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Location: Netherlands - Amsterdam
Price: From € 699,-

Bike and Barge Netherlands & Belgium: Amsterdam – Bruges | MS Fluvius

The Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge cycle tour is an exciting and diverse holiday experience that highlights some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Belgium. On a daily basis you will cycle through a variety of flat landscapes through charming villages and historic cities while cruising along the impressive waterways of Zeeland, the River Schelde and the picturesque Vecht and Lek Rivers. The tour is perfect for families who want to cycle together and enjoy barge life or, for that matter, anyone wanting to enjoy a delightful week of cycling to a long list of historic destinations.

The picturesque Vecht, charming villages and the Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk – Amsterdam to Bruges

During the course of the 8 day, 7 night tour you will visit the world famous cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges – each in their own right are destinations of significance with a long list of sights and attractions to discover. Along the way you will cycle through the beautiful Dutch landscape of Zeeland, will visit a real Dutch cheese farm and 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and will discover the western Flanders region of Belgium. The province of Zeeland is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works, while the Flanders region of Belgium boasts a number of world famous medieval towns and has a well-deserved reputation for superb food and drink. As well as cycling through many picturesque villages each day, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to discover Amsterdam
  • Visit Antwerp, a city famous for its vibrant nightlife
  • Get the opportunity to explore Ghent
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center of Bruges

NEW: The Fluvius will have two tour guides for guided cycling in smaller groups; guests can opt for longer/shorter of quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route). Only available when there are at least 18 guests on board.

For the duration of the tour you will live and travel on board your floating hotel, the barge MS Fluvius. The former cargo barge was totally rebuilt and extended in 2003 and is now a luxury river cruise barge that caters for up to 38 guests in 19 luxury twin cabins.

NEW: In winter 2017-2018, 4 additional upper deck double cabins will be created. The capacity of the vessel will be expanded from 36 to 44 passengers.

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  • Ship information

    MS Fluvius

    The comfortable river cruiser MS Fluvius has been a popular choice for guests for a number of years now on the Amsterdam to Bruges cycle tour. On board this cozy ship, which caters for a maximum of 44 guests, are a total of 18 twin and 4 double bed cabins. The lower deck has 14 twin cabins (approx. 10 M² = 108 sq.) and one smaller twin cabin (approx. 9 M² = 97  sq.) and on the upper deck there are 3 twin cabins (approx. 10 M² = 108 sq.). In winter 2017-2018, 4 additional upper deck double cabins (approx. 12 M² = 129  sq.) with a large panoramic window (ceiling to floor) that can be opened will be created.

    All twin cabins have 2 low separate single beds, the 4 new cabins have a 140×200 cm double bed. All cabins have an air-conditioning unit that is individually adjustable, a ventilation system and a window (windows in twin cabins are fixed) and en-suite bathroom with shower/toilet and hairdryer. The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large sun deck of the 70 meter-long ship are sitting places (tables and chairs) and storage room for the bikes. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and management.

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  • Program Amsterdam-Bruges

    Tour Details Netherlands & Belgium: From Amsterdam to Bruges | MS Fluvius

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Vianen
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 PM. At around 2 PM the MS Fluvius will leave Amsterdam and will sail to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek, where you will spend the night. Here the bicycles will be distributed and you can enjoy a short bike ride (5-15 km/3-9 mi.).

    Day 2 (Sun): Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Alblasserdam (Approx. 56 km/34 mi.) | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht
    After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit – which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. Nearby Alblasserdam the barge will pick you up to sail to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

    Day 3 (Mon): Dordrecht – Tholen | Tholen – Kreekrak lock (Approx. 34 km/20 mi.) | Kreekrak lock – Antwerp
    During breakfast the MS Fluvius will sail to Tholen where you will start your day’s cycling by visiting the “Wouwse Plantage” forest. Other attractions on the day are the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak lock. After once again meeting up with the MS Fluvius you will finish your day by sailing to the port city of Antwerp which is situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds and has many attractions that include: 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 visit the beautiful old city center.

    Day 4 (Tue): Antwerp – Temse – Dendermonde (Approx. 55 km/34 mi.)
    Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.

    Day 5 (Wed): Dendermonde – Ghent (Approx. 53-40 km/32-24 mi.)
    This morning you will either start cycling from St. Amands or will sail to Dendermonde where you will start cycling. From Dendermonde you continue to follow the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent where the MS Fluvius will moor for the night at a lock in Lovendegem. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. The city’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has meant that it has been a major trading port since Roman times. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. A major attraction is St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept.

    Day 6 (Thu): Ghent – Bruges (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.)
    Today you will pedal from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’. The city attracts more than two million visitors every year who come for the ambience of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center. An outstanding example of a medieval settlement, Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the city’s original Gothic constructions form an integral part of the town's identity. While you are here you can 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 7 (Fri): Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)
    Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in the sea along an inviting 12 kilometre sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (a unique nature reserve). On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Bruges
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 10 AM: End of your trip.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day it is possible to load your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.
    Your tour guide will guide the bike tour daily, however it is also possible to ride the bike tour individually (self-guided).
    Tour descriptions and detailed cycling maps are available on board for anyone interested in taking the self-guided option.
    The guide can be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.

    NEW 2018: The Fluvius will have two tour guides for guided cycling in smaller groups; guests can opt for longer/shorter of quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route). Only available when there are at least 18 guests on board.

  • Program Bruges-Amsterdam

    Tour Details Belgium & Netherlands: From Bruges to Amsterdam | MS Fluvius

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Bruges
    The MS Fluvius awaits you in the Bruges harbour. Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from early in the afternoon. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”, during the afternoon and in the evening.

