Bruges to Amsterdam Bike and Boat – MS Fluvius

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bruges / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    173 miles/279 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    008-109CNLB
Price From £823

Overview

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

Come and experience one of the most popular bike and boat routes in Europe. Easy cycling along dedicated cycle paths, taking in some of Belgium and Holland’s most iconic sights. On this route you’ll visit Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Dordrecht, the Windmillls of Kinderdijk, Schoonhoven and Amsterdam. Your home for the week will be  the comfortable river cruiser MS Fluvius.

Over seven memorable days the MS Fluvius navigates the rivers and canals between Bruges and Amsterdam. You’ll enjoy daily cycle rides in the company of an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will lead you along dedicated cycle paths to beautiful old cities and world famous sights. The emphasis is very much on relaxation and you’ll find the rides well paced with plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous scenery.

Bruges canal scene at dusk

Bruges at dusk

Explore the beautiful old towns of Bruges and Ghent allowing time of course to sample Belgium’s most famous products, beer and chocolate, though not necessarily together of course!

Cycle alongside the meandering Schelde River to Antwerp, famous for handling 80% of the World’s rough diamonds and marvel at the stunning windmills of Kinderdijk.

Admire the work of the talented silversmiths in Schoonhoven before cycling alongside the Vecht River into bicycle-friendly Amsterdam – a fitting finale to this highly enjoyable and easy route.

This is an easy cyling holiday that can be enjoyed by anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bikes are a highly recommended option for anyone who has concerns about th daily distances detailed in the itinerary.

 

Itinerary & Map

This leisurely cycle route follows mostly level terrain and much of it is on dedicated bike paths.

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.

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Day 1: Bruges, 6 miles/11 kms

Bruges

Bruges

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, 36 miles/57 kms

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 a suburb of Ghent 30 cycling minutes from the centre.

Day 3: Ghent – Dendermonde 24 miles/ 40 kms

Cycling Holidays in Holland

Cycling in Holland

After breakfast in Ghent we start cycling through the diverse and quite wonderful and natural landscape of the tidal Schelde River. Our destination today is Dendermonde, a lovely old town with a pretty Grote Markt (town square) lined with inviting bars and cafés. This is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a tasty Belgian beer after the morning’s exertions. We also recommend a visit to The St Alexius Beguinage a green square, lined with houses that were built in 1288 and were originally occupied by nuns of the Beguine order. One of houses is a folklore museum and is preserved as an authentic beguine’s home. The Fluvius remains moored in Dendermonde overnight.

Day 4: Dendermonde – Antwerp, 21 to 39 miles/48 to 63 kms

After breakfast we begin cycling downstream, alongside our old friend the Schelde River. We’ll be pedalling through the Temse region a particularly beautiful, meandering stretch of the river. The serene riverside cycle path eventually leads us to 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.

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

cycling in holland

Fresh air and big skies

The Fluvius 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 wonderfully named 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 Fluvius and enjoy an afternoon cruise past the impressive Volkerak lock system to the beautiful city of Dordrecht. In the evening our tour guide leads us on a fascinating stroll around this old town.

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

Kinderdijk, Holland

Kinderdijk

Today starts with a short 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 Fluvius is waiting for us and moors for the night.

Day 7: Vianen – Breukelen – Amsterdam, 24 to 29 miles/38 to 48 kms

bicycles on a bridge in Amsterdam

Amsterdam – where bikes rule.

During breakfast the Fluvius 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 Fluvius 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.

2019 Arrival Dates
Bruges to Amsterdam
April27
May25
June822
July20
August31731
September28

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2019 Prices
008-109CNLB
Per person
27 Apr
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21 Sep
28 Sep
 
Fluvius - comfort
Lower Deck
Small twin £872 £823                
Twin £921 £872                
Single £1166 £1117                
Upper Deck
Twin £1068 £1019                
Double £1166 £1117                
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard MS Fluvius. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner
Welcome drink
Daily coffee and tea (breakfast and after cycle tours until 4pm)
Fully guided cycling tours with a tour leader
Maps & route information
Daily briefings
GPS route data
Ferries/waterbus

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/tips
Entrance fees and excursions

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£196)
Helmet (£12)

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of the type of bike used 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 and repair kit.

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 not provided, but can purchased on-board locally.  We do however recommend bringing your own.

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.

This tour operates on the MV Fluvius, a comfort class barge. More images of the barge can be found in the gallery.

MS Fluvius (comfort)

MS Fluvius barge - Moored

MS Fluvius – Moored

The MV Fluvius is a very popular boat offering a comfortable standard of accommodation and facilities.

She has 22 individually controlled air-conditioned cabins; the lower deck has 14 twins (11 m²) and one smaller twin (10 m²) all of which have two separate single beds. The upper deck has 3 twins (11 m²) with two separate single beds and 4 doubles (12 m²) with a double bed (140 x 200 cm) and a large panoramic window. All cabins have en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All twin cabins have a fixed window, the panoramic window in the double cabins can be opened. Each cabin has an individually adjustable air-conditioning unit, a ventilation system, a flatscreen TV and a hair dryer. Some cabins are available for single use. Triples are not available.

Fluvius - double upper deck cabin

Double upper-deck cabin

The Fluvius has a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available to purchase on-board, €10. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs). While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

Meals
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 in the dining area.

Daily complimentary coffee and tea is available until 4pm.

 

Getting There

Bruges:
Fly to Brussels or take the Eurostar.  Then take the train to Bruges

Amsterdam:
Fly home from Amsterdam Airport. Trains leave Amsterdam Central Station every few minutes – journey time is 20 minutes.

Research flights from UK airports.

Research Eurostar.

Research trains in Belgium.

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