• Travelcode: 421

    Holland & Belgium by Bike + Boat

    • The Dutch 17th century Golden Age and the heyday of the Flemish trading cities of the Middle Ages are united in this route. Notice the big difference between the green polder landscape abounding in water, with its tranquil roads and villages and the old world of islands in Zeeland with its pastures, creeks, winding dikes and dams. On top of that the often so picturesque Flemish countryside between the Belgian cities of Gent and Bruges. The great rivers are a prominent feature in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium. Of course you will get to know our own, Dutch Wonder of the World: the Delta Works, evidence of the eternal battle against the waters of the sea.

       

       

       

      Tour profile / Level 1

      Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads.
       

      Itinerary Amsterdam - Bruges

      Day 1: Amsterdam

      Individual arrival. Embarkation between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sailing to Oude Wetering and short biketrip with approx. 15 km.

      Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, approx. 45 km

      From Oude Wetering you will continue your tour over country roads, banks and channels through the Green Heart and polders to the city known for its cheese: Gouda. After dinner you will take a walk through the city.

      Day 3: Gouda - Alblasserdam - Gouda, approx. 39 km

      Today you will cycle along the Dutch Ijssel, through the deepest lying polder of the Netherlands: Krimpenerwaard and over narrow cycling paths to the river ‘Lek’. Here you will cross the river by ferry to Kinderdijk, a unique and renowned monument where Holland’s largest number of historical windmills is found. After a beautiful tour through the Alblasserwaardpolder you will arrive at the banks of the river ‘Beneden-Merwede’.
      A modern, fast ferry will take you over to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands, situated at a busy crossing of fairways.

      Day 4: Dordrecht - Zierikzee, approx. 54 km

      From Dordrecht we will sail to the Delta area of the Dutch greater rivers during breakfast. In Willemstad, an old fortified town, you start your cycle tour and ride over the Volkerakbrug (with beneath it, one of the busiest locks in the world) to the former island of Goeree-Overvlakkee. Just before reaching your destination of today (Zierikzee, on the island of Schouwen-Duivenland) you will visit the ‘Watersnoodmuseum’. A shorter version of today’s route is offered by sailing to Bruinisse, from where the group of remaining cyclists can be joined to Zierikzee, after which the  Watersnoodmuseum is visited.

      Day 5: Zierikzee - Middelburg, approx. 32 - 51 km

      On this day you will cycle towards the North Sea, along the Oosterschelde to the Oosterscheldedam. After this dam we will paddle to Middelburg, but not without visiting the picturesque port town of Veere. Middelburg is the lively principal town of Zeeland with many old houses, churches, the beautiful town hall and a pleasant shopping.

      Day 6: Middelburg - Vlissingen - Ghent, approx. 48 km

      With the unique cycle ferry to Breskens in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Dutch-Flanders). You are getting close to Belgium. You will arrive at the Dutch-Belgian border in Sas van Gent, the former gateway to the harbor of Ghent, through an area with small villages, along creeks, bending embankments and beautiful panoramas. After a short journey of 1.5 hours, you will arrive in Ghent. From the pier, we can simply take the tram to the medieval centre of this beautiful city.

      Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, approx. 45 km

      This morning you will cycle through Ghent to the scenic countryside of Oost-Vlaanderen (East-Flanders). Characteristic for this are the woods, fields, small villages and castles.
      From the Aalterbrug the last part of this route takes you over the former tow path along the canal of Oostende-Gent, the oldest canal of Belgium, to Bruges.
      The impressive city of Bruges is the end destination of this bike and barge trip. You will pay a visit to the medieval city of Bruges at the end of this day.

      Day 8: Bruges

      Disembarkation after breakfast and departure before 10 am.

       

      Itinerary Bruges - Amsterdam

      Day 1: Bruges

      Individual arrival. Embarkation between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Cycling to Aalterbrug, approx. 21 km. Sailing to Ghent.

      Day 2: Ghent - Dendermonde - St. Amands, approx. 47 km

      You will cycle through the old centre of Ghent and go on along the Scheldt through Wetteren and Dendermonde. From Dendermonde you’ll sail to quiet village of St. Amand were you will spend the night.

      Day 3: St. Amands - Antwerpen, approx. 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 cause it’s one of the last fresh water 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 centre of Antwerp. The historical centre of Antwerp is worth a visit, here you’ll find: the Onze-Lievevrouwenkerk and the Rubenshuis. In the Willemsdok, near the Museum for Modern Art (Museum Aan de Stroom) you will find the barge.

      Day 4: Antwerpen - Willemstad, approx. 56 - 65 km

      This morning you’ll sail through the big harbour of Antwerp, a big difference with the nature reserves and quite villages of yesterday. But due to the big sea going vessels and large harbour 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 from the times when Mammoths roam the area.
      From the woodlands around Bergen op Zoom you continue through a polderlandscape to the old fortified town of Willemstad, near the Volkeraksluizen (locks) at the Haringvliet, the busiest locks of Europe.

