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Holland Barge and Bike

Family Tours

Holland Barge and Bike

AUD1150 per person

The flat cycle ways and pretty canals of Holland offer some of the most enchanting and safe cycling opportunities in Europe. Aboard your hotel barge and in the company of other families, visit castles as you cycle through the Dutch riverlands. During the day there is plenty of opportunity to visit interesting towns such as the famous cheese town of Gouda, take advantage of local family friendy attractions such as Dutch golf and view the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. Specially designed for kids from 7 to 11 years old, the pace is relaxed ensuring that all members of the family are able to fully participate in the days cycle.

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Holland Family Barge & Bike

Description Trip Cost Per Person AUD
Adult$1150
Single Supplement (travelling in family group)$340
Child <11 sharing with 1 adult$680
Child <11 sharing with 2 Adults$700
Two children <11 sharing with 1 Adult - per child$820
Electric Bike Supplement$310
Pricing is in AUD per person, all pricing is 'from' the listed price
Pricing is correct for exchange rates on 24/10/17 and can change at any time.
Based on Standard Barge

Holland Family Barge & Bike Information

DetailsInformation
Trip NameHolland Family Barge & Bike
Trip Duration 8 Days
Grade: Introductory-1Daily distances 10-25km, relaxed pace, time to stop and explore, suitable for children and beginners
ActivityGuided Cycling, Barge
Accommodation 7 Nights Bunk Bed Cabin
Departure Date Details 201830Jun-7Jul, 7Jul-14Jul, 14Jul-21Jul,21Jul-28Jul, 28Jul-4Aug, 4Aug-11Aug, 11Aug-18Aug, 18Aug-25Aug.

Package Includes:

  • MEALS: *7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • ACCOMMODATION: *7 nights in bunk bed cabin with shared facilities
  • GUIDES: *tour escort
  • BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including overview maps per cabin
  • EQUIPMENT: *7 speed bike rental with pannier (electric bike available on request – supplement applies) *bicycle insurance
  • PLUS: *entrance fee Castle Loevestein and Farmer’s golf *one city walk

Not Included:

  • Travel to and from Amsterdam
  • 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
  • Travel insurance ‑ mandatory
  • Tips ‑ while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the leader and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR15‑30 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).

The Barge Experience

During your week long barge and bike experience you will be travelling with a group of cyclists of different ages, nationalities and physical condition. All have a common wish to experience a relaxed and somewhat active holiday, so the cycling speed will always be ‘easy going’.

The barges are not only a means of transportation; you also sleep, eat and relax aboard. The ships are equipped with a dining area, sometimes with a separate bar, a modern galley and a spacious sundeck. From the recreation room there is an excellent view of the surrounding scenery. Depending on the waterways the ships sail between 8 and 15 km per hour.

The crew consists of a captain and a cook, both professionals, who are sometimes assisted by an extra hand. The captain is responsible for the safe transportation of the passengers and their luggage. The chef takes care of your meals.

The barge travels with you from port to port and will transport your luggage. The barges range in standard from D to A+ with A+ being the highest level of comfort and facilities. These ratings are based on the barges in the fleet servicing France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany and Romania. We ask that you carefully consider the standard of accommodation you are comfortable with as the range is quite diverse. The following is an indication of what the ratings mean. Please note that none of the barges could be called luxurious.

D- standard barges with shared bathroom facilities. 2 bed bunkbed cabins but also may have multishare cabins.

C – standard barges usually bunk beds in cabins generally with private facilities but often without air conditioning. Cabin sizes are compact with little space to move around comfortably within the cabin.

B – standard plus barge – combination of lower twin beds and bunk beds in the cabins with private facilities which are generally more spacious (although never as spacious as a hotel room).

A and A+ are comfort barges – offer more space per person, some have air-conditioning and the beds are lower berths.

All barges are equipped with double cabins with private facilities (except D category or unless otherwise noted). Cabins on comfort barges are equipped with two level beds instead of bunk beds. The crew on the barge will ensure that your stay aboard is as pleasant as possible.

