Gorgeous Bruges (aka Brugge). Photo via Flickr:WolfgangStaudt
Sailing one of Bruges' many canals. Photo via Flickr:WolfgangStaudt

Top of Bruges. Photo via Flickr:Benjamin Rossen
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Brussels To Bruges Bike and Boat Tour

Belgium Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and barge Belgium along the Schelde River

  • Bike and Barge in Belgium, in the heart of Europe! With three official languages (Flemish, French and German), Belgium is a culturally diverse country with a rich and varied history and an understated sophistication which makes it a charming country to visit and the perfect place for a bike and boat tour.

    It boasts a wealth of spectacular architecture, with many of its oldest buildings listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. The renowned grand squares of Brussels and Bruges, with hundreds of museums, parks, restaurants, and bars will not fail to impress you.

    Belgium also has a proud tradition of fine art and the works of many well-known artists, from medieval masters such as Van Eyck to modern surrealists like Magritte.
    For lovers of the outdoors, Belgium's beautiful countryside offers a range of things to do.
    Most of all, Belgians know how to enjoy life to the full - their world-famous beers, chocolates, waffles, mussels, fries, and fine cuisine are a testament to this. It's never difficult to find a great place to eat or drink in any Belgian town or city.

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy the best of Brussels
    • Vibrant Antwep
    • Understated Ghent
    • Unesco world heritage listed Bruges
    • Small and picturesque Mechelen

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

  • 2018 Prices

    Magnifique II
     
    Upper deck suite £ 1487 $ 2,371 1574 NOK 15609 kr 14408 $ 1,873
    Premium Twin lower deck £ 1298 $ 2,070 1374 NOK 13626 kr 12577 $ 1,635
    Lower deck twin £ 1109 $ 1,768 1174 NOK 11642 kr 10747 $ 1,397
    Lower deck twin for single use £ 1439 $ 2,296 1524 NOK 15113 kr 13950 $ 1,814
    Triple cabin £ 1062 $ 1,693 1124 NOK 11146 kr 10289 $ 1,338
    Triple cabin upper deck suite £ 1392 $ 2,220 1474 NOK 14617 kr 13493 $ 1,754
    Magnifique III:
     
    Twin Cabin £ 1109 $ 1,768 1174 NOK 11642 kr 10747 $ 1,397
    Upper deck suite £ 1487 $ 2,371 1574 NOK 15609 kr 14408 $ 1,873
    Single Cabin £ 1439 $ 2,296 1524 NOK 15113 kr 13950 $ 1,814
    Triple cabin £ 1062 $ 1,693 1124 NOK 11146 kr 10289 $ 1,338
    Triple upper deck suite £ 1392 $ 2,220 1474 NOK 14617 kr 13493 $ 1,754
    Quo Vadis
     
    Twin cabin £ 962 $ 1,535 1019 NOK 10105 kr 9328 $ 1,213
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1402 $ 2,235 1484 NOK 14716 kr 13584 $ 1,766

    extra options

    2018
    Electric bicycle rental
    Quo Vadis (5 available):   £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 942 kr 870 $ 113 Magnifiques (6 available): £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 Helmets on board, please request
    Gluten free or other special dietary requests: surcharge will apply. Please ask
     

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam or Brussels.

    Local Travel

    If you fly into Amsterdam, you can access the train station on the lower level of the airport. From there you will take a short train ride to Amsterdam Centraal, the main train station in Amsterdam. A train to Brussels Central is about 2 hours and 40 minutes with one transfer in Rotterdam Centraal. A train to Bruges is close to 4 hours with either one or two transfers.If you fly into Brussels, it is just a short train ride to Brussels Central from the airport and then you can take a taxi to the harbor. If your tour is beginning in Bruges, it is about an hour and a half train ride with one transfer in Brussels Midi.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Average high/low temperatures (°F) for Brussels: April 55°/40°, May 63°/47°, June 67°/52°, July 72°/56, August 72°/55°, and September 66°/52°.


