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.

  • Magnifique II
     
    Upper deck suite £ 1290 $ 2,293 1574 NOK 15478 kr 14287 $ 1,857
    Premium Twin lower deck £ 1126 $ 2,002 1374 NOK 13511 kr 12472 $ 1,621
    Lower deck twin £ 962 $ 1,710 1174 NOK 11544 kr 10656 $ 1,385
    Lower deck twin for single use £ 1249 $ 2,220 1524 NOK 14986 kr 13833 $ 1,798
    Triple cabin £ 921 $ 1,637 1124 NOK 11053 kr 10202 $ 1,326
    Triple cabin upper deck suite £ 1208 $ 2,147 1474 NOK 14494 kr 13379 $ 1,739
    Magnifique III:
     
    Twin Cabin £ 962 $ 1,710 1174 NOK 11544 kr 10656 $ 1,385
    Upper deck suite £ 1290 $ 2,293 1574 NOK 15478 kr 14287 $ 1,857
    Single Cabin £ 1249 $ 2,220 1524 NOK 14986 kr 13833 $ 1,798
    Triple cabin £ 921 $ 1,637 1124 NOK 11053 kr 10202 $ 1,326
    Triple upper deck suite £ 1208 $ 2,147 1474 NOK 14494 kr 13379 $ 1,739
    Quo Vadis
     
    Twin cabin £ 835 $ 1,484 1019 NOK 10020 kr 9249 $ 1,202
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1216 $ 2,162 1484 NOK 14593 kr 13470 $ 1,751
    Magnifique 
     
    Twin cabin £ 1032 $ 1,834 1259 NOK 12380 kr 11428 $ 1,486
    Premium twin £ 1196 $ 2,125 1459 NOK 14347 kr 13243 $ 1,722
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1351 $ 2,402 1649 NOK 16215 kr 14968 $ 1,946
    Triple cabin £ 991 $ 1,761 1209 NOK 11889 kr 10974 $ 1,427
    Premium triple £ 1130 $ 2,009 1379 NOK 13560 kr 12517 $ 1,627

     

    Gandalf
     
    Twin cabin £ 831 $ 1,477 1014 NOK 9971 kr 9204 $ 1,197
    Twin cabin for single use* £ 1036 $ 1,841 1264 NOK 12429 kr 11473 $ 1,492
    Triple cabin £ 815 $ 1,448 994 NOK 9774 kr 9022 $ 1,173

    Only one twin cabin for single use available per departure.

     

    extra options


    Electric bicycle rental
    Quo Vadis (5 available):   £ 78 $ 138 95 NOK 934 kr 862 $ 112 Magnifiques (6 available): £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 Helmets on board, please request
    Gluten free or other special dietary requests: surcharge will apply. Please ask

    Electric bicycle rental
    Magnifique: £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 Gandalf: £ 82 $ 146 100 NOK 983 kr 908 $ 118  


     

    please note

    Rates are per person 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


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

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

Quo Vadis: 
Brussels to Bruges: Saturdays, July 28, August 11, and August 25, 2018
Bruges to Brussels: Saturdays, July 21, August 4, and August 18, 2018

Comfort Plus
Magnifique:

Brussels to Bruges: June 29, 2019
Comfort
Gandalf:
Bruges to Brussels: May 4, May 18, June 1, and June 15, 2019
Brussels to Bruges: May 11, May 25, June 8, and June 22, 2019

 

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Plus boats, the Magnifique, the Magnifique II, or the Quo Vadis. In 2019, the Gandalf will be added.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

