From: $1,390 USD
8 Days / 7 Nights
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Two famous cities in Belgium and the Netherlands are the first and last stops on this fascinating Bike and Boat holiday. You will enjoy Bruges, one of the most beautiful, historic cities of Belgium, and Amsterdam, the architecturally and culturally wonderful capital of the Netherlands. You will also visit the architecturally and cultural wonderful Antwerp, where you can visit the famous Rubens House, and Utrecht in Holland. You will notice subtle differences between the green Dutch polder landscape with water aplenty, quiet roads, and villages, the old island world of Zeeland with fields, creeks, winding dikes and dams, and the picturesque but drier countryside between the Flemish cities of Ghent and Bruges in Belgium. These two Belgian cities experienced their golden age long before the emergence of the Dutch as a mercantile powerhouse. The mighty rivers in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium are prominent features along the route, and you will be mesmerized by the Netherlands’ own world wonder, the Delta Works, which bear witness to Holland’s on-going battle against the sea
REVERSE ROUTE: Amsterdam Gouda Bruges
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Prices are per person in US$ – inclusive bike rental
|May 13||Liza Marleen||$ 1,790||$ 2,520||$ 2,060||Book now|
|May 20||Sailing Home||$ 1,720||$ 2,410||—|
|May 27||Anna Antal||$ 1,540||$ 1,640||—||Book now|
|June 3||Sailing Home||$ 1,720||$ 2,410||—||Book now|
|June 10||Anna Antal||$ 1,540||$ 1,640||—||Book now|
|June 17||Sailing Home||$ 1,720||$ 2,410||—||Book now|
|June 24||Anna Antal||$ 1,540||$ 1,640||—||Book now|
|June 24||Liza Marleen||$ 1,790||$ 2,520||$ 2,060||Book now|
|July 1||Sailing Home||$ 1,560||$ 2,190||—||Book now|
|July 15||Sailing Home||$ 1,560||$ 2,190||—||Book now|
|July 22||Anna Antal||$ 1,390||$ 1,490||—||Book now|
|July 29||Sailing Home||$ 1,560||$ 2,190||—||Book now|
|August 5||Anna Antal||$ 1,390||$ 1,490||—|
|August 12||Sailing Home||$ 1,560||$ 2,190||—|
|August 19||Anna Antal||$ 1,540||$ 1,640||—||Book now|
|August 26||Sailing Home||$ 1,720||$ 2,410||—||Book now|
|September 2||Anna Antal||$ 1,540||$ 1,640||—||Book now|
|September 9||Sailing Home||$ 1,870||$ 2,620||—|
|September 16||Anna Antal||$ 1,670||$ 1,790||—||Book now|
|September 23||Sailing Home||$ 1,870||$ 2,620||—|
|September 30||Anna Antal||$ 1,540||$ 1,640||—||Book now|
|September 30||Liza Marleen||$ 1,790||$ 2,520||$ 2,060||Book now|
|October 7||Sailing Home||$ 1,720||$ 2,410||—||Book now|
|October 21||Sailing Home||$ 1,560||$ 2,190||—||Book now|
DAY 1 – Saturday: Bruges – Ghent – 13 miles (21 km)
When you arrive on board the ship in Bruges by 2 p.m. you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It’s also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper, and crew – and of course your fellow passengers. Very soon we will head away from the city walls of Bruges for a trip to Ghent. We will mostly follow the canal between Bruges and Ghent to Aalterbrug, which offers a beautiful, peaceful cycle route with an unexpected variety of experiences.
After dinner we will have time to discover the character of the old city center of Ghent, easily reached from our berth. Ghent was a major trading center during the Middle Ages and still one of Flanders’ most important cities today. Its origins lie in Roman times, at the junction of the Leie and Schelde Rivers. The city center has many surprisingly well-preserved patrician mansions and architecturally delightful civic and commercial buildings. Especially noteworthy is the impressive St. Baafs Cathedral, built over various periods in a variety of styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of masterpieces of medieval painting, including the renowned ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck.
DAY 2 – Sunday: Ghent – St. Amands – 30 miles (47 km)
This morning we will take our bikes out on a peaceful ride through the old center of Ghent, which will still be covered under a blanket of Sunday morning quietness. After a tasty cup of coffee we will depart for a day trip along one of the most beautiful rivers of Europe: the Schelde. This tidal river meanders all the way to Antwerp where it meets the sea. In Wetteren, we’ll have a break in a real Flemish bar, and in Berlare you can enjoy a tasty Belgian monastery beer with your lunch. We will reach Dendermonde, city of the legend of the royal children and the horse Bejaart, where we’ll marvel at the large market square and the city hall. We will board the barge again, and from Dendermonde we will sail into the sleepy village of St. Amands, where we’ll spend the night.
