Bike and boat route between the Netherlands and Belgium on Magnifique III
This route takes you from Holland to Belgium between Amsterdam and Bruges. Go to world famous destinations like Dordrecht, Ghent or Antwerp. Pedal by day and sail by night on the Magnificent III boat that perfectly bears its name.
Main points of interest :
- Tours of Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp
- Discovery of the Kinderdijk mills
- Explore the region of Flanders and its medieval towns
- Discovery of the Delta plan.
Day 1 - Amsterdam
Boarding, check-in and reception of the crew until 2 p.m. Explore the city after dropping off your cabin baggage. Possibility to visit one or more museums or go shopping. Return on board at 5.30 p.m. First dinner and first night on board!
Day 2 - Amsterdam - Vianen (36 or 46 km)
First bicycle tour of the historic city of Amsterdam. You cycle along the Vecht and discover the mansions, castles, typical houses and beautiful gardens. Possibility of visiting a cheese factory in Vreeland. Visit of the villages of Loenen and Nieuwersluis. You arrive in Breukelen to join the boat. Departure for Vianen at 5 p.m. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3 - Vianen - Schoonhoven - Kinderdjik (32 km or 56 km)
Navigation: Kinderdjik - Dordrecht
Today you take a beautiful road to Schoonhoven - nicknamed Zilverstad ("Silver City") - a town renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day, driving through the Alblasserwaard region, you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. The 19 windmills are classified as a UNESCO cultural heritage. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the 'Waterbus', a fast ferry, which will take you with your bike about 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of Holland's oldest towns.
Day 4 - Dordrecht - Willemstad - Tholen (36 or 44 km)
Navigation: Tholen - Kreekrak Lock - Antwerp (Antwerp)
While you enjoy your breakfast aboard the ship, the ship will sail to Willemstad where you will begin your bike ride. Willemstad is a beautiful old walled town on the Haringvliet Waterway. Your bike ride goes to Tholen, once an island among the great Zeeland streams, where many people used to fish for a living. Today, Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many vestiges of a checkered past.
In the afternoon, you will board the boat again which will sail to the port city of Antwerp, located on the River Scheldt. Antwerp is famous for processing up to 80% of the world's rough diamonds and is a city with many attractions. Visit the Town Hall, one of the many stately buildings built during the Renaissance period, the historic City Square Grote Market, Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and medieval Steen Castle. After dinner you can visit the beautiful historic city center.
Day 5 - Antwerp - Temse - St Amands (34 or 49 km)
This morning you will leave Antwerp by bicycle along a scenic section of the Schelde River to Saint-Amands, where you will spend the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Scheldt and it is "magnificent". This is without a doubt one of the highlights of the stay.
Day 6 - St Amands - Dendermonde - Ghent (52 km)
Today you will continue to follow the Schelde river to Ghent where the ship will moor overnight at a lock at the exit of the city. Ghent is a vibrant university city with a rich history. Since Roman times, Ghent's position at the junction of the Lys and the Scheldt has enabled it to be a prosperous trading port. In total, the city has an opera house, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and more than 400 historic buildings. The main attractions are Saint Bavo's Cathedral, where a number of masterpieces of medieval art are kept, including the famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' by Jan van Eyck and the 91-meter belfry. high of Ghent.This is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city center.Before dinner, a small river boat will take you on a guided tour of the historic city.
Day 7 - Ghent - Brugges (22 or 45 km)
Today you will cycle from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of West Flanders to Bruges. It is described as the "Venice of the North" and arguably the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Bruges attracts over two million visitors annually who come to see its UNESCO-listed medieval city center and many historic 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. While you are here, you can visit one of Bruges' many museums or simply take in the amazing beauty and culture of this unforgettable city over a terrace cafe.
Day 8 - Bruges
End of the tour after breakfast. Disembarkation until 9:30 am.