Tour Dates

2018 Dates
Magnifique II:
Bruges to Brussels:  Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Brussels to Bruges:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Magifique III:
Bruges to Brussels:  Saturday, September 8, 2018
Brussels to Bruges:  Saturday, September 15, 2018

Quo Vadis: 
Brussels to Bruges: Saturdays, May 19, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, and August 25, 2018
Bruges to Brussels: Saturdays, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 18, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Plus boats, the Magnifique, the Magnifique II, or the Quo Vadis. In 2018, the Magnifique III will replace the Magnifique.The Magnifiques in 2018 will fall under the classification of PREMIUM tours as these vessels are top class comfort plus boats. If there are more than 18 people taking part in the tour (on the smaller vessels) or at least 22 people on board the larger ships, two cycling guides will be on board This means that two bicycle tours will be offered daily, generally, a shorter and longer route. The bikes are of excellent quality and are all provided with a pannier bag and a reusable water bottle. Helmets are available free of charge. WiFi is available throughout the ships. Don’t forget that on board the Quo Vadis, mostly organic food is offered.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfast, picnic lunches during bike tours, and 6 three-course dinners (Magnifiques)
  • Breakfast, picnic lunches during bike tours, and 7 three-course dinners (Quo Vadis)
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • Helmets (Magnifiques) and available by request on the Quo Vadis
  • Daily light cleaning of cabins
  • Complimentary beverage on first evening
  • Guide support (please see note below)
  • Cycling guide on the Magnifiques (in 2018, two cycling guides will be included for groups of 18 or more)
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps (one set per cabin)
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm
  • *Please note: 2017 and Quo Vadis 2018 these tours are not fully guided bike tours but rather supported by a guide who ensures the safety of riders and takes care of mechanical issues. The guide is cycling the route and can be reached by cell phone for quick assistance

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to/from docking area
  • 1 x dinner in Antwerp
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Entrance fees for museums/ ferry fees
  • Drinks on board other than mentioned
  • Special dietary requests (could incur a supplement)
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1019 Rates
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Skill Level

This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 24 and 33 miles (40 and 55 km).

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Brussels To Bruges Bike and Boat Tour Map

We are now busy updating our site for 2018. Therefore, an itinerary that you have booked in 2017, may be slightly different  from what you now see on our site. If you have any questions at all, please contact us and we will provide your detailed itinerary.

ABOARD THE MAGNIFIQUE, MAGNIFIQUE II, AND QUO VADIS

Day 1: Arrival in Brussels
Day 2: Brussels - Vilvoorde - Mechelen - Willebroek, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 3: Willebroek - Antwerp, 27 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Antwerp - St Amands/Dendermonde, 25 - 34 mi.(42 - 56 km). If necessary St. Amands  - Dendermonde by ship 30 miles (50 km)
Day 5: Dendermonde - Ghent, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 6: Ghent - Vinderhoute - Bruges, 27 miles (45 km)
Day 7: Bruges and the North Sea, 32 miles (50 km) 
Day 8: Bruges 

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.

Day 1: Arrival Brussels
Check in on board begins at 3 PM on the Quo Vadis and 1 pm on the Magnifiques. You are free to drop off your luggage beginning at 9:30 am. However cabins willnot be ready for check in at that time.  After arrival on board, there will be time to explore this beautiful capital of Belgium. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers, Brussels has many other attractions. It is a center of European culture, officially nicknamed ‘the European Village’, with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks, and trendy restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Brussels – Vilvoorde |Mechelen – Willebroek, 24 miles (40 km)
During breakfast, the barge will sail to Vilvoord where the bike tour will begin. Along the way, you will visit Mechelen with its remarkable historical buildings; almost 300 of them! Continuing on through the green, softly rolling countryside, picturesque villages and large country estates will pass by. The barge will meet you at the day’s destination of Willebroek.

Day 3: Willebroek – Antwerp, 27 miles (45 km)
From Willebroek, you will head to Antwerp. This harbor city on the river Schelde is one of the world's major diamond towns and has many highlights: the City Hall was one of the several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance, the historical City Square, Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe cathedral, and the medieval Steen Castle. 

