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Amsterdam-Bruges 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (ZW)
There is simply no better way to discover the charm and the best of what Belgium and Holland has to offer than on this exciting 8 days, 7 nights tour on board a barge for a bike and barge holiday.
Charming villages, a real Dutch cheese farm and the 19 famous windmills in Kinderdijk - Amsterdam to Bruges
During the day you will cycle to world famous destinations such as Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Utrecht and Amsterdam, while at night you will relax in the comfort of your floating hotel. The cycling on this tour is through the beautiful – and flat – Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium. Attractions along the way include many charming villages, a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the 19 famous Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and the world famous cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges in the western Flanders region of Belgium. You will cycle through and discover the Dutch province of Zeeland, which is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for it's 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 being able to discover many picturesque villages each day – both on your bicycle and on foot - you will:
Have the opportunity to discover Amsterdam
Cycle through Utrecht
Visit Antwerp, a city famous for its vibrant nightlife
Get the opportunity to explore Ghent
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre of Bruges
Your home away from home for the duration of the Amsterdam to Bruges 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.
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.
On the arrival day it is possible to load your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.
A guide will take 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.
Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category
Full board; 7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x three course dinner (dinner in Bruges, Antwerp respectively is not included)
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
Climate controlled cabin
Welcoming drink and speech on the first evening
Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free)
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin
Daily coffee and tea between 3 and 4 PM
Use of a helmet
Use of a waterproof pannier bag and water bottle
Fees for ferries
Visit Kinderdijk mills
Entrance cathedral Antwerp
Canal trip through Ghent
Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam and Bruges
Dinner in Bruges, Antwerp respectively (1x)
Entrance fees & excursions
Fees for ferries
Drinks on board
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated
Return to Amsterdam: there is a good train connection between these two cities.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge tours in Europe
Tour Amsterdam to Bruges
Arrival and embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht – Breukelen (Approx. 15 km/9 miles) | Breukelen – Vianen
Embarkation and check-in on 1 PM. Around 2 PM the ship leaves Amsterdam and sails to Nigtevecht. From here a short bike trip starts to Breukelen along the scenic winding small river Vecht. By the end of the afternoon the barge takes you to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.
Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (Approx. 50 km/30 miles) | Kinderdijk – Dordrecht
After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to silver city Schoonhoven. Then further through the Alblasserwaard to Kinderdijk. There an impressive row of 19 large windmills appears (UNESCO cultural heritage). You can visit one of these mills. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.
Dordrecht – Willemstad | Willemstad – Tholen (Approx. 35-50 km**/21-30 miles)
During breakfast the ship cruises to Willemstad, an old fortified town on the Haringvliet. From there by bike along the impressive complex of locks ‘de Volkerak’ to Tholen, which once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Now Tholen is connected to the mainland. Nevertheless it is still a picturesque town with many reminders of its turbulent past.
Tholen – Kreekrak lock (Approx. 35 km/21 miles) | Kreekrak locks – Antwerp
After breakfast a bike tour through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). The ship is docked at the end of the dam and from here it sails through the impressive port of Antwerp to the city. Antwerp 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”. Dinner on your own (not included) in the nearby old city centre. On request you will receive some restaurant recommendations on board.
Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands/Dendermonde (Approx. 42 -56 km**/25-34 miles)
After breakfast you cycle out of the port to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful but capricious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. After a stopover in Temse you will cycle all the way to Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. If necessary, night in St. Amands.
St. Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent (Approx. 53-40 km**/32-24 miles)
By bike from St. Amands or cruise with the barge to Dendermonde. From Dendermonde 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 patrician preserved. The Cloth Hall (1425) came cloth merchants together. The main church St. Bavo Cathedral, which is built in different ages and in different 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 will be docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.
Ghent – Bruges (Approx. 45 km/28 miles
Our last bike tour starts just outside the city and goes through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called “Venice of the North”, is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old centre, which dates from the iddle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a metropolis and centre of commerce and art. You can still see this glory at the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is a also a nice town for shopping or going out.
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 10:00 AM.
Tours marked with are special prices.
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