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Amsterdam and Bruges by bike and boat - Wending

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8 days and 7 nights bike cruise on the Wending. Embark on a unique experience between Holland and Belgium in full board to discover Bruges and Amsterdam.

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Discover Belgium and Flanders by bike


Do you want to take an unforgettable cruise? This tour invites you to discover the most beautiful cities of Belgium and the Netherlands by bike. Depart from the city of Bruges aboard the Wending and cross Belgium and then Flanders on a boat at night and on a bicycle by day.



Day 1 - Bruges


Once on board the boat, you can store your luggage in your cabin. In a relaxed atmosphere, get to know the guide, the skipper, his crew and the other passengers.
The Wending takes you to Aalterbrug, where you take a cycle path to Ghent. This city is more than a city-museum. Ghent has many well-preserved patrician houses, as well as old warehouses, the Gravensteen (medieval castle), Saint Nicholas Church (with 13th century foundations), Saint Bavo Cathedral (14th century), and Belfort (16th century belfry).
This bustling city with its many squares and cozy bars is a mix of medieval buildings, elegant shopping streets, splendid mansions and small lively squares.

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

Early Sunday morning you drive through the old center of Ghent. Then off to a great day along the Scheldt. After about 20 km you arrive in Wetteren, a town with a real Flemish tavern. You follow the road to Berlare. It is the last village before Dendermonde, your boarding point, and the perfect place to taste a Belgian beer before getting back on the boat.
Dendermonde (Termonde in French) is famous as the town of the horse Bayard and the four sons of Aymon. Troubadours, folk tales and processions in the 15th century contributed to the fame of this city. You sail from Dendermonde to the peaceful village of Saint-Amands.


Day 3 - St. Amands - Antwerp 40km

From St. Amands, the cycle path takes you along the Scheldt and the nature reserves of Durme and Schausselbroek. Here, the mudflats form a freshwater marsh along the river. Here you will find unique flora and fauna. Continue your route through Bazel, one of the most beautiful villages in Belgium.
Passing under the Scheldt through the Sainte-Anne tunnel, you arrive in Antwerp. The tunnel is reserved for pedestrians and bicycles. Built in the 1930s, it is a listed historical monument.
The city of Antwerp is well worth a visit. We find the history of this city in the centuries-old facades of the narrow streets, on the impressive Grand-Place, in the Notre-Dame Cathedral… The Rubens House is worth visiting, as is the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the only museum in the world. world listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The boat is moored in the Willemsdok, near the Museum of Modern Art (Museum Aan de Stroom, closed Mondays).


Day 4 - Antwerp, navigation to Kreekraksluizen - bike ride to Willemstad 56 km

In the morning, you sail in the large port of Antwerp towards the Netherlands. Large seagoing ships and harbor cranes form a fascinating backdrop. In the Netherlands you get on the bike at the Kreekrak locks. Take a ride on the Brabantse Wal, a nature reserve with a steep transition from high sandy soils to clay soils lower in the polders. There are quite a few fields of strawberries and asparagus there. Take advantage of it at harvest time (depending on the weather: around June). Then drive through polders to the ancient walled city of Willemstad, near the Volkeraksluizen (Volkerak locks). These locks are a complex of four lock systems, three for commerce and one for pleasure. This passage is an essential link between the Scheldt and the Rhine. The locks are the largest in Europe by cargo tonnage and the largest inland locks in the world by size.


Day 5 - Willemstad - Gorinchem 45 km

You are sailing this morning towards Werkendam. There you cycle through the Land van Heusden en Altena region. You will follow an arm of the Meuse to the fortified town of Heusden. It was one of the first Dutch towns to be surrounded by fortifications. In the typical and narrow streets, you will find many secular buildings, well preserved, and beautiful facades. The sight of these fortified works is really worth it.
A little further on, on the banks of the Waal river, you will find another fortified town, Woudrichem. A ferry takes you across the river, where the boat awaits you.


Day 6 - Gorinchem - Cycling to Vianen - navigation to Utrecht 50 km

You follow the meanders of the Linge river passing through the Betuwe. This area is known for the large amount of orchards and will therefore be covered in flowers during the months of April and May. Then you pass through the town of Leerdam, famous for its glass. From Culemborg, a small peaceful town located on the Lek, you follow the river to Vianen. 

Sail to Utrecht. After dinner you can visit old Utrecht by public transport. The city has very beautiful canals with small warehouses by the water, where there are now bars and terraces. In addition to the Dom Toren Tower, Utrecht still has hundreds of other monuments which contribute to the special atmosphere of this city.


Day 7 - Utrecht - Amsterdam 40km

During breakfast you cruise to Breukelen, from where you set off by bike following Holland's two most beautiful rivers, the Vecht and Amstel. You can admire magnificent 18th century houses and residences, with their splendid gardens.
Arrived in Amsterdam, it's time to say goodbye to your bike. Perhaps you fancy a stroll around town or take a canal boat trip? It's entirely possible. There is so much to discover in Amsterdam! The Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Dam Square and its royal palace. You will probably want to stay 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 modified.

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General information :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Comfort level of the barge : Standard
  • Child prices : please contact us

Dates :


Departure only on 15/05 (mid season)


Included :

  • Full board stay
  • Travel documents : we will provide you with the information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary upon validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • Guided line tour
  • Helmet

Not included :

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

Options :

  • Bike rental
  • Theft insurance for rented bikes
  • Cancellation insurance

Level :

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 49 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.


Accompaniments :

The 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 : Geographic location

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 parking cars on the streets of Amsterdam. Information on guarded parking lots in the city can be found on the following website : https://parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl.


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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