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Amsterdam to Bruges

Two countries, Holland and Belgium

Amsterdam
Schiphol

  • Start
  • Finish

Bruges
Brussels Airport

Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in one Bike & Barge 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. Notice the big 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 often so picturesque Flemish countryside between the Belgian monumental cities of Ghent and Bruges. The great rivers are a prominent feature in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium. Of course you will get to know our own, Dutch Wonder of the World: the Delta Works, evidence of the eternal battle against the waters of the sea.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Distance 48 km, average per day
  • Golden Age of Holland
  • Gouda, city of Cheese
  • 19 Windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Delta Works
  • Mediaeval Flemish towns
  • Ghent & Bruges

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

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

15KM
Saturday: Amsterdam, boarding between 1 PM and 2 PM  sailing to Uithoorn; 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: Uithoorn - Gouda

45KM
Sunday: Uithoorn - Gouda

From Uithoorn 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, end of this trip after breakfast (debarkation before 10 AM).

Saturday: Bruges, end of this trip after breakfast (debarkation before 10 AM).

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/11/2019 - 5/18/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort
5/11/2019 - 5/18/2018 Available Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
5/25/2019 - 6/1/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Wending Comfort
6/1/2019 - 6/8/2019 Limited Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
6/8/2019 - 6/15/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Wending Comfort
6/8/2019 - 6/15/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe
6/15/2019 - 6/22/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus
6/22/2019 - 6/29/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Wending Comfort
6/29/2019 - 7/6/2019 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/13/2019 - 7/20/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort
7/13/2019 - 7/20/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Wending Standard Plus/Comfort
7/20/2019 - 7/27/2019 Available Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
7/27/2019 - 8/3/2019 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/10/2019 - 8/17/2019 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort Book now
8/10/2019 - 8/17/2019 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/24/2019 - 8/31/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus
8/31/2019 - 9/7/2019 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/7/2019 - 9/14/2019 Fully Booked Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe
9/14/2019 - 9/21/2019 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/21/2019 - 9/28/2019 Available Amsterdam Wending Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/28/2019 - 10/5/2019 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
10/5/2019 - 10/12/2019 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/19/2019 - 10/26/2019 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/9/2020 - 5/16/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
5/23/2020 - 5/30/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
5/30/2020 - 6/6/2020 Available Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
6/6/2020 - 6/13/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
6/6/2020 - 6/13/2020 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
6/13/2020 - 6/20/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/20/2020 - 6/27/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/4/2020 - 7/11/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/11/2020 - 7/18/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/18/2020 - 7/25/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/25/2020 - 8/1/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/1/2020 - 8/8/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/8/2020 - 8/15/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/15/2020 - 8/22/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/22/2020 - 8/29/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/29/2020 - 9/5/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/5/2020 - 9/12/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/12/2020 - 9/19/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/19/2020 - 9/26/2020 Available Amsterdam Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Book now
9/19/2020 - 9/26/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/26/2020 - 10/3/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
10/3/2020 - 10/10/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/10/2020 - 10/17/2020 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
10/17/2020 - 10/24/2020 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Anna Antal Twin cabin from June 29 to July 27 € 1900,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on May 11; June 1; August 31 and Sept. 28 € 2110,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on Sept. 14 € 2320,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Bunk bed cabin from June 29 to July 27 € 1580,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Bunk bed cabin on May 11; June 1; August 31 + Sept. 28 € 1780,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Bunk bed cabin on Sept. 14 € 1950,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Single cabin from June 29 to July 27 € 1019,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin on May 11; June 1; August 31 and Sept. 28 € 1130,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin on Sept. 14 € 1240,- 0 0
