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Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat - Gandalf

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 7 reviews
  • Cycle on easy and flat paths alongside canals and winding rivers
  • Experience some of most beautiful cities in northern Europe, such as Amsterdam, Bruges and Antwerp
  • Encounter the incredible sight of the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Create camaraderie with the multinational guests on board your boat
  • Enjoy the freedom to relax and travel on your boat, while others cycle
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.

What To Expect

This trip is graded easy to moderate and is well-suited to those who like to have the choice of joining a daily guided ride or cycle independently. Ride along canals, rivers and through the iconic sights of Holland and Belgium. At the end of each cycling day re-join your premium barge and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow cyclist over a 3-course dinner.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Bike and Boat | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 10 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

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.

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.

Accommodation Information

You will spend each night on MV Gandalf in a comfortable cabin. The boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day. 

MV Gandalf

MV Gandalf is a comfortable, small river cruiser that serves a maximum of 22 guests. The Gandalf has ten twin cabins (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.) with two separate beds. There are two cabins where a bunk bed can be added to serve as the third bed (on request). Each cabin has a private bathroom with a shower, toilet, and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have ventilation and central heating. A hairdryer is available on request.

There are two sun decks on this approximately 45 meter-long ship and there are plenty of areas with tables and chairs to sit and enjoy the views. The boat is equipped with a double-roof of solar panels, meaning that this boat runs for a great part on green energy!

Single Cabins and Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable.

Meals

All meals onboard are included. 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.

Included
  • 7 Nights in a comfortable cabin
  • All meals, including packed lunches
  • Welcome drink and meeting on the first evening
  • Bike hire
  • Optional daily guided rides
  • Daily briefing of the bike routes
  • Printed instructions, detailed maps and an Information Pack
Excluded
  • Travel to Amsterdam/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

When To Go

You can start your Amsterdam to Bruges to Bike & Boat tour on selected days between April and September. Prices vary depending on the boat, cabin and on the season. 

Please note that these boats also operate in reverse from Bruges to Amsterdam and these departures are also on selected days between April and September. 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.

Getting to the Start

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.

Getting from the End

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.  

General Information

Equipment

Bike Rental

The bikes onboard 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 (saddlebag). We strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet. There are a 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam & Embarkation Day 2: Cycle Vianen to Kinderdijk 34 miles / 56 km Day 3: Cycle Tholen to Kreekraksluis 23 miles / 36 km Day 4: Cycle Antwerp to Dendermonde 39 miles / 64 km Day 5: Cycle Dendermonde to Ghent 32 miles / 52 km Day 6: Cycle Moerbrugge to Bruges 26 miles / 41 km Day 7: Cycle Bruges & The North Sea Coast 31 miles / 51 km Day 8: Onward Travel

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