Bruges To Amsterdam
Bike & Boat Tour
|May 17, 2021
|| Trip Coordinator 1 (TC1):
| Rita Cardenas
|May 25, 2021
|| TC 1 email:
|| Trip Coordinator 2 (TC2):
| Leyla Ozkardesh
|| TC 2 email:
| Final Cancellation Date:
|Nov 30, 2020
||$500 per person
|| Final Payment Date:
||Feb 8, 2021
Another fabulous Boat and Bike tour on the schedule! Please Join Us!
We are excited to offer this trip traveling from Bruges to Amsterdam. Many of our club participants enjoyed the Boat & Bike trip to Croatia last season and we hope to match the fun. We have chartered the Magnifique III boat for this journey so only Space City participants will be aboard. There are 32 spots available and they are sure to go fast, so sign up quick!
We ask that single travelers help to find a roommate as they sign up. As the trip fills up, we will create wait list for single travelers until there is a qualified roommate.
Land Only Package is estimated at $2937 per person for a twin cabin. There will be 5 suites available on a first come first serve basis at an estimated cost of $3516. The last day for full refund less cancellation fee is Nov 30, 2020. The final payment is due Feb 8, 2021 .
ABOUT THIS TRIP
For fans of cycling vacations, this Bruges to Amsterdam tour is a popular cycling cruise. The bike trip will be self-guided with plenty of instruction. We will follow a varied route to experience the Netherlands and Flanders at their best, with different highlights awaiting us each day. Along the way we’ll encounter captivating historic cities, glorious green landscapes with well-maintained bike paths, quaint villages, and the iconic windmills of Kinderdijk. We will visit some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders (Western Belgium): Bruges, Antwerp, Utrecht and Amsterdam.
In the socially-inclined student city of Ghent, enjoy the local cuisine or relax with a good Belgian beer. And at the end, a canal cruise through Amsterdam or at one of the city’s famous museums is a great treat.
- Accommodation for hotel art Radisson Blu in Bruges for Monday, May 17th- the night before the tour begins on May 18th.
- Accommodation on board the Magnifique III boat (Built 2017). 8 days/7 nights. Climate controlled. The upper deck has salon with restaurant, bar, and lounge with large windows. Large doors open to the partially covered sundeck. The top deck includes a whirlpool/jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax.
Magnifique III Sundeck
- Full board–7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch for bike tours, 6x three course dinner on board (dinner excluded in Bruges and Antwerp).
- Welcome drink and tour presentation on the first evening.
- Light maid service.
- Self-guided bike tours–instructions and detailed maps.
- Some walking tourist tours.
- Limited Free WiFi on board–most areas.
- Hybrid touring bikes–7 speed (e-bikes available for extra) with Pannier bag.
- Complimentary coffee and tea.
- Fees for ferries
- Entrance fee to Cathedral in Antwerp
- Canal trip through Ghent
Magnifique III Dining room
Magnifique III Restaurant
Magnifique III Bar
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- Tips for crew and guides.
- Helmet-there are a limited number of helmets available for rental so bring your own.
- Taxi/Transfers to/from airport and train to the hotel or boat.
- Alcohol on board is self funded and must be paid in cash.
- The tour follows flat terrain routes that has occasional hills. The route is on dedicated bicycle paths, some quiet roads and some roads shared with traffic when approaching cities.
- You will have an option to remain aboard if you wish not to cycle some days.
Magnifique III Upper Deck Suite
- Suites (172 sq ft) - 2 separate beds, small sitting area and ceiling to floor sliding glass doors
- Cabins (129 sg ft) - 2 separate beds- portholes
- All beds can be set together as a double bed
- All cabins are equipped with:
- Shower, toilet and basin
- Individually regulated air conditioning.
- Flat screen TV with SAT-reception.
- Small safe and hair dryer
Magnifique III Upper Deck Suite seating
Magnifique III Twin Cabin
Magnifique III Bathroom
Magnifique III Shower
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY on the BOAT:
Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Bruges (6 miles/11 km)
Arrival and embarkation between 1-2:00pm in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called "Pearl of Flanders." The crew will welcome you. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges. While you are there, make sure you visit one of Bruges’ many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café. Overnight in Bruges.
Day 2: Bruges–Ghent (21 miles/35 km or 36 miles/57 km)
Your cycle tour starts early today on the outskirts of Bruges following the distribution of bicycles after breakfast. You will start your first day of cycling by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent, make sure to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent's town center features lovely illuminated streets and architectural richness in the historical center of the city. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris.
The barge will dock for the night at a lock in a suburb of Ghent, approximately a 30-minute bike ride to the city center. Before dinner, a small canal boat will take you for a guided tour through the historic city. Overnight in Ghent.
Day 3: Ghent–Dendermonde/St. Amands (24 miles/40 km or 32 miles/53 km)
After breakfast in Ghent, you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is "magnificent." It is without a doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. During this section of the Schelde, the speed of the barge will be determined by the height of the tide. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bike or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands. Overnight in St-Amands.
Day 4: St. Amands–Temse–Antwerp (19 miles/ 32 km or 31 miles/49 km)
Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream through the Temse region to Antwerp. Over the centuries the Schelde River has held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish, and Napoleon. Today it is a beautiful waterway just perfect for bike and barge holidays! Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbor city famous for handling up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover including the City Hall, one of
several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (not included; recommendations available on board). Overnight in Antwerp.
Day 5: Cruise Antwerp–Kreekrak locks | Cycle Kreekrak locks – Tholen | Cruise Tholen – Willemstad – Dordrecht (23 miles/36km or 13 miles/20 km).
The boat will cruise this morning along the Schelde-Rhine Canal, over the huge Kreekrak locks to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will cycle along the impressive large Volkerak locks to the fortified town of Willemstad, then cycle further to end in Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. This day, the skipper will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by bicycle. You will enjoy an evening walk in Dordrecht with the guide to learn the history of the Netherlands. Overnight in Dordrecht.
Day 6: Cruise Dordrecht–Kinderdijk | Cycle Kinderdijk–Schoonhoven–Vianen (19 miles/32 km or 36 miles/57 km)
Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus,” a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills–one of which you can visit (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments). You will then continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (where you will be moored for the evening and where you can explore at your leisure after dinner). Overnight in Vianen.
Day 7: Cruise Vianen–Breukelen | Cycle Breukelen–Amsterdam (23 miles/36km or 28 miles/46 km)
During breakfast, the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river, an area known for its beautiful mansions, small castles, and beautiful houses with large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen, and Vreeland, you arrive to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through Abcoude and Ouderkerk beside the Amstel River to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbor of Amsterdam. Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 8: Amsterdam After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation by 9:30am. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour.
Video describing our tour Bike Tour Video
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All photos courtesy of BikeTours.com
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