Amsterdam to Bruges (August 24 – 31, 2019) – a unique journey on 2 wheels2019-05-07T12:47:58+00:00

Project Description

Bike, Barge and experience a unique journey on 2 wheels

~ Amsterdam to Bruges ~

(August 24 – 31, 2019)

Travel Dates:  August 24 – 312019

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, St. Amands, Dendermonde, Ghent, Flemish, Bruges, North Sea & Bruges

(Cycling distances are 30-50 km/day.)

Guided Bike Tour, Windmills and Gouda, Dutch Countryside, Belgian Chocolate & Waffles, Villages and Castles, Amsterdam, Ghent and Bruges, Sunrises and Sunsets, History & Architecture

ITINERARY

Day 1 -SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019

Welkom to Amsterdam, it is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From the Amsterdam Canals to the world-famous museums and historical sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Please check into your barge PRIOR TO 13:00. Location and details TBA 14:00 Depart Amsterdam and sail for Vianen, a small fortified town on the River Lek, where you will be sized with your bike and enjoy a short cycle. Overnight in Vianen: Barge Fluvius. (B)

Day 2 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019 (Vianen Schoonhoven to Kinderdijk )

Today you will cycle along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day as you cycle through the Alblasserwaard region you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take you and your bicycle in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.   (B,L,D)

Day 3 – MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019 (Dordrecht to Tholen & Kreekrak Lock and Antwerp)

During breakfast the Fluvius will sail to Tholen where you will start your day’s cycling by visiting the “Wouwse Plantage”forest. Another attraction on the day is the impressive Kreekrak lock. After once again meeting up with the Fluvius you will finish your day by sailing to the port city of Antwerp which is situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and has many attractions that include: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. After dinner visit the beautiful old city centre.  (B,L, D)

Day 4 – TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019 (Antwerp to Temse and ending in Dendermonde)

Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde, your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019 (Dendermonde to Ghent)

Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the ship will moor for the night at a lock in a suburb of town. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. The city’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has meant it to be a major trading port since Roman times. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. A major attraction is St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept.. (B, L, D)

Day 6 –  THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019 (Ghent to Moerbrugge and Bruges)

During breakfast the Fluvius will sail from Ghent to a place close to Bruges. Your bicycle tour will lead through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders around this beautiful city, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’. The city attracts more than two million visitors every year who come for the ambiance of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. An outstanding example of a medieval settlement, Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the city’s original Gothic constructions form an integral part of the town’s identity. While you are here you can visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019 (Bruges to the North Sea)

Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here if you want you can swim in the sea along an inviting sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape. On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal. (Recommendations available on board). (B, L, D)

Day 8 –  SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019

End this great adventure in Bruges. After breakfast the journey comes to an end as you say farewell to the guides and crew. Check out until 9:30 am (B)

Return to Amsterdam or continue to Brussels to board your flight home to Canada. Transfer between Amsterdam and Bruges / Bruges and Amsterdam: There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu

PRE TOUR of AMSTERDAM & POST TOUR of BRUGES

This can easily be arranged. Please contact to arrange.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation aboard with en-suite facilities on a twin share basis
  • All on board breakfasts, picnic lunches, 7 dinners
  •  Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices • At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch on board
  •  Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian, or meat dish
  •  Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and after cycling, until 4pm daily
  •  7 speed trekking bike and pannier (electric bikes available – extra fee of $280 CAD)
  •  English speaking professional and licensed guides with daily briefings
  •  Information package including route notes and maps
  •  Welcome drink on first night
  •  Several city walking tours
  •  Daily cabin cleaning • Ferry and “Waterbus” fares
  •  Entrances to Kinderdijk mills, Ghent canal ride and Antwerp Cathedral

Exclusions

  • International air
  • Airport transfers and land transfers to/from the barge
  • Wi-Fi – unlimited data package to be purchased on board: €10
  • Beverages (available for purchase on board) and other items of a personal nature
  • Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets – EUR 50 pp (subject to change) paid locally on board
  • All gratuities – while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guides, captain and crew)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory

Travel Facts

Countries visiting: the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Belgium

Visas: Not needed for Canadian passport holders

Vaccinations: None (Recommended that all immunizations should be up to date)

Climate for August: Warm and sunny, with cooler evenings highs of 20 C, lows of 13 C

About the Fluvius

The Fluvius has been a popular choice for guests for a number of years now on the cycling cruises between Amsterdam and Bruges. The former cargo barge was totally rebuilt and extended in 2003 into a luxury river cruise barge. In winter 2017-2018, four additional upper deck double cabins were added. The Fluvius sails under Dutch flag and management. The Fluvius caters for max. 44 passengers.

Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All twin cabins have a fixed window, the panoramic window in the double cabins can be opened. Each cabin has an individually adjustable airconditioning unit, a ventilation system, a flat-screen TV and a hair dryer.

Description of the Ship

The Fluvius has a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs) and a storage room for the bikes. While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

PACKAGE PRICE

Price is based on Single Bedrooms $2300 (air and registration fees not included)

Upper Deck Premium Dbl Bedroom +$500 per room ( only 4 available)

Upper Deck Premium Single Bedroom +$250 per person (only 3 available)

Single Occupancy +$630

(Rooms available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Travel Insurance: Travel Your World will purchase your Manulife Travel Insurance within 48 hours of receiving your first nonrefundable deposit.

Other Cost Considerations: Flights to/from Europe,  beverages and meals when not on the barge, gratuities, additional pre and post travel.

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