Amsterdam to Bruges by Boat & Bike
Boat & Bike • 7 nights
VISITING: Holland, Belgium
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Princesse Royal (formerly Magnifique)
The premium class Princesse Royal is a 63 meter long barge which sails under a Dutch flag and can accommodate 30 guests. She was last renovated and extended by 14 meters in 2013. The lower deck has 16 tastefully furnished cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx.11m2), 4 premium twins (approx.14m2) with small sitting area and 1 single cabin (approx. 9m2). All cabins have fixed portholes, shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, hairdryer, small safe and a flat screen satellite TV. An extra bed is available on request in two premium cabins and two twin cabins only.
On the upper deck, there is a spacious air conditioned saloon with restaurant, bar and lounge with large, panoramic windows and wide screen TV. The front deck features two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs, tables & cycle storage, while the aft deck has a hot tub and a barbecue.
MS Magnifique II
The MAGNIFIQUE II was built in 2016 after the success of the Magnifque. She is a 63 meter long premium barge that can accommodate up to 34 guests and sails under Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 13 cabins: 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 M²), 1 premium twin (approx. 13M²). The upper deck has four beautiful suites with a large panoramic window (14 M²). The cabins on the lower deck have fixed portholes with the upper deck suites having a 2 meter wide window (one window can be opened). All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, small safe and hairdryer. If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins above one of the other beds.
On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished air conditioned saloon with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (limited use of data) and a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables and on the aft deck cycle storage. On the top deck there is a hot tub and some deck chairs that you can enjoy after your cycle.
MS Magnifique III
The newly built Magnifique III is a new premium barge for 2018 that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The lower deck has 14 twin cabins (approx. 11M²) and 2 single cabins. The upper deck has 5 suites (approx.14M²) with a small seating area and a large window that opens partially. The cabins on the lower deck have fixed portholes with the upper deck suites having a large window which can be partially opened. All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, small safe and hairdryer. If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins above one of the other beds.
The saloon has a combined air conditioned restaurant, bar and lounge area with large windows to enjoy the view. Large doors open onto the partially covered sundeck and the top deck has a hot tub and deckchairs for you to relax.
MS Magnifique IV
This premium barge can accommodate up to 36 guests. The upper deck has 10 beautiful suites (approx. 14M²) with double beds, a small seating area and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The lower deck cabins (approx. 12M²) have twin beds and fixed portholes. All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, small safe and hairdryer. If requested, an extra bed is available in some lower deck twin cabins above one of the other beds.
The saloon has a air conditioned bar and lounge area with large windows to enjoy the view. Large doors open onto the partially covered sundeck and the top deck has a hot tub and deckchairs for you to relax. The dining room is on the lower deck and has a glass wall to the kitchen.
Lounge - Artist's impression
The Zwaantje is 40 metres long and can accommodate 24 passengers. On the lower deck there are 12 cabins for guests: 10 twin cabins and two double cabins with an additional 3rd Pullman bed. All the cabins have a small ensuite bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin, a fixed window (both double cabins have larger windows that also open) and individual air conditioning. On the main deck you can relax in the intimate saloon complete with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in the salon (mobile internet, limited data). A great feature of the barge is the spacious sun deck complete with tables and chairs where you can relax. The new owners are experienced barge operators and will be delighted to welcome you on board. The enthusiastic and extremely motivated couple restyled the interior of the Zwaantje during the winter of 2014/15, resulting in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
This cosy and comfortable river cruiser accommodates up to 22 guests in 10 cabins, all with separate twin beds, central heating and private shower and wc. All cabin windows can be opened. Some cabins can take a 3rd bed on request. There is a spacious saloon and restaurant area and two sun decks, offering seating areas with tables and chairs and storage space for the bikes. The environmentally-friendly solar roof panels make for peaceful nights on board, as the ship needs to make little use of the generator to produce power.
This comfortable 70-metre river cruiser can accommodate up to 44 guests in 21 cabins (10M² - 12M²), 14 of which are on the lower deck and 7 on the upper deck, including 4 new upper deck double cabins with panoramic window that opens. The other cabins have twin beds. All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, a fixed window and individually regulated air conditioning and ventilation system.
The large communal saloon with bar has a semi separate restaurant area. On the large and partially roofed sun deck are seating areas with tables and chairs and storage room for the bikes.
We have been on this tour - and loved it! Speak to us and find out if it's right for you.
7 nights accommodation: on the ship and cabin of your choice
Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch and three course dinner (6 dinners on Zwaantje, Princesse Royal, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV*)
English speaking tour guide on board and on bike (on Princesse Royal, Magnifique's and Fluvius each boat has 2 guides)
Cycle maps and route information (1 per cabin) - GPS tracks available
Local contact number for assistance
Daily cabin cleaning and towel change (Gandalf - midweek clean only, daily towel change if requested)
Daily coffee and tea (on Gandalf at breakfast and between 3-4pm)
Ferry fees & tips
Visit to Kinderdijk mills, entrance to Antwerp cathedral, canal trip through Ghent on the Zwaantje, Princesse Royal, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV
Helmets and water bottles on board the Zwaantje, Princesse Royal, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV with bike hire.
Flights and transfers
Cycle helmets on the Fluvius and Gandalf
Entrance fees & excursions
Drinks on board
Special dietary requests
Transfers to/from the docking
Bike hire and extras
Bikes come with a pannier and a small repair kit all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. Helmets and water bottles are also included with rental bikes on board the Zwaantje, and Magnifique boats.
Hybrid bike (for Fluvius or Gandalf boats)
E-bike (for Fluvius or Gandalf boats)
On request - limited availability
Hybrid bike (for premium boats)
E-bike (for premium boats)
Helmet hire (for Fluvius or Gandalf boats)
Gluten or lactose free diet (50 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.
Fly to Amsterdam, then take the train (NS) to Amsterdam Central Station and then take a taxi to your barge.
Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam.
Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!
We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.
Some merchants in Belgian do not accept international cards. Also, make sure you have cash to pay your bar bill at the end of the week.
Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement.
Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling.
This tour is guided and self-guided, so you have the option to cycle with your guide or independently with the maps and route notes provided.
Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.