Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Not4rthur

Vermeer painting in the window in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Flickr:Francesca Cappa

Bruges to Amsterdam - 10 days

Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat tour in the West European Delta in Belgium and Holland

  • This is bike and boat tour from Belgium to Holland is the perfect length. Ten days to cycle from Belgium's artistic gem, Bruges, to Holland's intriguing capital, bustling Amsterdam. You will have enough time to cycle at a leisure pace and enjoy your surroundings, ample time to get to know your fellow cyclists and to feel completely at home on board the Quo Vadis, and sufficient time to fall in love with this cycling paradise.

    Highlights:

    Excellent cycling infrastructure
    Historic towns, cities, and estates
    Amsterdam, Delft, Middelburg, Ghent, Bruges
    Art, history, architecture
    Delft Blue, cheese, beer
    Industrial heritage Zaanse Schans
    Windmills of Kinderdijk
    Ingenious dams of the Delta works

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  • Twin cabin: £ 1581 $ 3,187 1845 $ 2804 NOK 17528 kr 16179 $ 2,103 Single supplement: On request

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 116 $ 233 135 $ 205 NOK 1283 kr 1184 $ 154

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into and out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) or fly to Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU). You can depart from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or return to Brussels at end of tour.

    Local Travel

    Arrival:
    From the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you can purchase train tickets to Bruges at the TICKET COUNTER in the “Arrivals Hall” of the airport. From there you just go down the escalator to the train terminal. The train to Bruges takes approximately 4 hours and costs about €43 (a more expensive, a faster train is also available). From the Brussels Zaventem Airport, you can take the train to Bruges Central Station. The railway station is located under the airport building at level 1. The train departs every hour and the ride takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes - cost around €20 per person. The ride requires one connection. Departure:
    Your tour ends in Amsterdam. Depending on the docking location of your specific boat, the train station could even be within walking distance of Amsterdam Central Train Station. From here, there are trains that depart frequently to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or back to Brussels.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before travel. A very good website to research regional weather is weatherbase.com. The climate in Holland is considered maritime, greatly affected by the sea. Belgium as well is influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters.

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

On this 10-day guided tour with support, you will follow mainly flat bike paths and country lanes with little traffic. Occasionally heavier traffic is encountered near the bigger cities. Keep in mind that the Dutch, as well as the Flemish, are very accustomed to and accommodating of cyclists. Only one day will lead through a slightly hilly region. Daily distances offered are up to 60 km/ 37 miles with an average daily distance of 45 km a day for the longer route and 50 km/ 31 miles with an avarage of 35 km/ 22 miles daily for the shorter routes.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Deluxe class ship, the Quo Vadis

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 packed lunches, 7 three-course dinners, and 1 four-course dinner
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water
  • Snacks after cycling tours
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • 8-speed hybrid bike with pannier bag, helmet, and water bottle.
  • Two tour guides
  • Support vehicle for assistance
  • GPS tracks
  • All ferry and harbor fees
  • Royal Delft Blue (De Porceleyne Fles) Delft
  • Visit of a windmill (Kinderdijk),
  • Cheese farm
  • Guided tour Cruquius Museum (Oldest Steam pump)
  • Canal boat tour
  • Belgium Bier tasting
  • Free Wifi

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length10 days
From1845 Rates
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Tour Dates

May 2 and May 24, 2020

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bruges to Amsterdam - 10 days Map

Day 1: Bruges
Day 2: Bruges - Gent, 27 miles (43 km)
Day 3: Gent - Sas van Ghent - Middelburg, 30 or 33 mi. (48 or 53 km)
Day 4: Middelburg - Veere - Zierikzee, 25 or 33 mi. (40 or 53 km)
Day 5: Zierikzee - Willemstad - Dordrecht, 25 or 34 mi. (40 or 54 km)
Day 6: Dordrecht - Rotterdam - Delft, 20 or 30 mi. (33 or 48 km)
Day 7: Delft - Leiden, via Katwijk, 37 mi. (57 km) or via The Hague, 29 mi. (45 km) or direct from Delft, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 8: Leiden - Haarlem, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 9: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 29 or 36 mi. (47 or 58 km)
Day 10: Amsterdam departure after breakfast

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Bruges
The crew will welcome you aboard with a complimentary drink. In the afternoon and evening, there will be time to enjoy the city of Bruges. This town is one the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was, in old times, a metropolis and center of commerce and art. Bruges historic center, with its numerous canals, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Bruges - Ghent, 27 miles (43 km)
During breakfast, the ship will bring you to Moerbrugge, where the touring begins, through the Belgium polders, partly along the Gent-Oostende canal. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past but is much more than just a museum town. This lively city has numerous squares and cozy pubs and is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century which now often house students, and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours during the summer.

Day 3: Ghent - Sas van Gent - Middelburg, 30 or 33 mi. (48 or 53 km)
Today another sailing breakfast brings you to the former sea-locks of Ghent, Sas van Gent. While cycling through the spacious land and scattered villages, you may not even notice that you are crossing the Belgian-Dutch border. After arriving on the coastline you will take the ferry Breskens to Vlissingen (Flushing). Quiet country roads will take you into Middelburg. Middelburg became, after Amsterdam, the most important center for the Dutch East India Company. Middelburg played also an important role in the 17th-century slave trade.

