Experience some of the prettiest, most culturally rich cities in Europe on this relaxing bike and boat trip in great comfort. With stops in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, you get your fix of history, art and culture, while the remaining time is spent cycling in the idyllic countryside or relaxing on board the MS Magnifique.
Distance: 252 km / 156 miles
Grading: Easy to moderate. Enjoy easy cycling on flat paths, and if you feel like skipping a day’s cycling, you can opt to stay on the boat and relax on the sun deck!
This trip in mainland Europe goes from Amsterdam to Bruges, with several stops in the Netherlands and Belgium along the way. Amsterdam is one of the most well-connected airports in Europe, making it an easy place to start from.
This trip allows you to enjoy the thrills of independent cycling while still “returning” to your accommodation each night, a stylish barge that travels in the same direction as you do. In the evenings you dine on board the boat and that is also your chance to get to know your fellow travellers a little bit better.
The route takes you along rivers and canals, polders and dikes, and of course, windmills. You’ll be passing through Kinderdijk, the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands and a popular tourist attraction. You also get to visit Antwerp, the home of Rubens and now the fashion capital of Belgium, creating a thrilling cultural blend of traditional and modern. Passing through Ghent, a lively university city that is often overlooked by tourists, you end up in Bruges, one of the most beautiful places in Europe. While relatively small, this picture-perfect city has much to offer with its many canals, cobbled streets and historic buildings.
In between the cycling and the sightseeing, you will have plenty of time to relax. Why not sit down in an outdoor cafe and enjoy one of Belgium’s many famous beers? Belgian beer brewing dates back to the 12th century and is very much a traditional trade. The trappist beer is still made by monks!
This trip can be done with a Saturday start date between the months of April and October. It is highly popular and therefore needs to be booked far in advance to avoid disappointment. The trip lasts for 7 nights and includes accommodation in a standard twin cabin on board the boat, all meals (except dinner in Antwerp), bike hire, daily route briefings and maps and route notes.
Both Amsterdam and Bruges are easily accessible by train and/or plane. Extra nights can be arranged in both cities, should you require more time to explore. Contact our Macs Bike Specialists on [email protected] for any advice or reservation inquiries, or see more on Amsterdam to Bruges bike & boat on our website.