Amsterdam to Bruges by Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Holland, Belgium

Why we love this tour

"Sociable cycling on flat terrain, an informative guide, and absolutely no map-reading required. This is probably one of the best cycling tours in Europe for first-timers."

Amsterdam’s world famous museums and Bruges' medieval squares

Ghent's jaw-dropping oil paintings and Antwerp's stylish streets

Flat cycling terrain across Dutch polders and Flemish landscapes

Choice of seven barges including Premium Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV

Guiding
Self-Guided, Guided
Distance
152miles/245km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior, Comfort, Standard
Departs
Sat, Wed
Runs
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
NL023
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Luxury, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes
Return
Brussels

The best way to experience the historic landscapes and canalside settlements of Holland and Belgium is by bike and barge. Stopping off at historical cities on route, the antique shops, cobbled streets and designer boutiques of Antwerp are a highlight, and look forward to Ghent's jaw dropping art. Cycling from Amsterdam to Bruges along gentle riverside paths and pedalling through forests, you’ll ride across famous Flemish landscapes and Holland’s flat green polders.

Pick between six barges, three of which are standard and three are premium, including the new for 2018 Magnifique III built on the back of the success of the Magnifique and Magnifique II. Whichever barge you choose, it’s worth arriving early on day one to visit Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, or extending your stay in Bruges to appreciate the city’s almshouses, medieval squares and tempting cafes.

For alternative dates, this tour runs in reverse from Bruges to Amsterdam.

Read about Tara's week cycling this exciting tour in her trip report.

Accommodation

MS Magnifique

The premium class MS Magnifique 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

MS Magnifique

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. 

Magnifique II

Magnifique II

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.

Magnifique III

Magnifique III

MS Magnifique IV - New 2020

On the back of the huge sucess of the Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III we are pleased to annouce that the Magnifique IV will be ready to sail for 2020! 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

Lounge - Artist's impression

MS Zwaantje - 11 July 2020

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.

Zwaantje

Zwaantje

MS Gandalf - 11 July 2020

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.

MS Gandalf

MS Gandalf

MS Fluvius

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.

MS Fluvius

MS Fluvius

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What's included

Price includes

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, Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV*)

English speaking tour guide on board and on bike (on Magnifique's and Fluvius each boat has 2 guides)

Cycle maps and route information (1 per cabin) - GPS tracks available

Welcome meeting

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, Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV

Helmets and water bottles on board the Zwaantje, Magnifique, Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV with bike hire.

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets on the Fluvius and Gandalf

Bike hire

Entrance fees & excursions

Drinks on board

Special dietary requests

Transfers to/from the docking

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

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

£79

E-bike

On request - limited availability

£180

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire (for Fluvius or Gandalf boats)

£11
Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet

£45

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Amsterdam, then take the train (NS) to Amsterdam Central Station and then take a taxi to your barge.

How do I get back?

Take a train (Belgian Rail) or bus from Bruges to fly from Brussels or Charleroi.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

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.

What's the etiquette with crew tips?
Tips are at your own discretion, an envelope is always left in the cabins on the last day.
Can I pay by credit card everywhere?

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.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

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. 

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Do I have to cycle as part of a group?

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. 

Can I book by myself?

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.

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