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Bike/Barge Family Special Tales and Castles (RIF)

Bike/Barge Family Special Tales and Castles (RIF)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Barging  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 699 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 808 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Details:
- Route: Amsterdam > Gorinchem > Heusden > Waspik > Gouda > Alphen aan de Rijn > Kudelstaart > Amsterdam
- Prices (tour is priced lower than previous years):
* $699.00 USD per person based on a family of 4: 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years of age
* $808.00 USD per person based on a family of 3: 2 adults and 1 child under 11 years of age
- Dates: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25.
Also see: Family Special; Ijssel Lake Tour (FYR)- on the 4 Winds Tours web site.

From Amsterdam the itinerary leads southward and right across the beautiful Dutch riverlands. You'll not only pass some nice old Dutch towns like Gouda and Gorinchem, but will also visit the mediaeval castle Loevestein and the world famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. And what about playing a sportive game of Dutch farmer's golf using a club with a wooden shoe at the end?

The daily cycling trips (average appr. 20 km) follow several winding dikes and rivers and canals are always nearby. Halfway the tour you have a day off to spend with your family. You may choose to visit the fairy tale attraction park Efteling, to splash in a swimming pool or to cycle, walk, relax in a natural reserve nearby.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Saturday: Cycling ± 10 km. Arrival in Amsterdam, checking in aboard the barge. You'll meet the crew and your tour leader. Sailing trip to Vreeswijk where you stay for the night. Short testride to get to know your bicycle.

Day 2, Sunday: Cycling ± 20 km. First the barge takes you Vianen where you start today's cycle ride. You follow a winding canal till the town of Gorinchem, the stay for the night.

Day 3, Monday: Cycling ± 20 km. In the morning you visit a cosy market in down town Gorinchem. By ferry you go to take a visit to Castle Loevestein, which used to be a prison in the middle ages. Once a famous Dutchman escaped from here in a bookcase. You cycle to picturesque Heusden, a fortified town, where you'll spend the night.

Day 4, Tuesday: Today is Family Day! This means you are free to spend the day with your own family (or join another family if you wish!). Here are some ideas: a visit to fairy-tale park Efteling, going to a swimming-pool or spend a day at the dune area of Drunen (make a walk and visit the playground nearby). At the end of the afternoon you cycle back (on your own) to the barge in the village of Waspik.

Day 5, Wednesday: Cycling ± 20 km. Early sailing trip to the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk: nowhere in the world can you find so many traditional mills together! From here you cycle through the polderland Krimpenerwaard which is appr. 2 metres below sea level to cheese town Gouda.

Day 6, Thursday: Cycling ± 20 km. From Gouda you cycle to a cheese farm and do a game of Dutch golf; meaning: your golf club is a wooden shoe! In the afternoon there#s time to explore the town of Alphen aan de Rijn and you have the opportunity to visit Avifauna, a birds zoo.

Day 7, Friday: Cycling ± 25 km. The barge drops you off at Kudelstaart and you make the cycle trip alongside the river Amstel all the way to the port in Amsterdam. The afternoon is free for visiting Amsterdam. After dinner your guide invites you for a short city walk and you may wish to make a roundtrip of the Amsterdam canals.

Day 8, Saturday: End of your tour: you say goodbye to tee crew, your tour leader and your fellow travellers.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Contact us for family tour package price - price depends upon the make up of your family. This package deal cannot be beat. Discount for full payment when booking- more than 100 days before tour date.

Price Includes:
- Stay aboard (8 days/7 nights)
- Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 2-courses dinner)
- Tour leader
- Visit Castle Loevestein
- Farmer's golf
- Information booklet and map
- Bicycle with gears and cycle bag
- Bike Compensation
- 1 citywalk.

Price Excludes:
- Airfare
- Transfers between airport and barge
- Drinks aboard other than water, milk, juice, tea, coffee.
- Excursions out of program
- Gratuities at your own discretion.

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