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