Mac Tours connected our group of 10 with Bike and Boat ... other groups on the trip, from Canada and Australia were connected by others.
Cycle and sail through Holland and Belgium and the historical cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges on your stylish barge, the MS Magnifique I, Magnifique II or the Magnifique III.
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.
Arrive in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam and make your way to where your premium boat is docked for your bike and boat adventure!
Embarkation is in the early afternoon and you begin sailing to Vianen at around 2.00 PM. From here you can take a short cycle ride beside the small winding Lek river to test your bike and make sure you are fully prepared for your first day in the saddle. Spend your first night in Vianen, a small fortified town.
After breakfast you will follow a scenic 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 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.
Take the opportunity to see one of the windmills inside, before a quick ferry takes you further downstream to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.
Cycle: 32 or 56km
As you enjoy a delicious breakfast the boat sails to Willemstad, an old fortified town. Cycle to Tholen as you follow the route through forest and typical Dutch villages.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board as you sail to the port city of Antwerp, on the Schelde river. Make sure to visit the old centre, including; the City Hall, the historical square ‘Grote Mark’, the ‘Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe’ Cathedral, and the medieval ‘Steen’ castle.
Cycle: 35 or 44km
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, one of the natural highlights of this trip!
Cycle to the small, welcoming town of St Amands and why not treat yourself to a refreshing drink upon arrival.
Cycle: 34 or 49km
Overnight: St Amands
Continue to follow the Schelde river as you head to the lively university city of Ghent, where the ship will moor in a suburb. Ghent 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 great success as a trading port over many centuries.
The St. Bavo Cathedral and its many churches and historic buildings in the old centre are worth a visit. This evening you will learn about the history and culture of Ghent on a guided city tour with the tour leader.
Overnight: Ghent (suburb)
Cycle through the rolling countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges. Also known as the “Venice of the North”, Bruges might be the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its medieval quarter is almost completely intact and not surprisingly listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Admire the beautiful streets and canals of Bruges and its long list of attractions. Dinner tonight is not included to allow you to sample the local cuisine of this incredible city (recommendations available on board!).
Cycle: 22 or 45km
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 farmhouses.
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” (a unique nature reserve). Later, head back to the wonderful city of Bruges, where your boat will be docked again tonight.
Cycle: 38 or 51 km
Enjoy your last breakfast onboard and disembark until 09:30 AM. Depending on your onward travel arrangements, you may have further time to explore Bruges.
You will spend each night on the boat in your very comfortable cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day. Depending on your sailing date you will spend the week aboard Magnifique I, II, III or IV.
On all vessels, standard twin cabins are on the lower deck. Depending on the ship, there is also the opportunity to upgrade to a premium twin cabin or upper deck suite - see description of each barge below.
Please note: On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. Extra beds are available in some cabins and have to be requested in advance too.
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.
All meals on board are included (except one dinner in Bruges). Breakfast usually consists of fruits, granola, yogurt, bread, cheeses, and meats. There are also extra cheeses, meats, bread and snacks to make yourself a picnic lunch each day. In the evenings, return to the comfort of your boat and enjoy a 3-course dinner with your fellow cyclists. Dietary requirements will be catered for where possible, please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements. Some special or unusual dietary requests may incur a surcharge.
The MS “Magnifique” accommodates approximately 32 – 35 guests. It sails under the Dutch flag and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended by 14 metres during the winter of 2012/13.
The lower deck has 11 twin cabins (11 m²) providing box spring beds and a private bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. There are 4 premium twin cabins (14 m²) which are slightly larger and include a small sitting area. There’s only one single cabin (7 m² ).
All cabins have portholes, air conditioning, a mini-safe, hairdryer, and flat-screen TV.
On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant and bar, a lounge with large windows and Wi-Fi (limited use of data). There are also two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables and a cycle shed (front deck). Guests can relax on the aft deck in the whirlpool/
MS Magnifique Twin Cabin
MS Magnifique Restaurant
The Magnifique II can accommodate 35 guests and sails under Dutch flag and management.
The lower deck has 13 twin cabins (11 M²) and 1 single cabin (8 M²); the upper deck has 4 beautiful suites with French balcony (14 M²). The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have large windows that can be opened.
All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower, sink, and toilet), air-conditioning, a mini-safe, hairdryer, flat-screen satellite-TV. The upper deck cabins are slightly more spacious and have a small sitting area.
On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge with widescreen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (limited use of data). A partly-covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables on the aft deck and a cycle shed (front deck).
