Canals and boats in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Sergey Galyonkin

Tulips in Holland, of course. Photo via Flickr:Kelly Sikkema
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Amsterdam to Bruges

Netherlands, Belgium Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle in Holland and Belgium on this picturesque bike and boat tour

  • From Holland's intriguing capital to Belgium's artistic gem, this bike and boat tour follows meandering rivers and canals from Amsterdam to Bruges.

    The Golden Age of the 17th Century was a peaceful and prosperous time in Holland when art and architecture flourished. Belgium too became a major European center for industry and art.

    The elaborate and beautiful canal system we now enjoy was designed druing this time, lined with the homes of wealthy merchants. Today, flower filled and enchanting, your bike and boat tour unfolds on these very same canals and on the Amstel and Vecht rivers, showcasing the Dutch and Flemish landscape.


    • Amsterdam
    • Dordrecht and the Grote Kerk (1339)
    • Windmills, dykes and ferries
    • Bruges, birthplace of Flemish art
    • Michelangelo's Madonna and Child

    *Be sure to set aside some time in Amsterdam to visit the world renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and in Bruges to visit the Groeninge Museum which includes paintings by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Rogier van der Weyden, and others.

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

  • Magnifiques:


    Magnifique  IMay - SeptemberOctober 
    Twin Cabin £ 1005 $ 1,724 1259 NOK 12065 kr 11137 $ 1,448 £ 942 $ 1,614 1179 NOK 11299 kr 10430 $ 1,356
    Premium Twin £ 1165 $ 1,997 1459 NOK 13982 kr 12907 $ 1,678 £ 1101 $ 1,888 1379 NOK 13215 kr 12199 $ 1,586
    Single Cabin £ 1317 $ 2,258 1649 NOK 15803 kr 14587 $ 1,896 £ 1253 $ 2,148 1569 NOK 15036 kr 13880 $ 1,804
    *Triple cabin £ 966 $ 1,655 1209 NOK 11586 kr 10695 $ 1,390 £ 902 $ 1,546 1129 NOK 10820 kr 9987 $ 1,298
    *Premium Triple £ 1101 $ 1,888 1379 NOK 13215 kr 12199 $ 1,586 £ 1037 $ 1,778 1299 NOK 12449 kr 11491 $ 1,494

    *Triple cabins are limited and available as premium or regular cabin.

    Magnifique IIMay - SeptemberOctober 
    Twin cabin £ 1005 $ 1,724 1259 NOK 12065 kr 11137 $ 1,448 £ 942 $ 1,614 1179 NOK 11299 kr 10430 $ 1,356
    Premium twin £ 1165 $ 1,997 1459 NOK 13982 kr 12907 $ 1,678 £ 1101 $ 1,888 1379 NOK 13215 kr 12199 $ 1,586
    Upper deck suite £ 1365 $ 2,340 1709 NOK 16378 kr 15118 $ 1,965 £ 1301 $ 2,230 1629 NOK 15611 kr 14410 $ 1,873
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1317 $ 2,258 1649 NOK 15803 kr 14587 $ 1,896 £ 1253 $ 2,148 1569 NOK 15036 kr 13880 $ 1,804
    Triple cabin £ 966 $ 1,655 1209 NOK 11586 kr 10695 $ 1,390 £ 902 $ 1,546 1129 NOK 10820 kr 9987 $ 1,298
    Triple suite upper deck  £ 1285 $ 2,203 1609 NOK 15420 kr 14233 $ 1,850 £ 1221 $ 2,093 1529 NOK 14653 kr 13526 $ 1,758

    *Triple cabins are limited and on request, 3 per departure, 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple lower deck.

    Magnifique IIIMay  - September October
    Twin cabin £ 1005 $ 1,724 1259 NOK 12065 kr 11137 $ 1,448 £ 942 $ 1,614 1179 NOK 11299 kr 10430 $ 1,356
    Upper deck suite £ 1365 $ 2,340 1709 NOK 16378 kr 15118 $ 1,965 £ 1301 $ 2,230 1629 NOK 15611 kr 14410 $ 1,873
    Single cabin £ 1317 $ 2,258 1649 NOK 15803 kr 14587 $ 1,896 £ 1253 $ 2,148 1569 NOK 15036 kr 13880 $ 1,804
    *Triple cabin £ 966 $ 1,655 1209 NOK 11586 kr 10695 $ 1,390 £ 902 $ 1,546 1129 NOK 10820 kr 9987 $ 1,298
    *Triple suite upper deck £ 1285 $ 2,203 1609 NOK 15420 kr 14233 $ 1,850 £ 1221 $ 2,093 1529 NOK 14653 kr 13526 $ 1,758

    *Triple cabins are limited and on request,  3 per departure: 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple lower deck 

    Fluvius:April 20 and September 28April 27 - September 21
    Small twin cabin below deck £ 746 $ 1,279 934 NOK 8951 kr 8262 $ 1,074 £ 786 $ 1,347 984 NOK 9430 kr 8705 $ 1,132
    Regular twin cabin below deck £ 786 $ 1,347 984 NOK 9430 kr 8705 $ 1,132 £ 826 $ 1,416 1034 NOK 9909 kr 9147 $ 1,189
    Twin cabin below deck for single use £ 985 $ 1,689 1234 NOK 11826 kr 10916 $ 1,419 £ 1025 $ 1,758 1284 NOK 12305 kr 11358 $ 1,477
    Twin cabin upper deck £ 906 $ 1,553 1134 NOK 10868 kr 10032 $ 1,304 £ 946 $ 1,621 1184 NOK 11347 kr 10474 $ 1,362
    Upper deck double cabin £ 985 $ 1,689 1234 NOK 11826 kr 10916 $ 1,419 £ 1025 $ 1,758 1284 NOK 12305 kr 11358 $ 1,477
    Twin cabin £ 981 $ 1,683 1229 NOK 11778 kr 10872 $ 1,413
    *Twin cabin for single use £ 1253 $ 2,148 1569 NOK 15036 kr 13880 $ 1,804

    *Only one twin cabin for single use available per departure

    Sailing HomeLow seasonStandard seasonHigh season
    Twin cabin £ 910 $ 1,559 1139 NOK 10915 kr 10076 $ 1,310 £ 998 $ 1,711 1250 NOK 11979 kr 11058 $ 1,438 £ 1086 $ 1,862 1360 NOK 13033 kr 12031 $ 1,564
    Twin cabin/single use £ 1278 $ 2,190 1600 NOK 15333 kr 14154 $ 1,840 £ 1406 $ 2,410 1760 NOK 16867 kr 15569 $ 2,024 £ 1533 $ 2,629 1920 NOK 18400 kr 16985 $ 2,208
    Liza Marleen 
    Premium twin cabin £ 1062 $ 1,821 1330 NOK 12746 kr 11765 $ 1,530
    Twin cabin £ 982 $ 1,684 1230 NOK 11788 kr 10881 $ 1,415
    Twin cabin/single use  £ 1374 $ 2,355 1720 NOK 16483 kr 15215 $ 1,978
    Triple cabin £ 906 $ 1,554 1135 NOK 10877 kr 10040 $ 1,305
    Children's discounts available 
    ZwaanLow season
    Twin cabin £ 998 $ 1,711 1250 NOK 11979 kr 11058 $ 1,438
    Friends or family style for twin use £ 998 $ 1,711 1250 NOK 11979 kr 11058 $ 1,438
    Friends or family style for triple use £ 974 $ 1,670 1220 NOK 11692 kr 10792 $ 1,403
    Twin cabin (front) for single use

    Price £ 1406 $ 2,410 1760 NOK 16867 kr 15569 $ 2,024

    WendingStandard seasonHigh Season

    Twin cabin

    Price £ 847 $ 1,451 1060 NOK 10158 kr 9377 $ 1,219

    £ 982 $ 1,684 1230 NOK 11788 kr 10881 $ 1,415
    Twin cabin for single use £ 982 $ 1,684 1230 NOK 11788 kr 10881 $ 1,415 £ 1078 $ 1,848 1350 NOK 12938 kr 11942 $ 1,553
    Triple cabin  £ 803 $ 1,376 1005 NOK 9631 kr 8890 $ 1,156 £ 806 $ 1,381 1009 NOK 9670 kr 8926 $ 1,160
    Anna AntalLow seasonStandard seasonHigh season
    Twin cabin/comfort £ 847 $ 1,451 1060 NOK 10158 kr 9377 $ 1,219 £ 930 $ 1,595 1165 NOK 11165 kr 10306 $ 1,340 £ 1014 $ 1,739 1270 NOK 12171 kr 11235 $ 1,461
    Bunk bed cabin/standard plus £ 719 $ 1,232 900 NOK 8625 kr 7962 $ 1,035 £ 799 $ 1,369 1000 NOK 9583 kr 8846 $ 1,150 £ 866 $ 1,485 1085 NOK 10398 kr 9598 $ 1,248

    Bunk bed cabin for single use

    £ 902 $ 1,546 1129 NOK 10820 kr 9987 $ 1,298 £ 990 $ 1,698 1240 NOK 11883 kr 10969 $ 1,426 £ 1078 $ 1,848 1350 NOK 12938 kr 11942 $ 1,553

    Low seasonJune 29, July 13, July 27
    Standard season: May 11, June 1, June 15, August 31, September 28
    High season: September 14


    Twin cabin below deck £ 826 $ 1,416 1034 NOK 9909 kr 9147 $ 1,189
    *Twin cabin for single use below deck £ 1025 $ 1,758 1284 NOK 12305 kr 11358 $ 1,477
    **Triple cabin below deck £ 794 $ 1,361 994 NOK 9526 kr 8793 $ 1,143

    *Only one twin cabin for single use available per departure
    **Two triple cabins available per departure

