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West European Delta and Flanders fields

West European Delta and Flanders fields

This bike and boat trip shows you lots of the Dutch and Belgium highlights. In Belgium you fall in love with the beautiful buildings and cathedrals in old cities like Bruges and GhenThe impressive monuments of the First World War around Ypres with the "Last Post". In the Netherlands you will visit get acces to see a windmill from the inside and discover lovely cities like Amsterdam, Leiden and Delft.

 With the Quo Vadis is included:
• 11 days / 10 nights on board,  2-Persons cabin with private shower and toilet, air conditioning and central heating
• Full board (10 x breakfast, 9 x packed lunch, 8 x 3-course dinner and 1 x 4 course dinner)
• Welcome meeting and toast
• Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water on board
• Daily cabin cleaning
• Free WIFI on board
• 8-speed hybrid bicycle, including a bike bag and a lock
• A universal sized bike helmet
• Complimentary water bottle
• 2 Tourleaders for the bike tours
• Daily cycling meeting
• GPS tracks
• All ferry fares en route
• Ticket for WW1 Memorial Museum Ypres 
• Visit of a windmill (Kinderdijk) 
• Transfer to/from Ypres
• Belgium Bier tasting

What’s not included
• Insurances
• Local transportation and airfare
• 1 x dinner in Ypres
• Other entrance fees than mentioned
• Drinks other than mentioned
• Private excursions
• Bicycle protection
• Gratuities

2021 May 29th Amsterdam - Bruges
2021 June 19th Amsterdam - Bruges

Price per Person
2021  € 2085
Supplement for single cabin: 30%
Supplement E-bike: € 150  (to be reserved in advance, limited availability)

Itinerary

Sa: Day 1: The barge departs from Amsterdam 2:30 p.m. !!! 

Amsterdam – Spaarndam - Haarlem, 10-15 miles bike tour
You are able to check-in from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. We take off to Spaarndam by barge. After  the Bike-fitting we start our short bike trip to the oldest lock of Europe, and the famous statue of Hansje Brinker, the Dutch boy that prevented a flooding with his finger in the dike. From there you will bike along a dune landscape to the historical city of Haarlem.

Su: Day 2: Haarlem - Leiden, 27 mi. (43 km)
Get ready to pedal through the dunes, along sandy beaches and quaint harbor villages, like Zandvoort and Noordwijk,  the cycling continues ending in the historic city of Leiden. Leiden originated around 800 AD as a marketplace at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine rivers, the Vliet river and the Mare (‘Leyten’ means ‘at the waters’). For a long time it was the second city of the Netherlands after Amsterdam. It was the center of the textile industry in Medieval times. A well-known episode from the history of Leiden is the siege of 1574 by the Spanish. These were finally driven away after dikes had been broken through. Leiden is the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn.

Mo: Day 3:  Leiden - Katwijk - Delft, 30 mi. (48 km)
From Leiden you will follow the course of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) through the dunes, to Katwijk aan Zee, an old fishing village. From there you bike in the direction of the Hague, through the Haagse Bosch, a large park, and past the Royal Residence Huis ten Bosch.  A tranquil cycle path through the dunes leads you to Wassenaarse Slag. Here you Will find remains of the Atlantikwall, the 1900 miles long coastal fortifications built by the Nazi Third Reich. Passing the Hague you will arrive in Delft, one of the very famous Dutch cities. In its beautifully preserved historic centre you discover the rich history of the city. Delft is known for its Delfts Blue ceramic, the Nieuwe Kerk with its historic link to the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family.

 Tu: Day 4: Delft - Rotterdam - Kinderdijk - Alblasserdam - Willemstad 26 miles (42km)
From Delft you’ll bike to Rotterdam.  This bustling city has many architectural highlights, some interesting museums, and is the main port of Holland. On the Maas River, the Erasmus Bridge is the gateway to the Kop van Zuid district. The modern architecture makes Rotterdam to what is known as ‘Manhattan on the Maas’, the city of architecture. From here you will take the high-speed ferry to famous Kinderdijk. Here your tour starts again, through the Alblasserwaard, situated in between rivers. You'll enjoy the lovely scenery of water and meadows. The many inundations and the slowly sinking surface made water management essential in this fenland. Canals and ditches were dug and windmills were constructed. Nineteen of these windmills remain today. After visiting one of the windmills you bike to Alblasserdam. Here the Quo Vadis waits for you. You will enjoy a sailing dinner while motoring along the industrial area south of Rotterdam to the old fortress town Willemstad

