Boat & bike in Belgium - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Bruges / Brussels
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    approx. 270 km / 168 mi
  • Distance per day:
    40-48 km / 25-30 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    flat, however you may encounter headwinds
  • Profile:
    predominantly on paved, bikes-only cycle paths
  • Return transfer:
    individually by train,
    look at "Info/arrival"

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the mornings, you will receive a hearty breakfast, in the evenings we serve three-course meals. For the bike tours we provide you with packed lunches.

Boat & bike in Belgium

Bruges - Brussels on MS Mecklenburg from EUR 999

Boat & bike in Belgium - Bruges

Infinite expanses and infinite friendliness - that’s Belgium, which can be explored perfectly by boat and bike. Brussels is the pulsating European centre, which presents itself, and is transforming - having been bilingual throughout its history - into a fully international city. More typical of Flanders are its other cities, where money was earned trading lace and diamonds, and later invested into lovely architecture. Enjoy the many UNECSO world heritage sites with some Belgian beer, chocolate or chips! This boat & bike tour in Belgium is perfectly suited both for expert cyclists and beginners, and will start in Bruges.
Here you can find further details on the family ship MS Mecklenburg.

 
Boat & bike in Belgium - MS Mecklenburg

Day 1 Arrival in Bruges
Embarkation and exploration of the historic centre, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 2 Round trip along the North Sea, approx. 55 km/34 mi
Today’s stage will take you to the sea. 12 km (7 miles) of fine sandy beach and the conservation area “Het Zwin” await by the North Sea coast.

Day 3 Boat trip, Moerbrugge - Gent, approx. 40 km/25 mi
Along the canal, you will be cycling in to the formerly very rich and fancy city of Gent, with its cathedral and its magnificent town houses.

Day 4 Gent - Dendermonde, approx. 48 km/29 mi, boat trip
The river Schelde will lead you through typical Flemish villages towards the town of Dendermonde, where several buildings hold UNESCO world heritage status.

Day 5 St. Amands - Antwerp, approx. 42 km/26 mi
First off, you will be cycling through the region that produces all the red bricks used for building the ubiquitous houses surrounding you, later you can discover the diamond city of Antwerp.

Day 6 Antwerp - Willebroek, approx. 45 km/28 mi
You will start your day off with a cycling trip through Antwerp’s mansion quarter, later on you will reach the medieval town of Lier.

Day 7 Willebroek - Brüssel, approx. 40 km/25 mi, boat trip
In Mechelen, today’s route will lead you to yet another town well worth seeing, after which the MS Mecklenburg will take you into central Brussels.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast your boat & bike tour in Belgium concludes.

 
 
Info/booking
Info/arrival

Here are the details on MS Mecklenburg.

Included in your package "Boat & bike in Belgium":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • full board (7x breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 6x dinner, no dinner in Antwerp)
  • complimentary coffee/tea until 4 pm daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • welcome drink and chat where we will provide you with all the relevant information
  • on-board tour guide that is also doing all the cycling
  • daily cycling stage briefings
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • GPS tracks
  • optional rental bike

Accomodation:

  • outside cabins, approx. 8 sqm/85 sq ft, with ensuite WC and shower
  • air condition unit
  • cabins with permanently closed windows
  • beds with level access

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-speed gearboxes/freewheel, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2020:

  • Departure on saturdays
    27.06. + 11.07. + 08.08. + 22.08.

Prices:

All prices are per person.

  •   999 EUR twin cabin
  • 1499 EUR twin cabin, single occupancy
  •     75 EUR rental bike
  •   165 EUR e-bike

The booking process

The Tour
Info/arrival

Arrival:

The MS Mecklenburg’s berthing place in Bruges is located approx. 400 metres (1300 ft) from the main railway station.

  • Arrival by car:
    - Guarded car park on the Stationsplein, cost: approx. EUR 7 / day
    - park on the ring road, no security, free

  • Arrival by train:
    Bruges SNCB station
  • Arrival by plane:
    Fly to Zaventem airport, take the train to Bruges SNCB, (0-1 x changes, duration approx. 1,5-2 h, cost: approx. EUR 20)

Personal bikes:
In principle, you can bring your own bike along. However, please note that your bike will be loaded on and off the boat twice a day along with several others and therefore slight cosmetic damage to individual bikes cannot be ruled out, which is why we do not take responsibility or liability for such damage. We recommend reserving one the excellent rental bikes we offer.

Return transfer:
Under your own steam by train. From the ship’s berthing place via tram or taxi to the Gare du Nord railway station (taxi approx. EUR 15), followed by a train journey to Bruges SNCB (0-1 changes, duration approx. 1-2 hours, cost: approx. EUR 15). You will find further details in your travel documents.

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:
As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.

The Tour
Info/booking
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