    Clair de Lune 
    Twin cabin £ 754 $ 1,292 944 NOK 9047 kr 8351 $ 1,086
    Single supplement £ 179 $ 307 224 NOK 2147 kr 1982 $ 258
    Twin cabin £ 754 $ 1,292 944 NOK 9047 kr 8351 $ 1,086
    Single supplement  £ 179 $ 307 224 NOK 2147 kr 1982 $ 258
    Luxury cabin £ 1122 $ 1,924 1405 NOK 13465 kr 12429 $ 1,616
    Low beds £ 962 $ 1,650 1205 NOK 11548 kr 10660 $ 1,386
    Single cabin £ 962 $ 1,650 1205 NOK 11548 kr 10660 $ 1,386
    Bunk bed cabin £ 827 $ 1,417 1035 NOK 9919 kr 9156 $ 1,190

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: £ 76 $ 130 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109 Gluten free or dairy free diets: Supplement will apply, please ask.
    Electric bike rental: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Helmet rental: £ 8 $ 14 10 NOK 96 kr 88 $ 12 Wifi (unlimited data), payable on board: £ 8 $ 14 10 NOK 96 kr 88 $ 12 Sailing Home, Zwaan, Anna Antal
    Electric bike rental: £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 Maps for self guided option, advanced reservation and payment required: £ 38 $ 65 48 NOK 455 kr 420 $ 55 Children's discounts available.
    Child's bike seat: £ 12 $ 21 15 NOK 144 kr 133 $ 17 Children's bikes (21 gears) with helmet: Please ask
    Trailer bike (tag along) with helmet, attaches to adult's bike and is suitable for children from  approx. 5 - 9 yrs. , max weight, 35 kg: Please ask.
    Bike trailer: Please ask

    Electric bike rental: £ 36 $ 62 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52

    please note

    If traveling solo, we can try to find a roommate of the same gender on some of the boats to avoid single supplement charge.

    Please note that pricing for Wending, Zwaan, Sailing Home, and Anna Antal is based on current fuel price. If the fuel price increases more than 5%,  our local tour operators have informed us that they will be forced to charge a supplement even for reservations already made.

    Single cabins only by request and for supplemental fee.

    Discount for triple & quad cabins may be available.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    Short train ride from Amsterdam airport (Schiphol) to Amsterdam central, where you board the boat usually between 12 and 4 PM depending on the boat. From Bruges, train to Amsterdam airport takes approx. 3¼ hr and costs approximately ± €48. Train station in Bruges is named "Brugge". Train station at Amsterdam Schiphol airport is named "Schiphol". Train station in Amsterdam city center is named "Amsterdam Centraal".


    Check local conditions before travel!Average high temp in °F for Amsterdam is: April 53º, May 60º, June 66º, July 69º, August 70º, September 64º and October 57º.


    Please be aware you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.

Tour Dates

On the Comfort Plus class boats:
Magnifique: Saturdays, May 4May 18, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, and October 5, 2019
Magnifique II: Wednesdays, May 22, June 5, July 17, July 31, August 14, September 11, September 25, and October 9, 2019
Magnifique III: Saturdays, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14, and September 28, and October 12, 2019
Fluvius: Saturdays, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24, September 7, and September 21, 2019
Zwaantje: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Sailing Home:
Low season: Saturdays, July 6, August 10, and October 19, 2019
Standard season: Saturdays, June 8 and October 5, 2019
High season: Saturdays, September 7, and September 21, 2019
Liza Marleen:
Standard Season:  June 15, 2019
On the Comfort class boats:
Low season: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Low season: Saturdays, July 13 and August 10, 2019
High season: Saturday: September 21, 2019
April 27 and July 13, 2019
On the Standard Plus boats:
Anna Antal:
Low seasonSaturdays, June 29, July 13, and July 27, 2019
Standard season: Saturdays, May 11, June 1, June 15, August 31, and September 28, 2019
High season: Saturdays, September 14, 2019
Clair de Lune: August 10, 2019
Tijdgeest: June 22, July 27, August 24, and September 7, 2019
Feniks: May 4, 2019

*Click the link to see the tour and dates for Bruges to Amsterdam*

Where You’ll Stay

Different class boats are available for this tour. See dates and pricing. Click here for detailed barge information.

What’s Included

  • Each boat varies slightly. Be sure to see what is included/not included on your boat.
  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast, 6 packed lunches, and 6 three course dinners (Dinner is not included in Bruges in evening of Day 6)
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation on the first evening
  • All bed linens and towels (daily change of towels on request)
  • Light daily cleaning of cabins
  • Two tour leaders with daily briefings of bike tours, some short city tours, guided bike tours, applicable for bookings of 18 or more
  • Detailed maps and tourist information (one set per cabin)
  • 7 speed hybrid touring bike rental, pannier, water bottle, and helmet
  • Free WiFi in the common areas (steel construction of ship effects speed)
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Fees for ferries
  • Visit Kinderdijk mills
  • Entrance cathedral Antwerp
  • Canal trip through Ghent
  • Accommodation for 7 nights on board ship
  • Climate controlled cabin
  • Breakfast, 6 packed lunches, and 7 three course dinners
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation on the first evening
  • All bed linens and towels (daily change of towels on request)
  • Light daily cleaning of cabins
  • Two tour leaders with daily briefings of bike tours, some short city tours, guided bike tours , applicable for bookings of 18 or more
  • Detailed maps and tourist information (one set per cabin)
  • 7 speed hybrid touring bike rental with hand and pedal brakes, pannier, and water bottle
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Wi-Fi
  • Helmets on request. Surcharge applies.
  • Complimentary coffee and tea till 4 pm
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board ship
  • Breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 6 three course dinners (Dinner is not included in Antwerp)
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation on the first evening
  • All bed linens and towels (daily change of towels on request)
  • Light daily cleaning of cabins
  • One tour leader with daily briefings of bike tours, some short city tours, guided bike tours
  • Detailed maps and tourist information (one set per cabin)
  • 21 speed hybrid touring bicycle with hand brakes and pannier
  • Helmets
  • Complimentary coffee and tea till 4 pm
  • GPS tracks on request
  • 2019: Fees for ferries
  • 2019: Visit Kinderdijk mills
  • 2019: Entrance cathedral Antwerp
  • 2019: Canal trip through Ghent
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board ship
  • Breakfast, 6 packed lunches, and 7 three course dinners
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation on first evening
  • All bed linens and towels
  • WiFi
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Fees for ferries
  • One cleaning of cabin
  • †Guide support (please see note below)
  • Route descriptions and detailed maps for daily bike tours (1 set per cabin)
  • 7 speed hybrid touring bicycle with hand brakes only and pannier
  • Complimentary coffee and tea between 3 and 4 pm
  • †This tour is not a fully guided bike tour but rather supported by a guide who ensures the safety of riders and takes care of mechanical issues. The guide is cycling the route and can be reached by cell phone for quick assistance.
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and 6 x three course dinner
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle with water bottle and pannier bag
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Ferry fees en route
  • Harbor fees and tourist taxes
  • 7 nights accommodations on board
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, and 6 three course dinners (1 x on own account)
  • 8 speed Gudereit hybrid bike with pannier bag, water bottle, and helmet
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Travel guide ( from 18 pax 2 guides !!!)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Welcome drink
  • Canal trip in Ghent
  • Beer tasting on board
  • 7 nights accommodations on board
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 packed lunch
  • 6 3 course dinners (1 x on own account)
  • 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike with pannier bag, water bottle
  • Helmet (please request at time of booking)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Travel guide ( from 18 pax 2 guides !!!)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Welcome drink
  • Canal trip in Ghent
  • Beer tasting on board
  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed picnic lunches, and 7 three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 24 gear hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • Helmets
  • Minimum of three city walks with tour guide
  • 1 x road book per cabin
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Limited Wifi
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed picnic lunches, and 7 three course dinners
  • Tour guide
  • 7 gear hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • Several city walks
  • Information booklet and maps
  • Train ride on day 7
  • Bicycle protection
  • Transfer back to Amsterdam on day 8
  • Entrance fee to Kinderdijk
  • Multi lingual tour guide
  • 7x breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • 24 speed bikes with helmets, pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Twin cabin with shower/toilet ensuite
  • Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Daily care of your personal laundry

What’s Not Included

  • Dinner in Bruges is excluded but only on the Magnifiques. On the Fluvius it is included.
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries (approx. €5) and Waterbus (approx. €4)
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Helmets on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, see pricing and please reserve at time of booking
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Wifi, Fluvius, unlimited data package payable on board: €10
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharge may apply
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinner in Antwerp
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries (approx. €5) and Waterbus (approx. €4)
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharge may apply
  • Helmets on request
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Museum entrance fees and other excursions not mentioned above
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Helmets on request and with surcharge
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharge may apply
  • Bicycle Protection (mandatory on the Elodie)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries (approx. €5) and Waterbus (approx. €4)
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharge may apply
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Helmets available (limited) on request at time of booking
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Museum entrance fees and other excursions not mentioned above
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharge may apply
  • Maps for self-guided option (see pricing)
  • Limited WiFi, more than 100 MB there is a surcharge
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other excursions and entrance fees not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks on board
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Skill Level

This is classified as an easy guided tour. Areas are predominantly flat with some rolling hills possible further south. Average daily distances of about 34 miles over well maintained asphalt bike paths with little traffic.

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Bruges Map

Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. If you do not see your boat listed below, we will be happy to send you the specific itinerary. 

*All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

**We have dates/pricing for 2019. Itineraries may vary slightly. As much as possible we have made notes of changes directly in the itinerary.  

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam. Sail to Vianen, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk - Dordrecht, 19 or 34 mi. (32 or 56 km)
Day 3: Dordrecht - Willemstad | Willemstad - Tholen - Kreekrak lock - Antwerp, 23 or 28 mi. (36 or 44 km)
Day 4: Antwerp - Temse - Dendermonde/St. Amands,  21 or 31 mi. (34 or 49 km)
Day 5: St Amands - Ghent | Dendermonde - Ghent , 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 6: Ghent - Bruges, 13 or 28 mi. (22 or 45 km)
Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, 23 or 31 mi. (38 or 51 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation Bruges

Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam | Amsterdam to Vianen, 9 mi. (15 km)
Embarkation and check-in at 1 PM. You can bring your luggage on board from 9:30 am. The boat will leave the mooring place in Amsterdam at 2:00 pm and navigate to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. Here the bikes will be distributed and you can enjoy a short bike ride.

Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk - Dordrecht, 19 or 34 mi. (32 or 56 km)
Today's beautiful route leads to Schoonhoven, nicknamed Zilverstad ("Silver City"), a city renowned for its talented silversmiths since the 17th century. Continuing along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit – all of which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Day 3: Dordrecht - Willemstad | Willemstad - Tholen - Kreekrak lock - Antwerp, 23 or 28 mi. (36 or 44 km)
As you enjoy your breakfast, your barge will sail to Willemstad where you will start your day’s cycling. Attractions today include the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak lock. In the afternoon you will once again board one of the Magnifique's which will sail 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 is a city with a long list of attractions including: 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 center.

Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands, 21 or 31 mi. (34 or 49 km)
This morning you will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the Schelde River to St. Amands 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.

Day 5: St Amands - Ghent | Dendermonde - Ghent , 32 mi. (52 km)
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. Since Roman times Ghent’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has ensured that it has been a successful trading port.  In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are 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 and the 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city center.

Day 6: Ghent - Bruges, 13 or 28 mi. (22 or 45 km)
Our last bike tour starts just outside the city and goes through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Well before cycling into the colorful town center, you'll see the towering Belfort (bell tower) guiding you ahead. Architecturally, the city remains one of the best preserved examples of the northern Renaissance style.  Bruges was at one  time a metropolis and center of commerce and art.

Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, 23 or 31 mi. (38 or 51 km)
The last bike tour takes you to a quiet canal through an attractive polder landscape with quaint small farm houses along the North Sea coast. A 12 kilometer long sandy beach, numerous cafés, and the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (an unique nature reserve) provide enough variety during your lunch break. The day ends back in Bruges. Be sure to set aside some time to visit the Groeninge Museum  which houses a comprehensive and fascinating collection of 6 centuries of Flemish, Dutch and Belgian painting, including Renaissance and Baroque masters. Michelangelo's sculpture Madonna and Child can also be found on display in the Church of Notre Dame along with several other artistic gems: paintings, carved wooden statues, painted sepulchers from the 13th century et al.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Bruges
End of tour and disembarkation by 9:30

Parts in Italics will be covered by the ship. ** Two options are offered.

Day 1: Arrival and embarkations: Amsterdam | Amsterdam - Vianen, 3 - 9 mi. (5 - 15 km)
Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk | Alblasserdam - Dordrecht by waterbus, 34 mi. (56 km)
Day 3: Dordrecht - Willemstad | Willemstad - Tholen, 26 mi. (43 km)
Day 4: Tholen - Kreekrak lock (21 mi. (35 km) Kreekrak lock - Antwerp
Day 5: Antwerp - Temse - St. Amands/Dendermonde, 28 - 35 mi.  (47 - 59 km)
Day 6: St. Amands/Dendermonde, Ghent, 24 - 32 mi.  34 mi. (40 - 53 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 34 mi. (56 km) 23 or 31 mi. (38 or 51 km)

Day 1: Amsterdam to Vianen, embarkation at 1 pm. Sailing to Vianen at 2 pm. Short bike ride scheduled upon arrival to Vianen.
Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk - Alblasserdam, 34 mi. (56 km). Alblasserdam – Dordrecht by waterbus. 
Day 3: Dordrecht - Tholen | Tholen - Kreekrak lock | Kreekrak lock - Antwerp, 13 mi. (20 km) or 23 mi. (36 km)
Day 4: Antwerp - Temse - Dendermonde, 29 mi. (48 km) or 39 mil (64 km)
Day 5: Dendermonde - Ghent, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 6: Ghent - Bruges, 21 mi. (33 km) or 26 mil (41 km)
Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, 23 mi. (38 km) or 31 mi. (51 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation in Bruges

*If you choose the shorter route option, some highlights that would be included on the longer option will not be possible.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, 10 miles
Day 2: Amsterdam - Nigtevecht - Vianen, 24 or 34 miles
Day 3: Vianen - Dordrecht, 17 or 34 miles
Day 4: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Zierikzee, 12 or 38 miles
Day 5: Zierikzee - Middelburg, 6 or 35 miles
Day 6: Middelburg - Ghent, 33 miles
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 14 or 25 miles
Day 8: Departure from Bruges

Day 1: Amsterdam - Vianen
Day 2: Vianen - Dordrecht, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Dordrecht - Tholen, 21 or 30 mi. (35 or 50 km)
Day 4: Tholen - Antwerp, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 18 or 33 mi. (30 or 55 km)
Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bruges

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam. Board at the latest by 2 pm. The mooring place of the barge in Amsterdam is Oosterdok, (near the Science Center: ‘Nemo’, Oosterdok 2). After checking in the boat will sail to Ouderkerk, cycling to Uithoorn, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 2: Uithoorn - Gouda, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Alblasserdam, ferry to Dordrecht,  24 mi. (39 km)
Day 4: Dordrecht, sailing to Willemstad/Bruinisse and cycling to Zierikzee, 32 mi. (54 km)
Day 5: Zierikzee - Delta Works - Middelburg - Vlissingen, 32/19 mi. (51/32 km)
Day 6: Vlissingen -  Ghent (Belgium), 30 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Bruges, disembark by 10 AM. Boat will be moored near the Bargeweg, approx. 950 meters from train station

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, sailing to Oude Wetering, 6 mi. (10 km)
Embarkation and check in aboard the hotel barge. In the afternoon the barge crosses the Amsterdam center and heads for the village of Oude Wetering. In the evening there’s a short test ride on the bike.

Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
You enjoy an easy bike ride right through some real Dutch meadowlands and end your trip in the cheese town, Gouda. Free time in Gouda after dinner.

Day 3: Gouda - Willemstad, 25 mi. (40 km)
The day starts with a nice sailing trip. On bike you visit the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk and the old Dutch town of Dordrecht. You embark the barge in the afternoon and sail to the beautiful walled town of Willemstad.

Day 4: Kreekrak locks - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
Today the barge sails right across the impressive waterways of Zeeland. At the Kreekrak locks you'll get on your bike to head for the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. AIn the evening your guide invites you for a short city walk and you will have some free time to explore this lively port town.

Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 31 mi. (50 km)
You cycle out of Antwerp for a ride through the pretty Flemish countryside alongside the river Schelde. You spend the night in the provincial town of Dendermonde.

Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 31 mi. (50 km)
The river Schelde is a tidal river and thus the barge may have to wait for the high tide to continue. Therefore you disembark and cycle directly to the old city of Ghent. The tour leader will invite you for a walk across the wonderful town center.

Day 7: Train to Bruges, return by train to Ghent
By train you go to Bruges and your tour leader will make you acquainted with this unique town. You are free to discover Bruges until mid afternoon when you then return to Ghent by train. 

Day 8: Transfer by bus to Amsterdam Airport

Important note for Passengers aboard the Clair de Lune and Tijdgeest: Due to restrictions by Belgian naval authorities, passengers are no longer allowed to remain on board while the barge motors the Belgian waterways. Non cycling participants will be required to take a taxi or public transportation at their own expense. The tour leader will provide details on board.


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  • Diane F. 3 weeks ago

    Bike riding in Europe has been on my 'Bucket List' for many years and experiencing the Bike and Barge Tour on the Magnifique from Amsterdam to Bruges was perfect. The itinerary was varied and picturesque; things you never see when you go on typical tours of European countries. The bikes were comfortable and the rides offered the right amount of challenge for my first experience riding in Europe. The Barge was like a 5 star accommodation in your cabins and the common areas were perfect for relaxing and mingling with fellow travelers. The crew and guides Fred and Corrie were friendly, sincerely interested in you as a person, knowledgeable and very hard working. The food was delicious. I still marvel at how the chef prepared such high class meals in a small space and it was served to 30 passengers hot so we could all eat at the same time. I would recommend a Bike and Barge tour to anyone who wants to see Europe in a personal way. If I was to give a tip to people looking to ride a bike in Europe it would be not to be apprehensive about whether you can manage the rides as they are paced with the right amount of breaks. Practice riding at home so you are comfortable on a bike and ride safely. I am already looking to book another tour through Tripsite on a Bike and Barge. Thanks for a spectacular time.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Janet J. 3 weeks ago

    Number of people was just right. Excellent choice for routes each day and enjoyed the end of day walks into the beautiful cities.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Roger S. 4 weeks ago

    We truly enjoyed our barge, tour guides, barge staff and biking tour through the Netherlands and Belgium. The best way to see a country is through the back roads and trails. We will be back for another bike and barge trip!

