Brügge - Amsterdam, MS Fluvius
From Belgium to Holland by bike & boat.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
Arrival in Bruges
Embarkation time in Bruges is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The ship awaits you in the Bruges harbor. After a welcome meeting with the crew at 2 p.m. there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. After dinner the tour leader will take you for a walk through the center of town.
Your cycle tour starts early today in the outskirts of Bruges. You will start your first day of cycling by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape alont the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent´s medieval town center features loverly illuminated streets that are must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical center of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris). The ship will dock for the night at a lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 30 cycling minutes from the city center.
After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde river to Dendermonde, a friendly little town, located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. Dendermonde has beautiful town hall located at a cozy square. The ideal place to have a nice Belgium beer after your bicycle ride. Worth visiting is also the St. Alexius Beguinage where you can learn about housekeeping, work and recreation in the lives of former generations.
Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream through the Temse region and the small village of Baasrode to Antwerp. This part of the route is along a most beautiful and twisting section of the Schelde which over the centuries held strategic impotance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a habor city situated on the river Schelde famous for handling up to 80% of the world´s rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover including: the City Hall, one of serveral majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historial City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.
This morning the ship will sail along the Schelde-Rhine-Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system. Here your bicycle tour starts through the beautiful "Wouwse Plantage" forest to Tholen, Tholen once was an island in the middle of the lage Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. From Tholen you will join the ship again for a nice afternoon sail to the city of Dordrecht, one of the oldest town in Holland. Halfway the ship will pass th impressive Volerak lock system. Your tour leader will take you for an evening walk and tell you about the history of the Netherlands.
A fast ferry will bring you to Alblasserdam. From here you will cycle to Kinderdijk, famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills. You will continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek where you will spend the evening. Since the 17th century Schoonhoven - nicknamed Silver City - has been renowned for its talented silversmiths.
During breakfast the barge will cruise to Breukelen where you disembark and start your final day of cycling. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwesluis, Loenen and Vreeland you arrive at Nigtevecht where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbor.
End of your tour: Disemarkation after breakfast until 09:30 a.m.
Flat routes through Holland and Belgium along bike paths.
Self-guided or guided cycle trips: The guided bike tours are finalised depending on the group members and ability by the tour guide. For those doing a self-guided bike tour, you will get your route book when your board the boat. Each day you will cycle between 40 and 60km. All of the distances are approximations from the recommended bike tours.
- 7 nights tour and accommodation on board of MS Fluvius in the booked category
- Program according to the routing
- Welcome drink
- Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon till 4 PM,
- 7 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
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Central railway station Amsterdam near landing stage.
- Guarded parking areas at the main station (Stationsplein), approx. 5–7 € per day. No reservation possible. Transfer by taxi from Stationsplein to ship berth approx. 15-25 €.
- Return transfer by train from Amsterdam to Bruges approx. 40 € per person.
Number of participants:
- Minimum of 24 people 21 days before arrival
This tour has 1 more variation
With MS Fluvius through the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders. Highlights are Amsterdam, Antwerp, Gent and Bruges.