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Bruges to Amsterdam by Ruth W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The lovely scenery and the excellent condition of all the bike paths.
Boat: Magnifique III
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Amsterdam to Bruges by Michael W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Biking thru the countryside of Netherlands and Belgium
Boat: Anna Antal
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour by Heather W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The full range of stimulating experiences of all things Dutch with so many things different every day. The impressive first day, in particular, through and out of Amsterdam set up exciting anticipation for subsequent days that was maintained. If one highlight has to singled out, which is somewhat unfair, it would be the spectacular and unique ride over the Zealand Bridge and competing there with the raw forces of nature. Our tip would be to ensure you use the route maps and GPS in combination noting the advice that there are variances, and each evening check out the actual start of the route for the following day.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Joe V. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: We stopped at a small bar and had a fabulous time dancing and singing!
Boat: Magnifique II
Amsterdam to Bruges by Susan L. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A fantastic tour, with knowledgeable guides that led us through Holland and Belgium. Everything aboard the Magnifique III was top notch and any concerns we had (our room was a little musty) were dealt with immediately and to our satisfaction. The biking was very enjoyable, primarily on bike paths and even when on roads the cars are very respectful of bicyclists. The routes at 50km lengths sound daunting but were the perfect length to fill the day along with frequent breaks for pictures and beer! I do recommend saddle time prior to the trip and bike shorts! The bikes were in excellent condition too. Overall one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. Highly recommend. If you are more adventurous you can download the maps on your phone and go self-guided. Many in our group did that and had no issues.
Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour by Janet S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The bike ride from Amsterdam to Bruges was a great way to connect 2 tourist destinations and get a different experience going through the amazing countryside. The fact that the Netherlands is so bike-friendly makes all the difference! The local partner has a lot of experience with planning the right routes and selecting optimal locations to stop at night.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jillian M. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The experience of being able to see the countryside, remote villages and sites at a slower pace with the experience and knowledge of a guide is the highlight. It is good to leave your luggage onboard the barge and know you return each evening to great food and rest.
Countries: Belgium, France
Amsterdam to Bruges by Jehiel from Tripsite 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Julie!Thanks for sharing this feedback. You are correct, the itinerary is designed by our local partner. Some tours depending on the particular region, group size/ability, length of tour, and logistics surrounding boat travel have more time in the itinerary for excursions and stops along the way. You can find more information about daily cycling routes and planned stops under the "day-to-day itinerary" section on all of our tour pages. Hope this helps when planning your next trip!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Jeanie R. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
local partner gave us a unique and thoroughly enjoyable way to see a country that was new to us. We cycled through farms and villages where there were no tourists -- met local folks and saw how they lived. Our delightful and knowledgeable guide made sure that the pace of each day's cycling was do-able by people of different abilities -- often we'd cycle for an hour or two, stop for coffee; cycle for an hour or so, eat lunch. Cycle for an hour and stop for refreshment; cycle an hour and we're "home", where bowls of nuts, cookies, and tea/coffee/juice welcomed us.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by August D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It's a shame that the incompetence and the misogynistic attitude of one person can affect what could have been a fantastic trip, our guide on several occasions got lost and we ended up doing many more kilometres of riding including a very long and steep hill climb that we had to walk in the hot sun.I can not praise the Captain and crew of the Zwaantjie more highly it's a shame he has no control over the guides that are allocated to various trips.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jacky H. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Sharing the beautiful scenery while biking with great friends
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michelle P. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The barge staff, tour guides and fellow bike riders were the best part of this tour! Please know that this is definitely a bike tour. We zipped through towns at a steady pace but it wasn’t unbearable for a novice bike rider like me. However there wasn’t much time to visit any towns and do some sightseeing.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jeffrey W. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through the Belgian countryside
Bruges to Amsterdam by Ann A. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Brugge to Amsterdam trip was a very flat, easy trip and we recommend it for beginner barge and bikers. Our main criticism was that although the guides were very nice and helpful, we would have liked more information and history on the sights along the way, and more picture stops.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Janet M. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides were truly terrific.The routes and stopping cafes were wonderfully thought out. Bathrooms at stops were very clean. Pace of rides was perfect for a first time experience.The food on board was outstanding. Chef Alex was sensational!The lunch meat, cheeses,and bread selections were great for making our road food.This was our first Bike and Barge experience. It was wonderful!Thanks to everyone!
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Michael B. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A lengthy bike trip through the Netherlands gives you an opportunity to drill down into their culture on a wider scale. It helps that they all speak English. The Dutch really seem to have figured it (life) out. We have much to learn from them and bring back their best practices...such as their capability to get anywhere in the country safely on a bike. How cool is that?
Bruges to Amsterdam by Maria C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I enjoyed the countryside trails most. The trip was really totally good. As a biker whose biking skills are a bit rusty, it was a challenge, and I am glad I could do it!
Boat: Liza Marleen
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michel D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We were very happy with the biking experience, the food, the scenery, our new biking friends, our wonderful guide and the rest of the employees on the boat. We were disappointed at the end of the trip when we were advised that we had possibly been exposed to bed bugs. Adding to the disappointment, ship staff blamed us for having brought the bed bugs aboard the ship.
