• Info

    Tour type
    Guided tour
     
    Price per person

    989 € twin cabin barges Fluvius
    1249 € twin cabin barges Zwantjie and Fleur
    1329 € twin cabin barges Magnifique II,III,IV

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    from Amsterdam: departures on this link

     

    Seasons

    Barges Magnifique II,III,IV
    High season: 29.04 - 1.07.2021 and 26.08 - 30.09.2021
    Low season: 5.10.2021 - 19.10.2021

    Barge Fluvius:
    High season: 24.04 - 18.09.2021

    Barge Fleur:
    Low season: 9.10.2021

     

    Included

    • 7 overnights
    • Full board: breakfast, packed lunch and 7 dinners, excluding drinks (barge Fluvius)
    • Full board: breakfast, packed lunch and 6 dinners, excluding drinks (barges Magnifique II,III,IV, Fleur and Zwantije)
    • Tour leader
    • Bed linen and towels
    • 7-days hotline service

     

    Not included

    • Beverages on board and specified meals
    • Museums, fees and extras in general
    • Transfer
    • Tips
    • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

     

    Supplements

    520 € double cabin single used cabin on Fluvius
    620 € single cabin on Zawantije and Fleur
    665 € single cabin on Magnifique II,III, IV

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

    50 € high season

    85 € rental bike on Fluvius
    95 € rental bike on Zwantije, Fleur and Magnifique II,III,IV
    185 € E-bike on Fluvius
    210 € E-bike on Zwantije, Fleur, Magnifique II,III,IV

    10/25 € bike/e-bike insurance only on Fluvius

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

     

    Reductions

    100 € low season Magnifique II, III, IV (October)
    70 € low season Fleur (October)

    150 € third person in cabin, Magnifique II,III
    300 € third person in suite Magnifique, II, III

  • Day by Day

    Program for barges Zwantije, Fleur, Magnifique II, III, IV:

    1. Bruges
    Embarkation and check-in at 1 p.m in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called “Pearl of Flanders”. 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. During dinner the barge sails into Ghent, a lively university city, again one with a rich past.

    2. Ghent – Dendermonde/St.Amands (40/55 km)
    In the morning you will spend some time in Ghent. Later in the morning you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde located at the confluence of Dender and Schelde rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is: “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bicycle or barge depending on the tides.

    3. Dendermonde/St.Amands – Antwerp (35/50 km)
    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over 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.

    4. Antwerp
    Today your barge stays in Antwerp. This means you will have an entire day to discover this city of culture, filled with cobblestones, and Flemish Baroque masterpieces. You can visit the Rubens House, the palazzo where the brilliant and versatile artist lived with his family. You will find some of his paintings to admire just a ten-minute walk away in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (Our Dear Lady) Cathedral.”
    Dinner tonight is not included as you have the chance to dine at a restaurant of your choosing. If needed, your crew can provide recommendations.

    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 (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.

    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 a.m. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour (not included).

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    Program for barge Fluvius:

    1. Bruges
    Arrival and embarkation at 2 p.m. 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 (60 km)
    Your first cycle tour starts early today in the outskirts of Bruges through the flat land of West-Flanders. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. 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. 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 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 to Dendermonde, the ideal place to have a nice Belgium beer after your bicycle ride.

    4. Dendermonde – Antwerp (50/65 km)
    Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over 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. 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.

    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.

    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. 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 (35/50 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 a.m.

     


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays. These decisions are only taken by the barge’s captain.

     

     

  • 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

    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.

    From the airport Brussel Zaventem to Bruges you can take the train (1 change, transfer ca. 1:30 - 2:30h). For further information on timetables and prices you can consult: www.b-rail.be

    From the airport Brussel Charleroi to Bruges you can take the bus (transfer ca. 2:10h). For further information on timetables and prices you can consult: wwww.flibco.com

    By train
    The nearest arrival point is Bruges Central Station. More information on www.b-rail.be.

    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.

     

     

    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 two twin cabins and one upper deck suite for children up to age 16 (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 for children up to age 16 (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.

     


     

    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.

    Common areas
    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.  

    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:

    • Unisex touring 7/8 gears with pedal or hand brakes
    • Unisex e-bikes with pedal or 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

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material.

    It contains the link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details


    On the spot you will find maps.

     

     

     

  • By your side

    Tour leader

    The 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.


    Staff support

    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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