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The Best of Holland & Flanders by Bike + Boat

AMSTERDAM - BRUGES

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Route

Tour profile / level 1

You follow flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads in traditional landscapes of small winding rivers and canals, polders, dykes and windmills. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free - you also have the option to skip the cycling and relax on board.

Route description DELUXE boats Magnifique I-IV

Day 1: Amsterdam – Vianen (by boat)
Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation at approx. 2 pm. the ship leaves Amsterdam and sails to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek, where you will spend the night. Here the bicycles will be distributed and you can enjoy a short bicycle ride.

Day 2: Vianen – Dordrecht, approx 32 - 56 km
A beautiful cycle route leads via the nicknamed "silver-city" of Schoonhoven to the 19 world-famous windmills of Kinderdijk, the most famous row of windmills in Holland. With the "Waterbus" (not included) you can reach Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in Holland.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Willemstad – Bergen op Zoom, approx. 42 - 50 km
After a boat trip to Willemstad you cycle via the picturesque town of Tholen to the historic fortified town of Bergen op Zoom on the open water of the Oosterschelde and with its enchanting old town.

Day 4: Bergen op Zoom – Antwerpen,  approx. 21 - 35 km
You cycle south through the wooded region of "Wouwse Plantage" to the imposing Kreekrak locks. From here you continue by ship to Antwerp, Belgium, to the diamond city, also known as the birthplace of the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 5: Antwerpen – Temse – St. Amands, approx. 34 - 49 km
The scenery along the scenic tidal river Scheldt to St. Amands is stunning and undoubtedly one of this week’s nature highlights!

Day 6: St. Amands – Dendermonde – Gent, approx. 52 km
Lush green are the banks of the Scheldt, which will lead you to another highlight of this tour, the breathtakingly beautiful city of Ghent. In the graffiti paradise you will find the 95 m high Belfried watchtower and the rugged Castle of the Counts, in the countless pubs and restaurants you can taste the variety of Belgian beers... Berth in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent..

Day 7: Gent – Bruges, approx. 22 - 45 km
The final bike tour leads through the enchanting Flemish landscape of West Flanders to Bruges, also called "Venice of the North". Stroll through the narrow streets, discover the historic Beguinage or take a boat tour through the Bruges canals.

Day 8: Bruges
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:30 am and individual departure.

Route description COMFORT boat MS FLUVIUS and DE HOLLAND (including North Sea coast)

Day 1: Amsterdam – Vianen (boat trip)
I
ndividual arrival in Amsterdam. Embarkation from 1 pm and soon it will be time to cast off in the direction of the fortress town of Vianen on the river Lek. After dinner you will receive your rental bike.

Day 2: Vianen – Dordrecht, approx. 56 km
A beautiful cycle route leads via the nicknamed "silver-city" of Schoonhoven to the 19 world-famous windmills of Kinderdijk, the most famous row of windmills in Holland. With the "Waterbus" (not included) you can reach Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in Holland

Day 3: Dordrecht – Kreekrak locks – Antwerp, approx. 20 - 36 km
After a boat trip to Tholen you cycle south through the wooded region of "Wouwse Plantage" to the imposing Kreekrak locks. From here you continue by ship to Antwerp / Belgium / the diamond city, also known as the birthplace of the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – Dendermonde, approx. 47 - 61 km
The scenery along the scenic tidal river Scheldt to Dendermonde is stunning and undoubtedly one of this week’s nature highlights!

Day 5: Dendermonde – Ghent, approx. 52 km
Lush green are the banks of the Schelde, which takes you to another highlight of this tour, the breathtakingly beautiful city of Ghent. In the graffiti paradise you will find the 95 m high guard tower Belfried and the rugged Grafenburg, in the countless pubs and restaurants you can taste the variety of Belgian beer... Berth in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

Day 6: Ghent – Bruges, approx. 45 km
You cycle through the pleasantly flat landscape of West Flanders to another highlight of this tour - the beautiful city of Bruges, also called "Pearl of Flanders". Today your tour guide will give you his top restaurant tips for a delicious dinner in Bruges.

Day 7: Round trip Bruges – North Sea, approx. 37 - 48 km
Till Eulenspiegel’s birthplace Damme and the North Sea coast with the attractive dune landscape "Het Zwien" and 12 km long, fine sandy beaches are the special highlights of this bike tour through the polder landscape with poplar-lined canals and small farmsteads.

Day 8: Bruges
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:30 a.m. and individual departure.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The travel program and itinerary are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons or other unforeseen events.

