Holland: Bruges to Amsterdam

From € 1690

Holland: Bruges to Amsterdam

Beautiful Bruges to Amsterdam by bike & barge, ride in a biker’s paradise through the lowlands! Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in one bike and barge route. Combining the highlights of Holland’s Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities in the Middle Ages.

Holland: Bruges to Amsterdam

Bruges

Guided  | Intermediate |  8 days

Variety is the characteristic of this tour. Cycling and sailing you will cross different landscapes: the green Dutch polder landscape with water aplenty and quiet roads and villages, the picturesque countryside between the Flemish cities and of course the rich history of the old city-centers of Amsterdam, Ghent and Bruges. The large rivers in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium are a prominent feature along the route.

Dates 2024 departures on Thursdays
May 30 Fully booked
June 27 Limited
Prices 2024 8 day 
Per person * 1690
Single supplement on request
Bike rental p/w € 110
E-bike rental p/w € 220
Extra night/s on request
Transfer on request
*Price per person based on double occupancy  

* Price per person based on double occupancy.

What's included

Included
All nights on board (Thu.-Thu. 8 days / 7 nights)
Full board (7 x breakfast,6 x self-made picnic lunch,7 x three 
course dinner)
Bed linen and towels
Coffee and tea on board
Two Tour leaders, cycles with the group Min. 4 city walks with the tour leader 1 traditional beer proofing 1 walking tour with local guide Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck Ferry fares on the route

Not Included
Travel to/from the start/end point 
Bicycle rent €110, e-bike €220 p/w
(bicycle insurance included)

Extra drinks on board
Entrance fees to museums and parks
Travel insurance
Gratuities

Accommodation MPS Sailing Home

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OVERVIEW
cabins total 13 total, maximum of 26 passengers
Ship size: length of 45 meters, width of 6.53 meters
Electricity 220 Volt


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DECKS & CABIN LAYOUT
cabins total 13
Cabin size: 3.95 x 2.75 meters, height of 2.25 meters
Cabins contain twin beds (no bunk beds) that can be be pushed together to form a double bed (measurement for storage under bed is 31cm/12 inches)

CABIN AMENITIES

  • Air-conditioning and central heating in all cabins
  • All cabins have windows (that do not open)
  • Safe for valuables available in each cabin
  • Fully equipped private bathrooms. Well-equipped private shower/toilet in each cabin
  • Hairdryers

BOAT FEATURES & AMENITIES

  • A separate bar/saloon
  • A large sundeck separate from the bicycle deck with deck chairs and an awning
  • A large and comfortable dining room on upper deck
  • Knowledgeable tour guide and crew members on board
  • Payments accepted on board: Euros Cash ONLY
  • No laundry services on board
  • Free WiFi in lounge and on deck
  • Helmets available on board

Bike rental

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Touring bike
Touring bike with 24 speeds and handbrakes. Men's and women's models available. Brand Oxford.
Accessories: bike helmet, pannier bag, a good lock and a water bottle.
Step-through frame: for passengers from 4'11 to 5'10'' / 150cm - 178cm

Men's frame: for passengers from 4'11 to 6'8'' / 150cm - 203cm
€ 110,- per week, bike insurance included in 2024

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E-bike
E-bike with integrated battery. Brand Freebike.
Accessories: bike helmet, pannier bag, a good lock and a water bottle. We advise only to rent an electric bicycle if you are used to cycle and only need electric support because of, for example, lesser condition. It is a heavy bicycle to handle (25 kg).
For passengers from 4'11 to 6'6'' / 150cm - 198cm
€ 220,- per week, bike insurance included in 2024

Day 1 Thursday:  Bruges
The barge is moored near Bargeweg on just outside of the Bruges city center and near the Bruges train station. You are expected to arrive at our barge on Thursday between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM. When you arrive on board, you can settle in and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the tour leader, skipper and crew and of course your fellow passengers. In the afternoon guided visit of Bruges. After dinner the program for the next day and the global planning of the week are discussed. Instructions on cycling and safely procedures will also be given.

Day 2 Friday:  Bruges - Ghent  ca. 47 km | 29 ml
Your first bike ride is along the canal from Bruges to Ghent. Easy riding on towpaths and quiet roads. Once in town you will enjoy a visit of Gent, 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 Bavo’s Cathedral and the ‘Belfort’ (Belfry;14th century). In the afternoon a traditional beer tasting, overnight in Ghent.

Day 3 Saturday: Ghent – Middelburg ca. 45 km | 27 ml
Today you will leave Belgium and arrive in the Netherlands. During breakfast you will sail to Sas van Gent and cycle through Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Dutch-Flanders). With a short ferry trip from Breskens to Vlissingen (Flushing) you cross the Westerschelde. From Vlissingen it’s just 30 minutes cycling to Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. Modern Middelburg has preserved and regained much of its historic and picturesque character. There are lavish 17th and 18th century merchant houses and storehouses standing along canals. The medieval abbey is still in use today, as a museum and as the seat of the provincial government.

Day 4 Sunday: Middelburg - Zierikzee  ca. 45 km | 27 ml
First you will ride to the town of Veere, formerly an important trading place. From Veere you will cycle over the Veersgatdam (here you have the possibility of a beach visit) to North Beveland. Soon you will reach 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 peddle to Zierikzee.

Day 5 Monday: Zierikzee - Willemstad, sailing to Dordrecht  ca. 45 km | 27 ml
A nice ride on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland is on the program. You ride to Bruinisse. The village is known as a very isolated community. The main source of income is the mussel fishery, on the dike to the Grevelingen you will find a statue of an opened mussels. You will ride on to Willemstad (an old fortified town) and go on board there. Sailing to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of Holland and located at the crossroads of busy waterways.

Day 6 Tuesday: Dordrecht, Kinderdijk- Gorinchem, sailing to Vianen ca. 40 km | 25 ml
A short ride from Dordrecht to Kinderdijk, the site of the most famous windmill park in the Netherlands. Dating back to the 18th century, the 19 well-preserved stone mills are in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993. Our tour continues through the green heart of Holland until we reach Gorinchem. Visit of the old historical center before we embark and sail to Vianen.

Day 7 Wednesday: Vianen, sailing to Breukelen, cycling to Amsterdam  ca. 30 km | 19 ml
During breakfast you will sail to Breukelen (Brooklyn) from where you will cycle to Amsterdam along two of the 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. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Almost without noticing you enter Amsterdam, following the Amstel River. The extensive network of bicycle paths ensures a relatively easy way back into the city, showing you some remarkable sites in the centre. Then it is time to say goodbye to your bike. Before the fare-well dinner you may want to go for a walk in town. At night there you may want to take a canal trip or go on a city walk through the centre of the city

Day 8 Thursday: Amsterdam
The tours is officially over after breakfast before 10 AM.

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday.

Map

From € 1690

Duration: 8 Days

Start Point: Bruges

End Point: Amsterdam

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