Bruges to Amsterdam Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bruges / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    160 miles/258 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    008-108CNLB
Price From £1134

Overview

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

This incredibly popular bike and boat holiday follows a wonderfully scenic route through northern Belgium and southern Holland. Highlights include the beautiful flemish cities of Bruges and Ghent, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the unique and vibrant city of Amsterdam. Enjoy easy daily rides on level cycle paths, mooring up somewhere new each evening.

This cycling holiday showcases some of the most iconic scenery and towns in Belgium and Holland. 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 (recently renamed Princess Royal) 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, upholding the high standards set by her sister-ships and in 2020 the equally fabulous Magnifique IV was launched.

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 bike guides each day or use the maps and route notes available on board to navigate yourself.

The delightful cities of Ghent and Bruges are a highlight as are the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk. Tranquil rides alongside the Vecht and Lek rivers will live long in the memory as will your time in Holland’s unique and captivating capital.

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 Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique.

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Day 1: Bruges – Ghent, 9 miles/15 kms

Bruges canal scene at dusk

Bruges

Embarkation is at 1pm when the crew welcome us onboard. The ship departs at 2pm for a short cruise to the outskirts of Bruges. Here we mount up for a brief test-ride through the local countryside to fine tune the bikes.

Back on board we settle down for dinner while the ship navigates her way to the beautiful old city of Ghent where we moor for the night.

Day 2: Ghent – Dendermonde/St. Amands, 24 or 32 miles/40 or 53 kms

Ghent

Ghent

The University City of Ghent is situated at the confluence of the  Schelde and Leie Rivers. This may have been one of the factors that contributed to the town’s phenomenal success as a 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 the city’s past is still evident in the lovely old churches and merchants’ houses in the beautiful old town centre.

We spend the morning exploring the city before setting off on the bikes for a scenic ride beside the Schelde river to the town of Dendermonde. Here we can explore the town’s pretty Grote Markt (main square) lined with inviting bars and cafés. From here, the tides will determine whether it is possible cycle the final 15kms to St Amands or to reboard the boat for this final section. The boat moors in St Amands for night.

Day 3: St. Amands – Temse – Antwerp, 19 or 31 miles/32 or 49 kms

cycling in holland

Fresh air and big skies

After breakfast we follow the Schelde river further downstream through the Temse region to Antwerp. Through the centuries the Schelde has always held strategic importance in the area. Today it is a beautiful waterway and you will enjoy cycling beside it along a quiet peaceful cycle path. Our destination today is the diamond city of Antwerp, where we will moor for the next two nights.

Day 4: Antwerp

Antwerp

Today the ship stays in Antwerp so you have a full day to explore this beautiful city of culture, cobblestones and Flemish Baroque masterpieces. Visit the home of the brilliant master painter Peter Paul Rubens. Nearby, you can see many of his works hanging in the city’s Onze Lieve Vrouwe Cathedral. You are free to eat out this evening as the ship’s galley staff have the evening off. The crew will be happy to recommend restaurants nearby.

Day 5: Antwerp – Kreekrak Locks – Tholen – Willemstad – Dordrecht, 13 or 23 miles/20 or 36 kms

Bergen op Zoom

Our boat cruises along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and into the huge Kreekrak lock system. We disembark here for a lovely ride through the natural beauty of the Wouwse Plantage forest. Afterwards we cycle through the charming village of Bergen Op Zoom before crossing the bridge to the picturesque fishing village of Tholen. Here we re-board the boat and enjoy an afternoon cruise past the impressive Volkerak lock system, and the fortified town of Willemstad to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in Holland, where we moor for the night. After dinner your guide will take you for an evening walk around the historic town.

Day 6: Dordrecht – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen, 19 or 36 miles/32 or 57 kms

Kinderdijk - Holland

Kinderdijk – Holland

Today starts with a short 10 minute waterbus ride to Alblasserdam, where we disembark with the bikes. A short ride brings us to Kinderdijk, a village that has an impressive collection of 19 windmills, which 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 cycle to Schoonhoven, 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 pedal on to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek where the boat is waiting for us and moors for the night.

Day 7: Vianen – Breukelen – Amsterdam, 23 or 28 miles/36 or 46 kms

Typical Amsterdam scene of bikes on a canal bridge

Amsterdam

During breakfast the boat cruises to Breukelen where we disembark for our last cycle ride of the holiday. Enjoy the views along the Vecht River, as it’s an area famous for beautiful mansions, impressive houses, small castles and gardens. One last stop is in Nigtevecht where we can visit a traditional cheese farm before cycling on to the vibrant city of Amsterdam. The boat remains moored in Amsterdam overnight allowing us to experience an evening in this exciting city.

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 Amsterdam to Bruges route.

