• Info

    Tour type
    guided tour
     
    Price per person

    999 € twin cabin barges Fluvius/Gandalf
    1,199 € twin cabin barges Zwantjie/Fleur
    1,279 € twin cabin barges Magnifique I,II,III,IV


    Departures

    Departure from Amsterdam: 

    Fluvius: 18.04, 2.05, 16.05, 30.05, 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 25.07, 8.08, 22.08, 5.09, 19.09.20
    Gandalf: 11.07.20
    Fleur: 9.05.20
    Zwaantje: 25.04, 11.07.20
    Magnifique: 16.05, 30.05, 27.06, 11.08, 25.07, 8.08, 22.08, 19.09, 3.10.20
    Magnifique II: 6.05, 20.05, 3.06, 17.06, 15.07, 29.07, 12.08, 9.09, 23.09, 7.10.20
    Magnifique III: 25.04, 6.06, 20.06, 4.07, 18.07, 15.08, 29.08, 12.09, 26.09, 10.10.20
    Magnifique IV: 29.04, 6.05, 13.05, 27.05, 10.06, 8.07, 22.07, 5.08, 2.09, 16.09, 30.09.20

     

    from Bruges: departures on this link

     

    Included

    • 7 overnights
    • full board: breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners (barges Fluvius and Gandalf) / 6 dinners (barges Magnifiques and Zwantije) (excluding drinks)
    • tour leader
    • Bed linen and towels
    • 7-days hotline service

     

    Not included

    • Transport to and from departure point
    • All drinks on board and specified meals
    • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
    • extra transport
    • Anything that is not mentioned under included

    Supplements
    500 € DUS cabin on Fluvius/Gandalf
    600 € single cabin on Zawantije/Fleur
    640 € single cabin on Magnifique I,II,III, IV

    200 € twin cabin above deck on Fluvius
    300 € double cabin above deck on Fluvius
    200 € premium cabin on Magnifique/Magnifique II
    500 € suite above deck Magnifique II, III, IV

     

    85 € rental bike
    185 € E-bike

    10/25 € bike/e-bike insurance

     

    50 € gluten/lactose free menu (to be paid on spot)

     

    Reductions
    50 € low season Fluvius, Gandalf (18.04, 26.09.20)
    70 € low season Fleur, Zwantije (October)
    100 € low season Magnifique I, II, III, IV (October)

     

    120 € third person in cabin Gandalf
    150 € third person in cabin Magnifique I,II,III, IV
    240 € third person in premium cabin Magnifique I
    300 € third person in suite Magnifique II, III

  • Day by Day

    1. Amsterdam – Vianen
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 PM. At around 2 PM the barge will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short first test bike ride through the surrounding area (approx. 5-15 km/3-9 mi.)

    2. Vianen – Dordrecht (55 km - 34 miles)
    After breakfast you will cycle along a picturesque route to Schoonhoven - nicknamed “Silver City" - a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Along the way as you pass through the Alblasserwaard region of Holland you will come to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit – which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

    3. Dordrecht – Antwerp (20/35 km - 13/23 miles)
    As you enjoy your breakfast the barge will sail to Tholen where you will start your day’s cycling. Attractions along the way include the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak lock. After re-boarding the barge you will 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, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. After dinner you can visit the beautiful old city centre.

    4. Antwerp – Dendermonde/St. Amands (50/65 km - 29/39 miles)
    Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path alongside the picturesque tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde - depending on tides - your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.

    Ships Zwantije, Fleur, Magnifique I, II, III, IV will stay in St. Amands.

    5. Dendermonde/St. Amands – Ghent (55 km - 32 miles)
    Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the barge II 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 ensured its success as a trading port. In total 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 overlook the old city centre.

    6. Ghent – Bruges (35/40 km - 21/26 miles)
    Today you will pedal from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the “Venice of the North”. The city attracts more than two million visitors every year who come for the ambience of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre. An outstanding example of a medieval settlement from the Middle Ages, Bruges has managed to maintain its historical fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the city’s original Gothic constructions 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 of ships Zwantije, Fleur, Magnifique I, II, III, IV will be in a restaurant of your choice (not incl. – restaurant recommendations on board).

    7. Bruges – North Sea (40/50 km - 23/31 miles)
    Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in the sea along an inviting 12 km sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (a unique nature reserve). On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.

    8. Bruges
    After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 9:30 AM.

     

    The itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday, due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or law enforcement issued by local authorities, such as repair work on locks or bridges. 

     

  • Route profile

    Holland is the country of bicycles, mainly due to its flat landscape, under the north sea level. The cycle path network, almost entirely paved, is very widespread and sign posted with white and red signs and with small stumps called “mushrooms”, numbered and signalled on the maps.

