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Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique I, II, and III (and reverse)

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  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Distance: 28 miles/day
  • Guided from: €999
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Tour description

During this bicycle tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders (Western Belgium): Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges, where you still can feel the charm of the days long gone.

After embarking from Amsterdam, you will cross through a beautiful part of the Netherlands, before you bike along the winding Vecht River with its impressive mansions and country houses on its banks. You will visit a real Dutch cheese farm and the 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk.

You will cycle through and discover the Dutch province of Zeeland, essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water activities and Delta works and the Flanders region of Belgium famous for reputation for superb food and drink. The destination of your tour is Bruges, the "Pearl of Flanders" with its picturesque medieval town center.

You will stay on board a premium barge, your floating hotel. You will experience daily guided bike tours, but it is also possible to ride the bike tours individually as tour descriptions and maps are available on board.

New for 2018 the boats will have two tour guides for guided cycling in smaller groups; guests can opt for longer/shorter of quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route) with a minimum of 18 guests on board.

Daily program

Direction: Amsterdam to Bruges
Wednesdays:
Magnifique II: May 9*, 23*; Jun 6*, 20*; Jul 4*, 18*; Aug 15, 29*; Sep 12*, 26; Oct 10, 2018
Saturdays:
Magnifique I: May 19*; Jun 2*, 16*, 30; Jul 14*; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2018
Magnifique III: Apr 28*; May 26*; Jun 9*, 23*; Jul 21; Aug 4; Sep 1*, 2018
(*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Arrival to Amsterdam; cruise to Vianen (3-9 miles/5-15 km)
Embarkation and check-in on board 1:00pm. Around 2:00pm the ship leaves Amsterdam and sails to Vianen, a small, fortified village on the Lek River. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short first test ride through the surrounding area.
Overnight in Vianen.

Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (34 miles/56 km)
After breakfast, you will cycle a beautiful route to "silver city" Schoonhoven, a town renowned for its talented silversmiths since the 17th century. Then cycle further through the Alblasserwaard to Kinderdijk. There an impressive row of19 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.
Overnight in Dordrecht.

Day 3: Dordrecht  Willemstad  Tholen – Kreekrak lock – Antwerp (26 miles/43 km)
During breakfast, the ship cruises to Willemstad where you will start your day's cycling. Tour through "the Wouwse Plantage" forest area, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom towards the south to the impressive Kreekrak lock. The ship is docked at the end of the dam and from here you will cruise to the impressive port city of Antwerp, situated on the Schelde River. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds.

The city has 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 visit the beautiful old city center.
Overnight in Antwerp.

Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands/Dendermonde (28-36 miles/47-59 km)
This morning you will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the Schelde River to either St. Amands or Dendermonde, depending on the tides, your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is "magnificent." It is without a doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.
Overnight in St-Amands/Dendermonde.

Day 5: St. Amands / Dendermonde – Ghent (24-32 miles/40-53 km)
Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the barge will moor for the night at a lock in the suburb of Merelbeke. 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-meter-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city center.
Overnight in Ghent.

Day 6: Ghent – Bruges (28 miles/45 km)
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 will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).
Overnight in Bruges.

Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (30 miles/50 km)
The last bike tour takes you to a quiet canal along where you'll find lots of poplars, through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) with nice small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here you can swim if you wish along the 12 kilometer-long sandy beach; or visit numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape of "Het Zwin" (a unique nature reserve). Then return to Bruges along a small, picturesque canal.
Overnight in Bruges.

Day 8: Bruges
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation by 10:00am.


Direction: Bruges to Amsterdam
Wednesdays:
Magnifique II: May 16*, 30*; Jun 13, 27; Jul 11*; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5*, 19*; Oct 3, 2018
Saturdays:
Magnifique I: May 26*; Jun 9*, 23*; Jul 7*, 21; Aug 18; Sep 1, 15*, 29; Oct 13, 2018
Magnifique III: May 5*; Jun 2*, 16*, 30; Jul 28; Aug 11; Oct 6, 2018
(*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Bruges
Arrival and embarkation early afternoon in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called "Pearl of Flanders". The crew will welcome you. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges. While you are there make sure you 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.
Overnight in Bruges.

