Guided Bike and Boat

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Belgium, Holland / From Bruges to Amsterdam

Two countries by boat

From the fascinating Bruges to the capital city of the Netherlands: this will be your journey, that will pass through the pearls of Belgium, Gent and Antwerp. The river Schelde will lead you through the flemish landscape with its windmills and farms. You will also have the possibility to visit the Kinderdijk, the UNESCO cultural heritage site with 19 windmills in line.
  • Day by Day

    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. Afternoon and evening with city tour in Bruges.

     

    2° Bruges – Ghent (55 km - 34 miles).

    Today, your day starts on the water and the barge will leave Bruges early. Just outside, your first bike tour to Ghent through the flat land of West-Flanders will starts. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb of Ghent).

     

    3° Ghent – Dendermonde / St-Amands (40/55 km - 24/32 miles).

    Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde to Dendermonde, a nice town on the conjunction of the rivers Dender and Schelde. The bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful parts of the Schelde, a tidal river. You will follow this beautiful tidal river downstream. Depending on high or low tide, the speed of the barge may vary. Therefore, the skipper will discuss the departure time with you of today’s tour. By bike or by barge from Dendermonde to St-Amands, night in St-Amands.

     

    4° St-Amands / Dendermonde – Antwerp (47/59 km - 28/35 miles).

    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Baasrode and Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent. Antwerp is well known as a major sea port, one of the world’s leading diamond and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born.

     

    5° Antwerp – Dordrecht (35/45 km - 20/26 miles).

    The barge will sail over 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 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 barge or by bicycle.

     

    6° Dordrecht – Vianen (50 km - 30 miles).

    Today the barge will bring you to Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 windmills in line (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. You can visit one of the windmills. Then bike tour via silver city Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore this town.

     

    7° Vianen – Amsterdam (45 km - 28 miles).

    First the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river: this area is well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. Over the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue over Abcoude and Ouderkerk on the Amstel river to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbour of Amsterdam.

     

    8° Amsterdam.

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

     

    Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example roadworks) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

  • Route profile

    The Netherlands is the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat territory, beneath the sea level. The cycle path net, almost all paved, is very widespread and signed with white and red signals and with small stumps called “mushrooms”, numbered and signed on the maps.

    It is easy to cycle in Belgium too, above all if you ride your bike along the flat maritime region. Belgium has recently unified its bike paths net with the Dutch one.

    It will not be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so you need to pay attention.



  • How to get there

    The precise point of embarkation will be written in the final document that you will receive some days before departure.

     

    BY PLANE

    The easiest way to get to Bruges is arriving to Brussels by plane. Then you can reach Bruges by train. Brussels has two airports: Charleroi (45 km away form the centre) and International Zaventem (12 km). To get to the city centre you can take a shuttle bus (duration: 1 hour; cost: 14 € one way), whereas at the International you can find a train that takes you directly to the central station (duration: 20 minutes). Further information on the airport websites.

     

    BY TRAIN 

    The nearest arrival point is Bruges Central Station. More information on www.belgianrail.be/en

     

    BY CAR

    We suggest the Parking Centrum-Station (Buiten Begijnenvest, 8000 Bruges), near the station Bruges, price 3,50 € per day, open 24h24. For further information: www.interparking.be

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    Overnights, breakfasts and dinner will be on board of the river boats:

    MAGNIFIQUE

    The MS Magnifique is 63 meters long, accommodates max. 35 guests, sails under Dutch flag and management and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended with 14 meters during winter 2012/13. The lower deck has 16 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twins (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 1 single cabin (approx. 8 M²); all cabins have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, individually regulated air

    conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (with limited data use). Two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables & cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.

     

    barca Magnifique

    MAGNIFIQUE II

    The luxurious MS Magnifique II was constructed between March 2015 and February 2016. The 63 meter long barge can accommodate 35-38 guests and sails under the Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 14 cabins: 1 premium twin cabin (approx. 13 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other) and 1 single cabin (approx. 8 M²); the upper deck has 4 beautiful suites (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area) with large panoramic windows. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety

    reasons), upper deck suites have a 2 meter wide window (one of which can be opened). All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower and toilet), individually regulated air conditioning, a flat screen satellite TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in 2 twin cabins and 1 upper deck suite(above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant, bar, a lounge with a wide screen TV, large windows and Wi-Fi (unlimited use of data). There is a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and table on the aft deck for the use by guests and a cycle shed (front deck). The barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax on Top deck for beautiful views around.

     

    barca Magnifique II

     

    MAGNIFIQUE III

    The new premium barge Magnifique III (lauched in April 2018) can host 40 persons. It is 7 m long. It has 14 regular twin cabins (approx. 11 M² , 2 single beds as twins, next to each

    other) and 2 single cabins in the lower deck. In the upper deck it has 5 suites with a small sitting area and large windows (a part of the windows can be opened) (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds as twins, next to each other). All cabins and suites have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Most cabins can also be booked as cabins with a double bed (on previous request only).

    The barge has a spacious salon witha restaurant area, bar and lounge and whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax on Top deck for beautiful views around.


