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Bruges - Amsterdam: MS De Holland

Fantastic cycling from Belgium in the Netherlands

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
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Discover marvellous Belgium and the wonderful Netherlands by water and on land. You cycle on flat cycle paths from Bruges to Amsterdam. In Belgium, the historic Flemish cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp are on the programme. Once you have reached the Netherlands, you will be amazed by the impressive country houses, the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk and a farmer's cheese dairy. Gabled and patrician houses, narrow alleyways, magnificent churches and the charm of bygone times await you at every turn.

This trip is perfect for:

  • Nature lovers: You'll get your money's worth on this tour. Discover the diverse nature of the region around you! Let yourself be impressed!
  • City fanatics who want to stroll through small alleyways.
  • Indecisive travellers: On this tour you don't have to choose between bike and boat, use both!

Highlights

Bruges
As the capital of the province of West Flanders, Bruges is a tourist center of the region and is affectionately known by its inhabitants as "Belgium's Venice" because of its many canals and bridges. Visitors to the city can expect hospitable inhabitants, a medieval city center and sights as far as the eye can see.

Bruges

Ghent
Ghent is a compact, authentic city where past and present are in perfect harmony. A walk through the city can be compared to a journey through time.

Ghent

Antwerp
Antwerp - Scheldt city, Rubens city, diamond city, fashion city, port city, ... The many facets make Antwerp a city as it should be.

Antwerp

Dordrecht
The large inland center of Dordrecht is located in the south of the province of South Holland between the Rhine and the Meuse and their numerous branches.

Dordrecht

Windmills of Kinderdijk
Your photo collection from your trip to the Netherlands should not be missing at least one of the windmills of Kinderdijk.

Windmills Kinderdijk

Utrecht
The old and historic city of Utrecht is home to many buildings that were built in the early Middle Ages. Until Utrecht was surpassed by Amsterdam in the Dutch Golden Age, it was the most important city in the Netherlands.

Utrecht

Amsterdam
Amsterdam is unique among European metropolises. Compared to other world cities, Amsterdam is quite small, but offers all the advantages of a metropolis - a multitude of historical sights, world-famous museums and a distinct nightlife.

Amsterdam

 

Bruges - Amsterdam: MS De Holland

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Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
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The MS De Holland was completely renovated in winter 2017/2018. With a length of approx. 78.3 m and a width of approx. 7.3 m, the MS De Holland is a small and cosy cruise ship. There are 33 outside cabins for a maximum of 66 guests. There are a total of 23 cabins on the lower deck and 9 cabins and one suite on the upper deck. The twin cabins on the lower deck are all approx. 10 square metres in size. They are equipped with adjustable air conditioning, a ventilation system, a small wardrobe, digital TV, mini safe, hairdryer, 230 V sockets and a bathroom with washbasin, shower, WC and toiletries. There is a window (approx. 80 x 40 cm), but this cannot be opened for safety reasons. All cabins have two single beds set up as a double bed, although three of the twin cabins have two single beds set up in an L-shape and a folding bed as an optional third bed.

The 9 twin cabins and the suite on the upper deck have the same facilities as the twin cabins on the lower deck, although the suite is significantly larger at approx. 13 square metres. All cabins on the upper deck have a French balcony (floor-to-ceiling glazed sliding door) instead of a window. The beds in all upper deck cabins are set up as double beds (160 x 200 cm), but can also be set up as two single beds on request (please specify when booking). The upper deck offers a spacious saloon with WLAN and large panoramic windows. Here you will find the small restaurant, a bar and the lounge with lovely seating areas. The partially covered sun deck with chairs and loungers invites you to linger. The bicycles are stored on a separate part of the deck.

Deck plan MS De Holland

Tour

Embarkation from 2 pm after individual arrival in Bruges. Take a short first cycle tour to explore the city. After dinner and a welcome from the ship's crew, you will have the opportunity to take a short guided tour of Bruges.

First, the boat takes you a short distance from Bruges, where you then hop on your bikes. You cycle through the enchanting landscape along the Ghent-Bruges Canal in Flanders. Ghent awaits you with its impressive city centre and a multitude of sights that are well worth a visit. In the Middle Ages, Ghent was the second largest city in Europe. Your ship moors for the night at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent about 30 minutes by bike from the city centre.

After breakfast in Ghent, get on your bikes and follow the river downstream through a picturesque landscape along the tidal river Scheldt to Dendermonde, where the Dender and Scheldt rivers meet. This section of your journey is undoubtedly a natural highlight. Your ship is moored in Dendermonde today, even overnight, so you can still visit the town in the evening.

