Amsterdam to Bruges Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique

  • 4.5
    (7 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Bruges
  • Distance

    168 miles/270 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    008-108CNLA
Price From £1010

Overview

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Bruges to Amsterdam route.

A very popular and highly enjoyable bike and boat holiday cruising through southern Holland and northern Belgium aboard one of the superb Magnifique boats. Ride along level cycle paths, through historic towns, past windmills and dykes. Highlights include Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the lovely cities of Ghent and Bruges.

This cycling holiday showcases some of the most iconic scenery and towns in Holland and Belgium. Your comfortable barge carries you gently along the waterways of this culturally rich region, dropping you off at various points along the way to enjoy relaxing rides through ever-changing scenery.

The Magnifique has long been recognised as one of the most luxurious barges afloat on Dutch waterways and in 2016 she was joined by her equally fabulous sister ship, Magnifique II, offering the same levels of style and space. In 2018 the Magnifique III joined the fleet and certainly upholds the high standards set by her sister-ships.

 

The daily cycle routes are varied and interesting with each day bringing something different – one day it could be a serene river-bank ride past small villages and open countryside, the next an exploratory ride through a beautiful and historic city.

You can opt to accompany the bikes guides each day or use the maps and route notes available on board to navigate yourself.

The 19 windmills at Kinderdijk are always a popular highlight as are the delightful cities of Ghent and Bruges. Tranquil rides alongside the Vecht and Lek rivers will live long in the memory as will the picturesque ride out to the North Sea Coast from Bruges.

This leisurely cycle route follows mostly level terrain along dedicated cycle paths. E-bikes are also an option on this very popular cycling holiday.

Itinerary & Map

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Please note that this holiday also operates in the reverse direction. Check out  Bruges Amsterdam Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique.

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Day 1: Amsterdam – Vianen, 9 miles/15 kms

Vecht River - Breukelen - Holland

Breukelen

Embarkation is at 1pm and at around 2pm the barge leaves Amsterdam and cruises south past the pretty town of Breukelen and the bustling city of Utrecht to the charming town of Vianen on the Lek River. After dinner there is an opportunity to disembark for a short ride through the surrounding area to get used to our bikes and to make any adjustments in preparation for the longer rides ahead.

Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kindedijk – Dordrecht, 19 to 34 miles/32 to 56 kms

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Windmilss of Kinderdijk

Our first cycle ride takes us along the River Lek to Schoonhoven. The town is renowned for it’s silversmiths which explains how it came by its nickname of Zilverstad or Silver City. As you might expect, there are many silverware shops to browse as well as a silver museum.

We then cycle along the Alblasserwaard Polder (polders are areas of re-claimed land) to the fantastic windmills of Kinderdijk. This impressive collection of 19 windmills were originally built to pump the Alblasserwaard polder dry. Today, a modern pump does most of the hard work but the windmills are still fully functioning and all but one have resident families living inside. The unoccupied windmill is a museum which you are welcome to explore during your visit.

When you’ve seen enough, we ride to nearby Alblasserwaard and catch the water-bus (fast ferry) to the town of Dordrecht some 10 minutes away. We rejoin the Magnifique/II/III in Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Willemstad – Kreekrak Lock – Antwerp, 23 to 28 miles/36 to 44 kms

Bergen op Zoom

Bergen op Zoom

The day starts with a breakfast cruise south to the town of Willemstad where we disembark for today’s ride. Willemstad is a lovely old fortified town occupying a strategic position on the main Haringvliet waterway. Our ride leads us south to the former island of Tholen now connected to the mainland by bridges. In the picturesque village of Tholen we can still see evidence of the island’s strong fishing heritage. We re-board the Magnifique/II/III near the impressive Kreekrak Lock system for a leisurely cruise to Antwerp. The city has long been associated with the diamond trade but it was also the home of Peter Paul Rubens and many of his works hang in the city’s Onze Lieve Vrouwe Cathedral. After dinner on board step ashore for a leisurely stroll around the beautiful old city centre.

Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – St Amands, 21 to 31 miles/34 to 49 kms

Antwerp - Belgium*

Antwerp

After breakfast you can explore Antwerp a little more if you wish before cycling out of town along the banks of the Schelde river. Much of today’s route follows a superb cycle path which offers fantastic views of the river and surrounding countryside. Small riverside towns line the bank providing plenty of opportunities to stop for a rest and/or refreshments. We re-board the Magnifique/II/III in St Amands where we remain moored for the night.

