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Amsterdam Bruges Amsterdam

Cycling two countries in two weeks

Amsterdam
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

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Amsterdam
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Amsterdam Bruges Amsterdam bike and barge tour. Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in this 15 days cycling holiday. Combining the highlights of Holland’s Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities in the Middle Ages. And last but not least, Holland’s own world wonder: the Delta Works.

The Dutch 17th century Golden Age and the heyday of the Flemish trading cities of the Middle Ages are united in this route. Variety is the keyword. Notice the difference between the green polder landscape abounding in water, with its tranquil roads and villages and the old world of islands in Zeeland with its pastures, creeks, winding dikes and dams. On top of that the picturesque Flemish countryside between the Belgian monumental cities of Ghent, Bruges and the rich history of the old city-center of Antwerp, city of painter Rubens. The great rivers are a prominent feature in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium. You will get to know our own, Dutch Wonder of the World: the famous Delta Works, evidence of the eternal battle against the waters of the sea.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 15 days
  • Distance 50 km, average per day
  • Two countries in 15 days
  • 19 Windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Delta Works
  • Mediaeval Flemish towns
  • Antwerp, city of Rubens
  • Rivers, canals and polders
  • Bruges & Ghent

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Amsterdam, boarding between 1 PM and 2 PM; sailing to Oude Wetering, round trip

15KM
Saturday: Amsterdam, boarding between 1 PM and 2 PM; sailing to Oude Wetering, round trip

You are expected to arrive on our barge on Saturday the latest at 2 PM. The barge needs to leave the mooring place in Amsterdam at 2.15 PM. It is very important you are on time. The barge can’t wait due the opening hours of bridges and/or locks.
When you arrive on board the ship, you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper and crew and of course your fellow passengers.

Day 2

Sunday: Oude Wetering - Gouda

45KM
Sunday: Oude Wetering - Gouda

From Oude Wetering you will continue your tour over country roads along river banks and channels through the Green Heart to the city known for its cheese: Gouda. Who thinks of Gouda, not only thinks of cheese, pipes, ‘stroopwafels’ (treacle-waffle) and pottery, but also of stained-glass windows, a fairy-like town hall and atmospheric canals. Gouda is a beautiful Old-Dutch city with a mostly intact city centre. As on most days, after dinner you can take a walk through the city.

Day 3

Monday: Gouda - Alblasserdam and ferry to Dordrecht

39KM
Monday: Gouda - Alblasserdam and ferry to Dordrecht

Today you will cycle along the Dutch IJssel, through the deepest lying polder of the Netherlands Krimpenerwaard and over narrow cycling paths to the river ‘Lek’. Here you will cross the river by ferry to Kinderdijk, a unique and renowned monument where Holland’s largest number of historical windmills is found. From the embankments of the river Lek, you will witness an amazing view of the 19 windmills, which are now listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. This is where you will take a break and visit the interior of a windmill. After a beautiful tour through the Alblasserwaardpolder you will arrive at the banks of the river ‘Beneden-Merwede’.

Day 4

Tuesday: Dordrecht, sailing to Willemstad, cycling to Zierikzee

54KM
Tuesday: Dordrecht, sailing to Willemstad, cycling to Zierikzee

From Dordrecht we will sail to the Delta area of the Dutch greater rivers during breakfast. Years ago, an open connection existed with the sea due to the many tributaries in this area. After the disastrous flooding in 1953, the Deltaplan was developed and most tidal outlets were closed from the sea by dams. Most parts of Zeeland were, and still are, under sea level and in 1953 the embankments were too weak and too low, causing this area to be at risk for flooding’s once in every 80 years. Now, because of the flood barriers, that chance is reduced to less than once every 4000 years.
Just before reaching our destination of today (Zierikzee, on the island of Schouwen-Duivenland) we will visit the ‘Watersnoodmuseum’. This museum tells the tragic events of 1953 and is built in recently renewed caissons, once used for the last closure gap. This was done in November 1953, ten months after the storm surge which broke through more than 300 embankments. Zierikzee is a beautiful town and the centre of the ‘mussel culture’. The ‘Zeeuwse mosselen’ (blue mussels) are a renowned delicacy.

