Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Cycling on easy and flat paths alongside peaceful canals and winding rivers
  • Experiencing some of most beautiful cities in northern Europe, such as Amsterdam, Bruges and Antwerp
  • Encountering the incredible sight of the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Creating camaraderie with the multinational guests on board your boat
  • The freedom to relax and travel aboard your boat, while others cycle
  • Pedalling from Bruges to the North Sea coast and discovering the dune landscapes of “Het Zwin”

Cycle and sail through Holland and Belgium to the historical cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Follow flat paths in traditional landscapes of small winding rivers and canals, polders, dykes and windmills, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk.

Enjoy 7 nights aboard your “floating hotel” which is docked every night in interesting towns and cities. During the day you have the freedom to cycle through charming Dutch and Belgian countryside, or you can simply relax and cruise on the boat.

After embarkation in Amsterdam, the boat makes its way to Vianen, Dordrecht and on to Antwerp and en route you will cycle through forests, visit an authentic Dutch cheese farm and follow the winding river of Vecht with its impressive mansions and houses on the riverbanks.

Next sail and cycle through the province of Zeeland into Belgium and into Antwerp, the home of Rubens, a Flemish Baroque painter, whose incredible work can be seen in the cathedral. Then continue to Ghent, a lively university city and the largest in Eastern Flanders. Your tour’s finale is in Bruges, also known as the “Venice of the North” and the pearl of Flanders, with its amazing medieval quarter. One last cycle to the beautiful dune area of “Het Zwin” on the North Sea completes your cycling cruise.

DAY 1: Arrive Amsterdam and embark. Sail to Nigtevecht. Cycle Nigtevecht to Breukelen. Sail to Vianen

Arrive in Amsterdam and make your way to where your boat is docked for your amazing cycling cruise! Embarkation is in the early afternoon and then you begin sailing to Nigtevecht.


From here you can take a short cycle ride beside the small winding River Vecht to Breukelen, then re-embark your barge and sail to Vianen, a small fortified town; you will spend the night here.


Overnight: Vianen


Cycle: 15km


DAY 2: Cycle Vianen via Schoonhoven to Kinderdijk. Sail to Dordrecht

After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven, nicknamed the “Silver City”, due to its renowned silver industry which began in the 17th century. Enjoy some time browsing through the silver shops before continuing on through the Alblasserwaard polder to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an impressive row of nineteen large windmills it is one of the most iconic sights in Holland.


Whilst here it will be possible to visit inside one of these windmills before the barge takes you further downstream to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. This city is an important intersection in shipping and you will spend the night in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.


This evening you will discover the delights of Dordrecht on a guided city tour with your Tour Leader.


Overnight: Dordrecht


Cycle: 50km


DAY 3: Sail to Tholen. Cycle Tholen to Kreekrak Lock. Sail to Antwerp

As you enjoy a delicious breakfast the boat sails to Tholen. From here you begin with a cycle through the pretty forest area of “the Wouwse Plantage”, via Bergen op Zoom with its fine 15th and 16th century buildings and south towards the  impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). Your boat will dock at the end of the dam and from here sails through to the remarkable port of Antwerp.


This city is not only known as the “Diamond City” but it is also where Rubens lived and you can admire his paintings housed in the cathedral.  This evening you will explore Antwerp on a guided tour with your Tour Leader.


Overnight: Antwerp


Cycle: 35km


DAY 4: Cycle Antwerp to St Amands or Dendermonde

If you wish spend a little more time exploring Antwerp you can do so, before heading out on a beautiful bike path which you follow out of the port to the Zeeschelde. Pedal alongside a tidal river upstream and view the gorgeous landscapes of the Schelde. Cycle to either St Amands or Dendermonde (the boat will dock tonight in either place). Both are friendly and welcoming towns.  


Overnight: Dendermonde/St Amands


Cycle: 42 or 56km


DAY 5: Cycle St Amands or Dendermonde to Ghent

If the night was spent in St Amands you can choose to cycle or cruise to Dendermonde. From here today’s bike tour once again follows the River Schelde. Ghent, a lively university city, is your destination today. It is a place with an interesting history as it was founded in Roman times. Its convenient location at the confluence of the Leie and Schelde Rivers has brought it much bygone prosperity, culminating in the late 13th to early 14th centuries.


The textile industry brought great wealth and many old buildings, such as Cloth Hall (1425) and the main Church of St Bavo Cathedral, which was built in different ages and styles. Here you can see some medieval masterpieces, such as "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck.


This evening you will learn about the history and culture of Ghent on a guided city tour with your Tour Leader.


Overnight: Ghent


Cycle: 40 or 53km


DAY 6: Cycle Ghent to Bruges

Cruise to the beginning of today’s bike tour which starts just outside the city and passes through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North” maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities as its medieval quarter is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a centre of commerce and art.