      Day 5: Willemstad - Werkendam - Gorinchem, approx. 45 km

      From Willemstad you’ll sail this morning 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 along 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, to Gorinchem, where you’ll board the ship.

      Day 6: Gorinchem - Vianen - Utrecht, approx. 50 km

      From Gorinchem you will follow the meandering river Linge through the Betuwe. This area is known for the large amount of orchards. Along the city of Leerdam, famous for its glass, you continue your tour in northern direction 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 sail to Utrecht. After dinner you can take a bus to the old centre of Utrecht.

      Day 7: Utrecht - Breukelen - Amsterdam, approx. 40 km

      During breakfast we will sail to Breukelen from where we will cycle to Amsterdam along the two most beautiful rivers of Holland, the Vecht and the Amstel. 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.

      Day 8: Amsterdam

      Disembarkation after breakfast and departure before 10 am.

      Important Information:

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

       

       

       

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
      per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 17 min. - costs approx. € 5.
      per taxi approx. 30 min. - costs approx. € 50.

      Airport Bruges (BRU)
       


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station Amsterdam Centraal

      The docking place is in walking distance (about 10 to 15 minutes) from Amsterdam Centraal.

      Train station Bruges Stationsplein
      approx. 3 km to the docking station, by bus line 12 or taxi (approx € 15)


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking Amsterdam:

      Parking Oosterdok (approx.€ 150/ week, 500 m to the docking place, near Amsterdam Centraal)
      http://www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl

      For motorhomes we recommend Amsterdam City Camp.

      Parking Bruges:
      Parking garage at the train staion Bruges Stationsplein (unbewacht), approx. € 5 /day, no reservation possible.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 12 persons


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Diet: (i.e.: glutenfree, vegan) possible on request, supplement € 50,-. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

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    • Included services:

      • 7 nights in cabin with private facilities
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
      • coffee & cake in the afternoon on board
      • cycling tour guide
         
      • min. 3 city walks with tour guide
         
      • free WiFi (up to 100 Mb, limited available in lounge and on deck)
      • all ferry fares on the route
      • maps and information material per cabin
         
      • GPS-tracks (on request)
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S1 27.06. - 04.07.20 Bruges - Amsterdam (MV LIZA MARLEEN)
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      Extras

      Discount for childen
      with min.1 full-paying person
      0 - 2,99 years -100%
      3 - 11,99 years -30%
         
      Bicycles & equipment
      24-speed-bike 93
      E-bike 175
      Children bike 60
      Children seat  15
      Tagalong 55
      Children trailer 199
         
      Additional night Amsterdam 3-4*  
      S1* (dbl/sgl) 89/154
      S1* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 113/200
      S2* (dbl/sgl) 93/160
      S2* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 117/209
      Additional night Bruges
      dbl/sgl 58/88

      *S1: March, April, May, June, September, Oktober
      *S2: July, August 


      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on Board of our Barges!

      Our barges are cozy, swimming hotels for approx. 20-30 persons with a very personal atmosphere.

      MV ZWAAN (Comfort Plus)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 14-15 persons
      Length x width: 34 x 6,2 Meter


      Cabins:
      all cabins with private facilities, central heating and air conditioning

      2 x 2-bed-cabins Superior (double bed)
      3 x 2-bed-cabins Standard (twin beds)
      1 x 3-bed-cabins (bunk bed and single bed)
      1 x 2-bed-cabin ECO (double bed, in front of the barge, accessible with steep stairs, smaller)


      CATERING

      Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      WIFI

      on board, limited available (free up tp 100 MB)

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      MV LIZA MARLEEN (Comfort)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 20 persons
      Length x width: 38 x 6,6 Meter


      Cabins:

      2 x 3-bed-cabins Superior of 15 m² with twin beds (can be placed together) and a 3rd bed , private facilities, central heating

      8 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating


      CATERING

      Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      WIFI

      on board, limited available (free up tp 100 MB)

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      MV SAILING HOME (Comfort DeLuxe)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 26 persons
      Length x width: 45 x 6,5 Meter


      Cabins:

      13 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating, air-conditioning.


      CATERING

      Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      WIFI

      on board, limited available (free up tp 100 MB)

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      MV ANA ANTAL (Standard Plus/Comfort)

      EQUIPMENT

      Capacity: 18 persons
      Length x width: 38 x 6,1 Meter


      Cabins:

      5 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating (Comfort)
      4 x 2-bed-cabins with bunk beds private facilities, central heating (Standard Plus)


      CATERING

      Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      WIFI

      on board, limited available (free up tp 100 MB)

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    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      24-speed bike with a lock and a water bottle or

      E-bike

      The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern e-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

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