history and the beautiful Grote Markt. The bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city, again, one with a rich past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more or to shop in the lively centre. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has over the years brought much prosperity, culminating in the late 13th, early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth In the city, many old patricians preserved. The Cloth Hall (1425) brought cloth merchants together. The main church is the St. Bavo Cathedral, which is built in different ages and in the different corresponding styles. In the cathedral are some masterpieces of medieval art, which "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck is the most famous. The ship is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent (approx. 30 min by bike from the city centre).
Ghent-Merelbeke –Lovendegem –Bruges, cycle tour approx. 45 km/ 28 mi
Start of your bike tour from Lovendegem, a suburb of Ghent through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders around Bruges. Bruges also called the Venice of the North is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center which dates from the Middle Ages is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a metropolis and center of commerce and art. You can still see this glory at the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is also a nice town for shopping or going out.
Departure from Bruges
After breakfast till 09:30 am: end of the tour and disembarkation
Alterations of schedule or program:subject to change. In case that as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons a route cannot be taken, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this would not be a reason for fee-free cancellation)
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||22||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||22||Single rooms||1,499€|
|May 08 2021||May 15 2021||22||Single rooms||1,349€|
|Jul 03 2021||Jul 10 2021||22||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 11 2021||Sep 18 2021||22||Single rooms||1,499€|
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