Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Kinderdijk Windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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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

Cycle and sail through Belgium and Holland to the historical cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Amsterdam. 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 Belgian and Dutch countryside, or you can simply relax and cruise on the boat.

After embarkation in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called the “Pearl of Flanders”, the boat makes its way Ghent, a lively university city. Next sail and cycle to Antwerp, home of Rubens and then on through the Kreekrak locks and to the province of Zeeland and the fortified town of Willemstad.

The tours then brings you to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in Holland and to the Kinderdijk windmills and past beautiful mansions and small houses on the Lek River. Arrive in Amsterdam, your final destination.

DAY 1: Arrive Bruges

Arrive in Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North” and possibly the most beautiful of all Flemish cities, as its medieval quarter is almost completely intact. Embarkation on your barge in the early afternoon before enjoying a guided tour of Bruges with your Tour Leader.


Overnight: Bruges


DAY 2: Cycle Bruges to Ghent

This morning the barge leaves early and just outside Bruges is where your day of cycling begins. Enjoy biking along cycle paths through the flat terrain of Western Flanders and to the historical centre of Ghent, a lively university city. 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.


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


DAY 3: Cycle Ghent to St Amands or Dendermonde

Today you sail for a little while along the River Schelde before starting today’s cycle downstream through beautiful scenery alongside a stretch of this tidal river. The departure time today will depend on the decision of the skipper depending on high or low tide. (the tide has an effect on the speed of the barge).


Spend the night in the very friendly and welcoming towns or either Dendermonde or St Amands.


Overnight: St Amands


Cycle: 40 or 53km


DAY 4: Cycle St Amands to Antwerp

Cycle through the beautiful landscapes further downstream alongside the River Schelde once more and through the Zeeschelde to the remarkable harbour city of Antwerp. It is also known as the “Diamond City” and is 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: 42km


DAY 5: Cycle Tholen to Dordrecht

Sail over the Schelde-Rhine Canal and over the impressive Kreekrak loch to Tholen, a former fishing village and amongst the large streams of the Zeeland province. From here cycle past more locks to the fortified town of Willemstad and the pretty forest area of “the Wouwse Plantage 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: 25-45km


DAY 6: Sail to Kinderdijk. Cycle to Vianen

The barge takes you to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an impressive row of nineteen large windmills. It is surely one of the most iconic sites in Holland. From here cycle 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 to Vianen, a town on the River Lek.


Overnight: Vianen


Cycle: 50km


DAY 7: Sail to Breukelen. Cycle to Amsterdam

This morning the boat cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling begins. Ride alongside the small River Vecht which is an area well known for its beautiful mansions and small castles. Continue on through the small villages of Nieuwerluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue along the Amstel River and into the iconic city of Amsterdam.


Overnight: Amsterdam


Cycle: 35km


DAY 8: Depart Amsterdam

It’s time to disembark and make your way home.

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:

Here are the dates currently available for each boat:

MV Fluvius: 23rd May, July 4th, 18th July, 1st August, 29th August, 26th Sept


MV Gandalf: 9th May, 23rd May, 6th June, 20th June, 4th July, 29th August


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 Bruges

Bruges is easily accessed by flights from Brussels Airport. Take a 90 minute train ride with Belgian Railways the airport into the centre of Bruges. It is also possible fly into 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 from 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.

Included

  • 7 Nights in a standard twin cabin
  • 5 Days self guided cycling and sightseeing
  • 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
  • Daily briefing of the bike routes
  • Printed instructions, detailed maps and an Information Pack

Excluded

  • Travel to Bruges
  • Travel from Amsterdam
  • 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 Brussels or Antwerp.

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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  • Great accommodations (3)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (3)
  • Well organised (3)

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5.0

What a great way to tour Belgium and Holland!

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from USA

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation

    Comments about macs adventure Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat:

    We had a wonderful time! The tour leader and boat staff were great! The dinners were exceptional. Compliments to the chef.

     
    5.0

    Great trip!

    By robin

    from USA

    About Me Occasional Traveller, Weekend warrior

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat:

      We had a great guide, Jack, who took us on back roads during the day and gave us tours of cities in the evening. The boat/barge was larger than i expected and was a luxurious way to travel. Having time on the boat while moving us was also a nice way to get to our next destination. Biking days varied from about 25-35 miles per day. Helped if you brought a padded seat cover or padded pants, but the distance was quite doable because the terrain was so level. We took breaks during the day and the group traveled together. Dinners were tasty and quite generous. I am not a big meat eater and the Chef was helpful in preparing some alternative meals for me. The crew and the folks on the tour were delightful.
      The old cities, the canals, the countryside, and the off road bike paths made the trip memorable for us.

       
      5.0

      Beautiful trip on bike and boat from Bruges to Amsterdam

      By Butterfly59

      from Canada

      About Me Mid fifties, Occasional Traveller

      Pros

      • A mix of nationalities in travelling companions
      • Beautiful scenery
      • Flat riding
      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Interesting stops
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised
      • Wonderful food

      Cons

      • Bunks a bit short for those 5'7" and over
      • Distance usually longer than advertised
      • No time to tour the inside of the windmills

      Best Uses

      • Active holiday
      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Seeing countries from a different perspective
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Bruges to Amsterdam Bike & Boat:

      This was the trip of a lifetime.
      Great companions, crew, accommodations, and food!
      The bikes were good but many people, unaccustomed to soft seats or riding consistently, had major saddle sores.
      I'd recommend building up your riding time before you come, and possibly bringing your own saddle if your so inclined.
      Also, if your not in the best of shape and haven't ridden much, as I was, despite my best intentions, be aware that the distances tended to be around 60 km a day rather than the 35-50 km that was posted in the itinerary I received before the trip.
      Even though the terrain was very flat the combination of a sore posterior and longer distances were enough for me to miss out on a couple of days of riding.
      It was my responsibility to be in shape but I felt a little mislead as the distances usually succeeded that which was advertised, and that which I probably could have managed more comfortably.
      That being said, we had several seniors who hung in there and were an inspiration to all.
      All in all a wonderful way to see and experience the landscape, people, and culture.
      Would definitely do another of theses trips with Macs but would be in better shape and bring my own bike seat.

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