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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 of course 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 cities of Gent 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 1
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Distance 42 km
  • Gouda, city of Cheese
  • Windmills Kinderdijk
  • Delta Works
  • Flemish towns Ghent & Bruges

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Amsterdam, arrival at 2 PM sailing to Uithoorn; round trip

15KM
Saturday: Amsterdam, arrival at 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  
5/12/2018 - 5/19/2018 Limited Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
5/19/2018 - 5/26/2018 Limited Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
5/26/2018 - 6/2/2018 Limited Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
6/2/2018 - 6/9/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
6/9/2018 - 6/16/2018 Available Amsterdam Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
6/16/2018 - 6/23/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
6/23/2018 - 6/30/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/30/2018 - 7/7/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/7/2018 - 7/14/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/14/2018 - 7/21/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
7/21/2018 - 7/28/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/28/2018 - 8/4/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
8/4/2018 - 8/11/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/18/2018 - 8/25/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/25/2018 - 9/1/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/1/2018 - 9/8/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/8/2018 - 9/15/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/15/2018 - 9/22/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/22/2018 - 9/29/2018 Available Amsterdam Anna Antal Standard Plus/Comfort Book now
9/29/2018 - 10/7/2018 Available Amsterdam Sailing Home Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/14/2018 - 10/21/2018 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
Anna Antal 2-berth cabin bunk bed € 1640,- free of charge 30% reduction
Anna Antal 2-berth cabin bunk bed for single occupancy € 1076,- 0 0
Anna Antal 2-berth cabin low beds € 1950,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen 2-berth cabin € 2130,- free of charge 30% reduction
Liza Marleen 2-berth cabin for single occupancy € 1530,- 0 0
Liza Marleen 2-berth cabin Superior (15m²) € 2330,- 0 0
Liza Marleen 3-berth cabin € 2925,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 2-berth cabin € 2170,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 2-berth cabin for single occupancy € 1570,- 0 0
Zwaan 3-berth cabin € 3165,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home 2-berth cabin € 2170,- free of charge 30% reduction
Sailing Home 2-berth cabin for single occupancy € 1570,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid, 24-gears Hybrid, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard €80
Electric bike Electric bike Batavus Ventoux easy €160
Child’s bike, 21 gears Child’s bike, 21 gears Bike helmet included €55
Trailer bike, 3 gears Trailer bike, 3 gears For children between 5-9 years €50
Child seat Child seat with bike helmet €15
Bike helmet Bike helmet included for children €10
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) €47.50

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 2 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, for more than 100MB there is a surcharge.
  • 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 (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a Lactose- or Glutenfree diet), we ask you to mention this when booking.
    In case of Glutenfree diet 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

You are expected on our barge on Saturday at the latest 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).
amsterdam map

 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 € 4,20 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 www.iamsterdam.com.
The nearest parking is Parking Oosterdok, www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/english (about € 80,- 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 ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ (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.

What are the cabins like?

Most cabins are 2-person cabins, but some barges also have cabins for 3 persons (2 low beds+upper bed). 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) 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 (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a diet), we ask you to mention this when booking.
In case of Glutenfree diet 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, Italy, and Spain. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, men and women, singles and couples and also families with children (during the school holidays). Most groups are made up of 12 to 30 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

  • 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 principal countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, France, Germany, and Spain. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

More questions

Price starting from € 820,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Zwaan
Zwaan

About the barge

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

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

About the barge

The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge which was converted into a luxury motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012 the saloon and cabins were renovated.

The Anna Antal has a cosy salon, 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

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 of the Sailing Home 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

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

I was extremely pleased with this tour. Meals bike crew weather accommodations were all excellent.
Mr.Abbott - 19/05/2017

perfect combination of exercising ( bike) and visiting plus being with great people and crew members. I really enjoyed this holiday!
Mrs. Ruest - 13/05/2017

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