Flanders Fields and Holland, cycle 383 km / 238 miles
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 Ghent. The impressive monuments of the First World War around Ypres with the "Last Post". In the Netherlands you will visit and get acces to see a windmill from the inside and discover lovely cities like Amsterdam, Dordrecht and Gouda, where they make world's famous cheese.
Learn more about the Delta Works, the largest storm surge barrier in the world, a unique structure. The Oosterschelde barrage of 9 km, over a length of 4 km, has 62 movable lock gates, making it the most impressive and famous part of the Delta Works.
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, 7 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
• Local transportation and airfare
• 2 x dinners in Ypres and Gouda
• Other entrance fees than mentioned
• Drinks other than mentioned
• Private excursions
• Bicycle protection
Wed: Day 1: Arrive Bruges
Individual arrival in Bruges. The MS Quo Vadis awaits you in the Bruges harbour close to to the railway station. You are able to check-in from 03:00-05:00 pm. The ship will stay in Bruges. Before dinner we start with the bike-fitting. Enjoy pre- dinner drinks and dinner on board before taking a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Bruges known as the “Venice of the North” because of its many canals. Medieval buildings dating back to the 14th century line its narrow cobbled streets.
Thu: Day 2: Bruges - Machelen - Kortrijk on the Leie River, cycle 44 km / 27 miles
Before breakfast the barge will sail to Moerbrugge along the Ghent – Oostende canal. Here we start our first cycling experience through the beautiful countryside of Western Flanders with its small villages, along country estates and through a wonderful forest (part of which goes by the name ‘purgatory’!). After several hours we re-join the Quo Vadis in Machelen on the Leie River. From here we sail southbound to Kortrijk.
Fri: Day 3: Kortrijk; cycle Peacetour around Ypres, cycle 40 km / 25 miles
After breakfast we’ll go to Ypres by bus transfer with our bikes in a trailer. Today the Peace bike tour brings you along many historical sites and Memorials of WW1, including a visit to a very interpretive museum. The route will be a little bit hilly. In the late afternoon you’ll be back in Ypres. Here you can enjoy the regional cuisine in one of the many 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 by bus to the Quo Vadis.
Sat: Day 4: Kortrijk – Machelen – Ghent, cycle 38 km / 24 miles
From Machelen the biking starts, following the quiet meandering river Leie via one of the most beautiful castles of Belgium and the village of St Maartens Latem. Early afternoon we arrive in Ghent. This lively city has numero’s squares and cozy pubs and is an excellent mixture of mediëval edifices, stylist stopping 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. We take time to visit e.g. the st. Baafs Cathedral or the Belfry.
Sun: Day 5: Gent – Sas van Gent – Breskens – Vlissingen – Middelburg, cycle 50km / 31 miles
First a sailing breakfast, while we cross the border into The Netherlands. From Sas van Gent our cycling route leads us through mussel village Philipine, lots of spacious agricultural fields and the small fortress town IJzendijke. Along the sandbanks of the Wester Scheldt, the gateway for Antwerp harbour, we head for Breskens. We might spot some seals. A ferry across the Scheldt mouth brings us to Flushing, a historical navy harbour. The Quo Vadis waits for us in attractive Middelburg, dominated by the 12th century abbey from where monks started landwinning around their island Walcheren; later the town was a prosperous colonial trading center, second in the Dutch republic.
Mon: Day 6: Middelburg – Veere – Zierikzee, cycle 55km / 34 miles
Today we have a spaceful ride between sea and sky in the delta of Rhine, Maas and Scheldt rivers. Although the different islands of the province Zeeland got connected, thanks to landwinning and after the big flood of 1953 with huge dams of the Delta Works, they all have retained their own character. First we visit charming Veere, a small historic harbour with old Scottish connections. One of the higlights of this tour is the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the most impressive construction of the Delta Works. We will cycle its full 15km length!
Our route continues over the island Schouwen, with fortress Burgh, along wetlands at the Scheldt banks with the lonely tower of disappeared Stompetoren and historic circular village Serooskerke. The Quo Vadis can be found in Zierikzee, dominated by the ‘Fat tower’; once a rich trading-port with a beautiful harbour and lots of monuments.
Tue: Day 7: Zierikzee – Willemstad – Dordecht, cycle 57km / 35 miles
Today we travel from Zeeland towards Holland. We might visit the impressive Inundation museum, housed in the 4 huge caissons originally used to restore the dikes after the flood. Via fishing village Bruinisse we have a beautiful tour on the open land between sky and sea of island Overflakkee with Oude Tonge. This rural village was badly impacted by the 1953 flood catastophe. 305 People were buried in a mass grave near the dike just outside the village. We finish our ride today in Willemstad, a small historical garrison town whith fortifications symbolising the old Dutch republic of the seven united provinces of The Netherlands. The Quo Vadis brings us during dinner to the centre of interesting Dordrecht, the oldest city of Holland, once an important market because of its strategic position on the rivers, and where the Dutch Republic was first declared
Wed: Day 8: Dordrecht - Gouda, Cycle 40km / 25 miles
We start the day with our bikes on the fast ferry “waterbus” that will take us with our bikes over the river. Then its a short ride to Kinderdijk that is famous for its impressive row of 19 Windmills classified as a world heritage site. They were constructed in the 18th century to pump water from low lying tract of land or polder surrounded by embankments. We cycle on via quiet green meadows to Gouda, famous for cheese and its city hall built in the mid 1400’s.
Thu: Day 9: Gouda – Uithoorn, Cycle 43km / 27 miles
Let’s first take some extra time in Gouda before we ride or last long ride this week. We can admire the famous glass windows of the St. Jans Church and enjoy the traditional cheesemarket at the main market square in between the old townhall and weighing station. Our ride leads us over narrow roads and paths through lovely green meadows and along different former peat bogs, now great lakes for watersports etc, towards the lovely village of Uithoorn at the river Amstel.
Fri: Day 10: Uithoorn – Amsterdam, cycle 16km / 10 miles
From Uithoorn we bike along the beautiful river Amstel to pittoresque Ouderkerk. We’ll visit the impressive old Jewish cemetery here. Then the Quo Vadis waits for us for a impressive sail-in through the old Amsterdam canals to Amsterdam Harbour. The rest of the afternoon and tonight is free to enjoy the city.
Sat: Day 11: Departure in Amsterdam.
Departure is after breakfast, till 09:30.
Program and timetable may differ.
9766 VK Eelderwolde
T+31 6555 70 911
Groningen berth opposite Oosterhaven No. 7
Phone on board: +31 624 755 688
Spacious double cabins