  • Each boat varies slightly. Be sure to see what is included/not included on your boat. Any questions, just ask as we are busy updating for 2019.
  • Accommodation for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfast, packed lunches during bike tours, and 6 three-course dinners (Magnifiques)
  • Breakfast, picnic lunches during bike tours, and 7 three-course dinners (Quo Vadis and Gandalf)
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • Helmets (Magnifiques) and available by request on the Quo Vadis. Not available on the Gandalf.
  • Daily light cleaning of cabins
  • Complimentary beverage on first evening
  • Cycling guide on the Magnifiques (2 cycling guides will be included for groups of 22 or more)
  • Guide support on the Quo Vadis/Gandalf (please see note below)
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps (one set per cabin)
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm
  • Coffee and tea during breakfast and in the afternoon on the Gandalf
  • *Please note: Quo Vadis 2018 is not a 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
  • Magnifique
  • Accommodation for 8 days/7 nights
  • All breakfasts, packed lunches, and 6 three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • All bed linens and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily tour briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Helmet
  • 7 speed unisex city touring bike or the brand Batavus Dinsdag with handbrakes, gel saddle, integral frame lock, and pannier
  • Water bottle
  • Fees for ferries
  • Canal trip through Ghent
  • Entrance cathedral Antwerp
  • Guided tour in Brussels (only on Bruges – Brussels)
  • Visit beer brewery in Mechelen (only on Brussels – Bruges)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gandalf
  • Accommodation for 8 days/7 nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and 7 three course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • All bed linens and towels
  • Once a week cleaning of the cabin
  • 24 speed city touring bike of the Dutch brand Batavus with gel saddle and pannier
  • Daily briefings by multilingual tour leader
  • Fully guided cycling tours
  • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • Wi-Fi

What’s Not Included

  • Magnifique
  • Transfers to/from docking area
  • 1 x dinner in Antwerp (Magnifiques)
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Entrance fees for museums/ ferry fees
  • Drinks on board other than mentioned
  • Special dietary requests (could incur a supplement)
  • Helmets on Gandalf are not available
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Magnifique
  • 1 x diner (Antwerp)
  • Drinks
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
  • City maps
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees if applicable
  • Gandalf
  • Drinks
  • Coffee and tea on board at other hours
  • Helmet (not available on board)
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Fees for ferries
  • City maps
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees if applicable
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

Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. Be sure to check your boat/itinerary below and please ask us if you have any questions as itineraries are subject to change. 

ABOARD THE MAGNIFIQUE, MAGNIFIQUE II, MAGNIFIQUE III 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 

Magnifique

Bruges to Brussels

Day 1: Bruges, 6 mi. (11 km)
Day 2: Roundtrip from/to Bruges and North Sea, 22 or 30 mi. (37  or 51 km)
Day 3: Bruges - Ghent, 21 or 36 mi. (35  or 57 km)
Day 4: Ghent - Dendermonde/St. Amands, 24 or 32 mi. (40 or 53 km)
Day 5: St. Amands - Temse - Atwerp, 21 or 31 mi. (35 or 49 km)
Day 6: Antwerp - LIer - Willebroek, 21 or 34 mi. (34 or 54 km)
Day 7: Willebroek - Mechelen - Zemst, 23 mi. (38 km) Zemst - Brussels*
Day 8: Brussels

Day 1: Bruges, 6 mi. (11 km)
After a welcome by the crew at 2 p.m. there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test-ride through the countryside around Bruges. After dinner the tour leader will take you for a walk through the center of town. We advise you to come to Bruges one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover The "Venice of the North",  well known as city of art and museums. Its city center with lots of canals is on the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while overviewing the “Grote Markt” square with its hustle and bustle.

Day 2: Roundtrip from/to Bruges and North Sea, 22 or 30 mi. (37 or 51 km)
The first cycling tour starts by taking you to a quiet poplar-lined canal through an attractive flat and green polder landscape with lovely, typical farm houses. Continue via the small city of Damme to the North Sea cost. Long sandy beaches, numerous cafés and the attractive sand dune landscape provide enough variety during your lunch break. Then return to Bruges while riding along a small canal.

Day 3: Bruges - Ghent, 21 or 36 mi. (35  or 57 km)
Today you will start by pedaling towards Ghent through the beautiful Flemish landscape along the Ghent canal. On arrival in Ghent make sure you make the effort to discover the best of what this historical city has to offer during an afternoon stroll. Ghent’s medieval center features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical center of the city has to be seen to be believed. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris. The ship will dock for the night at a lock, in a suburb of Ghent and approx. 30 cycling minutes from the city center.