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Steve S. 2 months ago

    The scenery - Bruges was like a storybook. The food - The chef on our barge went out of her way to accommodate my family’s vegan requirements, and she did it with style.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Sue J. 2 months ago

    The cycling, the food, and the crew were all amazing!!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Dylan Y. 2 months ago

    Wow, such an amazing experience! Our tour was aboard the Zwaantje, traveling from Amsterdam to Bruges. I can not say enough about how fabulous the crew (Sam, Heather) and captain (Martijn) were. We also had an incredible chef (Frank), who spoiled us each day with amazing meals. We travelled with a barge full of friends and shared so many laughs a long the way. Our guide (Wieger) was very knowledgeable about every town we travelled through and was a pleasure to bike with each day. Such a wonderful way to see the countryside and experience the local charms of each city we visited. Loved our trip and we hope to experience another bike trip in the future. Zwaantje Bike and Barge Tour exceeded our expectations in every way.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Martin T. 2 months ago

    Since we returned from our trip, a few of us have been discussing another bike and barge trip but sadly we are not sure we would go again simply because it could never be as good as the one we just took. The captain and crew of the Zwaantje were amazing, the food was a ten out of ten and our bike guide was fantastic. There is no way this trip could be improved upon.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Mark E. 2 months ago

    We were lucky to be on board the beautiful boat Zwaantje. The Captain, Martin, our bike guide Weiger, 1st mate Sam, hostess Heather and cook extraordinaire Frank were absolutely the best you will ever get on a bike and barge trip. This small review does not do justice to the exceptional staff and food that was on this trip. All I can say is if you want a fantastic 5 star excursion of this kind, this is the boat to have it on. Again THANK-YOU to Captain Martin, bike guide Wieger, Heather, Sam, and the best cook in Europe, Frank for a once in a life time trip that my wife and I, along with the other 11 couples that we were with, will never forget. Trip of a life time!!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Neil V. 2 months ago

    Martin and the crew of the Zwaantje made our trip unforgettable, the food and service far exceeded our expectations. Weigier, our guide was informative and made the rides a lot of fun. Highly recommend the Amsterdam to Bruges tour, especially on the Zwaantje. Look forward to trying one of your other tours.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Herbert C. 2 months ago

    The quality of life in both Holland and Belgium, what a difference from Spain!!!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Joyce H. 2 months ago the riding prior to your trip that they suggest. I did not and had an uncomfortable bum for a few days, lol.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Pam B. 2 months ago

    Enjoyed the accommodations, crew was great, and cycling was easy . Looking at another Bike & Barge adventure!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Howard H. 3 months ago

    The Magnifique II was fine and the food was good. One thing I found odd was the staff joined us at the bar at night. The bar had limited seating and they took up the stools while passengers stood. Not cool. I found the biking boring. There were no interesting stops other than the cities. Amsterdam, Ghent and Bruges were very nice. The Netherlands were rather dull. On other tours we stopped at wineries, Chateaus or interesting landmarks. Here the guides just stopped and said there is coffee or a church you can visit. Not very organized. Their goal seemed to be to keep us out long enough to reach the boat. I would not recommend this tour.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Kathy B. 3 months ago

    This was my first bike and barge trip and it won't be my last. The barge, staff and food were all excellent. The trail system in the Netherlands and Belgium was easy to follow and the countryside was beautiful. I'm ready to book my next trip.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Carol D. 3 months ago

    Absolutely stress free opportunity to experience real heart of Netherlands and Belgium. Really enjoyed meeting new like-minded tripping companions.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Ron H. 3 months ago

    The staff on our Amsterdam to Bruges trip were all fantastic. Our cabin was a wonderful retreat at the end of the day. The cycling was easy even for someone who does not cycle. The one area where I could see some improvement was in the breakfast and lunch offerings. There was very little variety from day to day. Would have been nice to have some other options.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Suzanne D. 3 months ago

    Amsterdam to Bruges July 2018. We loved the whole aspect of cycling to meet our barge (our floating hotel) at the end of each day. The accommodations on the Sailing Home were great and the barge is a handsome one. Staff were friendly and relaxed but attentive and personable. Our cycling guide Karline was very competent and kindly took us into almost every town each night for a walking tour. Her historical knowledge of the areas in the Netherlends and Belgium we visited were an unexpected bonus. The food was great on board and most enjoyable. I will definitely recommend this trip to others.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Donna E. 4 months ago

    Really enjoyed the dedicated bike paths, the small villages/towns we stopped in for breaks. My only concern was the sometimes intermittent contact with the ship (cell service) and contingency plan should a participant become ill or injured or if the bike broke down.

    Boat: Magnifique

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 3 months ago

      Hi Donna!
      Just wanted to address the concerns you mentioned...
      We provide an emergency number and the number for the boat before the start of your trip.
      In addition, there is a tour leader (for bigger groups 2) that can also assist you.
      Rest assured you would be cared for of in the event of an emergency! :)

  • Gail W. 4 months ago

    Although this was a bike-barge trip, I did not bike; rather, I stayed on the barge each day as it progressed along the rivers and canals. It was very pleasant and relaxing watching the scenery. Each day I was able to disembark at least once prior to arrival at the destination for the night to walk around nearby towns or along paths. The crew was extremely gracious and accommodating to my presence on the barge.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Peter M. 4 months ago

    It would be difficult to pick one specific memory as the most significant. I loved the companionship of my fellow riders. I recall one beautiful afternoon as we rode through countryside reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. I was impressed by the open friendly manner of the local people in the small towns through which we rode.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Ray C. 4 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? The travel through the countryside and villages. The trip exceeded our expectations. The two guides, Tom and Hillo knew their stuff and created a culture of camaraderie for the bikers. This trip provided an opportunity to witness life in the countries of Holland and Belgium.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Linda P. 4 months ago

    The bike and barge from Amsterdam to Bruges on the Magnifique was extraordinary! Whether you were aboard the boat or the bike there was never "a bad view". The route was a great mix of small villages, farmland and cities - our guides were fun and knowledgeable about the history of each region. Thanks to the fantastic staff of the Magnifique, the entire trip was memorable. Our fellow guests were a wonderful mix of folks from many countries and it was fun getting to know them. Thank you Tripsite for making the booking of this trip so easy - I would highly recommend your company to anyone considering this type of trip.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Michael W. 4 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Biking thru the countryside of Netherlands and Belgium

    Boat: Anna Antal

  • Joe V. 4 months ago

    Most memorable part: We stopped at a small bar and had a fabulous time dancing and singing!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Susan L. 4 months ago

    A fantastic tour, with knowledgeable guides that led us through Holland and Belgium. Everything aboard the Magnifique III was top notch and any concerns we had (our room was a little musty) were dealt with immediately and to our satisfaction. The biking was very enjoyable, primarily on bike paths and even when on roads the cars are very respectful of bicyclists. The routes at 50km lengths sound daunting but were the perfect length to fill the day along with frequent breaks for pictures and beer! I do recommend saddle time prior to the trip and bike shorts! The bikes were in excellent condition too. Overall one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. Highly recommend. If you are more adventurous you can download the maps on your phone and go self-guided. Many in our group did that and had no issues.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Jeanie R. 4 months ago

    CycleTours gave us a unique and thoroughly enjoyable way to see a country that was new to us. We cycled through farms and villages where there were no tourists -- met local folks and saw how they lived. Our delightful and knowledgeable guide made sure that the pace of each day's cycling was do-able by people of different abilities -- often we'd cycle for an hour or two, stop for coffee; cycle for an hour or so, eat lunch. Cycle for an hour and stop for refreshment; cycle an hour and we're "home", where bowls of nuts, cookies, and tea/coffee/juice welcomed us.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Julie R. 6 months ago

    Overall, it was a great trip - boat and crew, bikes, guide, fellow passengers. Where this trip fell short of a previous bike boat trip that I did, was that this trip lacked interesting stops along our cycle route. It felt more like getting from point A to point B with a brief coffee or lunch stop - no tours along the way. From my understanding in talking with the boat owner/captain, the cycling routes and stops are planned by CycleTours.

    Boat: Zwaan

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 4 months ago

      Hi Julie!
      Thanks for sharing this feedback. You are correct, the itinerary is designed by our local partner. Some tours depending on the particular region, group size/ability, length of tour, and logistics surrounding boat travel have more time in the itinerary for excursions and stops along the way. You can find more information about daily cycling routes and planned stops under the "day-to-day itinerary" section on all of our tour pages. Hope this helps when planning your next trip!

  • Karina M. 6 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Riding through the tulip fields and the Kuekenhoff gardens on the same day is a memory that will stay with me forever.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Nancy V. 10 months ago

    I was surprised at how great everything was.

  • Rebecca K. 10 months ago

    The bike trip, the guide, the staff were all memorable. I'm not easily pleased. The trip was beyond my expectations. Loved riding through the countryside. Our guide was terrific while very responsible he was also fun and made everyone feel at ease. Although I was a solo guest he always made me feel comfortable. They staff was outstanding. Hard working and sooo nice. Again very friendly and just wanted everyone to be happy. Have shared my positive experience with so many friends, etc. I am happily considering another trip this summer. I'm an American and a somewhat simple/picky eater... at times I didn't care for what was served. Suggestion...Possibly more variety for lunch. It was the same everyday. Some type of luncheon meats and cheese.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Amy M. 10 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: We went outside at sunset and saw a flock of geese heading overhead as the sun turned the sky to pinks and blues and cotton candy clouds.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Sandy W. 10 months ago

    Everything about the trip was fantastic....5*.
    It was over and above our expectations.
    First, we were totally surprised with the beautiful barge.
    The staff was incredible, meeting our every need.
    The chef never ceased to amaze us with delicious food.
    Definitely will do bike and barge again.
    We have recommended it to many people and actually some are already booked for May.
    Keep up the good work.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Sandra B. 10 months ago

    This was our second Bike &Barge trip through Tripsite. Although both trips were different, both were amazing! Accommodations, food, staff, bike routes, guides....all top notch! Even the guests were terrific - a mix from several continents. Tripsite's online reps are knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. These trips offer an opportunity to experience the true flavor of other countries and cultures, without depending on bus tours or renting a car. Pedaling through villages, dining at back-roads cafes, chatting with locals at pubs... you're mingling with the locals, escaping from the crowded tourist spots.
    Planning a 3rd trip. Can't wait!

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Robert R. 10 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: The stops along the way in the small German towns.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Lisa G. 11 months ago

    This was our first trip and we weren't sure what to expect. We had a phenomenal time. It was just the right level of difficulty in riding and a perfect amount of time to explore the area. The barge was a good, clean place to stay and the staff did an excellent job keeping it clean and keeping us well fed. We would highly recommend to our friends.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Michael W. 11 months ago

    Great scenery, easy riding - a very enjoyable week aboard the Fluvius.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Bob T. 11 months ago

    The on board accommodation exceeded our expectations, the boat exceeded our expectations, the staff were very accommodating, the tour route was excellent and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Great trip!!

