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Amsterdam to Bruges

Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle Bruges and Amsterdam on this historic adventure

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.

Highlights:

  • Amsterdam
  • Riijksmuseum and Rembrandt's life-size masterpiece Nightwatch
  • Dordrecht and the Grote Kerk (1339)
  • Windmills, dykes and ferries
  • Bruges, birthplace of Flemish art
  • Micehlangelo's Madonna and Child
  • Groeninge Museum



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

Tour Dates

2016 Dates
On Comfort Plus class boats:
Magnifique: October 1, 2016
Magnifique II: September 24, and October 8, 2016

On Comfort class boats:
Gandalf: September 3, 2016

2017 Dates
On the Comfort Plus class boats:
Elodie: July 30, 2017
Magnifique: May 6, June 3, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 26, September 9, September 23, and October 7, 2017
Magnifique II: May 27, June 24, July 8, August 5, August 19, and September 30, 2017
Fluvius: April 22, May 6, May 20, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 9, September 23, October 7, and October 21, 2017
Fiep: July 22, 2017
Sailing Home: June 10, July 22, and August 19, 2017
Zwaantje: April 29, 2017

On Comfort class boats:
Gandalf: July 15, August 26, September 9, 2017
Liza Marleen: May 6, May 20, August 5, August 26, and September 30, 2017
Sarah: June 24, 2017
Wending: June 24, and July 8, 2017
Zwaan: May 13, May 27, and June 10,  2017

On the Standard Plus class boats:
Anna Antal: June 3, July 1, July 29, September 2, September 16, and September 30, 2017
Clare de Lune: July 29, 2017
Tijdgeest: July 15, August 5, August 26, September 9, September 23, 2017

*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

  • On Gandalf, Fluvius, Magnifique, Magnifique II, and the Zwaantje
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board ship
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, 3-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 7 gear hybrid bicycle (Fluvius, Gandalf, Magnifique, Magnifique II)
  • 21 speed hybrid touring bike with hand brakes and pannier bag (Zwaantje)
  • Route information
  • On the Elodie
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and 6 x three course dinner
  • 24 gear hybrid bicycle with water bottle and pannier bag
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Ferry fees en route
  • Harbor fees and tourist taxes
  • On the Fiep
  • 7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast and 5 x packed lunch
  • 1 x lunch on board
  • 6 x 3-course dinner (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
  • On the Clair de Lune, Sarah and Tijdgeest:
  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, and 7 x three course dinner
  • 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
  • On the Anna Antal, Wending, Zwaan, Liza Marleen, and Sailing Home
  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed picnic lunches, and 7 x three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 24 gear hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • Minimum three city walks with tour guide
  • 1 x road book per cabin
  • Ferry fares en route

What’s Not Included

  • 1 x dinner (on the Elodie, Fiep, Fleur, Magnifique, Magnifique II, and Zwaantje)
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Museum entrance fees and other excursions not mentioned above
  • Aboard the Anna Antal, Zwaan, Liza Marleen, and Wending: maps for self-guided option (see pricing)
  • Bicycle protection (all boats except the Sarah and Tijdgeest)
  • Trip insurance
  • Ferry fares en route (Fluvius, Magnifique, Magnifique II, Gandalf, and Zwaantje)
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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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. 

ABOARD THE GANDALF, FLUVIUS, MAGNIFIQUE I and MAGNIFIQUE II:

Day 1: Amsterdam - Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht - Breukelen Vianen, 9 mi. (15 km) | Breukelen - Vianen
Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk - Dordrecht, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Cruise Dordrecht - Tholen; Cycle Tholen - Kreekrak lock,  21 mi. (35 km); Cruise Kreekrak - Antwerp
Day 4: Antwerp - Temse Dendermonde/St. Amands,  25 or 34 mi. (42 or 56  km)
Day 5: St Amands/Dendermonde - Ghent , 32 or 24 mi. (53 or 40 km)
Day 6: Ghent - Bruges, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bruges

Day 1: Amsterdam - Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht - Breukelen Vianen, 9 mi. (15 km) | Breukelen - Vianen
Embarkation and check-in at 1 PM. Around 2 PM the ship leaves Amsterdam and sails to Nigtevecht. From here a short bike trip starts to Breukelen along the scenic winding small river Vecht. At the end of the afternoon the barge takes you to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. 

Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk - Dordrecht, 30 mi. (50 km)
Today's beautiful route leads to Schoonhoven, nicknamed Zilverstad ("Silver City"), a city renowned for its talented silver smiths 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: Cruise Dordrecht - Tholen | Cycle Tholen - Kreekrak lock,  21 mi. (35 km) | Cruise Kreekrak - Antwerp
During breakfast the ship sails to Tholen. Your bike tour leads through a forest area, "the Wouwse Plantage", via Bergen op Zoom, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). The ship is docked at the end of the dam and from here it will sails through the impressive port of Antwerp to the city. Antwerp is not only known as diamond city but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”. After dinner enjoy a visit to the beautiful old city center. 

