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Bruges – Antwerp – Amsterdam by Bike and Boat

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  • 7 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €790
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in one route. Combining the highlights of the Netherlands' Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities in the Middle Ages on this bicycle tour.

Variety is the keyword in this tour. Cycling and sailing you will cross different landscapes such as the green Dutch polder landscape with water aplenty and quiet roads and villages, the picturesque countryside between the Flemish cities and of course the rich history of the old city-centers of Amsterdam, Antwerp (city of the painter Rubens), Ghent and Bruges. Also, the large rivers in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium are a prominent feature along the route.

Daily program

Day 1: Bruges – Aalterbrug – Ghent (13 miles/21 km)
When you arrive on board the ship you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper and crew, and of course your fellow passengers. At 2:00pm, you will start off the city walls of Bruges for a trip to Ghent. The barge will mostly be following the canal between Bruges and Ghent to Aalterbrug, which offers a beautiful, peaceful cycle route with an unexpected variety of experiences.

After dinner, you will have some time to discover the old and characteristic city center. Ghent is a big city with some 250,000 inhabitants. The name is said to have originated from the Celtic Ganda, meaning "mouth, confluence." Indeed, the rivers Leie and Schelde flow together in the centre of the town. In 630 the Holy Amandus founded St Baaf's Abbey. In the Middle Ages, Ghent became one of the most influential cities of Europe (approximately 56,000 inhabitants in 1350), due to the cloth industry. From the 14th to the 16th centuries, there were many conflicts with the lords of Flanders as well as within the city itself.

Economic decline set in, in 1584 when the town was captured by the Spaniards during the rebellion of the Netherlands against King Philips II and lasted for several centuries. The revival only came in the 19th century, when Ghent developed into an industrial town -and became a socialist stronghold at the same time. The city has many well-preserved guild's and patricians' houses as well as old warehouses, Gravensteen (a mediaeval castle), St Nicholas Church (with 13th century foundations), St Baaf's Cathedral (14thcentury, with the famous painting "De Aanbidding van het Lam," "The Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eijck brothers) and the "Belfort" (Belfry; 14th century).

The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past but is much more than just a museum town. This lively city with its numerous squares and cozy pubs is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century which now often house students and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours on a sultry summer night.
Overnight in Ghent

Day 2: Ghent – Dendermonde, cruising to St. Amands (29 miles/47 km)
Early Sunday morning you will cycle through the old center of Ghent. After coffee, you will leave for a nice day along the Scheldt, one of the most beautiful rivers of Europe.

After approximately 20 km you'll reach Wetteren, a nice flemish city which is well known for its rose nurseries. But also a good place to learn what the Belgium word "staminee" means. Berlare is the last place before Dendermonde so it's a perfect place to taste some Belgian beer before you board the ship again. Your boarding place for today is Dendermonde, a city which is known for the legend of the Beiaart. From Dendermonde you'll sail to the quiet village of St. Amand where you will spend the night.
Overnight in St. Amands

Day 3: St. Amands – Antwerp (25 miles/40 km)
From St. Amands the cycle route leads you along the river and past nature reserves like the mudflats of Durme and Schausselbroek. Especially the mudflats of Durme is worth mentioning because it's one of the last freshwater marshes along this tidal part of the river and therefore has a unique flora and fauna.

You continue your tour through Bazel, one of the most beautiful villages of Belgium. For an escalator, the wooden moving stairs in the St. Anna tunnel under the Scheldt is a unique experience before entering the city center of Antwerp. The historical center of Antwerp is worth a visit, here you'll find: the OnzeLieveVrouwenkerk and the Rubenshuis. In the Willemsdok, near the Museum of Modern Art (Museum Aan de Stroom) you will find the barge.
Overnight in Antwerp

Day 4: Antwerp – Willemstad (35-40 miles/56-65 km)
This morning you'll sail through the big harbor of Antwerp, a big difference with the nature reserves and quiet villages of yesterday. But due to the big sea-going vessels and large harbor cranes, it's a fascinating journey which brings you to Holland where you start your bike tour at the Kreekrak locks.

By bike, you will make a beautiful tour over the "Brabantse wal" a sand wall dating back to the times when Mammoths roam the area. Today you won't find any big elephants but the area seemed to be perfect for strawberry and asparagus fields. So harvest time is a great time to visit (depending on the weather: around June).

