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.
- 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.
Upper deck suite £ 1524 $ 2,371 € 1574 NOK 16002 kr 14771 $ 1,920 Premium Twin lower deck £ 1330 $ 2,069 € 1374 NOK 13969 kr 12894 $ 1,676 Lower deck twin £ 1137 $ 1,768 € 1174 NOK 11936 kr 11018 $ 1,432 Lower deck twin for single use £ 1476 $ 2,295 € 1524 NOK 15494 kr 14302 $ 1,859 Triple cabin £ 1088 $ 1,693 € 1124 NOK 11427 kr 10548 $ 1,371 Triple cabin upper deck suite £ 1427 $ 2,220 € 1474 NOK 14986 kr 13833 $ 1,798
Twin Cabin £ 1137 $ 1,768 € 1174 NOK 11936 kr 11018 $ 1,432 Upper deck suite £ 1524 $ 2,371 € 1574 NOK 16002 kr 14771 $ 1,920 Single Cabin £ 1476 $ 2,295 € 1524 NOK 15494 kr 14302 $ 1,859 Triple cabin £ 1088 $ 1,693 € 1124 NOK 11427 kr 10548 $ 1,371 Triple upper deck suite £ 1427 $ 2,220 € 1474 NOK 14986 kr 13833 $ 1,798
Twin cabin £ 987 $ 1,535 € 1019 NOK 10360 kr 9563 $ 1,243 Twin cabin for single use £ 1437 $ 2,235 € 1484 NOK 15087 kr 13927 $ 1,810
Electric bicycle rental
Quo Vadis (5 available): £ 92 $ 143 € 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116 Magnifiques (6 available): £ 87 $ 136 € 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110 Helmets on board, please request
Gluten free or other special dietary requests: surcharge will apply. Please ask
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Amsterdam or Brussels.
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.
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°.
Bruges to Brussels: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Brussels to Bruges: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Bruges to Brussels: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Brussels to Bruges: Saturday, September 15, 2018
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.
- 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
- Cycling guide on the Magnifiques (2 cycling guides will be included for groups of 22 or more)
- Guide support on the Quo Vadis (please see note below)
- Printed instructions and detailed maps (one set per cabin)
- Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm
- *Please note: Quo Vadis 2018 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)
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
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 – Ghent, 24 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
Brussels To Bruges Bike and Boat Tour Boats + Barges
Magnifique Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and accommodates maximum of 30 guests, sailing under the Dutch flag and management. Other features include a beautiful salon with a spacious bar, a sun deck equipped with comfortable chairs, and a small whirlpool to relax in at the end of a long day of cycling. Delicious meals are served daily in the restaurant area.
Magnifique II Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat In 2016, we saw the launch of a new premium barge, the Magnifique II, to wonderful reviews. The ship boasts a classical style with emphasis on superior comfort. Highlights of the barge include 4 upper deck suites, with cozy seating area, and lovely large panoramic windows. This ship has earned the premium designation!