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Highlights of this tour

Visit Bruges’s UNESCO-listed old center

Explore charming and historic Ghent

Bike along the Scheldt tidal river

Savour fine Belgium beers and chocolate

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. 4 or 5 days

The Bruges to Antwerp bike and barge tour is an absolute cycling classic that takes you through an enchanting river landscape bookended by these two iconic Belgian cities. During this four-day, three-night tour you’ll not only have the opportunity to discover Belgium’s enchanting rivers and canals, but you’ll also visit and explore the historic gems of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. Along the way you’ll cycle through traditional little Belgian villages, visit several famous local landmarks and, last but certainly not least, have the chance to experience Belgium’s superb culinary culture for yourself. Enjoy a coffee or delicious local beer in an authentic Belgian pub, where the locals love to raise a glass, especially when you arrive by bike.

You cycle at your own pace, while your tour guide is only one phone call away for any questions or in case of problems or emergencies. The Bruges – Antwerp or v.v. route is a semi-guided tour. This means that you will receive a daily briefing from the tour guide and that you will cycle at your own pace. Please note that the tour guide will cycle the recreational cycle tour and can only provide assistance at a distance.

The routes, approx. 80 and 140 kilometers (49.7 and 87 mi.) long, are specially designed for fast cyclists who like to ride more kilometers. The overview maps of the daily cycling routes can be found under ‘photos’.

Recreational cyclists
This trip has also been developed for recreational cyclists. So, you can easily book this trip together with a group that prefers to cycle recreationally. More information about the recreational cycling routes can be found at: Bruges – Antwerp

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

Day to day program Bruges to Antwerp

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 (Sat): Bruges (15 km/9 mi.) | Bruges – Ghent

Embarkation time in Bruges is between 1-1.30 p.m. The ship will be awaiting you in the Bruges harbor. After a welcome meeting with the crew at 1.30pm, the ship departs at 2 p.m. from Bruges to a suburb where there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. During dinner the barge sails into Ghent, a lively university city, again one with a rich past. The city has its origins in Roman Times, at the place where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years, which had its peak late 13th, early 14th century. Textile industry brought great wealth. In the city center many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers’ Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet. Major church is St. Baafs’ Cathedral, raised in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of masterpieces of mediaeval painting, of which the ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck is the most famous.

We advise you to come to Bruges one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”. While you are there make sure you visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.

Day 2: Ghent – St. Amands (80 km/49.7 mi. or 120 km/74.5 mi.)

Today’s theme is Scheldt River.

  • Visit the historic center of Ghent or opt for more kilometers across the Flemish countryside
  • Bike the extra distance via Destelbergen, Lochristi and Evergem
  • Enjoy a drink on a café terrace at the Donkmeer
  • Cross the river at Appels and conquer a few small hills south of the river Scheldt

 

Day 3: St. Amands  – Antwerp (84 km/52.1 mi. or 140 km/87 mi.)

Today’s theme is Belgian countryside.

  • Enjoy the floodplains of the Scheldt tidal river
  • Follow the river Nete via the town of Duffel to Boom
  • Cross classic Belgian countryside in the direction of Lier
  • Enter Antwerp on relatively quiet roads through the many city parks

 

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.

  • A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available on board. He/she will provide you with all the necessary information during the daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, using GPS routes. The tour leader will cycle the daily recreational cycling tours and can be reached via his mobile phone in case of emergencies or technical faults. Click here for the GPS routes of this trip.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m..

Day to day program Antwerp to Bruges

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 – St. Amands (84 km/52.1 mi. or 140 km/87 mi.)

The theme of today is Belgian countryside.

  • Leave Antwerp on relatively quiet roads through the many city parks
  • Cross classic Belgian countryside in the direction of Lier
  • Follow the river Nete via the town of Duffel to Boom
  • Enjoy the floodplains of the Scheldt tidal river

 

Day 3: St. AmandsGhent (80 km/49.7 mi. or 120 km/74.5 mi. )

Today’s theme is Scheldt River.

  • Conquer a few small hills south of the river Scheldt
  • Cross the river at Appels and continue towards Donk
  • Enjoy a drink on a café terrace at the Donkmeer
  • Visit the historic center of Ghent or opt for more kilometers across the Flemish countryside
  • Bike the extra distance via Destelbergen, Lochristi and Evergem

Day 4: Ghent – Bruges (95 km /59 mi.)

Today’s theme is Belgian coast.

  • Follow the canal between Ghent and Bruges via Aalter-Brug and Sint-Joris
  • After passing Bruges, continue cycling over the Belgian countryside to the coast
  • Visit the coastal town of De Haan, where the boulevard is a pleasant place to be
  • Return to Bruges through the city’s beautiful surroundings

Day 5: Bruges

End 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.

  • A knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader is available on board. He/she will provide you with all the necessary information during the daily briefings. You will cycle the tours independently, at your own pace, using GPS routes. The tour leader will cycle the daily recreational cycling tours and can be reached via his mobile phone in case of emergencies or technical faults. Click here for the GPS routes of this trip.
  • 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. € 549 € 419 € 489 € 379 Premium twin (MAG) 2 pers. € 639 € 479 € 579 € 439 Upper deck suite (not on MAG) 2 pers. € 769 € 569 € 709 € 529 Single cabin (MAG/MAGIII) 1 pers. € 713.70 € 544.70 € 635.70 € 492.70 Twin for single use 1 pers. € 823.50 € 628.50 € 733.50 € 568.50 Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children, not on MAGIV) 3 pers. € 529 € 399 € 469 € 359 Premium Triple cabin (3rd bed only for children, MAG) 3 pers. € 609 € 459 € 559 € 419 Triple Upper deck Suite (3rd bed only for children, on MAGIII) 3 pers. € 739 € 539 € 679 € 499
Included in this tour

Bruges – Antwerp:

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

 

Antwerp – Bruges:

  • 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

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

Canal trip through Ghent

Wi-Fi

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

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
10 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
7 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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