Embarkation from 2 pm after individual arrival in Bruges. Take a short first bike tour to explore the city. After dinner and welcome by the ship's crew, there will be an opportunity for a short city tour of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your route today starts with a short boat trip. After breakfast, you'll hop on your bikes just past Bruges and cycle through the enchanting Flemish countryside along the Ghent-Bruges Canal. The city center impresses with its beautifully lit streets, and the abundance of historic architecture is a real treat for the eyes. 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 center.
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 rivers Dender and Scheldt meet. In this section of the Scheldt, the speed of the ship is influenced by the tides. Your overnight stay today is in Dendermonde, where your ship docks.
Today you will follow the course of the Scheldt further downstream via the towns of Temse and Baasrode to Antwerp. Over the centuries, this stretch of the Scheldt has had a strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spaniards and even Napoleon. Today, this picturesque waterway provides the perfect backdrop for a successful bike and boat trip! Your destination today is the port city of Antwerp, which became known as a diamond trading center as early as the 15th century and is now considered the world capital of the diamond trade. In this fascinating city, numerous sights await you, waiting to be discovered by you.
This morning the ship continues its journey along the Scheldt-Rhine canal to the impressive Kreekrak locks. Here your bike tour begins through the forest area "Wouwse Plantage". Your destination is Tholen, once a small fishing village on an island. However, due to the completion of the Delta Project, the village is now connected to the mainland. You will then rejoin the ship and pass the impressive Volkerak locks on your way to Dordrecht. In Dordrecht, a short walking tour is offered in the evening.
With the "Waterbus" you go to Alblasserdam. After a short ride you will reach the famous Kinderdijk by bike. This area is known worldwide because of its 19 windmills, which stand side by side. You will then continue your bike ride via Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the Lek River. Here your ship will dock for tonight, and after dinner you will have time to explore the town on a walking tour.
During breakfast your ship sets course for Breukelen. From there, you will cycle along the picturesque Vecht River. Along its banks, numerous mansions, small castles and magnificent country houses with extensive gardens extend to the shore. On your bike tour through the villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland you finally reach Nigtevecht. Here you have the opportunity to visit a traditional cheese dairy. Your journey continues via the fortified town of Muiden to Amsterdam. There you will meet your ship again and spend the last night in the port of Amsterdam before departing the next day.
Your journey ends here. Disembarkation takes place until 9:30 am, after which you start your individual journey home.
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!
We are glad to offer this tour as a guided tour. If you choose this option a guide will cycle with you during the day and show you a lot of interesting towns and the most outstanding places.
Prices / Dates
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
- 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
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 3,50 € per day (2022). The parking lots are monitored. (as of 2023)
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.
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!
Tour guide on board
The tour guide offers daily guided cycling tours. Detailed cycling maps and route tips are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace; the tour guide can always be reached by cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.
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 Magnifique 3" for an additional charge: €10.00 per regular bicycle or €25.00 per electric bicycle. 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
1 Dinner, 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.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, 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.