Amsterdam - Bruges, MS Magnifique II

Picture book Holland and Belgium with the MS Magnifique

This journey combines cultural highlights and scenic areas in Holland and Flanders. You cycle along flat bike paths from metropolis Amsterdam to Bruges, the Venice of the North. In Holland impressing cottages, cheese dairys and the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk are seaming your route. In Belgium the historic Flemish cities Antwerp, Gent and Brügge take center stage – gables and patrician houses, narrow alleys and rich cultural past finds its expression until today in the architecture and painting.

Recommendation

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • guided

Itinerary

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 p.m. At around 2 p.m. MS Magnifique will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek river. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short bicycle ride. Dinner on board.

After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills, which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. Dinner on board.

During breakfast the ship sails to Willemstad. Your bicycle ride goes to Tholen, once an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. In the afternoon you will sail via the impressive Kreekrak lock to Antwerp, which is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”. Dinner on board.

Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to St. Amands, your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. Dinner on board.

Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the MS Magnifique II will moor for the night at a lock in the suburb of Merelbeke. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. Since Roman times Ghent’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has ensured that it has been a successful trading port. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept and the 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre.

Today you will cycle through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’ and arguably the most beautiful of all the Flemish cities. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to see the picturesque medieval town centre of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city and a long list of historic attractions. An outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the city’s original Gothic buildings form an integral part of the town's identity. While you are here you can visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café. Dinner tonight will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).
 

Your final day of cycling 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 to the North Sea coast. Here if you want you can swim in the sea along an inviting sandy beach and visit any one of numerous cafés. On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.

After breakfast till 09:30 am: end of the tour and disembarkation.

Tour character

Through Holland and Belgium always flat along bike paths.

Cycle trips with a guide or self-guided: Those tours will be adjusted individually with the tour guide, depending on the group and their potential. There is a daily briefing in the evening for the next day. The ones who will make the trip self-guided can use the route books which are provide on board (books only gettable on board). You will cycle about 40 and 60 km per day.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Oct 9, 2019 |
Season 2
May 22, 2019 | Jun 5, 2019 | Jul 17, 2019 | Jul 31, 2019 | Aug 14, 2019 | Sep 11, 2019 | Sep 25, 2019 |
Bike & Boat in Holland and Flandern Amsterdam-Bruges - MS Magnifique II, days 8, NL-SHSAZ-08G
Base price
1-bed-cabin
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin premium
Extra charge 2-bed-cabin suite upper deck
Extra charge 3-bed cabin suite upper deck
Discount 3-bed-cabin
1079,00
390,00
200,00
450,00
350,00
-50,00
1159,00
390,00
200,00
450,00
350,00
-50,00
Price
Rental bike 7-gear
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike
80,00
80,00
175,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 nights tour and accommodation on board of MS Magnifique II in the booked category
  • Program according to the routing
  • Welcome drink
  • Meals: (7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, coffee and tea on board, 6 x 3 course dinner)
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Use of linen and towels
  • Daily briefing on the respective bike tours 
  • Tour guide for guided bike tours (for 18 persons or more two tour guides)
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours (deposited on board, 1 per cabin)
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance fees for Kinderdijk Mills, cathedral Antwerp
  • Canal trip Gent

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Train station Amsterdam close to the pier
  • Train station Bruges (Stationsplein) about 3 km from the pier
  • Car park Amsterdam Oosterdok: guarded car park at the train station, about € 15/day (www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl)
  • Car park Amsterpark.nl / Valet Parking Services: Pick up of your car at the pier on day of arrival, car will be back at the pier on day of departure, price € 150,- per week (application form in the travel documents
  • Return tourney by train about € 55,- per person.

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 24 people
 

Accommodation