2021
Boat and Bike in Flanders-MS Mecklenburg

Boat and Bike in Flanders

From Bruges to Brussels on MS Mecklenburg

 Bruges – Ghent – Antwerp – Brussels

  • Flemish cities of art, ancient villages and canals, beautiful poplar avenues
  • With full board and guided cycling tours!
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat MS Mecklenburg

days
8

km / day avg.
45

The much admired attraction of the Belgian region of Flanders has much to do with its many contrasts – in the small villages times seems to have come to a standstill, whereas in the lively metropolises of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels time seems like it couldn't pass any quicker. During the course of this holiday by bicycle and ship you will experience the attractions of Flanders both large and small. The cycle routes will lead you through popular-lined avenues and along old canals. Your ship will be a constant companion along the route. In the large cities of Flanders, testaments to the rich history of the cities await you along with art masterworks, unique architecture, as well as the particular delicacies of Belgium: French fries, beer and chocolate.

The starting point will either be Bruges or Brussels. Available dates will be displayed in the booking form.

Please note that the places where you stay in these two routes are slightly different.

Boat and Bike in Flanders
  • Booking codes
    Bruges – Brussels – BE-FLSBG-08G
    Brussels – Bruges – BE-FLSBS-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Bruges / Brussels
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 270 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruiser: MS Mecklenburg

On the small, family-run ship MS Mecklenburg you will immediately feel at home and spend a relaxed holiday. Due to the small dimensions of the MS Mecklenburg she can easily pass through narrow locks and under low bridges. If you are not exploring the landscape on a bike, you can let it pass by from the sun deck of the ship. The well-rehearsed ship's crew will spoil you during your holiday with good service and delicious food.

 

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MS Mecklenburg, ship view

© Markus Abeling

city, Bruges
city view, Bruges

Day 1: Individual arrival in Bruges

Bruges is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North and is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its status as art and museum town. Explore the rich history of what is possibly the most beautiful town in Flanders. Your ship awaits you at 15.00 at the harbour.

houses, Damme
houses in Damme

Day 2: Round trip around Bruges, approx. 55 km

You will start your round trip in Bruges and cycle to Damme, the alleged birthplace of Till Eulenspiegel, a famous prankster in German folklore tales. From here you will cycle to the North Sea coast: a 12 kilometre long sandy beach, cosy cafés and the beautiful dune landscape of the Het Zwin nature reserve await you there. You will then cycle back to Bruges along a small canal.

 

boat, Ghent
boating in Ghent

Day 3: Bruges – Moerebrugge (by boat), Moerebrugge – Ghent-Merelbeke, approx. 40 km

Today you will cycle along the Bruges-Ghent Canal through the provinces West and East Flanders. In Vinderhoute you will board the ship again and sail to Ghent. Small villages and fields characterize the region, which used to be the centre of the textile industry. Today Flanders has managed to establish a modern service sector. Today´s destination is Ghent, which is an old mercantile city. Your boat is docked at the Merelbeke lock, which is about 30 minutes by bike from the old town. 

 

Grote Markt, Dendermonde
Grote Markt in Dendermonde

Day 4: Ghent – Dendermonde, approx. 50 km, Dendermonde – Sint Amands (by boat)

In the morning you will explore the car-free historical town centre of Ghent by foot and by bike. From there you will cycle further to Dendermonde. The pretty provincial town has a market-place worth seeing and an ancient Beguine Convent. Today you will sail along a curvy stretch of the river Scheldt to Sint Amands.

Brabo-Fountain, Antwerp
Brabo-Fountain in Antwerp

Day 5: Sint Amands – Antwerp, approx. 45 km

You will cycle through meadows towards the Brussels-Rupel-Canal. Here you will cycle through an historic area renowned for its brickworks, where bricks have been produced since the middle ages and continue to be produced. You will then reach the Scheldt River and will soon reach the city of Antwerp which is famous for its diamond trade. You should not miss the opportunity to see The Grote Markt.

clock tower, Lier
clock tower in Lier

Day 6: Antwerp – Willebroek, approx. 45 km

Take a little stroll through Antwerp, which experienced its first heyday as textile city, then was the richest trading town of the 16th century, but lost its significance due to the prohibition of shipping on the river Scheldt in 1648, the time of the Peace of Westphalia. Then you will cycle to Lier, which has a clock tower worth-seeing and from there along the river Nete until you reach today´s destination.

church in Vilvoorde
church in Vilvoorde

Day 7: Willebroek – Vilvoorde, approx. 40 km, Vilvoorde – Brussels (by boat)

The last stage of your cycle tour remains rural, but is slightly more hilly. Quiet villages and grand country estates line your way. Then you will reach the charming city Mechelen. From Vilvoorde you will sail to Brussels. This metropolis isn’t just the heart of the country and the capital of the ancient duchy Brabant, but also one of the headquarters of the European Union.

Grand Place, Brussels
Grand Place in Brussels

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast your boat and bike tour in Flanders ends. Disembarkation until 9.30 and your return journey home will take place.

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from Sat, 05/15/2021 - 00:00 to Sat, 08/28/2021 - 00:00Early booking discount: -30 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Season A

15.05. - 28.08.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 500

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights on bord
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea in the afternoons
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied
  • All harbour, bridge and lock fees
  • Daily Routing discussion, guided cycling tours
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • Map material for cycling tours on board
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included: 

  • Drinks on board
  • Fees for excursions and entries
  • Tips

The minimum number of 18 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accommodation

 

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MS Mecklenburg

Twin cabin

MS Mecklenburg, Twin cabin

MS Mecklenburg

Saloon

MS Mecklenburg, Saoon

MS Mecklenburg

Cabin plan

MS Mecklenburg, cabin plan

MS Mecklenburg

  • 11 outer cabins, approx. 8 m
  •  Fittings: WC/shower, individually regulated air conditioning, central heating
  •  Windows that can be opened
  •  Double cabins: 2 floor-level single beds

Boat Facts

  • 1 passenger deck
  • 11 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 22 passengers
  • Length: 41 m
  • Width: 5 m
  • Fittings: sun deck, saloon, restaurant
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All prices are per person

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

500 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
75 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
165 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
75 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
165 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike hub gears with back-pedal brakes or free-wheel (limited number)
  • E-Bike, 8-speed unisex wheel with back-pedal or freewheel (limited number)
Fittings

Saddle back

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Rental Bike

7-gear Rental Bike

75 €

E-bike

165 €

Boat and Bike in Flanders
  • Booking codes
    Bruges – Brussels – BE-FLSBG-08G
    Brussels – Bruges – BE-FLSBS-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Bruges / Brussels
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 270 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    Bruges:
    Attended parking at Stationsplein (Central Station / Hauptbahnhof Bruges), cost: approx. 5-7 € per day. Take a cab from central station to the shipping pier, cost approx. 10-20 €.
    Unattended, free-of-charge parking at Ringstraße (nearby the shipping pier), only limited space available.
    Brussels:
    Attended Park & Ride at Gare du Nord station, cost: approx. 15-20 € per day (approx. 6 km away from the shipping pier).Take a cap from the station to the shipping pier, cost approx. 20-50 €.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Return journey to Bruges / Brussels
    With the train on own initiative, departures at least hourly, direct connections.
  • Minimum number of participants
    The minimum number of 15 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; the right to change is reserved.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
45