Amsterdam and Bruges by bike aboard Le Magnifique
Dreaming of a trip by bike and boat? This exceptional itinerary takes you from Holland to Belgium, from Amsterdam to Bruges. Cycling stages guide you through the most beautiful cities of Flanders and the Netherlands, such as Dordrecht, Ghent and Antwerp. Pedal by day and sail by night on the Magnifique I, a comfortable cruise ship for a full-board stay.
Main points of interest:
- Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp
- the windmills of Kinderdijk
- Explore the Flanders region and its medieval towns
- Discover the Delta Plan.
Day 1 - Amsterdam - Vianen
Boarding, check-in and welcome by the crew on board Le Magnifique before 2pm.
At 2pm, departure from Amsterdam for Vianen, a beautiful fortified village on the River Lek. After lunch, take time to explore the surrounding area by bike.
Day 2 - Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdjik /32 km or 56 km
Navigation: Kinderdjik - Dordrecht
This cycling stage in the Netherlands takes you on a beautiful route to Schoonhoven - nicknamed Zilverstad ("Silver City") - a town renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day, you'll cross the Alblasserwaard region to reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. These windmills are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Alblasserdam, you'll take the "Waterbus", a fast ferry, which will drop you and your bike about 10 minutes from Dordrecht, one of Holland's oldest cities.
Day 3 - Dordrecht - Willemstad / Willemstad - Bergen op Zoom /42 km or 50 km
During breakfast on board, you'll sail to Willemstad. Your cycling tour begins here. Willemstad is a beautiful old walled town on the Haringvliet waterway. You'll cycle to Tholen, once an island in the middle of Zeeland's great creeks, where many people fished for a living. Today, Tholen remains a picturesque village with many relics of a turbulent past.
In the afternoon, you'll board Le Magnifique again, sailing to Bergen op Zoom, a fortified village on the Scheldt.
Day 4 - Bergen op Zoom - Kreekrak Lock / 21 km or 35 km / Kreekrak lock - Antwerp
Start this stage with a bike ride through the beautiful countryside around Bergen op Zoom. In the afternoon, sail to Antwerp.
The city is famous for processing up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds, and invites you to discover its many attractions. Visit the Town Hall, one of the many majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance. You can also admire the historic City Square Grote Market, Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and medieval Steen Castle. After dinner, head to the city's magnificent historic center. This is one of the highlights of your stay.
This evening, you can dine in the restaurant of your choice.
Day 5 - Antwerp - Temse - St Amands / 34 km or 49 km
Mount your bike and cycle along the Schelde river through picturesque countryside towards St Amands. It's a beautiful landscape you won't forget. It's probably one of the most incredible landscapes of the trip.
Day 6 - St Amands - Dendermonde - Ghent / 52 km
Today, you'll continue along the Schelde River to Ghent, where the ship will moor for the night at a lock a stone's throw from the city.
Ghent is a lively university town with a rich history. Since Roman times, Ghent's position at the junction of the Lys and Scheldt rivers has made it a prosperous trading port. Ghent boasts an opera house, 18 museums, over 100 churches and more than 400 historic buildings. The main attractions are St. Bavo's Cathedral, home to a number of masterpieces of medieval art, including Jan van Eyck's famous "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb", and Ghent's 91-meter-high belfry.
This is one of three medieval towers overlooking the old city center. Before dinner, hop aboard a small river boat for a guided tour of the historic city.
Day 7 - Ghent - Bruges /22 or 45 km
You leave Ghent by bike and cycle through the beautiful Flemish countryside of West Flanders to Bruges. The city is described as the "Venice of the North", probably because it is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Bruges attracts over two million visitors every year, who come to visit its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its many historical attractions. Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric over the centuries, so that today the city's original Gothic buildings are an integral part of its identity. You have the rest of the day to visit one of Bruges' many museums or simply admire its stunning beauty and culture over a café terrace.
Day 8 - Bruges
End of tour after breakfast. Disembarkation until 9:30 am.