Guided Bike and Barge

Web code BE013

Belgium / Cycling across Flanders

Brussels, Gent and Bruges

A journey by bike and boat across the beautiful flemish towns: Brussels, capital city of the European Union, Mechelen, tfamous for its tapestries, Antwerp and its diamonds, lively Ghent and finally Bruges, the flemish gem.
  • Day by Day


    1. Individual arrival in Brussels
    The barge will be waiting for you in the Brussels harbour. Check-in on board will be from 3 to 5 pm. Take some time to explore the capital of Belgium: walk through the historical city centre, visit the Grote Markt square (Great Market square), alegedly Europe’s most beautiful medieval square framed in guild houses, marvel at the Gothic town hall or visit the Royal Palace! The highlight of the palace, many will agree, is the Mirror Room which is adorned from floor to ceiling with mirrors and 11 sparkling chandeliers

    2. Brussels – Willebroek (40 km - 24 miles)
    During breakfast the barge will sail to Vilvoorde where your first day of cycling will take you to Mechelen a remarkable city that can account for over 300 historically listed buildings. Eight of them are churches – all included in less than 3 square kilometres! Cycle on from Mechelen past picturesque villages and large country estates to Willebroek where your floating hotel for the night, will be waiting with a warm shower and a delicious meal. When there is enough interest a beer tasting will be held on board (to be paid on board).

    3. Willebroek – Antwerp (50 km - 30 miles)
    Today you will cycle from Willebroek to Antwerp  via Lier. Antwerp is an important  harbour town situated on the river Schelde and renowned for handling the vast majority of the world's rough diamonds. Its medieval streets, Renaissance monuments and vibrant nightlife are a magnet for tourists from around the world. Highlights to be discovered include: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Markt, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.

    4. Antwerp – Dendermonde (50 km - 30 miles)
    Your bicycle tour today will take you upstream along the Schelde River to Hemiksem and on to Rupelmonde where the Schelde joins the Rupel River. After following the Rupel for a few kilometres you will reach the village of Niel and later the Walenhoek Nature Reserve. Along the way you will have the opportunity to visit an historical brick factory situated between Boom and Niel where bricks have been manufactured since the Middle Ages. Your destination for the day is the beautiful city of Dendermonde. Don’t forget to make a short stop for a drink at Dendermonde’s beautiful Flemish market square Grote Markt (Great Market square).

    5. Dendermonde – Ghent (50 km - 30 miles)
    Today’s destination is the beautiful city of Ghent, where the barge will be moored in the suburb of Merelbeke which is approx. a 15 minute ride from the city centre. You will enjoy exploring the pedestrian area in Ghent’s town centre, partly by bike and partly on foot. Ghent is rich in historical building and maintains its appeal from the past and its special atmosphere. During the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest and most important European city after Paris.

    6. Ghent – Bruges (40 km - 24 miles)
    Part of the cycling of the day will be along the Ghent-Oostende-canal to Oostende and on through the beautiful Flemish landscape to Bruges, a lovely art city and Belgium's best preserved medieval town. Often described as the “Venice of the North”, Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre. While you are here you can visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city sitting at a café.

    7. Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (55 km - 33 miles)
    Your final cycling day takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses spreading to the North Sea coast and crossing the small town of Damme. Here you will have the opportunity to get your feet wet along an inviting 12 kilometre sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (a unique nature reserve). On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.

    8. Bruges
    Disembarkation just after breakfast, at aroubd 09:30 am. End of your tour.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.



  • Route profile

    Belgian landscape is completely flat. Only during the fourth stretch you will find a short ascent. Recently Belgium and Holland have unified their cycling paths network so it’s all very organized and efficient.
    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 can be frequent in northern Europe 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. Your guide on board, he will be able to give you more information.

    Cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.



  • How to get there

    The precise point of embarkation will be mentioned in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure.

    By plane
    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: 13 € 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 Bruxelles Gare du Nord (train station). More information on

    By car
    We suggest that you reach Bruges and leave your car there, because it is a smaller town and its easier to find a parking place. Then you can get to the starting point in Brussels by train.
    The parking places in Bruges are:
    - Rail station, cost approx: 3,50 € per day. You will also get a bus ticket to reach Bruges city centre.
    - t’Zand, secure parking, cost: 9 € per day. Further information in the Final Tour Details.



  • Accommodation and meals

    For this tour dinner, overnight and breakfast will be aboard a river cruise boat, while lunch, which is still included, consists of a packed lunch.



    A comfortable ship with a personal and familiar atmosphere. The sundeck is partially covered and is a place to stay in every weather-type. A charming alternative is the cozy salon with its large windows.

    The ship has 11 air-conditioned twin cabin with private facilities.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 22
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi
    • Hair dryer


    Watch Mecklenburg photo gallery.



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    - unisex trekking bike with 7 gears and pedal brake/hand brake.

    - unisex e-bike on request

    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag
    - lock

    In Belgium bike helmets are not mandatory, nonetheless we suggest you wear one for your own safety.




  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:
            •        embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
            •        Tour Notes
            •        Final Tour Details
    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.
    Tour maps will be delivered on site.



  • By your side

    During the journey you can either:
    -  follow the tour leader. We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their role is that of coordinating the group and guide you along the route.
    -  follow the map and cycle individually. Every evening or every morning our member of staff will illustrate the route of the day.  They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the cycling stretch dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact our
    office from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Detail


Tour details


from 999 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type


From Bruges:
Saturday 23.05, 6.06, 4.07, 18.07, 15.08 e 29.08.20

From Brussels:
Saturday 16.05, 30.05, 27.06, 11.07, 8.08 e 22.08.20


Price per person
999 €


  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners)
  • accompanying material
  • tour leader
  • bed linen and towels
  • hotline service

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board and specified meals
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included
  • Tourist taxes
  • extra transport

500 € single cabin
75 € rental bike
165 € E-bike

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