Day 4: Antwerp - St Amands/Dendermonde, 25 - 34 mi.(42 - 56 km). If necessary St. Amands  - Dendermonde by ship 30 miles (50 km). This might take place the morning of Day 5 depending on mooring arrangements.
Today’s tour leads upstream on the Schelde to Hemiksem and after a short ascent, on to Repelmonde. Here, the Rupel flows into the Schelde and you will follow it for a few miles until the village of Niel, next to the nature reserve of Walenhoek. Between Niel and Boom is a historical area where bricks have been manufactured since the Middle Ages. From here, you will cross the canal Brussels-Rupel to the water tower of St. Amands further along the Schelde, till you reach the beautiful city Dendermonde. After the day’s cycling ends, you will have time to relax and enjoy the bustling Flemish market square of Grote.

Day 5: Dendermonde – Ghent, 24 miles (40 km)
The Magnifique will be moored in Merelbeke, a suburb of the beautiful city of Ghent. The architectural richness in the historical center of the city of Ghent has been maintained well. Under the watchful eye of Gravensteen Castle or Castle of the Counts, the city boasts an Opera House, 18 museums, 100 churches, and over 400 historical buildings. The most visited site in Ghent is the famous painting "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb", painted by the brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck in 1432. It still hangs in its original location, the St. Bavo Cathedral.

Day 6: Ghent – Vinderhoute – Bruges, 27 miles (45 km)
After breakfast, the cycle will begin to Vinderhoute. Part of today’s tour follows along the Ghent Canal to Oostende through the stretched Flemish landscape until Bruges. Also known as the “Venice of the North”, Bruges is well known for its historical art and museums. The city center, with its winding canals, has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site of UNESCO. 

Day 7: Bruges and the North Sea, 32 miles (50 km)
The last bike tour of this vacation takes you first to a quiet canal along which are situated lots of poplars trees, polder landscapes, and quaint farmhouses. Via the small city of Damme, you will enter the fashionable and exclusive seaside resort of Knokke on the North Sea coast. It is home to a 12 km long sandy beach, numerous cafes, and the attractive dune landscape of the nature reserve of Het Zwin. The route continues through Sluis, a small Dutch village and back to Bruges riding along a small canal. 

Day 8: Bruges
Disembarkation after breakfast. 

Bruges to Brussels 
Day 1: Arrival in Bruges. Check in on board begins at 3 PM on the Quo Vadis and 1 pm on the Magnifiques. You may bring your luggage on board beginning at 9:30 am. However, cabins will not be ready for check in.
Day 2: Bruges and the North Sea, 32 miles (50 km) on the Quo Vadis. Bruges - Damme - Blankenberge - Bruges,  33 mi. (55 km) on the Magnifiques
Day 3: Bruges - Moerebrugge| Moerebrugge – Oostende – Ghent24 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Ghent - Dendermonde, 29 miles (48 km) and perhaps to St. Amands for overnight
Day 5: Dendermonde - St. Amands | St. Amands – Temse – Antwerp, 25 miles (42 km)
Day 6: Antwerp - Lier - Willebroek, 27 miles (45 km)
Day 7: Willebroek - Mechelen - Vilvoorde, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 8: Brussels 

 

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Customer Feedback

  • Dorothy M. 2 months ago

    Wow, our trip was phenomenal! The barge was excellent, the food was gourmet (seriously) and the riding was great! Although rain was predicted everyday, we never rode in the rain. The weather improved and we saw rain twice while on the barge. The Magnifique II and the crew could not have been better. We are already looking forward to a trip next year!!!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Robert K. 2 months ago

    Most memorable part: The small number of passengers and the bonding and friendships which grew. Also, the lovely relaxed biking through the countryside, villages and towns with the guide providing more than adequate explanations when required. Everything worked like clock work and was well organized.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Wendy D. 3 months ago

    This was a fabulous holiday in every way. Already looking to plan another for next year. Loved every part of it. What a great way to see the country, get some exercise and vacation in style. The crew on the Quo Vadim were wonderful, the food was great and the biking experience fabulous. Well done!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Wheaton L. 3 months ago

    Fabulous holiday in every way and great value. Already looking to book another like this trip next year. Thank you!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Patricua O. 4 months ago

    The tour guide was excellent. Also the Captain and crew were excellent. It was a wonderful way to meet people, get some exercise, sightsee and enjoy lovely food. The Quo Vadis has an excellent chef. All of the crew spoke English, German and I believe also French and Spanish. They looked after the group so well, nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend this tour without hesitation.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Henry S. 1 year ago

