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.