Holland & Belgium Bike & Barge Tour

Amsterdam - Bruges from $2162 NZD
8 Days

Explore the beautiful Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium on a guided 8 day bike and barge trip between Amsterdam and Bruges.

During the day, cycle on mainly flat terrain to world famous destinations such as Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, then later relax in the comfort of your floating hotel. Zeeland is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers, famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works. The Flanders region of Belgium is famous for its medieval towns and has a reputation for superb food and drink. Attractions along the way include many charming villages, a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the 19 famous Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and of course the cities of Antwerp, Ghent and historical Bruges.

Availability must be checked with us before making a booking.

Amsterdam to Bruges

Amsterdam
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Saturday & Wednesday departures
  • Operated with a premium barge
  • Max group size approx 34
  • Surcharge for upper deck cabin
  • Surcharge for single cabin
  • EUR 85 touring bike hire
  • EUR 185 e-bike hire
  • Tour may operate in either direction - please check with us
  • Tour is invoiced in EURO

Grade 1 - Easy Tours

Easy tours are specifically designed to allow you to experience a new activity and culture in a relaxed environment. If you’re after a peaceful holiday with a light introductory focus on one or more activities then easy tours are a great option. Routes chosen will be easy and often ridden entirely at your own pace, suitable for families.

Fitness required

A low level of fitness is required, exercising at least once a week prior to the tour.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Embarkation: Amsterdam – Vianen

Cycling: 5 km

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 1pm the crew will meet you on board and check you into your cabin. Then there is time to relax and get to know your fellow travelers, as around 2pm the barge will depart Amsterdam and head to Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek River. After dinner you have the opportunity for a short test ride through the surrounding area.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk

Cycling: 32 km or 56 km

Today you will cycle along a scenic route to Schoonnoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – which is renowned (since the 17th century) for its talented silver smiths. Later in the day as you cycle through the Alblasserwaard region you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one, so don’t forget your camera! From nearby Alblasserdam you (and your bike) will take the 10 minute fast ferry Waterbus to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Dordrecht – Willemstad – Tholen – Kreekrak Lock – Antwerp

Cycling: 36 km or 44 km

During breakfast we will cruise to Willemstad from where you will start your day’s cycling. Attractions today include the beautiful ‘Wouwse Plantage’ forest, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak Lock. In the afternoon you will board the boat and sail to the port city of Antwerp which is situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period. There is also the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. After dinner you can stroll through the beautiful city centre.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands

Cycling: 34 km or 49 km

This morning you will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the Schelde River to either St. Amands or Dendermonde – depending on the tides. This will be your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is ‘magnificent’. It is without a doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

St Amands – Ghent

Cycling: approx 52 km

Today, continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where we will moor for the night at a lock in the suburb of Merelbeke. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. Since Roman times Ghent's position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has ensured that it has been a successful trading port. The city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept and the 91 metre tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlooked the old city centre.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Ghent – Bruges

Cycling: 22 km or 45 km

From Ghent you will cycle through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’ and arguably the most beautiful of all the Flemish cities. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to see the picturesque medieval town centre of this UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city and its long list of historic attractions. An outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric as it has evolved over the centuries. Today, the city’s original Gothic buildings form an integral part of the town’s identity. While you are here you can 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. Dinner tonight will be in a restaurant of your choice.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7

Bruges (cycling loop to the North Sea)

Cycling: 38 km or 51 km

Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polderlandscape dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here you can swim in the sea along an inviting 12 km sand beach, visit any of the the numerous cafes and see the dune landscape of ‘Het Zwin’ (a unique nature reserve). On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Bruges – Departure Day

No cycling

After breakfast we say farewell and ask you disembark by 10am please. We wish you a safe journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights on a premium barge in air conditioned cabins (with ensuite)
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Tea and coffee freely available on board
  • English speaking cycling guide(s)
  • Daily briefings
  • Detailed maps and route description
  • Some short (guided) city walks
  • Fees for any included ferries
  • Ghent canal trip
  • Use of a cycling helmet, free water bottle
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Free WiFi on board

Tour Excludes:

  • Transport to the start & from the end of the tour
  • Travel Visas (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike hire (touring bike or e-bike)
  • Personal expenses & alcoholic drinks on board
  • 1 dinner (Antwerp or Bruges)
  • Tips for your guide & crew
  • Entrance fees to museums & sights not mentioned in the itinerary