Brussels to Amsterdam
Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Boat Tour
This bike & barge holiday combines the countries Belgium and the Netherlands in a very surprising and attractive way. In 8 days time you will cycle from Brussels to Amsterdam.
On the arrival day your floating hotel stays in Mechelen. The next day you have time to visit the beautiful Belgian capital of Brussels.The Flemish port town of Antwerp is also one of the highlights of this tour. Belgium is famous for it’s tasty beers. They say you don’t really know Belgium without tasting some!
Crossing the Dutch border you reach the well preserved fortified town of Willemstad. In the old town of ’s Hertogenbosch, the St. Jans cathedral is certainly worth a visit. Across Hollands fruit garden, the Betuwe, and along the rivers Vecht and Amstel you cycle to Amsterdam.
Standing at the Dam Square in Amsterdam the Market Square in Brussels seems miles away!
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard Standard plus boats, the Holland or the Tijdgeest.
- 7 nights’ accommodations on board
- Breakfasts, packed lunches, & 3-course dinners
- Coffee & tea on board
- 7-speed hybrid bicycle
- Route descriptions & maps
- Multi-lingual tour guide
- Train ticket Mechelen - Brussels - Antwerp
- Beer seminar at ‘t Waagstuk, Antwerp
- Several City Walks
What’s Not Included
- Individual arrival to the boat
- Beverages, available on board
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- On Standard plus boats:
- The Holland: June 1 and July 13, 2013
- The Tijdgeest: August 17, 2013
Easy guided tour with distances of about 20 to 28 miles per day over flat roads/bike paths with little or no traffic.
- Arrival in Mechelen, optional cycling 6 mi. (10 km)
- By train Mechelen - Brussels - Antwerp, day of rest.
- Antwerp, day of rest, sail to Tholen.
- Tholen - Willemstad, 28 mi. (45 km)
- Willemstad - 's Hertogenbosch, 28 mi. (45 km)
- 's Hertogenbosch - Vianen, 25 mi. (40 km)
- Vianen - Amsterdam, 19 mi. (30 km)
- Departure from Amsterdam.
*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
SATURDAY: Arrival in Mechelen, optional cycling 6 mi. (10 km)
Arrival in Mechelen (appr. 20 minutes by train from Brussels). Your tour leader will invite you for a small trip on your bike in and around Mechelen.
SUNDAY: By train Mechelen - Brussels - Antwerp, day of rest.
You get up early to go by train to Brussels and enjoy a walk to the town centre with your tour guide. There's time to visit some of the highlights of the capital of Belgium. When you become hungry or thirsty, try one of the culinary specialties: mussels, chocolate, waffles or french fries. At the beginning of the afternoon you return to Antwerp by train. In the evening you'll be tasting some special beers during a cozy beer seminar in a typical Belgian bar.
MONDAY: Antwerp, day of rest, sail to Tholen.
Your tour guide will lead you to the town center of Antwerp. Time enough to visit the Rubens House, do some shopping or to relax at a sidewalk café.
We hop back on board for a sailing trip from Antwerp across the Dutch/Belgian border to the peninsula of Tholen in the province of Zeeland.
TUESDAY: Tholen - Willemstad, 28 mi. (45 km)
The cycling trip leads us from Tholen to the walled town of Willemstad, where you spend the night. Willemstad has many well-preserved fortifications worth admiring.
WEDNESDAY: Willemstad - 's Hertogenbosch, 28 mi. (45 km)
You disembark in the town of Geertruidenberg to begin your cycling trip to the charming capital of the province of Noord-Brabant: 's Hertogenbosch, translated "the Duke's forest". This town is home to the oldest remaining brick house in Holland (de Moriaan), built in the early 13th century.
THURSDAY: 's Hertogenbosch - Vianen, 25 mi. (40 km)
You leave 's Hertogenbosch and sail to the town of Tiel, situated in the Betuwe, the 'fruit garden of Holland'. Here you start pedaling across some fine Dutch landscapes and visit the town of Wijk bij Duurstede located on the Rhine. The trip ends in Vianen where you stay for the night.
FRIDAY: Vianen - Amsterdam, 19 mi. (30 km)
After a sailing trip the barge moors in Breukelen. From here you make the last cycling stretch: enjoy the rural scenery of tiny villages at the banks of small and winding rivers that show the way to the Dutch capital Amsterdam. In the evening you have the possibility to make a short guided city walk and a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.
SATURDAY: Departure from Amsterdam.
After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to your tour guide and crew. Individual departure.