On even trails from highlight to highlight
Amsterdam – Bruges by bike and ship
A dream cycling holiday by ship and bike. On completely even and well indicated bike tails you will find your way from the metropolis of Amsterdam to the town centre of Bruges, whose medieval Old Town was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2000. On your way, one highlight is followed by another: Among them are Holland’s impressive country residences, a cheese dairy and the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. In Belgium, beautiful Flemish towns of historical flair will be visited. Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges overbid each other in their overwhelming beauty. Gabled and Patrician houses, narrow streets and ostentatious churches equipped by Peter Paul Rubens, Jan van Eyck and Michelangelo will seam your way with the charm of past times.
With a length of 62 metres and a maximum capacity of 35 guests, the MS Magnifique was rebuilt in 2012 / 2013 especially for combined bike- and boattrips. 17 cabins offer sleeping space: 11 double cabins of 11m², 4 premium twin cabins of 14m² and two single cabins of 8m². Each of them is equipped with shower, toilet, flat-screen TV and air-condition that can be adjusted individually. The living area composed of lounge and bar supplies a cosy flair, just like the dining area with its huge windows. The sundeck is partly canopied and offers enough space. On the quarterdeck you find a whirlpool and a grill-station.
1. day Arriving in Amsterdam + 15 km bike trip
Individual journey to Amsterdam. Embarkation starts at 1 p.m.. At 2. p.m., the ship leaves Amsterdam for a panorama trip to Nigtevecht. Your first bike trip leads along the winding Vecht. Today’s destination is Vianen by the river Lek, it will be reached comfortably by ship.
2. day Dordrecht 50 km
A day full of highlights! A lovely route takes you to Schoonhoven. Through the impressive polder landscape, you will arrive in Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills lined up in a row wait to be marveld at (UNESCO World Heritage Site). After an interesting visit, your ship takes you to Dordrecht, one of Holland’s oldest towns. Its historical town centre lies impressively embedded between mighty rivers. Enjoy a view over Europe’s most frequented river intersection! This wide divide with the cloudy Dutch sky served as a popular source of inspiration for paintors and poets for several hundred years. You will spend the night in the historical harbor Wolwevershafen. A worthwhile walk around town will you’re your evening after dinner.
3. day Antwerp 35 km
During breakfast, you will be shipped to Tholen. Here you start your cycle tour through the forrests of "Wouwse Plantage " to Bergen op Zoom and on to the impressive
watergate construction "Kreekrakschleuse". By ship you pass Antwerp harbour and continue to the old city centre.The town is known as the birthplace of the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens. Discover Antwerp on your own, marvelling at the manorial houses around the Grote Markt and make sure to visit the cathedral “Onze Lieve Vrouwe" with works by Rubens. After dinner, you are invited to participate in our walk around town
4. day Dendermonde 42 - 56 km
After breakfast, you will first cycle to the mouthing of the Schelde. From there you will follow this beautiful but moody tidal river up-stream. Enjoy the bike trail on the Scheldedam and let your glances wander around the varying landscape. If you wish so, you can return onboard in Temse after having spent about 30km in your saddle, but the cycling route gets more and more worthwhile! Passing nice inns and small ferry harbors, you will soon reach St. Amands or Dendermonde. You can finish this day with a beer tasting.
5. day Gent 40 - 53 km
You will accomplish the stage from St. Amands or Dendermonde along the Schelde to Ghent in no time. You can be looking forward to visiting this lively university town with its rich past. In Roman times, Ghent emerged at the confluence of the rivers Leie and Schelde. This fortunate situation brought wealth into the town over many years, primarily during the 13th and 14th century when the cloth industry boomed. On a walk around town, you will discover the numerous Patrician houses, the belfry, the count’s residence, which is one of the most meaningful Roman castles of Belgium, and of course the St.-Bavo-cathedral (1300-1538) with the famous altar of Ghent, designed by Jan van Eyck.
6. day Bruges 45 km
In Merelbeke you will get back on your bikes to cycle comfortably through the even landscape from Western Flanders to Bruges. Here, one of the trip’s higlights will already be waiting for you: Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, is often designated the most beautiful Flemish town. Its Old Town, dating from the Middle Ages, has almost not been touched and presents itself today with the flair of a dollhouse. The medieval town centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Discover the great market place, the town hall, the cloth hall, the belfry, the beguinage and the church of Our Lady with the Madonna by Michelangelo. After dinner, you are welcome to join our walk around town. Bruges is worth every minute of the stay.
7. day Circle tour to the North Sea 45 km
On your last stage you cycle along a smooth channel bordered by poplars. Through the polder landscape you approach the North Sea and a sandy beach with a length of 12 km. In the afternoon you return to Bruges along the dunes of nature reserve "Het Zwin".
8. day Departing from Bruges
Your trip ends after breakfast at 10.00 a.m. with debarkation.
Depending on the arrival date the tour starts either in Amsterdam or in Bruges.
Direction Amsterdam – Bruges:
22.05. / 05.06. / 17.07. / 31.07./ 14.08. / 11.09. / 25.09. / 09.10.2019
Direction Bruges – Amsterdam:
29.05. / 12.06. / 26.06. / 24.07. / 07.08. / 21.08. / 18.09. / 02.10. / 16.10.2019
The travel itinerary differs slightly. We will gladly send you more detailed information.