Day 5: St Amands – Ghent, 32 miles/52 kms

Ghent city centre - Belgium

Ghent

Today’s ride follows another wonderful bike path alongside the Schelde River to Ghent and the miles glide by easily on this smooth level path. Before long we arrive in the lively University City of Ghent where the Schelde and Leie Rivers meet. This may have been one of the factors that contributed to the town’s phenomenal success as trading centre in the middle ages – at one time it was the second largest city north of the Alps after Paris. The opulence and grandeur of of the city’s past is still evident in the lovely old churches and merchants’ houses in the beautiful old town centre.The barge moors for the night in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

Day 6: Ghent – Bruges, 13 to 28 miles/22 to 45kms

Bruges

Bruges

Today’s ride starts just outside Ghent and leads us through the pleasant countryside of western Flanders to the City of Bruges. Probably the most beautiful Flemish City, Bruges has a long history stretching back to the Vikings. A network of cobbled streets and canals lined with wonderful old townhouses criss-cross the city centre. Every now and then these give way to quaint squares accommodating wonderful old churches and museums. Of course the Belgians are master chocolatiers and brewers and Bruges offers an abundance of chocolate shops and cosy bars. Dinner on-board is not included today to give you a chance to taste what Bruges has to offer.

Day 7: Bruges – North Sea Coast – Bruges, 23 to 31 miles/38 to 51kms

Damme - Belgium*

Damme – near Bruges

Our last ride is a round trip out to the North Sea Coast. The lovely route takes us through the beautiful and serene polder landscape of green fields, canals and small villages. At the coast we follow a cycle path through the dunes of the Het Zwin nature reserve. Here a 12km sandy beach beckons and you may be tempted to take a bracing dip in the North Sea if the weather is warm enough. Afterwards we cycle back to Bruges via a different but equally picturesque route for our final night aboard the Magnifique/II/III.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9.30am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Bruges to Amsterdam route.

2019 Arrival Dates
More information on the boats can be found under Practical information
Magnifique
May418
June13
July
August1024
September721
October5
Magnifique II
May22
June5
July1731
August14
September1125
October9
Magnifique III
May25
June22
July6
August31731
September1428
October12

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2019 Prices

 

008-108CNLA
Per person
04 May
to
30 Sep
01 Oct
to
12 Oct
 
Magnifique - superior
Twin £1137 £1059                
Triple £1088 £1010                
Single £1520 £1441                
Premium Twin £1333 £1255                
Premium Triple £1255 £1176                
Magnifique II - superior
Twin £1137 £1059                
Triple £1088 £1010                
Single £1520 £1441                
Premium Twin £1333 £1255                
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1578 £1500                
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £1480 £1402                
Magnifique III - superior
Twin/double £1137 £1059                
Triple £1088 £1010                
Single £1520 £1441                
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1578 £1500                
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £1480 £1402                
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard your chosen barge. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 6 x Dinner (Excludes one dinner in Bruges)
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea
Maps & route information
Fully guided cycling tours with tour guide
GPS route data
Helmet
Ferries
Visit Kinderdijk mills & Entrance cathedral Antwerp
Canal trip through Ghent
Wi-Fi

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Entrance fees, excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£79)
Electric bike pannier & lock (£196)

Practical Information

Bikes

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, repair kit and a re-useable water bottle which is yours to keep.

Smaller framed bikes for children and child seats are also available on request at time of booking.

Electric bikes are available, but in limited supply and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Helmets are included, however we always suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash and debit/credit cards accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Three very comfortable sister-ships will operate this route in 2019. The Magnifique has long been recognised as one of the most luxurious barges afloat and in 2016 she was joined by her sister ship, Magnifique II, offering the same levels of style and space. In 2018 the Magnifique III joined the fleet, and she upholds the tradition of high quality finishing and attention to detail.

Magnifique

MS Magnifique barge - Twin Cabin

Magnifique – Twin Cabin

The Magnifique is a wonderful boat and offering an excellent standard of accommodation and facilities.

She has 16 lower deck cabins, 11 twin cabins (11 m²) with two single beds set next to each other, 4 premium twins cabins (14 m²) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area and 1 single cabin (7 m²). On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds). Each cabin has en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have individually regulated air-conditioning, ventilation system, central heating and flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated spacious salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. There are also two, partly covered teak sun-decks with tables and chairs, and on the elevated aft deck you will also find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and BBQ.

Magnifique II

Magnifique II - twin cabin

Magnifique II – twin cabin

The Magnifique II offers exceptionally high levels of comfort and service and has 17 cabins. A modern design finished in a classical style, the ship makes a very pleasant base for your cycling holiday.

The lower deck features 13 cabins, 12 of which are twin bedded cabins (11m²) with two separate single beds, one of which is a larger premium twin with two separate single beds and a small sitting area (13m²). All the cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons).

Magnifique II - Upper deck suite

Magnifique II – Upper deck suite

The boat also features 4 elegant upper deck suites (14 m²), with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, of which the middle part can be opened.

All the cabins are well appointed and equipped with en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore they are equipped with a flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer. In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an extra bed is available in two lower deck twin cabins and one upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).