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Wending Twin cabin on July 13 and August 10 € 1900,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending Twin cabin on June 22 € 2110,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending Twin cabin on Sept. 21 € 2240,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Wending Triple cabin on July 13 and August 10 € 2685,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending Triple cabin on June 22 € 2997,- free of charge 30% reduction
Wending Triple cabin on Sept. 21 € 3285,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Wending Single cabin on July 13 and August 10 € 1120,- 0 0
Wending Single cabin on June 22 € 1240,- 0 0
Wending Single cabin on Sept. 21 € 1360,- 0 0
0 0
Zwaan Twin style cabin € 2280,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Double cabin € 2280,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Triple cabin € 3330,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Single cabin € 1650,- 0 0
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Sailing Home Twin cabin on August 10 and Oct. 19 € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin on June 8 and Oct. 5 € 2280,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin on Sept. 7 € 2500,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Sailing Home Single cabin on August 10 and Oct. 19 € 1490,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin on June 8 and Oct. 5 € 1650,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin on Sept. 7 € 1810,- 0 0
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Liza Marleen Twin cabin € 2240,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen Twin cabin Superior (15m²) € 2440,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen Triple cabin Superior (15m²) € 3075,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen Single cabin € 1610,- 0 0
Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Sailing Home Twin cabin on July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 and Oct. 17 € 2160,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin on June 13, Aug. 22 and Oct. 3 € 2390,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home Twin cabin on Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 € 2620,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Sailing Home Single cabin on July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 and Oct. 17 € 1560,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin on June 13, Aug. 22 and Oct. 3 € 1729,- 0 0
Sailing Home Single cabin on Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 € 1895,- 0 0
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Zwaan Twin cabin € 2390,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Double cabin € 2390,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Triple cabin € 3435,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan Single cabin € 1729,- 0 0
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Liza Marleen Twin cabin on June 6 € 2310,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen Twin cabin on Sept. 19 € 2530,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Liza Marleen Twin cabin Superior (15m²) on June 6 € 2520,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen Twin cabin Superior (15m²) on Sept. 19 € 2740,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Liza Marleen Triple cabin on June 6 € 3120,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen Triple cabin on Sept. 19 € 3420,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Liza Marleen Single cabin on June 6 € 1655,- 0 0
Liza Marleen Single cabin on Sept. 19 € 1815,- 0 0
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Anna Antal Twin cabin on July 4 + 18, Aug. 1 and Oct. 10 € 1930,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on May 9 + 23, June 6 + 20, Aug. 15 + 29 and Sept. 26 € 2140,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Twin cabin on Sept. 12 € 2350,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Bunk bed cabin on July 4 + 18, Aug. 1 and Oct. 10 € 1620,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Bunk bed cabin on May 9 + 23, June 6 + 20, Aug. 15 + 29 and Sept. 26 € 1800,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal Bunk bed cabin on Sept. 12 € 1980,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Anna Antal Single cabin on July 4 + 18, Aug. 1 and Oct. 10 € 1019,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin on May 9 + 23, June 6 + 20, Aug. 15 + 29 and Sept. 26 € 1145,- 0 0
Anna Antal Single cabin on Sept. 12 € 1255,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard, incl. bike helmet €90
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Van Dijck Eris, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €170
Child’s bike, 21 gears Child’s bike, 21 gears Incl. bike helmet €55
Trailer bike, 3 gears Trailer bike, 3 gears For children between 5-9 years, incl. bike helmet €50
Child seat Child seat Incl. bike helmet €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40
Set of 5 bike maps Set of 5 bike maps Falk, scale 1:50,000 (1 inch = 0.8 miles) €50
Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard, incl. bike helmet €92.50
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Van Dijck Eris, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €175
Child’s bike, 21 gears Child’s bike, 21 gears Incl. bike helmet €60
Trailer bike, 3 gears Trailer bike, 3 gears For children between 5-9 years, incl. bike helmet €55
Child seat Child seat Incl. bike helmet €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €20
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40
Set of 5 bike maps Set of 5 bike maps Falk, scale 1:50,000 (1 inch = 0.8 miles) €52.50

