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Amsterdam and Bruges by bike and boat - Sailing Home

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Embark on an exceptional bike and boat trip through Belgium and the Netherlands in an unforgettable natural setting for 8 days and 7 nights.

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From Amsterdam
From Bruges
Sailing Home

Discover the south of the Netherlands and Belgium by bike


Board the Sailing Home between Amsterdam and Bruges. The Netherlands and Belgium are flat but offer a diverse landscape between polders, Zeeland islands, creeks and winding dykes.


Highlights of the stay:
• Gouda
• The windmills of Kinderdijk
• Works of the Delta
• Ghent, Bruges and Amsterdam


Day 1 - Amsterdam - Oude Wetering, 10 km


Embark between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. aboard the Sailing Home. The barge must leave the quay at 2 p.m. due to the opening hours of the bridges and / or locks. Once on board the boat, settle into your cabin. You will then meet your guide, the captain, the crew and, of course, the other passengers. The common language spoken on board is English. The Sailing Home sails to Oude Wetering where you can take your first bike ride. The program for the next day and for the week will be given to you during dinner.


Day 2 - Oude Wetering - Gouda, 45km


From the town of Uithoorn, the cycling trip in the Netherlands continues through the Green Heart along canals and polders to Gouda.
When we think of the city of Gouda, we immediately think of cheese, but you will also find a local craftsman of pipes, wafers in syrup, earthenware, painted stained glass. You can also admire the town hall with its magical architecture, without forgetting, of course, the incomparable canals.
Night aboard the Sailing Home in Gouda.


Day 3 - Gouda - Dordrecht, 40 km


Your cycling route runs along the Dutch IJssel and the Krimpenerwaard, the lowest polder in Holland, on narrow cycle paths towards the river Lek. You cross it to reach Kinderdijk by taking the ferry. Here you are facing the famous windmills of Kinderdijk: it is the largest concentration of historic windmills.
After a beautiful journey through the Alblasserwaard polder, you reach the bank of the "Merwede" (Beneden-Merwede).
You end your cycling day in Dordrecht.


Day 4 - Dordrecht - Zierikzee, 54 km


This morning, the Sailing Home sails while you have breakfast towards the Delta of the great rivers. You can shorten the stage by cycling to Bruinisse where you will join the group. You continue the cycling route to Zierikzee with a visit to the “Watersnoodmuseum” (Flood Museum).
Zierikzee is a very beautiful town and the center of mussel cultivation. Zeeland mussels are known throughout the world.


Day 5 - Zierikzee - Middelburg, 51 km


Begin your bike journey towards the North Sea, up to the Eastern Scheldt dam which has huge slides that can be lowered in the event of heavy storms or high tide. They thus protect the south-east of Holland against the sea.
The Oosterscheldekering is also called the eighth wonder of the world.

After the dam, your cycling route continues to Middelburg and passes through the picturesque town of Veere.
Old houses and churches, a town hall in the Gothic style make Middelburg a pleasant city to visit and discover.


Day 6 - Middelburg - Ghent, 45km


Let's go for the big crossing! You are leaving the Netherlands to reach Belgium.
You drive through small villages, creeks and winding dykes, before joining the Belgian-Dutch border at Sas de Gand (Sas van Gent), the former port gate of Ghent.
If you choose the shortest cycling route, you board in Ghent. During the navigation you can enjoy the busy traffic in the canal from Ghent to Terneuzen and observe the large industrial complexes on the banks that lead to Ghent. Starting from the quay, you can easily reach the medieval center of Ghent by tram.


Day 7 - Ghent - Bruges - 45km


In the morning, you cycle through the city center of Ghent towards the picturesque Leie region and into the gentle countryside of East Flanders.
The landscape of the region is characterized by forests and meadows, small villages and castles.
The last part of the route will take you from Aalterburg (the short stage) to Bruges along the old towpath along the Ghent-Ostend canal. It is the oldest canal in Belgium.
The beautiful city of Bruges marks the end of your Belgium bike and boat trip. You can take the time to visit the old medieval center.


