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Bruges – Antwerp – Amsterdam by Bike and Boat

“From the first moment to the last we had a great time.”

“From the first moment to the last we had a great time.”

“From the first moment to the last we had a great time.”

“From the first moment to the last we had a great time.”

“From the first moment to the last we had a great time.”
  • 7 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Guided from: €810
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  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.


The Amsterdam - Bruges (and reverse) itinerary is available on a number of boats on various dates. Please check Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique I (and reverse), Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique II (and reverse), Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique III (and reverse), Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique IV (and reverse), Amsterdam – Gouda – Bruges by Bike and Boat, Bruges – Antwerp – Amsterdam by Bike and Boat, and Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Fluvius (and reverse) for additional dates.

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 16, 30; Jun 20, 27; Jul 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 2020
Low season: Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020 , Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020
Shoulder season: May 16, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020 , Aug 15, 2020 - Sep 04, 2020 , Sep 26, 2020 - Oct 09, 2020
High season: Sep 05, 2020 - Sep 25, 2020

Prices

Local:

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Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Sailing Home (Comfort DeLuxe class)

2-berth cabin. Bookable: Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 1, 15, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 2020

Per person, double occupancy
€ 1080
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 115
High season surcharge
€ 230
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€ 480
Shoulder season
€ 534
High season
€ 585
Gluten free or vegan meals
€ 50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€ 93
Electrically assisted bike
€ 175
Children's bike
€ 60
Child's seat
€ 15
Tag-along
€ 55
Bike trailer
€ 90
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€ 20
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€ 40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€ 63
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%

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Liza Marleen (Comfort class)

May 16, Jun 27, Oct 10, 2020

Per person, double occupancy
€ 1029
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 0
High season surcharge
€ 0
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€ 461
Cabin upgrade (2-bed large cabin)
€ 105
Gluten free or vegan meals
€ 50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€ 93
Electrically assisted bike
€ 175
Children's bike
€ 60
Child's seat
€ 15
Tag-along
€ 66
Bike trailer
€ 90
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€ 20
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€ 40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€ 63
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%

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Anna Antal (StandardPlus/Comfort class)

Bunk bed cabin. Bookable: May 16; Jun 27; Aug 8*, 22; Sep 5, 19, 2020

Per person, double occupancy
€ 810
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 90
High season surcharge
€ 180
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€ 209
Shoulder season
€ 245
High season
€ 265
Cabin upgrade (Comfort cabin: 2 low beds)
Low season
€ 155
Shoulder season
€ 170
High season
€ 185
Gluten free or vegan meals
€ 50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€ 93
Electrically assisted bike
€ 175
Children's bike
€ 60
Child's seat
€ 15
Tag-along
€ 55
Bike trailer
€ 90
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€ 20
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€ 40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€ 63
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.

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