See what it is like on a Bike & Barge holiday

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Amsterdam to Amsterdam
  • Departure Time
    Join barge in Amsterdam by 12:30pm
  • Return Time
    Concludes after breakfast Day 8 around 9:00am
  • Dress Code
    Helmet, Sand shoes, comfortable cycle clothes, wet weather gear, hat, sunscreen
  • Included
    Holland Barge and Bike
    Local Taxes
    Transport between destinations
    Dinner
    Lunch
    Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    Breakfast
  • Not Included
    Gratuities
    Activities
    Airport Transfers
    Flights
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
1
Day 1: Join Barge in Amsterdam
  • At approximately 12:30pm, you can check into the barge and meet your crew and tour leader.
  • around 1:30pm we begin with a cruise to Vianen where we stay the night.
  • During the sailing you will have a light snack on board (lunch is not included).
  • In the evening there will be a warm up ride in the vicinity of the town to get to know your bikes.
  • Meals: D
Overnight: Vianen
2
Day 2: Vianen to Gorinchem
  • On today’s ride you will follow a winding canal until you reach the town of Gorinchem, where we spend the night.
  • This historical town, once used for trade, still features 16th century city walls and bastions which are almost completely intact, and 17th century houses
  • Cycle 20km
  • Meals: B,L,D
Overnight: Gorinchem
3
Day 3: Markets and Castle Loevenstein
  • In the morning, visit a cosy market in downtown Gorinchem
  • travelling by ferry to visit Castle Loevestein, which used to be a prison in the Middle Ages. Once, a famous Dutchman escaped from the castle in a bookcase!
  • Continue cycling to picturesque Heusden, a fortified town, where you will spend the night.
  • Cycle 20km
  • Meals: B,L,D
Overnight: Heusden
4
Day 4: Free Day
  • Today is Family Day!
  • You are free to spend the day with your own family (or join another family if you wish!) as you please.
  • Here are some wonderful ideas:
    • a visit to the fairy-tale park Efteling,
    • take a splash at a local swimming pool
    • spend the day at the dune area of Drunen (where you can walk to visit the nearby playground).
    • Late afternoon, cycle back (on your own) to the barge in the village of Waspik/Waalwijk or Drongelen.
  • Meals: B,L,D
Overnight: Waspik
5
Day 5: Windmills of Kinderdijk - Gouda
  • We begin this morning with an early cruise to the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk.
  • Nowhere else in the world will you find so many traditional windmills so close together!
  • From here, cycle through the polderland Krimpenerwaard, which is approximately 2 metres below sea level, towards the famous cheese town of Gouda.
  • The famous St. Jans church, UNESCO listed, with its beautiful stained glass windows is the longest church in the Netherlands and certainly worth exploring.
  • Cycle 20km
  • Meals: B,L,D
Overnight: Gouda
6
Day 6: Cheese farm and Dutch golf
  • From Gouda you cycle to a cheese farm where the whole family have the opportunity to enjoy a game of Dutch golf.
  • Dutch golf means your golf club is a wooden shoe!
  • In the afternoon there’s time to explore the town of Alphen aan de Rijn and you also have the opportunity to visit Avifauna, a bird zoo.
  • Cycle 20km
  • Meals: B,L,D
7
Day 7: Amstel River to Amsterdam
  • The barge will drop the family off at Kudelstaart
  • begin the day’s cycle trip alongside the river Amstel all the way to the port in Amsterdam.
  • The afternoon is free for exploring the lively Dutch capital.
  • After dinner your guide invites you for a short city walk and you may wish to make a roundtrip of the famous Amsterdam canals
  • Cycle 25km
  • Meals: B,L,D
Overnight: Amsterdam
8
Day 8: Trip Concludes Amsterdam
  • The trip concludes after breakfast around 9:00am and individual departure.
  • Start planning you next amazing family adventure
  • Meals: B

TOUR LOCATION

Europe offers many trails perfect for cycling or walking, and the food is fantastic!

Barge & Bike through Holland

The experience of sailing on a barge through Holland is one that should not be missed. During the trip you’ll find out that the perspective constantly changes:  From the sundeck you can enjoy the view as it passes by. While the skipper will bring you safely to the next harbour, the cook is preparing a delicious meal. Along the various sailing routes there will be embarkation points where you begin cycling. You are supplied with a packed lunch and bike to explore the backroads, canal routes, villages and national parks. The leader speaks English and one or more other languages and usually cycles with the group.  After the cycling is over for the day you return to the barge to relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner. If we are moored in a town there are also opportunities to take in further sights at your leisure. On board there will be a mix of nationalities.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Booking Terms & Conditions
  • Deposit: $400pp - may vary depending on type of trip
  • Boat trips have higher non refundable deposit due to strict cancellation fees.
  • Due to the specific arrangements we have with our tour partner, we require the prepayment of an additional deposit which is non-refundable. This payment is required at the time of booking together with our normal per person deposit. This prepayment should not be viewed as an additional cost. We recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of booking.
  • Final Payment: All invoices must be paid in full 70 days prior to arrival
Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds
  • As the trip price is based on twinshare, a single supplement is payable if a single cabin is required. Please refer to the price options for costs or ask our office for details. Note regarding single cabins – some boats do not have single cabins available in which case you will be matched with another person of the same sex. Other boats only have a limited availability of single cabins. Single cabins are always on a request basis.
Important Notes
  • Prices based on two adults and two children (11 and under) sharing.
  • Supplements may apply to different family groupings.
  • 1 - A second barge of similar standard will run on these dates.
  • Min Group Size 15
  • Max Group Size 36