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Amsterdam and Bruges in bike and boat - Liza Marleen

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8 days and 7 nights bike and boat trip from Amsterdam or Bruges with full board on the Liza Marleen. Visit the most beautiful Flemish towns by bike.

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Bike cruise in Netherlands and Belgium from Amsterdam 




This unique and original journey by bike and boat takes you to discover the flat countries: Holland and Belgium. Visit the beautiful cities of Amsterdam and Bruges and the prettiest Flemish cities. The landscape is diverse between polders, Zeeland islands, coves and winding dikes. Come aboard the Liza Marleen for an unforgettable stay.


Main interests of the stay :

  • Gouda
  • The windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Delta works
  • Ghent, Bruges and Amsterdam

Day 1 - Amsterdam - Oude-Wetering - 15 km

Boarding until 2:00 p.m. aboard the Liza Marleen. The boat must leave the port at 2.15pm due to the opening hours of the bridges and / or locks. You can settle into your cabin and then meet the crew and other passengers.


Day 2 - Oude-Wetering - Gouda - 45km

From Uithoorn, the journey continues through the Green Heart along canals and polders towards the cheese town of Gouda.
You will also be able to discover a local craft industry of pipes, syrup wafers, earthenware, painted stained glass, as well as a town hall with fairy architecture without forgetting of course, the canals.



Day 3 - Gouda - Alblasserdam, boat to Dordrecht - 39km

Ride along the Dutch IJssel and the Krimpenerwaard, the lowest polder in the Netherlands, on narrow cycle paths towards the Lek river, which you cross to continue to Kinderdijk by taking the ferry. You will then discover the famous windmills of Kinderdijk, this is the largest concentration of historic windmills.
After a nice walk through the Alblasserwaard polder, you reach the "Merwede" river (Beneden-Merwede).


Day 4 - Dordrecht, navigation to Willemstad / Bruinisse and bike to Zierikzee

This morning you will sail for breakfast to the Delta of the great rivers. You can reduce this stage by sailing to Bruinisse where you can join the group. Continue the cycle route to Zierikzee and visit the "Watersnoodmuseum" (Flood Museum).
Zierikzee is a beautiful city and the center of mussel culture. Zeeland mussels are known around the world.


Day 5 - Zierikzee - Middelburg - 51km

You cycle towards the North Sea, up to the Eastern Scheldt dam which has huge slides that can be lowered in the event of strong storms or high tide and thus protect the south-eastern Netherlands from the sea .

The Oosterscheldekering is also called the eighth wonder of the world.

After the dam, your tour continues to Middelburg, passing the picturesque town of Veere with its old houses and churches and a Gothic-style town hall. You can also see the Roosevelt Academy.


Day 6 - Middelburg - Sas van Gent and navigation to Ghent - 45km

It's the day of the great crossing!
You arrive in Belgium through a region of small villages, coves and winding dykes, to the Belgian-Dutch border at Sas de Gand (Sas van Gent), the old gateway to the port of Ghent.
If you choose the shorter bike route, you board here. As you cruise, observe the bustling traffic in the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and the huge industrial complexes on the banks before arriving in Ghent. From the quay, you can go by tram to the medieval center of this resplendent city.


Day 7 - Ghent - Bruges - 45km

In the morning, drive through Ghent city center to the scenic Leie River region and peaceful East Flanders countryside.
The region is characterized by forests and meadows, small villages and castles.
The last part of the route takes you from Aalterburg (the short stage) to Bruges via the old towpath along the Ghent-Ostend canal, the oldest canal in Belgium.
The superble city of Bruges marks the end of your bike and boat trip. In the afternoon and evening you can visit the old medieval center. Do not hesitate to stay one more day!


Day 8 - Bruges, end of the trip after breakfast, before 10:00 am.


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

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Day 1 - Bruges - Ghent / 21 km


Boarding until 2:00 p.m. and settling in your cabin, then getting to know the crew and other passengers.
First cycle tour along the canal from Ostend in Ghent to Aalterbrug and re-board the Liza Marleen to sail to Ghent, a dynamic and attractive city of the Middle Ages.

After dinner, possibility to visit the city.

Day 2 - Ghent, Cycling to Dendermonde and navigation from Saint- Amands / 47km


 After a final tour of the old center of Ghent, get ready for a day of cycling along the Scheldt to Wetteren, a town with a real Flemish tavern! Continue on the road to Berlare, the last village before Dendermonde, where you will board. Take the opportunity to taste a Belgian beer before getting back on the boat.
Troubadours, folk tales and processions have contributed to the fame of this city. Then sail to the village of Saint-Amands where you spend the night.