Je nach Reisetermin startet die Reise in Amsterdam oder Brügge
Anreisetermine Fahrtrichtung Amsterdam – Brügge:
06.05. / 20.05./ 03.06. / 17.06./ 15.07. / 29.07./ 12.08. / 09.09. / 23.09. / 07.10.2020
Anreisetermine Fahrtrichtung Brügge – Amsterdam:
13.05./ 27.05. / 10.06. / 24.06. / 22.07. / 05.08. / 19.08. / 16.09. / 30.09. / 14.10.2020
Der Reiseablauf weicht dabei etwas ab. Genauere Informationen senden wir Ihnen gerne zu.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
07.10. – 14.10.2020
06.05. – 30.09.2020
- 7 x overnight
- 7 x dinner (3-course-menü)
- 6 x lunch pakets
- coffee and tea in the afternoon until 4 p.m.
- welcome cocktail
- information meeting in the first evening
- daily cleaning of the cabin
- linen and towels
- tour guide on the bike
- some short guided city tours
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about Holland tour by boat and bike. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
MS Magnifique 2
Parking Amsterdam / Brugge
Arrival by train
Amsterdam is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. If you arrive by plane at Amsterdam Schiphol it's 20 minutes by train to Amsterdam main station (Amsterdam Centraal).
Start at Amsterdam: You find the MS Magnifique at Veemkade close to Jan Schaeferbrug (GPS: Withoedenveem 2, Amsterdam (IJburg)). Landing stage is at Veemkade Nr. 240 on KNSM island. From Amsterdam Centraal you can take the GVB bus Nr. 48 in the direction to Borneo Island (stop: Jan Schaeferbrug, Tosaristraat). It will take you about 10 minutes and the fare is 2,80 Euro. You can buy the ticket when you enter the bus.
TheCurrent schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Aus Platzgründen möchten wir Sie bitten, auf Gepäckstücke mit Hartschale zu verzichten, der Stauraum in der Kabine ist sehr begrenzt!
The skipper as the captain reserves the right to do any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and navigational features at any time.
7 days 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.
Decksplan MS Magnifique 2
Kabine MS Magnifique 2
Bar MS Magnifique 2
Salon MS Magnifique 2
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
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.
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.
The Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s most famous museums, housing more than 8,000 works of art inside one of the Netherlands’ grandest buildings. If you’re planning to visit the museum soon, read our insider's picks of unmissable artworks and interesting features.
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands' oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals unique to the Netherlands: there's a lower level where warehouses were located in the 13th century, giving the canals a split-level character and meaning that diners and drinkers can nip off the street and enjoy a snack or a drink down at water level.
For nearly a thousand years, the Dutch have been clever in dealing with the water that surrounds them. The sustainable blend of nature and technology used to keep Kinderdijk dry is so uniquely valuable that the area and its windmills were granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
Visit Holland’s oldest city and enjoy countless monuments and museums, ancient warehouses and the busy merchant streets that commemorate the wealthy history of this city by the water.
Belgium’s second city and biggest port is Antwerp (Antwerpen/Anvers in Dutch/French) and without a doubt, this charming city is the country’s capital of cool. It's long been a powerful magnet for everyone from fashion moguls and club queens to art lovers and diamond dealers. In the mid-16th century it was one of Europe’s most important cities and home to baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens, as you’ll be regularly reminded – there are numerous places to admire his works across the city. Despite many historical travails thereafter and severe WWII bombing, Antwerp retains an intriguing medieval heart with plenty of café-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral. Today Antwerp’s top drawcards are its truly vibrant fashion and entertainment scene, along with its startling architectural and cultural contrasts.
The brilliant and versatile artist Rubens lived in this palazzo with his family. Here he also painted with his colleagues and assistants. He created many of his paintings in this house, in the centre of Antwerp. The museum has an interesting collection but also shows visitors how the master lived and worked.
It took 169 years (1352-1521) of labour to raise the 123m heavenward-reaching steeple of the Cathedral, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. The Cathedral is an iconic treasury, with an impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens’ ‘Elevation of the Cross’ and his ‘Descent from the Cross’.
Ghent is a historic city, yet at the same time a contemporary one. The modern daily life of the city’s active inhabitants plays itself out against a gorgeous historical backdrop. In Ghent, they live, work and enjoy life over and over again each day.
Het Zwin Nature Park
Het Zwin Nature Park outside Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast has been completely revamped. It's a wonderful place to visit to learn about birds, and see them in real life. In the visitor centre you can learn all about bird migration, and then on the nature trail you can see the birds from special observation hides. Highly recommended for kids!
Bruges is a city that will capture your heart. It is a city of human proportions, but one that can never be truly fathomed. Its history has made it great, a fact that garnered it the title of a Unesco World Heritage City. Retaining the mysteries of the Middle Ages and unashamedly exuberant, Bruges has been an international metropolis for centuries.
Bruges, Market Square
The Market Square , in the shadow of the majestic belfry tower, was the scene of mediëval festivals, fairs, tournaments, uprisings and executions. A place full of history! Today, the square serves as e meeting place for the locals and the three tot four million visitors who flock to the town every year. The most striking building is without any doubt the Belfry.
The most important of Bruges’ towers stands 83 metres tall. It houses, amongst other things, a carillon with 47 melodious bells. In the reception area, waiting visitors can discover all kinds of interesting information about the history and working of this unique world-heritage protected belfry. Those who take on the challenge of climbing the tower can pause for a breather on the way up in the old treasury, where the city’s charters, seal and public funds were kept during the Middle Ages, and also at the level of the impressive clock or in the carillonneur’s chamber. Finally, after a tiring 366 steps, your efforts will be rewarded with a breath-taking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.