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 £1010

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 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 same high standards as her siblings.

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 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, 6 miles/11 kms

Bruges canal scene at dusk

Bruges at dusk

Embarkation is from 1 to 2pm when the crew welcomes you onboard. There is then a welcome meeting where you will meet the crew and receive your bicycle. We then go on a short ride through the countryside around Bruges to get used to the bikes. After dinner you are invited to join a guided walking tour through the centre 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. We spend the night at our mooring in Bruges.

Day 2: Bruges – Ghent, 21 to 36 miles/35 to 57 kms

Ghent - Belgium

Ghent

Our first day of cycling takes us towards Ghent, through the beautiful Flemish landscape, along the Ghent canal. 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 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 a 30 minute ride from the centre.

Day 3: Ghent – Dendermonde/St. Amands, 24 to 32 miles/40 to 53 kms

cycling in holland

Fresh air and big skies

After breakfast in Ghent we start cycling through the diverse and quite wonderful and natural landscape of the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, a lovely old town with a pretty Grote Markt (town square) lined with inviting bars and cafés. Here it is often possible to re-board the boat and cruise along the river to St. Amands but in certain tidal conditions we must cycle the 15kms to St Amands where the Magnifique/II/III will be waiting for us.

Day 4: St. Amands – Temse – Antwerp, 19 to 31 miles/32 to 49 kms

Antwerp

After breakfast we begin cycling downstream, alongside our old friend the Schelde River. We’ll be pedalling through the Temse region a particularly beautiful stretch of the river. Our destination today is Antwerp, a city that has long been associated with the diamond trade. It is also the home of Peter Paul Rubens and many of his works hang 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 to 23 miles/20 to 36 kms

Bergen op Zoom

The Magnifique/II/III 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 Magnifique/II/III 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 to 36 miles/32 to 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 Magnifique/II/III is waiting for us and moors for the night.

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

Typical Amsterdam scene of bikes on a canal bridge

Amsterdam

During breakfast the Magnifique/II/III 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 Magnifique/II/III 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, bu 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.

2019 Arrival Dates
More information on the boats can be found under Practical information
Magnifique
May1125
June
July620
August31731
September1428
October12
Magnifique II
May29
June12
July24
August721
September18
October216
Magnifique III
May
June11529
July13
August1024
September721
October5

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2019 Prices
008-108CNLB
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 Antwerp)
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

 

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.

Magnifique II - twin cabin

Magnifique II – twin cabin

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 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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