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.
- 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.
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.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Amsterdam.
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.
*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.
- Each boat varies slightly. Be sure to see what is included/not included on your boat.
What’s Not Included
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.
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.
*ALL ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CHANGING WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AND OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES HAVING TO DO WITH MOORING REQUIREMENTS, ETC. DISTANCES ARE APPROXIMATE.
Amsterdam to Bruges Boats + Barges
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.