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Highlights of this tour

See Kinderdijk’s majestic windmills

Cycle along beautiful peaceful rivers

Explore cultural treasures in Antwerp

Barges with max. 40 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Semi-guided Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 5 days

Bike and Barge Netherlands & Belgium: Amsterdam – Antwerp or vice versa | Magnifique / Magnifique III / Magnifique IV

Discover the charms of the Dutch countryside on this delightful tour as you explore the best of what Holland has to offer. During the day you’ll cycle to iconic Dutch destinations such as the windmills at Kinderdijk, the merchant city of Dordrecht and Belgium’s lively cultural hub Antwerp, while at night you’ll relax in the comfort of your floating hotel. On this tour you’ll ride along the picturesque Vecht and Lek Rivers through beautiful – and flat – green landscapes. Sights along the way include countless charming villages, a visit to a working Dutch cheese farm, the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk and historic fortress towns such as Tholen and Vianen. Enjoy a coffee or a refreshing beer with the locals in an authentic Dutch pub, where you’ll receive a friendly nod as you arrive by bike.

This tour is fully-guided, but you can also cycle individually if you prefer. For each day’s cycling you’ll receive a detailed route map, and you can also use our app Ride With GPS. The tour leader can help you plan your daily route.

Important announcement:
Due to the increased number of new Covid-19 infections in the city and province of Antwerp, stricter government measures are in effect from July to September. Tourists are strongly advised not to visit the city and the province during this period.
That is why Boat Bike Tours has decided to avoid the city and the province of Antwerp entirely for the departures mentioned below and not to spend the night Antwerpen but in Bergen op Zoom. For this reason, these trips do not start / end in Antwerp, but in Bergen op Zoom and the entire trip takes place in the Netherlands.

This applies to the following sailings:

Magnifique III:

  • Amsterdam -Antwerp: departure on August 29
  • Antwerp- Amsterdam: departure on September 8


Magnifique IV:

  • Amsterdam -Antwerp: departure on September 2
  • Antwerp – Amsterdam: departure on August 29 and September 12

 

Amsterdam – Antwerp, 4 days / 3 nights: The Fleur tour starts on TUESDAY, the Magnifique IV tours start on WEDNESDAY, the tours with the other ships start on SATURDAY.
Antwerp – Amsterdam, 5 days / 4 nights: The Magnifique IV tours start on SATURDAY, the tours with the other ships start on TUESDAY.

Sport cycling routes
We also offer this trip as a sport cycling trip. On all days you have 2 extra long routes (approx. 74 or 113 kilometers / 45.9 and 70.2 mi. per bike tour) in addition to the normal offer (approx. 40 and 60 kilometers per bike tour). More information about this cycling tour can be found here: Sport cycling Amsterdam – Antwerp vv

Day to day program Amsterdam - Antwerp (4 days)

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam –  Vianen

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 p.m.. At around 2 p.m. the ship will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek River. After dinner you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a short first test ride through the surrounding area.

Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (32 km/19 mi. or 56 km/34 mi.)| Kinderdijk – Dordrecht

Today you will cycle along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day as you cycle through the Alblasserwaard region you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take you and your bicycle in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Willemstad | Willemstad – Tholen (36 km/23 mi. or 44 km/28 mi.) | Tholen – Kreekrak lock – Antwerp

As you enjoy your breakfast aboard the ship, the ship will sail to Willemstad where you will start your day’s cycling. Willemstad is a beautiful old fortified town on the Haringvliet waterway. Your bicycle ride goes to Tholen, once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past.

In the afternoon you will once again board the ship which will sail to the port city of Antwerp, situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. After dinner you can visit the beautiful old city center.

Day 4: Antwerp

Today is the last day of this short but sweet cycling cruise. You’ll still have an entire day to discover this city of culture, cobblestones and Baroque Flemish masterpieces. In the morning your tour leader will take you for a walk through the center of Antwerp to visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady. Here you can admire paintings by the famous painter Rubens. In the afternoon you can explore this multifaceted city on your own. Visit the Rubens House, the palazzo where the brilliant and versatile artist lived with his family. Other ways to spend a pleasant afternoon are a tasting tour at the famous ‘de Koninck’ beer brewery; exploring the fascinating and modern MAS Museum on the Scheldt River; or going shopping on Antwerp’s fashionable Nationalestraat.

As it’s the last day, we’ll ask you to check out of your cabin straight after breakfast. Your luggage can stay on board and can be picked up at any time.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • On this Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bicycle option.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bicycle option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m..

 

 

Day to day program Antwerp - Amsterdam (5 days)

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Antwerp

Embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m., where the crew will welcome you on board. In the afternoon there’s time to select your bike and take a short test ride.

The ship is moored in the port city of Antwerp, situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.

Day 2: Antwerp – Kreekrak locks | Kreekrak locks  Tholen (36 km/23 mi. or 20 km/13 mi.)| Tholen – Willemstad – Dordrecht 

This morning, the ship will sail along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system. Here your bicycle tour starts through the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest to Tholen, Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. From Tholen you will join the ship again for a nice afternoon sail to the city of Dordrecht. Halfway the ship will pass the impressive Volkerak lock system.

Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands is your destination for the day. The guide will take you for an evening walk and tell you about the history of the Netherlands.

Day 3: Dordrecht – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (32 km/19 mi. or 57 km/36 mi.)

Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bicycle in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills – one of which you can visit (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments). You will then continue to cycle via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek (Lower Rhine), where you will stay for the night and where you can explore at your leisure after dinner.

Day 4: Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen  Amsterdam (36 km/23 mi. or 46 km/28 mi.)

During breakfast the ship will cruise to Breukelen where you disembark to start your final day of cycling. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles, impressive houses and their large gardens. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you will arrive at Nigtevecht where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbor.

Day 5: Amsterdam

Last day of your tour: disembarkation after breakfast and goodbyes until 9.30 a.m..

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • On this Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bicycle option.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bicycle option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m..

 


Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Twin cabin 2 pers. € 419 € 549 € 379 € 489 Premium twin cabin (MAG) 2 pers. € 479 € 639 € 439 € 579 Upper deck suite (not on MAG) 2 pers. € 569 € 769 € 529 € 709 Single cabin (MAG/MAGIII) 1 pers. € 544.70 € 713.70 € 492.70 € 635.70 Twin for single use 1 pers. € 628.50 € 823.50 € 568.5 € 733.50 Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children, not on MAGIV) 3 pers. € 399 € 529 € 359 € 469 Premium Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children, on MAG) 3 pers. € 459 € 609 € 419 € 559 Triple Upper deck Suite (3rd bed only for children, on MAGIII) 3 pers. € 539 € 739 € 499 € 679
Included in this tour

Amsterdam – Antwerp:

  • 4 days/3 nights
  • 3 x breakfast
  • 3 x 3-course dinner
  • Entrance cathedral Antwerp

 

Antwerp – Amsterdam:

  • 5 days/4 nights
  • 4 x breakfast
  • 4 x 3-course dinner

 

Both tours:

Packed lunches

Coffee and tea on board

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

Some short walking tours

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a regular bike

Use of a helmet

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Water bottle

Fees for ferries

Visit Kinderdijk mills

Wi-Fi

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Tour operators are obliged by applicable Dutch and European law to secure customer received funds and payments in the event of their own insolvency or bankruptcy (in accordance with Section 513a of the Dutch Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek) and EU Directive 2015/2302).

Boat Bike Tours (Chamber of Commerce register number 3714 7084) is a participant of SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden) and is registered under number 3.734. This registration can be checked on www.sgr.nl.

The participating tour operators are subject to the guarantee protection of the SGR insolvency guarantee system that is required by law in the Netherlands. Under SGR’s warranty, the prepaid travel sums will be reimbursed to the end user if the tour operator is financially unable to meet its contractual obligations. If the agreement includes transportation and the destination has already been reached, the return trip will be arranged.

Extended warranty policy during the Corona COVID-19 crisis:
“Corona Voucher” with SGR protection

 In the context of the exceptional circumstances resulting from the Corona COVID-19 crisis, all registered participants in SGR may issue so-called “Corona Vouchers” if the organizing tour operator is unable to carry out a tour due to official measures and other serious circumstances of force majeure, and therefore have to cancel the trip.

This means that a Corona voucher offered to the customer by Boat Bike Tours is accepted under the protection of the SGR guarantee system, and – for this reason – all payments and deposits made by a customer are and remain secured.

On March 16, 2020, the Board of Directors of the SGR adopted the following resolution:

  1. As of March 16, 2020, SGR will consider vouchers from tour operators participating in SGR as covered by SGR within the meaning of Article 3 of the SGR Guarantee System, subject to points 2 through 7 of this Decision.
  2. This cover only applies if the voucher fulfills the model voucher stipulated by SGR, and only for vouchers issued in the event of a cancellation of trips in connection with the inability to carry out the trip in connection with the occurrence of unavoidable and exceptional circumstances as a result of the Corona COVID-19 Virus and provided that the value of the voucher is clearly filled out and the voucher contains the name “Corona voucher”.
  3. The value of the voucher cannot be higher than the payment already made for the trip, which had to be canceled due to the Corona COVID-19 virus and for which the SGR guarantee originally applied.
  4. The voucher must contain an express validity period of a maximum of one (1) year after the date of issue.
  5. The voucher must state that the SGR guarantee system applies.
  6. This decision must be communicated on the SGR Website with a clear explanation of the particularities, timing and enforcement of Article 3 (10) (g) of the guarantee system for other vouchers and traveler checks.
  7. This decision regarding the right to issue of a special Corona voucher with a guarantee from SGR is temporary and expires on June 1, 2020, subject to the possibility for the Executive Board to extend this period after approval by the Supervisory Board.

This decision was approved by the SGR Board of Directors and is dated March 16, 2020.

Note: The above translations about SGR are not official SGR translations. SGR only communicates in Dutch and English. The Dutch text on the SGR guarantee system is generally binding.

Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Surplus for E-bike rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information - 2020
  • Rental bicycle (incl. helmet and water bottle): free
  • Rental E-Bike (incl. helmet and water bottle): €75 surplus per tour (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/tour
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/tour

Please click on this link for more information

Transfer between Amsterdam and Antwerp: There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.omio.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.



Available ships for this tour

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Ship Magnifique (2021: Princesse Royal) Germany, Netherlands
max. 35 passengers
16 cabins
6 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique III Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
max. 40 passengers
21 cabins
6 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Magnifique IV Belgium, Netherlands
max. 36 passengers
18 cabins
6 tours available with this ship

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