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The Netherlands (Holland) and Belgium

Bruges to Amsterdam

Premium Bike and Barge Holiday

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Duration

8 days

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£1,215 P.P.
The Netherlands (Holland) and Belgium

Bruges to Amsterdam

Premium Bike and Barge Holiday

Grade

1
2
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5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£1,215 P.P.
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During this tour we will be exploring some of the world's most beautiful cities including Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Utrecht and Amsterdam, where you can experience a wealth of historical charm. The daily bike tours will take us through a variety of flat landscapes, along the River Schelde, through perfectly preserved historic villages and along winding dike roads.
Along the way we will cycle through the beautiful Dutch landscape of Zeeland, we'll visit a real Dutch cheese farm and also have the chance to explore the 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk. The province of Zeeland is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers and is famous for its fantastic beaches, whilst the Flanders region of Belgium boasts a number of world-famous medieval towns and has a well-deserved reputation for superb food and drink. There really is something for everybody on this holiday! 
Your accommodation for the week is on a specially designed barge (see the accommodation section below for more information). A local leader will be lead your cycling, however route descriptions are provided if you'd prefer to cycle independently from the group.
This tour is run in conjunction with a local partner and you will join their guests on the tour. You will spend your evenings sharing experiences of the day with an international group of cyclists over authentic regional cuisine, cooked and served on board the barge. Please get in touch if you'd like to know the make up of the group booked onto your chosen departure.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Staying on board a charming Dutch Barge
  • Cycling through beautiful Flemish cities
  • Enjoying leisurely evening meals, with a friendly mix of nationalities
  • Viewing the impressive 17th century windmills at Kinderdijk
  • Exploring the birthplace of famous Flemish artist Rubens
  • Marvelling at the illuminated streets of Ghent

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I felt it would be a wonderful experience, but it turned out to be better than I could hope for. First rate in every way. The pre holiday service by Skedaddle was also excellent, any questions I had were always answered promptly and professionally!

Rick, Canada

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Bruges
6 Miles / 11 Kms
  • Meals: Dinner

Today you will arrive into Bruges and make your way to your barge for 13.00 to board (boarding between 13:00 and 14:00). After a welcome meeting with the crew at 14:00, there’ll be time for a bike fitting and a short test ride through the countryside surrounding Bruges. After dinner your guide will take you for a short walk through the centre of Bruges.

Day 2
Bruges to Ghent
21 or 35 Miles / 35 or 57 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We’ll start our day today on the water as the barge leaves Bruges early in the morning. Just outside the city, our first bike tour through the flat lands of West-Flanders, to Ghent, begins. Our destination today is the historical centre of Ghent, which you can explore during an afternoon stroll; the town centre features lovely illuminated streets which are simply unmissable! The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb), which is just a 30 minute cycle from Ghent city centre.

Day 3
Ghent to St. Amands
24 or 32 Miles / 40 or 53 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today, the barge will sail over the River Schelde to Dendermonde, a nice town on the confluence of the River Dender and Schelde. We’ll cycle the route, that leads us along one of the most beautiful parts of the River Schelde as we follow this beautiful tidal river downstream. Depending on high or low tide, the speed of the barge may vary, therefore, the skipper will discuss the departure time with you for today’s tour. In the afternoon, we will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands, either by barge or bike, depending on the tides.

Day 4
St. Amands to Antwerp
19 or 30 Miles / 32 or 49 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we will follow the River Schelde further downstream over Baasrode and Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent! Antwerp is well known as a major sea port and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born. If you‘re an art lover, you should take some time to visit the cathedral where you can admire his paintings. Antwerp is also famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds.

Day 5
Antwerp to Dordrecht
12 or 22 Miles / 20 or 36 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today the barge will sail along the Schelde-Rhine Canal, over the huge Kreekrak lock system. Here your bicycle tour starts through the beautiful Wouwse Plantage forest to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will join the ship again for a nice afternoon sail to the city of Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. The guide will take you for an evening walk and tell you about the history of the

Netherlands.

Day 6
Dordrecht to Vianen
19 or 35 Miles / 32 or 57 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today the Waterbus, a fast ferry, will bring you and your bike to Alblasserdam, from where you cycle to Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 UNESCO cultural heritage-listed windmills in a row (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder; here you can visit one of the windmills to get a real insight into times gone by. We’ll then cycle via the Silver City of Schoonhoven to Vianen, a tranquil, fortified town on the River Lek, where we will spend the night.

Day 7
Vianen to Amsterdam
22 or 28 Miles / 36 or 46 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We’ll start our day with a gentle cruise to Breukelen, where we will disembark and start our final day of cycling along the Vecht River. Today we’ll be biking through an area well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and grand houses with large gardens and parks. We’ll ride through the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where we can visit a traditional cheese farm. We continue through Muiden to finally reach our destination; Amsterdam!

