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Van Gogh Tours - Amsterdam to Bruges - Bike and Barge

Bruges to Amsterdam – 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 - Arrival Bruges - Test ride - 9 miles (15 km)

    We expect you on board 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 PM there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. After dinner the guide will take you for a short walk through the center of town.

    We advise you to come to Bruges one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”. While you are there make sure you 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 2 - Bruges - Ghent – 21/36 miles (35/57 km)

    We will start our first day of cycling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent’s medieval center features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the 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. Before dinner a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city.

  • DAY 3 - Ghent - St. Amands - 24/32 miles (40/52 km)

    In the morning you will spend some time in Ghent. Later in the morning we will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde located at the confluence of Dender and Schelde rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is: “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. During this section of the Schelde the speed of the ship will be determined by the height of the tide. We will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bicycle or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands.

  • DAY 4 - St. Amands - Antwerp - 19/31 miles (32/49 km)

    After breakfast we start cycling along the Schelde river downstream through the Temse region to Antwerp. Over the centuries the Schelde river has held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon… Today it is a beautiful waterway just perfect for bike and barge holidays!  Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbor city famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover 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.

  • DAY 5 - Antwerp - Dordrecht - 13/23 miles (20/36 km)

    We will the morning on the ship sailing along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system. From here our bicycle tour starts through the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest to Tholen, Tholen once was 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. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. From Tholen we will join the ship again for a nice afternoon sail to the city of Dordrecht. Halfway the ship will pass the impressive Volkerak lock system.

    Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands is your destination for the day. The guide will take you for an evening walk and tell you about the history of the Netherlands.

  • DAY 6 - Dordrecht - Vianen - 19/36 miles (32/57 km)

    Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take us and our bicycles in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling we will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills – one of which you can visit (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments). We will then continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (Lower Rhine), where we will stay for the night and where you can explore at your leisure after dinner.

  • DAY 7 - Vianen - Amsterdam - 23/28 miles (36/46 km)

    During breakfast the ship will cruise to Breukelen where we disembark to start our final day of cycling. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses and their large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you will arrive at Nigtevecht where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where we will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbor.

  • 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

June 18

Magnifique III

$ 1980

$ 2640

$ 2450

$ 2910

July 30

Magnifique III

$ 1810

$ 2470

$ 2660

August 1

Magnifique II

$ 1810

$ 2470

$ 2660

October 10

Magnifique II

$ 1700

$ 2360

$ 2490

October 17

Magnifique IV

$ 1700

$ 2360

$ 2490

2025

Departure

Accommodation

Twin

Upper deck Suite

Single

Twin for Single use

May 1

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

May 29

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 3

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

June 5

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 17

Magnifique III

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 2570

$ 3150

June 19

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

June 26

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

July 1

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

July 10

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

July 15

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

July 17

Magnifique II

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

July 24

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

July 29

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

August 7

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

August 12

Magnifique III

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2340

$ 2820

August 21

Magnifique IV

$ 1910

$ 2600

$ 2820

August 28

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

September 4

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

September 11

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

September 25

Magnifique II

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

October 2

Magnifique IV

$ 2120

$ 2830

$ 3150

October 9

Magnifique II

$ 1800

$ 2490

$ 2650

October 16

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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