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Trip Highlights
Walk the cobble stoned streets of Bruges and Ghent
Cycle past a variety of landscapes including windmills of Kinderdijk and the natural reserve of Biesbosch
Sample local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels
Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable barge
Trip Summary
The highlights of Holland and Belgium are uncovered on this unique cycling tour of the lowlands and North Sea coast. Beginning in Amsterdam, we visit Gouda well known for its cheese and then cycle to the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk before heading through Dordrecht and the natural reserve of Biesbosch to Willemstad. We continue by barge across the impressive waterways of Zeeland and onto the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. In the delightful town of Ghent we have a walking tour before continuing to Bruges where small chocolatiers and waffle sellers offer a great reward for your cycling efforts!

Trip Grading
INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1

The cycling is introductory (1) grade with daily cycling distances from 10 to 50km / 6 to 31mi. As with all of our cycling programs, wind and poor weather could make the trip grade change. Should you not wish to cycle there are walking options available. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos, visit a museum or enjoy the market places in many of the interesting towns visited. It is considered suitable for children, as long as they have road sense, are familiar with the workings of a bike (gear change etc) and are comfortable cycling alongside moving vehicles at times. *For safety reasons, we highly recommend that cycle helmets be worn during cycle sections.Travel to / from Amsterdam Airport
Drinks and other items of a personal nature
Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet
Entrance fees and excursions not specified
Transfers not specified including for non-cyclists as outlined above
Travel insurance - mandatory
Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job.
As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the leader, captain and crew).

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Join Barge in Amsterdam and Cruise to Oude Wetering (10km / 6mi)

    At approximately 12:30pm, you can check into the barge - all ports are located near Amsterdam Central station. Later that afternoon around 1:30pm the barge crosses Amsterdam and heads for the village of Oude Wetering. During the sailing you will have a light snack on board (boarding in Amsterdam only - not lunch). In the evening there will be a warm up ride in the vicinity of the town.

  • Day 2 : Cycle Through Dutch Meadowlands and Onto Gouda (40km / 25mi)

    An early start this morning as you pedal through the Dutch meadowlands en route to Gouda. There will be ample time to explore the town both before and after dinner. The famous St. Jans church with its beautiful stained glass windows is the longest church in the Netherlands and certainly worth exploring. Spring departures: a visit is included on this day to the Flowerpark Kuekenhof and the cycling tour will be shorter (25km / 15.5mi).

  • Day 3 : By Barge to Kinderdijk, Cycle to Dordrecht Then Sail to Willemstad (40km / 25mi)

    This morning the ship brings us to the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk. We plan to visit one of the mills, and then pedal to Dordrecht. In the afternoon we will meet the barge and sail to the beautiful walled town of Willemstad where we spend the night.

  • Day 4 : Cycle from the Kreekrak Locks to the Lively Belgian Town of Antwerp (45km / 28mi)

    Today the barge sails right across the impressive waterways of Zeeland. At the Kreekrak locks, just before the Belgian-Dutch border, you will get on your bikes and cycle to the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. In the evening join the tour leader for a short walk around this port town then free time to explore its interesting streets and abundance of jeweler’s shops. The city has a large Hasidic Jewish community who have traditionally controlled the thriving diamond industry.

  • Day 5 : Cycle to Dendermonde (50km / 31mi)

    Today we cycle out of Antwerp and through the pretty Flemish countryside alongside the river Schelde. The River Schedle stretches for 435km through northern France, western Belgium and the southwestern part of the Netherlands and is connected by several canals to the basins of the Rhine, Meuse and Seine Rivers. The Schelde has always had considerable commercial and strategic importance over the years. In the charming provincial town of Dendermonde you'll spend the night aboard the barge.

  • Day 6 : Cycle the Flemish Countryside to Ghent (50km / 31mi)

    This morning we have an early departure as the ship needs around 7 hours to reach Ghent. The river Schelde is a tidal river and thus the barge may have to wait for high tide to continue. The cycle heads through terrain that is typical flat Flemish countryside. In the old city of Ghent we join the tour leader for a walk through the wonderful town centre. There are many interesting bars and shops dotted throughout and lovely old bridges.

  • Day 7 : By Train to Bruges ( Guided Tour/free Time) Then Return to Ghent

    The day starts with a train ride to Bruges. After arriving there is a short guided walk past the many historic monuments in the centre of Bruges. You have until mid afternoon to explore Bruges, sample some delicious waffles or chocolates before we return by train to Ghent. Spring departures: a horse and carriage ride is included through the centre of Bruges.

  • Day 8 : Coach Transfer to Amsterdam, Trip Concludes

    This morning at 9:00am you check out and transfer by bus to Amsterdam Airport, approximate arrival time 12:00pm. Alternatively, you can disembark in Ghent for individual departure - please advise in advance if you will not be taking the group bus transfer.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks)
  • Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices.
  • At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch on board.
  • Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish. Special diets can be catered for on request (e.g. lactose-free and gluten-free diet) however a supplement will apply. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements at the the time of booking.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a Category B or B+ barge on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities. Depending on the boat, cabins are configured with two lower beds and/or bunk beds. If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger, or single supplement applies for a single cabin - limited and on request.
  • 7 speed bike with pannier, lock and insurance (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • entrance to Kinderdijk windmill
  • Train ride Ghent - Bruges - Ghent (or Ghent - Bruges - Dendermonde for reverse itinerary)
  • Group bus transfer from Amsterdam Airport to Ghent on Day 1 (or Ghent to Amsterdam Airport on Day 8, depending on which way the itinerary operates)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin
  • Tour leader for cycle tours and city walks
  • Spring departures - flower park Keukenhof/Horse carriage ride Bruges (supplement applies to Spring departures denoted with '3')

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Exclusions

  • Travel to / from Amsterdam Airport
  • Drinks and other items of a personal nature
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Transfers not specified including for non-cyclists as outlined above
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job.
  • As a guide we would recommend EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the leader, captain and crew).

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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