Amsterdam to Ghent Bike and Boat

  • 4.0
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Ghent
  • Distance

    132 miles/212 kms
  • Themes

    Rivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    020-105CNLA
Price From £852

Overview

This route also operates in reverse. See Ghent to Amsterdam route.

This bike and boat cycling holiday through Holland and Belgium takes in some of the region’s greatest cities and most beautiful countryside. Cruise along inland canals and rivers, disembarking for relaxing rides through tranquil farmland and along scenic riverbanks. You will also explore Amsterdam Gouda, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges.

Enjoy culture, history and iconic, lowlands scenery on this leisurely guided cycling cruise holiday between Amsterdam and Ghent. Along the way your knowledgeable guide introduces you to wonderful sights such as the windmills of Kinderdijk, the ancient Dutch town of Gouda and the Diamond city of Antwerp. Other highlights include the Belgian trading cities of Ghent and Bruges, the latter being one of Europe’s best-preserved and most beautiful medieval cities.

Easy Cycling Holidays in Europe

Kinderdijk

Live aboard a converted Dutch barge occupying a comfortable en-suite cabin with full board (daily breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal) and the services of your on-board guide.

As you would expect from a cycling holiday in this corner of Europe, the going is mainly flat and any inclines are barely discernible. You’ll be cycling along canal towpaths and a network of wonderful, car-free cycle lanes. On the odd occasion when you do take to the road it will be on quiet country roads with very little traffic. The pace is leisurely and well within the abilities of most leisure cyclists.

 

Itinerary & Map

Please note that due to local regulations, non-cycling customers are not allowed to stay on-board while the barge is moving through Belgian waterways. Alternative transport options can be arranged.

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.

This route also operates in reverse. See Ghent to Amsterdam route.

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Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, 6 miles/10 kms

Amsterdam canal scene in summer

Amsterdam

On arrival in Amsterdam make your way to your barge which is moored close to the Central Station in the heart of the city. Embarkation is between noon and 1pm and at 1.30 p.m. we cast off and cruise through central Amsterdam and out into the countryside to to the village of Oude Wetering. Here we mount up for a short bike ride designed mainly to allow everyone to get used to their bikes and to fine tune the set-up. We moor for the night in Oude Wetering, a pleasant little village on the shores of the Brasemer Lake.

Day 2: Oude Wetering – Gouda, 16-25 miles/25-40 kms

Gouda - Holland*

Gouda

After breakfast we disembark to cycle south through lovely open meadow-lands to the famous cheese producing town of Gouda. You’ll enjoy exploring the streets of this lovely old town most of which will lead you to the charming Market Square with its impressive Gothic Town Hall.

During the month of April and May, when the famous bulb fields are in bloom, today’s itinerary is amended to include a ride to the incredibly colourful Keukenhof flower park.

Day 3: Gouda – Willemstad, 25 miles/40 kms

Kinderdijk - Holland

Windmils of Kinderdijk

The day starts with a morning cruise to the iconic windmills of Kinderdijk, a symbol of Holland. 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, bar one, have resident families living inside. The unoccupied windmill is a museum which you are welcome to explore during your visit. From here we ride south along cycle paths to the lovely old town of Dordrecht and then further to the Biesbosch nature reserve where our barge is waiting for us. We then enjoy a cruise along one of Holland’s main waterways to the beautiful walled town of Willemstad where we moor for the night.

Day 4: Willemstad – Antwerp, 28 miles/45 kms

Antwerp - Belgium*

Antwerp

We have some time off today as the boat motors through the wide waterways of Zeeland and cross into Belgium. We disembark at the impressive Kreekrak Lock for a pleasant ride into Antwerp. We recommend visiting the city’s famous Diamond District where you will find countless jewelry shops. We also suggest sampling the excellent Belgian beer in one of the many, cosy bars and street cafes. In the evening your guide offers a short guided walk through the historic old town.

Day 5: Antwerp – Dendermonde, 31 miles/50 kms

Cyclists beside dutch canal*After breakfast we mount up and ride out of the city along the banks of the Schelde River. The riverside cycle path is a delight and follows the Schelde as it weaves its way south through open countryside and small riverside towns. Eventually we arrive in the small provincial town of Dendermonde where the barge is waiting for us. We spend the night moored in this handsome town at the mouth of the River Dender.

Day 6: Dendermonde – Ghent, 22 miles/35 kms

Ghent - Belgium*

Ghent

After breakfast we mount up and continue following the course of the Schelde River all the way to the beautiful city of Ghent. One of the jewels of the lowlands, Ghent’s grand old buildings tell the story of its rich trading past. Enjoy a guided walk of the city centre and afterwards you can explore at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the historic Belfry where you can ascend to the upper gallery for a panoramic view of the old city. We moor for the night in Ghent so feel free to return after dinner to discover convivial bars and stroll the atmospheric streets.

Day 7: Ghent – Bruges – Ghent

The beautiful medieval city of Bruges

Beautiful Bruges

No cycling today, instead we cover the 40km to Bruges by train. On arrival, our guide takes us on a walking tour of this beautiful and well-preserved medieval city. The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure. Don’t miss spending time in the gorgeous old town square ringed by centuries old buildings and we also highly recommend the brewery tour at the De Halve Maan Brewery where added bonuses include a taste of the beer itself and a great view over the city from the brewery’s tower. Of course it’s also almost mandatory to visit one of the many lovely chocolate shops to pick up some treats and gifts. Midafternoon we return to Ghent by train for another night at our mooring in the old city.