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Susan H. 11 months ago

    The chef we had on our barge made the meals memorable. This was an outstanding experience in every way except perhaps a few longer-than-expected bike days. However, we were the oldest and least prepared on the boat, so others likely found the distances just right.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • John L. 11 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Experiencing the people and landscape of Holland and Belgium. The staff were top notch. But, the June heat wave left us in stifling heat with the ventilation turned off at night. Everyone of our fourteen people missed a day of riding to get some rest, as we couldn’t sleep at night.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Lindsay B. 11 months ago

    Riding our bikes through the towns and the countryside really get to see everything smell everything meeting new people it was a lot of fun. Been telling everybody about it would love to do it again.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Debbie H. 11 months ago

    Always have two guides. I can’t imagine having only one for such a diverse level of skills. We had one guide who lacked interpersonal skills. She lost her temper several times at several clients. I was one of those on the receiving end.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 11 months ago

      Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for sharing this feedback. We agree that two guides are needed for bigger groups, so for 2018 there will be two tour guides. This will allow the guides to care for the needs of smaller subgroups and will hopefully make the biking experience stress-free for everyone!
      We hope to help you plan your next trip! Thanks again :)

  • Rob & Anne H. 11 months ago

    Toured with Merlijn on the Nekar and Rhine Rivers to Koblenz. I'd have to say that peddling thru the beautiful forest then entering the awesome vineyards had to of been the best memories of the trip! We were up to speed on the bicycling requirements, I'd suggest that the requirements and maybe a suggestion for pre training be spelled out in better detail for people planning a trip. We enjoyed the trip enough to book our third trip!

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Neal P. 11 months ago

    It was so wonderful to cycle through 2 beautiful countries taking in the scenery and ambiance.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Norval G. 11 months ago

    Barge food excellent quality, diverse selections and plentiful.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • David F. 12 months ago

    This was our second bike and barge trip. Lenny and her crew were fantastic hosts, making us feel at home on their boat.

  • Joanne R. 12 months ago

    We were thrilled with our Bike & Barge from Amsterdam to Brugge! Everything was 5 star! Highly recommend

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Suki G. 1 year ago

    Book from Brugge to Amsterdam to avoid headwinds. Expect riding in country with nothing special to see.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Kathi T. 1 year ago

    The entire trip was fantastic. I personally could have benefited with a few less km per day but that is my fault for not training as much as I should have. The chef and the guide, Leroy and Alfonse were amazing. The boat was comfortable and elegant. First rate all around!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Peter W. 1 year ago

    The trip wasn't exactly as I understood it would be. The staff were absolutely great, couldn't be any better. The guide was also very good, knowledgeable and patient. However, it seems to me that the objective of each day's ride was to get from point A to point B; we didn't stop enough to enjoy & explore the sites along the way. Also, I wonder about riding thru farmers' fields. Perhaps that was the only way to reach certain destinations. We needed better introductions in the first meeting. We should have introduced ourselves at that meeting. We were 32 strangers together for 8 days, let's start with introductions.
    The food was pretty average. Breakfast was fine; once in a while there was hot food served but you had to be aggressive to get any, there wasn't enough to go around. Food available for lunch was fine, no complaints. Dinners were disappointing. We didn't need gourmet dinners, we needed substantial meals. The best meal was the BBQ, there was enough food. Other meals were inadequate. Dinner on the last night was abysmal and the dessert was a joke, 1/2 a glass of liquid. I would like to see bar prices posted and a statement produced on the last day. I have no idea if I was charged the correct amount or not; not that I don't trust the staff, as I said they were great. In spite of sounding like a chronic complainer, my wife and I are talking about doing another Bike & Barge trip, we really enjoyed this one. Don't take my comments as negative criticism, take them as suggestions for improvement, no one is perfect.

    Boat: Magnifique

    • Jehiel 1 year ago

      Hi Peter!
      Thanks for submitting such thorough feedback. I am sorry the trip wasn't exactly as you expected but I'm glad you still had a great time. We will use your comments to improve this tour and better educate travelers.
      Just to clear, you can always request a receipt for your bar tab. In the future, if you have any questions regarding the food, bar, or logistics pertaining to the trip, our knowledgable staff is here to help.
      Be sure to let us know your preferences before you book your next trip and we will do our very best to help you find a tour that fits your needs.
      Thanks again!

  • Kathleen H. 1 year ago

    I loved every minute of it! :) Thank you so much for a great adventure!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Diane B. 1 year ago

    Every part of this excursion exceeded my expectations. The Magnifique II is a fabulous boat, with very comfortable accommodations. The staff was excellent, all worked very hard and the teamwork was amazing. Cycling routes were fabulous and Thomas was absolutely an excellent guide. The food was first rate, LeRoy did a great job. It was a fabulous trip.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Susan H. 1 year ago

    Everything about the trip exceeded my expectations. In particular, the dinners were truly gourmet. Keep that chef (Leroy)!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Marcia B. 1 year ago

    Highlights: Seeing these countries via bike paths. Going through small towns and villages with an excellent guide to highlight the history and out of the way places.
    Tip: get in shape! You will enjoy it more if you are fit to bike these distances.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Kurt W. 1 year ago

    This was our first bike and barge trip, and we loved every aspect of it. Yes, the weather was a challenge, but even that was rewarding in retrospect. The guide and crew were great, the food was wonderful, and the boat was very comfortable (and a good size). We got to know all our fellow passengers and that was the icing on the cake. Now I'm spending way too much time, probably, reading about where to take our next trip!

    Boat: Tijdgeest

  • Timothy S. 1 year ago

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. A suggestion for others would be to prepare for wind if going during that time of year. The route may be very flat but the possibility of a constant headwind can make it feel uphill. Knowing this, some guests may opt for using an eBike.

    Boat: Tijdgeest

  • Kathy B. 1 year ago

    I really enjoyed everything about the trip: the scenery, towns and villages, camaraderie, guide, food , music evening. All was wonderful!

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Sue N. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part of our trip was people we met, we made some fantastic new friends. The Dutch countryside was especially beautiful, just like out of a fairy tale. Lots of other great countryside and small villages as well, quaint and old European.
    The rooms on the Fluvius were poorly ventilated, and the A/C was extremely noisy. The dining room, lounge, bar and upper deck were great.
    One of our rides included having to take a short ferry ride. We were all asked to pay .70 cents for this. Many of us felt that was being extremely cheap, and should have been included. Really...70 cents!!!!
    For each day of cycling we were only given 1-500ml bottle of water. This is not even close to daily requirements, especially given that on several days we were riding in 30 degrees C. It should have been at least 2L/person/day.
    Our guide lacked enthusiasm. He told us to fill our empty water bottles in the bathrooms, he talked about bathroom breaks in the pre-ride briefing but despite being told (during the ride) that we'd need a break, he just kept going. Rarely did he stop for photos; there was some beautiful countryside that many of us would liked to have captured. For the most part, the only time he stopped was for coffee and lunch. He did not seem overly concerned about safety; when there was a car coming from behind the riders would shout "CAR" and that kept getting shouted up the line. One time I was behind the guide, so we both heard it at the same time...the guide then very flippantly said "Good for the car". Crossing major intersections was dicey; many times he would cross despite the traffic, while the group would then wait on the other side until it was CLEARLY safe to go. This seemed to frustrate him.
    My bike was great, but it would have been nice to have a water bottle holder mounted on the frame, and include a cycling water bottle for it, which people could then take home. Not all bikes were the same; some had 2 hand brakes, while others had a hand brake and a foot brake, which took some getting used to for those that were assigned that type of bike. There was no option to swap.
    The Fluvius crew were amazing. Very, very hard working, yet personable and great senses of humor! Shout outs to Alex, Nadia, Marianna, David & Captain Arno!!! (PS, we hope everything is okay with Nadia's mom).
    Despite the negatives, we had a great time, met some amazing people, saw stunningly beautiful countryside, had lots of fun & laughter. And, we would go again!!

    Boat: Fluvius

    • DM 1 year ago

      This is a very informative review for a potential traveler with Tripsite. The behaviours you have outlined of the guide are very alarming and I would hope that, should we decide to take this trip, we would not be subjected to such negativity and little regard for safety. It would be most interesting and of great value to hear how this review ihas been addressed with the company.

  • Lynda R. 1 year ago

    We had a wonderful time. The accommodation was above expectations, very clean and more roomy than expected. The food was excellent, plentiful, diverse and attractively presented. The staff was welcoming, helpful and made the trip extremely enjoyable. There were extras above what we expected...guided trips into the various cities in the evening and even entertainment with Music and dancing. We stayed with the guide every day and appreciated his expertise at choosing routes that were scenic and avoiding as much of the traffic when we did have to go through the cities.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Mik L. 1 year ago

    Most Memorable Part: Amsterdam and a week of perfect weather

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Darryl White 1 year ago

    My wife and two other couples did this trip in August 2017. The crew was great the boat is very well appointed, the rooms are small but function well. The evening meals were great, breakfast was limited most days to bread cheese and cereal.
    Now the bad part:
    The crew turns off the air conditioning at 10:30 at night and does not come back on until the morning. So one would wake up in the middle of the night sweating and not be able to go back to sleep, The bedding, our clothes and all other items in the room would get moist and moldy from condensation.
    The Bicycles were not the best, they were quite used and most of the seats were loose and could not be tightened which made for long days of riding...

  • Karen K. 1 year ago

    Most memorable Part: The crew on the boat, dinners and the tour on canals throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. The cheese shop was the best and also the small cafe's.

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • Joan H. 1 year ago

    Riding through the Dutch countryside on dedicated bicycle paths was most enjoyable. The system of numbered paths is ingenious! Keeping up with the front of the group was a challenge, not always a welcome one. It's best to be a strong rider even on the "easy" tours.

  • Neal P. 1 year ago

    Certainly it was a wonderful trip and I would recommend it to anyone HOWEVER our chef was fired on the 3rd day (the regular chef was on vacation), our stressed out guide was less than patient with passengers and we had 3 kids, 8 years old and younger who were poorly behaved and due to the insensitivity of their parents interfered greatly with the enjoyment of our trip. This created unnecessary tension for the the guide, captain and for the passengers. This family caused great delay in the itinerary starting on the very first day. I think in future children under the age of 16 should be prohibited from these biking trips. These kids, even their parents, were incapable of riding a bike for the distances required in the itinerary. All that aside we would book a bike and barge trip again but would be certain to inquire about age requirements. Thank you.

