Belgium by boat and bike - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Brussels / Bruges
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    275 km / 171 mi
  • Distance per day:
    40-55 km / 25-35 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    flat, however you may encounter headwinds
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths
  • Return transfer:
    individually by train,
    look at "Info/arrival"

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Belgium by boat and bike

Brussels - Bruges on MS Mecklenburg from EUR 999

The Tour

Belgium by boat and bike - Bruges

Infinite expanses and infinite friendliness - that’s Flanders, which can be explored perfectly by bike and by ship between Brussels and Bruges. Brussels is the pulsating European centre, which presents itself, and is transforming - having been bilingual throughout its history - into a fully international city. More typical of Flanders are its other cities, where money was earned trading lace and diamonds, and later invested into lovely architecture. Enjoy the many UNECSO world heritage sites with some Belgian beer, chocolate or chips! This tour in Flanders is perfectly suited both for expert cyclists and beginners, and will start in Brussels.
Here you can find further details on the family ship MS Mecklenburg.

Belgium by boat and bike - MS Mecklenburg
 
Belgium by boat and bike

Day 1 Arrival in Brussels
Embarkation and exploration of the historic centre, the Groote Markt, the Atomium and the Manekken Pis.

Day 2 Volvoorde - Willebroek, approx. 40 km/25 mi
While you’re having breakfast, the MS Gandalf will take you out of Brussels. Later on, Mechelen is a remarkably beautiful town along today’s cycling route.

Day 3 Willebroek - Antwerp, approx. 50 km/31 mi
Today’s route will lead you through the medieval town of Lier, after which you will reach the worth-seeing diamond city of Antwerp.

Day 4 Antwerp - St. Amands, approx. 42 km/26 mi
Initially, you will be cycling through the conservation area of Walenhoek, after which today’s route will lead you through the region that sources the red bricks that have shaped the regional architecture.

Day 5 Dendermonde - Gent, approx. 48 km/50 mi
The river Schelde will lead you through typical Flemish villages, after which you will reach the formerly rich and stately city of Gent, with its Cathedral and marvellous town houses.

Day 6 Lovendegem - Bruges, approx. 40 km/25 mi
While you’re having breakfast, the MS Gandalf will be taking you to Vinderhoute. Later, you will cycle along the Gent-Oostend canal towards Bruges, the “Venice of the North” (that also happens to be a UNESCO world heritage site)

Day 7 Round trip North Sea coast, approx. 55 km/34 mi
Today’s route will lead you to the sea. 12 km/7 mi of fine sandy beaches and the conservation area of Het Zwin await on the shores of the North Sea.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast, your tour in Belgium by boat and bike concludes.

 
 
Info/booking
Info/arrival

Info/booking

Here are the details on MS Mecklenburg.

Included in "Belgium by boat and bike":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • complimentary coffee/tea until 4 pm daily
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • some guided city tours
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • on-board tour guide that is also doing all the cycling
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike

Accomodation:

  • outside cabins, approx. 8 sqm/85 sq ft, with ensuite WC and shower
  • air condition unit
  • cabins with permanently closed windows
  • beds with level access

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes/freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2020:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    18.07.

Prices:

All prices are per person.

  •   999 EUR twin cabin
  • 1499 EUR twin cabin single occupancy
  •     75 EUR rental bike
  •   165 EUR e-bike

The booking process

The Tour
Info/arrival

Info/arrival

Arrival:

The MS Gandalf’s berthing place is in the north of Brussels in the Heembeekkaai, in close proximity to the Royal Yacht Club.

  • Arrival by car:
    We recommend initially travelling to Bruges (see here for further information) in order to do the transfer trip before rather than after your holiday.
    - car park in Brussels Gare du Nord, manned by security personnel, cost: approx EUR 20/day
    - take a taxi to the berth, duration approx. 10 min, cost: approx. EUR 20
    You will find further details in your travel documents.

  • Arrival by train:
    Brussels Gare du Nord
  • Arrival by plane:
    Fly to Zaventem airport, take the train to Brussels Gare du Nord. Duration approx. 15 min, cost: approx. EUR 8,50

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Return transfer:
Under your own steam by train. From the berthing place to Bruges main staion (approx. 400 metres), Take the train to Brussels Gare du Nord (0-1 changes, duration approx. 1-2 hours, cost: approx. EUR 18). You will find further information in your travel documents.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:
As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.

The Tour
Info/booking
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