Day 5

Wednesday: Zierikzee - Middelburg

51KM
Wednesday: Zierikzee - Middelburg

This morning you cycle along the Oosterschelde towards the North Sea, to cross the Oosterscheldedam. The enormous locks are built in this embankment and can be closed during storms and high tides protecting the south-west of the Netherlands against the sea. This embankment was one of the last in a series of barriers against the sea. When cycling along the embankment, one will realize why this has been one of the most difficult and costly challenges to protect the country now and in the future and to let seawater into the widespread Delta area. It is precisely why the Deltaworks are referred to as the one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
After this dam you will paddle to Middelburg, but not without visiting the picturesque port town of Veere. Middelburg is the lively principal town of Zeeland with many old houses, churches, the beautiful town hall and a pleasant shopping. Also to be found in Middelburg is the Roosevelt Academy, a liberal arts college, located in the former late-gothic town hall on the market of Middelburg.

Day 6

Thursday: Middelburg - Sas van Gent and sailing to Ghent

45KM
Thursday: Middelburg - Sas van Gent and sailing to Ghent

Today you have to cross the ‘Westerschelde’, the only estuary which isn’t closed by a dam cause it’s the gateway to the port of Antwerp. A short ferry trip brings you from Vlissingen to Breskens in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Dutch-Flanders)! We are getting close to Belgium. On your daily cycle route you will cross the Dutch – Belgium border back and forth before you definitely cross the Dutch – Belgium border by boat to sail to Ghent.

Day 7

Friday: Ghent - Bruges

45KM
Friday: Ghent - Bruges

This morning you will cycle through Ghent to the scenic countryside of Oost-Vlaanderen (East-Flanders). Characteristic for this area are the woods, fields, small villages and castles. From the Aalterbrug (also for the shorter route) the last part of this route takes us over the former tow path along the canal of Oostende-Gent, the oldest canal of Belgium, to Bruges. The impressive city of Bruges is the end destination of this bike and barge trip. This evening you can enjoy the medieval city of Bruges and many of you are likely to stay another day in this beautiful city.

Day 8

Saturday: Bruges, cycling to Aalterbrug and sailing to Ghent

21KM
Saturday: Bruges, cycling to Aalterbrug and sailing to Ghent

At 2 p.m. you will start off the city walls of Bruges for a trip to Ghent. The barge will mostly be following the canal between Bruges and Ghent to Aalterbrug, which offers a beautiful, peaceful cycle route with an unexpected variety of experiences.
After dinner you will have some time to discover the old and characteristic city centre. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past, the many well-preserved guild’s and patricians’ houses as well as old warehouses, Gravensteen (a mediaeval castle), St Nicholas Church (with 13th century foundations), St Baaf’s Cathedral and the ‘Belfort’ (Belfry;14th century). But Ghent is much more than just a museum town. This lively city with its numerous squares and cosy pubs is an excellent mixture of mediaeval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century which now often house students and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours on a sultry summer night.

Day 9

Sunday: Ghent - cycling to Dendermonde and sailing to St. Amands

47KM
Sunday: Ghent - cycling to Dendermonde and sailing to St. Amands

Early Sunday morning you will cycle through the old centre of Ghent. After coffee you will leave for a nice day along one of the most beautiful rivers of Europe: the Scheldt. After approximately 20 km you’ll reach Wetteren, a nice flemish city which is well known for it’s rose nurseries. But also a good place to learn what the Belgium word ‘staminee’ means. Berlare is the last place before Dendermonde so it’s a perfect place to taste some Belgian beer before you board the ship again. Your boarding place for today is Dendermonde, a city which is known for the legend of the Beiaart. From Dendermonde you’ll sail to quiet village of St. Amand were you will spend the night.

