Brussels to Bruges via Ghent (Bike and Barge)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £969 per person
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• See Flanders from a unique perspective
• Visit the famous cities of Bruges, Brussels, Gent and Antwerp
• Stay aboard the MS Gandalf
• Combine cycling with river cruising
These tours can be managed from everyone who is in normal shape. You cycle most of the time on asphalted cycle paths, side roads with less traffic, but also on field and forest paths. Only short parts are on main roads.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Individual arrival at Brussels
Individual arrival at Brussels. The Gandalf awaits you in the Brussels harbor. Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 3 to 5 p.m. Take some time to wander around the old town that is worth seeing, having a look at the Gothic town hall, the beautiful guild houses, the big market and the “Männeken Pis”.
Day 2: Brussels – Vilvoorde – Mechelen – Willebroek (cycle tour approx. 40 km/24 mi)
While you are having your breakfast, MS Gandalf is shipping to Vilvoorde. From Vilvoorde you start your first cycle tour that leads you to Mechelen – here you will find the remarkable density of more than 300 listed buildings (classified as historical monuments), among them eight churches, all built within an area of only three square kilometres.
While your ship is going through the Willebroek-canal, you are cycling through green, soft and hilly landscapes, passing sleepy villages and magnificent country estates until you finally reach Willebroek. Subject to interest and sufficient participation a beer tasting will be held on board (against payment).
Day 3: Willebroek – Antwerp (cycle tour approx. 50 km/30 mi)
From Willebroek you are cycling over Lier to Antwerp, the world’s centre of diamond-processing and your to-day’s destination. Antwerp offers a number of interesting sights such as the richly decorated town hall in renaissance style, the historic Grote Markt, the huge Liebfrauen Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.
Day 4: Antwerp – Sint Amands – Dendermonde (cycle tour approx. 42 km/25 mi)
Today, your tour leads you up the river Schelde to Hemiksen, and after having cycled a bit upward you are comfortably going to Rupelmonde. At this point, where the river Rupel flows into the river Schelde, you follow the river until you will reach the historic area of brick burning, where bricks have been produced since the Middle Ages until today.
You will then cross the Brussels-Rupel-canal and arrive at Sint Amands. Cycling along the River Schelde you will finally reach Dendermonde. There, a must is a coffee break at the wonderful Flemish market-place “Grote Markt”.
Day 5: Dendermonde – Ghent (Merelbeke) (cycle tour approx. 48 km/29 mi)
You are cycling from Dendermonde to Ghent, where MS Gandalf will be moored in the suburb of Merelbeke which is approx. a 30 minute cycle from the city centre.
Discover partly cycling and walking the wonderful old town of Ghent. In the Middle Ages Ghent was the second largest city after Paris and has preserved its architectural wealth in the historic city centre until today.
Day 6: Ghent (Merelbeke) over Vinderhoute to Bruges (cycle tour approx. 40 km/24 mi)
In the morning you are leaving for Vinderhoute. The whole cycle route follows the Gent-Oostende-canal through the wide Flemish plain until you arrive at Bruges “The Venice of the North” is widely known in Europe for its art and museums.
Bruges’ old town with its number of Grachten (small channels) belongs to the UNESCO world’s cultural heritage. Enjoy the bustle activity around the Grote Markt (the big market place) while having a nice tea or coffee.
Day 7: Trip around Bruges to the North Sea (cycle tour approx. 55 km/33 mi
Your last cycle tour will take you at the beginning over Damme, Till Eulenspiegel’s place of birth to the seaside. Sandy beaches and a lot of cafés (you have the opportunity to swim in the sea there) will give you the opportunity for a nice rest. After approx. 2 hours you are cycling back to Bruges.
Day 8: Departure from Bruges
Disembarkation after breakfast till 09:30 a.m. End of your trip.
These tours can be managed from everyone who is in normal shape. You cycle most of the time on asphalted cycle paths, side roads with less traffic, but also on field and forest paths. Only short parts are on main roads. If you do not want to cycle you can also stay on board or make a shorter bike tour.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
About the MS Gandalf
Immediately when you come on board, you will feel the friendly atmosphere.The crew will do their best to make you feel at home. MS Gandalf has 8 outside cabins with shower/WC, two single beds and central heating as well as 2 triple cabins with bunkbeds and a single bed (portholes cannot be opened in all cabins).
The salon is a great place to relax after your bike tour and with nice weather it is also lovely to sit outside. From here you can see the solar panels which make the ship – for a large part, run on green energy.
Technical data: length: 45 m; width: 6.2 m; depth: 1.4 m; approx. 3 crew members.
Your journey to Brussels and from Bruges will be individual.
Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water or bad weather conditions and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.
Embarkation: from 03:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Disembarkation: After breakfast by 09:30 a.m.
Bicycles on board (brand/model may change): touring bicycles of the Dutch brand Batavus with 24-speed chain gear, hand brakes and pannier bag.
The E-bike is a Batavus with 10-speed chain gear, hand brakes and pannier bags. E-Bikes are available after prior request (on booking). To bring your own bike: guests are allowed to bring their own bikes on request only. Please indicate your body height by booking.
Languages on board: German, English
Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.
The bike tours are guided or individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with detailed bicycle maps and directions. You can choose. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy.
Luggage: We recommend rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited.
Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.
Seven nights in outside cabins of MS Gandalf with shower/WC in the booked cabin category
Program according to the routing
Cabin cleaning once a week
Use of bed linen and towels
Full board consisting of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch package for bike tours, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7× 3-course dinner
All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
Daily briefing on the respective bike tours
Tour guide for guided bike tours
Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
Journey to Brussels and from Bruges
Entrance fees and excursions
Drinks on board
Brussels to Bruges (Bike and Barge)
8 days, 7 nights
Prices shown are per person and include the use of a modern 7-speed roadster bike as well as full board accommodation.
Minimum number required: 16 participants
Departure Dates: Departs on Saturdays
Ship: MS Gandalf
11th May to 18th May 2019
25th May to 1st June 2019
8th May to 15th June 2019
22nd June to 29th June 2019
MS Gandalf: Prices per person including bike hire
Twin bed cabin on main deck: £969
Single cabin on main deck (limited number): £1209
E-Bike (Payable locally): £99
Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: From £969
Single Supplement: From £249