- Exploring Amsterdam and walking the cobble stoned streets of Bruges and Ghent
- Cycling along the river Schelde and seeing the famous windmills of Kinderdijk
- Sampling local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels
- Soaking up the hospitality on board the comfortable barge
Explore the highlights of The Netherlands and western Belgium by bike and onboard a comfortable barge. Experience the great cities of The Netherlands and western Belgium on this classic barge and bike trip between Amsterdam and Bruges. En route visit Antwerp and Ghent whose historic centres will enchant you with their history and refined culture. Wind your way by bike along the Vecht river with its impressive mansions and country houses, visit a cheese farm and the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. Via Dordrecht and the Kreekrak lock, the barge cruises through the 'delta' province of Zeeland to Belgium. Cycling with the group and guide or on your own with a set of maps and directions - the choice is yours. In the evenings, relax on board your comfortable barge or explore the towns on foot.
Day 1 : Join barge in Amsterdam, cruise to Vianen
Day 2 : Cycle to Schoonhoven and Kinderdijk, fast ferry to Dordrecht (32 or 56km/19 or 34mi)
Day 3 : Cruise to Willemstad, cycle from Tholen to Bergen Op Zoom (42 or 50km / 26 or 31mi)
Day 4 : Cycle Bergen op Zoom surrounds, cruise to Antwerp (21 or 35km/13 or 21mi)
Day 5 : Cycle to St Amands (34 or 49km/21 or 31mi)
Day 6 : Follow the river Schelde to Dendermonde and on to Ghent (52km/32mi)
Day 7 : Cycle the Flemish countryside to Bruges (22 or 45km/13 or 28mi)
Day 8 : Trip concludes after breakfast
- 7 nights in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities on a Category A+ barge (cabins are configured with two lower beds - supplement applies for premium twin or upper deck suite on select departures, or single cabin). We do not match clients together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis).
- 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks). Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch on board. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
- Two multilingual tour guides for fully guided cycling tours (group size of 22 passengers or more, except Zwaantje which is only ever 1 tour guide), daily briefings
- Bike rental with handbrake or backpedal brake - 7 speed (Princesse Royal, Magnifiques) or 21 speed (Zwaantje), waterproof pannier, helmet and water bottle (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
- Information pack including route notes & maps (one set per cabin), GPS tracks available on request
- Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
- Several short walking tours
- Linen and change of towels as required
- Daily cabin cleaning
- Entrance to Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Tasting of Belgian products, Canal trip through Ghent
- Fees for ferries
- Travel to Amsterdam and from Bruges
- Dinner in Antwerp
- Drinks (available for purchase on board) and other items of a personal nature
- Entrance fees and excursions not specified
- Transfers not specified
- Travel insurance - mandatory
- Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
- Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets - EUR50pp (subject to change) paid locally on board. See below for further details regarding catering for dietary requirements.
- Bike insurance - payable locally (EUR10 for standard bikes and EUR25 for e-bikes) - further details of this Limitation of Liability (damage) policy are available on request
- Fee to bring your own bike (note this is not possible on Zwaantje due to space limitations)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Barge - Deluxe tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 12 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 February 2023, a deposit of 184 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Barge - Deluxe tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Barge - Deluxe tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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