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Location: Netherlands - Amsterdam
Price: From € 999,-

Bike and Barge Netherlands & Belgium: Amsterdam – Bruges | Magnifique, II and III

Experience the charm of a bygone era on this exciting 8 day, 7 night tour where you will discover the best of what Holland and Belgium has to offer.

The beautiful Dutch countryside of Zeeland en the western Flanders region of Belgium – Amsterdam to Bruges

During the day you will cycle to world famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, while at night you will relax in the comfort of your floating hotel the premium barge Magnifique, II or III. The cycling on this tour is through the beautiful – and flat – Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium. Attractions along the way include many charming villages, a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the 19 famous Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and the world famous cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges in the western Flanders region of Belgium. You will cycle through and discover the Dutch province of Zeeland, which is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works and the Flanders region of Belgium famous for its medieval towns and a reputation for superb food and drink. As well as being able to discover many picturesque villages each day – both on your bicycle and on foot – you will:

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

Your home away from home for the duration of the Amsterdam to Bruges tour is one of the premium barges Magnifique, II or III. Three of the most luxurious barges cruising Dutch and Belgian waterways, the Magnifique's.

NEW 2018: The MAGNIFIQUE'S 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.

NEW: in 2018 the Magnifique II tours start and end on WEDNESDAY and the tours with the Magnifique and Magnifique III start and end on SATURDAY.

 

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  • Dates/Prices

    The prices shown are prices per person in euro's. If you have any questions feel free to contact us

    3 or more cabins available
    2 or less cabins available

  • Ship Information

    Magnifique

    The premium barge Magnifique is 63 meters long, accommodates 30 guests, sails under the Dutch flag and management and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended by 14 meters during the winter of 2012/13. The lower deck has 16 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twins (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area) and 1 single cabin (approx. 9 M²). All cabins have portholes (portholes are fixed for safety reasons), en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (with unlimited data use). Two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables and cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.

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    Magnifique II

    The 63 meters (209 ft) long and 7.10 meters (23.3 ft) wide premium barge Magnifique II was built in 2015/2016 and 34 guests can be accommodated on board to enjoy a very pleasant stay during their tour. The lower deck has 13 cabins: 1 premium twin cabin (approx. 13 M² | 139 sq.ft, 2 single beds next to each other and a small sitting area) and 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 M² | 118 sq.ft, 2 single beds next to each other). The upper deck has 4 beautiful suites (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area) with large panoramic windows. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have a 2 meter wide window (one of which can be opened).

    All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower and toilet), individually regulated air conditioning, a flat screen satellite TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in 2 twin cabins and 1 upper deck suite (above one of the other beds).

    The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant, bar and a lounge area  with a wide screen TV, large windows and Wi-Fi (unlimited use of data). There is a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and table on the aft deck for the use by guests and a cycle shed (front deck). The barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax on Top deck for beautiful views around.
    The Magnifique II sails under Dutch flag and management too. The hospitable crew looks forward to welcoming you on board.

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    Magnifique III

    After the overwhelming success of the premium barges Magnifique and the in 2016 launched Magnifique II, we can proudly announce the construction and launch of the new premium barge Magnifique III for April 2018. 

    Facts & figures:

    Number of guests: 40
    Length/width/draught: 70 m / 7.2 m / 1.6 m

    All cabins and suites have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Most cabins can also be booked as cabins with a double bed (on previous request only).

    Lower deck
    • 14 regular twin cabins (approx. 11 M² , 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
    • 2 single cabins

    Upper deck
    • 5 upper deck suites with a small sitting area and large windows (a part of the windows can be opened). (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
    • the spacious salon with large windows combines a restaurant area, bar and lounge
    • 2 screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real time position of the barge
    • large doors open to the partially roofed sundeck

    Top deck
    • a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax

  • Program Amsterdam-Bruges

    Tour Details Holland & Belgium: From Amsterdam to Bruges | Magnifique, II and III

    In 2018 the Magnifique II tours start and end on WEDNESDAY and the tours with the Magnifique and Magnifique III start and end on SATURDAY.

