Bruges - Antwerp - Amsterdam 2012_0

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					                         Bruges ~ Antwerp ~ Amsterdam 2012

The Dutch 17th century Golden Age and the heyday of the Flemish trading cities of the middle Ages are
united in this route. Notice the big difference between the green polder landscape abounding in water, with
its tranquil roads and villages and the old world of Islands in Zeeland with its pastures, creeks, winding
dikes and dams. On top of that the often so Picturesque Flemish countryside between the Belgian cities of
Gent and Bruges. The great rivers are a prominent feature in this part of the Netherlands and Belgium. Of
course you will lget to know our own Dutch wonder of the world, the Delta Priject, evidence of the eternal
battle against the waters of the sea.


Day 1 ( Sat ) Bruges - Ghent, 30 km
At 2 PM we will board our comfortable barge and then quickly set off on our bikes for a short ride
along the oldest canal of Belgium: the canal from Oostende to Ghent. After we warmed up our legs we
will board the ‘Zwaan’ again and make our way to Ghent. After our dinner you will have a chance to
visit this stunning medieval city. From our berth you can easily reach the city centre. This lively city
with its numerous squares and cozy pubs is an excellent mixture of mediaeval edifices, stylish shopping
streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century that now
often house students and busy little squares where people eat out until the wee hours on a sultry
summer night.

Day 2 ( Sun ) Ghent - St. Amands, 60 km
This morning we will take our bike out on a peaceful ride through the old centre of Ghent which will
still be covered under a blanket of Sunday morning quietness. After a tasty cup of coffee we will depart
for a daytrip along one of the most beautiful rivers of Europe: the Schelde. This tidal river meanders all
the way to Antwerp where it meets the sea. In Wetteren we’ll have a break in a real Flemish bar and in
Berlare you can enjoy a tasty Belgian monastery beer with your lunch. En-route we will pass
Dendermonde, the city of the legend of the royal children and the horse Bejaart, where we will marvel
at the large market square and the city hall. In a beautiful turn in the river the Schelde we will come
across the sleepy village of St. Amands where we will spend the night.

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                    Irish Cycling Safaris | Belfield Bike Shop, UCD, Dublin 4, Ireland
       Tel +353 1 2600749 | Fax +353 1 7161168| |
Day 3 ( Mon ) St.Amands - Antwerp, 35 km
Today we will take off to cycle along the river banks of the river the Schelde, which are connected by
several small ferries. Via Temse we will cycle through a peaceful nature reserve to Steendorp. Here we
will board the barge (the Zwaan) to gently cruise over to the historic centre of Antwerp where we will
hop off the boat to take a stroll through the city. You can marvel at the beautiful Onze-
Lievevrouwenkerk (church), the impressive market square and the famous Rubenshuis. At the end of
the afternoon we will make our way to the Willemsdok where the Zwaan has been docked within a
stone’s reach of the stunning new Modern-art museum: Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS).

Day 4 ( Tues ) Antwerp - Willemstad, 50 km
After you have enjoyed your delightful breakfast we will take our bikes and visit the famous and
photogenic Cogels-Osybuurt. This neighbourhood is home to many gracious and historic houses that
were built in Art-Deco style, Art Nouveau and the artistic Jugendstil style. Around 12 in the afternoon
we will board the Zwaan and make a cruise through the impressive harbours of Antwerp. After we
have crossed the border by sailing via the Schelde-Rijnkanaal to the Zandkreeksluizen we will tour
through the stunning forest area of the Wouwse Plangtage in West-Brabant to eventually arrive in
Tholen. Tholen is a quaint little fishermans village that has been severely damaged during the flooding
disaster of 1953. We will continue our tour to the stronghold of Willemstad situated next to the busiest
lock chambers in Europe: the Volkeraksluizen in the Haringvliet.

Day 5 ( Wed ) Willemstad - Gorinchem, 50 of 20 km
Our barge the Zwaan will depart early in the morning to Werkendam from where we will take an
exciting cycle trip through the land of Heusden and Altene. We will pass the Bergse Maas to the rustic
settlement of Heusden. When we continue our tour over the pleasant cycle lanes through the nature
reserve and along the river the Maas we will cycle passed the charming castle of Loevestijn. At this stop
we will pick up the guests who prefer riding the short route to this wonderful castle. During our trip we
will also pay a visit to the picturesque town of Woudrichem. Here we will ferry across to reach
Gorinchem where our barge will be waiting for us.

Day 6 ( Thurs ) Gorinchem – Vianen - Utrecht, 50 km
Today we will set off over the meandering river the Linge that flows through the Alblasserwaard
towards the city of glass: Leerdam. By visiting a company specialised in glass works you will get more
information on this unique handicraft. We will continue our journey to Culemborg that is idyllically
situated on the shores of the river the Lek and carry on to Vianen where we will visit the impressive
historic centre. The barge will eventually cruise via the Merwedekanaal and the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal
to Utrecht. After our delicious dinner you are free to take the bus to the centre for a delightful stroll
through city.

Day 7 ( Fri ), Utrecht - Amsterdam, 40 km
While you are enjoying your breakfast the Zwaan will set off to Breukelen. From Breukelen we will ride
in the direction of Amsterdam cruising alongside the most beautiful rivers of Holland: the Vecht and
the Amstel. En-route we will pass impressive country cottages and mansions that are built by the
merchants from Amsterdam in the 18th century. The charming cycle lanes will lead us to the heart of
Amsterdam where we will be reunited with our barge the Zwaan in the Oosterdok. After our
celebratory dinner you can take a stroll through the city or take a cruise over the canals with one of the
tourist boats.