    It is easy to cycle in Belgium as well, especially if you ride your bike along the flat maritime region. Belgium has recently unified its bike paths net with the Dutch one.

    Note that sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so please pay attention. Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult at times.  

    It won’t be hard to deal with this tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle!

     

  • How to get there

    Embarkation on arrival day (day 1 of tour) is between 1 and 1:45 p.m. The boat will leave Amsterdam around 2 p.m.. Please let us know if you arrive later than planned!


    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. Consider about a 15 minute bus ride from the train station to the point of embarkation (the busses are frequent).

     

    By Plane
    The easiest way to get to the starting point is flying into Amsterdam.

    In order to get to the embarkation point you need to leave from Amsterdam central station by taking the train directly at the airport. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 20 minutes, the cost is about €5. To book the train tickets in advance visit www.ns.nl.

    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.


    By Train
    The nearest arrival point is Amsterdam Centraal Station. More information on www.ns.nl

     

    Parking
    Parking in the centre of Amsterdam is very expensive, we suggest parking on the outskirt of the city.
    On this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: www.amsterdam.info/parking .


    In particular, we suggest the following parking places:
    - parking place at the Schiphol Airport in the Smart parking area, you can book it on www.schiphol.nl. The cost for 8 days is about 70/100 €.
    - P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre: (Prins Hendrikkade 20A). This is the closest parking place to the embarkation points Scheepvaart Kwartier e Oosterdok. You can make a reservation on www.p1.nl. The cost for 8 days is about 160 €.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    For this tour dinner, overnight and breakfast will be aboard a river cruise boat, while lunch, which is still included, consists of a packed lunch. For the barges Magnifique I,II,III, Zwantije and Fleur the dinner is not included. There are several boats available depending on the chosen departure date:


    GANDALF

    The beautiful Gandalf is a small and comfortable passenger barge that can accommodate 20 guests.

    The cabins
    The Gandalf has 10 twin cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.) with two separate beds.

    In two of the cabins a bunk bed as third bed is possible (on request).

    Each cabin has a recently renovated bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating.

    Common areas
    On the upper deck of the Gandalf you will find the large and cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has two large sundecks with storage room for the bicycles and sitting areas with tables and chairs, where you can have a drink.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 20
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning: none
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer on request

     

    Watch Gandalf photo gallery.

     


     

     

    MAGNIFIQUE

    Magnifique is 63 meters long and it accommodates max. 35 guests.

     

    The cabins
    The Magnifique has 16 cabins, situated on the lower deck.
    Guests are accommodated in:

    • 11 twin cabins (11 m² – 118.5 sq.ft.) with two single beds set next to each other
    • 4 premium twin cabins (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area
    • 1 single cabin (7 m² – 75.5 sq.ft.)

    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 an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have an individually regulated air conditioning, ventilation system and central heating; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons. Furthermore, each cabin has a flat screen (satellite) TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas
    On the upper deck, the Magnifique has a tastefully furnished lounge with air conditioning, restaurant, a beautiful bar, a sitting area with cozy corners, a wide screen TV and large windows. Wi-Fi is available.

    Furthermore, the Magnifique offers two partly covered teak wooden sundecks with chairs and tables where you can have a drink when the weather is nice and enjoy the scenery while cruising. On the elevated aft deck you will find a barbecue and a whirlpool/Jacuzzi to relax.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 35
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer
    • Whirlpool on the elevated aft deck
     

    Watch Magnifique photo gallery.

     


     

     

    MAGNIFIQUE II

    The 63 meter long barge can accommodate up to 37 guests.

     

    The cabins
    The lower deck has thirteen cabins:
    - 1 "premium" twin cabin (13 m² – 140 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and a small sitting area
    - 12 beautiful twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) with 2 separate single beds.

     

    The upper deck has 4 spacious suites (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, of which the middle part can be opened.

    In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed.

     

    On request, an extra bed is available in 2 twin cabins and 1 upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).

     

    All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have 2 m / 6.6 ft. wide windows (which can be partly opened) and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas
    The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished and spacious salon with a restaurant area, a beautiful bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting area, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. Wi-Fi is available.

     

    The Magnifique II has a beautiful, partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables on the aft deck and a cycle storage on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax while you enjoy the scenery when cruising.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 37
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer
    • Whirlpool on the elevated aft deck

     

    Watch Magnifique II photo gallery.

     


     

      

    MAGNIFIQUE III

    The premium barge Magnifique III can host 40 persons. It is 67 m long.

     

    The cabins
    The lower deck has 14 beautiful twin cabins (12 m² – 129 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and 2 single cabins (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.). All these cabins have portholes (fixed for safety reasons).

     

    The upper deck has 5 spacious suites (16 m² – 172 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors that can be partly opened.

     

    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 twin cabins (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds).

