Amsterdam's Keizersgracht at Nighttime. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Sisyfus

St Michel Cathedral in Brussels - photo by Luc Viatour

Amsterdam to Brussels

Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Crossing borders on a splendid guided European cycling adventure…

This great tour combines two exciting capital cities! On arrival day, you will have the afternoon to explore the first vibrant city, Amsterdam. The next day, you’ll sail to Breukelen (Brooklyn’s namesake in NY) along the charming Vecht River. En route, you’ll notice gorgeous stately houses that have been beautifully restored and which belonged to the wealthy during the prosperous Dutch Golden Age (17th century).

Continuing on, you will pass the very impressive Castle De Haar and the village of Montfoort before reaching Vianen. Across Holland’s many fruit gardens, the Betuwe, the boat will cruise the Waal River to the town of Tiel. Via dikes and waterways, you’ll next arrive in the town of ‘s Hertogenbosch with the impressive St. Jans Cathedral. The beautifully preserved fortified town of Willemstad is strategically situated on several waterways. Pedaling over the stilled islands of Zeeland, you’ll cross the Belgian border. Belgium is famous for its many tasty beers! The Flemish port town of Antwerp is another highlight. The trip will visit Belgium’s capital, Brussels, renowned for its lace, chocolate, Manneken Pis, and La Grand Place! You end the tour in the enchanting town of Mechelen.

Be sure to check out all of our Bike and Boat tours in Holland.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard Standard plus boats, the Tijdgeest or Zebra.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Multi-lingual tour guide
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Beer tasting in Antwerp café ‘t Waagstuk
  • Train Mechelen - Brussels v.v.
  • Route information & maps
  • Several city walks
  • Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to the boat
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
From815 Rates
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Tour Dates

On Standard Plus boats: 
Tijdgeest: June 11 and July 23, 2016
Zebra: August 6, 2016

Skill Level

Easy, guided bike and boat tour with distances of about 20 to 28 miles per day over flat roads/bike paths with little or no traffic.

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Brussels Map

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam; optional cycling, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Amsterdam - Breukelen - Vianen, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Vianen - Tiel - ‘s Hertogenbosch, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: ‘s Hertogenbosch - Willemstad, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Willemstad - Tholen - Antwerp, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Antwerp - Mechelen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Train to Brussels, day of rest, train back to Mechelen.
Day 8: Departure from Mechelen

*Cycling distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam; short bike tour, 9 mi. (15 km)
Individual arrival in Amsterdam where the boat is moored. Boarding time is between 12:30 and 1:30. After you check-in on board you can meet with the crew and your fellow passengers. In the afternoon you have the option of going on a city walk with the tour guide, or a canal tour of Amsterdam!

Day 2: Amsterdam - Breukelen - Vianen, 21 mi. (35 km)
The ship will take you to Breukelen, where you'll start your bike tour. Brooklyn in New York was named after this quaint town. Via the impressive Castle De Haar and Montfoort, you'll ride to Vianen and stay the night.

Day 3: Vianen - Tiel - ‘s Hertogenbosch, 24 mi. (40 km)
Today will start off with a ferry trip to Tiel, which is a rural region lying between the Maas and Waal Rivers. After passing many dikes and rich polderlands, you'll arrive in the town of ‘s Hertogenbosch, the charming capital of the province of Noord-Brabant.

Day 4: ‘s Hertogenbosch - Geertruidenberg - Willemstad, 27 mi. (45 km)
The day starts with a sailing trip on the Maas River. At Geertruidenberg, you'll mount your bike for a very varied tour to the attractive walled town of Willemstad.

Day 5: Willemstad - Tholen - Antwerp, 24 mi. (40 km)
In the morning after breakfast, a cycle tour to Tholen in Zeeland is planned. Tholen is famous for its Huis Roosevelt in which ancestors of Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt lived. After visiting this town, you'll embark on a sailing trip across the Belgian border to the port town of Antwerp. In the evening, the tour guide will take you out for a city walk.

Day 6: Antwerp - Mechelen, 25 mi. (40 km)
The morning is at your disposal to see more of the great city of Antwerp. Towards the afternoon, you'll cycle Belgium across the Flemish countryside to the charming town of Mechelen, where the barge will be waiting for you.

Day 7: Train to Brussels, day of rest, train back to Mechelen
We start the day with a train ride to Brussels. Your tour leader shows you the way by means of a small city walk. You should have plenty of time to visit all the highlights of the capital of Belgium. In case you become hungry or thirsty, try one of the culinary specialties: mussels, french fries, chocolate, waffles and - of course - a special beer. Late in the afternoon you'll return to Mechelen by train.

Day 8: Departure from Mechelen
Tour ends following breakfast.

Important note: 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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Amsterdam to Brussels Boats + Barges

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.