Day 4: Ghent - Dendermonde/St. Amands, 24 or 32 mi. (40 or 53 km)
After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle downstream through a diverse landscape along the tidal Schelde River to Dendermonde located at the junction of Dender and Schelde Rivers. There is only one way to describe the landscape along the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour. During this section of the Schelde the speed of the ship will be determined by the height of the tide. You will travel from Dendermonde to St. Amands by either bicycle or barge depending on the tides. Your floating hotel will be docked for the night in St. Amands.

Day 5: St. Amands - Temse - Atwerp, 21 or 31 mi. (35 or 49 km)
This part of the route is among the most beautiful and twisting parts of Schelde river. Your cycling tour starts in St. Amands and you will cycle past the water tower and you cross the BrusselsRupel canal. The tour continues through an historical brick factory area between Boom and Niel where, since the Middle Ages, bricks are still being manufactured. From Rupelmonde you will have a lovely cycling tour to Hemiksem, to reach Antwerp. This harbor city on the river Schelde is one of the world’s major diamond cities and has many highlights: the City Hall is one of several majestic buildings constructed in the Renaissance, the historical City Square Grote Markt, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner in a restaurant of your choice (not included).

Day 6: Antwerp - LIer - Willebroek, 21 or 34 mi. (34 or 54 km)
Just after breakfast you will leave the ship and cycle through the quiet suburbs of Antwerp, with nice villa’s and manicured gardens, to Lier. The city of Lier has 2 UNESCO World heritage sites, the Beguinage and the Belfry. Beguinages are closed courtyards – where, in past centuries, widows and unmarried women led a religiously inspired, but independent life. Self-rule occurred under the leadership of a “grand dame”. From Lier you cycle along the small river Nete to Willebroek, where the ship will be waiting for you.

Day 7: Willebroek - Mechelen - Zemst, 23 mi. (38 km) Zemst - Brussels*
While the barge is sailing over the Willebroek canal, you will ride your last cycling tour through green, soft slanted hilly country via Mechelen to Zemst. Remarkable in Mechelen is that over 300 buildings on less than 3 square kilometers are listed as historical buildings; 8 of these are churches. From Zemst you will meet the barge and sail to Brussels*. Your tour leader will take you for a walk through the historical city center, along the gothic town hall and the beautiful guild houses on the Grote Markt.

*Day7/8: your barge may also stay for the night in/near Zemst, to sail to Brussels on early Saturday morning during breakfast.

Day 8: Brussels
End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:30 am.

Brussels to Bruges

Day 1: Brussels
Day 2: Brusels - Zemst*| Zemst - Mechelen - Willebroek, 23 mi. (38 km)
*Day1/2: Your barge may already leave Brussels on Sat. evening during dinner to sail to Zemst and stay there for the night, instead of staying in Brussels for the first night
Day 3: Willebroek - Antwerp, 21 or 34 mi. (34 km or 54 km)
Day 4: Antwerp - Temse - St. Amands, 21 or 31 mi. (34 km or 49 km)
Day 5: St. Amands - Dendermonde | Dendermonde - Ghent, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 6: Ghent  - Bruges, 13 or 28 mi. (22 or 45 km)
Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, 23 or 31 mil (38 or 51 km)
Day 8: Bruges

Gandalf

Bruges to Brussels

Day 1: Bruges
Day 2:
Bruges, roundtrip to North Sea, 33 mil (55 km)
Day 3: Bruges - Moerebrugge | Moerebrugge - oostende - Ghent, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Ghent - Dendermonde, 29 mi. (48 km) Dendermonde - St. Amands
Day 5: St. Amands - Temse - Antwerp, 25 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Antwerp - Lier - Willebroek, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Willebroek - Mechelen - Vilvoorde, 24 mi. (40 km) Vilvoorde - Brussels
Day 8: Brussels

Day 1: Bruges
Individual arrival in Bruges. The Gandalf awaits you in the Bruges harbor. Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 3 to 5 p.m. Before or after boarding take the opportunity to explore this lovely city of art, widely described as the “Venice of the North”. You can enjoy the ambience of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center during a leisurely walk, take in the hustle and bustle of the Grote Markt square (Great Market square), visit one of Bruges many museums or simply enjoy the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.