    Boat: Magnifique

    • Carla 1 year ago

      Hi Neal,
      I'm really happy you were still able to enjoy your trip despite some negative circumstances. We're really sorry this family became such a stressful part of the trip. Please do feel free to inquire about age requirements on your next trip.
      Happy Cycling! ~ Carla

  • Patrick S. 1 year ago

    The meals onboard were great! Sander was an expert chef, Eric a well informed and pleasant captain, and Nico was a constant source of entertainment. The general attitude of the he crew was above and beyond.

    Boat: Elodie

  • Colin O. 1 year ago

    Bike / barge trip was great. However, there was a family on board with 3 children under age of 6. This affected our daily bike trips and the atmosphere on the barge. Children under the age of 12 should not be accommodated on these trips- especially when the parents, let alone the children have had little biking experience- especially considering the distances we needed to travel.

    Boat: Magnifique

    • Carla 1 year ago

      Hi Colin,
      We're really sorry this family created such a stressful atmosphere on board. I do wish we had a better way to screen one's cycling abilities! Please feel free to inquire about children on your next bike & barge.
      Nonetheless, we're so glad you still enjoyed your holiday! Cheers ~ Carla

  • Carol H. 1 year ago

    Barge: in our premium room neither the bed lights, the TV or the hairdryer worked. The Jacuzzi was cold. Clearly the barge had electrical issues.
    Routes: the trip description said we could follow the routes and bike on our own, stop for photos, etc. This was not possible as the routes changed, the stops were prescriptive by the guide, and were for coffee/beer/bathroom breaks, rather than impromptu photo breaks
    Routes: we would have liked to have spent more time in the Netherlands, less time in Antwerp. The "photo op" on the top of the museum in Antwerp was a waste of time.
    Group dynamics: we lucked out; group dynamics were great!

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Donald K. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part: The people who we met and biked with.....a fun, engaging group of folks.

  • Sandy W. 1 year ago

    It was the most amazing trip we have ever done‼️
    Everything was 5 star. The barge, food and crew were awesome.
    There were 14 of us and we all agree it was the best.
    Would recommend this trip.
    Already looking at our next adventure with Tripsite.
    Thank-you for such a memorable trip.
    -Sandy Wallace and friends

  • Rebecca K. 1 year ago

    Having never taken a bike and barge trip I didn't know what to expect. exceeded my expectations. Boat was luxurious for a barge, what friendly, hard working staff. Tom our tour leader was terrific. Other than the fact that the single cabins are really small everything else outstanding.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Steven U. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part was riding bikes to quaint small towns and Bruges.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Laura G. 1 year ago

    It was all very memorable. Wish the bikes had a water bottle holder and a map clip or holder on the handle bars. The tour info from Tripsite was not completely accurate as we rode a lot more than we anticipated every day. The barge was 'Magnifique'!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Elizabeth L. 1 year ago

    The staff was outstanding, everything on the barge was spotlessly clean, the food was delicious, the bikes were great! My husband and I had a terrific experience. We loved being able to bike with a guide or by ourselves. The guide was knowledgable and supportive. I would sign up for this bike and barge trip in a heartbeat, but at 72, I might get an electric bike. Wonderful balance of biking along canals in the country and through towns to see the sights. Hooray!!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Bob T. 1 year ago

    This is a great way to see Europe.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Marie-Claude R. 1 year ago

    The most memorable parts were the scenery, the cute villages, the windmills and the dunes with great people and staff.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Norval G. 1 year ago

    Dutch and Belgium rural scenery and bike paths were beautiful, well marked and saw lots of wildlife.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • John Miller 1 year ago

    The trip provided both the opportunity to see the countryside in an up-close and invigorating manner, but it also allowed for memorable time to get to know and enjoy our fellow travelers.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Lai C. 2 years ago

    The most memorable part was fellow cyclists and our very helpful and knowledgeable guide.

  • Jim M. 2 years ago

    This was our 2nd trip this year. We signed up for a 3rd already. Barge and bike is wonderful.

  • Gerald R. 2 years ago

    A great trip. The area was great loved the villages we rode through.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Bruce Reynolds 2 years ago

    Just got off the Magnifique II a couple of weeks ago and my wife and I along with three other couples in our group had a fabulous time. Captain Paul, first mate Kevin, Chef Leroy, and Tesa went up and beyond duty helping and serving all of us. With temperatures above normal and the lost of one additional crew member they never missed a beat. The meals were excellent,Tesa always had a smile on her face while pouring us a glass of wine,Kevin could be found helping dock the boat, getting a beer for someone,adjusting the height of a bike seat and many,many more duties. Capt. Paul not only guided the ship throughout our trip,but jumped right in to clear dinner dishes ,tend bar and always willing to answer questions we might have about the Netherlands and Belgium. Marcel our guide did just that,telling us about certain structures we passed by, folklore and tours on foot through some of the towns we stayed in at night. A great trip

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Claudette S. 2 years ago

    The food was exceptional! The Chef put a lot of effort to please.
    Presentation was amazing.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Lynda C. 2 years ago

    The the scenery was very very enjoyable as were the other guests on board the boat. The major problem or I should say the major dissatisfaction came from the fact that the bikes were too big and too heavy. I am an experienced bike rider and usually feel comfortable on most bikes but these truly were very very uncomfortable for me and I know for some of the other smaller women on the trip, dangerous. My only other comment would be about the guide..... I felt his attitude was very condescending in the first few days he was barely a guide his aim was to get from point A to point B in whatever amount of time he deemed necessary without any consideration for the inexperienced bikers on the trip. The slower bikers trailed way behind perhaps in some cases almost a quarter of a mile behind him and he barely looked back to see if they were there or for that matter even struggling. I volunteered to sweep and finally in frustration stopped him and told him he must go as slow as the slowest biker. I thought it was rather interesting too that he made a point constantly of telling us that if we either went on our own or staggered behind and became lost that he would make no accommodation to look for us. He repeated on several occasions that we were to read the map, read the map! We laughed when we realized that he had actually gotten us lost because his GPS had run low on batteries and he missed a turn. Now this was a man who told us he had done this exact trip 16 times this year! Yes you can see that I was very unhappy with his attitude towards his guests, the people who were his bread and butter.

    • Carla 2 years ago

      Hi Lynda,
      Thanks so much for your feedback.
      I'm sorry you had a hard time with the bikes aboard the Fluvius.
      Regarding the tour guide, we encourage all of our guests to speak up when something is not going right so we can do our best to remedy the situation immediately. We agree, during your tour that the guide was not on his best behavior and have since had to consider a replacement for him.
      There has been some confusion aboard the Fluvius about the role of your tour guide. Because there are 30+ bikers aboard the Fluvius, he cannot be counted on to lead and look after all riders at all times. The guide's role is not to lead the group, but to be sure all riders get from point A to point B safely. If one rider has a flat tire or another becomes lost, it is the guide's job to "rescue" the rider.
      For most boats under 30 passengers, the guide will lead and look after the bikers for the day's route. But for some bigger boats, i.e. 30+ passengers, the guide's role is a bit different. You can read on the "What's Included / What's Not Included" section of the tour page the difference between the guide's role.

  • Nancy W. 2 years ago

    A wonderful experience as my first bike tour. Enjoyed most everything about the trip, even with the boat breaking down and a new bike route added for the day. However, my first hour was stressful as I had been given the wrong pier to meet the boat. Fortunately, the sister boat was able to give me directions. Two other guest had the wrong directions to pier also.

    Boat: Tijdgeest

    • Carla 2 years ago

      Nancy - I'm so glad you hear you had a great experience on your first bike tour.
      We're SO sorry you could not find the boat upon arrival. We always give an emergency phone number in these kinds of situations so don't be afraid to call us right away, the next time around! :-)

  • Brenda B. 2 years ago

    Food and scenery fantastic! Jack, bike tour guide was rude at times. Also expected everyone to keep up with his ebike. Several women spoke to him and he got a little better and used a sweep and someone to wait at turns. I expected something a little more leisurely so could take pictures along the way. I did not expect a road race even though I could keep up. However, inspite of this, I have recommended the trip to friends as it is a wonderful experience. I do hope you retrain your bike guides to be kind.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Roberta S. 2 years ago

    The bikes were not in excellent condition. Some needed work on them.
    A guide better versed in local traditions and history would have been nice.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Lise B. 2 years ago

    I thought there weren't enough safety precautions: riding too close, no warning of slowing or stopping. Would have liked more stops along the way for photos.

    Loved the Magnifique II! The food was spectacular! Variety of routes/terrains.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    • Jehiel 2 years ago

      Hello Lise,
      I can tell you that your safety is ours, as well as our local partners first priority. When you are on a tour we encourage you to express your concerns with your guide or others on the trip, this goes for safety as well you desire to stop for photos. Thanks for sharing this feedback!

  • David K. 2 years ago

    The food was excellent. We also enjoyed the guided tours in the evenings.

    Boat: Fiep

  • Norma P. 2 years ago

    The routing was great, food excellent, barge lovely and the staff was outstanding: Nico, Eric, Jan, Martin, - would love to have them lead my next bike and barge trip. Yay for the Elodie, my favorite barge. Thanks Nico for all the help; The crew made this trip one of a kind. I'll be back.

  • Glen W. 2 years ago

    Boat and crew were first class as was the bicycles. Lots of fun and enjoyed the evening company. Beautiful scenery and city visits. Most memorable was the 50 km day trip my 86 year old father-in-law did with 7 other family members.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Bob O. 2 years ago

    Truly a wonderful experience. I was the tour organizer for a group of 12 tandem cyclists. Hennie and her staff at TripSite and the Captain and crew of the Quo Vadis were truly above and beyond expectations. This was a life bucket trip for all involved and all were very satisfied with the entire experience!

    • Gwen 1 year ago

      Hi Bob O.
      My husband and I are Tandem bikers for 25+ years. Would love to know where you rented the tandems or did you bring your own. Being from US thought we would rent one. Would also like to know of your future tandem trips planned please...