Day 2: Bruges – Ghent (34 miles/56 km)
Your cycle tour starts early today on the outskirts of Bruges following the distribution of bicycles after breakfast. You will start your first day of cycling by pedalling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal.

On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent's town center features lovely illuminated streets, while the architectural richness in the historical center of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris).

The barge will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, in a suburb of Ghent, approximately a 15-minute bike ride to the city center.
Overnight in Ghent.

Day 3: Ghent – Dendermonde / St. Amands (24-32 miles/40-53 km)
After breakfast in Ghent, you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is "magnificent." It is without a doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.

During this section of the Schelde, the speed of the barge will be determined by the height of the tide. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bike or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands.
Overnight in St-Amands.

Day 4: St.Amands/Dendermonde – Temse  Antwerp (28-35 miles/47-59 km)
Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream through the Temse region to Antwerp. Over the centuries the Schelde River has held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish, and Napoleon. Today it is a beautiful waterway just perfect for bike and barge holidays!

Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbor city famous for handling up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover 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.

Dinner will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).
Overnight in Antwerp.

Day 5: Kreekrak locks – Tholen – Willemstad – Dordrecht (20-26 miles/34-43 km)
The barge will cruise this morning along the Schelde-Rhine Canal, over the huge Kreekrak locks to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will cycle along the impressive large Volkerak locks to the fortified town of Willemstad, then cycle further to end in Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. Today, the skipper will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by bicycle.
Overnight in Dordrecht.

Day 6: Dordrecht  Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (30 miles/50 km)
Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills – one of which you can visit (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments).

You will then continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (where you will be moored for the evening and where you can explore at your leisure after dinner).
Overnight in Vianen.

Day 7: Vianen  Breukelen – Amsterdam (28 miles/46 km)
During breakfast, the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river, an area known for its beautiful mansions, small castles, and beautiful houses with large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen, and Vreeland, you arrive to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through Abcoude and Ouderkerk beside the Amstel River to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbor of Amsterdam.
Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 8: Amsterdam
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation by 10:00am. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour (not included).

All distances are "approximate distances" of recommended bike tours.

Dates

From Amsterdam: Saturdays - Apr 28*; May 19*, 26*; Jun 2*, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30; Jul 14*, 21; Aug 4, 11, 25; Sep 1*, 8, 22; Oct 6, 2018. Wednesdays - May 9*, 23; Jun 6*, 20*; Jul 4*, 18; Aug 15, 29*; Sep 12*, 26; Oct 10, 2018. From Bruges: Saturdays - May 5*, 26*; Jun 2*, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30; Jul 7*, 21, 28; Aug 11, 18; Sep 1, 15*, 29; Oct 6, 13, 2018. Wednesdays - May 16*, 30*; Jun 13, 27; Jul 11*; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5*, 19*; Oct 3, 2018. (*indicates fully booked date)
Low season: Oct 01, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
High season: Apr 28, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

Prices

Magnifique III

Twin cabin. From Amsterdam: Apr 28*; May 26*; Jun 9*, 23*; Jul 21; Aug 4; Sep 1*, 2018 From Bruges: May 5*; Jun 2*, 16*, 30; Jul 28; Aug 11; Oct 6, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€999
High season surcharge
€80
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€350
Upper deck cabin upgrade
€400
Premium triple cabin upgrade
€300
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Discounts
Per person, triple cabin (on base package price)
€-50
Magnifique I

Twin cabin. From Amsterdam: May 19*; Jun 2*, 16*, 30; Jul 14*; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2018 From Bruges: May 26*; Jun 9*, 23*; Jul 7*, 21; Aug 18; Sep 1, 15*, 29; Oct 13, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€999
High season surcharge
€80
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€350
Premium cabin upgrade
€200
Premium triple cabin upgrade
€100
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Discounts
Per person, triple cabin (on base package price)
€-50
Magnifique II

Twin cabin. From Amsterdam: May 9*, 23*; Jun 6*, 20*; Jul 4*, 18*; Aug 15, 29*; Sep 12*, 26; Oct 10, 2018 From Bruges: May 16*, 30*; Jun 13, 27; Jul 11*; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5*, 19*; Oct 3, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€999
High season surcharge
€80
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€350
Premium cabin upgrade
€200
Upper deck cabin upgrade
€400
Premium triple cabin upgrade
€300
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike (limited number, only on request)
€165
Discounts
Per person, triple cabin (on base package price)
€-50
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Boat Bike Tours Terms and Conditions

Cancellation
In the event of cancellation by the Customer, the following percentages shall be due:

  • more than 84 days prior to sailing: 10%
  • 84 to 42 days prior to sailing: 30%
  • 42 to 28 days prior to sailing: 60%
  • 28 to 1 days prior to sailing: 90%
  • day of embarkation (no show) or later: 100%

Cancellation costs in % of the tour price (agreement)

Cancellation must be made by fax, with receipt to be confirmed by Supplier, or by registered mail. The date of cancellation shall be the date of receipt by the Supplier.