Day 2: Bruges, roundtrip to North Sea, 33 mi. (55 km)
Your first day of cycling will take you through Damme, the birthplace of the impudent Middle Ages trickster Till Eulenspiegel, to the seaside resort of Blankenberge. Visit anyone of numerous cafés and, if you want to cool down, enjoy a swim in the North Sea. After approx. 2 hours you will cycle back to Bruges and the ship.

Day 3: Bruges - Moerebrugge | Moerebrugge - oostende - Ghent, 24 mi. (40 km)
While you enjoy breakfast the barge Gandalf will sail to Moerebrugge where you will start your day’s cycling. With the historical city of Ghent your destination today you will cycle via Oostende along the Ghent-Oostende-canal through the beautiful Flemish landscape. The town center of Ghent features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical center of the city has to be seen to be believed. During the Middle Ages, after Paris, Ghent was the 2nd largest European city. The Gandalf will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, a suburb of Ghent and approx. 15 cycling minutes to the city center.

Day 4: Ghent - Dendermonde, 29 mi. (48 km) Dendermonde - St. Amands
After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle through a diverse landscape to Dendermonde which is located at the mouth of the Dender River where it flows into the Schelde River. Here you can enjoy some time off your bicycle with a coffee or a cup of tea at the beautiful Flemish Grote Market square. In the evening shipping to St. Amands one of the most beautiful and winding parts of the route on the river Schelde.

Day 5: St. Amands - Temse - Antwerp, 25 mi. (42 km)
Your cycle route for the day starts in St. Amands and takes you over the Brussels-Rupel canal and on to an historical brick factory situated between Boom and Niel where bricks have been manufactured since the Middle Ages. After cycling through the countryside to Rupelmonde and later Hemiksem you will finally reach Antwerp, your destination for the night. Antwerp is a harbor city situated on the river Schelde famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds. There are many highlights in the city to discover including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.

Day 6: Antwerp - Lier - Willebroek, 27 mi. (45 km)
After breakfast you will cycle through the leafy suburbs of Antwerp and past typical Belgian villas that feature beautiful trees, manicured gardens and picturesque facades to Lier. From here you cycle along the small river Nete and on to Willebroek where the ship will be waiting for you. When there is enough interest, a beer tasting will be held on board (to be paid on board).

Day 7: Willebroek - Mechelen - Vilvoorde, 24 mi. (40 km) Vilvoorde - Brussels
While the barge sets sail along the Willebroek canal, your final day’s cycling will see you pass through the picturesque countryside via Mechelen to Vilvoorde. Mechelen is a remarkable city that boasts more than 300 buildings that are historically listed. Of these, 8 are churches – all on less than 3 square kilometers! From Vilvoorde you will board the Gandalf for the trip to Brussels, where you can walk through the historical city center, visit the Grote Markt square (Great Market square), arguably Europe’s most beautiful medieval square lined with guild houses or marvel at the Gothic town hall.

Day 8: Disembarkation and departure

Brussels to Bruges
 

Day 1: Brussels
Day 2: Brussels - Vilvoorde | Vilvoorde - Mechelen - Willebroek, 24 mil (40 km)
Day 3: Willebroek - Antwerp, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Antwerp - St. Amands | Dendermonde, 30 mi. (50 km) St. Amands - Dendermonde
Day 5: Dendermonde - Ghent, 29 mi. (48 km)
Day 6: Ghent - Vinderhoute - Bruges, 24 mil (40 km)
Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, 33 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Bruges

Italicized sections reflect itinerary by boat.

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Customer Feedback

  • Dorothy M. 11 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. 11 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. 12 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. 12 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. 1 year 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Maryellen Doyle 3 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 3 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 5 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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