    FLUVIUS

    On this very beloved tour sails the small and comfortable river barge MS FLUVIUS for max. 36 guests. On board of this cosy ship are a total of 19 cabins (ca. 10 M² = 108 square feet) with shower + toilet, all with 2 low beds and air-conditioning, individual adjustable, and ventilation system; 3 cabins on the upper deck and 16 cabins on the lower deck. All cabins have a window (all windows are fixed). The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large and partially roofed sun deck of the

    ca. 70 Meter long river barge are sitting places (tables + chairs) and storage room for the bikes. The river barge sails under Dutch flag and had its sailing area in Holland, Belgium and Germany for many years and it is a very popular small river barge for boat & bike tours.

     

    NEW: In winter 2017-2018, 4 additional upper deck double cabins will be created.

    The capacity of the vessel will be expanded from 36 to 44 passengers.

     

    barge Fuvius

     

    GANDALF

    The small and comfortable passenger barge MS Gandalf caters for a maximum of 22 guests and has been on this beautiful and very beloved tour for a number of years. The barge has 10 twin cabins (ca. 8 M²) - with en-suite shower and toilet, 2 low beds and central heating; all cabins portholes can be opened. All showers have been renovated in winter 2016/2017. The salon, which doubles as your restaurant area, is similar to a comfortable living room and is for common at all times. There are two sun decks on the approx. 45 metre-long ship that have sitting areas with tables and chairs and storage room for the bikes. The MS Gandalf is also equipped with a double-roof of solar panels, with the electrical systems of the environmentally friendly, but also comfortable for guests as the ship rarely needs to use a generator to produce electricity meaning the nights are still and quiet on board. The popular barge has been sailing in Holland and Belgium for many years.

     

    barge Gandalf


    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the embarkation voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). Drinks are never included.  Breakfast: several kinds of bread, cheese, chocolate, jam, orange jiucem milk, coffee, tea etc. Packed lunch: during breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch. The crew will provide you with fruit and drinks.
    Dinner: three courses of dutch or international cuisine. Wine, beer and drinks are not included, you can purchase them on board.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand brake and/or pedal brake and a pannier bag. Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems) and child’s saddles (rear) are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation.

     

    The bikes are equipped with: 

    • pannier bag;
    • lock.

     

    In each cabin you will find a pump and a repair kit.

     

    In the Netherlands cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Some bike helmets are available on board of Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III, Zwantije (for free).  In the barge Fluvius and Gandalf, if you you pre-reserve a bike helmet (price € 10 per helmet), we can bring it on board for you.

     

  • Accompanying material

    YOU WILL RECEIVE BY MAIL, some days before departure:
    - embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point;
    - Tour Notes
    - Final Tour Details

    Please confirm us that you have received all the information.
    If you have any doubt, please contact us before departure.

    YOU WILL RECEIVE ON SITE:
    - tour maps. Do not worry if the map is small, your real guide is the numbers you will find on every crossing on the cycle paths, that will help you find the correct way.

     

  • By your side

    During the journey you can decide:

    • to follow the tour leader. We remind you that our tour leaders ar neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their function is that of coordinating the group and guide you along the route.
    • to follow the map and cycle individually. Every evening or every morning our collaborator will explain the route of the day. Do not hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the stretch you can contact him/her on telephone.

     

    In case of need, during the whole tour you can contact two hot line telephone numbers: the Girolibero phone number in Italy EVERY DAY FROM 8.00 A.M. TO 8.00 P.M. and the phone number of boat.

     

Tour details

 

from 899 €

8 days / 7 nights, barges Fluvius/Gandalf

Tour type:
guided tour/ individual
 
Price per person:
899 € barges Fluvius/Gandalf
1079 € barges Magnifique/II/III/Zwantije

Departures:

Departure from Bruges: 

barge Fluvius: 28.04, 12.05, 26.05, 09.06, 23.06, 7.07, 21.07, 4.08, 18.08, 1.09, 15.09, 29.09.18 

barge Zwaantje: 28.04, 23.06, 7.07, 21.07, 4.08.18

barge Gandalf: 18.08, 15.09.18.

barge Magnifique: 12.05, 26.05, 9.06, 23.06, 7.07, 21.07, 18.08, 1.09, 15.09, 29.09, 13.10.18.

barge Magnifique II: 9.05, 23.05, 6.06, 20.06, 4.07, 18.07, 15.08, 29.08, 12.09, 26.09, 10.10.18

barge Magnifique III: 5.05, 2.06, 16.06, 30.06, 28.07, 11.08, 6.10.18

 

from Amsterdam:

departures on this link
 
Included:

  • 7 overnights
  • full board: breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners (barges Fluvius and Gandalf) / 6 dinners (barges Magnifiques and Zwantije) 
  • tour leader/ tour leader on board 
  • Accompanying material
  • Bed linen and towels.
  • 7-days hotline service

 
Not included:

  • beverages on board
  • tips and extras in general
  • museums
  • everything not mentioned in the section “included in the price”

 
Supplements:

150 € single cabin on Fluvius

200 € single cabin on Gandalf

350 € single cabin on Magnifique/ II/III/ Zwantje

 

150 € twin cabin above deck on Fluvius

250 € double cabin above deck on Fluvius

200 € premium cabin on Magnifique/Magnifique II

400 € suite above deck Magnifique II/ III

 

70 € rental bike

180 € E-bike

 

50 € gluten/lactose free menu (to be paid on spot)

 


Reductions:

50 € low season Fluvius (21.04, 29.09.18)

80 € low season Magnifique I,II, III (October)

50 € third person in cabin Gandalf

150 € third person in cabin Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III

300 € third person in premium cabin Magnifique

300 € third person in suite above deck Magnifique II, Magnifique III

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