Day 8: Ghent

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure. A bus will take you back to Amsterdam Airport after breakfast. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours and you should arrive at the airport at around noon. However this is all dependent on the traffic.

Important Information

Please note that due to Belgian Naval authority restrictions you are not allowed to remain on board while the boat motors the Belgian waterways. If you choose not to cycle or are a non cyclist then you will need to make your own way to the next point at your own expense. The tour guide on board will assist you with details on public transport and private taxi.

Dates & Prices

This route also operates in reverse. See Ghent to Amsterdam route.

2019 Arrival Dates
Clair de Lune
April620
August10
Tijdgeest
May11
June22
July27
August24
September7

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2019 Prices
020-105CNLA
Per person
06 Apr
to
11 May
12 May
to
07 Sep
 
Tijdgeest - comfort
Double/twin £945 £907                
Single £1165 £1126                
Triple £890 £852                
Clair de Lune - comfort
Double/twin £945 £907                
Single £1165 £1126                
Triple £890 £852                
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard your barge. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information
Bike damage protection
Maps & route information
Tour guide
Entrance fee Windmill Kinderdijk
Train ride Ghent - Bruges - Ghent
Bus transfer Ghent - Amsterdam Airport
Keukenhof/horse carriage 06 April to 11 May only
City walks
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Helmet
Drinks on-board
Gratuities/tips
Special diets (see supplements)

Supplements

Special diets (excludes vegetarians) (£49)

Reductions

60% for one child, 0-3 years sharing with 2 adults
33% for one child, 4-11 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of the bike used on this tour

Example of the bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, light 27-gear city bikes with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.

The bikes also come equipped with a pannier.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

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.

We offer accommodation aboard two different vessels on this tour. More images of both barges can be viewed in the ‘Gallery’ tab.

Tijdgeest (comfort)

Tijdgeest

Tijdgeest

This lovely barge offers a warm welcome and cosy accommodation. On the upper deck there is a spacious living/dining room with panoramic views and air-conditioning. Wi-fi is available.

On the lower deck there are 14 compact cabins. 8 are double cabins with lower double beds. 1 is a double with 2 lower single beds. 2 are double cabins with single split level beds in an L shape one above the other. 1 is a triple cabin with lower single beds. Finally there are 2 cabins for single use with a lower single bed. All have en-suite facilities with shower & toilet. Bedding and towels are provided.

Clair de Lune (comfort)

Clair de Lune

The Clair de Lune is a comfortable barge with a spacious air-conditioned saloon and dining room.

There are 9 cabins below deck. 5 are double cabins with single split level beds in an L shape one above the other, 3 are double cabins with lower double beds and 1 is a single. All cabins have en-suite shower/wc and windows that can be opened. Bedding and towels are provided.

Meals:
On both vessels, a hearty breakfast is provided each morning along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A 3-course meal is served each evening.

 

Getting There

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar train. A bus transfer from Ghent back to Amsterdam airport at the end of the trip is included in the package.

Research flights from UK airports here.

Gallery

Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.0
  • Date - 18/09/2017
  • Name - James Gormley
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - Guide fantastic, knowledgeable and attentive. Bikes ideal for terrain. Crew friendly and helpful. Food good. Cabins very poor, small, lacking air and light.
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Did so above redesign this site
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review James and we're glad the guide, bikes and crew met your expectations. None of the cabins on any of these Dutch barges are particularly spacious I'm afraid and this is due to width restrictions imposed by the narrow waterways. That said, there are some newer boats with innovative layouts that do offer a little more comfort. These, of course, do come at a slightly higher cost.
  • Date - 28/08/2016
  • Name - Alan
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent service.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Everything about the trip was excellent - even the weather!!!!!
    The boat, crew, and food on board was very good, and the guide was extremely helpful and supportive.
    A different type of holiday for us, but certainly one we will be doing again.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the great review Alan, We're so glad you enjoyed your bike and boat holiday aboard the lovely, if unpronounceable Tijdgeest. We look forward to helping you with your 2017 cycling holiday plans.
  • Date - 04/08/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Did not use but this site requires a rating.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We loved seeng Belguim and The Netherlands and this is a great way to do it. The boat, The Sarah, could not have been nicer. The chef was excellent, the rooms were very nice. We loved traveling this way and would do it again. We lucked out having only 5 guests on our tour. I'm sure it's a much different experience with a full 22 or so, especially since they allow children.

    The guide, Leon, was very nice and helpful. He did not however know the route well and over 3 days we road 14 miles farther then the estimated mileage because we had to keep turning around or he took us on side trips but didn't really know how far they would be. We knew this because one of the guests had a GPS. They don't provide odometers. We visited several castles or other interesting sites but he didn't know even the briefest of history and it would have been so nice to have gotten some information. I tried to discuss these things with him and he got very defensive saying he can't be expected to be familiar with all the routes. After this conversation he did start leaving us a cross roads so he could ride ahead and confirm the route. This helped a lot.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for your review. I'm glad you loved seeing Belgium and the Netherlands on a bike and boat holiday. I'm very sorry that the guide was a little under par in his local knowledge and we have forwarded your feedback to the barge owner requesting that this area be improved on.