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Technical Characteristics

Tour Profile: Easy. These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.

Distance: 210 - 313 km

Season A: departures on Ship Magnifique April 27 – June; August 31 – September 30
Season B: departures on Ship Magnifique July – August 30; October 5
Season C: departure on Ship Magnifique on October 12

Travel Season: Departures Magnifique II Thursdays from Amsterdam: May 4; June 1; June 15; July 13; July 27;  August 10; August 24; September 7; September 21 and October 5, 2023
Departures Magnifique II Thursdays from Bruges: May 11; June 8; June 22; July 20; August 3; August 17; August 31; September 14; September 28 and October 12, 2023

Departures Magnifique III Tuesdays from Amsterdam: May 2; May 16; May 30; June 13; June 27; July 11;
July 25; and August 8, 2023
Departures Magnifique III Tuesdays from Bruges: May 9; May 23; June 6; June 20; July 4; July 18; August 1 and August 15, 2023

Departures Magnifique IV Thursdays  from Amsterdam: April 27; May 25; June 8; June 22; July 6;
July 20; August 3; August 17; August 31; September 14 and September 28, 2023
Departures Magnifique III Thursdays from Bruges: May 18; June 15; June 29; July 13; July 27; August 10;
August 24; September 7; September 21 and October 5, 2023

The Magnifique II

This younger sister of the Magnifique, the Magnifique II, was built in 2015-2016 and offers a wonderful stay to a maximum of 34 guests. All of the 13 cabins on the lower deck and 4 suites on the upper deck are very comfortable: excellent beds and a private bathroom, as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, and a wardrobe with a mini-safe. In the tastefully furnished and air conditioned salon on the upper deck, the bar is a real eye catcher. On one side you’ll find the restaurant area and on the other there is the lounge. The captain and his crew will take good care of you!

The Magnifique III

This beautiful ship has 16 lovely cabins on the lower deck, all with two very comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, mini-safe and hairdryer. The 5 suites on the upper deck also have a small sitting area and large windows. The air conditioned restaurant and lounge area are situated around the prominent bar; ideal spots to enjoy life aboard! Let’s not forget about the Jacuzzi and deckchairs on the top deck.

The Magnifique IV

Following the overwhelming success of our premium barges Magnifique, Magnifique II (2016), and Magnifique III (2018), we are proud to announce the construction of a new sister for the family: the Magnifique IV. Launch date: Spring 2020 This beautiful ship has 8 lovely cabins on the lower deck, all with two very comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, mini[1]safe and hairdryer. The 10 suites on the main deck also have a small sitting area and large windows. The restaurant is situated on the lower deck and the lounge and bar area on the upper deck; ideal spots to enjoy life aboard! Let’s not forget about the Jacuzzi and deckchairs on the top deck.

 

 

Experience the charm of a bygone era on this exciting 8 day, 7 night tour where you will discover the best of what Holland and Belgium have to offer. During the day you will cycle to world famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, while at night you will relax in the comfort of your floating hotel. Cycling on this tour is through the beautiful – and flat – Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium. Attractions along the way include many charming villages, a visit to a real Dutch cheese farm, the 19 famous Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk and the world famous cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges in the western Flanders region of Belgium. You will cycle through and discover the Dutch province of Zeeland, which is essentially one big river delta of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt Rivers famous for its fantastic beaches, water sport activities and Delta works and the Flanders region of Belgium famous for its medieval towns and a reputation for superb food and drink.

Itineraries

Day 1

Amsterdam - Vianen

Embarkation and check-in is at 2 pm, where your crew for the week will be waiting to welcome y welcome you on board. At around 2 p.m. the ship will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small, fortified village on the Lek River. After dinner you have the opportunity to enjoy a short first test ride through the surrounding area.

Day 2

Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk 32 or 56 km | Kinderdijk – Dordrecht

Today you will cycle along a beautiful route to Schoonhoven –nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) a city renowned for its talented silver smiths since the 17th century. Later in the day as you cycle through the Alblasserwaard region you will reach Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills. All 19 windmills have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing and are a definite highlight – you will have the opportunity to visit one so don’t forget to bring your camera! From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry that will take you and your bicycle in approximately 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland.

Day 3

Dordrecht – Willemstad| Willemstad – Bergen op Zoom 42 - 50 km

As you enjoy your breakfast aboard the ship, the ship will sail to Willemstad where you will start your day’s cycling. Willemstad is a beautiful old fortified town on the Haringvliet waterway. Your bicycle ride goes to Tholen, which once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. Then you cycle on to the destination of this trip, Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom is a historic fortified town that once lay on the open waters of the Oosterschelde. After dinner you can take a walk through the old town. Narrow streets, old town, market and church squares and idiosyncratic monumental buildings show the history of a rich and eventful past that goes back more than eight hundred years.

Day 4

Bergen op Zoom – Kreekrak lock 21 - 35 km | Kreekrak lock – Antwerp

In the morning you will enjoy a small bike ride through the beautiful ““Wouwse Plantage” surrounding Bergen op Zoom. In the early afternoon you will once again board the ship which will sail to the port city of Antwerp, 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 during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner tonight (not included) will be in town restaurant of your choice (r our choice (recommendations available on board).

Day 5

Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands 34 - 49 km

This morning you will cycle out of Antwerp along a picturesque section of the Schelde River to St. Amands, 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 6

St. Amands – Dendermonde | Dendermonde– Ghent 52 km

Today you will continue to follow the River Schelde to Ghent where the ship will moor for the night at a lock in a suburb of town. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. Since Roman times Ghent’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers has ensured that it has been a successful trading port. In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are 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 and the 91 meter tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city center.

Day 7

Ghent – Bruges 22 - 45 km

Today you will cycle from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the ‘Venice of the North’ and arguably the most beautiful of all the Flemish cities. Bruges attracts more than two million visitors every year who come to see the picturesque medieval town center 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 8

Bruges

End of your tour. Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:30 a.m.

Prices

    Included:

    • 7 nights’ accommodation in booked cabin category  
    • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunches, 6 x three course dinner, coffee and tea on board
    • Use of bed linen and towels
    • Daily cleaning of the cabin
    • Climate controlled cabin
    • Welcome drink
    • Daily briefings
    • Fully guided cycling tours (more than 22 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
    • Some short walking tours
    • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
    • GPS tracks
    • Use of a helmet, waterproof pannier bag and water bottle
    • Fees for ferries
    • Entrance Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp
    • Tasting Belgium products
    • Canal trip through Ghent
    • Wi-Fi
    • SGR insolvency protection

    Not Included:

    • 1 dinner
    • Gratuities (at your discretion)
    • Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)
    • Transfers to/from docking place
    • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned under included

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