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.