Day 8 - Bruges

End of the trip after breakfast, before 10:00 am.

Due to the sailing plan, the route may be reversed or changed.

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Sailing Home

Between Belgium and Holland from Bruges on the Sailing Home



Pedal by day and sleep on the Sailing Homa by night on this bike and boat tour. Visit 2 countries with formidable cultural, environmental and gastronomic heritages: the Netherlands and Belgium. Admire the polders, the famous Kinderdijk windmills and the picturesque Flemish countryside. Of course, you'll have plenty of time to visit the cities of Bruges, Ghent and Amsterdam, as well as the Delta Plan, nicknamed the eighth wonder of the world! This cycling and boating trip through the Netherlands and Belgium will leave a lasting impression on you with its beauty and diversity.  


Day 1: Bruges, cycle to Aalterbrug, sail to Ghent - 21 km

The barge is moored near the Bargeweg, close to Bruges city center and train station. You'll board the Sailing Home between 12:30 and 1:30 pm. On arrival, you can settle in and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. You'll get to know the guide, skipper and crew, and of course the other passengers.


The barge leaves the quay at 2 p.m. Your first cycling experience is along the canal from Bruges to Ghent. It's an easy ride on towpaths and quiet roads. You join the barge in Aalterburg before sailing on to the bustling city of Ghent.

During dinner on board, you'll discuss the next day's program and the overall planning for the week.

The crew will also pass on instructions concerning the bike and safety procedures.


Day 2: Ghent


Today is free for you to enjoy your day.

The city of Ghent boasts a rich history, with many well-preserved guild and patrician houses and ancient warehouses. You can also admire the Gravensteen (a medieval castle), St. Nicholas Church (with 13th century foundations), St. Bavo's Cathedral and the "Belfort" (belfry; 14th century).

But Ghent is more than just a museum city. This lively city, with its many squares and friendly pubs, is a delightful mix of medieval buildings, elegant shopping streets, splendid townhouses and early 20th-century working-class neighborhoods, often home to students.

You can also enjoy the atmosphere of the lively little squares, where people eat until dawn on warm summer nights.


You can also go cycling with your guide. The castles and luxurious villas of Destelbergen and the surrounding area around Ghent are silent witnesses to the rich history of this beautiful city on the banks of the Scheldt.


Day 3: Ghent - Middelbrug - 45 km

Today, you'll be leaving Belgium for the Netherlands. Over breakfast, the barge will sail to Sas van Gent, then cycle to Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Dutch Flanders). A short ferry trip from Breskens to Flushing will take you across the Westerschelde. From Flushing, it's a 30-minute bike ride to Middelbrug, the capital of Zeeland.

The town of Middelburg retains much of its historic and picturesque character. Sumptuous 17th- and 18th-century merchant houses and warehouses line the canals. The medieval abbey is still used as a museum and as the seat of the provincial government.


Day 4: Middelbrug - Zierikzee - 50 km

Your day begins by bike to the town of Veere, once an important trading center. From Veere, you cross the Veersgat dam (where you can visit a beach) to North Beveland. You'll soon reach the Oosterschelde. The huge locks are built into this dike and can be closed during storms and high tides to protect the south-western Netherlands from the sea. This dike was one of the last in a series of barriers against the sea.

As you walk along the dike, you can see why it was one of the most difficult and costly challenges to protect the country from seawater entering the vast Delta area. That's why the Delta works are considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. After the dam, you'll cycle back to Zierikzee.


Day 5: Zierikzee - Willemstad, sailing to Dordrecht - 55 km

Enjoy a beautiful bike ride on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland today before heading for Bruinisse. The village is known for its remoteness. The main source of income is mussel fishing. On the Grevelingen dike, you can see a statue of an open mussel. Continue on to Willemstad (an ancient fortified town), where you will embark. Sail to Dordrecht, one of Holland's oldest towns, at the crossroads of busy waterways.


