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The Delightful Flanders with MS Quo Vadis

A beautiful bike cruise with the popular boat, MS Quo Vadis

Discover the cycling-loving Flanders' many delights with the "MS Quo Vadis". Belgian specialties such as chocolate, waffles, moules frites and the hundreds of varieties of beers – plus so much more.

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Flanders with the MS Quo Vadis

Once again, we offer this lovely cycling cruise with the popular hotel boat, MS Quo Vadis. Flanders is an interesting cycling area, known from the great Spring Classics and cycling races shown on television, where many will recognize the beautiful scenery offering varied and colourful experiences and impressions.  
You sail on the large river Schelde, which is heavily influenced by the tide, resulting in several interesting locks along the way. In the western part of Flanders, you'll find the small, intimate and cosy canals lazily flowing through beautiful landscapes with tiny villages, cobbled streets and colourful village idyll, and it's sure to give you that quintessential holiday feeling when you stop to take a break under the big poplar trees in the villages' squares.

On this tour you will experience the most magnificent cities: like Antwerp, with the world's largest diamond district, and Brussels with the Grand Place, colourful café scene and Rue des Bouchers (Butcher's Street) where you'll find hundreds of restaurants squeezed side by side in the narrow alleyways. And don’t forget the well-known and beautiful canal cities of Ghent and Bruges, which must be experienced in order to feel the special and wonderful atmosphere found here in the heart of Flanders.
Belgium certainly also has its highlights of culinary specialties, like "moules" (mussels), crisp waffles from the many waffle carts, Belgian chocolate and the hundreds of world-renowned varieties of Belgian beer, which will be a great treat for all beer connoisseurs.
The daily cycling stages are easy and manageable, going through gently rolling areas; and in Bruges (start/finish point of the tour) you have an extra day where you can do a tour of the area surrounding this beautiful city, which in terms of beauty is easily comparable to Venice. 

Accommodation

MS Quo Vadis is a sister ship to our little luxury liner MS Merlijn, which sails on several other routes in Europe. And like with the Merlijn boat, the owner and skipper of MS Quo Vadis, Rendert Jan, is known for offering a great service and for his ability to create a joyful and cosy atmosphere for the guests. The skipper himself plays the guitar, and there has been made room for a piano in the boat's beautiful common room, so evenings are often spent in a musical and familiar atmosphere. All 12 cabins have free-standing beds on the floor (no bunk beds), private bath/toilet, hairdryer, safe and air-conditioning; and the shared dining and common room is tastefully decorated with comfortable furnishings and large panoramic windows. There has also been made room for a small well-stocked bar. So, if you want a day of total relaxation during your vacation week, you can always choose to stay on board and enjoy a day of sailing with some great views.  

The tour includes full board: buffet breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon coffee/tea and a well-prepared 3-course dinner in the evening. The skipper, Rendert Jan, is a wonderful personality. He really knows how to create a cosy and cheery atmosphere on board, even playing live music when the mood strikes the guests, and the 4-person crew provides you with an in every way amazing service throughout the week.

MS Quo Vadis is a boat catering to an international crowd, and the guests on board will be of different nationalities. Because our partner for this tour is German, the language on board is German, but the skipper also speaks English.
You decide whether you want to cycle on your own or together with the group and bike guide, whom every day offers to accompany any guests who wish it, on the route. Every evening, the locally-known bike guide will review the following day's stage together with the guests, so everyone is informed about the route, before heading out on their bike, either with the group or individually.

Degree of difficulty and maps

The total cycling distance on the tour is about 280 km, with daily stages varying between 40 and 55 km. The landscape is mostly flat, interspersed with slightly hilly stretches manageable by anyone with an average level of fitness.

You will be sent detailed travel information. On board the boat, you will be provided with a detailed cycling map illustrating the route if you wish to cycle individually. But you can also choose to follow the group on the route.


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Itinerary

The following itinerary is with departure from Bruges. When the tour departs from Brussels, the following itinerary is to be read in reverse order.

 

Day 1. Arrival in Bruges.  
Check-in is between 15.00-17.00h. But don't miss the opportunity to do some sightseeing in this beautiful city, which is also known as the "Venice of the North" because of the many canals, beautiful gardens and old, narrow, cobblestoned streets in the city centre.

Day 2. Around Bruges and to the North Sea, approx. 55 km.  
From Bruges you cycle along a narrow canal, through a marshland with farms and rural idyll, until you reach the small town of Damme, known as the birthplace of Till Eulenspiegel. You continue on to Belgium's most beautiful village, Lissewege, with the characteristic white house gables sitting side by side along the charming, narrow canal. It's fully understandable that the village is called "the most beautiful in Belgium". If you can manage to tear yourself away, the route continues to the Blankenberge beach by the North Sea, where you'll have approx. 2 hours leisure time before heading back to Bruges. You can also choose to spend the whole day in Bruges if you prefer to do more sightseeing in this beautiful city.

Day 3. Bruges - Ghent, approx. 40 km.  
While you enjoy breakfast, the boat sails to Moerbrügge, where a classic cycling route between two wonderful cities awaits. Following the Ghent-Ostend Canal through the typical Flemish countryside with woods, green meadows and small villages, you will reach Ghent. In the Middle Ages, Ghent was known for its trading activities. Today it's known for its beautiful car-free old town, the magnificent and centrally located Gravensteen Castle, as well as the many small canals and lovely cafés found in the city centre. Here, MS Quo Vadis will moor overnight, giving you the opportunity to take a nice evening stroll in this lovely city.