DAY 3 – Monday: St. Amands – Antwerp – 25 miles (40 km)
Today we will cycle along the river Schelde, whose banks are connected by several small ferries. Via Temse, we’ll bike through a peaceful nature reserve to Steendorp. Here we will board the barge to cruise over to the historic center of Antwerp, where we will hop off the boat to take a stroll through the city. You can marvel at the beautiful Onze-Lievevrouwen Church, the impressive market square, and the famous Rubens House. At the end of the afternoon we will make our way to the Willems Quai where the barge will be docked close to the stunning new Modern-Artmuseum, the MAS.
DAY 4 – Tuesday: Antwerp – Willemstad – 35 miles (56 km)
This morning we will sail through the big harbor of Antwerp, a big contrast to the nature reserves and quiet villages of yesterday. The big sea-going vessels and large harbor cranes make it a fascinating journey. The boat will bring us to Holland, where we will start our bike ride at the Kreekrak locks. We will take a beautiful route over the “Brabantse wal,” a sand wall dating back from the times when mammoths roamed the area. Today you won’t find any prehistoric elephants, but the area is filled with strawberry and asparagus fields. From the woodlands around Bergen op Zoom, we will continue through a polder landscape to the old fortified town of Willemstad, a charming old town next to the busiest locks in Europe, part of the Delta Works.
DAY 5 – Wednesday: Willemstad – Gorinchem – 28 miles (45 km)
Our barge will depart early in the morning to Werkendam, from where we will take an exciting cycle trip through the land of Heusden and Altene. We will pass the Bergse Maas to the rustic settlement of Heusden. We’ll continue our tour over the pleasant cycle lanes through the nature reserve and along the Maas river. During our trip, we will also pay a visit to the picturesque town of Woudrichem. Here we will ferry across to reach Gorinchem, where our barge will be waiting for us.
DAY 6 – Thursday: Gorinchem – Vianen – Utrecht – 31 miles (50 km)
Today we will set off along the scenic, meandering river Linge that flows through the Alblasserwaard towards the city of glass, Leerdam. We will continue our journey past Culemborg, idyllically situated on the shores of the river Lek, and carry on to Vianen where we’ll visit the impressive historic center. The barge will eventually cruise via the Merwede Canal and the Amsterdam-Rijn canal to Utrecht. After our delicious dinner, you’ll be free to take the bus to the center for a city stroll.
DAY 7 – Friday: Utrecht – Amsterdam – 25 miles (40 km)
Today we will sail on the river Vecht to Breukelen (the U.S. Brooklyn is named after this quaint village). We’ll bike along the river banks from here, admiring handsome mansions on our final ride back to Amsterdam. After arriving in Holland’s capital city and returning your bike, you can rest or perhaps visit the town center, which is close by. Amsterdam began as a simple village at the mouth of the River Amstel but expanded rapidly with its famous rings of canals during its Golden Age. The palace on the Dam Square is sometimes called the 8th Wonder of the World because it’s built on 13,659 wooden piles. Amsterdam as we know it today is a cosmopolitan city with 40 museums, close to one million inhabitants, and a thriving economy. In the evening you might like to take a sightseeing round trip on a lively Dutch canal boat.
DAY 8 – Saturday: Tour Ends
Our tour concludes in Amsterdam, near the Central Station, after breakfast. Departure is before 10 a.m.
A well maintained, comfortable 24-speed hybrid bicycle is available free of charge for each participant. Men and women’s models are available in sizes appropriate to your height. The bikes come with helmets, grip shifters, hand brakes, carrier bag, lock, repair kit, water bottle holders, water bottle, and bike insurance. If you prefer to bring your own bike you’re welcome to do so at a discount of $85 each. Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($100 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. In addition, you can rent children’s bikes, child seats, bike trailers, and tag-alongs.
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 $75 per week.
The barges listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different barge of equal quality.
26 people – The barge “Sailing Home” started cruising in 2001, specifically for Bike & Barge Tours in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. This beautiful passenger ship can accommodate 26 overnight passengers and 70 day passengers. The interior of the salon and bar is decorated in a modern Victorian style and offers a lot of comfort. The “Sailing Home” has two floors. On the top floor you will find the salon, a roomy lounge a cozy bar, and a sun deck. The four-man crew of the Sailing Home consists of the skipper, sailor, cook and hostess.
All cabins have a private bathroom, air conditioning, central heating, safe, hair dryer, 220 voltage.
20 people – The “Liza Marleen” is a luxury motor passenger barge, built in 1997-98 on the completely dismantled shell of a seafaring freight logger. The tastefully decorated lounge is equipped with an audio installation, television and video. In the evenings it is possible to come together in the spacious sitting area. In the Winter of 2015 to 2016 The Liza Marleen was converted to a more luxurious barge with twin beds and updated cabins.
All cabins have a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, central heating and air conditioning, hair dryer, 220 voltage
18 people – The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge which was converted into a luxury motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012 the saloon and cabins were renovated. The Anna Antal has a cozy salon/lounge, a sun deck, and a storage deck for the bicycles.
All cabins have a private bathroom, central heating, 220 voltage. Hair dryers are available on board.