HOLLAND MEETS BELGIUM

(Amsterdam to Bruges or Bruges to Amsterdam) 8 day escorted tour This tour offers you a unique opportunity to get to know the lowlands of the North Sea. We show you lovely Amsterdam and old Dutch towns like Gouda and Willemstad. You cross the border into Belgium to discover the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent […]

(Amsterdam to Bruges or Bruges to Amsterdam)

8 day escorted tour

This tour offers you a unique opportunity to get to know the lowlands of the North Sea. We show you lovely Amsterdam and old Dutch towns like Gouda and Willemstad.
You cross the border into Belgium to discover the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent and on top of that: medievel Bruges!
All meals are included aboard your cruising barge hotel. Enjoy one of the best cycle path networks in the world, with hardly a car to worry about!

Day to Day Itinerary

 

Day 1

Transfer by bus from Amsterdam Airport to Ghent in Belgium. Embarkation and checking in aboard the hotel barge. The tour leader will invite you for a walk through the wonderful town centre. 

Day 2

cycling ± 15 km

By train you travel to Bruges where your tour leader will acquaint you with this unique town. Till mid-afternoon you are free to discover Bruges. By train you transfer to Dendermonde where the barge will stay for the night. In the evening there’s a short test ride in and around Dendermonde.

Day 3

cycling ± 30 km

From Dendermonde you ride through the pretty Flemish countryside alongside the river Schelde to Antwerp. In the afternoon your guide invites you for a short city walking tour and afterwards you have free time to explore the town centre. In the evening you may wish to visit some bars and have a good taste of famous Belgian beers.

Day 4

cycling ± 40 km

First there’s a sailing trip over the Belgian-Dutch border to the peninsula of Tholen. From here the parents of the American president Roosevelt left for the USA. The cycle ride crosses the flat countryside to the beautiful walled town of Willemstad.

Day 5

cycling ± 45 km

The barge will drop you at the edge of the nature reserve Biesbosch and you start todays cycle ride. You visit the windmills of Kinderdijk and will certainly enjoy the rural scenery that continue to the cheese town Gouda. In the evening you may wish to join your tour leader for a short city walk.

Day 6

cycling ± 40 km

You enjoy an easy bike ride right through some real Dutch meadowlands and end your trip in a small village called Oude Wetering. You may enjoy the quietness of the rural Dutch countryside before you arrive in busy Amsterdam tomorrow.  

Day 7

cycling ± 25 km

On the banks of the river Amstel you cycle in the direction of and then across the Amsterdam town centre to the mooring place of your barge. In the afternoon there’s time to explore the lively Dutch capital and do some shopping. In the evening there’s a city walk and you may wish to make a roundtrip of the famous Amsterdam canals. 

Day 8

End of your bike and barge tour and check out by 9.00am.

 

 

Tour Rating- moderate

The total length of the route by bike is about 195 km. Almost all bike paths are level and well-lit. These are lovely bike paths along well-signposted bike routes. Suitable for all levels of cyclist.
You are welcome to take time off and stay aboard ship during the course of the tour if you wish.

 

Airport / Transfers

Flights are best in/out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Transfers from the airport to/from Ghent are included.

For Amsterdam departures, there are trains from the terminal into Central Station every 20 minutes, at a cost of approx.

Euro 8.00, with the barge docked right beside the Central Station.

 

3+ star MS Tijdgeest

Since 1897 the TIJDGEEST sails with tourists, in the early years as a passenger ship on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship was completely renovated and rebuild into a nice hotel ship. In our ship classification system the TIJDGEEST belongs to class B, the Convenient class. At the lower deck you’ll find the air-conditioned cabins, all with private facilities. A number of cabins are provided with twin beds, in other cabins one sleeps in a bunk bed. At the upperdeck a very spacious living/dining room with panoramic view. Due to the availability of a WIFI point you may use your laptop aboard. A laptop for general use is also available.

 

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Schedule & Price Standard Barge (3 star)

Dates
April 4 & May 2 departing Amsterdam, May 9 departing Bruges

Price per person CAD $1220
Single Surcharge $275

 

This tour includes:

• accommodation in a double cabin with private facilities and two bunk beds
• bedding and towels
• breakfast, packed lunch, and 3-course dinner daily
• tour guide
• bicycle with handbrakes, gears, and pannier.
• bike insurance
• info pack and tour maps
• entrance fee Windmills at Kinderdijk
• Train ride Ghent – Bruges – Ghent
• Bus transfer Ghent – Amsterdam Airport
• Several City Walks
• Horse & carriage ride in Bruges

NOTE: April & early May departures, a visit to Keukenhof Gardens included

 

 

 

Schedule – Convenient barge (3+ star)

Dates 2015

Departing Amsterdam: April 11, May 16 July 4, 25 Aug 8 Sep 12
Departing Bruges: April 18 May 23 July 11 August 1, 15 Sep 19 Oct 3

 

Price per person double occupancy CAD $1355
Single Surcharge $350

 

This tour includes:

All of the above however your barge is of a higher standard plus the accommodation is in a double cabin with private facilities and a lower level double bed 

 

 

Schedule – Comfort barge (4 star)

Dates 2015

Departing from Amsterdam May 30 August 29
Departing from Bruges June 6 September 5

Price per person double occupancy CAD $1465
Single Surcharge $350

 

This tour includes:

All of the above however your barge is of a higher standard plus the accommodation is in a more spacious double cabin with private facilities and two lower level single beds