Canal - Windmill
MS Quo Vadis - Cyclists

Brussels - Bruges, MS Mecklenburg

The best of Flanders.

It is not only the large Flemmish towns like Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerpen that demonstrate Flander's artistic treasures. Whilst cycling along the towpath of the old canals and via tree-lined alleys you will go through ancient villages where village beer is still brewed as it was in Granddad's days. For those of you who will try the village beer in one of the traditional pubs or under the trees, you are sure to get a glass raised to you, especially if you arrived by bike. 

Combine interesting bike tours and lots of great excursions with a pleasant stay on board your 'floating hotel'. Whilst you cycle through the lovely landscape, the boat will follow you along the rivers and canals in order to be your hotel boat again in the evening. If you don't fancy cycling sometimes, that's fine - you can stay on the boat and enjoy the scenery as it passes by. 

 

Note: The trip is also possible in the other direction. Please have a look at the dates!

 

Easy
Easy
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided group tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 18 persons
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Itinerary

You will find the MS QUO VADIS in Brussels harbour upon arrival. The crew will give you a hearty welcome on board. Take some time to explore the capital of Belgium. Take a walk through the historical city centre, to the gothic town hall, the beautiful guild houses on  the Grote Markt and the “Männeken Pis”.

Whilst you are having breakfast, the barge will sail to Vilvoorde. During your first bike tour you will visit Mechelen. The remarkable thing about Mechelen is that there are over 300 listed buildings. 8 of these are churches, within less then 3 square kilometres. Continue through the rolling green countryside, along picturesque villages and large country estates to Willebroek. In the meantime ,the barge will sail along the Willebroek canal to today’s destination.

Today you cycle from Willebroek to Antwerp via Lier. This harbour city on the river Schelde is one of the world's major diamond cities and has many highlights. Make sure to visit the City Hall (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 is in a restaurant of your choice.

On today’s cycle tour you will cycle upstream the river Schelde to Hemiksem. After just a short ascent, the rest of the way to Rupelmonde is easy. Here, where the Rupel flows into the Schelde, you follow the Rupel for a little while and after a few miles you will reach the village Niel, which lies next to the nature reserve Walenhoek. Between Niel and Boom is a historical area where bricks have been made since the Middle Ages. They are still being made today. Continue cycling further along the Rupel until you reach the beautiful city of Dendermonde, the destination of today’s bike tour. A “must” is a short stop for a drink on the beautiful Flemish market square Grote Markt of Dendermonde.

 

Today's cycle ride goes along the Schelde's embankment. It isn't a long ride before you arrive in the pretty little town of Dendermonde. Make sure to get a coffee at the wonderful Grote Markt. You then continue to Ghent where the barge will be awaiting you. 

We recommend that you explore Ghent's old town both by bike and foot. In the Middle Ages, Ghent was the second largest city after Paris. Ghent has kept its historical centre well-maintained meaning that you can see its rich array of architecture.  

 

In the morning you depart to Vinderhoute. Today´s bike tour goes alongside the Gent-Oostende-canal through the Flemish lowlands to Bruges. The “Venice of the North” is well-known throughout Europe as an art and museum city. The old city with its numerous canals is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Take your time to explore the lively atmosphere around Grote market.

You cycle via Damme, which is a small city and Till Eulenspiegel's birth place. You will also go past Groot Ter Doest where Ter Doest abbey is located and which is definitely worth a vist. You then arrive in Lissewege, which is the "most beautiful village in Flanders“. You will see white houses that are located on both sides of the small canals and surrounding the impressive church. Afterwards you continue to the seaside resort Blankenberge. The long beach with numerous cafes is a great place to take a rest. After about 2 hours, you return to Bruges.

After breakfast it is time to disembark. Please leave no later than 9.30am. You then journey home as arranged by you. 

Tour character

A tour for 'fair-weather cyclists' - this tour is suitable for everyone with an average level of fitness. The route mainly goes along tarmac bike paths, agricultural roads but also along field and forest paths. There are short sections that go along busier and faster roads. The route is mainly flat but there are hills sometimes. 

Guided and self-guided bike tours:  The guided tours are finalised by your guide depending on the ability of the group. Those on self-guided tours get route books, which they can collect from the boat upon arrival. You will cycle approx. 40 - 60km each day. All of the mentioned distances are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Brussels
  Season 1
22.05.2021 | 05.06.2021 | 19.06.2021 | 17.07.2021 | 31.07.2021 | 14.08.2021 | 28.08.2021 |
Saturday
Bike & Boat Flandern - Brussels-Bruges - MS Mecklenburg, 8 days, BE-FLSBS-08G
Base price
999.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use 500.00
Season 1
May 22, 2021 | Jun 5, 2021 | Jun 19, 2021 | Jul 17, 2021 | Jul 31, 2021 | Aug 14, 2021 | Aug 28, 2021 |
Saturday
Bike & Boat Flandern - Brussels-Bruges - MS Mecklenburg, 8 days, BE-FLSBS-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
999.00
500.00
Filter
Rental bike 7-gear with pedal break
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike with freewheel
E-Bike with back brake
75.00
75.00
165.00
165.00

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Program according to itinerary
  • 7 nights stay in an outer cabin with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category
  • Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x small lunch or packed lunch for your bike tours, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon (until 4 pm), 7x three-course dinner
  • Welcome drink 
  • Daily cleaning of cabins

 

  • Linen and change of towels if required
  • All harbour, bridge and lock fees
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • Local tour guide on guided bike tours; self-guided trips with route book (available on board) 
  • GPS data
  • Rental bike insurance
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Guided P+R parking at Gare Du Nord station, approx. EUR 15-20 per day, approx. 6 km distance from landing stage. Reservation is not possible.
  • Taxi to landing stage approx. EUR 20-50.
  • Return transfer by train from Bruges to Brussels approx. EUR 18 per person.

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 18 people until 21 days before arrival

Notes:

  • EU citizens need a valid passport or an ID-Card.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!

 

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