Day 4. Ghent - Merelbeke Lock - Dendermonde or Sint-Amands, approx. 48 km.  
Today's cycling route goes via the Merelbeke Lock and continues along the Schelde Canal, through small villages like Wichelen, Berlare and Appels, until you reach the pleasant town of Dendermonde, with the splendid, typical Flemish central market 'Grote Markt' in the middle of the city. In Dendermonde you once again board the MS Quo Vadis and end the day with a wonderful sail on the Schelde Canal to Sint-Amands. The chosen stop-over for the night depends on the tide.

Day 5. Dendermonde/Sint-Amands - Antwerp, approx. 42 km.  
In the city of Sint-Amands you cross the canal with a small ferry. From there, you continue past the water tower, across the Brussels-Rupel Canal and past the large historic brick and tile factories between Boom and Niel. From Niel the route goes through the Walenhoek nature reserve and continues along the river Rupel until you reach the big river Schelde. From the town of Rupelmonde to Hemiksem, and from there it's downhill towards Antwerp, where you'll again be met by the skipper and crew on board your floating hotel, MS Quo Vadis.

 

Day 6. Antwerp - Klein-Willebroek, approx. 45 km.  
After breakfast, there is time for a bit of sightseeing in Antwerp, the diamond cutting centre of the world, but in the city you'll also find numerous museums, the beautiful Renaissance City Hall, the medieval castle Steen and the big Liebfrauenkatedral (Cathedral of Our Lady) which are all worth a visit before starting the day's cycling stage. First you cycle to the small picturesque town of Lier with the famous "Zimmer Tower", and from there along the Nete Canal via the town of Düffel to Klein-Willebroek, located on the river Rupel. And if there is an interest in a Belgian beer tasting evening, Skipper Rendert Jan will gladly arrange it.

Day 7. Klein-Willebroek - Vilvoorde - Brussels, approx. 40 km.  
The boat sails on the Willebroek canal to Brussels, and today's cycling stage follows the canal through lovely green hills to the town of Kapelle-op-den-Bos and thence through villages and past beautiful manor houses until you reach Vilvoorde, where you'll again board the boat and sail the last stretch to the beautiful capital of Brussels. Enjoy the capital's special atmosphere on this last evening, either on board the boat or go exploring on your own in this beautiful city with the impressive square "Grand Place" and all the small, cozy restaurant streets, Rue des Bouchers (Butcher's Street), located in the centre of the old town.

Day 8. Check out
Departure after breakfast.

Travel Info

In 2018, MS Quo Vadis has the following departures from Brussels:
19th of May, 2nd, 16th and 30th of June, 14th and 28th of July, 11th and 25th of August.  

And the following departures from Bruges:
12th and 26th of May, 9th and 23rd of June, 7th and 21st of July, 4th and 18th of August. 

The tour price does not include gratuity (tips). On cruises, it's standard to tip the crew. The level is approx. 5 EUR per person per day, and in your cabin you'll usually find an envelope already prepared for tips, or the tips can be put in a glass at the bar.

Bikes and cycling equipment

You can rent good new Unisex bikes with low entry, 7 gears, hand and foot brakes and bike bags. If you wish to bring your own bike this is also possible, but because of the limited space on board, this must be notified when booking.

There are 3 electric bikes on board to rent, but they must be pre-booked.
See rental rates in the price list.

How to get there

You must make your own way to Brussels or Bruges, depending on the tours departure city.

By plane
It's possible to fly to Brussels Airport, and there are many good train connections from the airport. There are trains to Bruges approx. every half hour and the ride takes about 1½ hour with a change at the Brussel-Noord train station.

By train
If you arrive by train, we recommend arriving in Brussels and returning from Bruges (or vice versa depending on your chosen departure), thereby saving you the return transfer to your starting point.

 

By car
If you arrive by car, you are responsible for arranging parking in Brussels or Bruges.
The price for parking in the city of Brussels is expensive, approx. 12-15 EUR/day.
In Bruges you can park at the train station "Stationsplein ", where they offer cheap supervised parking, approx.4 EUR/day. So, it's advisable to drive the car to Bruges, no matter whether you are starting your tour in Brussels or Bruges.

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Practical information

The price includes / per person

  • Accommodation with full board as described.
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin with change of towels and bed linen when needed
  • Port and lock fees
  • German/English-speaking tour guide/skipper, who will give information about the daily stages
  • Detailed maps, 1 set per cabin
  • Local bike guide on board

Supplements:

  • There are no single cabins on board. It's possible to book a 2-bed cabin as a single cabin for a supplement of 3,000 DKK
  • 7-gear unisex bike, price 70 EUR / 525 DKK when pre-booked
  • Electric bike (without foot brake), price 165 EUR / 1,240 DKK when pre-booked and paid in advance (limited number available)

 

NB: All cabins are on request. We therefore recommend that you book the tour with us before arranging flights/trains/buses to the destination.
 

Terms and Conditions:
Ruby Rejser is the agent and intermediary for this tour. The organizer is SE-Tours and the tour takes place according to the organizer's terms and conditions. See terms and conditions and read about SE-Tours here www.se-tours.de/de.
Your tour is still covered by Ruby Rejser's membership of the Danish Travel Guarantee Fund, member no. 206.

 

Ruby Rejser has a price match guarantee, so we'll match the price if it is cheaper with another provider at the time of booking.  
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