If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!
The Netherlands and Belgium aren’t particularly large; therefore a tour between Amsterdam and Bruges by Boat & Bike is easily manageable in a week. Find the similarities and differences between the reformed States General and the Catholic-Spanish Netherlands. Explore countless UNESCO world cultural heritage sites, from individual noteworthy buildings to entire townscapes. You will never be far from the water, whether in the form of canals or the North Sea, which you can access from municipal beaches. This tour in the Netherlands and Flanders by boat and bikes starts in Amsterdam.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Magnifique.
Day 1 Arrival in Amsterdam, cycle tour approx. 15 km/9 mi
Check-in until 1 pm, boat and bike tour, overnight stay in the fortress town Vianen.
Day 2 Bike tour Vianen - Kinderdijk, 32-56 km/20-35 mi
Cycle along rivers and canals to Kinderdijk, a village which hosts a large concentration of drainage windmills, which has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 3 Bike tour Willemstad - Tholen, 36-44 km/22-27 mi
First you will cycle tour through one of the rare forest areas between Willemstad and the Kreekrak lock, from there through the harbour to the centre of the City of Diamonds - Antwerp.
Day 4 Discovering Antwerp
The Cathedral of Our Lady with Rubens' works and the MAS - Museum aan de Stroom will entice you. Worthwhile: guided tour with beer tasting at De Koninck.
Day 5 Bike tour Antwerp - St. Amands, 34-49 km/21-30 mi
First you will cycle through the nature reserve Walenhoek. Then you will cycle through the region where the red bricks used to build houses are produced.
Day 6 Bike tour Dendermonde - Ghent, approx. 52 km/32 mi
First, the river Schelde takes you through typically Flemish villages. Later on you will reach Ghent, once known for its wealth and elegance with its cathedral and magnificent town houses.
Day 7 Bike tour Ghent - Bruges, 22-45 km/13-28 mi
Boat trip during breakfast, then you will cycle along the Ghent-Oostende Canal until you reach Bruges, which is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’ and is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your tour in the Netherlands and Flanders by boat & bike comes to an end.
Here are the details on MS Magnifique.
Included in "Netherlands & Flanders by Boat & Bike":
We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes and coaster brakes, equipped with a waterproof bike bag, bike lock and water bottler. We also offer e-bikes if desired.
Travel time 2020:
All prices are per person.
May - September:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.
Individual return journey by train from Brugge SNCB to Amsterdam Centraal (3 changes, duration approx. 4,5 hours, price approx. EUR 50). Alternatively you can take the Thalys from Brussels (1 change, duration approx. 3,5 hours price approx. EUR 90). You can find additional information regarding parking and your return transfer in your travel documents.
Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.
As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.