FIEP

 

Casual Barge Biking Cruises in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France

The cruises listed below are for those passengers that are looking for a very laid back experience at an affordable price.  These cruises are multi language.  Your cabin consists of your own private toilet and shower, though you take care of cleaning your room.  You are given clean linens during the cruise and you make your own bed.  Lunch is a packed bag each day.  There is no formal meals such as a Captain's Farewell dinner.  No alcoholic beverages included in the rates.

These are a great value and great fun if the above features appeal to you.  The  24 passenger Fiep, is a Dutch barge,  practical and comfortable with a friendly appearance.


 

Flemish Cities

8 Days


Rate includes: 8 days, breakfast, lunch package, dinner (1 on own), bed linen, bike rental, tour guide.

Itinerary: Amsterdam - Vianen - Dordrecht - Tholen - Antwerp - Dendermonde - Ghent - Bruges

Highlights: Amsterdam - Cheese farm - windmills Kinderdijk - Rubens house in Antwerp - Belfort in Ghent - round trip of the canals of Bruges

Flemish hospitality and history

During this tour, the historical Flemish cities are central: Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. But before we arrive there, you will get to know a very beautiful part of the Netherlands. You bike along the winding river Vecht with its impressive castles on its banks, you visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods and you visit the Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk. From the fortified town Willemstad, which is situated on the impressive wide Zeeland streams, we head for Belgium. There we spent the night in Antwerp, the city of Rubens, and of course we will visit the Rubens house. You bike from Antwerp to Ghent along the beautiful tidal river Nederschelde, in order to breathe in the atmosphere of the days of old in the town center, with its impressive Belfort and the St. Baafs-cathedral, where you can admire the famous triptych of painter Jan van Eyck. Final destination is Bruges, with its picturesque town center probably the most beautiful of the historical Flemish cities.

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam - Vianen      Biking: about 15 km.
Saturday afternoon the barge takes off to Nichtevecht. From there we make a short bike trip to Breukelen along the winding river Vecht. We visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. By the end of the afternoon the barge takes us to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

Day 2 (Sun): Vianen - Dordrecht    Biking: about 50 km.
In the morning our beautiful bike ride leads to Schoonhoven, the Silvertown. From Schoonhoven we continue to Kinderdijk right across the Alblasserwaard. There an impressive row of large windmills appears, built to drain the Alblasserwaard.

We can visit one of the mills. Then the barge takes us further to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, and an important junction for shipping traffic. There we spend the night in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.

Day 3 (Mon): Dordrecht - Tholen    Biking: about 35 or 50 km.
During breakfast we cruise to Willemstad, an old fortified town on the Haringvliet. From there we bike along the impressive complex of locks 'de Volkerak' to Tholen.  Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past.

Day 4 (Tue): Tholen - Antwerp  Biking: about 35 km.
Today we bike through a wooded area, the 'Wouwse Plantage' towards the south. The barge waits for us at the Kreekrak locks and from there we cruise the impressive port of Antwerp to the center of the city. Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. In the Rubens house we can admire his work. In the middle of the city we find the Cathedral Of Our Lady and around the Market Square beautiful town houses from a rich past are situated. DINNER IS ON YOUR OWN TONIGHT.

Day 5 (Wed): Antwerp - Dendermonde   Biking: about 30 or 55 km.
After breakfast we leave Antwerp and we bike along the river Schelde. We follow this beautiful but capricious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. We can join the Fiep again halfway in Temse or continue all the way to Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river. In Dendermonde we will visit the beautiful town hall and have a little beer tasting.

Day 6 (Thu): Dendermonde - Ghent  Biking: about 35 km.
The bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent, a lively university city, again one with a rich past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more, or to shop in the lively center. The city has its origins in Roman Times, at the place where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years. In the city center many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet. Major church is St. Baafs' Cathedral, raised in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of masterpieces of mediaeval painting, of which the 'Adoration of the Lamb' by Jan van Eyck is the most famous.

Day 7 (Fri): Ghent - Bruges   Biking: about 45 km.
Our bike tour through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges starts right out of town. Today our final destination is Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. At the time Bruges was a metropole, center of trade and art, which we can still fully enjoy.