Other than this issue, we had a wonderful trip!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Annie & Steve F. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a fantastic time on our Bruges to Amsterdam bike and barge. The boat was just lovely and the cabins beautiful and crisply clean each day upon our return. The chef did outstanding food, especially the barbecue evening with a meringue cake to die for! Our guide Hugo was such fun and passionate about the land and history. Great energy! The best part were our fellow bikers that became friends by the end of the week. A great experience.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Wendy S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved this trip from Bruges to Amsterdam! The guides were very good and ensured we were all safe and all together. The bike paths were flat, very well marked and easy to follow when we went out on our own. The guides made sure we had our maps and emergency tools and our phone numbers in case of emergency. The scenery was beautiful and we enjoyed the countryside with farm fields, flowers, horses, sheep, birds, rivers and lakes. The rooms on the barge were bigger and better than I expected. We had a cabin on the upper deck which included a large window which was nice. The food was simple, plenty and good. It was good to be prepared for all weather types when riding. Riding gloves helped with cooler days as well as preventing blisters from the bike handles.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Barbara O. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We travelled from Bruges to Amsterdam. Stunning scenery, lovely accommodations, competent staff, outstanding guide. It was an excellent way to visit major cities and sleepy villages lost in time. We were impressed with the history of the Netherlands and got to see exquisitely beautiful buildings and works of art. By the end of the week, all bikers knew each other, so the sense of camaraderie was very comfortable. Can’t wait to plan another trip.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Janet C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guides were terrific, funny and knowledgeable. The choice of our route was very interesting. Also our waiters Stephan and Naomi were delightful.
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by Sandra V. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn was definitely a "comfort plus" barge. Rooms and beds very comfortable; staff couldn't have been friendlier or more accommodating; Captain Henk was a genius at docking and piloting the barge; our guide Lea, was professional, knowledgeable, and fun; Jantien, the jack of all trades, did everything from ministering to ill or injured to cooking gourmet meals. This was my second trip on the Merlijn. We booked the entire barge. There were two fantastic upgrades from two years ago--new bikes and helmets and better internet. Obviously, I cannot say enough positive about this experience. Highly recommend it.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by John S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first bike and barge trip. It is a great way to travel. There is time to see the area and not have to worry about finding lodging. The crew of the Merlijn was first rate. I will sign up for another trip with them. Jantien was like your mom welcoming you on your trip home.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Julie Worger 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Richard- We enjoy biking but have never considered a trip like this. You mentioned the things you enjoyed... what were the disappointments?Thanks for your help.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Charlotte G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable was biking through the peaceful countryside, getting lost (not with the guides, but when we ventured out on our own), finding a real working windmill, and being invited inside by the owner. Lunch selections could have varied more but dinner onboard was always wonderful. Staff was also on point and always ready to help.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Barbara N. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
A great balance of activity, wonderful scenery, and interesting towns and culture. Lovely!
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Laurie M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The people who we met in the trip made it memorable. Cornel was a wonderful guide who made everything fun and interesting as we were biking. Everyone on the Quo Vadis made us feel so welcome. Food was fantastic. Loved meeting all the other bikers and had lots of great times together.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by James K. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did a 10 Day Barge and Bike trip from Brugge to Amsterdam during Tulip season. The boat Quo Vadis was really excellent. The rooms were small but quite comfortable. The dining room and lounge were well appointed and welcoming. Everything was always spotlessly clean! The crew was incredibly hospitable catering to any need. Captain RJ was knowledgeable, experienced and and very approachable. The evening walks he led in towns were great fun. Also really enjoyed sitting in the wheel house and chatting as he navigated rivers and canals.
The food was basically gourmet with delightful surprises every dinner. Fresh bread was baked on board every day and breakfast was a mix of american style eggs, bacon, etc and European style meats, cheeses, fruit, veggies, etc. Chef Franco deserves many accolades for his commitment to healthy and delicious food.
Our bicycle guide was extremely competent. He knew the roads and towns well and was able to make changes to routes as needed on the fly. An example would be an extra loop on some roads when he spotted blazing fields of tulips off in the distance. Our timing was good as there were acres of fields in full bloom as we rode down tiny country roads with no other tours, tourists or buses anywhere to be seen but our little bicycle group. It was sublime! Wind mills, polders, dykes, historic locks & bridges dating back centuries, and wonderful local festivals in the central squares of small towns on Kings Day - all to be seen on an 'organic' level from the saddle of a bike. It really doesn't get much better! And our guide, Cornell, knew the history and had a story to tell about so many places. He also knew the best places to stop for a coffee break, a picnic lunch or a hot bowl of soup and a slice of Dutch Apple Pie ... maybe even a great spot to get a good Belgian beer. Thanks Cornell!
It is almost impossible to pick one favorite thing as best of trip. The fields of tulips, the Kings Day Festivals and the gourmet food would all have to rank high on a list of many highs. Towns? Brugge, Antwerp, Delft, Amsterdam - all high on the list and each for different reasons. History, culture, shops, vibrancy, beautiful town squares & lovely streets are all a part of European charm! I don't know what else to say other than we will do another and Bike and Barge trip through the wine region of Germany in the future. It's just such a great way to get a more intimate experience when traveling.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Ronald R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Memorable parts: The other guests, the scenery, and the barge experience. The Tulip time is also the rain time, so be prepared with proper clothing. Even though the weather may not be ideal, the experience more than makes up for it.
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