Easy, flat cycle path riding from Amsterdam to Bruges.
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 Holland and Belgium 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 Dutch and Belgian countryside, or you can simply relax and cruise on the boat.
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam and embark. Sail to Nigtevecht. Cycle Nigtevecht to Breukelen. Sail to Vianen
Arrive in Amsterdam and make your way to where your premium boat is docked for your amazing cycling cruise! Embarkation is in the early afternoon and then you begin sailing to Nigtevecht.
From here you can take a short cycle ride beside the small winding River Vecht to Breukelen, then re-embark your barge and sail to Vianen, a small fortified town; you will spend the night here.
Cycle: 15 km
Day 2: Cycle Vianen via Schoonhoven to Kinderdijk. Sail to Dordrecht
After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route 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 through the Alblasserwaard polder to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an impressive row of nineteen large windmills it is one of the most iconic sights in Holland.
Whilst here it will be possible to visit inside one of these windmills before the barge takes you further downstream to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.
This evening you will discover the delights of Dordrecht on a guided city tour with your Tour Leader.
Day 3: Sail to Tholen. Cycle Tholen to Kreekrak Lock. Sail to Antwerp
As you enjoy a delicious breakfast the boat sails to Tholen. From here you begin with a cycle through the pretty forest area of “the Wouwse Plantage”, via Bergen op Zoom with its fine 15th and 16th century buildings and south towards the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). Your boat will dock at the end of the dam and from here sails through to the remarkable port of Antwerp.
This city is not only known as the “Diamond City” but it is also where Rubens lived and you can admire his paintings housed in the cathedral.
Cycle: 35 km
Day 4: Cycle Antwerp to St Amands or Dendermonde
If you wish spend a little more time exploring Antwerp you can do so, before heading out on a beautiful bike path which you follow out of the port to the Zeeschelde. Pedal alongside a tidal river upstream and view the gorgeous landscapes of the Schelde. Cycle to either St Amands or Dendermonde (the boat will dock tonight in either place). Both are friendly and welcoming towns.
Cycle: 42 or 56 km
Overnight: Dendermonde or St Amands
Day 5: Cycle St Amands or Dendermonde to Ghent
If the night was spent in St Amands you can choose to cycle or cruise to Dendermonde. From here today’s bike tour once again follows the River Schelde. Ghent, a lively university city, is your destination today. 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.
The textile industry brought great wealth and many old buildings, such as Cloth Hall (1425) and the main Church of St BavoCathedral, which was built in different ages and styles. Here you can see somemedieval masterpieces, such as "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck.
This evening you will learn about the history and culture of Ghent on a guided city tour with your Tour Leader.
Cycle: 40 or 53 km
Day 6: Cycle Ghent to Bruges
Cruise to the beginning of today’s bike tour which starts just outside the city and passes through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North” maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities as its medieval quarter is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a centre of commerce and art.
Take a guided tour this evening around this fabulous city; admire the beautiful streets and canals of Bruges (with your TourLeader).
Cycle: 45 km
Day 7: Loop Cycle via the North Sea
The final bike tour of your journey takes you along a quiet canal, at times lined with poplar trees, and surrounded by an attractive polder landscape with traditional farm houses.
Upon reaching the North Sea coast and a 12 km long sandy beach you can enjoy lunch amongst the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (an unique nature reserve). Later, head back to the wonderful city of Bruges, where your boat will be docked again tonight.
Cycle: 50 km
Day 8: Onward Travel
Disembark and make your way home.
You can start your Amsterdam to Bruges to Bike & Boat tour on selected Saturdays between May and September. 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 15-50 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.
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.
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) although helmets are not available on board, we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you for safety reasons.
Due to very restricted space on board there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us.
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.
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.