On the upper deck there is a tastefully decorated salon with restaurant, bar and a lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. Large doors open onto a partially roofed sundeck with table and chairs. On the top deck you will find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs.

Magnifique III

Magnifique III - twin

Magnifique III – twin

The Magnifique III offers the same exceptionally high level of comfort and service as the Magnifique and Magnifique II and has 21 cabins.

The lower deck features 14 twin cabins (12m²) with two separate single beds and 2 single cabins (9 m²). The upper deck has 5 spacious suites (16 m²) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors. In most cabins and all suites, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional third bed is available in one of the suites and one of the lower deck twin cabins (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds).

Magnifique III - upper deck suite

Magnifique III – upper deck suite

All cabins are well appointed and equipped with en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have sliding glass doors that can be partly opened. The airconditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. In each cabin you will find a flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated salon with restaurant, bar and a lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. Large doors open onto a partially roofed teak wood sundeck with tables and chairs on the aft deck.

On the top deck, you will find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax.

Meals:

On all three vessels, a hearty breakfast is provided each morning along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening apart from one when you are free to step ashore and make your own arrangements – the crew will happily recommend restaurants on this evening.

Daily complimentary coffee and tea.

Getting There

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar train. From Amsterdam Central station you can then take a bus or catch a taxi to the boat.

Research flights from UK airports here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 7 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 18/09/2017
  • Name - Peter Maccormick
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - well done all the information was great
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - the food could of been much better especially at breakfast !! on some days not enough food was served
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Peter. Not had negative feedback regarding the breakfast before but we've fed this back to boat owner.
  • Date - 11/09/2017
  • Name - Denise Elder
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Good. The interinary was slightly different to what was actually carried out
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Cycling was interesting, relatively easy as predominantly flat country through rural, small villages and a couple of larger towns.
    Motorists were bike savvy, polite and courteous.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the review Denise. The itinerary does sometimes have to be altered slightly, usually due to tidal conditions on the waterways. Typically, such changes only amend the order of the itinerary, rather than omitting anything, so hopefully it didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the holiday.
  • Date - 28/08/2017
  • Name - Adrian Bonsall
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very responsive service given to all our enquiries and requests.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Superbly equipped boat, excellent meals, very knowledgeable and personable guides, interesting and reasonably demanding cycle routes all made for a truly memorable holiday.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Adrian. The Magnifique boats rather set the standard for cycling holidays afloat on European waterways and we're glad you enjoyed it so much.
  • Date - 05/06/2017
  • Name - Catlyne Hos
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Everything we needed to know was available for us.
    We were a little confused off the train at Bruges on how to orient ourselves and find the boat, but it wasn't really any major problem.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We loved the cycling, the chosen routes, the comfort and convenience of the barge and overall experience was great.
    The air conditioning in the room was tricky, not working sometimes when we were docked using power, but we weren't told that until later, so we had some hot nights with little relief.
    The guide Tom, while funny, helpful and experienced, was at times a little vague and had trouble keeping an eye on our large group as we straggled through the countryside.
    Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend it.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the comprehensive review Catlyne. The air conditioning automatically turns off if the ambient temperature is sufficiently cool but it can be turned on in individual cabins at the customer's request - I am sorry if you were not informed of this and hope it didn't marr an otherwise enjoyable holiday.
  • Date - 10/09/2016
  • Name - Bruce
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Good r sponge time and nice to deal with one lady over the period
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Great boat. Great food. Lov e the cycle. Just a bit scary through the big towns with traffic in unfamiliar places.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Bruce. Glad you enjoyed yourself and that you managed to negotiate the narrow streets of those medieval towns along the way.
  • Date - 30/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally was very helpful in providing a rapid response to my questions re: barge trip. She phoned me soon aftrer I made an online inquiry and arranged a booking on the barge. I would use and recommend Flexitreks in the future.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Tour was splendid, crew friendly, guide (Tom was laidback, funny and took us on many land tours at stops along the way and a private canal tour in Amsterdam), food was fine, but not as good as on a previous bike-boat tour I took off the Croatian coast.
  • Flexitreks response - Lovely to hear you will use us again and that you enjoyed your cycling Holiday aboard the lovely Magnifique. Her new sister-ship, the Magnifique II, is also now in service offering the same levels of style and comfort.
  • Date - 05/06/2016
  • Name - Greg
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Great trip. Only concern was that I had to ask for the itinerary of the Brugge to Amsterdam direction. It is slightly different than the opposite direction that is listed on the website. However, the information was sent briskly.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Second boat/barge tour on our holiday. Really enjoyed the luxury Magnifique II. Accommodations and showers were great. Thoroughly enjoyed the meals, staff and the barge in general. Bicycles were good. City tours, anecdotes and briefings were all enjoyable. Cycling paths along this route are incredible. Look forward to doing more cycling trips in the future.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Greg and so glad you enjoyed your trip on the Magnifique II.