Day 6: Dordrecht, sail to Gorinchem, cycle to Vianen - 40 km

We leave Gorinchem to visit Woudrichem (an ancient fortified town) and the Netherlands' most famous castle, Loevestein. You'll follow the meandering Linge River through the Betuwe. This region is known for its many orchards and is covered in flowers in May. Alongside the town of Leerdam, famous for its glass, you continue your tour of the Netherlands by bike, heading north towards Vianen.


Day 7: Vianen, sail to Breukelen, cycle to Amsterdam - 40 km

Over breakfast, the barge sails to Breukelen (Brooklyn), from where you cycle to Amsterdam along two of Holland's most beautiful rivers, the Vecht and Amstel. Along the way, you can admire magnificent country houses and 18th-century mansions with superb, well-kept gardens. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, which indicates that the city grew out of a dam on the Amstel River.

Almost without realizing it, you enter Amsterdam by following the Amstel River. The extensive network of cycle paths ensures a relatively easy ride back into the city, while discovering some remarkable sites in the center. It's time to say goodbye to your bike.

Before your farewell dinner, take a stroll around town. In the evening, take time for a stroll along the canals or in the city center.


Day 8: Amsterdam

End of the bike and boat trip in the Netherlands after breakfast. Disembark before 10am.


Due to the navigation plan, the route may be reversed or modified.


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Sailing Home

General informations :


  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Boat comfort level: comfort premium
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :


Departures from Amsterdam on Thursdays :

  • Low season: 04/07, 18/07, 01/08 and 10/10/2024
  • Mid-season: 09/05, 23/05, 20/06, 15/08, 29/08
  • High season: 09/12/2024

Departures from Bruges on Thursdays :

  • Low season: 27/06, 11/07, 25/07, 08/08 and 17/10/2024
  • Mid-season: 16/05, 30/05, 13/06, 22/08 and 03/10/2024
  • High season: 05/09


Included :

  • Full board stay (picnic lunch)
  • Travel book : We will provide you with information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary, subject to change.

Not included :


  • Transportation to the starting point
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits

The options :


- Bike rental
- Additional night in Amsterdam at the start or end of the tour

Levels :

1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :

Flat, very smooth roads and paths. 90% program on cycle paths.


Weather :

Contrary to popular belief, the temperature in the Netherlands is close to the temperature in France. Near the coast there may be wind.



0 to 40 km of hiking per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.
Easy to follow route. No difficulties, accessible to all.



- Guide and maps on the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr
- Guide and maps on Belgium on cartovelo.f


The participants :

On board you meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children. We offer boats with 20 to 26 places in cabins of 2 and 3 people.


Support :

On board, the captain and his boy. They are responsible for the smooth running of the holidays (on the boat) and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.
Participants are accompanied by a guide. This will help you in the event of a breakdown and will advise you on the route to follow and give you the necessary tourist information. He or she is multilingual.


Meals :

- Breakfasts: on the boat, you will find a substantial and Dutch breakfast, worthy of a cyclist.
- Lunches: after breakfast you will prepare a 'lunch' yourself (sandwiches, fruit, snack, drink).
- Snack: After the daily trip you will find, when you arrive on the boat, various drinks, such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.
- Dinners: minimum three dishes of very good quality. After dinner you have the choice between coffee and tea.
Other drinks, such as wine, beer, lemonade and mineral water are not included but can be purchased on board at a reasonable price.


The bike :

Initially, you will be assigned a bike corresponding to your size. After a test run, you sign a receipt. The bike (a 21-speed bike, VTC) is at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over.
The bikes are equipped with saddlebags as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. If you prefer a 4-speed bike let us know! (This must be specified when booking). It is not possible to order a 4-speed bicycle once on the boat.

If you take your own bike, it cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Don't forget your anti-theft device! The return of your bike will be at your expense.


- By train : The departure towns for the bike and boat circuits are served by the railway.
Amsterdam station is very well served, every day several trains come and go to France.
The Thalys is the fastest.
- By plane  : AMSTERDAM international airport.


Your vehicle :

We strongly advise against parking cars on the streets in Amsterdam. Information about guarded parking lots in the city can be found on the following website: http://www.naaramsterdam.nl


Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. 

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