Day 4: Middelburg - Veere - Zierikzee, 25 or 33 mi. (40 or 53 km)
Today you will enjoy a lovely ride. With the expanse of the sea and sky as your backdrop as you cycle to the delta of Rhine, Maas and Scheldt rivers. Although the different islands are now connected through the Delta Works and land reclamation after the big flood disaster of 1953,  they all have retained their own character. First, you visit charming Veere, a small historic harbor with old Scottish connections; the long trackers by bike, the shorter route begins in Veere. Both routes visit the storm barrier with Neeltje Jans, a raised sand flat to facilitate the construction of the barrier, that allows tidal inlets for maintaining the original water environment with oyster and mussel farming. Do not only marvel at the locks from up close but also the interior is worth seeing. The shorter track goes back to Beveland, gives a beautiful ride along the coast of the Eastern Scheldt, along fishing village Colijnsplaat with a reconstruction of a Celtic temple that was found here; and a spacy experience on the Sealand bridge, in the 60-ties the longest of Europe. The longer route continues via the storm barrier to island Schouwen, with fortress Burgh, along wetlands at the Scheldt banks with the lonely tower of disappeared Stompetoren and historic circular village Serooskerke. The Quo Vadis can be found in Zierikzee, dominated by the ‘Fat tower’; once a rich trading-port with a beautiful harbor and lots of monuments.

Day 5: Zierikzee - Willemstad - Dordrecht, 25 or 34 mi. (40 or 54 km)
Leaving Zeeland, the longer distance first leads to the Watersnoodmuseum or Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk. This is the "National Knowledge and Remembrance Centre for the Floods of 1953" and offers an in-depth picture of the events during and after the flood of 1953. It is housed in four large box-like structures, or caissons, that were used to close the last gap in the dikes after the bombings in World War II. What follows, is a beautiful tour on the open land on the island of Overflakkee, featuring Oude Tonge, a small watersports village badly impacted by the 1953 flood catastrophe. 305 people were buried in a mass grave near the dike just outside the village. The short trackers stay on board till St. Philips Island, and then start cycling on the fields of Brabant, along silent treelined dikes with old ribbonlike hamlets, a tiny lock settlement, and the lively small market town Dinteloord. Both groups converge in Willemstad, a small historical garrison town with fortifications symbolizing the old Dutch Republic.  As you enjoy your dinner, the Quo Vadis will navigate to the center of interesting Dordrecht, the oldest city of Holland.

Day 6: Dordrecht - Rotterdam - Delft, 20 or 30 mi. (33 or 48 km)
This morning both routes start with a beautiful ride through the Alblasserwaard, a fenland between rivers. The many inundations and the slowly sinking surface made water management essential in this fenland. Canals and ditches were dug and windmills were constructed.  Also on the agenda, there is a visit to a cheese farm where you can see how the Dutch produce their own cheese (and of course, taste the final product!) Via inland bike roads, you arrive to Kinderdijk, where 19 mills remain, standing at attention in impressive rows. You'll enjoy the lovely scenery of water and meadow birds. From Alblasserdam both routes go via the fast ferry to Rotterdam, the Dutch Manhattan with a skyline typified by the Erasmus bridge. If there is time we might visit the stunning market hall, the Rotterdam version of the Sistine Chapel; or despite the bombings of WWII, the late 19th-century Veerhaven, and old Delfshaven (Delft harbor) from where the Pilgrim fathers left. The short trackers will find the Quo Vadis nearby to sail to Delft. The long track continues passing the early modern Van Nelle factory and the historic bridge of Overschie. More towards Delft this route goes via the 17th-century gunpowder house in the water and the University campus with fine modern architecture. For late afternoon an appointment can be made for famous Delft Blue ceramics. This charming town, with a beautifully preserved historic center, is also famous for the painter Vermeer, and as headquarter of Dutch liberator William of Orange.

Day 7: Delft - Leiden, via Katwijk, 37 mi. (57 km) or via The Hague, 29 mi. (45 km) or direct from Delft, 20 mi. (32 km)
Longer distance riders head for the coast, along sandy beaches, through small fishing towns Scheveningen and Katwijk, along the Atlantikwall, remains of 1900 miles long coastal fortifications built by the Nazi Third Reich.  The shorter tour leads to the government center of The Hague, with the International Court of Justice, the Panorama, the Royal art collection, huge parks, and fancy shopping streets, via the seaside town of Scheveningen and along luxurious Wassenaar villa quarters. An even shorter distance through meadowland and suburban parks gives more time for Leiden. The Quo Vadis waits at the gate to historic Leiden, know for the oldest Dutch university, a hidden castle, and memories of Rembrandt van Rijn and the Pilgrim Fathers. Leyten means ‘at the waters’, founded around 800 AD at the confluence of the Old Rhine, the Vliet and the Mare. 

Day 8: Leiden - Haarlem, 24 mi. (39 km)
Today you pass the fertile ‘geestgronden’, a zone behind de dunes with a natural mix of clay, peat, and sand; used as horticultural fields, mostly for the bulb flowers. You pass several estates with stately country houses nestled in the woods. At the edge of the former vast Haarlemmer Lake stands the Cruquius, a gothic revival steam mill that once drained this lake. You can see it in operation, and there is a display of models that explain how the Dutch managed to keep their feet dry during the last millennium. Via a ferry transfer along the Spaarne river, you arrive in Haarlem to find the Quo Vadis in the historical center of Haarlem, with its lively and monumental Grote Markt, little palaces of bankers, and charming courtyards.

Day 9: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 29 or 36 mi. (47 or 58 km)
Today the longer route begins in the wildlands behind the sea dunes, followed by a stretch through the ‘polderland’ with tiny Spaarndam build around a lock, with the statue of the boy that prevented flooding. You may connect with the cyclists who have opted for the shorter route, continuing over high dikes with views of the Amsterdam harbor and passing historic villages with green wooden houses. You stop at the Zaanse Schans, a hamlet designed to show how people lived and worked in the past, dominated by windmills fully operating for different processings (one dating 1673) and original houses from the region; part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Via Ilperveld, a unique water park, you reach Amsterdam, where the Quo Vadis mores in front of the historical center.

Day 10: Amsterdam departure after breakfast

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