Day 8 ( Sat ) Departure
Amsterdam, end of the tour after breakfast

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                    Irish Cycling Safaris | Belfield Bike Shop, UCD, Dublin 4, Ireland
       Tel +353 1 2600749 | Fax +353 1 7161168| |

Comfort Plus – cabins with private shower/toilet, twin beds

                               Comfort Plus – cabins with private shower/toilet, twin beds

                               All cabins have washing facilities and central heating. The ships have a
                               salon/dining room and a sundeck/bicycle deck. Most cabins are double
                               cabins, but there are also cabins for 3 person on which you can get a
                               reduction. Please contact us if you are interested in them.


2012 Travel Dates:
May 12
June 9, 23
September 1

2012 Prices Category Comfort
€935 per person sharing a cabin
€1120 for single use of a cabin

Additional Costs
 Entrance fees to museums – approx €15
 Helmets available on request at time of booking – €10
 Bicycle Insurance - €15 per bicycle

If you are traveling on your own we will endeavour to find a room mate for you.


   •   7 nights (including bedclothes and towels)
   •   All meals (breakfast and dinner on board) and packed lunch when on the road
   •   Coffee and tea on board
   •   24-speed bicycle (with pannier bags, lock, water bottle)
   •   Multi-lingual guide
   •   Route information & road book
   •   Ferry fares on the route

   Please note that all charges on the boat must be settled in cash (Euro) at the end of the tour.

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                    Irish Cycling Safaris | Belfield Bike Shop, UCD, Dublin 4, Ireland
       Tel +353 1 2600749 | Fax +353 1 7161168| |

Specialized cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things)
is the following:
• shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
• shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
• gloves (only when you book a tour in April. It can be chilly in the morning that time of year!)
• good shoes
• sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
• extra towel
• soap/ insect repellent


After arrival on board you will be allocated a bicycle suitable to your height. This bicycle (a Hybrid bike), is
at your disposal during your trip until Friday at 4 PM. Your bike has 24 speeds, hand brakes, pannier bags, a
good lock, water bottle and you can get a repair-kit.

Before you make your first tour, the guide will give you instructions about the bike. Can we draw your
attention to the fact that you will be held responsible for damage to, or theft of the bike, as long as the bike
is not on board. (The bike is a Gazelle Medeo with a value of more than €600). Never leave it
unattended. Always lock it and fasten it to a fixed object. You can insure this bike for a fee of €15.00, at
the time of booking, or when you arrive on board at the tour start (payment in cash required).
Should you use your own bike, please bring a good lock with you!

Holland is a cycling country - 16 million inhabitants all with bikes. The number of cyclists necessitates a
cycling infrastructure: cycle paths (20.000 km), cycle routes (long and short distance), cycle bridges, cycle
tunnels, cycle ferries and special signposts for cyclists.

Cyclists, of course, have to observe traffic rules and regulations. The most important rule is to remember
that you are not alone on your bike and that you are sharing the road with your group and other road users.
Your guide on board will tell you all you need to know about the traffic rules and regulations.

Bike Insurance:
Bicycle insurance is available for €15 per bike. The participant is liable for damage or theft as long as the
bike is not on board. The bicycle insurance covers the cost of the repair or replacement of bicycle parts in
case of an accident. It also protects against theft of the bike while it was locked.
This insurance is only available at time of booking!

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                     Irish Cycling Safaris | Belfield Bike Shop, UCD, Dublin 4, Ireland
        Tel +353 1 2600749 | Fax +353 1 7161168| |

Arrival to tour start
You are expected on our boat on Saturday at 4 PM. You can recognize the ship by the banner with
Cycletours written on it. You will find the boat in Bruges: near the ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ (not far from the
train station).

After arrival there's coffee and tea on board. Other drinks are also available on cash payment. If you want
you can bring your luggage in advance, from 10 AM onwards. Then you can explore Bruges at your leisure.

On board you will meet an international party of all age groups, men and women, singles, couples and
families together with their children.

Travel Guidance
The crew on board your ship consists of: the skipper and his mate who are responsible for the smooth
running of things on board and the cook who is in charge of the catering. A tour leader, who can assist in
case of breakdowns, and who can be your guide to point out to you the things of interest along the way,
accompanies the participants. He or she is multi-lingual.

In the morning a substantial cyclist’s breakfast is on offer, and the evening meal consists of a dinner with
tea and coffee to follow. The midday meal comprises sandwiches/fruit/ snack/drink, which you take with
you from the boat after you have prepared this package yourself after breakfast. When you arrive back at
the boat after the day's cycling a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you. The three–course
dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert . The meals on board are
included in the price, as are coffee and tea. There is a bar on the boat with beer, soft drinks and wine at
reasonable prices.

If you are booking additional hotel accommodation 3* in Amsterdam and/or Bruges, herewith some

Amsterdam –
Hotel Avenue -
Prinsengracht Hotel -

Bruges –
Hotel Martins -
Hotel Maraboe -
Hans Memling Hotel -

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                     Irish Cycling Safaris | Belfield Bike Shop, UCD, Dublin 4, Ireland
        Tel +353 1 2600749 | Fax +353 1 7161168| |

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