Today you follow the course of the Scheldt further downstream via the towns of Temse and Baasrode to Antwerp. The picturesque waterway is the perfect backdrop for a successful cycle and boat trip! Your destination today is the harbour city of Antwerp, which became famous as a trading centre for diamonds in the 15th century and is now considered the world capital of the diamond trade. In Antwerp, you are spoilt for choice as to which sights you would like to visit.

In the morning, your boat will take you across the Scheldt-Rhine Canal to the gigantic Kreekrak lock. Once there, you get on your bikes and explore the "Wouwse Plantage" forest area. Your destination is Tholen, once a small fishing village on an island that has been connected to the mainland since the completion of the delta project. The MS De Holland will then take you to the impressive Volkerak locks and on to Dordrecht, where you will have the opportunity to take a short tour of the city in the evening.

Take the "Waterbus" to Alblasserdam, where your cycle tour starts today. You cycle quickly to Kinderdijk with its 19 famous windmills standing in a row. You then cycle on via Schoonhoven to Vianen an der Lek, where your boat docks overnight. After dinner, you have time to explore the town.

You enjoy your breakfast and the MS De Holland takes you to Breukelen. Once there, your last cycle tour begins along the picturesque River Vecht. Marvel at the numerous manor houses, small castles and magnificent country houses. You cycle through Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland and on to Nigtevecht. Here you have the opportunity to visit a traditional cheese dairy before setting off for the fortified town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam. Your ship will be waiting for you there. You will spend your last evening in Amsterdam. Make the most of the time and visit Amsterdam and all its sights.

Ihre Reise endet hier. Die Ausschiffung erfolgt bis 9:30 Uhr, danach treten Sie ihre individuelle Heimreise an.

Changes of the itinerary:

The skipper as captain of the ship reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and nautical peculiarities!

2025: SGR Guaranteefund:

For this trip, there is a fee of 5.00 euros per traveller for the SGR guarantee fund. This fee is mandatory in the Netherlands and will be shown separately on the invoice.

 

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with shower/toilet
  • Air-conditioned cabin
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch
  • 6 x 3-course-dinner  (no dinner in Antwerp)
  • Coffee and tea daily
  • Welcome talk and welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Bed linen and towels
  • On-board tour guide and daily route briefing
  • Maps and detailed route description (1 x per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
Worth knowing about the bike & boat bike tour Bruges - Amsterdam

Below you will find specific information about the bike & boat bike tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. If you have any further questions about this trip, just give us a call: Tel .: 06421 - 886890

Arrival by train

You arrive in Bruges at Stationsplein, the main train station. From there the mooring is not far away!

Current DB timetable information can be found very conveniently on the homepage of the German train company (Deutsche Bahn): Train Timetable

Arrival by car

The ship's berth is in Bruges near the central station.
If you are arriving by car, we recommend that you first drive to the ship's dock and drop off your luggage and, if necessary, your bicycles. Afterwards we recommend to use one of the indicated parking facilities.

You will receive detailed information about the location of the ship and other information with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your trip.

Parking in Bruges

Buiten Begijnenvest at the central station, approx. 20 minutes walk to the pier.
A parking lot costs about 4,00 € per day. The parking lots are monitored. (as of 2024)

Embarkation

On the day of arrival, you can bring your luggage on board from approx. 11:00 a.m. Embarkation and check-in, however, do not begin until 2:00 p.m. 

Luggage

For reasons of space we would like to ask you to refrain from bringing hard-sided luggage, the storage space in the cabin is very limited!

Lactose-free and gluten-free food

If you require lactose-free or gluten-free food, this is possible on board, but only for an additional charge of €8.15 per person per day (as of 2024), payable on board. Please indicate when booking if you require a lactose-free or gluten-free diet.

Available rental bikes

Available for rental are so-called unisex bikes (suitable for both men and women). They all have the 7-speed hub gears with hand brake as well as luggage bag and are available in different frame heights. 
The e-bikes are equipped with 7 gears, 6 levels of assistance, hand brakes only and luggage carrier bag. 

Bringing your own bike

You can bring your own bike to a limited extent. There is a small amount of space available for this on the ship "MS De Holland" for an additional charge. Pre-registration is required to bring your own bicycle.

Return transfer to the starting point of the trip

There are good train connections between Amsterdam and Bruges. 

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

Guaranteefund € 5.00 per person, will be shown separately on the invoice (for 2025), 1 Dinner in Antwerp , drinks, entrance fees and excursions not listed in the included services as well as expenses for personal use are not included in the tour price.

7 day hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

We recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Your travel expert for this tour

I provide you with advice and assistance

Silja Pohland

Travel Expert

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