– 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 Belgium:
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Bruges
Individual arrival in Bruges. The MS Quo Vadis awaits you in the Bruges harbour. Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 3 to 5pm. Before or after boarding take the opportunity to explore this lovely city of art, widely described as the “Venice of the North”. You can enjoy the ambience of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical centre during a leisurely walk, take in the hustle and bustle of the Grote Markt square (Great Market square), visit one of Bruges many museums or simply enjoy the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café.
Day 2 (Sun): Bruges – Damme – Blankenberge – Bruges (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)
Finally after the distribution of bicycles you are off and riding! Your first day of cycling will take you through Damme, the birthplace of the impudent Middle Ages trickster Till Eulenspiegel, to the seaside resort of Blankenberge. Visit any one of numerous cafés and, if you want to cool down, enjoy a swim in the North Sea. After approx. 2 hours you will cycle back to Bruges and the MS Quo Vadis, your floating hotel for the week.
Day 3 (Mon): Bruges – Moerebrugge | Moerebrugge – Oostende – Ghent (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
While you enjoy breakfast the barge MS Quo Vadis will sail to Moerebrugge where you will start your day’s cycling. With the historical city of Ghent your destination today you will cycle via Oostende along the Ghent canal through the beautiful Flemish landscape. The town centre of Ghent features lovely illuminated streets that are a must to explore, while the architectural richness in the historical centre of the city has to be seen to be believed (during the Middle Ages Ghent was the 2nd largest European city after Paris). The MS Quo Vadis will dock for the night at the Merelbeke lock, a suburb of Ghent and approx. 15 cycling minutes to the city centre.
Day 4 (Tue): Ghent – Dendermonde (Approx. 48 km/29 mi.) | Dendermonde – St. Amands
After breakfast in Ghent you will cycle through a diverse landscape to Dendermonde which is located at the mouth of the Dender River where it flows into the Schelde River. Here you can enjoy some time off your bicycle with a coffee or a cup of tea at the beautiful Flemish Grote Market square. Depending on availability of mooring space, the barge may sail to St. Amands for the night.
Day 5 (Wed): Dendermonde – St. Amands | St. Amands – Temse – Antwerp (Approx. 42 km/25 mi.)
During breakfast the barge will sail to St. Amands (or on Tuesday). This part of the route is along a most beautiful and twisting section of the Schelde River which over the centuries held strategic importance for the Romans, Vikings, Spanish and Napoleon. Your cycle route for the day will take you over the Brussels-Rupel canal and on to an historical brick factory situated between Boom and Niel where bricks have been manufactured since the Middle Ages. After cycling through the countryside to Rupelmonde and later Hemiksem you will finally reach Antwerp, your destination for the night. Antwerp is a harbour city situated on the river Schelde famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds. There are many highlights in the city to discover 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. Dinner for the night will be in a restaurant of your choice.
Day 6 (Thu): Antwerp – Lier –Willebroek (Approx. 45 km/27 mi.)
After breakfast you will cycle through the leafy suburbs of Antwerp and past typical Belgian villas that feature beautiful trees, manicured gardens and picturesque facades to Lier. From here you cycle along the small river Nete and on to Willebroek where the MS Quo Vadis is waiting for you once again.
Day 7 (Fri): Willebroek – Mechelen – Vilvoorde (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.) | Vilvoorde – Brussels
While the barge sets sail along the Willebroek canal, your final day’s cycling will see you pass through the picturesque countryside via Mechelen to Vilvoorde. Mechelen is a remarkable city that boasts more than 300 buildings that are historically listed. Of these 8 are churches – all on less than 3 square kilometres of land! From Vilvoorde you will board the MS Quo Vadis for the trip to Brussels where you can walk through the historical city centre, visit the Grote Markt square (Great Market square), arguably Europe’s most beautiful medieval square lined with guild houses or marvel at the Gothic town hall.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Brussels
Disembarkation after breakfast till 09:30 AM: End of your trip.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
You can book this tour also individual through Boat Bike Tours.
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.
We are pleased to inform and advise you. Just ask for an offer without any obligations, for renting a barge.
We can also inform you about the availability.