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam –  Vianen
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1 PM. At around 2 PM on one of the Magnifique's will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek River. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short first test bike ride through the surrounding area (approx. 5-15 km/3-9 mi.).

    Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (Approx. 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 and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

    Day 3: Dordrecht – Willemstad | Willemstad – Tholen (Approx. 43 km/26 mi.) | Tholen – Kreekrak lock – Antwerp
    As you enjoy your breakfast at one of the Magnifique's will sail to Willemstad where you will start your day’s cycling. Attractions today include the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak lock. In the afternoon you will once again board one of the Magnifique's which will sail 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 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 visit the beautiful old city center.

    Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands/Dendermonde (Approx. 47-59 km/28-35,5 mi.)
    This morning you will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the Schelde River to either St. Amands or Dendermonde – depending on the tides – 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: St. Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent (Approx. 53-40 km/32-24 mi.)
    Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where one of the Magnifique's will moor for the night at a lock in the suburb of Merelbeke. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. Since Roman times Ghent’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has ensured that it has been a successful trading port.  In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are 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 and the 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre.

    Day 6: Ghent – Bruges (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.)
    Today you will cycle from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’ and arguably the most beautiful of all the Flemish cities. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to see the picturesque medieval town center of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city and a long list of historic attractions. An outstanding example of a medieval historic 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 buildings 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. Dinner tonight will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).

    Day 7: 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 polderlandscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here if you want you can swim in the sea along an inviting 12 kilometer sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the 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: Disembarkation: Bruges
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 10 AM: End of your trip.

    Details: Parts printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    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.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    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). 
    NEW: The Magnifique's 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.
    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.

  • Program Bruges-Amsterdam

    Tour Details Belgium & Holland: From Bruges to Amsterdam | Magnifique, II and III

    In 2018 the Magnifique II tours start and end on WEDNESDAY and the tours with the Magnifique and Magnifique III start and end on SATURDAY.

    Day 1: Embarkation: Bruges
    Arrival and embarkation in Bruges. One of the Magnifique's 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 UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical city of Bruges, aptly named the “Pearl of Flanders”, during the afternoon and in the evening. 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: Bruges – Ghent (Approx. 56 km/34 mi.)
    Your cycle tour starts early today on the outskirts of Bruges following the distribution of bicycles after breakfast. You will start your first day of cycling by pedalling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent’s town centre features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical centre of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris). One of the Magnifique's will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 15 cycling minutes to the city centre.

    Day 3: Ghent – Dendermonde/St. Amands (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 located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. During this section of the Schelde the speed of one of the Magnifique's will be determined by the height of the tide. 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: St. Amands/Dendermonde  Temse – Antwerp (Approx. 47/59 km/28/35 mi.)
    Today we will follow the Schelde River further downstream through the Temse region to Antwerp. Over the centuries the Schelde River has held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon… today it is a beautiful waterway just perfect for bike and barge holidays!  Antwerp, your destination for the day, is a harbour city 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. Dinner will be in town in a restaurant of your choice (recommendations available on board).

    Day 5: Antwerp – Kreekrak locks – Tholen | Tholen Willemstad Dordrecht (Approx. 34/43 km/20-26 mi.)
    The MS Magnifique's will sail this morning along the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the huge Kreekrak lock system to Tholen, a former fishing village in the Dutch province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will cycle along the impressive Volkerak lock system to the fortified town of Willemstad and then on to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and your destination for the day. The skipper will discuss with you in the morning which parts of the tour will be covered by barge or by bicycle.

    Day 6: Dordrecht – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)
    Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike 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 (where you will be moored for the evening and where you can explore at your leisure after dinner).

    Day 7: Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen Amsterdam (Approx. 46 km/28 mi.)
    During breakfast the Magnifique's 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 harbour.

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

    Details: Parts printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    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.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    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).
    NEW: The Magnifique's 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.
    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.

