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Amsterdam-Bruges 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (MB)

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Bike and Barge Tour 8-days through Holland and Flanders

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”

Accommodation:

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

Tour character:

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.

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 7 nights tour and accommodation on board in the booked category
  • Program according to the itinerary
  • Welcome drink
  • Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon,7x3course dinner)
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Use of linen and towels
  • Daily briefing on the respective bike tours
  • Tour guide for guided bike tours
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours (deposited on board, 1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to Amsterdam and from Bruges
  • parking fees
  • shuttles and ferry fees
  • bike rental
  • entrance fees and excursions
  • town maps
  • drinks on board
  • tips
  • insurances

Extras:

  • Passenger car parking options in Amsterdam(subject to change):For example: Parking Oosterdokwww.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/english, economy fare ca.€ 20.-/24 h.No reservation possible.
  • Return transfer by train from Bruges to Amsterdam approx. 40 € per person.
  • Minimum number of participants: 18 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).
  • We recommend that you take out travel insurance with repatriation coverage as well as baggage, accident and travel cancellation insurances
  • Rental bikes: €75 - Rental bicycle 7-gear, handbrake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability) back bags and rental bike insurance (please indicate when booking)
  • €175 - E-Bike (advance reservation, limited number) with pannier bag and rental bike insurance

Notes:

  • Languages on board: German, English
  • Cycle Tours: daily guided bike tours by one guide. It is also possible to ride the bike tours individually.
  • Luggage on board: we recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes
  • We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage as storage space in the cabin is very limited!
  • Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at your embassy
  • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility

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  • Day 1

    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.

  • Day 2

    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.

  • Day 3

    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.

  • Day 4

    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”.

  • Day 5

    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.

  • Day 6

    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).

  • Day 7

    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.

  • Day 8

    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)

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 09 2020 May 16 2020 22 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 899€
Jun 20 2020 Jun 27 2020 22 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 01 2020 Aug 08 2020 22 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
Sep 12 2020 Sep 19 2020 22 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€

Car rental in Netherlands

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