Included

  • All nights on board (Sat.-Sat. 8 days / 7 nights), cabin in the booked category;
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner)
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels possible)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycling with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with the tour guide
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Road book, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 15,- per tour
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our 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 € 50, – per week.
  • 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 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. If you want 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,-.

The tour ends one week later in Bruges, so another possibility is to fly to Brussels Airport (BRU).  By train it is about 1½ hours from the airport to the railway station in Bruges. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes.
A taxi from the airport to the mooring place will take about 25 minutes and 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 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 one week later on Saturday morning after breakfast before 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Bruges. The mooring place of the barge in Bruges: near the ‘Bargeweg’ (nearly 1 km/o.6 miles from the train station).
The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Brussels Airport. By train it is about 1½ hours from Bruges to the airport. A taxi to the airport will take about 25 minutes and costs about € 35,-.

Should you need to travel to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), you can take the international train. Travel time is about 3½ hours (changing trains two times) and a one-way ticket (2nd class) costs about € 45,-.

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 cabins. 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 with 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 € 50, – per week.

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, France and United Kingdom. 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.

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 45 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’.

  • 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.

  • Which countries do the participants come from?

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

    The common language on board is English.

  • 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.

  • Is WiFi on board available?

    Yes, free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck.

More questions

Price starting from € 790,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Zwaan
Zwaan

About the barge Zwaan

The Zwaan is specialized in Bike and Barge tours in the Netherlands, Belgium. On board of the Zwaan you find a cosy dining room, a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles. All 7 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. The Zwaan is known for the high quality of the meals and the friendly atmosphere on board. The crew consists of the captain, chef and hostess for 14/15 guests.

Cabin plan

7 cabins with private hot shower and toilet
2x Family-style room, 2/3 p with double bed + single bed
2x Friend's-style room, 2/3 p with 3 single beds (one bunk)
2x Twin-style room, 2 p with two separate beds
1x Smaller cabin in front of the barge, 2 p with double bed, accessible with steep stairs, entrance on deck

  • Offical name Zwaan
  • Length 34 m
  • Width 6.1 m
  • Capacity 14 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Wending
Wending

About the barge Wending

The “Wending” is a former freight barge that started a new life in the early nineties as a luxury passenger motor barge. Since then the it's a familiar fixture on several routes in the Netherlands and Belgium. Mooring place is Amsterdam. This barge sails exclusively for Cycletours Holidays. This barge has a roomy and cosy saloon, equipped with a complete music installation. After a strenuous bike ride it is a great place to relax.

Cabin plan

10 x twin cabins
2 x triple cabins

The beds in the cabins are side by side. In the triple cabin one bed is placed over the other two.All cabins with private bathroom and central heating

             
  • Offical name Wending
  • Length 41.5 m
  • Width 6.3 m
  • Capacity 26 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
Liza Marleen
Liza Marleen

About the barge Liza Marleen

The “Liza Marleen” is a luxury motor passenger barge, built in 1997-98 on the completely dismantled shell of a seafaring freight logger. This barge is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways, like the Dutch Waddenzee, the IJsselmeer and the Zeeland Streams, but it can also be found cruising on the smaller inland waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. The tastefully decorated lounge is equipped with an audio installation, television and video. In the evenings it is possible to come together in the spacious sitting area. Winter of 2015 on 2016 The Liza Marleen is converted to a more luxurious barge.

Cabin plan Liza Marleen

8 cabins have two low beds, which can be placed together. Two cabins are so spacious, that they can expand with 2 lower beds or a third bed and a cot. All cabins have a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, heating and air conditioning.

 

  • Offical name Liza Marleen
  • Length 38 m
  • Width 6.6 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts
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, each with their own shower, washbasin, toilet and central heating.
5 x 2-berth cabins with low beds (Comfort) and 4 x 2-berth cabins with bunk beds (StandardPlus).

  • 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 guest cabins for two (low beds) and each cabin has a private bathroom. 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

Amsterdam to Bruges

 

What others think of this tour

We took our grandchildren (ages 16&14) on this tour. We sailed on Sailing Home and her crew of 4. We can't say enough about their hospitality and grace during the entire week. Our tour guide Hugo was fantastic and took videos of the bike adventure every day and then sent them to us after we returned home. We were a bit concerned about the distances for the grandkids but it was managed so well by Hugo that it was absolutely not an issue. We had a minor issue at one of our stops and our Captain Willie got us to the doctor quickly (by bicycle, of course). I can't think of a thing I'd change about this wonderful adventure.
Jack & Margie Stratford - 20/07/2018

Wonderful experience! My husband and i just returned home from our trip -- Cycling from Amsterdam to Bruge with the crew of the Zwaan. Our guide, Karline, was extremely knowledgable; meals prepared by René were delicious; the mate Sven and the captain Ilya were delightful. Going in, we were not big bicyclists, but the pace and camaraderie made the trip not only do-able, but enjoyable and memorable!
Jeanie Riddell 6/20/18 - 21/06/2018

My wife, Shirley, and I really enjoyed this biking adventure. It was a very comfortable pace, and took us to some amazing sites. The barge and crew were excellent, very comfortable and the meals were top notch. Our tour guide, Wieger, was outstanding. He was very well knowledged, and we especially enjoyed the after supper walk-about tours learning more about the communities we were moored at. Thanks Cycle Tours for making this holiday so memorable.
John Wagemakers - 26/08/2017

My son and I just came back from this tour sailing on the barge Liza Marleen.We had great time. Everyone from the crew was wonderful. Thank you Marcel, Arnold, Marye, Peter and Agnes.You all are the best. And of course people in the group made this vacation very special.26/08/2017
Ilana Zukerberg - 04/09/2017

Good way to explore the Netherlands and Belgium. Relaxed and friendly
Mr. Howard - 26/05/2017

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