Please remember that the ship is both - your hotel and a machine that needs to be serviced and operated day and night: operational noise is therefore inevitable.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities, air conditioning

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunch, 6x 3-course dinner)

  • Welcome drink, coffee and tea on board

  • Daily bike tour briefing

  • Maps and information material / 1x per cabin + GPS tracks

  • Rental bike panniers

  • WIFI

  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks

  • For the environment’s benefit:
    1 biodegradable water bottle
    The CO² emitted during this trip is compensated by the NGO Justdiggit.


    Extra Services included on PREMIUM ships MAGNIFIQUE I - IV 

  • Fully guided cycling tours (from 22 guests: in 2 groups)

  • Rental helmet, water bottle

  • Some short walking tours

  • Canal cruise through Gent

  • Admission Red Star Line Museum Antwerp

  • Tasting of Belgian specialities

  • Fees for ferries


    Services at COMFORT ships FLUVIUS + DE HOLLAND (surcharge applies) 

  • Fully guided cycling tours (from 22 guests: in 2 groups)

  • Some short walking tours

  • Fees for ferries

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S3   02.05. - 09.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S3   16.05. - 23.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S3   30.05. - 06.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S3   13.06. - 20.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S2   11.07. - 18.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S2   25.07. - 01.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S2   22.08. - 29.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S3   05.09. - 12.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S3   19.09. - 26.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S2   03.10. - 10.10.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE II)
    S3   11.06. - 18.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE III)
    S3   25.06. - 02.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE III)
    S2   09.07. - 16.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE III)
    S2   23.07. - 30.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE III)
    S2   06.08. - 13.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE III)
    S3   25.04. - 02.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   09.05. - 16.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   23.05. - 30.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   06.06. - 13.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   20.06. - 27.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S2   04.07. - 11.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S2   18.07. - 25.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S2   01.08. - 08.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S2   15.08. - 22.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   29.08. - 05.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   12.09. - 19.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S3   26.09. - 03.10.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (DELUXE MV MAGNIFIQUE IV)
    S1   14.04. - 21.04.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   28.04. - 05.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   12.05. - 19.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   26.05. - 02.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   09.06. - 16.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   23.06. - 30.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   07.07. - 14.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   21.07. - 28.07.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   04.08. - 11.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   18.08. - 25.08.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   01.09. - 08.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S2   15.09. - 22.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV FLUVIUS)
    S1   05.05. - 12.05.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV DE HOLLAND)
    S1   02.06. - 09.06.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV DE HOLLAND)
    S1   25.08. - 01.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV DE HOLLAND)
    S1   08.09. - 15.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV DE HOLLAND)
    S2   22.09. - 29.09.24
    Amsterdam - Bruges (COMFORT MV DE HOLLAND)

    Extras

    Bicycles & equipment Fluvius / De Holland Magnifiques
    7-speed UNISEX 90 100
    E-bike  225 250
    Rental helmet 10 incl.
    bringing own bike 10 10
    bringing own E-bike 25 25
    Rental bike disclaimer 7-speed 10  
    Rental bike disclaimer E-Bike 25  
         
    Upgrades and Discounts    
    Gluten free or lactose free diet 65 65
    Guided Tour package MV Fluvius 90  
         
    Additional night in Amsterdam
    S1* (dbl/sgl) 119/206
    S1* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 150/238
    S2** (dbl/sgl) 169/256
    S2** arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 200/288
       
    Additional night in Bruges
    Bruges (dbl/sgl) 81/125

     

    *S1: March to October except dates from S2
    **S2: Fair dates March 29-31, April 20, April 26-28, May 09-11, May 17-19
    A minimum stay of 2 nights is required on these dates!

    Locked dates: May 13-16, June 05, June 13-19, July 05-11, September 13-17, September 25-28


    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

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    Your ship during this tour will be one of our Premium ships MV Magnifique I, II, III, IV or one of the Comfort ships MV Fluvius and MS De Holland.


    MV MAGNIFIQUE IV (Premium)

    The MV Magnifique IV with its stylish and elegant interior was completed in spring 2020 and offers comfortable space for 36 passengers. On the sun deck, there is a whirlpool and pleasant sun loungers for relaxation. >>more


    MV MAGNIFIQUE III (Premium)

    The MV Magnifique III is a very elegant ship with stylish interior. The restaurant and lounge area are arranged around the prominent bar. Comfortable sun loungers and a whirlpool/Jacuzzi invite you to relax on the sun deck. >>more


    MV MAGNIFIQUE II (Premium)

    The MV Magnifique II is a very elegant ship with stylish interior, built in spring 2016. The tastefully decorated salon on the upper deck with bar and restaurant is a real eye-catcher. Comfortable sun loungers and a whirlpool/Jacuzzi invite you to relax on the sun deck. >>more


    MV MAGNIFIQUE I (Premium)