     

    The air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas
    The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting corners, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows.

    There are also two TV screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real-time movement and position of the barge. Wi-Fi is available. Large glass doors open to the beautiful partially roofed teak wood sundeck with chairs and tables on the aft deck.

    There is a cycle deck on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax and enjoy the scenery while cruising.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 40
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer
    • Whirlpool on top deck

     

    Watch Magnifique III photo gallery.

     


     

     

    MAGNIFIQUE IV

    The premium barge Magnifique IV will sail in Spring 2020. It is 67 m long and can host up to 36 persons.

     

    The cabins
    The upper deck houses 10 generous suites, while the lower deck houses 8 twin cabins.


    The spacious suites, each measuring 16 m² (172 ft²), have double beds, a cozy sitting area, and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

     

    The twin cabins below deck, measuring 12 m² (129 ft²) feature two single beds and fixed portholes.

     

    All cabins have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

     

    Common areas
    The Magnifique IV’s upper deck features a spacious and tastefully-decorated salon with bar and lounge area. Here you will find large panoramic windows, a widescreen TV, and information screens displaying the barge’s real-time location. Wi-Fi is also available.

     

    The comfortable and inviting restaurant is in the lower deck, and is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see the talented chefs in action.

     

    Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs.

     

    The front deck has space to accommodate bicycles, while the top deck boasts a hot tub and deckchairs, from which you can enjoy the scenery.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 36
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer
    • hot tub on the front deck

     

    Watch Magnifique IV photo gallery.

     


     

     

    FLUVIUS

    A comfortable river barge for max. 44 guests. The Fluvius has eighteen twin cabins and four double cabins.

     

    Upper deck cabins
    On the upper deck, there are 3 standard twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft. ) with two separate single beds and 4 double cabins (12 m² – 129 sq.ft. ) with a double bed (140 x 200 cm) and a large panoramic window.

     

    Lower deck cabins
    On the lower deck you will find 14 standard twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) and 1 smaller twin cabin (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.), all of which have two separate single beds. On prior request, a child’s cot can be placed in two of the standard twin cabins

    Each cabin has an 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.

     

    Description of the ship
    The Fluvius has a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs) and a storage room for the bikes. While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 44
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • 230 V socket
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer


    Watch Fluvius photo gallery.

     


     

     

    FLEUR

    The Fleur started cruising in 2002.

     

    Description of the cabins
    On the lower deck, the Fleur has 10 comfortable guest cabins (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds.
    Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin, central heating and air-conditioning; windows are fixed for safety reasons.
    Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a mini safe and hair dryer.

     

    Common areas
    On the upper deck, there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a dining area, a cozy bar, central heating and air-conditioning. Wi-Fi is available.

     

    On the upper deck you will also find the half-covered sun deck, which is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif and to enjoy the scenery while cruising.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 20
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • 230 V socket
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer

     

    Watch Fleur photo gallery.

     


     

    ZWAANTJE

    The Zwaantje (little Swan) is a new built passenger barge.

     

    The cabins
    On the lower deck, the Zwaantje has 12 comfortable guest cabins.

    • 10 twins (7 m² – 75 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds
    • 2 doubles (6 m² – 65 sq.ft.) with one double bed.

     

    Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating, air-conditioning and a window. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a mini safe and hair dryer.

    The windows in the doubles can be opened, the windows in the twins are fixed for safety reasons.

     

    Common areas
    On the upper deck you will find the nice and cozy salon with heating, air conditioning, large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Wi-Fi is available.

    The Zwaantje also has a very spacious sun deck with chairs and tables where you can relax, enjoy the scenery while sailing or join the skipper in the wheel house.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 24
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi
    • Hair dryer

     

    Watch Zwaantje photo gallery.

     

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    - a unisex touring bike with 7 gears and hand brake.

    - a unisex e-bike with 7 gears and hand brakes.


    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag
    - lock

     

    In each cabin you will find a pump and a repair kit.

     

    In the Netherlands the bike helmet is not mandatory for cyclists.

     

  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:


    - embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
    - Tour Notes
    - Final Tour Details

     

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.

    Tour maps will be delivered on site.

     

  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 3 Client reviews
    • Rosanna

      Departure 25 August - 01 September 2018

      Online from 07 September 2018

      Bellissima vacanza, luoghi interessante, città magnifiche.
    • Stefano

      Departure 11-18 August 2018

      Online from 23 August 2018

      Gran bella vacanza.
    • Michele

      Departure 19-26 August 2017

      Online from 31 August 2017

      Percorso bellissimo e vario. La nostra guida ha saputo farci apprezzare pienamente sia i magici paesaggi, sia i monumenti e le diverse città, ma soprattutto ci ha permesso di immergerci completamente nella vita e cultura di Fiandre e Olanda.
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