MS Magnifique 3
Your ship awaits your arrival in the port of Bruges from 2pm. This is followed by the distribution of bicycles and a short exploration tour to get you in the mood. The day concludes with dinner, followed by an organized, short walking tour of the charming historic Old Town of Bruges, often known as the "Pearl of Flanders." For those planning a more extensive exploration of Bruges, we recommend traveling to Belgium a day or two before your trip begins.
Your first bike ride today will take you along the picturesque Ghent Canal through the enchanting Flemish countryside. Upon arrival, you will have the afternoon to explore this charming city. Ghent's city center captivates with its dreamily lit streets and impressive historic architecture. The ship will moor for the night at Merelbeke Lock, a suburb of Ghent located about 30 minutes by bike from the city center. Before dinner is served, you'll have the opportunity to join a guided canal tour of the historic city.
After breakfast, you will first enjoy a few more moments in Ghent. Later in the morning, you will set off by bike and follow the course of the river through a diverse landscape along the tidal river Scheldt to Dendermonde, located at the confluence of the rivers Dender and Scheldt. This section of the tour is undoubtedly one of the natural highlights. You will travel either by bike or by boat (depending on the tide) from Dendermonde to St. Amands. In St. Amands your ship will dock for the night.
Today you continue your journey downstream on the Scheldt River to Antwerp. Your destination today is Antwerp, a port city along the Scheldt River that became known as a hub for the diamond trade as early as the 15th century. Antwerp is also the birthplace of the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens.
This morning your ship continues its journey along the Scheldt-Rhine canal and reaches the imposing Kreekrak locks. Here your bike tour starts through the forest area "Wouwse Plantage", which leads you to Tholen. Once Tholen was a small fishing village on an island in the Dutch province of Zeeland. From Tholen you continue your journey by boat through the impressive Volkerak lock system until you reach Dordrecht - one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and your stage destination for tonight.
Today your journey begins with a 10-minute ride on the "Waterbus" to Alblasserdam. Your bike tour continues via Schoonhoven, with a stopover, until you reach Vianen - a small fortified town on the river Lek. Here the ship will dock for tonight, and after dinner you will have time to explore the area on a leisurely stroll.
During breakfast, the ship will sail to Breukelen, where you will disembark for your last bike ride. You will cycle along the beautiful river Vecht, on the banks of which there are numerous manor houses, small castles and magnificent country houses with extensive gardens. After passing the towns of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland by bike, you will arrive in Nigtevecht. Here you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional cheese farm. Your ride continues via Muiden until you finally reach Amsterdam, where you board the ship again for your last night in the port of Amsterdam.
Your journey ends in Amsterdam. After breakfast you will disembark the ship around 9:30 am and start your individual journey home. End of your trip.
Possible, necessary changes of the itinerary due to wind, weather and nautical peculiarities remain reserved to the skipper as captain of the ship at any time!
Prices / Dates
Services / Info
- 7 x overnight stays in the booked cabin
- 7 x breakfast
- 6 x dinner (3-course-menü) - no dinner in Bruges
- 6 x lunch pakets for bike tours
- Coffee and tea on board
- Welcome drink
- Daily briefing of program
- Air conditioned cabin
- Daily cleaning of the cabin
- Linen and towels
- Guided bike tours (2 tour guides)
- Some short guided city tours
- Fees for ferries
- Canal tour Ghent
- Entrance fee Red Star Line Museum Antwerpen
- Tasting of typical products in Belgium
- WLAN/ Wi-Fi
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 at www.bahn.de.
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.
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