All changes are subject to a €25 change or rebooking fee.

Definitions
In these General Conditions, as well as in the related Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings: a. Supplier: The owner of the Ship or the tour operator b. Customer: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who enters into an Agreement with a Supplier.

c. Agreement: Any agreement that is entered into between a Supplier and a Customer, including any amendments and additions thereto, whereby the Supplier agrees to conduct a Tour aboard his Ship, and to which these General Conditions apply.

d. Guest: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who is authorized by the Customer to make use of the services of the Supplier. e. Voyage or Tour: The entire tour with inclusions as published, including stay aboard the Ship, taking place during the period set forth in the Agreement.

f. Luggage: Any luggage, consisting of easily transported or wheeled items, in the possession of a Guest. g. Ship: The Ship referred to in the Agreement. h. Price: Price of the Tour, as set forth in the Agreement.

Scope of Application
2.1 These Conditions shall form part of every Agreement. These Conditions shall also apply to the pre-contractual relationship between the Supplier and the Customer, as of such time as the Supplier has provided them to the Customer and the Customer has not objected to their application within 7 days thereof.

2.2 General conditions that conflict with the provisions hereof shall apply only if expressly accepted by the Supplier in writing and only with respect to the Agreement(s) concerned.

2.3 Amendments or additions to any provision of the Agreement or these Conditions shall be effective only if made in writing. 2.4 The Agreement and these Conditions constitute the entire agreement setting forth the rights and obligations of the Supplier and the Customer.

2.5 In the event of a conflict between the Dutch-language version of these Conditions and any version in another language, the Dutch-language version shall prevail. 2.6 In the event that any provision of these Conditions should be invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue to have effect. The invalid provision shall be replaced by a provision that approximates, to the extent possible, the intent of the invalid provision.

2.7 The contracting parties are the Supplier and the Customer. These conditions shall also apply between the Supplier and Guests, who are not parties to the Agreement between the Supplier and the Customer, and the Customer shall be responsible forensuring this. The Customer shall indemnify the Supplier for any and all liability of the Supplier vis-à-vis a Guest that would have been excluded if the Guest had been bound by these Conditions.

2.8 These Conditions shall also inure to the benefit of any legal or natural person upon whom, in the widest possible sense, the Supplier relies or has relied in the execution or performance of the Agreement or in the conduct of his business activities.

2.9 In the event of a conflict between the provisions of the Agreement and the provisions of these Conditions, the provisions of the Agreement shall prevail.

Liability of the Supplier
3.1 The liability of the Supplier to pay damages for death or personal injury pursuant to part 3 of title 10 of Book 8 of the Civil Code, shall be limited to the sum of EURO 136.134,= per Guest. In the event that such damages take the form of an annuity, the capital shall not exceed EURO 136.134,= per Guest.

3.2 The liability of the Supplier to pay damages for loss of or damage to Luggage shall be limited to EURO 1.000,=. Damage shall be limited to the current value of the Luggage. The Supplier shall have no liability for any non-pecuniary loss, indirect or consequential damages arising from the loss of or damage to Luggage.

3.3 The Supplier shall not be liable for any loss attributable to delay (irrespective of the cause thereof and whether arising before, during or after transportation), or to any deviation from the agreed upon time for starting and ending.

3.4 The Supplier shall have no liability for damages resulting from a thing, brought on board by a Guest, that the Supplier would not have permitted on board, had he been aware of its nature or character, if the Guest knew or should have known that the Supplier would not have permitted such a thing on board. The Guest shall be liable to the Supplier for any expenses and damages that may arise as a result of his having brought or having had such thing on board.