Take a guided tour this evening around this fabulous city; admire the beautiful streets and canals of Bruges (with your Tour Leader).


Overnight: Bruges


Cycle: 45km


DAY 7: Loop Cycle via the North Sea

The final bike tour of your journey takes you along a quiet canal, at times lined with poplar trees, and surrounded by an attractive polder landscape with traditional farm houses.


Upon reaching the North Sea coast and a 12 km long sandy beach you can enjoy lunch amongst the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (an unique nature reserve). Later, head back to the wonderful city of Bruges, where your boat will be docked again tonight.


Overnight: Bruges


Cycle: 50km


DAY 8: Depart Bruges

Accommodation

You will spend each night on the boat in your comfortable cabin.
Descriptions of each boat are outlined below. Prices listed start with
the most basic cabin with the option to upgrade.If you would like
further information on the cabin types, please discuss this with your
destination and adventure specialist.


Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.


On this Bike & Boat tour there are 2 choices of boat.


MV “Fluvius”

This boat is a small and comfortable river cruiser and provides
accommodations for a maximum of 44 guests. They are all have a shower
and toilet, 2 beds and air-conditioning (individually adjustable and
with a ventilation system). Three of the cabins are on the upper deck
and 16 of the cabins are on the lower deck (options to upgrade to these
cabins are available). The tour price is based on smaller cabins. All
cabins have a window (which does not open).


The common area is a large room with a bar and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large and partially roofed sun deck of this ca. 70 metre long ship you’ll find tables and chairs and a storage room for the bikes.



MV Fluvius Cabin





MV Fluvius Restaurant


MV “Gandalf”

This very comfortable river cruiser serves a maximum of 22 guests. There are a total of 10 cabins (ca. 8 m²) with shower and toilet, all with 2 low beds and central heating. All cabins windows can be opened. The common area is a large room and is also the restaurant. 


There are two sun decks on this approximately 45 metre-long ship and also sitting areas with tables, chairs and a storage area for the bikes. Equipped with a double-roof of solar panels, this boat runs for a great part on green energy! This is not only environmentally-friendly, but also comfortable for guests, since the ship hardly needs to use a generator to produce electricity, and the nights on board are relatively quiet.



MV Gandalf Cabin




MV Gandalf Living Area

NB: Please be aware that your boat is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power even at night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are a light sleeper please bring ear plugs.


Single Cabins and Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable.


This trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.


Meals

All meals on board are included; a sumptuous breakfast, lunch on board for non-cyclists, or picnic lunches for cyclists. Each evening you can look forward to a three-course dinner. Daily tea and coffee is available between 3:00 and 4:00pm.

Availability

The boats depart on selected Saturdays between April/May and September/October. Here are the dates currently available for each boat:


MV Fluvius departs on May 2nd, July 11th, 25th July, 8th August and 19th September.


MV Gandalf departs on 13th June, 27th June, 11th July. 5th September.


Prices vary dependent on the season. Peak season does book up well in advance so it is essential to book early.


Please note that these boats also operate in reverse from Bruges to Amsterdam and these departures are also on selected Saturdays.


Peak season does book up well in advance and quite a number of dates for 2015 are already sold out - please contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise on the latest availability.


Single Cabins and Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable.


This trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.


Grade, Terrain & Experience

Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.


The route is way marked throughout and upon arrival on your boat you will be supplied with printed instructions and detailed maps for each daily bike tour. There is also an on-board multi-lingual tour leader who will give daily briefings of the cycle tours and who will also cycle the daily route should you wish to join him/her. This person can also be reached by mobile/cell phone should there be a breakdown or emergency.


Meals

All meals on board are included.  A sumptuous breakfast, lunch on board for non-cyclists, or picnic lunches for cyclists. Each evening you can look forward to a three-course dinner. Daily tea and coffee is available between 3:00 and 4:00pm.


Bikes

The bikes on board are 7-gear unisex hybrid bikes with pedal brakes and are included in the cost of your trip. There are also E-bikes available upon request (at a supplement). All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) although helmets are not available on board, we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you for safety reasons.


Due to very restricted space on board there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Amsterdam

By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam, is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.


By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.


By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.

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Getting from Bruges

Bruges is easily accessed by flights from Brussels Airport. Take a 90 minute train ride with Belgian Railways from Bruges to the airport. It is also possible fly from Antwerp Airport with a 1h25 train ride from Bruges.  


By Train -There are also excellent rail links from all over Europe from Brussels and Bruges. Visit the Belgian Railways website to check train times and book tickets from Bruges to other European destinations.  

 


Getting to Amsterdam

By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam, is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.


By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.


By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.

