Bike cruise in the Netherlands and Belgium from Bruges
Come aboard the Liza Marleen for an unforgettable cycling trip through Holland and Belgium, discovering the cities of Amsterdam and Bruges. You'll ride and cruise through a diverse landscape of polders, Dutch Flanders, creeks and winding dikes.
An original, unique and warm holiday awaits you, made up of sharing, encounters and discoveries.
- The Delta works
- Ghent, Bruges and Amsterdam
- Flemish cities
Day 1 - Bruges to Ghent, 21 km
The boat is moored near the Bargeweg, a stone's throw from downtown Bruges and the train station. Settle into your cabin between 12:30 and 1:30 pm.
You can then share a cup of coffee or tea while getting to know the guide, skipper, crew and other passengers.
The Liza Marleen leaves the dock at 2 pm. You can take your first bike ride along the canal. It's a gentle discovery on towpaths and quiet roads. At Aalterbrug, the barge picks you up and sails for Ghent. Over dinner, you'll discuss the next day's program and the week ahead.
Instructions on the bike and safety procedures will also be given.
Day 2 - Ghent
Free day to discover this city proud of its past, with its many well-preserved guild and patrician houses and former warehouses. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Gravensteen (a medieval castle), St. Nicholas Church (with 13th-century foundations), St. Bavo's Cathedral and the "Belfort" (belfry; 14th century). Ghent is packed with squares and cosy pubs.
Take advantage of the lively little squares where regulars come to eat and drink until the early hours of the morning on warm summer nights.
On this day, you can choose the cycling option with your guide. The bike route takes you to the castles and luxurious villas of Destelbergen, around this lively town on the banks of the Scheldt.
Day 3 - Ghent to Middelburg, 45 km
You leave Belgium and enter Holland. Over breakfast, you'll sail to Sas van Gent before driving to Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Dutch Flanders). You'll embark on a short ferry trip between Breskens and Vlissingen (Flushing), crossing the Westerschelde. From Flushing, it's a 30-minute bike ride to Middelbrug, the capital of Zeeland.
The town of Middelburg is both historic and picturesque. Beautiful 17th- and 18th-century merchant houses and warehouses line the canals. The medieval abbey is still used today as a museum and seat of the provincial government.
Day 4 - Middelburg to Zierikzee, 50 km
Take your bike to Veere, a former trading center. From Veere, you cross the Veersgat dam to North Beveland and the Oosterschelde. Huge locks are built into this dam and can be closed during storms and high tides. These dikes protect the southwest of the Netherlands from the sea. It is one of the most difficult and costly challenges to protect the country and allow sea water to enter the vast Delta area.
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 reach Zierikzee.
Day 5 - Zierikzee to Willemstad by bike and sail to Dordrecht, 55 km
Today you'll cycle to the island of Schouwen-Duiveland and the village of Bruinisse. Bruinisse's main source of income is mussel fishing. On the Grevelingen dike, you can admire a statue of an open mussel. Continue on to Willemstad, a former fortified town, where you meet up with the Liza Marleen. Sail on to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands, situated between several busy waterways.
Day 6 - Dordrecht - sail to Gorinchem, cycle to Vianen, 50 km
From Gorinchem, you sail to Woudrichem, where you can visit the Netherlands' most famous castle: Loevestein. You follow the River Linge through the Betuwe. This region is known for its many orchards, and you can admire it covered in flowers in May. After Leerdam, famous for its glass, you drive north to Vianen.
Day 7 - Vianen - sail to Breukelen and cycle to Amsterdam, 40 km
Over breakfast, the Liza Marleen sails to Breukelen (Brooklyn). You'll cycle to Amsterdam along Holland's two most beautiful rivers, the Vecht and Amstel. On this leg, you'll be able to admire pretty country houses and 18th-century mansions with their magnificent gardens. The name Amsterdam derives from Amstelredamme. This means that the city grew out of a dam on the Amstel River.
Enter the Dutch capital by cycling along the Amstel River. Holland's extensive network of cycle paths guarantees a relatively easy ride through the city, passing a number of remarkable landmarks.
In the evening, after your farewell dinner, you can stroll along the canals or through the city center.
Day 8 - Amsterdam, end of bike and boat trip
Your bike and boat trip aboard the Liza Marleen ends in Amsterdam after breakfast, before 10am.
Due to the navigation plan, the route may be reversed or modified.