Flanders Fields and Holland
Flanders Fields and Holland 100 years of Peace
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, Ghent and Antwerp. In the Netherlands you will visit 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.
The Quo Vadis is a luxury ship 12 spacious double cabins with lower beds, heating, air conditioning, safe, private bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin.
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 guided 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.
Day 2: Bruges - Machelen - Kortrijk on the Leie River, Cycle 43 km
Before breakfast the barge will sail to Moerbrugge along the Ghent – Oostende canal. Here we start our first cycling experience through the beautiful Flemish countryside and stop to see some well preserved WWII German pillboxes built to guard this strategic waterway. After several hours we re-join the barge in Machelen on the Leie River. From here we sail southbound to Kortrijk.
Day 3: Kortrijk – Menen – Wervik, Cycle 42 km
Today we bike SE of Ypres, visiting the famous WW1 battle sites of the Ypres Salient South.
The Zandvoorde Cemetery, the Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood, Hill 60 (Australian Tunneling Company), the Caterpillar Crater, the Command-bunker Zandvoorde.
We will end the tour back in Wervik, where the Quo Vadis still is moored.
Day 4: Wervik Cycle 40 km
Today a bus will bring you and your bike to Ypres. We will follow the Ypres Salient North and East. The Yorkshire Trench and dug-out, Langemark, and many places where the Anzac troops saw service, the New Zealand Forces Memorial, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Polygon Woods, and Menin Road in Belgium. Late afternoon we are back in Ypres. Here you can enjoy the regional cuisine in one of the city’s restaurants, at your own cost. Tonight, at the Menin Gate in Ypres we experience the Last Post Ceremony. This has taken place every night since 1928 except during the German occupation of WWII. After this event you are brought back to the Quo Vadis.
Day 5: Kortrijk – st.Baafsvijve – Ghent, Cycle 43 km
During breakfast the ship will bring you in the direction of Ghent. Near St-Baafs the biking starts, following the river Leie. This river was one of the frontlines in WW1 and WW2. Earl afternoon we arrive in Ghent. This city is proud of his rich past, but is much more than a museum town.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.
Day 6: Ghent – Dendermonde - St Amands, Cycle 48km
After breakfast we get back onto the bikes and ride through diverse landscapes to Dendermonde at the mouth of the Dender River where it flows into the River Schelde. Here you can enjoy some time off the bike with a coffee at the beautiful Flemish Grote Market Square. Back on the barge we cruise along one of the most beautiful and winding parts of the route along the River Schelde to St Amands.
Day 7: St Amands – Temse – Antwerp, Cycle 42km
The cycle route takes us along the Schelde to Temse Bridge. Then through the countryside via Rupelmonde and Hemiksem to the harbour city of Antwerp. See the city where 80% of the world’s rough cast diamonds are handled and the historic Renaissance buildings that surround the city square. After dinner you may wish to catch a cab into the city to see the spectacular buildings lit by floodlights.
Day 8: Antwerp - Tholen - Willemstad – Dordrecht , Cycle 42km
The Quo Vadis will sail this morning along the Schelde-Rhine Canal to the huge Kreekrak lock system, just over the Dutch border. From here you bike to Tholen, a former fishing village in the province of Zeeland. From Tholen we will bike to the fortified town of Willemstad passing along the impressive Volkerak lock system. From here we sail to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.
Day 9: Dordrecht - Gouda, Cycle 40km
We start the day with our bikes on the fast ferry “waterbus” that will take us with our bikes to Alblasserdam in just 10 minutes. From here it is just 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 to Gouda, famous for cheese and its city hall built in the mid 1400’s. We see the market place and historic cheese weighing station and museum.
Day 10: Gouda – Alphen - Amsterdam, Cycle 34km
During a sailing breakfast the Quo Vadis brings you to Alphen aan de Rijn. From here you start biking along the river Amstel to Ouderkerk. Here waits the Quo Vadis for a impressive sail-in through the old Amsterdam canals to Amsterdam Harbour. Tonight is free to enjoy in the city, just a short walk from the harbour.
Day 11: Departure in Amsterdam.
Departure is after breakfast, till 09:30.
Program and timetable may differ.