Day 8
Departure from Amsterdam
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today it’s time to say goodbye to our floating home, as we disembark the barge and depart after breakfast, by 09:30am.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The route follows mostly flat terrain along quiet roads and cycle paths. Around 50% of the route is shared with traffic, and 50% is on cycle paths where you’ll be separated from motor vehicles. If any of the days are too long, or you would just like to put your feet up for a day, there is the option to stay on board the barge during the day. Due to the leisurely nature of the tour we do recommend a hybrid bike, however as the majority of the route sticks to tarmac the route is suitable for road bikes. (There may however be short sections on cobbles or hard-packed gravel or dirt roads where you may have to take extra care).

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2: Gentle

Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day

For those looking for an easy-going route

Mainly on the flat

Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
06/05/2021 Magnifique IV
Return Date
13/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
13/05/2021 Magnifique II
Return Date
20/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
20/05/2021 Magnifique IV
Return Date
27/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
27/05/2021 Magnifique II
Return Date
03/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
01/06/2021 Magnifique III
Return Date
08/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
03/06/2021 Magnifique IV
Return Date
10/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
10/06/2021 Magnifique II
Return Date
17/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
15/06/2021 Magnifique III
Return Date
22/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
17/06/2021 Magnifique IV
Return Date
24/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00
Start Date
24/06/2021 Magnifique II
Return Date
01/07/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,365.00

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Whats Included Tick

A) Barge accommodation (shared twin / double en suite cabins)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Packed Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) English speaking local leader

D) Daily route information (1 set per cabin)

E) Linen and towels provided

F) Coffee and tea on board the boat

G) Entrance into the cathedral Antwerp

H) Canal trip through Ghent

I) Visit Kinderdijk mills

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Single cabin (available if required)

D) Travel insurance

E) Personal clothing and equipment

F) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

G) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

H) Ferry fares

I) Travel to barge on arrival day

J) Travel from barge on departure day

K) Meals not included on the itinerary

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to the mooring point in Bruges and home again from the mooring point in Amsterdam.

There is a direct ferry route from Newcastle in the UK to Amsterdam and good train connections between Amsterdam and Bruges.

The most convenient airports for this trip are into Brussels airport (BRU) and back from Amsterdam airport (AMS). Alternatively you can book a return flight to one of these airports and travel by train between the cities. There are many flights from the UK to Amsterdam airport (AMS) and the most convenient option to Brussels airport (BRU) is from London Heathrow with British Airways or Brussels Airlines.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

Accommodation on this trip is on a barge. We have three barges available: the Magnifique II, the Magnifique III, and the Magnifique IV. (We also run the itinerary on the Fluvius; see our tour entitled Amsterdam to Bruges – Bike and Barge Holiday.) Please Note all upper deck suites are only available when making a booking for 2 people.

The Magnifique II was newly built in 2016 and has a capacity of 34 passengers. All cabins have en-suite facilities, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, wifi, safe and hairdryer. There are some upper deck suites with a small sitting area and panoramic windows, as well as a premium twin cabin if you’d like an upgraded cabin. The salon combines a restaurant, bar and lounge area, complete with large doors opening onto the partially-roofed sundeck, where you’ll find a hot tub.

The Magnifique III, completed early in 2018, houses 40 guests, with cabins holding en-suites, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, wifi, safe and hairdryer. There are some upper deck suites with a small sitting area and panoramic windows. The salon combines a restaurant, bar and lounge area, complete with large doors opening onto the partially-roofed sundeck, where you’ll find a hot tub.

The Magnifique IV, brand new for 2020, houses 36 guests, with cabins holding en suites, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, wifi, safe and hairdryer. The Magnifique IV’s upper deck features a spacious and tastefully-decorated salon with air conditioning, a bar and lounge area. Here you will find large panoramic windows, a widescreen TV, and information screens displaying the barge’s real time location. Wi-Fi is also available.

Bike Hire

The bicycles on board are mostly traditional touring bicycles (ladies’ models) with 7 gears and hand brakes.

You’ll be provided with a pannier bag and a bike pump. Your tour leader will have both a puncture repair kit and a pump to help out with any bike issues along the way.

We ask that you please bring along your own helmets (or we can provide helmets locally on request). It’s possible for you to bring your own pedals and / or saddle, however we do ask that you bring along your own tools to fit them to your hire bike. GPX tracks are available on request (please contact our office for details).

We also have e-bikes available to hire. We only have a small number, however, and so these are always on request.

It is possible to bring along your own bike on this tour, however the barges have limited space for bikes. If you’d like to bring your own bike, please contact us to check whether this will be possible on your preferred date.

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