From the woodlands around Bergen op Zoom, you continue through a polder landscape to the old fortified town of Willemstad, near the Volkeraksluizen (locks) at the Haringvliet, the busiest locks of Europe.
Overnight in Willemstad

Day 5: Willemstad – Gorinchem (28 miles/45 km)
From Willemstad, you'll cruise to Werkendam where you go ashore to continue your tour by bike through the land of Heusden and Altena. Along the Bergse Maas, the south border of the land of Heusden and Altena, you continue your tour through the fortified town of Heusden. From here another river, the Afgedamde Maas leads you back to the river Waal where you started your tour this morning. Here you'll find another beautiful fortified town, Woudrichem. A ferry brings you to the other side of the river where you'll board the ship.

From here, the Afgedamde Maas leads you back to the river Waal where you started your tour this morning. Here you'll find Woudrichem, another beautiful fortified town. A ferry brings you to the other side of the river where you'll board the ship.
Overnight in Gorinchem

Day 6: Gorinchem – Vianen – Utrecht (31 miles/50 km)
From Gorinchem, you will follow the meandering river Linge through the Betuwe. This area is known for a large number of orchards and will be covered with blossoms in the months of April and May. Along the city of Leerdam, famous for its glass, you continue your tour north towards Utrecht. On your way toward Utrecht, you'll pass the so-called "Wiel van Bassa" the biggest dike burst hole in the Netherlands and another relic of the everlasting battle against the water. From Vianen, you'll cruise to Utrecht. After dinner, you can take a public bus to the old center of Utrecht.
Overnight in Utrecht

Day 7: Utrecht – Amsterdam (25 miles/40 km)
During breakfast, you will cruise to Breukelen and cycle to Amsterdam along the Vecht and the Amstel rivers, the two most beautiful rivers in Holland. Along the route, you will find the magnificent country houses and mansions from the 18th century with their splendid, well-kept gardens. After dinner, you have the option to take a canal cruise through the canals of Amsterdam.
Overnight in Amsterdam

Day 8: Amsterdam
End of the tour and disembarkation after breakfast.

This itinerary is subject to change with no notice.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 18; Jun 8, 15, 22; Jul 6, 13, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 26, 2019
Low season: Jul 06, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019, Oct 12, 2019 - Nov 01, 2019
Shoulder season: May 18, 2019 - Jul 05, 2019, Aug 17, 2019 - Sep 06, 2019, Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 11, 2019
High season: Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

Prices

Sailing Home (Comfort DeLuxe class)

2-berth cabin. Bookable: Jun 15; Jul 13; Aug 17; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1029
Shoulder season surcharge
€111
High season surcharge
€221
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€461
Shoulder season
€510
High season
€560
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€57
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing cabin with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing cabin with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Liza Marleen (Comfort class)

Aug 31, Sep 21, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1010
Shoulder season surcharge
€110
High season surcharge
€219
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€445
Shoulder season
€490
High season
€536
Cabin upgrade (2-bed large cabin)
€100
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€57
Discounts
Child, 0-2 sharing cabin with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, 3-11 sharing cabin with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Anna Antal (StandardPlus/Comfort class)

Bunk bed cabin. Bookable: May 18; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€790
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€185
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€229
Shoulder season
€240
High season
€265
Cabin upgrade (Comfort cabin: 2 low beds)
Low season
€160
Shoulder season
€165
High season
€185
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€57
Discounts
Child, 0-2 sharing cabin with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, 3-11 sharing cabin with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Cycletours Holidays Terms and Conditions

Cancellation condition for individual bookings:

  • Until 60 days before day of departure: €65
  • 59-42 days before the day of departure: €135
  • 41 to 29 days before day of departure: 35% of full invoice amount
  • 28 to 22 days before day of departure: 40% of full invoice amount
  • 21 to 15 days before day of departure: 50% of full invoice amount
  • 14 to 6 days before day of departure: 75% of full invoice amount
  • 5 days to 1 day before day of departure: 90% of full invoice amount
  • on day of departure and no show: 100% of full invoice amount
    (Different conditions apply to group reservations/chartering a ship)

Cancellation condition for group bookings:

  • Until 120 days before departure: 30% of the total invoice
  • 120 until 90 days before departure: 50% of the total invoice
  • 90 until 60 days before departure: 75 % of the total invoice
  • 60 days until day of departure: total amount
    (Different conditions apply to chartering a ship)

Charge for Changes
If after booking a trip, you wish to make changes, bear in mind that you can be billed a surcharge to cover the costs of changes, This amounts to €14 (substituting a different traveler is €28). According to the ANVR terms and conditions, changes can generally be made up to 28 days prior to the departure date.