Day 10

Monday: St. Amands - Antwerp

40KM
Monday: St. Amands - Antwerp

From St. Amands the cycleroute leads you along the river and past nature reserves like the mudflats of Durme and Schausselbroek. Especially the mudflats of Durme is worth mentioning cause it’s one of the last fresh water marshes along this tidal part of the river and therefore has a unique flora and fauna. You continue your tour through Bazel, one of the most beautiful villages of Belgium. For an escalator the wooden moving stairs in the St. Anna tunnel under the Scheldt is a unique experience before entering the city centre of Antwerp. The historical centre of Antwerp is worth a visit, here you’ll find: the Onze Lieve Vrouwenkerk and the Rubenshuis. In the Willemsdok, near the Museum for Modern Art (Museum Aan de Stroom, closed on Mondays) you will find the barge.

Day 11

Tuesday: Antwerp, sailing to the Kreekraksluizen and cycling to Willemstad

56KM
Tuesday: Antwerp, sailing to the Kreekraksluizen and cycling to Willemstad

This morning you’ll sail through the big harbour of Antwerp, a big difference with the nature reserves and quite villages of yesterday. But due to the big sea going vessels and large harbour cranes it’s a fascinating journey which brings you to Holland where you start your biketour at the Kreekrak locks. By bike you will make a beautiful tour over the ‘Brabantse wal’ a sand wall dating back from the times when Mammoths roam the area. Today you won’t find any big elephants but the area seemed to be perfect for strawberry and asparagus fields. So be here at harvest time (depending on the weather: around June). From the woodlands around Bergen op Zoom you continue through a polderlandscape to the old fortified town of Willemstad, near the Volkeraksluizen (locks) at the Haringvliet, the busiest locks of Europe.

Day 12

Wednesday: Willemstad, sailing to Werkendam and cycling to Gorinchem

45KM
Wednesday: Willemstad, sailing to Werkendam and cycling to Gorinchem

From Willemstad you’ll sail this morning to Werkendam where you go ashore to continue your tour by bike through the land of Heusden and Altena. Along the Bergse Maas, the south border of the land of Heusden and Altena, you continue your tour along the fortified town of Heusden. From here another river, the ‘Afgedamde Maas’ leads you back to the river Waal where you started your tour this morning. Here you’ll find another beautifull fortified town, Woudrichem. A ferry brings you to the other side of the river where you’ll board the ship.

Day 13

Thursday: Gorinchem, cycling to Vianen and sailing to Utrecht

50KM
Thursday: Gorinchem, cycling to Vianen and sailing to Utrecht

From Gorinchem you will follow the meandering river Linge through the Betuwe. This area is known for the large amount of orchards and therefore will be covered with blossoms in the months april and may. Along the city of Leerdam, famous for its glass, you continue your tour in northern direction towards Utrecht. On your way toward Utrecht you’ll pass the so called ‘Wiel van Bassa’ the biggest dike burst hole in the Netherlands and another relic of the everlasting battle against the water. From Vianen you sail to Utrecht. After dinner you can take a public bus to the old centre of Utrecht.

Day 14

Friday: Utrecht, sailing to 'Brooklyn' and cycling to Amsterdam

40KM
Friday: Utrecht, sailing to 'Brooklyn' and cycling to Amsterdam

During breakfast you will sail to Breukelen from where you will cycle to Amsterdam along the two most beautiful rivers of Holland, the Vecht and the Amstel. Along the route you will find the magnificent country houses and mansions from the 18th century with their splendid, well-kept gardens. After dinner you have the option to take a canal cruise through the canals of Amsterdam.