      • Bob 1 year ago

        We all brought our personal tandems. This was a custom tour for a group of friends where we reserved the whole boat for 2 weeks. The Quo Vadis had a tandem in their fleet of bikes though. I highly recommend touring in the Netherlands it was great!

  • Debra Hendry 2 years ago

    Our first bike barge holiday and we loved it. Good mix of nationalities as guests. The Magnifique truly was glorious.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • L. Barker 2 years ago

    Had so much fun. Looking forward to doing it again. Been telling everyone they need to try it. Just riding your bike through the towns over cobble stone or brick. Just a great way to see a country.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • T. Rodgers 2 years ago

    The trip could have stopped at interesting waypoints more frequently. The stop at the art studio was silly. I would have liked to learn more about Holland's and Belgium's history and current culture. A portable DVD player with a travel related DVD would have useful after dinner treat!

    Boat: Sarah

  • T. Rodgers 2 years ago

    The trip could have stopped at interesting waypoints more frequently. The stop at the art studio was silly. I would have liked to learn more about Holland's and Belgium's history and current culture. A portable DVD player with a travel related DVD would have useful after dinner treat!

    Boat: Sarah

  • W. Nurcombe 2 years ago

    The regular bikes are great but we rented an E-bike for our disabled son which did not work and there was no replacement. Riding a malfunctioning E-bike is extremely heavy and I was stuck with it for two days. Once we accepted normal bikes we all managed much better and my son amazed me. Tripsite was excellent in refunding us for the E-bike. This trip is a wonderful experience.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • P. Bryce 2 years ago

    Best week of food ever. Great bikes. Super helpful guides. Would like access to more detailed maps to know better where we were. Really enjoyed the bike barge combination.

    Boat: Fiep

  • D. Christianson 2 years ago

    It would be good for the guides to have a bike calculator (a little device on the bike that shows distance and speed). The guides varied the speeds more than was necessary. It wasn't bad, but at times faster than "advertised" for the slow group and slower and faster than advertised for the faster group. This is not a big deal, but would be an improvement. Also we often biked a little longer than was in the route descriptions, so those could be looked at. Other than that, the trip was great. And less rain of course :-)

    Boat: Fiep

  • L. Gluck 2 years ago

    1) the description of the mileage per day on the itinerary was not the same as the reality. There were two days where it was listed that there would be a choice of riding 42 km or over 50. When we questioned our guide he said there would be no choice and that they keep asking for the itinerary to be changed but it hasn't happened. There were quite a number of people found the over 50 km too long.
    2) one guide for 36 people was too big a group. Also the same people rode up front with the guide everyday and they had the benefit of some really interesting information that the rest of us were not.
    3) we were assigned tables for dining and they did not change. With such a small number we would have liked the opportunity To move about and sit with different people at meals as we got to know people very well.
    4) all in all, we loved the trip and it was a great experience.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • K. Teerlink 2 years ago

    The Bike and Barge was one of the Highlights of our tour of Holland. The boat is comfortable and the food is great! Yes the room are small but that is no worry since there is so much to do. You can sit on the bow of the barge in comfortable chairs after a day of biking. Everything is planned out well. The meals, bike tours, city walks etc all start on time like clockwork. The guides are informed and you learn bits of history as you pedal. Really a great way to see and learn about a country. I would highly recommend this trip to the bike enthusiast.

    Boat: Fleur

  • M. Ford 2 years ago

    The boat, the crew, the bikes, the food....all great. The bike guide was on her first tour and on several occasions, we had to stop, wait while guide asked for directions. In her defense, route markers were often confusing or hard to locate, making it difficult to take off on our own, or to pause along the way without group consensus. As the farewell meeting on the boat, the entire group voiced positive comments and satisfaction with the experience.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • J. Proller 2 years ago

    I would have appreciated written directions each day of the turns so that we could do a self guided trip. Also, it would help to have a staff as a sweeper to make sure the group urging in the correct direction .

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Patsy Duggan 3 years ago

    My sister and I loved the trip and have told many people to book the barg trip. One of the best trips I have had.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Mary Netto 3 years ago

    This trip surpassed my expectations! I would consider additional trips with this tour group in the future. Our chef was excellent and very accommodating of my food allergy.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Derek Gee 3 years ago

    Both my wife and I were very happy with the overall experience. The crew, barge, daily itinerary and especially the food were all top notch. It was more then we could reasonably expect. We would and have recommended the experience to others. We hope to return soon on another bike and barge trip.

  • Brenda Major 3 years ago

    We have taken two bike and barge trips through Tripsite and both have been excellent. It is by far the best value for your buck and everything was perfect. One of the best reasons we love Tripsite is that we were able to call and ask questions during our planning stages, and SOMEONE ANSWERED THE automated system. We love you guys!

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Craig Attkisson 3 years ago

    We think about this trip daily as it was an amazing experience. It seemed to good to be true when we signed up but it was better then we even thought after we did it. Thank you for your help.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Lisa Smoak 3 years ago

    We truly enjoy the bike and barge trips; we prefer the smaller barges with 22 or less people. We were on the Danube trip (MS My Story) a couple years ago with 80+ passengers; we did not care for that large of a group. The cabins on MS My Story were not pleasing. We visit your website often.

  • Craig McGowan 3 years ago

    All good on our bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Bruges - especially the fantastic boat crew (I got to spend a rainy afternoon on the bridge with the boat captain).

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Noel Williams 3 years ago

    Trip was up to high standard and very enjoyable. Great staff and very friendly atmosphere.

  • Charlene James 3 years ago

    In Ghent, too far from city centre to explore after biking unless take a taxi into the city. Antwerp museum was closed, as it was a Sunday. Very disappointing. Breakfast and lunch meals were almost always the same, got too uninteresting.

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Donna Ogilvie 3 years ago

    This was an excellent trip. We were well taken care of on The Merjlin. The cabin was set up well, their attention to detail, everything was designed to ensure we had the best vacation experience -right down to fresh flowers on board. I have recommended The Merjlin to everyone who asks about my trip.

  • Denise Hansen 3 years ago

    Our Amsterdam to Bruges 7 days bike and barge was the highlight of our 90 day trip! Loved it all, and many people have viewed my travelpod and also our coffee table book of photos. It is a long way to come from NZ but I have been drooling over the Croatia bike and barge trips for 2016.....

  • Ted Hansen 3 years ago

    Thought I'd find it hard, not really being a biker, and I got a sore backside on occasion, especially when we got lost and pedalled a few extra kms, but just loved the whole experience. (even piked out on the last rainy day and motored into Bruges, felt I earned it!)

  • Helen Newcombe 3 years ago

    The bikes and scenery were great. The guide was terrible. He was not nice to the American travelers.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Lidia Oosthuizen 3 years ago

    Tom Stout, the tour guide on the Magnifique is absolutely fantastic at his job. I would go on the same exact same trip again if Tom is the guide :)

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Anne Hays 3 years ago

    We had such a great time we are planning another one and bringing another couple along! Jantein and Henke were the best hosts!

  • Anne Moessner 3 years ago

    Fantabulous! Will be back and do another trip. Am a Tripsite ambassador!

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Gloria Telegan 3 years ago

    Exceeded our expectations.

  • William Reed 3 years ago

    Evening walking tours of towns by tour guide were a nice extra.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Bob Connor 3 years ago

    The bikes provided were crap. You could still see the cobwebs. What was particularly egregious was the lack of a decent bicycle pump to bring our tires up to pressure on a daily basis.

  • Gary Lofland 3 years ago

    Could not have asked for a better experience. From the start the help and communication was excellent, the staff at Tripsite was superb. The trip itself was great. The staff helpful, the guide did an excellent job.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Fred Tomlin 3 years ago

    Absolute top quality from stepping aboard the barge through to saying goodbye at the end! We were made to feel special and they sure delivered.

  • Richard Krenn 3 years ago

    Was disappointed that there seemed to be less cycling per day that expected from the website description.

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Heather Boardman 3 years ago

    With 30 participants cycling I feel it would have been safer and more enjoyable to ride in 2 guided groups. We were initially hesitant to book this, our first group tour
    but my husband and i loved the trip. Accommodation and catering on the Magnifique were excellent. The crew and our guide Tom were encouraging and established a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It was great to meet and cycle with other like minded travellers from USA, Denmark, Germany, Canada and even some other Australians :) We enjoyed cycling on the wonderful cyclepaths in The Netherlands and Belgium. The after dinner town walks gave a great insight into the local areas. We have already recommended this tour to friends and look forward to further adventures! Thank you.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Tom Giuliano 3 years ago

    Overall very satisfied. Felt the food quantity could have been increased but very good.

  • Bill Bellamy 3 years ago

    Amsterdam to Bruges was a great first bike trip. Although we averaged 50km/day the pacing allowed much time to soak in the culture and scenery .

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Muriel Clayton 3 years ago

    I already have, but warned them about the wind! Which I personally found made the cycling very difficult. I will opt for an electric bike next time.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Alan Searle 3 years ago

    We had a great time and plan on another bike-and-barge trip sometime. We loved the mix of passengers from different countries. Some of the other passengers, using other tour companies, had a few more details of the ports of call, and this would have been helpful for us, and may be a useful selling point for Tripsite.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Sanra Turner 3 years ago

    I loved everything about this trip from the boat, the staff, the bikes and, of course, the scenery. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who likes to take a trip up close and personal.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Beth McGinnis 3 years ago

    We were overall extremely pleased with our trip! The only downsound was the infestation of bedbugs... The staff had bites and my husband I had bites as well. The staff took this very seriously and called a Pest Control Company ...they had their rooms treated and ended up treating our room as well. We ended up having to treat our luggage and all personal items upon our return home to Canada.. To make sure we didn't bring any into our home.....Which was quite a chore and inconvenience.

    Other than this, it was an awesome time.