    The MS Magnifique I is a lovingly upgraded and remodeled former passenger ship that will join the fleet in 2024. On the upper deck is a tastefully decorated salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with seating areas, air conditioning, TV and large panoramic windows.  >>more


    MV FLUVIUS (Comfort)

    The MV Fluvius is a very popular, cosy river boat with a friendly atmosphere. In addition to a spacious, air-conditioned saloon with bar and separate restaurant area, the ship has a sun deck equipped with comfortable patio chairs and tables, which also offers sufficient space for bicycles. >>more


    MV DE HOLLAND (Comfort)

    DE HOLLAND is a cozy, small river cruise ship. In the winter of 2017/2018 the ship has been completely refitted: new marshalling, spacious and more luxurious cabins and a full restyle of the interior. The vessel has 34 cabins for max. 71 passengers. All 34 cabins aboard De Holland have an individual climate control system, digital TV, mini-safe, small wardrobe, hair dryer, 230V sockets and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. >>more

    Bicycle

    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rental:

    • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and 7-or 8-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
    • E-Bikes
    • Other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.


    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles is ony available in a limited number and a fee needs to be paid as there is not much space. Due to safety reasons you must not charge your E-Bike batteries in your cabin!

    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes.

    Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 17 min. - costs approx. € 6,- or per taxi approx. 30 min. - costs approx. € 50,-

    For the departure from Bruges fly from Airport Brussles or take the train back to Amsterdam (see further information under section "Arrival by train")


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal - please find further information on your final travel documents

    Train Transfer Amsterdam - Bruges
    Duration: approx. 3 1/2 hours / costs approx. € 40,- Information and tickets can be found at >>belgiantrain.be or >>omio.com.


    Arrival by car

    Almost everywhere in Amsterdam - within the Ringweg ring road - parking is only allowed in official car parks and multi-storey car parks. Parking in the city centre of Amsterdam is now charged at around €5,-/hour. There are several car parks in the city centre. Some are connected to the parking guidance system. The blue and white signs of this system point to the next car park where there are still free spaces. Parking on yellow kerbs is prohibited. Caution: Wheel clamps (Wielklemm) may be used. Fines for parking violations are high.

    Oosterdock car park
    A monitored multi-storey car park right next to the Central Station (exclusively for cars up to 2.10 m high). The economy rate is about € 175,- per week. No advance reservation possible. You can find more information >>here.

    Centralparking.nl/Valet Parking Services
    We are happy to reserve a parking space for you on request and subject to availability. On the day of arrival, your car will be picked up at the pier and returned to the ship on the day of departure. Cost per week (8 days/7 nights) - car: approx. € 275,- (payment in cash on site) - For more information and the booking form click >>booking-form.

    For more information and other P+R parking spaces, please visit the Iamsterdam page under "Plan your trip" / "Transport" / "Parking in Amsterdam".


    Participants

    Minimum: 24 persons
    Maximum: 35 persons


    Additional Information

    On the day of arrival you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11:00 a.m.

    On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter bike tour. Please note that it may not be possible to visit all of the highlights mentioned on the shorter bike tour.

    3-bed cabins on the Magnifique ships can only be booked for 2 adults and children up to 15.99 years

    Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree..) on request, supplement € 65,- payable on site; announcement at least 14 days prior to departure; vegan not available; 

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    4.9 02.07.2024 | Helen B. The Best of Holland & Flanders by Bike + Boat

    Cycling Bruges to Amsterdam was very pleasant

    This was a pleasant way to see the back roads and waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands with some city excursions as well. There was a choice of routes as well as the ability to go independently using the excellent app and the remarkable bike trail ...
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    • Travel documents 6
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    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 4
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
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    6 14.06.2024 | Kenneth S. The Best of Holland & Flanders by Bike + Boat

    Boat Bike Tour Amsterdam - Brugge June 4 2024

    A very well run tour with excellent boat and facilities. All staff on board catered to our requirements professionally. It was very sociable with all passengers contributing to a very happy time. The boat (Magnifique 1} has recently been refurbished ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
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    4.4 11.05.2023 | Alan T. The Best of Holland & Flanders by Bike + Boat

    Boat bike Amsterdam to bruges

    A lovely trip on the waterways through to Bruges. The tour director provided a informative walking tour each night after dinner which was a bonus. The region is quite windy and the weather wasn’t always the best so an ebike is a good option for a more ...
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    • Travel documents 4
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    6 05.09.2022 | Jeffrey A. The Best of Holland & Flanders by Bike + Boat

    Fantastic Trip on Boat and Bike

    This tour was the best of Holland & Flanders from Amsterdam to Bruges. We were on the Magnifique IV and enjoyed every minute of it. A special shout out to our wonderful guides Corrie and Arnold. They were clear in their instructions, helpful to everyone, ...
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