Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge holiday

A unique holiday, travelling by barge and bike from Amsterdam to Bruges, with a small group, fully guided and full board. Great way to see highlights of Netherlands and Belgium.
Amsterdam Gouda Flowerpark Kuekenhof (in Spring) Zeeland waterways Ghent Antwerp River Schelde Horse and carriage ride in Bruges (in Spring) Bruges
Price
£960To£1050 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Countries
Belgium, Netherlands
Type
Small group
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Single Supplement £GBP 210.
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Description of Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge holiday

Discover the classic lowland areas and expansive North Sea coastline of the Netherlands and Belgium as you sail and cycle Amsterdam to Bruges and enjoy a whole host of gastronomic fuel stops along the way.

Barging and cycling Amsterdam to Bruges allows travellers to experience some of northern Europe’s most endearing rural and cultural images from a truly tranquil and unique perspective.

From cheese manufacturers in Gouda and traditional windmills in Kinderdijk to pedalling through Dordrecht and travelling by barge to Willemstad and onwards to Zeeland on the Belgian-Dutch border, this eight day bike and barge holiday is perfect for small groups looking to experience the best of both worlds.

After arriving in Antwerp you’ll spend the remaining few days travelling by barge, bike and rail as you enjoy time out of the saddle on guided walks in Ghent and Bruges and plenty of free time to hunt for snacks or souvenirs in independent chocolatiers and traditional waffle makers.

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Price information

£960To£1050 excluding flights
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Single Supplement £GBP 210.
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For departure dates contact us on 01273 823 700

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Holiday information

Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Keep the slow travel theme throughout and take the train from the UK, either by Eurostar or using sail rail packages from Harwich.
Trip type:
Small group, 16-22 people. Suitable for children.
Activity level:
Easy cycling.
Accomm:
Shared cabins on barge.
Included:
Accomm., all meals, bikes, guided city walks, entrance fees to Keukenhof and Windmill Kinderdijk, transfers.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own cabin when available.

Reviews

7 Reviews of Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge holiday

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Reviewed on 05 Oct 2019 by

I enjoyed every minute of the holiday from the moment we boarded in Amsterdam until we left the barge in Ghent. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2019 by

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Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019 by

A great holiday, meeting people from all over the world, a good guide with lots of local information and fabulous cycling. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by

Cycling through the idyllic cities of Belgium and the Netherlands and experiencing the culture of the people living there through close by inspection of their everyday lives. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2018 by

The barge was wonderful with great and comfortable accommodation and ensuite. The staff were so friendly and accommodating and the food delicious as well as beautifully presented. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2016 by

Very relaxed pace and enjoyable. The guide, the food, the service and the staff were all outstanding. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2013 by

The most memorable parts were living and travelling on the barge Fiep. The crew, accommodation and food were excellent. Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp were great. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Traveling by bike during the day and by barge overnight, this vacation is the ideal way to get deeper into authentic rural countryside, visiting small towns not on the tourist trail and to explore the natural and cultural highlights of a region without the needs of vehicle transport.

A barge uses only two small engines to transport up to 35 people and uses less fuel per person and produces much less emissions than a bus would. It also emits very little noise pollution so we can travel without disrupting the river animals and humans living peacefully near where we travel.

By cycling during the day you are able to travel under your own steam and minimise further your impact on the environment. After a thoroughly rewarding day’s cycling you will be warmly welcomed onto our barge which carries between 16 and 35 people. By traveling in small groups we do not dominate small villages that we travel through.

We employ local leaders who guide the trips and the food supplied is sourced from suppliers who only supply foods from Holland.

The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles
True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!

People

The average tourist to Holland spends 2 days in Amsterdam and surrounds. This bike and barge tour opens travelers up to people and landscapes of Holland seen by few and in the process assists many small towns with extra income potential.

By traveling by barge and bikes we are able to visit many more towns which allows us a great degree of cultural interaction and for you to support many small businesses in smaller towns when we visit local sites of interest. Your purchases will assist many towns that see little tourism because they are off the main tourist paths.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources. We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

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