    Our guide, Arie, was terrific! The chef, Chris (I think), was fantastic! The whole bike/barge week was a 5 out of 5 experience

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Jeff S. 1 year ago

    The bike and barge trip aboard the Magnifique was amazing. Could not have asked for a better trip! Can't wait to go on another bike and barge trip.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • George Pappas 2 years ago

    We have made two bike and barge tours in the Netherlands and thoroughly enjoyed both trips. We are looking forward to another trip this coming spring on a barge with low beds. (Bunk beds are not as easy to use as we get older.)

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Terry Brannigan 2 years ago

    We loved the size of the group. We are now ready for a self guided trip.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Maryellen Doyle 2 years ago

    Barge Quo Vadis was intimate and comfortable. Although small, our cabin had sufficient shelving available to store our clothes (we used ebags pouches to keep biking stuff and hanging out later stuff organized). Our very large roller duffels collapsed enough to store under the beds. The bathroom was fine and we eventually realized the shower squeegee was for the floor - to bring the water towards the drain in middle. Wifi was very limited as the captain made his hotspot available to us but that only seemed to work at the end if the dining room closest to his quarters. We would have liked more seating areas as you had a small sofa/ chairs seating area bordering the dining tables but once filled you would have to sit at a dining table to read etc. The outside seating area actually would seat twenty but appeared smaller....would have liked a bigger outside area too. The staff was wonderful. The bikes were great and i loved my ebike (you have to pedal every bit as much as on a regular bike but you are always "assisted" so you never break a sweat or have to huff puff if encountering an incline or a headwind. In truth i probably would have liked some kind of arrangement where we had the option to do a bit more touring on foot/ time in cute little towns, vs all the time on the bike. We did see things I never would have seen on my own and Belgium is fascinating....hence the wish to actually have had a bit more time in towns like Mechelen where we had a one hour lunch stop and then were on our way. For my next trip i would also invest in a pair of rain pants. I did not know about them but all the Swiss ladies jumped into them as well as their rain jackets when clouds opened up three times as we cycled. One other wardrobe tip...we were spending four weeks in Europe and packing was an issue. I did not bring sneakers which i would only have used while biking, then having to lug for three weeks through fashionable France. Instead my black Sketchers, GO WALK line, did the trick for both a great bike shoe and a walking shoe in France.
    We really enjoyed the trip in general and would just search out a barge with a bit more public space were we to do a future trip. "

    Boat: Quo Vadis

    • Wendy 4 months ago

      Hi Maryellen,

      My husband and I are going on the trip this August. Thank you for your informative review. I just had one question. You mentioned rain pants. What time if year did you go?
      Any other tips as well?

      Thank you so much.

      • Maryellen 4 months ago

        Wendy
        I think our tour started in Aug 30 or close. Note that we did not have any rain DAYS but several times showers threatened and would hit in early afternoon for a bit - or one time linger for a couple hours but we were mostly touring in a city then so ducked into cathedrals etc but then had athree mile ride back to the barge. Note - I brought my helmet from US and I also had a visor which, if raining, i somehow layered with my helmet, then pulled my rain jacket hiid iver too - the visor kept the rain off my face. Have a great trip,

        Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Archie Benton 2 years ago

    Our Brussels to Brugge trip was an incredible experience. The biking was fantastic, the boat was great, and the staff superb. We even traveled with wonderful fellow travelers on the trip! So many kind people. I had heard great things about this trip too but it turned out even better than my expectations! What can I say? The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The camaraderie was wonderful. We were on the Magnifique and it was magnificent. Thank you!-Archie, Nancy and Zach August 2015

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Larry and Nancy Bern 4 years ago

    We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our experience on the August 31st Brussels to Bruges Bike and Barge tour. The accommodations, the staff, the food and even the bikes were all top notch. Peter is a wonderful chef, Leah was a great guide, Walter and Carel were great captain, Carel barbecue was over the top!! It took us a few days to adjust to the biking, as most of us have not done much city biking. But by the end of the trip most of us were doing pretty well. Larry and I would recommend this trip to anyone!

    Boat: Magnifique

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