Highlights of Holland by Barge

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  • I travelled solo on the guided cycling tour Highlights of Holland by Barge. I booked as twinshare to be paired up with a same sex traveller but ended up having the cabin to myself, as the barge was only half full for this week. The food was always plentiful and tasty, perfect to fuel and refuel for a day out & about cycling. The crew were friendly and the Category B+ barge was comfortable while cozy with ensuite cabins. The guide, Koen, cycled with us each day and had good local knowledge with always a story to share. The cycling was leisurely and peaceful through typical flat Dutch countryside on dedicated cycle paths or quiet roads via quaint towns and villages. Vehicles were always courteous to us so safety was never an issue. Keep an eye on those headwinds though as they can sure add a little more fun to the cycling! Rain is also a possibility in Holland, so best to be prepared with the right gear. The bikes were comfortable and well maintained, with the crew helping out for any adjustments. It was interesting sailing through locks and learning about the mechanisms. The evenings were well spent wandering around town with free time - and the opportunity to eat more well-deserved apple pie! Thanks UTracks for a great week in Holland. E. Nikol Sydney, NSW
  • The relaxing bike and barge trip seeing the highlights of homes on the canals and sand dune areas of coast was wonderful. Delicious food was served for breakfast and dinner. The guide communicated with the group and he was very flexible. The barge was very comfortable and the captain ensured we all enjoyed our 7 days holidaying in Holland. H. Reid. Coorparoo, QLD. Australia
  • The most authentic and pleasant way of seeing Holland. At times, cycling against the wind can be challenging, so be prepared for this. Hospitality on the barge was excellent. W van Asperen UK
  • Food excellent, Bram was very good. We had a very good time. R. McMullin Victoria, Australia
  • We both thought cycling in Holland would be easy being so flat but we found the strong winds made it challenging at times. Two people on the tour had electric bikes and after trying them, my wife would have benefited from one of these ... as this would especially help the older cyclists enjoy the trip more. The food was excellent - Marcia was the best cook ever. (Group Leader) Bram was fantastic. We were concerned about the storage in the cabin before we arrived but this was unfounded - plenty of room for all our bags. Excellent. K. Alchin. Terranora, NSW Australia
Discover antiquated Dutch towns, castles and ports and experience the beauty of Holland's lakes, beaches and sand dunes. This itinerary ventures into the 'green heart' of the Netherlands to gain an insight into the country's highlights with its historic towns and picturesque countryside. From Amsterdam we board our barge and after exploring the city's canals we leave it behind for the tranquility of the Dutch countryside. Cycling through quiet lake areas we experience the medieval centres of Haarlem and Leiden at handlebar level. We explore the scenic north with its ports, including Hoorn, where we discover the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive and cruise Amsterdam canals, short cycle along Amstel river (20km/12.5mi) DAY 2 Cycle to Leiden (55km/34mi) DAY 3 Cycle past seaside and dunes to Zandvoort and Haarlem (50km/31mi) DAY 4 Cross North Sea canal by ferry, cycle past rural villages to cheese town Alkmaar (50km/31mi) DAY 5 Cycle to unique wood and dune area (Bergen and Schoorl villages), relax on a terrace or beach (55km/34mi) DAY 6 Cycle past windmills of Schermerhorn to Hoorn and Purmerend (45km/28mi) DAY 7 Cycle along IJssel Lake en route to Amsterdam (50km/31mi), evening walking tour DAY 8 Trip concludes
trip dates

02 June 2018 - 09 June 2018 1 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
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30 June 2018 - 07 July 2018 2 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
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1 Comfort barge departures, Category A (twin lower berths only) operate - supplement applies.
2 Standard plus barge departures, Category B (roomier cabins with split level and bunk beds) operate - standard price applies.Note: Single supplements vary according to barge departure category.

what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners ACCOMMODATION: *7 nights on a standard barge (Category B+ roomier cabins with split level and bunk beds) in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities (departures on comfort level Category A (twin lower berth) barge - supplement applies) GUIDES: *multilingual tour escort BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including overview map per cabin EQUIPMENT: *7 speed bike rental with pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *bicycle insurance PLUS: *several excursions *entrance fees for Edam and Windmill Schermerhorn museums
Highlights of Holland by Barge
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trip grading:
introductory to moderate
8 days
trip code:
from US $1,190
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