3.5 Without prejudice to article 6:107 Civil Code, in the event of personal injury suffered by a Guest, only that Guest shall have a cause of action for damages. Without prejudice to article 6:108 Civil Code, only the surviving spouse, children and parents who depended on the Guest for their support shall have a cause of action for damages. The value of the claims provided for in this section shall be based on the relative position and affluence of the claimant.

3.6 In the event that the Supplier proves that damage, loss or injury is attributable to the fault or negligence of the Guest, the Suppliers liability shall accordingly be set off, either completely or in part.

3.7 In the event that persons assisting the Supplier in performing his obligations render, at the request of the Customer or Guests, services that the Supplier is not obligated to perform, such persons shall be deemed have acted under the instructions of the Customer and/or the Guests to whom the services were rendered.

3.8 The Customer waives the right to set-off based on comparative negligence.

3.9 Should at the time of payment a dispute arise about the amount due, or a calculation be required for its determination which can not be carried out quickly, Customer shall be obliged to pay immediately that portion of the fee about which both parties agree and to furnish security for the portion disputed by the Customer, or the part of the sum which has not yet been determined.

3.10 All expenses incurred in collecting costs owed by Customer, whether legal or extralegal, are for account of

Liability of Customer and Guests
4.1 The Customer and the Guests shall be jointly and severally liable for any damage, loss or injury to the Supplier caused by the Customer, Guest or their Luggage. This shall apply to damage to the Ship, to injury and damage to any persons or property located on board, as well as to injury and damage caused by the Customer, Guests or their Luggage to persons or property not located on board the Ship, in the event such damages are sought from the Supplier.

4.2 The Customer shall not be entitled to rely on the Guests' own liability. 4.3 This article shall apply without prejudice to other or additional rights, including rights vis-à-vis third parties, of the Supplier.

Supplier
5.1 The Ship and its crew conform to the legal requirements.

5.2 Pursuant to the Agreement, the Supplier is obligated to use his best efforts to carry out the Tour. Supplier is entitled to cancel a tour when the number of applicants is less than the minimum number required as announced in the publication of the tour. Supplier shall inform Customer to this effect no later than four weeks before scheduled start of a tour, unless another period is announced in the publication of a tour (also refer to 5.7)

5.3 The sailing route shall be determined by the Supplier in consultation with the Customer.

5.4 The Supplier and/or the Captain shall at all times be entitled to decide that, as a result of weather conditions, high or low water, blocked sailing routes and similar conditions, including those relating to the Ship, the Ship cannot sail, or that it is necessary, in the broadest sense, to modify or cancel the Tour, or to change the place of departure or arrival.

5.5 The Supplier shall, in such case, make every effort to cooperate in finding an alternative or a solution, provided that any additional costs in connection therewith shall be reimbursed by the Customer. It shall be within the discretion of the Supplier to determine whether an alternative or solution is capable of being implemented and whether the Supplier can reasonably do so.

5.6 The provisions of this article shall also apply in event that the Supplier or Captain is forced to take one of the decisions referred to herein as a result of the actions or failure to act of one or more Guests, in the case of a delay, howsoever caused, and in the event the Supplier cannot reach the place of departure or arrival agreed to with the Customer.

5.7 Should the ship unfortunately be unavailable, Supplier shall attempt to replace it with a comparable Ship. Should this be impossible, Supplier shall be entitled to terminate the contract and cancel the Tour. Should Supplier terminate the contract due to a circumstance that can not be attributed to the Customer, Supplier shall offer Customer a Tour of comparable quality or an alternative tour of different quality with appropriate compensation of Price. Should Customer refuse to accept this offer, Customer shall be entitled to full refunding of the Price or remittance, or – should the tour already partially have been participated in – a proportional part of the price. Any liability on the side of the Supplier shall remain limited to the amount paid or due under contract by the Customer.

Obligations of Customer and Guests
6.1 The Ship shall be made available upon the commencement of the Tour, clean and with its complete inventory. Unless otherwise agreed, the Customer shall, no later than the day of debarkation, leave the ship behind in the same condition as he found it upon embarkation, i.e., clean, and with its complete inventory.

6.2 The Customer and the Guests must strictly comply with all requirements and instructions, whether prescribed by law or given by or at the behest of the Supplier or the Captain, in particular but not exclusively those relating to order and safety. In the event that such requirements or instructions are not followed, the Supplier shall be entitled to suspend performance or to rescind the Agreement.

