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The Netherlands and Belgium: Amsterdam – Bruges or vv

Duration: 7 days
Price: from € 950
Level: Easy
  • Flemish hospitality and history

    During this tour, the historical Flemish cities are central: Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. But before we arrive there, you will get to know a very beautiful part of the Netherlands. You bike along the winding river Vecht with its impressive mansions on its banks and you visit the Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk. From the fortified town Willemstad, which is situated on the impressive wide Zeeland streams, we head for Belgium. There we spent the night in Antwerp, the city of Rubens, whose paintings you can admire in the cathedral. You bike from Antwerp to Ghent along the beautiful tidal river Nederschelde, in order to breathe in the atmosphere of the days of old in the town center, with its impressive Belfort and the St. Baafs-cathedral, where you can admire the famous triptych of painter Jan van Eyck.

    Final destination is Bruges, with its picturesque town center probably the most beautiful of the historical Flemish cities.

    Itinerary: Amsterdam – Vianen – Dordrecht – Tholen – Antwerp – Dendermonde – Ghent – Bruges

    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.

  • Available dates in 2018:
    Amsterdam – Bruges (Fleur)
    Bruges – Amsterdam (Fiep)
    Bruges – Amsterdam (Fleur)
    Single supplement on request
    May 19
    August 11
    October 13
    € 1.050
    € 1.050
    € 950


  • Barge Fiep (24 passengers / 12 cabins)                 Premium

    In 2000, the Fiep (then Anna Cornelia) was converted from a cargo ship into a modern and spacious passenger ship, especially for bike & barge tours in the Netherlands and Belgium. Since the autumn of 2012 the ship has a new owner and a new name. The ship has been completely renovated in the winter of 2012/2013 and from then under the name Fiep exploited by her new and proud owner Harry Wagt. He and his crew will do everything they can to exceed your expectations and make your vacation pleasant and a very memorable one. The Fiep accommodates up to 24 guests.
    The Fiep has two decks. On the upper deck there is the lounge, a spacious seating area with wide screen TV, a cozy bar and a large sundeck. The sundeck is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif.  The meals, of excellent quality are served in the air-conditioned dining room located on the lower deck. In the lounge the Fiep offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable.
    Below deck, the Fiep has 12 comfortable guest cabins. 10 twin cabins (10 m2, single beds), 2 smaller twin cabins (8m2, with 2 split level beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

    Barge Fleur (20 passengers / 10 cabins)                               Premium

    The Fleur started cruising in 2002. This tasteful passenger barge with its sleek lines was built to fit the smaller locks and canals in France and has been cruising the French waters ever since. Reint Dragt has been the owner for many years now. These years of experience and commitment are reflected in every detail and guarantee that your vacation will be a pleasant one. The Fleur can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests on her trips on the French waterways.
    The Fleur has two decks. On the top deck there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a half-covered sun deck. The sundeck is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif.  In the lounge the Fleur offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The salon has central heating and air-conditioning.
    On the lower deck the Fleur has 10 comfortable guest cabins (8 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Also the cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

     

  • Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Vianen
    Bike tour: about 15 km
    13.00 h Arrival
    13.30 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    14.00 h We take off to Nigtevecht by barge. From there we make a short bike trip to Breukelen along the winding river Vecht. By the end of the afternoon the barge takes us to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.
    14.30 h Safety lecture
    18.15 h Welcome drink
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 2 (Sun): Vianen – Dordrecht
    Bike tour: about 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h In the morning our beautiful bike ride leads to Schoonhoven, the Silvertown. From Schoonhoven we continue to Kinderdijk right across the Alblasserwaard. There an impressive row of large windmills appears, built to drain the Alblasserwaard. Then the barge takes us further to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, and an important junction for shipping traffic. There we spend the night in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 3 (Mon): Dordrecht – Tholen
    Bike tour: about 35 or 50 km
    8.00 h During breakfast we cruise to Willemstad, an old fortified town on the Haringvliet.
    10.30 h From there we bike along the impressive complex of locks ‘de Volkerak’ to Tholen. Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h After dinner we will visit a mill.

    Day 4 (Tue): Tholen – Antwerp
    Bike tour: about 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h We bike through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south. The barge waits for us at the end of the dam and from there we cruise the impressive port of Antwerp to the center of the city.
    13.00 h Lunch on board.
    Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. In the Cathedral of Our Lady we can admire his work. Around this church and the Market Square beautiful town houses from a rich past are situated.
    18.30 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Antwerp.

