Amsterdam to Bruges Bike and Boat – MS Fluvius

Come and experience one of the most popular bike and boat routes in Europe. Easy cycling along dedicated cycle paths, taking in some of Holland and Belgium’s most iconic sights. On this route you’ll visit Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk, as well as the historic cities of Dordrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. 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 Amsterdam and Bruges. 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.

title for that boatMS Fluvius

At Kinderdijk you can admire the beautiful old windmills – most of them are occupied but one is a museum which you are welcome to visit. Browsing the many silversmiths’ shops in Schoonhoven ( aka Silver City) is always enjoyable as is strolling through the historic winding streets of the oldest town in Holland – Dordrecht.

The diamond city of Antwerp with its ornate market square is fascinating and you’re bound to fall in love with the charming cities of Ghent and Bruges.

Of course, Belgium is also the proud producer of some of the world’s best chocolate and some truly sensational beers and these two, not insignificant facts alsoadd to the overall enjoyment of the holiday.

This is an easy cycling 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 the daily distances detailed in the itinerary.

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike and Boat – MS Fluvius

Come and experience one of the most popular bike and boat routes in Europe. Easy cycling along dedicated cycle paths, taking in some of Holland and Belgium’s most iconic sights. On this route you’ll visit Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk, as well as the historic cities of Dordrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. 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 Amsterdam and Bruges. 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.

title for that boatMS Fluvius

At Kinderdijk you can admire the beautiful old windmills – most of them are occupied but one is a museum which you are welcome to visit. Browsing the many silversmiths’ shops in Schoonhoven ( aka Silver City) is always enjoyable as is strolling through the historic winding streets of the oldest town in Holland – Dordrecht.

The diamond city of Antwerp with its ornate market square is fascinating and you’re bound to fall in love with the charming cities of Ghent and Bruges.

Of course, Belgium is also the proud producer of some of the world’s best chocolate and some truly sensational beers and these two, not insignificant facts alsoadd to the overall enjoyment of the holiday.

This is an easy cycling 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 the daily distances detailed in the itinerary.

Itinerary

This holiday also operates in reverse, see the Bruges to Amsterdam route.

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.

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

Embarkation and check-in is from 1pm and the boat leaves Amsterdam at 2pm and cruises south past Breukelen and the busy city of Utrecht to Vianen on the picturesque Lek River. Here we disembark for a very short ride. This is an opportunity to get used to our bikes and to make any fine-tuning adjustments prior to the longer rides ahead. On returning to the boat the evening meal is served!

Day 2 : Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kindedijk – Dordrecht
34 miles/56 kms

The first day’s ride leads us alongside the river to Schoonhoven, which is also known as Zilverstad (Silver City). The town boasts a plethora of silversmiths and consequently there are a myriad of silver shops, as well as a very interesting silver museum, to browse at your leisure.

The route leads us along the Alblasserwaard Polder to the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. This impressive collection of 19 traditional windmills are still fully functioning and all bar one are inhabited. The one unoccupied windmill is a museum which is open to the public.

From nearby Alblasserwaard we take the 10 minute water-bus (fast ferry) the short distance to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland where the Fluvius is waiting for us. She remains moored in Dordrecht for the night.

Day 3 : Dordrecht – Tholen – Kreekrak Lock – Antwerp
13 to 23 miles/20 to 36 kms

After breakfast we disembark in the town of Tholen. The route leads us to Bergen op Zoom, a lovely little place with quaint shops and a picturesque town square. We then leave civilisation behind and cycle along a quiet cycle path through the superbly named “Wouwse Plantage” forest. Next stop is the huge and impressive Kreekrak Lock where we re-board the boat for a leisurely cruise into Antwerp. Known for it’s long association with the diamond trade, the city was also once the hometown of one Peter Paul Rubens and many of the master’s works can be viewed in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Cathedral. After dinner we recommend a stroll through the centre of the old town.

Day 4 : Antwerp – Temse – Dendermonde
29 to 39 miles/48 to 64 kms

There’s plenty of time to look around Antwerp a little more this morning before following a cycle path out of the city along the bank of the Schelde river. We’ll be following the river for the whole ride today and the scenery is quite sublime. Quaint riverside towns interrupt the natural beauty every now and then, tempting us to stop for a coffee or a wander around. We re-join the Fluvius in Dendermonde where she remains moored overnight.

Day 5 : Dendermonde – Ghent
32 miles/52 kms

After breakfast we continue alongside the Schelde River. A few easy kilometers later we arrive in the City of Ghent, where the Schelde and Leie Rivers meet. This confluence more than likely contributed to the town’s meteoric success as a commercial centre in the middle ages. The wealth and grandeur of of the city can still be seen in the churches and ornate houses scattered throughout the beautiful old town centre. The Fluvius moors for the night in the lock at Lovendegem on the outskirts of the city.

Day 6 : Ghent – Bruges
28 miles/45 kms

After breakfast we disembark with the bikes. After a relaxing ride through the countryside of western Flanders we arrive in Bruges, easily the most beautiful of the Flemish cities. Gothic, gabled townhouses line the still canals which are traversed by small ornate stone bridges at various intervals. There can be few cities more conducive to exploration by bike or foot than Bruges and we’ll spend a very pleasant afternoon wandering the beautiful old streets of this rather special city. We doubt it needs pointing out but the Belgians are of course renowned for their high quality chocolate and excellent beer – both are offered in abundance throughout the old town.

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

The final ride of your holiday takes us out to the North Sea coast. After a day in the city it’s great to be surrounded by nature once more. The polder landscape of meadows, canals and windmills is quite sparse but very striking. The dunes of the of Het Zwin nature reserve separate the beaches from the meadows and this is followed by an exhilarating ride along the impressive sea defences. Weather permitting you may be tempted to go for a dip before saddling up for the return ride to Bruge along a picturesque canal path. The final night aboard is spent in Bruges, a fitting finale to your Dutch/Flemish cycling adventure.

Day 8 : Bruges - end of trip

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

Bikes

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, rental helmets are available for rent. These must be pre-booked at the time of booking the trip.

Accommodation

MS Fluvius (comfort)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

From Bruges take a train to Brussels and fly home from Brussels Airport or take the Eurostar to London.

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