Brussels' famous main square - photo by Wouter Hagens via Wikimedia Commons

Grote Markt in Mechelen. Photo via Flickr:Paul Hermans

Brussels to Amsterdam

Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

From the largest city in Belgium to the largest in Holland..

This bike and 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!

Be sure to check out our full list of bike and barge tours in the Netherlands.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard Standard plus boats, the Holland or the Tijdgeest.

What’s Included

  • 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
  • Beer seminar at ‘t Waagstuk, Antwerp
  • Several City Walks
  • Bicycle protection
  • Transfer from Amsterdam airport to Mechelen

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From765 Rates
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Tour Dates

On Standard plus boats: 
Tijdgeest: June 20 and August 29, 2015
Holland: August 8, 2015

Skill Level

Easy, guided bike & boat tour with average distances between 20 to 28 miles a day over flat roads and bike paths with little to no traffic.

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Brussels to Amsterdam Map

Day 1: Arrival in Mechelen, optional cycling 6 mi. (10 km)
Day 2: By train Mechelen - Brussels - Antwerp, day of rest.
Day 3: Antwerp - Tholen, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Tholen - Willemstad, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Willemstad - 's Hertogenbosch, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: 's Hertogenbosch - Vianen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Vianen - Breukelen - Amsterdam, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: 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.

Day 1: 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.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: Antwerp - Tholen, 22 mi. (35 km)
Your tour guide will lead you to the town center of Antwerp. There is enough time to visit the Rubens House, do some shopping, or to simply relax at a sidewalk café. Around noon the boat begins cruising across the Dutch/Belgian border to the Kreekrak locks where we today's cycling tour starts. You will reach the peninsula of Tholen in the province of Zeeland.

Day 4: Tholen - Willemstad, 25 mi. (40 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.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: '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.

Day 7: Vianen - Breukelen - 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.

Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam.
After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to your tour guide and crew. Individual departure.

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Customer Feedback

  • Jonathan G. 2 years ago

    We just got back from Amsterdam on Saturday. What a fantastic trip. We actually did more miles of biking than the itinerary listed. But that was fine. We had a great group of people. You don't need to be in fantastic shape for this trip but you should brush up on your basic bike skills. If you have not ridden in 20 years you may want to ride on some bike trails. It's a leisurely pace but it's not the mileage but the time in the saddle. On our longest ride we went about 35 miles but probably spent over 5 hours in the saddle. How will your tushy feel?

    Our boat was the Tijdgeest, Gerritt (captain), Franz (deckhand, waiter, dog wrangler, and all around good kid), Eva (if I could keep her she would be my personal chef) are the crew. They did a fantastic job and the service was great. Food was great. After a long day of riding if Eva would have cooked a sock I would have eaten it. Rooms are small but livable. Comfy place to take a nap, sleep and get cleaned up. Nothing more. DO NOT over pack. Bring your own helmet and gloves. Bike shorts a must. Sun screen YES.

    You will see a lot of country scenery. Pray for overcast skies. We got it and it made the ride even better. You will make a few stops along the way. Coffee and chocolate is your friend.

    If you are nice they will make some allowances for food preferences. I am gluten free so they served me some dishes with no gluten and gave me a basket of gluten free bread for breakfast and to make lunch. Yay for Eva again. Also my wife does not eat pork. Again, yay for Eva for fixing that problem.

    The only fair part of this tour was our guide. To be fair he did get us where we needed to go with only a couple of times getting, should I say it, slightly lost, but maps are a good thing. He did not tell much about what we were seeing and had to ask him to explain more about the cities and towns. If you don't care about that kind of stuff I guess you could google it. Bring a small camera for taking pictures. I have good biking skills and can take them while I am riding but there is plenty of time to stop as you ride because the pace is very slow. Make sure you have a sweeper who will wait with you. Ride at the front as it will give you time to take some pics as the rest of the group goes by.

    For the money this trip has the most value and is well worth the price according to some of the people who we were traveling with and had been on these types of vacations before. If you don't get along with a small group of people who are from different countries or are not of basic fitness rethink going on this tour. We have people from Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Austrailia, Brazil, and the U.S.

    Also, you may want to like dogs or at least tolerate them. Schnitzel is the real boss of the boat. He's a good dog and is mostly out of the way until we start to dock and then he's got to work. We had the honor of taking him for a nice walk.

    I 100% recommend this tour. I would do it again. Particularly with this crew and boat.

    Cheers!

    Jonathan G.

    Fullerton, CA USA

  • Barbara Kallay 3 years ago

    My husband and I had a great bike trip. Riding through the Belgium/Netherlands was delightful. The staff made the trip most memorable- Jacob (bike guide), Els (boat captain), Thomas (cook).

    I thought we might hike off to the local restaurant for a supper meal. Not a chance! The meals were gourmet! We didn't consider missing one of them.

    A very fine trip! Thank you!!

  • Ed Groff 4 years ago

    Trip more than I expected. Rode through country and small towns really getting a good feel of the culture and traditions of the country. I was very impressed by the beauty of the countryside and the quaint country towns and villages. I had no idea the Netherlands was so rich in agriculture.

    The Dutch and Belgium people are as friendly as I've ever encountered.. They will go out of their way to satisfy your needs and make you feel at home in their country. Please do not ask them if they speak English as most are offended, as all speak English.

    Tour guide was outstanding puttiing in at least a minimum 125% effort. He had a delightful personality and offered a wealth of information and knowledge about the country and area we rode.

    I would highly recommend booking a trip with Hennie and her daughters as they are wonderful people and really try to make your trip a pleasant experience. I might add, the price of the trip was very reasonable considering the decline of the US dollar.

    Ed Groff

    Souderton, PA USA

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