Day 4: Antwerp - Temse Dendermonde/St. Amands,  25 or 34 mi. (42 or 56 km)
After breakfast you cycle out of the port to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. You will cycle either to St-Amands or Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. 

Day 5: St. Amands/Dendermonde - Ghent, 32 or 24 mi. (53 or 40 km)
Bike tour from St-Amands or by barge to Dendermonde. From Dendermonde the bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city, again one with a rich past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more, or to shop in the lively center. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has brought much prosperity over the years, culminating in the late 13th and early 14th century. The main church St. Bavo Cathedral, was continuously being built, therefore it reflects different ages and in different styles. Inside the cathedral, there are some masterpieces of medieval art, including "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck. The ship is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent. 

Day 6: Ghent - Bruges, 28 mi. (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, 30 mi. (50 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: Departure from Bruges

ABOARD THE ZWAANTJE

Day 1: Amsterdam to Vianen, emarkation at 1 pm. Sailing to Vianen at 2 pm
Day 2: Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk, 30 mi. (50 km). Kinderdijk - Dordrecht
Day 3: Dordrecht - Willemstad | Willemstad - Tholen, 21 or  30 mi. ** (35 - 50 km)
Day 4: Tholen - Kreekrak Lock, 21 mil. (35 km). Krekrak Locks - Antwerp
Day 5: Antwerp - Temse - St. Amands/Dendermonde, 35 or 34 mi.** (42 or 56 km)
Day 6: St. Amands/Dendermonde - Ghent, 32 or 24 mi. ** (53 or 40 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 28 mi. (45 km)

Parts in italics are covered on board. ** Two options are offered.

ABOARD THE FIEP:

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

ABOARD THE WENDING, SAILING HOME, ANNA ANTAL AND ZWAAN:

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam. 2 pm sailing to Ouderkerk, cycling to Uithoorn, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 2: Uithoorn - Gouda, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Alblasserdam, sailing to Dordrecht,  24 mi. (39 km)
Day 4: Dordrecht, sailing to Willemstad/Bruinisse and cycling to Zierikzee, 32 or 14 mi. (54 or 24 km)
Day 5: Zierikzee - Middelburg, 19 mi. (32 km)
Day 6: Middelburg - Sas van Gent, sailing to Ghent (Belgium), 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Bruges, disembark by 10 AM

ABOARD THE CLAIR DE LUNE, SARAH, AND TIJDGEEST : 

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, sailing to Oude Wetering, 6 mi. (10 km)
Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Willemstad, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Kreekrak locks - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Train to Bruges, return by train to Ghent
Day 8: Transfer by bus to Amsterdam Airport

Important note for Passengers aboard the Tijdgeest and Sarah: 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.

*ALL ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CHANGING WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AND OTHER UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES HAVING TO DO WITH MOORING REQUIREMENTS, ETC.  DISTANCES ARE APPROXIMATE.

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Customer Feedback

  • Lise B. 6 days 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 6 days 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 weeks ago

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

    Boat: Fiep

  • Glen W. 3 weeks 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. 1 month 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!

  • Debra Hendry 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 PHONE...no automated system. We love you guys!

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Craig Attkisson 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

  • Charlene James 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Lidia Oosthuizen 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Gloria Telegan 10 months ago

    Exceeded our expectations.

  • William Reed 10 months ago

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

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Bob Connor 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

    Boat: Gandalf

  • Heather Boardman 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

  • Bill Bellamy 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 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. 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.

Elodie Photo

Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurnished 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.

Fleur Photo

Fleur France, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The owner, Jossie, had the beautifully-lined barge converted into a comfortable passenger ship, according to her own design. Her female touch is definitely recognizable by the tasteful interior and her sharp eye for detail. The whole barge radiates a homelike atmosphere.

Fluvius Photo

Fluvius Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The MS Fluvius can accommodate 36 guests. There are a total of 19 cabins with a shower and toilet, 2 low beds, air-conditioning, and individual adjustable ventilation system. 3 of these cabins are situated on the upper deck and 16 cabins are on the lower deck, 2 of which are single cabins. 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 beautiful 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 gorgeous panoramic windows.

Magnifique Photo

Magnifique Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and will be able to accommodate 32 guests. 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.

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!

Sarah Photo

Sarah Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Sarah is a very comfortable and spacious ship. After years of use as a cargo ship, the Sarah was transformed into a passenger boat in 2002. It is a very modern ship with tasteful accommodations, a spacious lounge, and large and inviting sun deck.

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.

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 Comfort Plus Class Boat The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a unique and cozy Dutch passenger 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.

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.

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