Brussels to Amsterdam Cycle

tours / Cycling

Brussels to Amsterdam Cycle information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights barge
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. Note that storage capacity is limited in cabins and we recommend you bring a soft luggage bag. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


  • Cycling through countryside Holland and Belgium
  • Exploring the great cities of Amsterdam and Brussels
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable barge

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Combine the attractive landscapes of Belgium and the Netherlands on a fascinating journey through rural vista's and quaint villages, sampling the local cuisine and beverages enroute. Beginning in either Mechelen or Amsterdam (the journey operates in reverse every other trip), you will experience the Flemish port town of Antwerp, before continuing over the border to the well preserved fortified town of Willemstad. En-route, you can wander through the markets in Brussels, sample famous Belgian waffles, or try a glass or two of the massive variety of excellent beers. In Holland the old town of Hertogenbosch's St. Jans cathedral is certainly worth a visit. Across Holland's fruit garden, the Betuwe, and along the rivers Vecht and Amstel the cycle and barge journey continues to Amsterdam. On the last day there is time to explore the Dutch capital.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks) continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. at breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. if you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve a buffet lunch onboard. dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a barge with private facilities on a twinshare basis. if you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. cabins are configured with two lower beds and/or bunk beds.
  • Bicycle with 7 gears, lock, pannier and insurance
  • Beer tasting at 't waagstuk cafe in antwerp
  • Train from mechelen to brussels (or vice versa)
  • City walking tours
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Experienced guide


Day 1 Arrival in Mechelen (20 minute train ride from Brussels) – 10km
In the afternoon, check into your barge hotel, your home for the next seven nights. After checking in there’s time for a cycle in and around Mechelen before retiring to your barge for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 2 Return train to Brussels (no cycling)
Early this morning we take the train to visit the Belgian capital. There will be a short walking tour in the centre and some time to visit the highlights. We recommend you try one of the culinary specialties: mussels with french fries & mayonnaise, Belgian chocolate and some of the best waffles in the world. In the early afternoon you return via train to the port town of Antwerp on the river Scheldt. The visit to this town is without doubt one of the highlights of the trip. This evening you will partake in a special beer tasting, sampling some of the renowned blends during a beer seminar in a typical Belgian Bar.
Day 3 In Antwerp (no cycling)
This is a free day to visit the town of Antwerp. The tour leader will take you on a short walking tour and there will be time to visit Rubens House, do some shopping or relax at a sidewalk café. The barge sails across the Belgian border to the peninsula of Tholen in Zeeland.
Day 4 To Willemstad (45km)
Today you will cycle to the well preserved fortified town of Willemstad, strategically situated at the convergence of several waterways. This 16th century town possesses a highly unique feature – it’s fortification in the shape of a seven pointed star, each point of which is named after one of the seven provinces which comprised the Netherlands at the time of its construction.
Day 5 To Hertogenbosch (45 km)
By barge we leave for Geertruidenberg where you mount your bike for a diverse trip to the old town Hertogenbosch. A visit to the St. Jans Cathedral is worthwhile, it is said to be the most beautiful in the country.
Day 6 To Vianen (40 km)
Sail across the area between the rivers Maas en Waal, to the town of Tiel. The cycling trip leads through Holland’s fruit garden, the Betuwe. Here you start pedalling across some fine Dutch landscapes and visit the town of Wijk bij Duurstede. The cycle ends in the small town of Vianen, nicely situated on the river Lek.
Day 7 To Amsterdam (30km)
Your barge takes you to Breukelen, where you disembark. From here you make the last cycling stretch: enjoy the rural sceneries of tiny villages at the banks of small and winding rivers that show the way to the Dutch capital Amsterdam. In the evening you have the possibility to take a short guided city walk and a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.
Day 8 Trip concludes Amsterdam
The trip concludes after breakfast.