Day 8 (Sat): Bruges
After breakfast the tour is ended.

 

REVERSE -

Bruges - Amsterdam    8 days    

                              

8 days, breakfast, packed lunch, dinner (1 on own), bed linen, bike rental, tour guide. 

Itinerary: Bruges – Ghent – Dendermonde - Antwerp –Tholen - Dordrecht – Vianen - Amsterdam

Flemish hospitality and history
During this tour, the historical Flemish cities are central: Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. But  you will also get to know a very beautiful part of the Netherlands. The tour starts in Bruges, with its picturesque town center probably the most beautiful of the historical Flemish cities. After that you will bike through the pretty countryside of West-Flanders to Ghent in order to breathe in the atmosphere of  the days of old in the town center, with its impressive Belfort and the St. Baafs-cathedral, where you can admire the famous triptych of painter Jan van Eyck.  You bike from Ghent along the beautiful tidal river Nederschelde, to Antwerp, the city of Rubens, who’s paintings you can admire in the cathedral. Then we head for the Netherlands, first to Tholen, where many people fished for their living. We will visit Dordrecht and the windmills of Kinderdijk. The bike tour continues along the winding river Vecht with its impressive castles on its banks, you visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. In Amsterdam you have time for a canal tour or a visit of the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.

 

Day 1 (Sat):  Bruges - Ghent      Biking: about 15 km.
Arrival in Bruges.
Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. At the time Bruges was a metropole, center of trade and art, which you can still fully enjoy.

Just outside Bruges the first bike tour starts through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders. During dinner the barge sails into Ghent, a lively university city, again one with a rich past. The city has its origins in Roman Times, at the place where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years, which had its peak late 13th, early 14th century.  Textile industry brought great wealth. In the city center many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers’ Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet.  Major church is St. Baafs’ Cathedral, raised in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of masterpieces of mediaeval painting, of which the ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck is the most famous.

Day 2 (Sun):   Ghent – Dendermonde     Biking: about 40 km.
In the morning we spend some time in Ghent. Later your bike tour follows the beautiful but capricious tidal river Schelde downstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. In Dendermonde,  a friendly little town along the river, we will have a beertasting

Day 3 (Mon):  Dendermonde – Antwerpen    Biking: about 30 or 40 km
After breakfast we follow the Schelde again to Antwerp.  You can join the Fiep halfway in Temse or continue all the way to Antwerp.  Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Ruberns. In the Cathedral  Of Our Lady we can admire his work.  Around this church and the Market Square beautiful town houses from a rich past are situated. DINNER IS ON YOUR OWN TONIGHT.

Day 4 (Tue): Antwerp – Tholen    Biking: about 35 km.
In the morning we stay in Antwerp. Around lunchtime we cruise through the impressive port of Antwerp and have a small lunch on board. From the complex of locks ‘de Volkerak’ we bike to Tholen, through a  wooded  area, the ‘Wouwse Plantage’. Tholen once was an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people fished for their living. Nowadays Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways. But it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past.

Day 5 (Wed): Tholen – Willemstad - Dordrecht     Biking: about 35 km
Today we cruise the big streams of Zeeland. The bike tour goes over Oud-Vossemeer to  Willemstad, an old fortified town on the Haringvliet. From here we cruise to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland, and an important junction for shipping traffic. There we spend the night in the historic port of Wolwevershaven. After dinner a town walk

Day 6 (Thu): Dordrecht - Vianen       Biking:  about 35 / 55 km.
In the morning we continue to Kinderdijk. There an impressive row of large windmills appears, built to drain the Alblasserwaard. We can visit one of the mills. Then our beautiful bike ride leads to Schoonhoven, the Silvertown. From Schoonhoven we bike to to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. You can also join the barge from Schoonhoven to Vianen.

Day 7 (Fri):     Vianen - Amsterdam   Biking: about 45 km

Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. On our way we visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum. After dinner a town walk

Day 8 (Sat):             Amsterdam
After breakfast the tour is ended.

2017 Rates

Fiep
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 7 night 1790

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
July 22; Aug 12 7 night Cruising between Bruges and Amsterdam

 

2018 Rates

Fiep
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 7 night 1790

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
Aug 11 7 night Cruising between Bruges and Amsterdam