    Day 5 (Wed): Antwerp – Dendermonde
    Bike tour: about 30 or 55 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h After breakfast we lock out of the port to the Zeeschelde. We 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.
    We can join the barge again halfway in Temse or continue all the way to Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. In Dendermonde we will visit the beautiful town hall.
    17.30 h Beer tasting
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 6 (Thu): Dendermonde – Ghent
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h The bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent, 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 has its origins in Roman Times, at the place where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years, which had its peak late 13th, early 14th century. Textile industry brought great wealth. In the city center many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers’ Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet. Major church is St. Baafs’ Cathedral, raised in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of masterpieces of mediaeval painting, of which the ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck is the most famous.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.30 h Canal trip through the historic city center

    Day 7 (Fri): Ghent – Bruges
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Our bike tour through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges starts right out of town. Today our final destination is Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the middle Ages, is almost completely intact. At the time Bruges was a metropole, center of trade and art, which we can still fully enjoy.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 8 (Sat): Bruges
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Day 1 (Sa): Bruges – Ghent
    Bike tour: about 15 km.
    13.00 h Arrival in Bruges.
    Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. At the time Bruges was a metropolis, center of trade and art, which you can still fully enjoy.
    13.30 h Welcome
    14.00 h Safety lecture
    14.30 h Just outside Bruges the first bike tour starts through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders. During dinner the barge sails into Ghent, a lively university city, again one with a rich past. The city has its origins in Roman Times, at the place where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years, which had its peak late 13th, early 14th century. Textile industry brought great wealth. In the city center many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers’ Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet. Major church is St. Baafs’ Cathedral, raised in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of masterpieces of mediaeval painting, of which the ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck is the most famous.
    18.00 h Welcome drink
    18.15 h Dinner
    20.00 h Canal trip through the historic city center of Ghent

    Day 2 (Sun): Ghent – Dendermonde
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h In the morning we spend some time in Ghent. Later your bike tour follows the beautiful but capricious tidal river Schelde downstream to Dendermonde. There is a fine bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Scheldt is magnificent.
    In Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river, we will have a beer tasting
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 3 (Mon): Dendermonde – Antwerpen
    Bike tour: about 30 / 55 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h After breakfast we follow the Scheldt again to Antwerp.
    You can join the ship halfway in Temse or continue all the way to Antwerp. Antwerp
    is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. In the
    Cathedral of Our Lady we can admire his work. Around this church and the Market
    Square beautiful town houses from a rich past are situated
    18.30 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Antwerp.

    Day 4 (Tue): Antwerp – Tholen
    Bike tour: about 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h In the morning we stay in Antwerp.
    12.00 h Around lunchtime we cruise through the impressive port of Antwerp and have a ` small lunch on board.
    15.00 h From the complex of locks ‘de Volkerak’ we bike to Tholen, through a wooded area,
    the ‘Wouwse Plantage’. Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is
    connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with
    many relics of an eventful past.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 5 (Wed): Tholen – Willemstad – Dordrecht
    Bike tour: about 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today we cruise the big streams of Zeeland. The bike tour goes over Oud-Vossemeer to Willemstad, an old fortified town on the Haringvliet. From here we cruise to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, and an important junction for shipping traffic. There we spend the night in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 6 (Thu): Dordrecht – Vianen
    Bike tour: about 35 / 55 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h In the morning we continue to Kinderdijk. There an impressive row of large windmills
    appears, built to drain the Alblasserwaard. Then our beautiful bike ride leads to Schoonhoven, the Silvertown. On our way we visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods From Schoonhoven we bike to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. You can also join the barge from Schoonhoven to Vianen.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 7 (Fri): Vianen – Amsterdam
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast while sailing.
    9.30 h Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to
    Amsterdam. In Loenen we will visit a windmill.
    Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 6 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate controlled cabins
    – Welcome drink
    – Canal trip in Ghent
    – Beertasting on board

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80,-
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    On request
    – E-bike rental
    – Special diets

     

  • Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.

    Bike rental 
    Fiep: 8 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (Pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    Fleur: 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (Pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    E-Bike rental: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

    Points of departure: Amsterdam or Bruges
    The trip begins in either Amsterdam of Bruges.
    In Amsterdam the barge is docked in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.
    In Bruges the barge is moored at the parking areas for touring buses near the Buiten Katelijnevest, not far from the train station.
    You are expected aboard at approx. 13.00 hrs. The barge leaves the harbor at 13.30 hrs.
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT:
    Tel Fiep: +31 (0) 629079789
    Tel Fleur: +31 (0) 622738010
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Oosterdok weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring in Bruges

    Brugge weergeven op een grotere kaart