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The MS Magnifique, making its way down the River Schelde
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Highlights

  • Easy, flat cycle path riding from Bruges to Amsterdam.
  • UNESCO windmills of Kinderdijk.
  • Explore the art of Amsterdam and Antwerp.
  • Fairy-tale market squares of Bruges
  • Return each evening to the comfort of your luxury boat

Cycle and sail through Belgium and Holland and the historical cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges on your stylish barge, the MS Magnifique I or Magnifique II

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.

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.


Overnight: St Amands


Cycle: Approx 55km


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: Approx 40 or 55km


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.


Overnight: Antwerp


Cycle: Approx 45 to 59km


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.


Overnight: Dordrecht


Cycle: Approx 35-45km


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: Approx 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: Approx 35km


DAY 8: Depart Amsterdam

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

Accommodation & Boat Information

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, Magnifique II or Magnifique III. On all vessels, standard
twin cabins are on the lower deck. There is also the opportunity to
upgrade to a premium twin cabin on the Magnifique I or upgrade to an
upper deck suite on the Magnifique II or the Magnifique III.


Details of each Magnifique boat are detailed further down this page.


Single Cabins & 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 (except one dinner in Antwerp).
Breakfast usually consists of fruits, granola, yoghurt, breads, cheeses
and meats. There are also extra cheeses, meats, breads and snacks to
make yourself a picnic lunch each day. In the evenings, return to the comfort of your boat and enjoy 3-course dinners 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.


MS Magnifique

The MS “Magnifique”, a premium barge, is 63 metres long and 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 17 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 m², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twin cabins (approx. 14 M², with 2 single beds next to each other and a small sitting area), and 2 single cabins (approx. 8 M²). The premium cabins are more spacious and have a small seating area.


All cabins have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning and flat screen TV with SAT reception. If requested, twin rooms may be converted into triple cabins with an extra bed (above one of the other beds).


On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant and bar, a lounge with large windows and Wifi (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/Jacuzzi.




MS Magnifique Twin Cabin



MS Magnifique Restaurant 


MS Magnifique II 

The Magnifique II is 63 meters long barge can accommodate 35
guests and sails under Dutch flag and management.


The lower deck has 14 cabins: 13 twin cabins (approx.11 M², 2 single
beds as twins or double next to each other) and 1 single cabin (approx. 8
M²); the upper deck has 4 beautiful suites with French balcony (approx.
14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), cabins on
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 + toilet), individually regulated
air-conditioning, flat screen satellite-TV. On request, an extra bed is
available in some twin cabins and in 2 suites (Pullman bed above one of
the other beds). On the upper deck, there is a tastefully furnished salon
with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen 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


MS Magnifique II lounge & bar


MS Magnifique II twin cabin


MS Magnifique III

The Magnifique III is 70 meters long barge can accommodate 40
guests and sails under Dutch flag and management.


The lower deck has 14 cabins: 13 twin cabins (approx.11 M², 2 single
beds as twins or double next to each other) and 2 single cabins (approx. 8
M²); the upper deck has 5 beautiful suites with large opening windows (approx.
14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), cabins on
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 + toilet), individually regulated
air-conditioning, flat screen satellite-TV. On request, an extra bed is
available in some twin cabins and in 2 suites (Pullman bed above one of
the other beds). On the upper deck, there is a tastefully furnished salon
with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen 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).




Magnifique III Bike and Boat


MS Magnifique III; Twin Cabin



Magnifique III Bike and Boat


MS Magnifique III; Dining Area


Availability

You can start your Bruges to Amsterdam Bike
& Boat tour on selected Saturdays and Wednesday between April/May
and September into October. Please check the website for departure
dates.


Time of Year

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.


Grade & Terrain 

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.


Navigation

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.


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). We strongly recommend that you
bring your own helmet. There are number of helmets which 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.


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 from the airport into the
centre of Bruges. It is also possible fly into Antwerp Airport with a
1h25 train ride to 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
  • All meals (except dinner in Antwerp)
  • Optional daily guided rides
  • Detailed Maps & Information Pack
  • Bike rental
  • 24/7 phone support

Excluded

  • Travel to Bruges / from Amsterdam
  • Dinner in Antwerp
  • Fees for excursions or entrances
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Extras

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

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 far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this route and the MS Magnifique sailings are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June and September.

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 15-60 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.

What 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.

What happens if I can't cycle a stage?

If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

Woo Hoo!!

5

So much fun. Can't wait for our next holiday with them!

Sunny

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Fabulous cycling through Belgium and Holland

5

Brugge to Amsterday cycling is fun and easy. The terrain is flat and the leaders choose less travelled routes with little traffic and wonderful vistas. Highly recommended for all levels of fitness. The accomodation on the Magnifique was topnotch.

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Ontario Canada

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Amazing Trip!

5

The Boat and Bike tour was amazing. The crew and bike leaders were a great group of people. The barge was amazing and extremely comfortable.

Kendra the Biker

Canada

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Amazing week of bike & barging

5

This bike barge trip was perfectly organised on an exquisite boat with great staff, guides & fellow passengers. The scenery in Holland & Belgium was superb & food on the boat incredible. An amazing week.

Louise

Australia

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Amazing experience

5

This was a wonderful trip, . We have hiked with Macs many times, but it was the first time we tried cycling a route. The bicycles were comfortable. We cycled at a leisurely pace so that we could take in all the beautiful scenery. Our guides were superb with great knowledge of Belgium and The Netherlands. Ari provided humour and demonstrated a passion for his country. We can't wait to do another cycling trip. As always, Macs Adventure makes planning a trip so easy! The Magnifique was beautiful and comfortable. The meals were excellent. I will always have great memories of this adventure.

Jane

Hamilton Ontario

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Great Family Trip!

5

My family had a great time. This was our first trip abroad with our daughter and we all had a great time. The accommodations were great, staff was amazing, and the bicycling was perfect for us.

Patti

Boulder

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Great biking/boating experience aboard Magnifique III

5

Had a super experience on the Bruges to Amsterdam bike and boat trip aboard the Magnifique III. Super food, super staff, very clean. WOuld not hesitate to do it again!

Marc & Dominique

Montreal

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Bike and Barge Bruges to Amsterdam

5

We loved everything about this trip! Guides Tom and Hugo were amazing! The crew on the barge was awesome! Loved the itinerary!

Pam

California

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Amazing with great side trips in small towns

5

Really surprised by the quality of the food and the extra efforts of the guides to entertain us not only leading the daily bike tour routes but also with evening side trips and taking quality slide show of our trip as it progressed. Great way to see the smaller towns, farms and scenic countryside as well as big cities. Lots of scenic breaks did not make you tired on bicycle. Lots of choices to bike - slower route or faster route or rest a day. Great way to meet the locals.

Pearle

Maryland

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