Day 15

Saturday: Amsterdam, end of the trip after breakfast before 10 AM

Saturday: Amsterdam, end of the trip after breakfast before 10 AM

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/29/2019 - 7/13/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort
7/20/2019 - 8/3/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus
7/27/2019 - 8/10/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort
8/10/2019 - 8/24/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe
8/31/2019 - 9/14/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort
9/14/2019 - 9/28/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort
9/21/2019 - 10/5/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Wending Comfort
Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/9/2020 - 5/23/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
5/23/2020 - 6/6/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
6/13/2020 - 6/27/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/20/2020 - 7/4/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/11/2020 - 7/25/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/18/2020 - 8/1/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/25/2020 - 8/8/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/1/2020 - 8/15/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/15/2020 - 8/29/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/22/2020 - 9/5/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/29/2020 - 9/12/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/5/2020 - 9/19/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/12/2020 - 9/26/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/19/2020 - 10/3/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/26/2020 - 10/12/2019 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
10/3/2020 - 10/17/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin for 2 weeks 0 0
Sailing Home Twin cabin € 4116,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home Single cabin € 2980,- 0 0
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Zwaan Twin cabin € 4560,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Double cabin € 4560,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Single cabin in the front of the barge € 3300,- 0 0
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Wending Twin cabin € 4480,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending Triple cabin € 6570,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending Single cabin € 2720,- 0 0
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Anna Antal Twin cabin on June 29 and July 27 € 3800,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on August 31 € 4220,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on Sept. 14 € 4640,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed on June 29 and July 27 € 3160,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed on August 31 € 3560,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed on Sept. 14 € 3900,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Single cabin on June 29 and July 27 € 2038,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin on August 31 € 2260,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin on Sept. 14 € 2480,- 0 0
Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin for 2 weeks 0 0
Anna Antal Twin cabin on July 18 and August 1 € 3860,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on June 20 € 4070,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on May 9 & 23, August 11 and Sept. 26 € 4280,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on August 29 € 4490,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on Sept. 12 € 4700,- 0 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed July 18 and August 1 € 3240,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed June 20 € 3420,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed May 9 & 23, August 11 and Sept. 26 € 3600,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed August 29 € 3780,- 0 30% reduction
Anna Antal Cabin with bunk bed Sept. 12 € 3960,- 0 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Single cabin July 18 and August 1 € 2038,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin June 20 € 2164,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin May 9 & 23, August 11 and Sept. 26 € 2290,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin August 29 € 2400,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin Sept. 12 € 2510,- 0 0
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Sailing Home Twin cabin July 11 & 25 € 4320,- 0 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin October 3 € 4550,- 0 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin June 13 & August 2 € 4780,- 0 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin September 19 € 5010,- 0 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin September 5 € 5240,- 0 30% reduction
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Sailing Home Single cabin July 11 & 25 € 3120,- 0 0
Sailing Home Sinlge cabin October 3 € 3289,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin June 13 & August 2 € 3458,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin September 19 € 3624,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin September 5 € 3790,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Batavus Boulevard, incl. helmet €180
Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Van Dijck Eris, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €340
Child’s bike, 21 gears 2 weeks Child’s bike, 21 gears 2 weeks Incl. bike helmet €110
Trailer bike, 3 gears 2 weeks Trailer bike, 3 gears 2 weeks For children between 5-9 years, incl. bike helmet €100
Child seat 2 weeks Child seat 2 weeks Incl. bike helmet €30
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike 2 weeks Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike 2 weeks No own-risk €80
Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks No own-risk €30
Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Batavus Boulevard, incl. helmet €185
Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Van Dijck Eris, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €350
Child’s bike, 21 gears 2 weeks Child’s bike, 21 gears 2 weeks Incl. bike helmet €120
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike 2 weeks Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike 2 weeks No own-risk €80
Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks No own-risk €40

Included

  • All nights on board
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • City walks with your tour guide
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 30,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 80,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 35,- per person
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of Terms & Conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 100, –.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

Boarding is between 1 PM and 2 PM. You are expected to arrive on our barge on Saturday at the latest at 2 PM.
You can recognise the barge by the banner with Cycletours written on it. The name of your barge is printed on the voucher, which you will receive separately. After arrival there’s coffee and tea on board. Other drinks are also available on cash payment. You can bring your luggage in advance: from noon onwards.

The mooring place of the barge in Amsterdam is Oosterdok Zip-code 1011 VX (near the Science Center: ‘Nemo’, Oosterdok 2).

 

Cycletours Holidays Where is the barge Amsterdam

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).
There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,30 per person for a single journey. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes.
A taxi from the airport to the barge in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It costs about € 45,-.

Train

The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is Amsterdam Central Station. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the station to the barge takes about 5 minutes: Costs about € 10,-.

Car

If you arrive by car, we recommend you to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. You can find more information about parking possibilities at I amsterdam.The nearest parking is Parking Oosterdok, (about € 150,- per week, it is not necessary to reserve in advance; 500m walking distance to the barge).

