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 Guided Barging and Cycling


Amsterdam to Bruges



Day 1 (Sat): Arrival and embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Vianen | (Approx. 5-15 km/3- 9 miles)

Embarkation and check-in on 1 PM. Around 2 PM the ship leaves Amsterdam and sails to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. From here a short bike roundtrip to get used to your bicycle (5-15 km/3-9 mi).

Day 2 (Sun): Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (Approx. 56 km/34 miles) | Alblasserdam – Dordrecht by waterbus
After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit – which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take you and your bike in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. The ship is here waiting for you.

Day 3 (Mon): Dordrecht – Willemstad | Willemstad – Tholen (Approx. 43 km/26 miles)
During breakfast the ship cruises to Willemstad, an old fortified town on the Haringvliet. From there by bike along the impressive complex of locks ‘de Volkerak’ to Tholen, which once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Now Tholen is connected to the mainland. Nevertheless it is still a picturesque town with many reminders of its turbulent past.

Day 4 (Tue): Tholen – Kreekrak lock (Approx. 35 km/21 miles) | Kreekrak locks – Antwerp
After breakfast a bike tour through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). The ship is docked at the end of the dam and from here it will
sails through the impressive port of Antwerp to the city. Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”. Dinner on your own (not included) in the nearby old city centre. On request you will receive some restaurant recommendations on board.

Day 5 (Wed): Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands/Dendermonde (Approx. 47 -59 km/28-35 miles)
After breakfast you cycle out of the port to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful but capricious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. After a stopover in Temse you will cycle all the way to St. Amands or Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. If necessary, night in St. Amands.

Day 6 (Thu): St. Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent (Approx. 53-40 km/32-24 miles)
By bike from St. Amands or cruise with the barge to Dendermonde. From Dendermonde the bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city, again one with a rich past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more, or to shop in the lively center. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has over the years brought much prosperity, culminating in the late 13th, early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth. In the city, many old patrician preserved. The Cloth Hall (1425) came cloth merchants together. The main church St. Bavo Cathedral, which is built in different ages and in different styles. In the cathedral are some masterpieces of medieval art, which “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by Jan van Eyck is the most famous. The ship will be docked in the city of centre of Ghent.

Day 7 (Fri): Ghent – Bruges (Approx. 56 km/34 miles)
Our last bike tour starts just outside the city and goes through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called “Venice of the North”, is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old centre, which dates from the iddle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a metropolis and centre of commerce and art. You can still see this glory at the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is a also a nice town for shopping or going out.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Bruges
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 10:00 AM.


Day 1 (Sat): Arrival and embarkation: Bruges

Arrival and embarkation early afternoon in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called “Pearl of Flanders”. The crew will welcome you. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges. Afternoon and evening with city tour in Bruges.

Day 2 (Sun): Bruges – Ghent (Approx. 56 km/34 miles)
Today, your day starts on the water and the barge will leave Bruges early. Just outside, your first bike tour to Ghent through the flat land of West-Flanders will start. Your destination today is the historical center of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. The barge is docked in the city of centre of Ghent.

Day 3 (Mon): Ghent – Dendermonde/St. Amands (Approx. 40-53 km/24-32 miles)
Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde to Dendermonde, a nice town on the conjunction of the rivers Dender and Schelde. The bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful parts of the Schelde, a tidal river. You will follow this beautiful tidal river downstream. The departure time will be set by the skipper and is depending on high or low tide. The tide has affect on the speed of the barge. By bike or by barge from Dendermonde to St. Amands. Night in St. Amands.

Day 4 (Tue): St. Amands – Temse – Antwerp (Approx. 47/59 km/28-35 miles)

Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent. Harbor city Antwerp whit it’s beautiful inner city is well known as diamond city and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born. Dinner in town in a restaurant of your choice (not included). On request, you will receive some restaurant recommendations on board.

 Day 5 (Wed): Antwerp – Kreekrak locks | Kreekrak locks – Tholen (Approx. 34/43 km/20-26 miles) | Tholen – Dordrecht
The barge will cruise over the Schelde-Rhine Canal to the huge Kreekrak locks. Here starts your bike tour. You will cycle through several estates along Bergen op Zoom and Halsteren to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. The barge is waiting for you to sail along the impressive large Volkerak locks to the fortified town of Willemstad, then further to end in Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. Today, the skipper will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by bicycle.

Day 6 (Thu): Dordrecht – Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (Approx. 55 km/33 miles)
Today you will start your tour with the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bike in just 10 minutes to Alblasserdam. After just a few minutes of cycling you will reach Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 windmills in line (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. You can visit one of the windmills. Then bike tour via silver city Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore this town.

Day 7 (Fri): Vianen – Breukelen | Breukelen – Amsterdam (Approx. 46 km/28 miles)
First the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river: this area is well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. Over the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue cycling through the historical town of Muiden and on to Amsterdam where you will meet the barge for the final time in the Amsterdam harbour.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Amsterdam
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 10:00 AM. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour (not included).

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