MS Magnifique II twin cabin
MS Magnifique II twin cabin
The Magnifique III is 70 meters long barge can accommodate 40 guests and sails under Dutch flag and management.
The lower deck has 13 twin cabins (11 M²) and 2 single cabins (8 M²); the upper deck has 5 beautiful suites with large opening windows (14 M²). Cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have large windows that can be opened.
All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower, sink, toilet), air-conditioning, a mini-safe, hairdryer, flat-screen satellite-TV.
On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge with widescreen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (limited use of data). A partly-covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables on the deck and a cycle shed (front deck).
The Magnifique IV is the newest addition to the Magnifique fleet, after the overwhelming success of its sisters. Sailing under the Dutch flag, and management, the barge accommodates 36 guests. Spring 2020 is its launch date, so you’ll be the first to experience it.
The lower deck has 8 twin cabins (12 M²) and a dining room. The upper deck has 10 spacious suites (16 M²) including double beds, a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with beautiful glass doors.
All cabins have their own private bathroom (shower, sink, toilet), air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, mini-safe and hairdryer.
On the upper deck you will find a spacious and tastefully decorated salon with bar and lounge area. Relax in one of the comfy seats as you gaze out of the large panoramic windows. The restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, allowing you to see the talented chefs in action as they prepare your meals. There is a sun deck, including chairs and tables for you to enjoy the late-night sun in summer.
You can start your Amsterdam to Bruges to Bike & Boat tour on selected Wednesdays and Saturdays between April and September. Please check the website for departure dates. The Magnifique II and Magnifique IV tours start and end on WEDNESDAY, the tours with the other ships start and end on SATURDAY.
This Bike & Boat tour can be enjoyed from the spring right through to the autumn. Spring will be beautiful because all the tulips will be in bloom, but this is also the most popular time, so it is important to book early if you are thinking of going in April or early May.
Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-60 km. You will be cycling 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. 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.
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). We strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet. There are number of helmets that have been left on board but we cannot guarantee the fit or availability. Therefore we strongly advise you bring your own helmet.
Due to very restricted space on board there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us at the time of booking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular throughout the season.
Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-60 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.
You will need good footwear and comfortable clothes for cycling along with a waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.
If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call and depedning when the boat moves, you may have time to further explore your surrounds on fot.
Mac Tours connected our group of 10 with Bike and Boat ... other groups on the trip, from Canada and Australia were connected by others.
The boat, Magifinque III was fabulous. the rooms were great, the food delicious and plentiful and the staff great!
This was our first biking vacation, and it did not disappoint! We loved it! The Magnifique III is just that, magnificent! From the staff, to the accommodations, to the food and atmosphere on the barge, it was a vacation to remember! We did not get the e-bikes, but I would recommend it just in case you need a little help!
This trip should not intimidate the occasional rider. Hills are short and really only at overpasses. Several of our group switched to E bikes and loved the ease they provided.
Informative and helpful tour guides, accommodating to every fitness level, educational, delicious food, comfortable accommodations.
We loved the bike and Barge Great boat biking was excellent
USA Aurora Il
The only complaint was that the maps that were provided were not that easy to decipher. Whether this was because we weren't used to the numbering system used in the Netherlands or our own misinterpretation of the map. The people who managed best were those with their own GPS. The need for maps etc only applied if one wanted to go off individually.
Jan the jumper
This was our first cycling holiday and it won't be the last. We cycled though fabulous countryside and pretty towns and villages The guides were fabulous and very entertaining the ship was magnificent and the crew brilliant. The food was excellent and plentiful and the bikes were in good shape I loved every minute included the torrential rain we had one afternoon. It was so refreshing after the 36 degrees of the previous day!
This trip was almost perfect - the bikes were in great condition, the boat was clean and spacious, the crew and guides were fabulous as was the food and drinks. The only complaint I had was that everyone had to ride together in a group. I've been on similar trips before and we were given a Garmin for the bike with the route downloaded, and we could go at our own pace and not get lost. We would all meet for lunch and arrive at slightly different times depending on our speed. It worked quite well. For this trip the guides gave us paper directions and the routes were marked, but there were so many twists and turns and ferries that it would have been very stressful to ride alone and try to follow the street signs. So on one hand it was fun to be with the group during the day, but there was no opportunity to stop and look at things more closely or take photos or even take a water break without holding up the entire group.
Love the combination of activity with relaxation at the end of the day.