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Getting from Bruges

Bruges is easily accessed by flights from Brussels Airport. Take a 90 minute train ride with Belgian Railways from Bruges to the airport. It is also possible fly from Antwerp Airport with a 1h25 train ride from Bruges.  


By Train -There are also excellent rail links from all over Europe from Brussels and Bruges. Visit the Belgian Railways website to check train times and book tickets from Bruges to other European destinations.  


Included

  • 7 Nights in a standard twin cabin
  • 5 Days self guided cycling and sightseeing (with an extra half day of cycling on the afternoon of Day 1)
  • Welcome drink and meeting on the first evening
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch on-board (non-cyclists) or picnic lunch, afternoon coffee or tea and a three-course dinner
  • Use of bed linen and daily change of towels. Cursory daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Bike rental (modern 7-speed-hybrid bike with pedal brakes and panniers)
  • Multilingual Tour Leader on board (she/he cycles the route everyday, so the cycling is guided or self-guided)
  • Short city tours in Dordrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges are available in the evenings with your Tour Leader (not in Antwerp if you are on the MV “Magnifique”)
  • Daily briefing of the bike routes
  • Printed instructions, detailed maps and an Information Pack

Excluded

  • Travel to Amsterdam
  • Travel from Bruges
  • Transfers to docking areas
  • Fees for excursions or entrances
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights in Amsterdam
  • Additional nights in Bruges
  • Electric bike hire (as a 7-speed bike is included this will just be a supplement)
  • Single room supplement(s)

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The best option is to fly into Amsterdam.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season, which is in April, May and September.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

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4.0

An easy scenic tour through Holland and Belgium

By D & T

from Vancouver, Canada

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    Comments about macs adventure Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat:

    This is a great beginner ride, with holland-style sit-up internal hub bikes, and very flat terrain. The varied scenery, from along private yards and canals, through lowlands, the UNESCO kinderdijk of 19 windmills, all the kinds of scenery best accessed by bike. We travelled as a large group of 30 with only 1 guide, so the pace was leisurely, and it was difficult to navigate by ourselves due to poor signage. Stops for coffee were often in very nice older, small towns, some with excellent apple-cake! Accommodation is fine, given it is on a boat, and passing through locks was quite interesting. Prepare for both rain and sun, they supply waterproof panniers for the bikes. Dinners were tasty, richer than we usually would eat. Beginners enjoyed the trip and kept up, some more experience cyclists found the trip un-challenging but liked being able to go at a leisurely pace and travel with their spouse and friends as a group.

     
    4.0

    An easy scenic tour through Holland and Belgium

    By Tilly & Dave

    from Vancouver, Canada

    About Me Occasional Traveller

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      Comments about macs adventure Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat:

      This is a great beginner ride, with holland-style sit-up internal hub bikes, and very flat terrain. The varied scenery, from along private yards and canals, through lowlands, the UNESCO kinderdijk of 19 windmills, all the kinds of scenery best accessed by bike. We travelled as a large group of 30 with only 1 guide, so the pace was leisurely, and it was difficult to navigate by ourselves due to poor signage. Stops for coffee were often in very nice older, small towns, some with excellent apple-cake! Accommodation is fine, given it is on a boat, and passing through locks was quite interesting. Prepare for both rain and sun, they supply waterproof panniers for the bikes. Dinners were tasty, richer than we usually would eat while on a bike trip. Beginners enjoyed the trip and kept up, some more experience cyclists found the trip un-challenging but liked being able to go at a leisurely pace and travel with their spouse/child.

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      4.0

      A very easy, scenic ride through Holland and Belgium

      By Tilly & Dave

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Pros

      • Fun

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        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat:

        This is a great beginner ride, with holland-style sit-up internal hub bikes, and very flat terrain. The varied scenery, from along private yards and canals, through lowlands, the UNESCO kinderdijk of 19 windmills, all the kinds of scenery best accessed by bike. We travelled as a large group of 30 with only 1 guide, so the pace was leisurely, and it was difficult to navigate by ourselves due to poor signage. Stops for coffee were often in very nice older, small towns, some with excellent apple-cake! Accommodation is fine, given it is on a boat, and passing through locks was quite interesting. Prepare for both rain and sun, they supply waterproof panniers for the bikes. Dinners were tasty, richer than we usually would eat while on a bike trip. Beginners enjoyed the trip and kept up, some more experience cyclists found the trip un-challenging but liked being able to go at a leisurely pace and travel with their spouse/child.

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        5.0

        A truly great trip.

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        from Edinburgh

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          Comments about macs adventure Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat:

          Great bikes very easy to ride. Food excellent on MV Gandalf. Cycling route varied and gave a chance to see different countryside and towns. Whole experience was WOW!

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