We: Day 5: Willemstad - Zierikzee, 25 miles (40 km)
From there, you will start biking mostly below sea-level to the delta of the great rivers. There used to be many open connections with the sea here, but after the big flood disaster of 1953, the Delta Works plan was initiated,  As a result, most tidal inlets are now (partly) closed off from the sea by dams. A beautiful tour on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland comes next. Your destination for today is the well-preserved historical town of Zierikzee.

Th: Day 6: Zierikzee - Veere - Middelburg, 26 miles (42 km)
Today's bike tour will start by taking you towards the western part of the island, Schouwen. At Westenschouwen you will begin crossing the Oosterscheldedam. Halfway along the dam, you can spot the former artificial island, Neeltje Jans. Be sure to take a closer look at the interior and exterior of the storm surge barrier. Although all the islands of the provinces Zuid-Holland and Zeeland are now connected, and should no longer be called islands, they have all retained their original character. With a strong headwind, this trip can be quite strenuous. In that case, you may prefer to do the first part of today's route on board of the ship and start cycling at Zandkreek. Quiet country roads will take you into Veere. You Will end in Middelburg. Thuis town became, after Amsterdam, the most important center for the Dutch East India Company. Middelburg played also an important role in the 17th century slave trade.

Fr: Day 7: Middelburg - Vlissingen (Flushing) - Sas van Gent - Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
By ship or on the bike, you will head to Vlissingen (Flushing), an important port at the mouth of the Westerschelde. Here, you will take the ferry to Breskens in Zeeuws Vlaanderen (the Dutch part of Flanders), which takes about twenty minutes. Belgium is now getting close. While cycling through the spacious land and scattered villages, you may not even notice that you are crossing the Dutch-Belgian border. In Sas van Gent the Quo Vadis waits for you and brings you to Ghent. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past, but is much more than just a museum town. This lively city has numerous squares and cozy pubs and is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century which now often house students, and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours during the summer.

Sa: Day 8: Gent - Machelen - Kortrijk, 25 miles (40 km)
This morning the ship will bring you to Machelen on the river Leie, the east border of the Western Front of WW1. The first stop will be at the Flanders Fields American Cemetery. This peacefull site includes a impressive Memorial. From here you will follow the river Leie to Kortrijk. This town originates from a Gallo-Roman town, at the crossroad of two Roman roads. In the Middle Ages Kortrijk grew to one of the biggest and richest cities in Flanders because of the flax and wool trade with France and England.

Su: Day 9: Tour around Ypres, Flanders Fields 27 miles (43 km)
After breakfast you’ll go by train to Ypres where your bike is already waiting for you. Today the  Peace Tour brings you along many historical sites and Memorials of WW1.

In the late afternoon you’ll be back in Ypres. Here you can enjoy the regional cuisine in one of the city's restaurants - at your own expense. At 8:00pm you should visit the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate.  This ceremony is a tradition since 1929, every night and in all weathers!  After this event you’ll be brought back to the Quo Vadis.

Mo: Day 10: Kortrijk - Lichtervelde - Bruges 20 miles (32km)
Today a shorter trip to take care that you have enough time to explore Bruges. You will cycle through the beautiful country of Western Flanders to Bruges, the Venice of the North. This town is one the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was, in old times, a metropolis and center of commerce and art. Bruges historic center with its numerous canals, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tu: Day 11: Departure in Bruges

Departure is after breakfast, till 09:30.

Program and timetable may differ.

Amsterdam - Bruges

Startdate: 19-06-2021
Enddate: 29-06-2021
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Amsterdam - Bruges

Startdate: 29-05-2021
Enddate: 08-06-2021
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Contact

Weemhofseiland 23
9766 VK Eelderwolde
The Netherlands

info@quovadis.nu

T+31 6555 70 911

Groningen berth opposite Oosterkade No. 14

Phone on board: +31 624 755 688

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Spacious double cabins

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Passengers

30

Hybrid bikes

12

E-bikes