Netherlands meets Belgium

Holland meets Belgium by bike & boat, MS Fluvius

Holland meets Belgium.

During this tour some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders are highlighted: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, where you can still feel the charm of the days long gone. After embarking in Amsterdam, you will cross through a beautiful part of the Netherlands. Of course, you will see the 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk. Via Dordrecht and the fortified town of Willemstad, the ship cruises through the “Delta” Province of Zeeland to Belgium. You will spend the night in Antwerp, the city of Rubens, whose paintings can be admired in the cathedral. You will cycle from Antwerp to Ghent along the beautiful tidal river Lower Schelde. This tour's final destination is Bruges - the “Pearl of Flanders”

Note: Trip is also possible in the other direction - route has some slight changes. Please have a look at the dates!

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrival in Amsterdam

 by bike to Vianen approx. 5 - 15 km

Today you make your own way to Amsterdam to start the tour. You can embark from 1 pm. At 2 pm the boat will set off for the first time to Vianen, which is a small fortress city on the little Lek river. 

DAY

2

Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Dordrecht

 approx. 55 km

After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city that has been renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th Century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit. They have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus” (not included, costs approx.€ 4 per person), a fast ferry, that will take and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. The historical centre is impressively located between two powerful rivers. 

DAY

3

Dordrecht – Willemstad – Tholen – Antwerpen

 approx. 35 km

During breakfast the ship sails to Willemstad. You will cycle past the impressive "Volkerak" lock and then continue to Tholen, which was an island in former times. Alternatively you can bike through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock).

From here you shall continue by boats. Almost without noticing you will cross the border into Belgium. Look forward to your time in Antwerp, which is not only known as the 'diamond city', but also as the native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”.

DAY

4

Antwerpen – Dendermonde/Sint Amands

 approx. 55 km

After breakfast you leave the port by bike to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful but capricious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. You will either cycle to St-Amands or Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. Those who would like to can enjoy the evening doing a beer tasting session. 

(Possible boat ride to St-Amands where you stay overnight)

DAY

5

Dendermonde/Sint Amands – Gent

 ca. 40 - 55 km

The bike tour follows the river Schelde once again this time towards Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city with a long past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more or to shop in the lively centre. The city was founded in Roman times at the point where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has brought much prosperity over the years, culminating in the late 13th and early 14th Centuries. The textile industry brought great wealth. The ship is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent (approx. 15 min away from the city centre by bike).

DAY

6

Gent – Merelbeke - Brügge

 approx. 45 km

Today our bike tour goes through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old centre, which dates from the Middle Ages is almost completely intact. At that time, Bruges was a metropolis and center of commerce and art. You can still see this glory from the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is also a nice town for shopping or going out.

DAY

7

Tour around Bruges to the North Sea

 approx. 50 km

The last bike tour takes you to a quiet canal where you’ll find lots of poplars. You cycle through an attractive polder landscape with nice small farm houses until you get to the North Sea coast. A 12km long sandy beach and numerous cafés provide enough variety during your lunch break. Afterwards, you head back to Bruges. Dinner is on board the MS Fluvius. 

DAY

8

Departure

 

After breakfast it is time to disembark and to make your own way home. 

1 Day

Arrival in Amsterdam by bike to Vianen approx. 5 - 15 km

Today you make your own way to Amsterdam to start the tour. You can embark from 1 pm. At 2 pm the boat will set off for the first time to Vianen, which is a small fortress city on the little Lek river. 

2 Day

Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk – Dordrecht approx. 55 km

After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (Silver City) – a city that has been renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th Century. As you continue to cycle along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit. They have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus” (not included, costs approx.€ 4 per person), a fast ferry, that will take and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. The historical centre is impressively located between two powerful rivers. 

3 Day

Dordrecht – Willemstad – Tholen – Antwerpen  approx. 35 km

During breakfast the ship sails to Willemstad. You will cycle past the impressive "Volkerak" lock and then continue to Tholen, which was an island in former times. Alternatively you can bike through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock).

From here you shall continue by boats. Almost without noticing you will cross the border into Belgium. Look forward to your time in Antwerp, which is not only known as the 'diamond city', but also as the native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”.

4 Day

Antwerpen – Dendermonde/Sint Amands approx. 55 km

After breakfast you leave the port by bike to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful but capricious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. You will either cycle to St-Amands or Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. Those who would like to can enjoy the evening doing a beer tasting session. 

(Possible boat ride to St-Amands where you stay overnight)

5 Day

Dendermonde/Sint Amands – Gent ca. 40 - 55 km

The bike tour follows the river Schelde once again this time towards Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city with a long past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more or to shop in the lively centre. The city was founded in Roman times at the point where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has brought much prosperity over the years, culminating in the late 13th and early 14th Centuries. The textile industry brought great wealth. The ship is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent (approx. 15 min away from the city centre by bike).

6 Day

Gent – Merelbeke - Brügge approx. 45 km

Today our bike tour goes through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old centre, which dates from the Middle Ages is almost completely intact. At that time, Bruges was a metropolis and center of commerce and art. You can still see this glory from the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is also a nice town for shopping or going out.

7 Day

Tour around Bruges to the North Sea approx. 50 km

The last bike tour takes you to a quiet canal where you’ll find lots of poplars. You cycle through an attractive polder landscape with nice small farm houses until you get to the North Sea coast. A 12km long sandy beach and numerous cafés provide enough variety during your lunch break. Afterwards, you head back to Bruges. Dinner is on board the MS Fluvius. 

 

8 Day

Departure

After breakfast it is time to disembark and to make your own way home. 

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Tour Character

Flat routes through Holland and Belgium along bike paths.

Self-guided or guided cycle trips: The guided bike tours are finalised depending on the group members and ability by the tour guide. For those doing a self-guided bike tour, you will get your route book when your board the boat. Each day you will cycle between 40 and 60km. All of the distances are approximations from the recommended bike tours. 

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