End of the tour

The tour ends two weeks later on Saturday morning after breakfast before 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Amsterdam. After the tour ends you can take the train back to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Should you have an early flight, no problem. You may leave as early as you need to.

Our ship, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck.

Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
Free WiFi is (limited) available in lounge and on deck.

What are the cabins like?

Most cabins are 2-person cabins, but some barges also have triple. There are four categories: Standard Plus (cabins with private shower/toilet; bunk beds), Comfort (cabins as StandardPlus but with twin beds), ComfortPlus (cabins as Comfort, small ship or air conditioning) and Comfort DeLuxe (a very comfortable and tastefully furnished 5-star ship; cabins have twin beds and air-conditioning).

In all categories the cabins have central heating and a porthole or window; they are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower/toilet and 22o voltage. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing.
The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.
In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 100, –.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and France. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays). Most groups are made up of 12 to 26 people.

Cycling in Holland

Holland is a cycling country: 17 million inhabitants all with bikes. The number of cyclists necessitates a cycling infrastructure: cycle paths (30,000 km), cycle routes (long and short distance), cycle bridges, cycle tunnels, cycle ferries and special signposts for cyclists.
Cycling is part of normal life in the Netherlands; parents bring their children to school by bike, people go to work by bike, factory workers, doctors, even the prime minister!
Cyclists, of course, have to observe traffic rules and regulations.
The most important rule is to remember that you are not alone on your bike and that you are sharing the road with your group and other road users. Your guide on board will tell you all you need to know about the traffic rules and regulations.

The most beautiful cycling routes

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 70 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Bike maps can be purchased when booking and will be handed over to you on board.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level are the Bike & Barge tours in the Netherlands?

    For everyone
    The lightest cycling holiday, suited for everyone and people of all ages. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.

    The Grand Tour of the Netherlands:
    For experienced cyclists: daily distances up to 85 km/ 54 miles per day. You spend about 5 to 6 hours on your bicycle.

    For each of our holidays you should at least have the basic skills of cycling. Also an average physical condition is required.

    For more information see Cycling and Safety under ‘ Travel preparation’.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets?

    Must be notified when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.
    In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you on the Bike & Barge tours starting and/or ending in the Netherlands and along the Mosel & Saar:

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour in April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good solid shoes/ sneakers
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    shower gel (available on the barge Sailing Home)
    •    shampoo (available on the barge Sailing Home)
    •    insect repellent
    •    sunscreen

    The final packing list we suggest for your tour will be included in your travel documents.

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    On our guided tours a tour guide will accompany the group during their cycling route.

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided. We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems. Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you will come across.

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Accommodations

Anna Antal
Anna Antal

About the barge Anna Antal

The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge which was converted into a luxury motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2013 the saloon and cabins were renovated.

The Anna Antal has a cozy salon with a music system and TV. In the evenings, a drink can be consumed in the cozy and elegant bar. Outside there is a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles. All cabins are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower and toilet, 220 voltage and central heating. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

Cabin Plan

9 cabins with a private bathroom (incl. soap). All cabins have central heating.
There are 5 x twin cabins (beds can be placed together) and 4 x bunk bed cabins.
Hair dryers available on board.

  • Offical name Anna Antal
  • Length 38 m
  • Width 6.1 m
  • Capacity 18 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Sailing Home
Sailing Home

About  the barge Sailing Home

The barge "Sailing Home" started cruising in 2001. Build by Cycletours for Bike & Barge Tours in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. This beautiful passenger ship can accommodate 26 overnight passengers and 70 day passengers. The interior of the salon and bar is decorated in a modern Victorian style and offers a lot of comfort. The "Sailing Home" has two floors. On the top floor you will find the salon, a roomy lounge a cosy bar and a sun deck. The four-man crew consists of the skipper, sailor, cook and hostess.

Cabin Plan

13 spacious and comfortable twin cabins (beds can be placed together). Each cabin has a private bathroom (incl. hair dryer, soap, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion). All cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. Daily cleaning of the cabins.

  • Offical name Sailing Home
  • Length 45 m
  • Width 6.5 m
  • Capacity 26 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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