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Fun and value on the Magnifique

9 Aug 2015


We did Amsterdam-Bruges on the Magnifique in July. Wonderful trip! The crew was great (professional and competent), food was good, bar prices quite reasonable, our cabin pleasant, small bathroom surprisingly nice, our guide Tom was great, rental bikes were very comfortable. Loved being able to unpack on day 1 and settle in for the week. In the morning, all we had to do was get dressed, eat breakfast, pack our lunch, clip the bike bag (provided) onto the bike (with lunch, water, rain gear, snacks), and roll out at a civilized hour, usually about 0900. The daily rides were about right for us and we enjoyed them. Ride for awhile, coffee break at a local establishment, ride for awhile, stop for lunch, ride for awhile, stop for afternoon break, ride to the barge. You can ride with the group following the guide or ride on your own using the maps provided. The first ride seemed rather like a herd of cats and we wondered if we would prefer to ride on our own, but we ultimately decided to benefit from the knowledge of our terrific guide and stayed with the group–everyone sort of settled into where they liked to be in the group and the riding went smoothly after the first part of that first day. Upon our return to the barge there was coffee and cake or a drink from the bar, a hot shower, and a nice dinner. Most evenings provided an opportunity to take a walk as well. The barge sailings were also interesting–Dutch and Belgian countryside, the enormous port of Antwerp, several locks, and more. The itinerary featured well-known locations as well as a lot of small, off-the-beaten path places you’ve never heard of and lots of kilometers through Dutch and Belgian countryside. We also enjoyed our traveling companions, who came from the US, Canada, the UK, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Brazil. Everything was pretty much as advertised. Our only complaint was that our cabin was usually a little warmer than we would have preferred; it did eventually cool down more after an adjustment to our air conditioner. We should have asked sooner than we did. Overall a great trip, good value, we’re looking forward to doing another Boat Bike Tour

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 10 Aug 2015

Thanks for your review. Just feel free to contact us for more information about a next trip. We would like to inform you about our programm.

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