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Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Boat – Magnifique III

Tour: BBNAB8-M3
Bike & Boat Holiday

Now this tour’s a real treasure. Cosmopolitan Amsterdam; ‘Silver City’ Schoonhaven; ‘Golden Age’ Dendermonde; ‘Diamond Capital’ Antwerp; glorious Ghent and Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’ – explore this whole string of lowland gems, linked together by a relaxing waterways cruise on board the brand new MS Magnifique III and - of course - some gentle, scenic cycling. MS Magnifique III is the latest and largest addition to the superb Magnifique premium Dutch barge fleet, offering an even more impressive service and bikes. Pedal across emerald green polders; view historic windmills by the score at the famous Kinderdijk. Discover the worlds of the enterprising merchants of the Golden Age and the engineering minds which have made the landscape what it is today.  A voyage of discovery? Absolutely. 2024 prices now available. Read More


Europe, Holland

Start Day


Board Basis

Half Board

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8 Days, 7 Nights


Jun - Aug

Tour Grade

Grade 1 (Very Easy)

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This linear cycling holiday with accommodation on board the brand new premium Dutch barge, MS Magnifique III, is a real treasure, packed full of classic city and countryside sights including Amsterdam, Antwerp, historic Dordrecht, Dendermonde, Ghent and Bruges. When it comes to exploring the Dutch lowlands and Flanders, a bike and barge tour is not just a great combination, but the one with the most local flavour too. Whether you’re pedalling the polderlands and riverside paths or simply taking in the views from on board your luxurious floating home, you’ll soon experience the jewels of Holland and Flanders from a different perspective.

Tour Code:
Bike & Boat, Cycling
Bike & Boat Holiday
Europe, Holland
8 Days, 7 Nights
Board Basis:
Half Board
Jun - Aug


Please note: 

Due to navigation conditions, the exact details of itineraries/embarkation points may be modified at the discretion of the boat’s Captain. All overnights are on board your floating accommodation, the MS Magnifique III. Details of the transits to the next destination are outlined in the itinerary below but may be subject to change. 

Day 1 All aboard in Amsterdam! 

Join the MS Magnifique III moored in central Amsterdam and settle in to your floating accommodation on board this classic premium Dutch barge, before it sets off along the narrow canals of Amsterdam towards the River Vecht. At Nigtevecht, it’s time to disembark and enjoy a brief encounter with your bike, pedalling along winding riverside paths to Breukelen in the province of Utrecht, an area renowned for fine country mansions along the river built by wealthy 17th century merchant families from Amsterdam. Meeting back up with MS Magnifique III, the afternoon finishes with a cruise down to Vianan, an attractive small town on the River Lek with fortifications and a 15th century brick gateway.

Overnight mooring – Vianen.

Miles 9  Kms 15

Day 2 So much more than just double Dutch

Start the day with a satisfying stretch of cycling down to Schoonhaven with its majestic medieval town hall, city walls and rows of narrow gabled houses lining the waterside. A super-wealthy place to be in the 17th century, home to skilled silversmiths and clockmakers, it’s still known locally as ‘Silver City’ today. Don’t miss the impressive town clock or the glittering prizes in the museum dedicated to the Dutch silver trade. But just when you think things could hardly get more Dutch, the famous Unesco World Heritage Site, the Kinderdijk, comes into view. Only a short cycle across the Alblasserwaard polder from Schoonhaven, you can feast your eyes on a row of mighty drainage windmills. Nineteen in number, these working mills make an amazing site, but be sure to visit one to experience these impressive wooden structures along with all their creaks and cranks up close. Your classic premium Dutch barge awaits to cruise onwards to Dordrecht, the ‘Island on the Dort’ with its fine ‘Grote Kerk’ and bordered by no less than five rivers. Historic Wolwevershaven (wool weavers harbour) with its charming rows of narrow gabled houses is your typically Dutch port for the night.

Overnight mooring – Wolwevershaven

Miles 16-30  Kms 25-50

Day 3 Across the borderlands to Belgium & Antwerp

Disembark at Tholen after a short breakfast cruise and bike it via the woodlands of the ‘Wouwse Plantage’ to Bergen Op Zoom. Its names suggests a hill or two (Bergen) where the sand pushed against the mainland clays, but everything around here is relative! The city boasts an historic marketplace, gateways and the fine 15th/16th century Markiezenhofpalace, now a museum and cultural centre. A relaxed pedal push later, the mighty Kreekraksluis lock complex  comes into sight, with the MS Magnifique III docked at the end of the dam to deliver you down the tidal River Schelde into Belgium in style, all the way to the very historic heart of Antwerp. The city of diamonds, the world of Rubens, the capital of the province of Flanders – there’s so much to see, but the paintings by the local Great Master in the gothic ‘Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal’ built in 1351 has to be a must. After supper, there’s a tour of the old city with a bit of local insight courtesy of your on board guide.

