Bruges to Amsterdam by Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Belgium, Holland

Why we love this tour

"You have a choice of boats on this popular tour from Belgium to Holland. Either cycle with your guide, benefiting from their local knowledge, or follow the GPS routes and explore more independently at your own pace. We love the luxury of the premium Magnifique barges."

Cruise, sleep and dine on one of six barges

Ghent's jaw dropping altarpiece and the stylish streets of Antwerp

Bruges’ medieval squares and Amsterdam’s world famous museums

Easy cycling across flat Flemish landscapes and Dutch polders

Guiding
Self-Guided, Guided
Distance
167miles/268km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior, Comfort, Standard
Departs
Sat
Runs
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
NL023R
Fly to
Brussels
Good for
Luxury, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes

Appreciate the historic landscapes and canalside settlements of Belgium and Holland by bike and barge. You’ll ride along riverside paths and stop off at historic cities on route – the antique shops, cobbled streets and designer boutiques of Antwerp are a highlight, and look forward to Ghent’s magnificent oil paintings. Equally charming are the lesser known canalside settlements, which include fortified towns and one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.

You’ll pedal past typical Flemish landscapes and Holland’s green polders, riding on flat terrain that makes cycling a breeze. Pick between six barges; Whichever barge you decide on, it’s worth arriving a day early to fully appreciate the almshouses, medieval squares and tempting cafes in Bruges, or extending your stay in Amsterdam to visit Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

For alternative dates, this tour runs in reverse from Amsterdam to Bruges. If you would prefer to stay in hotels instead of on a boat, take a look at our hotel-based tour Amsterdam to Bruges - Hotel & Bike which runs most days throughout the season.

Accommodation

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, 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

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

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 - Exterior

Zwaantje - Exterior

MS Gandalf

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 salon 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. 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.

Fluvius

Fluvius

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

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation: in 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 & Magnifique IV)

English speaking tour guide on board and on bike

Cycle maps and route information (1 set 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 from 3-4pm 

Visit to Kinderdijk mills, entrance to Antwerp cathedral, canal trip through Ghent on the Zwaantje, Magnifique, Magnifique II,  Magnifique III & Magnifique IV

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

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets on the Fluvius and Gandalf

Bike hire

Entrance fees & excursions

Ferry fees & tips 

Drinks on board

Transfers to/from the docking

Special dietary requests

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier, a small repair kit, and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. Helmets and water bottles are included with rental bikes for the Magnifique, Magnifique II & Magnifique III.

Hybrid bike (Gandalf & Fluvius boats)

£76

E-bike (Gandalf & Fluvius boats)

Limited availability

£180

Hybrid bike (premium boats)

£84

E-bike (premium boats)

Limited availability

£205

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire (for Fluvius or Gandalf boats)

£11
Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet (50 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable

£0

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 Brussels or Charleroi and take a train (Belgian Rail) or bus to Bruges.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Brussels and change for Bruges.

How do I get back?

Take a train (NS) to Amsterdam Schiphol airport to fly from Amsterdam.

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.
How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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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. 

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. 

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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