6.3 The Customer and Guests shall not bring anything on board other than the Luggage.

6.4 The Luggage belonging to the Customer and Guests shall not constitute a nuisance. The Customer and Guests shall in no case be permitted to carry with them dangerous substances (in the broadest sense of the word), or to bring on board drugs or contraband. In addition, no pets or animals may be brought on board without prior permission.

Suppliers Right to Suspend Performance
7.1 In the event of non-performance, inadequate performance or late performance by or on behalf of the Customer, the Supplier shall in all circumstances be entitled to immediately suspend performance of his obligations under the Agreement, while reserving all remaining rights vis-à-vis the Customer, including any exclusion of Suppliers liability for damages.

7.2 The right to suspend performance shall include the Suppliers right to deny the Customer or any of the Guests access to the Ship.

7.3 In the event of non-performance, inadequate performance or late performance of these obligations by or on behalf of the Customer, followed by recourse by the Supplier to this right to suspend performance, the Supplier shall nevertheless be entitled to receive payment in the amount agreed upon, and shall not operate to the detriment of other or additional rights that the Supplier is entitled to enforce against the Customer pursuant to these Conditions and/or basic contract law.

Further Rights of Supplier
Access to the Ship, as well as to the Tour and the lodging and catering services, may be denied by the Supplier where necessary due to capacity, safety, public order, potential damage or nuisance, as well as in cases of past overdue invoices, all without prejudice to the other provisions of these conditions and reserving all remaining rights against the Customer, including any exclusion of Suppliers liability for damages.

 

Complaints
10.1 Complaints concerning invoices shall be made within fourteen days of the invoice date. 10.2 The Customer and/or Guest shall communicate any complaints concerning the performance of the Agreement to the Supplier and/or the appropriate personnel present immediately (during the trip), in order to give the Supplier the opportunity to take measures aimed at correcting any situation that is the subject of a legitimate complaint.

Rescission
12.1 In the event a. the Customer is declared bankrupt, makes assets available to creditors, submits a request for a moratorium on payments, has an attachment levied on all or part of his assets that is not lifted or placed in custodianship within ten days after the date of attachment; or b. decides to proceed or proceeds with the cessation or transfer of all or a significant part of his business activities, including the contribution of his business activities to an existing or to-be-established company, or changes the objects of his business enterprise; or c. fails in full or in part to fulfill any legal or contractual obligation vis-à-vis the Supplier, after having received written notice of default; or d. fails to pay any invoiced amount or portion thereof within the time period provided therefor, the Customer shall by operation of law be deemed to be in default, and any remaining payments shall immediately fall due.

12.2 Under the circumstances set forth in the previous section, the Supplier shall be entitled, without giving rise to any liability in damages and without prejudice to his other rights, such as rights relating to overdue fines, interest, and the right to demand damages, and without giving notice of default or seeking judicial intervention: a.to rescind the Agreement in whole or in part, by sending written notice to that effect to the Customer; and/or b.to demand immediate payment of any sums due to the Supplier from the Customer; and/or c.before performing the Agreement any further, to obtain from the Customer security for the (timely) performance of his payment obligations.

12.3 In the event that the Supplier elects to rescind the Agreement, the Customer shall pay liquidated damages consisting of the Price, or the amount of actual damage, if this exceeds the Price.

Force Majeure
In the event that the Supplier is prevented by force majeure of a permanent or temporary nature from performing of continuing to perform his obligations under the Agreement, the Supplier shall be entitled, without giving rise to any liability in damages, by giving notice to that effect and without judicial intervention being required, to rescind the Agreement in whole or in part, without prejudice to the Suppliers right to demand payment from the Customer for performance rendered prior to the commencement of the force majeure, or to suspend in whole or in part the performance or continued performance of the Agreement. The Supplier shall notify the Customer forthwith of any situation involving force majeure. In the event of suspension of performance, the Supplier shall retain the right to subsequently rescind the Agreement in whole or in part.

