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Flemish Masters

Famous Flemish cities Bruges, Antwerp, Brussels

Brussels Airport

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Brussels Airport

This tour leads you from  Bruges via Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen to Brussels, all historic cities of Flanders. You cycle along the river Scheldt and through small-scale farmland visiting picturesque villages.

In Ghent you will visit the “Mystic Lamb” in the St. Baafs cathedral, painted by the brothers Van Eijck. After Ghent there is a bike ride along the river Scheldt to Antwerp. There you will have a stopover of two nights to give you the opportunity to visit several different museums and historical places: the house of Peter Paul Rubens, the absolute master of Flemish painting; five monumental churches, within walking distance of each other (The Cathedral of Our Lady, St. Andrew’s Church; St. Charles Borromeo’s Church; St. James’s Church and St. Paul’s Church); the “MAS”, museum on the bank of the river Scheldt; visit of the Coogels-Osy-Lei, a neighborhood with many houses in Art-Deco, Art-Nouveau and Jugendstil.
From Antwerp you will bike again through Belgian’s along the rivers Scheldt and Dijle and small-scale farmland to the historical city of Mechelen, with its baroque and gothic churches, ancient market square and buildings that represent the different historical episodes of Mechelen.
From Mechelen we will go to Brussels. Not only the contemporary center of political power, but also in the 16th century when Charles V reigned over the Habsburg empire and had one of his main residences in Brussels. If you have historical appetite there are plenty of possibilities to visit churches which date back to as early as the 11th and 12th century.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 45
  • Ghent Altarpiece in the St. Bavo's cathedral
  • Antwerp
  • Flemish history

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Brussels - Vilvoorde


Boarding between 12 and 2 PM. After arrival and welcome at the barge on the mooring place, tryout of the bikes.

Day 2

Sunday: Vilvoorde - Willebroek


Sailing breakfast, then biking along the river Zenne tot the historical town Mechelen. The St. Rumbold’s Tower is Mechelen centerpiece: a towering 15th century cathedral,318 feet (97 meters) and more than 500 steps high. Climbing to the top takes will be rewarded with a magnificent view over Mechelen and a glimpse of other cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, and Leuven. The cathedral is also home to some incredible art. In the luminous baroque interior you’ll find The Crucifixion, a marvelous painting by the famous master Anthony Van Dyck, and dozens of other fine artworks. Peter Paul Rubens is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time. Go to St.John’s Church and admire his 17th century masterpiece ‘Adoration of the Magi’. Rubens himself called it one of his best works ever. After the visit of Mechelen, you’ll bike along the tidal river the Dijle to an authentic pub near the lock of Zennegat. It seems as if time stood still here. Then to the (small) rivers Nete and Rupel you will enter the estuary of the river Scheldt, the vein of Belgian wealth, then and now. You will meet the Feniks in Willebroek for the night.

Day 3

Monday: Willebroek - Antwerp


You will bike on the meandering dikes along the Rupel and Nete to the picturesque city Lier, with its medieval town center. We will continue our bike tour through Flemish Brabant (a Belgian province) to the well-known harbor city Antwerp. The Feniks will be moored in the old Willemsdok, once the center of naval merchant activities, now still a beautiful place to berth.

Day 4

Tuesday: Antwerp


Today a stopover in Antwerp to give you the opportunity to visit exhibitions of the Flemish Masters some as the:
• House of Peter Paul Rubens, the absolute top painter of the late 16th and early 17th century.
• The “Museum aan de Stroom” (MAS), meaning the Museum at the river Scheldt.
• Museum of Contemporary Art; one of the leading Belgian museums for contemporary art.
• Possible excursion by tram or bike to the Coogels-Osy-Lei, a neighborhood with many houses in Art-Deco, Art-Nouveau, ane Jugendstil style.

Day 5

Wednesday: Atnwerp - St. Amands - Dendergem


Bike tour through marvelous nature upstream along the river Scheldt. Via Temse to St. Amands where we will visit the Morocco-Stone-Exposition. From St. Amands we will sail on the river to Dendermonde for the night.

Day 6

Thursday: Dendergem - Ghent


Another beautiful bike ride of 50 Km upstream the Scheldt to Ghent. Visit of the medieval town center including a city walk. The St. Bavo’s cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece of the brothers Van Eyck is not to be missed.

Day 7

Friday: Ghent - Bruges


Bike ride along the canal of Ghent to Ostend through the varied Flemish farmland to the end of this tour: Bruges.
The Feniks will moor at the Bargeweg approx. 5 minutes from the medieval town.

Day 8

Saturday: Bruges

The tour ends after breakfast.

Travel Dates

Tour prices

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Incl. bike helmet €143
24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week 24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €95


  • Twin cabin with shower/toilet ensuite
  • 7x Breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Multi lingual tour guide
  • Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Daily care of your personal laundry

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • (Non)alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore. Soda, beer and wine are available at reasonable prices; corkage fee of € 7,50 if you bring your own wine.
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal/cancellation insurance

Special details

  • This tour is operated by our partner.
  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.
  • Gluten and lactose free diets are welcome, other diets are on request.

Arrival info

You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 12.00 PM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not before 10.30 AM. We are busy cleaning the barge, but we can provide you with suggestions to have a nice walk into town.


The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Brussels Airport (BRU).


The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is the Brussels railway station.


Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage.

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later in Bruges on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Bruges. The mooring place of the barge in Bruges: ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ near the Bargeweg (nearly 1 km/ 0.6 miles from the train station).


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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.

  • Can you rejoin the barge before the end of a stage?

    No, the ship doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • 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.

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