Individual arrival at Bruges. The Gandalf awaits you in the Bruges harbor. Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 3 to 5 p.m. Take some time to discover the interesting city of Bruges – The Venice of the North – is widely known in Europe for its art and museums. Bruges’ old town with its number of Grachten (small channels) belongs to the UNESCO world’s cultural heritage. Enjoy the bustle activity around the Grote Markt (the big market place) while having a nice tea or coffee.
Your first cycle tour will take you at the beginning over Damme, Till Eulenspiegel’s place of birth to the seaside. Sandy beaches and a lot of cafés (you can swim in the sea there) will give you the opportunity for a nice rest. After approx. 2 hours you are cycling back to Bruges.
During breakfast MS Gandalf is shipping to Moerebrugge. The whole cycle route follows the Ghent-Oostende-canal through the wide Flemish plain to Ghent. In the Middle Ages Ghent was the second largest city after Paris and has preserved its architectural wealth in the historic city centre until today. MS Gandalf will dock for the night in Merelbeke (at the lock), a suburb of Ghent and approx. 30 cycling minutes to the city centre.
After breakfast you are going by bike to Dendermonde today. A coffee break on the wonderful Flemish Grote Markt is a must. In the evening shipping to Sint Amands one of the most beautiful and winding parts of the route on the river Schelde.
In Sint Amands you start today’s cycle tour. You are passing the water tower and cross the Brussels-Rupel-canal. After that you are cycling through a historic area of brick burning, where bricks have been produced since the Middle Ages until today. Then you follow the river Rupel until you come to the river Schelde. From Rupelmonde you are comfortably cycling towards Hemiksem, then down the river Schelde to Antwerp, the world’s centre of diamond-processing and your today’s destination. Antwerp offers a number of interesting sights such as the richly decorated town hall in renaissance style, the historic Grote Markt, the huge Liebfrauen Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle.
After breakfast you are going by bike via Lier to Willebroek where MS Gandalf is already waiting for you. Subject to interest and sufficient participation a beer tasting will be held on board (against payment).
While your ship is going through the Willebroek canal today, your last cycle tour is leading you through green, soft and hilly landscapes over Mechelen to Vilvoorde. In Mechelen, you will find the remarkable density of more than 300 listed buildings (classified as historical monuments), among them eight churches, all built within an area of only three square kilometres. From Vilvoorde you are shipping to Brussels. Take some time to wander around the old town that is worth seeing, having a look at the Gothic town hall, the beautiful guild houses, the big market and the “Männeken Pis”.
Departure from Brussels
Disembarkation after breakfast till 09:30 a.m. End of your trip.
- Seven nights in outside cabins of MS Gandalf with shower/WC in the booked cabin category
- Program according to the routing
- Welcome drink
- Cabin cleaning once a week
- Use of bed linen and towels
- Full board consisting of 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch package for bike tours, 6x coffee
- or tea in the afternoon, 7x 3-course dinner
- All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
- Daily briefing on the respective bike tours
- Tour guide for guided bike tours
- Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
Services not included
- Journey to Bruges and from Brussels
- parking fee
- bike rental
- entrance fees and excursions
- town maps
- ferry tickets
- drinks on board
Passenger car parking options in Bruges:
- Guarded parking areas at the main station (Stationsplein), approx. 5–7 € per day. No reservation possible. Transfer by taxi from Stationsplein to ship berth approx. 10-20 €.
- Return transfer by train from Brussels to Bruges approx. 18 € per person.
Your journey to Bruges and from Brussels will be individual. • Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water or bad weather conditions and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal). • The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas. • Embarkation: from 03:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. • Disembarkation: After breakfast by 09:30 a.m. • Bicycles on board (brand/model may change): touring bicycles of the Dutch brand Batavus with 24-speed chain gear, hand brakes and pannier bag. The E-bike is a Batavus with 10-speed chain gear, hand brakes and pannier bags. E-Bikes are available after prior request (on booking). To bring your own bike: guests are allowed to bring their own bikes on request only. Please indicate your body height by booking. • Languages on board: German, English • Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are guided or individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with detailed bicycle maps and directions. You can choose. Nearly all cycle tours can be classified as being easy. • Luggage: we recommend rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited • Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy. • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.
This tour has 1 more variation
On this bicycle- and shiptour you can experience rivers, hanseatic cities, and fisher towns. The nights you spend on de familiary MS Gandalf.