The 63 meters (209 ft) long and 7.10 meters (23.3 ft) wide barge was built in 2015/2016 and as many as 35 guests can be accommodated on board to enjoy a very pleasant stay during their tour. The lower deck has 14 cabins: 13 twin cabins (approx. 11 M² | 118 sq.ft, 2 single beds next to each other) and 1 single cabin (approx. 8 M² | 86 sq.ft)). Each cabin is equipped with a shower, toilet and basin. The comfortable beds are fitted with box spring mattresses. You adjust can the air conditioning and ventilation as you see fit. All cabins on lower deck have portholes, they are fixed for safety reasons. Your cabin also features WIFI and flat screen satellite-TV. If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds).
The upper deck has 4 elegant suites with a 2 meter wide window (a part of the windows can be opened). In addition to beds and bathroom, these truly spacious cabins (approx. 14 M² | 151 sq.ft, 2 single beds next to each other) are equipped with a cozy seating area.
– 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 from Bruges to Brussels
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Bruges
Individual arrival in Bruges. Embarkation and check-in as from 1 PM. The barge MS Magnifique II awaits you in the Bruges harbour where the crew will welcome you on board. Take some time to explore this lovely city. The „Venice of the North“ is well known as city of art and museums. Its city centre with lots of canals is put on the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while over viewing the “Grote Markt” square with its hustle and bustle.
Day 2 (Sun): Bruges – Damme – Blankenberge – Bruges (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)
The first bike tour takes you first to a quiet canal along where you’ll find lots of poplars, through an attractive polder landscape with nice small farm houses. Then via the small city of Damme to the North Sea cost. A 12 kilometre long sandy beach, numerous cafés and the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (an unique nature reserve) provide enough variety during your lunch break. Then back to Bruges while riding along a small canal.
Day 3 (Mon): Bruges – Moerebrugge | Moerebrugge – Oostende – Ghent (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
During breakfast the barge will sail to Moerebrugge. Today’s bike tour follows the canal of Ghent to Oostende, through the stretched Flemish landscape to Ghent. The lovely illuminated streets of the town centre invites for a walk. The architectural richness in the historical centre of the city of Ghent (during the Middle Ages the 2nd largest European city just after Paris), has been maintained well. Docking place is the lock of Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent and approx. 15 cycling minutes to the city centre of Ghent.
Day 4 (Tue): Ghent – Dendermonde (Approx. 48 km/29 mi.) | Dendermonde – St. Amands
After breakfast you will cycle to Dendermonde. Here you can’t escape a coffee or tea break on 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 Tue.). This part of the route is the most beautiful and twisting part of the river Schelde. Your bike tour starts here. You will cycle past the water tower and you cross the Brussels-Rupel canal. The tour continues through an historical brick factory area between Boom and Niel where bricks are still manufactured since the Middle Ages up to now. From Rupelmonde you will have a lovely cycle tour to Hemiksem, to reach Antwerp in the end. This harbour city on the river Schelde is one of the worlds major diamond cities and has many highlights: the City Hall is one of several majestic buildings constructed in the Renaissance, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner in a restaurant of your choice.
Day 6 (Thu): Antwerp – Lier –Willebroek (Approx. 45 km/27 mi.)
Just after breakfast you will cycle through the quit suburbs of Antwerp with nice villa’s and manicured gardens to Lier. From here you cycle along the small river Nete further to Willebroek, where the MS Magnifique II is waiting for you again.
Day 7 (Fri): Willebroek – Mechelen – Vilvoorde (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.) | Vilvoorde – Brussels
While the barge is sailing over the Willebroek canal, you will cycle your last bike tour through green, soft slanted hilly country via Mechelen to Vilvoorde. A remarkable thing about Mechelen are the over 300 buildings listed as a historical building, 8 of these are churches, on less then 3 square kilometres. From Vilvoorde you will sail with the barge to Brussels. Just take a walk through the historical city centre, along the gothic town hall and the beautiful guild houses on the Grote Markt.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Brussels
Disembarkation just after breakfast till 10 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.
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