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 
     
    Twin cabin £ 1023 $ 1,754 1259 NOK 12275 kr 11331 $ 1,473
    Premium twin £ 1185 $ 2,032 1459 NOK 14225 kr 13131 $ 1,707
    Twin cabin for single use £ 1340 $ 2,297 1649 NOK 16078 kr 14841 $ 1,929
    Triple cabin £ 982 $ 1,684 1209 NOK 11788 kr 10881 $ 1,415
    Premium triple £ 1120 $ 1,921 1379 NOK 13445 kr 12411 $ 1,613
    Gandalf
     
    Twin cabin £ 824 $ 1,412 1014 NOK 9887 kr 9126 $ 1,186
    Twin cabin for single use* £ 1027 $ 1,761 1264 NOK 12324 kr 11376 $ 1,479
    Triple cabin £ 808 $ 1,385 994 NOK 9692 kr 8946 $ 1,163

    Only one twin cabin for single use available per departure.

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental
    Magnifique: £ 73 $ 125 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105 Gandalf: £ 81 $ 139 100 NOK 975 kr 900 $ 117 Gluten free or other special dietary requests: surcharge will apply. Please ask

    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

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 boat, the Magnifique, or the comfort boat, the Gandalf.

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 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
From1014 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. 

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

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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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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Magnifique Photo

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.

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Gandalf Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Class Boat The classic MS Gandalf is a comfort class passenger ship that can accommodate 20-22 guests. Almost everything on this barge is on one level, including the comfortable salon which has scenic panoramic windows.

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