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Amsterdam to Bruges Premium - Van Gogh Tours - Bike and Barge

Amsterdam to Bruges – Premium

From: $1800 USD

8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Guided
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Imagine Yourself…

  • Picture yourself cycling along flat, winding roads through scenic woodlands.
  • Pedal along serene, flat paths that meander through charming countryside.
  • Having a sweet tooth, tasting chocolate in Bruges
  • Losing yourself in the medieval streets of Belgium’s Flemish cities

Overview

Amsterdam to Bruges Premium - Van Gogh Tours - Bike and Barge

Experience the charm of a bygone era on this exciting tour where you will discover the best of what Holland and Belgium have to offer.

During the day you will cycle to world famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, while at night you will relax in the comfort of your Luxury floating hotel.

Cycling on this tour is through the beautiful – and flat – Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium. Attractions along the way include many charming villages, a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the 19 famous Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and the world famous cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges in the western Flanders region of Belgium. You will cycle through and discover the Dutch province of Zeeland, which is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works and the Flanders region of Belgium famous for its medieval towns and a reputation for superb food and drink.

Daily Itinerary

  • DAY 1 - Amsterdam - Vianen - Test ride

    Embarkation and check-in is between 1.30 – 1.50 p.m., where your crew for the week will be waiting to welcome you on board. At  2 p.m. the ship will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small, fortified village on the Lek River. After dinner you have the opportunity to enjoy a short first test ride through the surrounding area.

  • DAY 2 - Vianen - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht – 19 miles (32km)

    Today we cycle along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day as we cycle through the Alblasserwaard region we will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From nearby Alblasserdam we will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take us and our bicycles in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

  • DAY 3 - Dordrecht - Bergen op Zoom – 26/31 miles (42/50 km)

    As we enjoy our breakfast aboard the ship, we sail to Willemstad where we will start our day’s cycling. Willemstad is a beautiful old fortified town on the Haringvliet waterway. The ride goes to Tholen, once an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways.

    In the afternoon we cycle on to the destination of this trip, Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom is a historic fortified town that once lay on the open waters of the Oosterschelde. After dinner you can take a walk through the old town. Narrow streets, old town, market and church squares and idiosyncratic monumental buildings show the history of a rich and eventful past that goes back more than eight hundred years.

  • DAY 4 - Bergen op Zoom - Antwerp – 13/21 miles (21/35 km)

    We start the morning with a small bike ride through the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” surrounding Bergen op Zoom. In the early afternoon we will once again board the ship which will sail to the port city of Antwerp, situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner tonight (not included) will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).

  • DAY 5 - Antwerp - St. Amands - 21/31 miles (34/49 km)

    This morning we will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the 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.

  • DAY 6 - St. Amands - Ghent – 32 miles (52 km)

    Today we will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the ship will moor for the night at a lock in a suburb of town. 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 center. Before dinner a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city.

  • DAY 7 - Ghent – Bruges – 13/28 miles (22/45km)

    We will start the day with cycling from Ghent 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 center 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 and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.

  • DAY 8 - Tour Ends

    Our tour concludes after breakfast (9:30 a.m.). 

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

2024

Departure

Accommodation

Twin

Upper deck Suite

Single

Twin for Single use

July 18

Magnifique IV

$ 1810

$ 2470

$ 2660

July 25

Magnifique II

$ 1810

$ 2470

$ 2660

2025

Departure

Accommodation

Twin

Upper deck Suite

Single

Twin for Single use

April 29

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

May 1

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

May 6

Magnifique I

$ 2120

$ 3150

May 8

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

May 13

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

May 27

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

May 29

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 5

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 10

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

June 12

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 19

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 24

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

July 3

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

July 8

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

July 10

Magnifique II

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

July 17

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

July 22

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

July 31

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

August 5

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

August 7

Magnifique II

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

August 14

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

August 21

Magnifique II

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

August 28

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

September 4

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

September 11

Magnifique IV

$ 1800

$ 2490

$ 2650

September 18

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

September 25

Magnifique IV

$ 1800

$ 2490

$ 2650

October 2

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

October 9

Magnifique IV

$ 1800

$ 2490

$ 2650

Prices are per person in US Dollars – inclusive bike rental

  • What's included

    • 7 nights on board the ship 
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
    • Coffee and tea on board
    • 24-speed bicycle, incl. helmet, pannier bags, lock, water bottle, & bike insurance
    • Tour guides (multilingual)
    • Some city walks
    • Entrance Red Star Line Museum Antwerp
    • Canal trip through Ghent
    • Daily cabin cleaning
    • Use of bed linen and towels
    • Route information and road book
    • GPS tracks
    • Ferry fares on route
    • Reservation costs
  • Bikes

    The rental bikes on our ships are unisex bicycles with a low bar and a comfortable upright sitting position.These are stable and dependable bikes, good for miles in the saddle.

    The bikes consist of a lightweight aluminum frame and have highly-responsive handbrakes, at least seven speeds, an adjustable gel seat, normal flat pedals (no clips), an easy-to-use lock attached to the frame, and special puncture-resistant tires. All told, this is a light, stable and reliable bike, very suitable for touring long distances pleasantly.

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    Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($130 per person). We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver.

    Our e-bikes also have at least seven speeds and handbrakes. The motor runs on a 400Wh battery and offers three levels of power-assistance. The e-bikes include comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted for height, have a lock attached to the frame, and sport anti-puncture tires.

    Electric bike - Bike and Barge - Van Gogh Tours

    The bikes come with helmets, carrier bag, water bottle, and bike insurance!
  • Meals

    The cook prepares all meals: a substantial breakfast and a three-course dinner of very good quality. A packed lunch may be prepared after breakfast. Tea and coffee will be ready when you arrive on board in the afternoon. There’s a bar on board with reasonably-priced beer, wine, and soft drinks. If you have special meal requirements, please mention this when booking. In the case of a Vegan/gluten-free and lactose free diet there is an additional charge of $85 per week.

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Drinks from bar on board or when cycling
    • 1 Dinner (Antwerp or Bruges)
    • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
    • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Good 2 know

    • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
    • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route.

    Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.

    • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
    • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
    • Detailed cycling maps, route tips and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

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