Day 3 - St. Amands - Antwerp / 40km

From St. Amands, the cycle path runs along the Scheldt and the Durme and Schaussel Broek nature reserves. You can admire unique flora and fauna. The route continues in Bazel, one of the most beautiful villages in Belgium.
You then pass under the Scheldt through the Sainte-Anne tunnel to reach Antwerp. The tunnel is reserved for pedestrians and bicycles, it is a historical monument.
The city of Antwerp is steeped in history, which you can see when you contemplate its centuries-old facades in the narrow streets, and the impressive Grand-Place or the Cathedral of Our Lady. Take the opportunity to visit the Rubens House and the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the only museum in the world classified as World Heritage by Unesco.
The Liza Marleen awaits 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 and bike to Willemstad / 56km


 In the morning, you sail in the large port of Antwerp heading for the Netherlands. Large seagoing ships and large harbor cranes form an impressive backdrop. Your bike tour begins at the Kreekrak Locks on the Brabantse Wal, a nature reserve with a steep transition from high sandy soils to clay soils lower in the polders. Continue through the polders to the ancient walled city of Willemstad, near the Volkerak Sluizen (Volkerak Locks).

Day 5 - Willemstad - Gorinchem / 45km


Sail to Werkendam where you start the cycle tour through the Land van Heusden en Altena region to the fortified town of Heusden. In the typical and narrow streets, you can admire many secular buildings and beautiful facades.
At the edge of the Waal river, you cross another fortified town, Woudrichem, then a ferry takes you across the river to Liza Marleen.


Day 6 - Gorinchem - Vianen by bike - navigation to Utrecht / 50km


You walk along the Linge River passing through the Betuwe, a region known for its orchards covered in flowers during the months of April and May. You then pass through the town of Leerdam, famous for its glass. Follow the river from Culembord on the Lek to Vianen.
Embark until Utrecht. After dinner, visit old Utrecht by bus. The city has very beautiful canals with small warehouses by the water, where you will find bars and terraces. In addition to the Domtoren tower, Utrecht has many monuments to discover.


Day 7 - Utrecht - Amsterdam / 40km


While enjoying your breakfast, you cruise towards Breukelen, then take the bike along the two most beautiful rivers in Holland, the Vecht and the Amstel. Admire the magnificent 18th century residences, with their superb gardens.

Once in Amsterdam, leave your bike for an evening stroll around Amsterdam and discover the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum or even Dam Square and its royal palace. You may want to stay there one more day.


Day 8 - Amsterdam, end of the trip after breakfast, before 10:00 am.


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

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General information :

  • 8 jours et 7 nuits
  • Comfort level of the barge : Comfort
  • Child prices : please contact us
  • languages spoken on board: Dutch and English

Dates :


Departure dates 2023: 


Departures from Amsterdam on Saturday 23/09/2023


Included :

  • Full board (picnic lunch)
  • coffee and tea on board
  • accompanying guide
  • minimum 3 city walks with the guide
  • GPS tracks on request
  • free wifi (limited to the deck and the lounge)
  • Travel log: we will provide you with information about the course of your stay and the itinerary upon validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • Online guided tour

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits
  • All that is not mentioned in the section “included”

Options :

  • Bike rental (helmet included)
  • Theft insurance for rented bikes
  • Cancellation insurance
  • special meal supplement

Level :

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 similar to the temperature in France. Near the coast, the weather is sometimes windy.


Technicality :

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


Bibliography :

Guide and maps about the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr
Guide and maps about Belgium on cartovelo.fr


Participants :

On board, you will 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.


Accompaniment :

People responsible for your bike and boat holidays are : 
On board, the captain and his mate. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and bring 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, advise you on the route to follow and give you the necessary tourist information. He or she is multilingual.


Meals :

Breakfast : on board, you will find a substantial and dutch breakfast, worthy of a cyclist.
Lunch : after the breakfast, you will prepare by yourself a “lunch” (sandwich, fruit, snack, drinks).
Snack : after the daily route, you will find, when you arrive on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.
Dinner : at least three very good quality dishes. After dinner, you will have a choice of 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.


Bike :

At the beginning, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your height, will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (21-speed bike) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over. The bike will be fitted with panniers as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. If you prefer a 4-speed bike, please let us know (this must be specified when booking). It will not be possible to order a 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. Do not forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.

Transport :

By train : the departure towns for the bike and boat tours are served by the railway.
Amsterdam train station is very well connected : several trains daily run to and from France.
Thalys is faster.
By plane : AMSTERDAM international airport.


Your vehicle : 

We strongly advise against parking cars on the streets of Amsterdam. Information on guarded parking lots in the city can be found on the website Parking Centrum Oosterdok.


Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the refund of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more, please click here.

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