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Amsterdam to Bruges 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (MG4)
During the day you will cycle to world famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges and 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. Holland’s attractions include many charming villages, a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the 19 famous Dutch windmills of Kinderdijk while in Belgium you’ll visit the world famous cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. The Dutch province of Zeeland, which is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers is famous for it’s fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works. The Flanders region of Belgium is famous for it’s 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:
Your home away from home for the duration of the Amsterdam to Bruges tour is a premium barge which has a capacity of 36 guests. The upper deck features a spacious and tastefully-decorated salon with bar and lounge area. Here you will find large panoramic windows, a widescreen TV, and information screens displaying the barge’s real-time location. Wi-Fi is also available. The comfortable and inviting restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see our talented chefs in action. Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs. The front deck has space to accommodate bicycles, while the top deck boasts a hot tub and deckchairs, from which you can enjoy the scenery.
In addition to the bar and lounge area, the upper deck houses 10 generous suites, while the lower deck houses eight twin cabins and the dining room. The spacious suites, each measuring 16 m² (172 ft²), have double beds, a cozy sitting area, and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The twin cabins below deck, measuring 12 m² (129 ft²) feature two single beds and fixed portholes. All cabins have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.
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
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: 85 EUR per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike: 185 EUR per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommended)
Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle 10 EUR/week; Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike 25 EUR/week
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
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 depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek River. After dinner you have the opportunity to enjoy a short first test ride through the surrounding area.
Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk Kinderdijk – Dordrecht (32 km/19 mi. or 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 – Willemstad Willemstad – Tholen Tholen – Kreekrak lock – Antwerp (36 km/23 mi. or 44 km/28 mi.)
As you enjoy your breakfast aboard the ship, the ship will sail to Willemstad where you will start your day’s cycling. Willemstad is a beautiful old fortified town on the Haringvliet waterway. Your bicycle ride goes to Tholen, once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. In the afternoon you will once again board the ship which will sail to the port city of Antwerp, situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including: 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 you can visit the beautiful old city center.
Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands (34 km/21 mi. or 49 km/31 mi.)
This morning you will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the Schelde River to St. Amands 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.
St. Amands – Dendermonde 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. Since Roman times Ghent’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has ensured that it has been a successful trading port. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are 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 and the 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city center.
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. Dinner tonight (not included) will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).
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. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bicycle option
Tours marked with are special prices.
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|Apr 29 2020||May 06 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|May 13 2020||May 20 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|May 27 2020||Jun 03 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Jun 10 2020||Jun 17 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Jul 08 2020||Jul 15 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Jul 22 2020||Jul 29 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Aug 05 2020||Aug 12 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Sep 02 2020||Sep 09 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Sep 16 2020||Sep 23 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
|Sep 30 2020||Oct 07 2020||36||Single rooms||1,919€|
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