Between Belgium and Holland from Bruges on the Sailing Home
Day 1 - Bruges - Ghent / 21 km
Boarding at 2:00 p.m. at the latest.
After your arrival on board the ship, installation in your cabin. Meet the crew and other passengers.
Getting started with the bikes for a ride along the canal from Ostend to Ghent. In Aalterbrug, hop on board to sail to Ghent. After dinner it is possible to visit the city.
Ghent is a dynamic and attractive university city dating from the Middle Ages.
Day 2 - Ghent, Cycling to Dendermonde and navigation from Saint- Amands / 47km
Early Sunday morning you drive through the old center of Ghent. Afterwards, it was off for a beautiful day along the Scheldt. You will travel about 20 km to reach Wetteren, a town with a real Flemish tavern. Then follow the road to Berlare. This is the last village before Dendermonde, your boarding point, and the perfect place to taste a Belgian beer before getting back on the boat.
Troubadours, folk tales and processions have contributed to the city's fame. You then sail from Dendermonde to the peaceful village of Saint-Amands.
Day 3 - St. Amands - Antwerp / 40km
From St. Amands, the cycle path takes you along the Scheldt and the Durme and Schaussel Broek nature reserves. Here you will find unique flora and fauna. Continue your route through Bazel, one of the most beautiful villages in Belgium.
Passing under the Scheldt through the Sainte-Anne tunnel, you arrive in Antwerp. The tunnel is reserved for pedestrians and bicycles. Built in the 1930s, it is a listed historical monument.
The city of Antwerp is steeped in history and worth a visit. Admire the centuries-old facades of the narrow streets, the impressive Grand-Place or the Notre-Dam Cathedral. You can also visit the Rubens House and the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the only museum in the world classified as World Heritage by Unesco.
The boat is waiting for you in the Willemdok, near the Museum of Modern Art (Museum Aan de Stroom, unfortunately closed on Mondays).
Day 4 - Antwerp, navigation to Kreekrak Sluizen - bike ride to Willemstad / 56km
In the morning, you sail through the large port of Antwerp to the Netherlands. Large seagoing ships and large harbor cranes form a fascinating backdrop. Take the bike to the Kreekrak Locks and take a nice ride on the Brabantse Wal, a nature reserve with a steep transition from high sandy soils to clay soils lower in the polders. In addition, there are quite a few fields of strawberries and asparagus. Then you drive through polders to the ancient walled city of Willemstad, near the Volkerak Sluizen (Volkerak locks). These locks are a complex of four lock systems, three for commerce and one for pleasure.
Day 5 - Willemstad - Gorinchem / 45km
You are sailing this morning towards Werkendam. There you take the bike to cross the Land van Heusden region in Altena. You will follow an arm of the Meuse to the fortified town of Heusden, one of the first Dutch towns surrounded by fortifications. In the typical and narrow streets, you will see many secular buildings, well preserved, and beautiful facades. The sight of these imposing fortified works is impressive.
A little further on, on the banks of the Waal river, you will find another pretty fortified town, Woudrichem. A ferry takes you across the river, where the boat awaits you.
Day 6 - Gorinchem - By bike to Vianen - navigation to Utrecht / 50km
You follow the meanders of the Linge river passing through the Betuwe. This region is known for its many orchards and will be covered in flowers during the months of April and May. Then you pass through the town of Leerdam, famous for its glass. From Culemborg, a peaceful little town on the Lek, you follow the river to Vianen.
You are sailing to Utrecht. After dinner you can visit old Utrecht by public transport. The city has very beautiful canals with small warehouses by the water, where there are bars and terraces. In addition to the Domtoren Tower, Utrecht still has hundreds of other monuments that contribute to the special atmosphere of this centuries-old university city.
Day 7 - Utrecht - Amsterdam / 40km
During breakfast, you cruise to Breukelen, from where you set off by bike following Holland's two most beautiful rivers, the Vecht and the Amstel. You can admire magnificent 18th century houses and residences, with their splendid gardens.
Arrived in Amsterdam, it's time to leave your bike. You can still stroll around Amsterdam in the evening and discover all its treasures such as the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Dam Square and its royal palace. For that alone, you will probably want to stay there one more day ...
Day 8 - Amsterdam, end of the trip after breakfast, before 10:00 a.m.
Due to the navigation plan the route may be reversed or modified