Overnight mooring – Antwerp

Miles 21  Kms 35

Day 4 Along the Schelde to Dendermonde

Disembark from MS Magnifique III with your bike at Zeeschelde, to enjoy a day of mainly riverside cycling through the beautiful landscapes around the tidal River Schelde as it ebbs and flows its way to meet the River Dende at Dendermonde. Your destination will be either St Amands or the historic town of Dendermonde with its ‘Vleeshuis’ on the marketplace and impressive city hall and belfry.

Overnight mooring – St Amands or Dendermonde

Miles 25 or 34   Kms 42 or 56

Day 5 Through East Flanders to glorious Ghent

From a mooring at St Amands, either set off by bike or stay aboard the MS Magnifique III to cruise to historic Dendermonde. From Dendermonde, enjoy more scenic cycling as you push your pedals along the pathways of the River Schelde and glide towards where it meets with the River Leie at the vibrant university city of Ghent. Although more modest than Antwerp or Bruges, Ghent combines wonderful flourishes of medieval architecture with refreshing contemporary culture and even has Roman roots. ‘Gravensteen’, its 12th century ‘Castle of the Count’ built by Phillip of Alsace, has round towers and battlements which seem to rise out of the river and are a must-climb moment just for the city views. Before you meet back up for dinner with the MS Magnifique III at Merelbeke lock in the city suburbs, the historic ‘Graslei’ area has to be on the menu, as well as St Bavo’s Cathedral for a healthy helping of fine art by Van Eyck.

Overnight mooring – Ghent (Merelbeke)

Miles  24 – 32 Kms 40 – 53

Day 6 Westward ho! En route to beautiful Bruges.

A gentle cycle through the charming West Flanders countryside, never straying too far away from the river, leads to the canal lands of Bruges – a place which wears a coat of very many colours and a good number of different hats too! The largest city in West Flanders, a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Venice of the North, the most beautiful of all Flemish cities…it’s hard to know quite whether to start, but climbing the 366 steps up the ‘Belfort’ is likely to give you the bearings you need as well as some perspective over the intact medieval city centre. Graze the fine art offerings at the Groenigemuseum, shop for lace, fine chocolate or check out perhaps the city’s most whacky offering – the ‘Frietmuseum’ (yes, whole museum dedicated to chips!). That should give you an appetite for supper in town tonight!

Overnight mooring – Bruges.

Miles 28  Kms  45

Day 7 An encounter with the coast 

Time to leave the hustle and bustle of Bruges for a quieter canal or two. The coast is closer than you think and with massive sandy stretches and wonderful nature reserves just a gentle cycle away, who can resist? Pedal along poplar-lined pathways across the West Flander polders dotted with farmsteads to meet the North Sea around ‘Het Zwin’ with its famous dune landscape. Kick-back and relax at a café or plan a little paddle perhaps before leaving the refreshing North Sea breezes behind you for the busy life of Bruges once again.

Overnight mooring – Bruges

Miles  30  Kms  50

Day 8 Depart after breakfast

Following your final breakfast on board your floating home, you might choose to stay a while longer in Bruges, return to Amsterdam by train or plan a different route for your onward journey.

Extra nights in hotel accommodation can be booked to allow more time to explore Bruges at your leisure.

Programme of activities included in the price:

•    Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
•    Daily briefings regarding the bike tours from the multi-lingual tour lead who will be cycling the daily tour route and contactable by phone.
•    Short guided city tours with the tour leader as specified
•    Tea and coffee on board daily until 4pm
•    Free wifi (unlimited use of data) on board in lounge area.

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En suite individually air-conditioned twin cabin, 12 sq m (upper deck suites 16 sq m), shower/WC, flat screen TV, porthole (not openable on lower deck). MS Magnifique III has a panorama saloon and bar (unlimited free wi-fi available) with two screens, restaurant and upper sundeck with jacuzzi

Buffet/continental breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner

Tea and coffee on board

Hire of hybrid bicycle with 7 gears and hand/pedal brakes and single pannier bag. Free cycle helmet hire and water bottle

Instructions and route maps provided on arrival (1 per cabin)

Multilingual tour guide who will be cycling the daily routes. When there are sufficient numbers on board (min. 18 guests) there will be two guided groups offering longer/faster and shorter/slower rides.  Please note not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the shorter route option

Other services, items and local experiences:

  • Welcome drinks and briefing on the first evening
  • Some short guided town walks
  • Fees for ferries and waterbuses in the itinerary
  • Entrance to Antwerp Red Star Line Museum
  • Canal cruise in Ghent
  • Tasting Belgium products

The detailed itinerary may be affected by navigational issues such as unfavourable weather, floods or low tides. These will be decided by the boat’s captain

Please note that the price EXCLUDES

Drinks on board (except tea/coffee)

Dinner in Bruges ( Monday)

Excursions, entrance fees and any ferry fees during the tour

Costs of getting to and from the tour area and transport to and from the dock in Bruges and Amsterdam

Accommodation Options

On board the Premium barge MS Magnifique III  in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning on the lower deck. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

The barge has 20 cabins and can accommodate up to 40 passengers.

Cabin Upgrades:

  • Upper deck suite

Boat Plan & Details 


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