Applicable Law
14.1 Both the Agreement and these general conditions shall be governed exclusively by Dutch law. 14.2 Any dispute shall be submitted to the competent court in the district in which the Supplier has his place of business. In the event that the Customer is a Consumer, he shall be entitled, within one month, to designate a different court within the Netherlands.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 17
  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 1
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.5
  • Value 4.7
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.3
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 4.8
  • Ease of navigation 4.1
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 4.6
  • Route selection 4.7
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.7

Reviews

JustBob October 30, 2017

Great Way to See The Countryside

The Magnifique and its crew met all of our expectations -- comfortable and friendly. The pace of the cycling was leisurely -- slower than I might usually ride but then who needs to finish the day`s ride by noon. Would recommend this ride to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the countryside.

SusanG September 5, 2017

The trip exceeded our expectations

The Magnifique II is a very comfortable boat with an excellent crew. Our bike tour guide was very attentive to everyone's needs. We were awed by the historic centers in Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges and the beauty of the countryside. The dedicated bike highways all over the Netherlands and Belgium made cycling there safe and easy.
The trip could have been improved by dividing into 2 groups as we were stronger cyclists and would have liked to go faster with fewer stops. We understand that is the plan for 2018

Badger79 August 29, 2017

Trip of my dreams

The perfect way to get away and see the beautiful countryside of The Netherlands and Belgium. The riding was about 30 miles per day, on completely flat terrain and at a leisurely pace. The tour guide and barge staff were friendly and accommodating. The barge was really nice. The food was excellent.

KanDo August 23, 2017

Wonderful bike and barge

A wonderful way to see Belgium and Holland. The ship is beautiful and the staff was amaing. Highly recommend this tour. I would suggest adding time before and after in Brugge and Amsterdam.

Louis August 18, 2017

Awesome,Awesome Trip

Can't say anything negative about this trip.
Probably one of the best vacation experiences we have ever had.
From the cycling,the crew on the boat the places and scenery we experienced and saw. We will be doing another bike & barge trip again real real soon.
thanks again to the great crew on the Magnifique.
We did the Bruges to Amsterdam.
Awesome, Awesome!!!

vickiboys August 11, 2017

Bucket List Adventure

The entire trip was awesome from start to finish. Tour guide(Hester)and boat staff/captain were all extremely accommodating at every request. The thirty four passengers from U.S.,Canada,Scotland,Brazil,Germany,Switzerland and Portugal were all easy going and ranged in ages fro two teenage girls to people around 70.There were never any issues between the guests during meals, evening relaxing time and daily rides.The choice of paths/routes brought out the best of Belgium and Holland and high lighted the country side farms and villages as well as several larger cities. The only suggestions we have would be to try and provide a little variety of breakfast foods and keep the cabin temperature a little cooler on very hot summer days.

go for it June 2, 2017

Adventure of a lifetime!

Everything could not have been better. The small group(30)was just right for riding and for socializing on the boat. The staff were so helpful and friendly. We had an excellent guide whose pride in his country and knowledge of history shone through.
The bike routes and stops for lunch and for evening walks were idyllic. The bikes were well maintained and comfortable to ride. Coming to the boat for a first class meal at the end of the day, was a delight.

Hawkeye November 7, 2016

Still Great Even In The Rain

This is the fifth bike and barge tour that my wife and I have done in Europe. Overall very enjoyable even though we had rain and cool weather! The boat was very comfortable and provided great meals. Our guide Paul was very knowledgable and patient in guiding a large group of cyclists through at times congested trails. The terraine was flat but cycling in Holland can be demanding.

GatorDavid October 24, 2016

Fantastic Way to Tour Netherlands and Belgium!

We had never been on a barge trip, and did not know what to expect. The boat was very well maintained, the food was great, the cabin was clean, comfortable, and adequately sized so that we could sit in the cabin when we didn't want to be in the common spaces. The crew, staff, and guide were friendly, approachable, accommodating .... they really went out of their way to make guests comfortable. The bar was well stocked, and very reasonably priced. The guide (Paul) was knowledgeable, patient, and was fine if we rode with his group or out on our own (which we did most days). Overall, this bike tour was a great value considering the accommodations, service, food and quality of food, bikes, guide services.

Barbarella529 October 10, 2016

RideEurope2016

A most delightful week meandering through the countryside in both The Netherlands and Belgium. Fabulous bike trails, perfect weather, great group, and an outstanding tour guide. Exceeded my expectations for sure. The barge was superb, the bikes easy to manage, the briefings each evening were thorough and precise. Simply wonderful experience.