Bike & Barge: From Amsterdam to Bruges - Highlights of Holland & Flanders
8 days | Ship: MS Magnifique I Guided or self-guided cycle tours
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges – what a classic collection of Low Countries cities, each one impressively historic, unbelievably unique and an absolute delight to explore by boat and bike! The characterful Dutch barge, MS Magnifique, makes for a stylish and very comfortable floating hotel as you push your pedals down through the flatlands of Holland and Flanders and beautiful landscapes of the great River Schelde.
Cycle out on guided or self-guided day rides to explore countless windmills (well, there are nineteen for a start at the famous Kinderdijk!), to admire ‘Silver City’, Schoonhoven and historic harbourlands like Dordrecht. Forest and riverbank paths lead past impressive configurations of canal locks at Kreekraksluis, as you edge into Belgium towards Rubens’ city of Antwerp - a place glinting with diamonds and graced with a most amazing cathedral. But little prepares you for the medieval magnificence of university city, Ghent, and that ‘Pearl of Flanders’ and ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges. Explore them both by bike. Stroll along their canals. Drink in the atmosphere and a coffee on the café terrace and stay over moored up on their waterways. They’re truly vibrant cities by day and by night, but the quiet polder countryside is on their historic doorstep and the dunes of North Sea Coast at ‘Het Zwin’ nature reserve are just a pleasant, gentle cycle ride away.
This linear tour route is available in both directions, starting either in Amsterdam, the Netherlands or Bruges, Belgium. Return travel to your start point is possible by train, but this is not included in the tour price.
Nice & Easy - Gentle touring by bike along flat cycle tracks and minor roads. Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. Cycle map includes route options, so you have the flexibility to shorten or extend your bike tour as you wish.
* Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan capital, with a canal area that’s brimful of culture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Vianen – fortified port * Schoonhoven – historic home of silversmiths * Kinderijk – windmill wonderland * Dordrecht – historic river intersection , one of Holland’s oldest towns * Kreekraksluis – impressive lock complex * Antwerp – diamond city famed for its cathedral and famous son, Rubens * Dendermonde – historic centre with ‘Vleeshuis’, city hall and belfry * Ghent – university town packed with medieval art and architecture * Bruges – ‘Venice of the North’, and almost intact medieval city * North Sea coast – dunes, beaches and café culture