• 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

    from Bruges: 

    Fluvius: 25.04, 9.05, 23.05, 6.06, 20.06, 4.07, 18.07, 1.08, 15.08, 29.08, 12.09, 26.09.20
    Gandalf: 26.09.20
    Fleur: 10.10.20
    Zwaantje: 18.07, 10.10.20
    Magnifique: 23.05, 6.06, 4.07, 18.07, 1.08, 15.08, 29.08, 26.09, 10.10.20
    Magnifique II: 13.05, 27.05, 10.06, 24.06, 22.07, 5.08, 19.08, 16.09, 30.09, 14.10.20
    Magnifique III: 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 25.07, 22.08, 5.09, 19.09, 3.10, 19.10.20
    Magnifique IV: 20.05, 3.06, 17.06, 15.07, 29.07, 12.08, 9.09, 23.09, 7.10.20

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    from Amsterdam: departures on this link

     

    Included

    • 7 overnights
    • full board: breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners (barges Fluvius and Gandalf) / 6 dinners (barges Magnifiques, Zwantije and Fleur) (excluding drinks)
    • tour leader/ tour leader on board
    • maps and tour details
    • bed linen and towels.
    • hotline service

     

    Not included

    • Transport to and from departure point
    • All drinks on board and specified meals
    • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
    • 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. Arrival and embarkation in Bruges
    Embarkation and check-in at 2 PM in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called “Pearl of Flanders”. After the welcome meeting with the crew you will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges. After dinner the guide will take you for a short city tour.

     

    2. Bruges – Ghent (35/60 km)
    Today, your day starts on the water and the barge will leave Bruges early. Just outside, your first bike tour to Ghent through the flat land of West-Flanders will starts. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb of Ghent).

     

    3. Ghent – Dendermonde (40 km)
    Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde and you can ride your bike to Dendermonde, a nice town on the conjunction of the rivers Dender and Schelde. The bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful parts of the Schelde, a tidal river. You will follow this beautiful tidal river downstream. Overnight in Dendermonde.

     

    4. Dendermonde – Antwerp (35/50 km)
    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Baasrode and Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent. Antwerp is well known as a major sea port, one of the world’s leading diamond and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born.

     

    5. Antwerp – Dordrecht (20/35 km)
    The barge will sail over 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 Dordrecht.

     

    6. Dordrecht – Vianen (60 km)
    Today the “Waterbus” will bring you to Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 windmills in line (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. You can visit one of the windmills. Then bike tour via silver city Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore this town.

     

    7. Vianen – Amsterdam (35/45 km)
    First the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river: this area is well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. Over the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue over Abcoude and Ouderkerk on the Amstel river to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbour of Amsterdam.

     

    8. Amsterdam
    After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 9:30 AM. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour (not included).


     

    Itinerary for Magnifique I, II, III, IV

     

    1. Arrival and embarkation in Bruges
    Arrival and embarkation early afternoon 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. Afternoon and evening with city tour in Bruges.

     

    2. Bruges – Ghent (35/60 km)
    Today, your day starts on the water and the barge will leave Bruges early. Just outside, your first bike tour to Ghent through the flat land of West-Flanders will starts. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb of Ghent).

     

    3. Ghent – Dendermonde / St-Amands (40/55 km)
    Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde to Dendermonde, a nice town on the conjunction of the rivers Dender and Schelde. The bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful parts of the Schelde, a tidal river. You will follow this beautiful tidal river downstream. Depending on high or low tide, the speed of the barge may vary. Therefore, the skipper will discuss the departure time with you of today’s tour. By bike or by barge from Dendermonde to St-Amands, night in St-Amands.

     

    4. St-Amands / Dendermonde – Antwerp (35/50 km)
    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Baasrode and Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent. Antwerp is well known as a major sea port, one of the world’s leading diamond and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born. Dinner will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).

     

    5. Antwerp – Dordrecht (20/35 km)
    The barge will sail over 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 further to end in Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. Today the skipper will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by barge or by bicycle.

     

    6. Dordrecht – Vianen (35/60 km)
    Today the “Waterbus” will bring you to Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 windmills in line (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. You can visit one of the windmills. Then bike tour via silver city Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore this town.

     

    7. Vianen – Amsterdam (35/45 km)
    First the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river: this area is well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. Over the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue over Abcoude and Ouderkerk on the Amstel river to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbour of Amsterdam.

     

    8. Amsterdam
    After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 9:30 AM. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour (not included).


    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

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

    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.

    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

    Boarding time on your barge in Bruges harbour is at 2 p.m.
    After a welcome briefing with the crew at 2 PM bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges await you. After dinner the guide will take you for a short walk through the center of town.

     

    How to get there
    The precise point of embarkation will be written in the final document that you will receive a few days before departure.

     

    By plane
    The easiest way to get to Bruges is arriving to Brussels by plane. Then you can reach Bruges by train.
    Brussels has two airports: Charleroi (45 km away form the centre) and International Zaventem (12 km). To get to the city centre you can take a shuttle bus (duration: 1 hour; cost: approx.14 € one way), whereas at the International airport you can find a train that takes you directly to the central station (duration: 20 minutes).
    Further information on the airport websites.

     

    By train
    The nearest arrival point is Bruges Central Station. More information on www.belgianrail.be/en

     

    By car
    We suggest the Parking Centrum-Station (Buiten Begijnenvest, 8000 Bruges), near the station Bruges, price 3,50 € per day, open 24h24. For further information: www.interparking.be

     

  • 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 barges Magnifique I,II,III, Zwantjie and Fleur the dinner in Antwerp is not included. There are several boats available depending on the chosen departure date.

     

     

    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.

     


     

     

    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 top 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 the 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.

     

     


     

    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 Holland helmet are not mandatory. However, we advise you wear one during the bike tours. A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

    We don’t provide technical support for privately owned bicycles

     

  • Accompanying material

    You will receive by email, a few days before departure:
    - embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point;
    - Tour Notes
    - Final tour Details.

     

    Please confirm us that you have received all the information.
    If you have any doubt, please contact us before departure.

    You will receive in site:
    - tour maps. Do not worry if the map is small, your real guide is the numbers you will find on every crossing on the cycle paths, that will help you find the correct way.

     

     

  • 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.

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