Amazing Cathedrals in Bruges, Belgium. Flickr:Olivier Duquesne

View of the Graslei from Sint Michielshelling in Ghent, Belgium. Flickr:Jiuguang Wang

Bruges and medieval Belgium

Belgium Bike + Barge Tours

A unique bike and boat tour in Belgium

  • This exclusive bike and boat tour along the Scheldt River provides the possibility to discover all the highlights of the river bank and beyond. The Schelde River (also spelled Scheldt) is 270 miles (435 km) long, begins in northern France, and flows across Belgium to its North Sea outlet in Dutch territory. The Romans, Vikings, Spaniards, and Napoleon all understood the strategic importance of the Scheldt. .

    You will cycle in the picturesque Flemish countryside through the medieval Belgian cities of Oudenaarde, Ghent, Bruges and Tournai (Doornik in Dutch). Some of these ancient cobblestone roads are famous for being part of the Tour of Flanders (speed cycling race in Belgium). Perhaps you would like to cycle on a few? On this tour you will cross the language border (Flemish/France) by bicycle! Even a short visit to France and a visit to a brewery are part of your itinerary.

    Highlights:

    • Romantic Bruges
    • Ghent, perfect blend of old and new
    • Cycling the Schelde River Valley
    • Tournai, with its 2000 year old history
    • Flanders landscape
    • Belgian beer
    • Belgian waffles
    • Belgian chocolate
    • Belgian biking

    Be sure to check out all of our Bike and Barge tours in Belgium.

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    Twin cabin

    £ 982 $ 1,684 1230 NOK 11788 kr 10881 $ 1,415
    Superior twin cabin £ 1054 $ 1,807 1320 NOK 12650 kr 11677 $ 1,518
    Single cabin £ 1374 $ 2,355 1720 NOK 16483 kr 15215 $ 1,978

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 Set of maps: £ 16 $ 27 20 NOK 192 kr 177 $ 23 Special dietary requests such as celiac, gluten free,  and vegan: £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    The nearest international airport to your tour start in Bruges is Brussels (BRU).

    Local Travel

    There is a train station located in the lower level of the Brussels Airport. By train it is about 1½ hours from the airport to the railway station in Bruges. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the mooring place will take about 25 minutes and costs about € 35. If you prefer to fly into Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), train from here to Bruges is about 3 1/2 hours.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Since the country is small, there is little variation in climate from region to region. Average high/low temperatures in the area in August are 68/59° F (20/15° C).


Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort plus vessel, the Liza Marleen

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner
  • Bed linen and 2 towels (change of towels possible)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Min. 3 city walks with the tour guide
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck, for more than 100 MB there is a surcharge
  • Road book, one per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • Hybrid bike rental with helmet

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1230 Rates
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Tour Dates

August 31, 2018

Skill Level

Easy bike and boat tour that mainly follows a river path and other canals.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bruges - Ghent, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 2: Ghent - Oudenaarde, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Oudenaarde - Tournai, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4 Tournai roundtrip, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Doornik - Bossuit, 25 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Bossuit - Asper Gavere, 25 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Asper Gavere, cycling to Aalter-brug and sailing to Bruges, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Bruges

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Bruges,  cycling to Aalter-brug,  and sailing to Ghent, 13 mi. (21 km) 
You can begin to board at 1 pm but can drop off your luggage as early as noon.  Boarding will take place between 1 and 2 pm. When you arrive on board you can get your luggage in your cabin and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good time to become acquainted with the guide, skipper, crew, and your fellow passengers. At 2 pm, you will start pedaling from the city walls of Bruges for a trip to Ghent. The barge will mostly be following the canal between Bruges and Ghent to Aalter-brug, which offers a beautiful, peaceful cycle route with an unexpected variety of experiences.
After dinner you will have some time to discover the old and characteristic city center. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past, the many well-preserved guild's and patricians 'houses, medieval castle, St Nicholas Church (with 13th century foundations), St. Baaf's Cathedral and the' Belfort '(Belfry, 14th century). But Ghent is much more than just a museum town. This lively city with its numerous squares and cozy pubs is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, And working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century.

Day 2: Ghent - Oudenaarde, 12.5 (20 km)
Today is a lovely ride in the countryside of Flanders, partly along the river Schelde. Destination l today is Oudenaarde, famous for its town hall, church, breweries, and the Tour of Flanders (speed cycling race). City walk will be offered in the evening.

Day 3: Oudenaarde - Tournai, 30 mi. (48 km) 
The route continues to lead through the  Schelde river valley. After crossing the language border (Flemish / French) the river is called the Scheldt. On your left the first hills appear on the horizon. Some of these ancient cobblestone roads are known for being part of the Tour of Flanders (a road race in Belgium). Die-hards can try one or two of them!  Today's destination is Tournai. Here you can see how big ships sail through  the medieval water gate. The town center is on the UNESCO world heritage list. A visit to the huge cathedral (5 towers) is not to be missed! City walk after dinner.

Day 4: Tournai roundtrip, 31 mi. (50 km)
Tournai, is called in Dutch 'Doornik' and historically 'Dornick' in English. It is one of the oldest cities in Belgium and has played an important role in the country's cultural history. It is a French-speaking Walloon town.
The city is considered one of the most important cultural sites in Belgium. The mixed Romanesque-Gothic style cathedral of Our Lady of Tournai and the belfry, considered the oldest in Belgium, have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Inside the cathedral the Shrine of Our Lady of Flanders, a beautifully ornate 12th-century reliquary, gives witness to Tournai's wealth in the Middle Ages. Other places of interest are the 13th-century Scheldt bridge and the main square (Grand Place), historic warehouses, and a variety of museums. 
The roundtrip will bring you to France where you cycle in the decor of the speed cycling race 'Paris-Roubaix'.

Day 5: Doornik - Bossuit, 25 mi. (45 km)
After crossing back offer the language border (Flemish / French) the river is called Scheldt again. Back in Flanders you will have a nice day of relaxed cycling, a bit further away from the west riverbank. You will cycle in the Flemish countryside with its famous pubs and authentic atmosphere. You will pass the castle of Bossuit near Avelgem. The mooring place is in the very small town of Bossuit.

Day 6: Bossuit - Asper Gavere, 25 mi. (45 km)
You will experience the typical landscape of Flanders: fields with all kind of crops, winding country roads, small towns, some forests. Enjoy the relaxed and quiet cycling to the west of the river Scheldt and enjoy the authentic countryside. You will follow the river, but also a little further west of the river Scheldt.

Day 7: Asper Gavere, cycling to Aalter-brug and sailing to Bruges, 25 mi. (40 km)
You return to Bruges today by way of Aalter-brug, avoiding the city of Ghent. Ooidonk Castle along the river Leie will be a highlight. In Aalter-brug, the barge is waiting for you to sail back to Bruges.

Day 8: Bruges
Departure and end of tour. The boat will be moored near the Bargeweg, 1 km from train station.

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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.

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