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Magnifique
May1630
June27
July1125
August822
September19
October3
Magnifique II
May620
June317
July1529
August12
September923
October7
Magnifique III
April25
May
June620
July418
August1529
September1226
October10
Magnifique IV
April29
May1327
June10
July822
August519
September21630

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2020 Prices - scroll down for 2021 prices
008-108CNLB
Per person
25 Apr
to
30 Sep
01 Oct
to
10 Oct
Magnifique - superior
Double/Twin £1261 £1162                
Triple* £1211 £1113                
Single £1639 £1511                
Twin for sole use £1891 £1743                
Premium Twin £1458 £1359                
Premium Triple £1389 £1290                
Magnifique II - superior
Double/Twin £1261 £1162                
Triple* £1211 £1113                
Twin for sole use £1891 £1743                
Premium Twin £1458 £1359                
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1753 £1655                
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £1655 £1556                
Magnifique III - superior
Double/Twin £1261 £1162                
Triple* £1211 £1113                
Single £1639 £1511                
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1753 £1655                
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £1655 £1556                
Magnifique IV - superior
Double/Twin £1261 £1162                
Triple* £1211 £1113                
Twin for sole use £1891 £1743                
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £1753 £1655                
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Deposit per person £340

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 and water bottle
Ferries
Visit Kinderdijk mills & Entrance cathedral Antwerp
Canal trip through Ghent and some short walking tours
Wi-Fi

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & bike insurance (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Entrance fees, excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
Valet parking in Amsterdam (approximately €170)
Gratuities/tips

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£79)
Electric bike pannier & lock (£191)
Regular bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£89)
Electric bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£216)

Notes

* Triple share only applicable for 2 adults and 1 child under 16 years old
2021 Arrival Dates
Magnifique II
May1327
June1024
July822
August519
September21630
October14
Magnifique III
May
June11529
July1327
August1024
September721
October519
Magnifique IV
April
May620
June317
July11529
August1226
September923
October7

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2021 Prices
008-108CNLB
Per person
29 Apr
to
01 Jul
02 Jul
to
24 Aug
25 Aug
to
30 Sep
01 Oct
to
19 Oct
Princesse Royal - superior
Double/Twin £1335 £1284 £1335 £1184            
Triple* £1284 £1234 £1284 £1134            
Single £1736 £1666 £1736 £1535            
Twin - sole use £2002 £1926 £2002 £1776            
Premium twin £1535 £1485 £1535 £1385            
Premium triple £1485                  
Magnifique II - superior
Double/Twin £1335 £1284 £1335 £1184            
Triple* £1284 £1234 £1284 £1134            
Twin - sole use £2002 £1926 £2002 £1776            
Premium twin £1535 £1485 £1535 £1385            
Upper deck suite - 2 share £1836 £1786 £1836 £1686            
Upper deck suite - 3 share £1736 £1686 £1736 £1585            
Magnifique III - superior
Double/Twin £1335 £1284 £1335 £1184            
Triple* £1284 £1234 £1284 £1134            
Single £1736 £1666 £1736 £1535            
Upper deck suite - 2 share £1836 £1786 £1836 £1686            
Upper deck suite - 3 share £1736 £1686 £1736 £1585            
Magnifique IV - superior
Double/Twin £1335 £1284 £1335 £1184            
Twin - sole use £2002 £1926 £2002 £1776            
Upper deck suite - 2 share £1836 £1786 £1836 £1686            
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Deposit per person £350

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 Antwerp)
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea
Maps & route information
Fully guided cycling tours with tour guide
GPS route data
Helmet and water bottle
Ferries
Visit Kinderdijk mills & Entrance cathedral Antwerp
Canal trip through Ghent and some short walking tours
Wi-Fi

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£90)
Electric bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£220)


Notes

* Triple share only applicable for 2 adults and 1 child under 16 years old

Practical Information

Bikes

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 7 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

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

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

 

Accommodation

On-board payments:
Magnifique I: Cash ONLY accepted.
Magnifique II/III/IV: 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.

Four very comfortable sister-ships will operate this route in 2020. 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 and Magnifique III offering the same levels of style and space. In 2020 the Magnifique IV join 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 twin 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 upper deck has four spacious suites (14m²) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, one of which can be opened. 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). In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in two twin cabins and one upper deck suite (above one of the other beds). All the cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons).

Magnifique II - Upper deck suite

Magnifique II – Upper deck suite

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.

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.

Magnifique IV

Magnifique IV Suite (artist impression)

The Magnifique IV is currently under construction and will offer the same high level of comfort and service as her sisterships.

The lower deck will feature 8 twin bedded cabins (12m²) with two single beds, while the upper deck will offer 10 spacious, double-bedded suites (16 m²) with a cozy sitting area and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

All cabins will have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

Magnifique IV Lounge

Magnifique IV Lounge (artist impression)

On the upper deck, there will be a tastefully decorated bar/lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. The comfortable and inviting restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see the talented chefs in action. Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs.

Meals:
On all four 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 Brussels or Charleroi Airport.

Research flights from UK airports here.

From Brussels airport take the train to either Gare du Nord or Gare Centrale in Brussels and then change for the train to Bruges.

From Chareroi airport take the bus to Chareroi Sud train station in Charleroi and then a train to Bruges.

Fly home from Amsterdam Airport or take the Eurostar.

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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