– Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
– Full board; 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner;
– Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning service of the cabin;
– Welcome drink, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening;
– Tour leader (multilingual) for fully guided cycling tours, daily briefings of the bike tours,1 full day guided tour of Paris (walking / public transportation);
– Printed instructions and maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
– Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.
– Transfers to/from the docking places
– Rental bicycle, other transfers
– Parking fee, entrance fees & excursions
– Drinks on board
– Personal insurances
– Gratuities (at your discretion)
Example for eight-day tour in the Netherlands and Belgium from Amsterdam to Bruges
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Nigtevecht | Nigtevecht – Breukelen (Approx. 15 km/9 mi.) | Breukelen – Vianen
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is at 1pm. At around 2pm the MS Gandalf will depart from Amsterdam for Nigtevecht where, following the distribution of bicycles, you will finally get the chance to start pedalling to Breukelen! For this part of the trip you will cycle along the picturesque Vecht River which twists and turns past a number of the charming towns and villages. By the end of the afternoon the barge takes you to Vianen, a small fortified village on the Lek River.
Day 2 (Sun): Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Kinderdijk – Dordrecht
Your first full day of cycling will see you pedal along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) – a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Continuing along the Lek River you will pass through the Alblasserwaard region to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit – all of which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. At the end of your day’s cycling you will board the MS Gandalf for the trip to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. Your berth for the night will be in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.
Day 3 (Mon): Dordrecht – Tholen | Tholen – Kreekrak lock (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Kreekrak lock – Antwerp
During breakfast the MS Gandalf will sail to Tholen where you start your day’s cycling. Attractions along the way include the beautiful “Wouwse Plantage” forest, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak lock. After once again meeting up with the MS Gandalf you will finish off your day by sailing to the port city of Antwerp which is situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. After dinner visit the beautiful old city centre.
Day 4 (Tue): Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands/Dendermonde (Approx. 42-56 km**/25-34 mi.)
Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on one of the best stretches of cycle path on the tour along the picturesque tidal Schelde River to either St. Amands or Dendermonde, your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.
Day 5 (Wed): St. Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent (Approx. 53-40 km**/32-24 mi.)
Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the MS Gandalf will moor for the night at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. The city’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has meant that it has been a major trading port since Roman times. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. A major attraction is St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept. Whatever you do don’t miss the opportunity to visit the medieval centre of the city.
Day 6 (Thu): Ghent – Bruges (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.)
Today you will cycle from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to see the picturesque medieval town centre of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city and a long list of historic attractions. An outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, Bruges has managed to maintain its historic fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the city’s original Gothic buildings form an integral part of the town’s identity. While you are here you can visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.
Day 7 (Fri): Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)
Tour around Bruges to the North Sea, (ca. 50 km/30 miles). Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in the sea along an inviting 12 kilometre sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (a unique nature reserve). On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Bruges
Bruges Disembarkation after breakfast until 10am: End of your trip.
You can book this tour also individual through Boat Bike Tours – Gandalf.
You can rent bicycles with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes and a pannier bag.
Prices for 7 days € 70,00 per bike / €165,00 per E-bike
Canal barge as ‘boatel’ on a location of your choice
Our canal barges are also available as “boatels”. Are you organizing an event, are you participating in a fair, does your company need sleeping accommodation for a group of people on a location where no hotels are available? If this location can be reached, renting a “boatel” (also in winter) may be the perfect solution to your problem. Arrangements with full board, half board or Bed & Breakfast can be offered.
Travel and cancellation insurance
We advise you to look into our casualty, baggage or cancellation insurance (if you have not already got continuing travel insurance, of course). Please note that most insurance companies demand that cancellation insurance is arranged at the same time or shortly after you book your holiday.
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