Barges line the canals on this guided bike and barge tour in Holland
  • Length 9 days
  • From USD$4745
  • Style/Level Bike and Boat 1.0
  • Countries Belgium
  • Begin/End Amsterdam / Bruges
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What to expect in your European 3 or 4 star hotel

The most important factor when it comes to selecting a hotel is your comfort. We understand a good night’s sleep makes all the difference when you are on an active vacation. We have carefully chosen all our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture. We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small, not all the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour.

  • Hotels will be located centrally but off busy areas so you will have a quiet and, if necessary, sound-proof room.
  • Comfortable rooms and beds for a good night’s rest.
  • Modern amenities, even if A/C may be limited
  • Cleanliness and a welcoming atmosphere.

Read more on what to expect on Air Conditioning in Europe and Rooming Options on tour.

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  • 9 days

  • 8 nights (1 hotel night in Amsterdam

  • 7 nights aboard our luxury barge); meals as noted in itinerary; windmill visit; guided canal cruise of Ghent; guided visits in Antwerp and Bruges


  • 9 days, 8 nights (1 hotel night in Amsterdam, 7 nights aboard our luxury barge)

  • meals as noted in itinerary, including 7 packed lunches

  • windmill visit

  • 1 beer tasting

  • guided canal cruise of Ghent

  • guided visits in Antwerp and Bruges

  • and the usual (see below).

  • “The usual” (see Classic tour includes)

Keep in mind


Welcome to the vibrant capital city of Holland, Amsterdam! We hope you arrived a few days early to visit some of the highlights of this colorful city — between its museums, canals, hip locales and lively night scene there is plenty to explore. Settle into our hotel where we’ll have our safety meeting and bike fitting followed by our first spin on the bikes before a special dinner together.

Distance: 4km (2mi) |

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Room Mate Aitana

Follow bike paths out of Amsterdam and head into the region of the Hollandic Waterline, a defense system born in the 17th Century where castles and military forts with integrated systems of flooding could be used to turn Holland into an island to keep out invaders. A century later the water froze creating a bridge for the French army to attack. This plan has left several imposing forts including Muiderslot and Weesp which we’ll cycle past today. Enjoy local farmland and beautiful canals flanked by charming villas. We’ll pedal through Breukelen, the namesake of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Later, we’ll cruise toward our landing spot for the night and enjoy dinner on-board. 2023 Barges: the May 6th departure is on the Fluer, the July 14th departure is on the Zwaantje.

Distance: 47km (29mi) | Gain: 245m (804ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.5

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

This morning our barge will cruise for a few hours to reach the town of Schoonhoven, famous for its silversmiths and carillon makers. Bicycle through town and check out the town hall’s clock-tower bells before heading to Gouda, famous for its orange cheese. Enjoy a visit to the town’s cheese museum, and pick-up some picnic supplies (cheese anyone?) to enjoy at your next stop: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk. Here 19 majestic windmills are aligned to form a stunning sight. After exploring we’ll keep pedaling south to rejoin our boat in Dordrecht. Enjoy dinner on-board and perhaps a leisurely walk in town to enjoy the center.

Distance: 51km (32mi) | Gain: 166m (544ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.0

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

Another breakfast cruise takes us to Willemstad, a strikingly star shaped fortified town on the shores where the Holland Diep river splits into multiple rivers as it rushes out to sea. Experience the do-it-yourself-moving-bridge before reaching the town of Oud Vossemeer, where the Roosevelt name was very present in the 17th and 18th centuries (and still is), leading many to theorize that the American Roosevelt family whose Dutch ancestor arrived in the US in 1650 was probably from this town. Next we’ll pedal south to Tholen which was once an island in this giant estuary-like environment, but is now connected to the mainland. We’ll enjoy a visit to a working windmill during our ride.

Distance: 47km (29mi) | Gain: 86m (282ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.0

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

Set off on bikes for a delightful morning ride! We’ll get back to the boat before lunch to cruise into Antwerp, enjoying a unique view of the port and harbor as our barge makes its way to the city of diamonds. We’ll enjoy a guided visit of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens’ art in the city’s Cathedral. After which you can head off to visit the rest of the city, including the historic city center, the diamond district, or the Red Star Line Museum from where 2 million emigrants shipped off to North America between 1873 and 1934. Explore the city and enjoy dinner on your own this evening before returning to our boat for a restful night’s sleep.

Distance: 31km (19mi) | Gain: 135m (443ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.0

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

We’ll leave the city of Antwerp and return to the countryside cycling on small roads and along the Schelde river bike path. We’ve arranged a special visit of a 200 year-old brewery, family-run now by the 7th generation. We will continue pedaling along the tidal river until we reach the quaint town of Sint Amands.

Distance: 54km (34mi) | Gain: 243m (797ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.5

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

This morning we will continue to cycle along the river before branching north through historic marshes. These marshes are where sheep production thrived due to the nutritious grasses. Subsequently, Ghent became one of the richest cities in the world during the Middle Ages because of its woolen industry. A bike path along the Schelde river brings us to our boat, which we’ll board for lunch as it cruises closer to the city center. While we are docked in a suburb, we’ll transfer into the historical center for a visit. This lively university city is still one of the prettiest cities in Belgium. Admire its traditional, tall Flemish buildings towering over the small streets and plazas. Enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or cafés.

Distance: 56km (35mi) | Gain: 156m (512ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.0

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

Start the day with a short breakfast cruise before setting off on your bicycle to ride into the crown jewel of Belgium, Bruges. We’ll be moored in the city center, providing excellent access to Bruges’s many treasures. Stroll along the canals that were once main arteries of the city and don’t miss a visit to the medieval square and City Hall. This city is characterized by its fantastic architecture. Bruges is bustling with additional sites to see including the stepped gable houses, market square with the belfort, and historic neighborhoods such as the “Beguinage”, a community of lay women from the 13th century to visit. We’ll enjoy dinner together on board our boat tonight.

Distance: 47km (29mi) | Gain: 174m (571ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.0

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Fleur Barge , Zwaantje Barge

Enjoy a guided walk of Bruges this morning before heading off on your own. We recommend that you spend a few more days enjoying Bruges’s many sites and museums including a chocolate, diamond, and Belgian fry museum. Enjoy!

Meals : Breakfast

Visit our Tour Level page to learn more about terrain levels and how we dermine day and tour levels.

Dates & prices

Date Price Private room fee Note
May 6-14, 2023 USD$4745 USD$1300 Sold out. Wait list available. Re-Cycle spots full. Will-share not available.
Jul 14-22, 2023 USD$4745 USD$1300 Departure confirmed. Will-share not available. Single rooms sold out (waitlist available). Two berths left.
May 4-12, 2024 USD$4745 USD$1300
Jul 12-20, 2024 USD$4745 USD$1300


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  • This was a great trip – really well-organized, beautiful rides, great activities, good food.

    Sandra F., Denver, CO – May 2019
  • Great boat. Beautiful scenery. Great food. Good company (guests and tour leaders).

    Jenny B., Beaconsfield, NSW – July 2019
  • Totally delightful experience. Scenic easy biking through beautiful and varied environments, extremely interesting guided tours, relaxing comfortable barge with great food and great people!

    Starr and Phil T., Fort Collins, CO – July 2019