Bike & Barge Hanse

Bike & Barge Hanse MS Gandalf

By bike & boat from Amsterdam to Amsterdam

During this tour, the historical Flemish cities are central: Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. But before we arrive there, you will get to know a very beautiful part of the Netherlands. You bike along the winding river Vecht with its impressive castles on its banks, you visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods and you visit the Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk. From the fortified town Willemstad, which is situated on the impressive wide Zeeland streams, we head for Belgium. There we spent the night in Antwerp, the city of Rubens, whose paintings you can admire in the cathedral. You bike from Antwerp to Ghent along the beautiful tidal river Nederschelde, in order to breathe in the atmosphere of  the days of old in the town center, with its impressive Belfort and the St. Baafs-cathedral, where you can admire the famous triptych of painter Jan van Eyck. Final destination is Bruges, with its picturesque town center probably the most beautiful of the historical Flemish cities.



  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided Tour
Ilka Lange
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Ilka Lange


Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation from 1 p.m. Cast off at 2 p.m and through Breukelen (short bike tour) to Vianen. Inside the town canals and walls from 14th century the ground plot of this small town is still conserved. Lots of well preserved houses can be visited in the old city. (approx 15 km)

In the morning cruise to Schoonhoven. From there you cycle through Alblasserwaard to Kinderdijk. Numerous big wind mills are awaiting you there. You can visit a mill. Afterwards cruise to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands, which is embedded between flows. Dordrecht is since the beginning of time an important nodal point for shipping. (approx. 50 km)

Bike Tour Fehnroute

You cycle through typical Dutch landscapes between the streams Waal and Maas into Willemstad. You pass the impressing lock “Volkerak” by bike and then you continue to Tholen, which was an island in former times.  Now it is connected with the mainland. (approx. 35 - 50 km )


You cycle through the well-wooded region “Wouwse Plantage” towards south. Nearly unnoticed you pass the boarder to Belgium. Be pleased about diamond city Antwerp, which is also well-known as birth place of famous painter Peter Paul Rubens. (approx. 35 km)

You cycle along river Zeeschelde upstream where charming landscapes can be discovered. If wished you can go on board again in Temse or you continue to Dendermonde. We recommend visiting the medieval market square and Sint-Alexius-Beginenhof (1288). In its interior are 61 houses and a chapel arranged. Possibility to join a beer tasting in the evening if wished. (approx. 30 – 55 km)


Easy 35 km of cycling until you reach Gent – University City with reach background. This city was built in the roman period where rivers Leie and Schelde flow together. The fortunate location brought a lot wealth during many years which reached its peak in the end of 13th century until the beginning of 14th century. There are many old patrician houses in good condition in the city centre. Mercer met each other in the “Lakenhal” (cloth hall, 1425) to transact business. Most important church is St. Baafs cathedral, which was built in different architectural styles appropriate to the several centuries. In the cathedral are many masterpieces of medieval paintings. The best known painting is “To worship the lamb of god” from Jan Eyck (anchorage at the lock Merelbeke, about 15 minutes by bike away from the old city of Gent). (approx. 35 km)

Your cycle tour to Bruges through the flat area of Flanders starts out of town. Bruges, which is also named Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful Flemish city. Its medieval old city is nearly intact. Bruges was cosmopolitan city and commercial centre in former times. Furthermore it is a lively city with good possibilities to go clubbing and shopping. After your dinner a stroll through the city is offered. (approx. 45 km)

After breakfast the tour is completed. Disembarkation until 9.30 a.m.

The route

Almost all of the cycle routes can be classified as "easy".

Netherlands with bike

Prices and events

All data for 2018 at a glance
Season 1
May 5, 2018 - May 12, 2018
Season 2
May 19, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018
Boat & Bike Hanseatic Tour - MS Gandalf, NL-NLSHR-08G
Base price
Surcharge double cabin for one person
Reduction 3-bed-cabin
7-Gang, Freilauf
Electric bike

Services & Extras

  • Program as mentioned from Amsterdam to Bruges
  • overnights in cabins with shower/WC
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • 7x full board (breakfast, lunch or lunch package, three-course dinner)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Daily briefing
  • All harbour-, lock- and bridge dues
  • Tour guide who is familiar with the region and guided bike tours
  • Travel documents per booked cabin if you would like to cycle individual

Arrival/departure and parking-information

Central railway station Amsterdam near landing stage.

Park & ride parking space out of the city, about € 120,- to € 140,- per week, no reservation required.

Transfer back to embarkment harbour € 59,-



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