Belgium and Netherlands on MS Gandalf - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Bruges / Amsterdam
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    270-310 km / 168-193 mi
  • Distance per day:
    20-61 km / 13-38 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 and Netherlands on MS Gandalf

Cycling from Bruges to Amsterdam from EUR 949

The Tour

Belgium and Netherlands on MS Gandalf

The Netherlands and Belgium aren’t particularly large; therefore a tour between Amsterdam and Bruges by Boat & Bike is easily manageable in a week. Find the similarities and differences between the reformed States General and the Catholic-Spanish Netherlands. Explore countless UNESCO world cultural heritage sites, from individual noteworthy buildings to entire townscapes. You will never be far from the water, whether in the form of canals or the North Sea, which you can access from municipal beaches. This tour by boat and bike in Flanders and the Netherlands starts in Bruges.
Here you can find details about your boat, the MS Gandalf.

Belgium and Netherlands on MS Gandalf
 

Day 1 Arrival in Bruges, bike tour approx. 11 km/7 mi
Board your boat and explore the historical city centre, which is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

Day 2 Bike tour Bruges - Ghent, approx. 57 km/36 mi
Cycle along the canal until you reach Ghent, once known for its wealth and elegance with its cathedral and magnificent town houses.

Day 3 Bike tour Ghent - Dendermonde, approx. 40 km/25 mi
The river Schelde will take you through typically Flemish villages to Dendermonde, where many buildings have been declared UNESCO world heritage sites.

Day 4 Bike tour Dendermonde - Antwerp, 48-61 km/30-38 mi
First you will cycle through the region where the red bricks used to build houses are produced. Then you will explore the City of Diamonds - Antwerp.

Day 5 Bike tour Krekrak Sluices - Dordrecht, 20-36 km/ 13-22 mi
Numerous locks, the small fortress town Willemstad and Dordrecht, the birthplace of Dutch independence, are stops on today’s tour.

Day 6 Bike tour Alblasserdam - Vianen, approx. 57 km/36 mi
Kinderdijk with its long row of windmills is probably one of the most famous Dutch photo motifs. The small fortress town Vianen is also worth seeing.

Day 7 Bike tour Vianen - Amsterdam, 36-46 km/22-29 mi
Today you will travel along the picturesque Vecht, a branch of the river Rhine, first by boat and then by bike. The region is popular among water sports enthusiasts and as a holiday destination for rich residents of Amsterdam.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your tour in Flanders & Netherlands on MS Gandalf comes to an end.

 
 
Info/booking
Info/arrival

Info/booking

Here are the details on MS Gandalf.

Included in "Belgium & Netherlands on MS Gandalf":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7 x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 x dinner)
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • ferries and waterbus
  • guided cycle tours
  • bike tours are introduced and discussed daily
  • several short guided city tours
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike
  • optional rental helmet

Accomodation:

  • outside cabins, approx. 8 sqm, with ensuite WC and shower
  • central heating
  • level-access beds

Rental bicycles:

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

Travel time 2020:

  • Arrival on saturdays
    26.09.

Prices:

All prices are per person.

  •   949 EUR twin cabin
  • 1424 EUR twin cabin, single occupancy
  •   909 EUR 3-bed cabin
  •     80 EUR rental bike
  •   180 EUR e-bike
  •     10 EUR rental helmet

The booking process

The Tour
Info/arrival

Info/arrival

Arrival:

  • In Bruges your boat is moored approx. 400 m from the main station.
  • Arrival by car
    - Parking at Stationsplein, guarded car park, costs approx. EUR 3,50/day
    - Parking at the ring road, not guarded, free of charge
    More information can be found in your travel documents.
  • Arrival by train:
    Bruges SNCB
  • Arrival by plane:
    Airport Zaventem, by train to Brugge SNCB, (0-1 changes, duration approx. 1,5-2 h, cost: approx. EUR 20)

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:
Individual return journey by train from Amsterdam Centraal to Brugge SNCB, (3 changes, duration approx. 4,5 h, cost: approx. EUR 50). Alternatively you can take the Thalys from Brussels (1 change, duration approx. 3,5 h, cost: approx. EUR 90). You can find additional information regarding parking and your return transfer 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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