    Day 2 (Sun): Bruges – Ghent (Approx. 56 km/34 mi.)
    Your cycle tour starts today as the MS Fluvius sails out of Bruges early in the morning. Following the distribution of bicycles out of town after breakfast you will start pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent enjoy the best of what this beautiful city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. The town center of Ghent features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical center of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris). The MS Fluvius will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 15 cycling minutes to the city center.

    Day 3 (Mon): Ghent – Dendermonde (Approx. 40-53 km/24-32 mi.)
    After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde which is located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. The skipper will discuss with guests the departure time of today’s tour which may vary depending on whether it is high or low tide and the subsequent speed of the barge. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bike or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands.

    Day 4 (Tue): Dendermonde Antwerp (Approx. 59 km/35.4 mi.)
    Today we will follow the Schelde River further downstream through the Temse region and the small village of Baasrode to Antwerp. This part of the route is along a most beautiful and twisting section of the Schelde which over the centuries held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbour city situated on the river Schelde famous for handling up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds and as the birthplace of the famous painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens. There are many highlights in the city to discover 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 5 (Wed): Antwerp – Kreekrak locks | Kreekrak locks Tholen (Approx. 34 km/20 mi.) | Tholen Willemstad Dordrecht 
    The MS Fluvius will sail this morning along the Schelde-Rhine Canal to the huge Kreekrak lock system. From here your bike tour to Tholen, a former fishing village in the Dutch province of Zeeland starts. You will cycle through the “Wouwse Plantage” and along the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom. From Tholen you will cruise with the ship through the impressive Volkerak lock system, along the fortified town of Willemstad and then on to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands and your destination for the day. 

    Day 6 (Thu): Dordrecht  Alblasserdam | Alblasserdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)
    The barge will bring you to Alblasserdam . From here you will cycle to 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 where you will spend the evening. Since the 17th century Schoonhoven – nicknamed Silver City – has been renowned for its talented silversmiths.

    Day 7 (Fri): Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen Amsterdam (Approx. 46 km/28 mi.)
    During breakfast the MS Fluvius will cruise to Breukelen where you disembark and start your final day of cycling. Ride along the Vecht River in an area famous for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. After cycling through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you 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 harbour.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 10 AM: End of your trip. If you wish, you can explore Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or go on a canal tour (not included).

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day it is possible to load your luggage on board from 9:30 AM.
    Your tour guide will guide the bike tour daily, however it is also possible to ride the bike tour individually (self-guided).
    Tour descriptions and detailed cycling maps are available on board for anyone interested in taking the self-guided option.
    The guide can be reached on his/her mobile phone in cases of emergency or technical breakdown of the bicycle.

    NEW 2018: The Fluvius will have two tour guides for guided cycling in smaller groups; guests can opt for longer/shorter of quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route). Only available when there are at least 18 guests on board.

  • Included

    INCLUDED:
    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category, 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam or Bruges;
    – Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner);
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin;
    – Welcoming drink and speech on the first evening;
    – Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free); During the day the tour leader will cycle the daily bike tour and can be reached by individual  travelers on his/her cell phone; daily fully guided bike tours;
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam and Bruges;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Rental bicycle;
    – Rental bike helmet;
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fee;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Fees for ferries (approx. €5) and Waterbus (€4);
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion);
    – Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated.

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €75 per week (optional)
    Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommendable)
    Rental Bike helmet: € 10 per week/piece (optional)

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    PRICES 2018 HOLLAND & FLANDERS barge FLUVIUS (per person):

     Cabins: for  

    MID SEASON
    21/04, 29/09

     

    MAIN SEASON
    28/04 – 22/09

    Twin cabin below deck  2 pers.  €     849  €     899
    Small twin cabin below deck 2 pers.  €     799  €     849
    Twin cabin top deck  2 pers.  €     999  €  1,049
    Upper deck double cabin 2 pers.  €  1,099  €  1,149
    Twin cabin below deck for single use 1 pers.  €     999  €  1,049
    Twin cabin upper deck for single use  1 pers.   on request  on request

    DATES SEASON 2018 HOLLAND & FLANDERS MS FLUVIUS (dd/mm):
    Amsterdam to Bruges:  departure on: 21/04, 05/05, 19/05, 02/06, 16/06, 30/06, 14/07, 28/07, 11/08, 25/08, 08/09, 22/09.
    Bruges to Amsterdam:  departure on: 28/04, 12/05, 26/05, 09/06, 23/06, 07/07, 21/07, 04/08, 18/08, 01/09, 15/09, 29/09.

  • Good to know

    BICYCLES:
    The bicycles on board are all unisex touring or trekking bicycles of the brand ‘Bikkel’ with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, a hand- and pedal brake and a pannier bag. There are some bikes with only hand brakes available. There are also a few E-Bikes (on request) available.  The E-bike is a Bikkel ibee t2 with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).
    Other bikes (e.g. E-Bikes, children’s bikes, “slip streamers”) and child’s saddles (rear) are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation.
    Bike rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles (at no extra cost, max. 15 own bikes per departure date). However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.

    In the Netherlands and Belgium cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Please bring your own – good fitting – helmet. There are rental bike helmets on board (price € 10 per helmet, please pre-reserve and pay by booking).

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours. In principle, children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you to satisfy yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of ca. 55 km. Of course you may stay one or more days longer on board (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision). The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Updated: July 21st, 2017

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