  • Included

    INCLUDED:
    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category , 8 days/7 nights from/to Amsterdam or Bruges;
    – Full board; 7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x three course dinner (dinner in Bruges, Antwerp respectively is not included);
    – 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;
    – 2 Tour leaders (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 travellers on his/her cell phone; daily fully guided bike tours;
    – Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Complimentary coffee and tea.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam and Bruges;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Dinner in Bruges, Antwerp respectively (1x);
    – Rental bicycle or e-bike;
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fees;
    – 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 gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag and helmet: €75 per week (optional)
    Rental E-Bike incl. pannier bag and helmet: €165 per week (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early booking recommendable)

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  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    PRICES HOLLAND & FLANDERS MAGNIFIQUE 2018 , pricing per person:

     Cabins: for May – September  

    October

    Twin cabin    2 pers. € 1,079 €    999
    Premium twin   2 pers. € 1,279 € 1,199
    Single / Twin for single use 1 pers. € 1,429 € 1,349
    Triple cabin  3 pers. € 1,029 €    949
    Premium triple 3 pers. € 1,179 € 1,099

    Triple cabins are only on request available (limited, 4 per departure: 2 triple premium cabins and 2 normal triple cabins). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    DATES SEASON BARGE MAGNIFIQUE 2018 HOLLAND & FLANDERS (dd/mm):
    Amsterdam to Bruges:  departure on: 05/05, 19/05,  02/06, 16/06, 30/06, 14/07, 11/08, 25/08, 08/09, 22/09, 06/10;
    Bruges to Amsterdam:  departure on: 12/05, 26/05, 09/06, 23/06, 07/07, 21/07, 18/08, 01/09, 15/09, 29/09, 13/10.
    On other dates  the barge offers some cycling cruises on a NEW Route “Best of Holland”, short break Tulip Cruises in Springtime.

    PRICES HOLLAND & FLANDERS MAGNIFIQUE II 2018, per person:

      Cabins: For  
    May – Sept.

     October
    Twin cabin 2 pers.  €  1,079 €    999
    Premium twin 2 pers. €   1,279 € 1,199
    Upperdeck Suite 2 pers.  €  1,479 € 1,399
    twin for Single use 1 pers.  €  1,429 € 1,349
    Triple cabin 3 pers.  €  1,029 €    949
    Triple upperdeck cabin 3 pers.  €  1,379 € 1,299

    Triple cabins are only on request available (limited, 3 per departure: 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple lower deck ). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    DATES SEASON BARGE MAGNIFIQUE II 2018 HOLLAND & FLANDERS (dd/mm):

    NEW: in 2018 this tour starts and ends on WEDNESDAY

    Amsterdam to Bruges:  departure on: 09/05, 23/05, 06/06, 20/06, 04/07, 18/07, 15/08, 29/08, 12/09, 26/09 and 10/10;
    Bruges-Amsterdam:  departure on: 30/05, 13/06, 27/06, 11/07, 08/08, 22/08, 05/09, 19/09 and 03/10.
    On other dates  the barge offers some cycling cruises “Across Flanders” between Bruges and Brussels (info on request), short break Tulip Cruises in Springtime.

    PRICES HOLLAND & FLANDERS MAGNIFIQUE III 2018, per person:

      Cabins: For  
    April – Sept.

     October
    Twin cabin 2 pers.  €  1,079 €    999
    Upper deck Suite 2 pers.  €  1,479 € 1,399
    Single cabin 1 pers.  €  1,429 € 1,349
    Triple cabin 3 pers.  €  1,029 €    949
    Triple upper deck cabin 3 pers.  €  1,379 € 1,299

    Triple cabins are only on request available (limited, 3 per departure: 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple lower deck ). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    DATES SEASON BARGE MAGNIFIQUE III 2018 HOLLAND & FLANDERS (dd/mm):

    Amsterdam to Bruges:  departure on: 28/04, 26/05, 09/06, 23/06, 21/07, 04/08 and 01/09;
    Brugge-Amsterdam:  departure on: 05/05, 02/06, 16/06, 30/06, 28/07, 11/08 and 06/10.
    On other dates  the barge offers some cycling cruises on a NEW Route “Best of Holland”, short break Tulip Cruises in Springtime.

  • Good to know

    BICYCLES:
    The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand and pedal brake and a pannier bag. There are also some E-Bikes (on request) available.  The E-bike is Kreidler Vitality P-200 Shimano 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 seats (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). 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. There are bike helmets available on board (for free, included in the bike rental).

    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: Oct. 31, 2017

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