The conditions of all tours act on the Dutch jurisdiction. Any liability of the tour operator (the transporter) is limited to the amounts of the concerned insurance-company(s) of the tour operator / the transporter is (are) willing to pay, taken into account the maximum overages. The parties agree that the Dutch law applies to this agreement. Any conflicts arising out of this contract will be brought solely before a competent judge in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Travel Agreement
A travel agreement is reached with the traveler's acceptance of our offer. Acceptance can take place either directly through us or via the intermediary service of a booking office. As soon as you make a reservation, your accommodations will be arranged. When these arrangements have been settled, you'll receive word from us and thereupon, the invoice will be sent.

A confirmation of your booking together with the invoice will be sent within 72 hours. Travel documents will be sent via e-mail 3 weeks prior to departure. When booking more than 2 months before departure, payment in terms is possible. Deposit is 15% of the total amount. Second payment needs to be done at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Travel Conditions
The tour operator is a member of the General Dutch Association of Tour operators (ANVR). This association publishes the ANVR-travel condition that includes the rights and duties of both the tour operator and the participant. These conditions are available upon request.

Travel Conditions
The tour operator is a member of the General Dutch Association of Tour operators (ANVR). This association publishes the ANVR-travel condition that includes the rights and duties of both the tour operator and the participant. These conditions are available upon request.

Cancellation of the tour
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure. The tour operator will offer an adequate alternative in case of such cancellation.

All photos used by permission. ©Cycletours Holidays

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.3
  • Value 4.7
  • Included meals 4.8
  • Bikes & equipment 4.4
  • Hotels or boat 4.6
  • Scenery 4.9
  • Ease of navigation 4.5
  • Tour documents 3.7
  • Local tour company services 4.9
  • Route selection 4.7
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.8

Reviews

Sweeper July 2, 2018

Terrific introduction to bike touring

From the first moment to the last we had a great time. Thirteen riders and a great guide made for a splendid week touring the countryside between Brugge and Amsterdam. The pace was perfect with plenty of stops for food and drink. Our boat was nicely appointed and the on board chef made a different gourmet meal every night. We recommend a guided tour though we haven't tried a self guided tour yet.

Catherine October 17, 2017

excellent bike adventure

Our barge crew was excellent, the group was wonderful and special, the food was very good and the trip a wonderful entry into bike and barging. Looking forward to more cycling and barging trips in the future.

Peterm October 2, 2017

Excellent format - Barge Bike tour

Very enjoyable tour. Excellent crew. Excellent food. Excellent company. It is a good mixture of bike & barge travel. The cycling is gentle and Holland is flat. It is good to have a guide as it is impossible to get lost. Cycle routes in Belgium & Holland are very well organised, safe with minimum traffic and great scenery. Would recommend it. Note cabins are small.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany October 18, 2018
We're delighted to hear you had a great time! I agree that the bike and boat tours are a wonderful way to explore Holland and Belgium. Thank you for taking the time to review!
cwr01 August 23, 2017

Great Bike and Barge

The guide and barge crew were wonderful and very helpful and understanding. It was a great way to see the Low Countries. I would suggest they upgrade the quality of the bicycles.

CamL June 29, 2017

Excellent cycle tour

Such a great way to experience a country! Easy cycling with great sights and experiences. The group wasn't too big, the boat was comfortable and the food was healthy and delicious. The guide kept us moving along excellent trails and he found good places for us to lunch. All the sights he stopped at were very interesting.

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Le Buts June 21, 2017

Discovering the Natherlands

Excellent value, great tour, excellent food! We will gladly do another one of these small group tours one day. The group was a great size to give the opportunity to get to know each member of the group. Wonderful places and scenery.

Shawn June 8, 2017

Great scenery, great boat and easy biking

The food on the boat was terrific, our guide provided wonderful walking tours of the towns and cities and at the end of the day, we can rest, sitting on the top deck of the boat, and look at the views.

Tahoe Gal June 7, 2017

Excellent--Exceeded My Expectations

Everything was perfect on the Liza Marleen. Captain Els set the tone that was professional and relaxing. Chef Mariah's culinary​ creations were inventive and delicious. Guide Bert's attention ensured a carefree day of riding. And then there was the scenery! Riding was easy and the distance perfect (30-is miles a day) made for days I will remember for a long time. Room was more comfortable than many boats similar size with AC and fabulous showers.

Beana June 7, 2017

Bikes and Boats! And Lots More!

Comfortable bikes and idyllic rides. The Liza Marleen was a comfortable barge with great staff. Food terrific. A wonderful combination of touring and history, city walks and countryside explorations.