World-famous Amsterdam, Ghent & Bruges
Visit the windmills at Kinderdijk
Province of Zeeland
A sailing breakfast
Step aboard the Magnifique III for a nine-day tour that meanders through the western region of the Netherlands, and Flanders, the northern part of Belgium.
Ease into carefree days spent touring world-famous art and history museums, awe-inspiring cathedrals, incredible feats of engineering, and lesser-known medieval towns, all whilst experiencing the cultural landmarks that lend the journey from Amsterdam to Bruges its undeniable charm.
The smell of freshly baked bread greets our guests each morning as they sit down to enjoy a buffet breakfast of tasty cheeses and cold cuts, cereals and yogurt, fresh fruit salad, juices, teas, and excellent coffee.
Though you will sample local delicacies in the region’s best restaurants, your meals onboard are freshly prepared by our private chef whose repertoire includes a variety of French, Flemish, Belgian and Dutch meals from locally sourced seasonal products.
Day 1: Amsterdam
The adventure begins! After embarking on the Magnifique III, you’ll receive the official welcome by the crew and your tour guide. We pop the bubbly and sit down to enjoy the first dinner aboard the ship.
Day 2: Amsterdam Art day and sailing from Amsterdam to Vianen
The day begins with a canal boat ride to the stunning Rijksmuseum of Dutch art and history. Later that afternoon the ship leaves the harbor for a relaxed journey on the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal, the Merwedekanaal and the river Lek.
In the evening we’ll arrive at the fourteenth century fortified town of Vianen where your guide will take you on a moonlit stroll after dinner.
Day 3: Silverworks day and windmill day • Vianen – Schoonhoven – Dordrecht
The ship will sail into silver town Schoonhoven, which has been a center of gold and silver production since the seventeenth century. During lunch, the Magnifique glides into the village of Kinderdijk where you’ll see the largest concentration of 18th century windmills the Netherlands has to offer!
Afterwards, you continue to the lesser-known town of Dordrecht which has over a thousand architectural monuments, before docking at the historical Kuipershaven.
Day 4: Waterworks day sailing and bus • Dordrecht – Willemstad – Antwerp
In the morning, we arrive in the fortified town of Willemstad. After a city walk, a bus takes you to the Watersnoodmuseum in Ouwerkerk, in the province of Zeeland. After that, you’ll go on a round trip of the 9 kilometers long Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier, the most impressive building of the Deltaworks.
Dinner will be served onboard the Magnifique, which you’ll find docked in the Belgian port town of Antwerp.
Day 5: Rubens day and Belgian beer day • Antwerp – Saint Amands
An invigorating morning stroll will take you to the Rubens house, where the painter actually lived and worked his magic. After lunch we’ll hop on the bus to the small town of Sint Amands for a visit and, of course, a tasting at Brewery Bosteels.
That evening we’ll walk to the Sahara Art Stones house, studio and gallery in a tiny alley in Sint Amands.
Day 6: Art Ghent day • Saint Amands – Ghent
On day six The Magnifque will dock just outside Ghent where a taxi takes you downtown for a visit to Saint Baaf’s cathedral, a huge building whose first traces go back to the tenth century. Midafternoon you’re taken on a trip by canal boat after which you’re free to enjoy some time in Ghent before a taxi takes you back to the ship.
Day 7: Flanders fields and Westvleteren
A sailing breakfast to Lovendegem, where a bus awaits you for the ride to Yper and the “In Flanders Fields” museum.
After lunch, the bus takes you to Westvleteren abbey and its brewery. The nearby visitor center hosts the only café on the globe that serves the famous Westvleteren Trappist beer.
Day 8: Bruges day
The day starts with an unforgettable tour of Bruges on foot, so you can drink in the beauty of this city lovingly nicknamed “The pearl of Flanders”. Take your pick of one of Bruges many eateries for lunch, but be sure to leave some room for dessert as you’ll be attending a chocolate workshop. We’ll visit the Groeninger museum next to see the paintings of Flemish primitives like Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.
On board, we celebrate the happy memories and friendships you’ve made over the course of the Wealth of Culture Tour with a farewell dinner.
Day 9: Bruges, End of tour
We won’t let you leave with an empty stomach! Enjoy your last breakfast aboard before disembarking from 9 a.m.
Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
The day-by-day itinerary for Zwaantje & Fleur is slightly different. We will send you details on request.
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Transfer between Amsterdam and Bruges:
There is a good train connection between these two cities. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.goeuro.co.uk or www.trainline.eu.