    Boat: Wending

  • Mayita 3 years ago

    I traveled aboard the Fiep from Amsterdam to Bruges* in July of 2013, and it was a wonderful way to see this part of the world. (*It looks like the itinerary has changed slightly, but on our trip the boat stopped in Ghent and we had to take a train back and forth to Bruges, which was a disappointment I didn't discover until after booking.) I traveled solo but was matched with a wonderful roommate. The accommodations were fine - I believe they've added air conditioning now, which will be a great improvement! - and the crew and chef were terrific. Our tour guide was adequate, and we all agreed that with a large group of 26 she probably should have had some assistance with wrangling everyone, but there were only minor glitches and no disasters. :-) I can happily recommend both the Fiep and TripSite if you're looking for a unique travel experience!

    Boat: Fiep

  • Lisa Smoak 3 years ago

    We just returned from our bike trip; Amsterdam to Bruges aboard "Sailing Home" (June 13- 20). This is our third Bike-n-Barge tour and we will do it again. I thoroughly enjoy being able to exercise everyday and have someone make me dinner in the evening. We also prefer the smaller barges.
    Bill and Lisa Smoak - Melbourne, Florida

  • Bill and Candy Flink 3 years ago

    We just returned from our trip aboard the Sailing Home going from Bruges to Amsterdam. The trip was outstanding! Our guide, Hugo, was fantastic. He took time to explain a lot about the country, its people, and culture. We appreciated the walks he took us on in the evenings into town to learn more and explore. The boat was exceptional. the cabins were very comfortable and we enjoyed every delicious meal. The crew was always helpful, positive, and welcoming. We would go on another trip like this next week if we could. We will be back again as soon as we can. Thanks for preparing such an enjoyable cycling experience. Bill and Candy Flink Sacramento, California

  • Jean Stock 4 years ago

    I had always wanted to take a bike and barge trip in Europe for many years and finally did as my retirement celebration. Everything about the tour exceeded my expectations! The bicycling through the country, villages and cities was pleasant; our tour guide Sjac (Jack) aboard the FLUVIUS was friendly, helpful, indefatigable and could speak 4 languages; the camaraderie with the other cyclists and staff was outstanding; the food was excellent; the cabins were clean and actually bigger than I expected for a barge; and we lucked out and had perfect bicycling weather day after day. The folks at tripsite always responded quickly and were very helpful when I emailed or called them with questions. I would highly recommend this mode of travel as a way to get exercise and see Europe close up!

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Marti G. 5 years ago

    I had a fantastic time onboard the IRIS on the Amsterdam to Bruges tour 8/3/13. The IRIS is a great vessel for this kind of tour. Our air-conditioned cabin was spacious with plenty of cabinets and closet space and we easily stored our luggage underneath the bunks. The private bathroom also had well thought-out storage space and towel racks.

    On this tour, I was able to put my worries and my wristwatch away and simply enjoy myself. Our guide, Wouter, took good care of us and was knowledgeable about each town and village we visited with him. The food was superb! Our chef, Clive, prepared inspired three-course dinners for us, including some local dishes, like Flemish stew. All in all, it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had.

    Thanks to the folks at Tripsite for booking this tour and providing really detailed information to me prior to the trip. I would like to mention two additional points that would have been useful to know. First, as to the meeting place of the boat, it would have been really helpful to know the boat would be moored near the very prominent and visable NEMO museum. Secondly, I appreciated that the e-mailed instructions gave us guidance on the customary amount to tip the crew. I just happened to ask one of the crew if the tip included the Guide as well as the Crew, and found out that it did not! Luckily, I learned this in time to (1) withdraw more money from an ATM, and (2) spread the word to as many guests as possible. Please tell Wouter that if someone forgot to tip him, it was probably because we were led to believe the tip included his services as well. I hope to sail with Eurosail again soon! Thanks for a great vaction!

  • Jette Vang-Ahlgren 5 years ago

    We will do it Again. A perfect way too reelax and see new Things every day. Meet new pepeole from other continents. good groupe size on the Iris and the crew made us feel very comfortabel and "hyggeligt" (cousy). New city every night with out packing our stuff. We are on in a new route when posibel.

  • William Guthrie 5 years ago

    Our recent (June 1-8) trip from Amsterdam to Bruges aboard the IRIS was outstanding.

    The food was excellent every single day and the cabins are much larger than the website indicates. The cycling was wonderful and our guide Hugo added so much to the overall experience. This is a five star vacation!

    Linda and Bill Guthrie - Ottawa, Canada

  • craig machado & dick hasbany 6 years ago

    Dick and I had a marvelous trip on June 16-23 with the Zwaan. The crew was outstanding. We had a unique opportunity to see the lovely country of Holland (and a bit of Belgium) through professional eyes. Piet, Bas, Ilya and Moraije were the best. We are looking forward to another trip with you soon! Thanks again for preparing such wonderful experiences.

    July 2, 2012

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Christiane Dufour 6 years ago

    Our experience on board the Magnifique from Amsterdam to Bruges was all that was promised and more. The ship is beautiful, well managed, clean and comfortable. The bicycles were of German design, 7 speed, sturdy , comfortable and well maintained. Yan, our guide, was so competent and knowledgeable that we chose to follow the group rather than hit off on our own. Everything went smoothly every step of the way thanks to the work of the entire staff. More sun would have made it absolutely perfect, but they had no control over that, or I'm sure they would have provided it for us! We’re hooked and we'll try other tours with you for sure!

  • Barbara Reed 7 years ago

    A glorious week of biking, eating, and comrade ride. All details were perfect. Just booked my third trip with your company!

  • Penny Keys 7 years ago

    Probably one of the best vacations of my life so far. The crew of the Zwaan and our guide Albert were wonderful. I have recommended this trip to friends. And I will definately book another vacation with this company.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Alyson Miller 7 years ago

    My daughter and I biked this tour, and it was glorious ~ Marcel, our guide, was an expert in local flora & fauna as well as extremely kind. Our crew made us feel like family, and the trip itself took us thorugh breathtaking scenery at a comfortable pace. I'd definitely book again!

  • Arthur L. Popp 7 years ago

    Was one of the best vacations for my wife and I. Can't think of how it could have been much better! The crew, including our guide, Ena, were fabulous. We are looking forward to another vacation with this company.

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Amsterdam to Bruges Boats + Barges

Anna Antal Photo

Anna Antal Netherlands Standard Plus Class Boat The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge converted into a motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012, the salon and cabins were renovated. The sailing area of the Anna Antal includes all Dutch, German and Belgian waterways in so far as a ship of this size can sail. She also sails on the Waddenzee, IJsselmeer and Zeeland. The Anna Antal is built according to the rules of Maritime laws and holds a valid certificate for the Rhine.

Clair de Lune Photo

Clair de Lune France Standard Plus Class Boat In May 2014, Marco Pouw and his wife Astrid assumed ownership of the ship Clair de Lune. In the winter of 2014, the ship was renovated and made ready for a new bike and boat adventure in and around Paris, launching in the spring of 2015.Marco has great experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and looks forward to this venture with great anticipation and enthusiasm.

Elodie Photo

Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurbished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

Fiep Photo

Fiep Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Fiep was converted from a cargo ship into a modern and spacious passenger ship, specifically designed for bike and barge tours in the Netherlands and Belgium. The ship has recently been renovated. There are two decks on board. On the upper deck is a lounge, a spacious seating area, a cozy bar, and a large sundeck. The dining room is located on the lower deck.

Fluvius Photo

Fluvius Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The MS Fluvius will accommodate 44 guests in 2018. The salon with a bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large, and partially roofed sun deck of the 70-meter long ship are comfortable tables and chairs along with a storage room for the bikes. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and has been sailing in Holland and Germany for many years.

Gandalf Photo

Gandalf Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Class Boat The classic MS Gandalf is a comfort class passenger ship that can accommodate 20-22 guests. Almost everything on this barge is on one level, including the comfortable salon which has scenic panoramic windows.

Liza Marleen Photo

Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Class Boat The Liza Marleen is a luxury motor passenger barge that was completely refurbished in 1998. This robust barge is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways. It has a beautiful salon area and spacious deck.

Magnifique III Photo

Magnifique III Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat A new ship in our program. Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel, launched in 2018, has not diappointed!

Magnifique II Photo

Magnifique II Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat In 2016, we saw the launch of a new premium barge, the Magnifique II, to wonderful reviews. The ship boasts a classical style with emphasis on superior comfort. Highlights of the barge include 4 upper deck suites, with cozy seating area, and lovely large panoramic windows. This ship has earned the premium designation!

Magnifique Photo

Magnifique Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and accommodates maximum of 30 guests, sailing under the Dutch flag and management. Other features include a beautiful salon with a spacious bar, a sun deck equipped with comfortable chairs, and a small whirlpool to relax in at the end of a long day of cycling. Delicious meals are served daily in the restaurant area.

Sailing Home Photo

Sailing Home Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat Built in 2001, the Sailing Home was designed specifically to provide a more attractive hotel ship during your carefree vacation. It was built to meet the latest wishes and ideas with respect to comfort and service. The experience of a lifetime: cycling through the most beautiful spots within the Netherlands while residing on a very comfortable, newly built and well-furnished ship.

Tijdgeest Photo

Tijdgeest Belgium, Netherlands Standard Plus Class Boat Built in the year 1897, the Tijdgeest was one of the first passenger barges on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship was completely renovated and rebuild into a hotel ship. On the lower deck you’ll find the cabins, all with private facilities. A number of cabins have twin beds, while others use bunk beds. On the upper deck you'll find a very spacious living/dining room with panoramic view. An on-board computer is available for you to use.

Wending Photo

Wending Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Wending is a former freight barge that was converted into a luxury passenger motor barge in the early nineties and completely redecorated in 2002. The barge has a spacious salon equipped with a television and music installation. It is a great place to relax after a strenuous day of cycling.

Zwaan Photo

Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat Once a cargo boat, the Zwaan (Swan) was completely renovated and converted into a comfortable passenger barge. On board you will find seven comfortable cabins allowing a total capacity of 16 passengers.

Zwaantje Photo

Zwaantje France, Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a wonderful comfort plus barge. The boat has 10 cabins with twin beds and 2 cabins with double beds. These cabins also have a bunk bed but cannot be used as a triple. Each cabin has private facilities.

Feniks Photo

Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.