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Bike/Barge Tour Holland Castles and Walled Towns (KVS)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 28 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1085 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1300 US Dollar (USD)

Dates: June 16, 30, July 21,28, and August 11
Standard barge; each cabin contains two bunked/racked beds and private bathroom facilities.

In the Middle Ages a treaty existed among many trading towns that were located nearby waterways. On this cycle tour through the eastern part of the Netherlands you will visit several of these so-called Hanseatic towns. In the vicinity you will find lots of grand castles and estates often situated in pretty nature areas.

By barge you head for Wijk bij Duurstede, a fortified town founded in the year 1500 bC. In National Park De Hoge Veluwe you visit the Kröller Müller Museum, which owes a fine collection of Van Gogh paintings.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Saturday: Cycling ± 15 km. After the embarkation in Amsterdam you'll be sailing the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal to Wijk bij Duurstede, the stop for the night. In the evening there's a short "warming-up" cycle trip in the vicinity which passes the castles Zandenburg and Walenburg.

Day 2, Sunday:Cycling ± 50 km. The barge sails the river Nederrijn to the locks near the village Heveadorp, where the cyclists disembark to start their cycle trip. You will cycle to National Park "De Hoge Veluw". In this park you will find the museum Kröller-Müller, where you'll find a fantastic exhibition of Vincent van Gogh paintings. A visit to the famous sculpture garden is also very worthwhile. The cycle trip ends in Arnhem, where the ship is moored in the river Nederrijn.

Day 3, Monday: Cycling ± 50 km. Today you will cycle past castle Rosendael to the ferry near Rheden. The ferry takes you across the river IJssel and the trip continues through the villages Doesburg and Brummen to the hanseatic walled town of Zutphen, situated at the river IJssel.

Day 4, Tuesday: Cycling ± 60 km. While the barge stays in Zutphen, you will make a roundtrip. You pass castle Vorden and the rural communiy of Lochem. After a visit to Mansion Verwolde you follow the Twente Kanaal back to Zutphen. Alternatively you may wish to spend a day shopping and/or go visiting musea in Zutphen. The Stedelijk Museum has an interesting cultural-historical collection that creates a telling image of Zutphen and its surroundings.

Day 5, Wednesday: Cycling ± 60 km. Today you sail by barge to the hanseatic town of Deventer, where the cyclists disembark. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes while following the river IJssel to Diepenveen, castle Oude Rande and the rural estate Hoenderloo. Through the village of Windesheim the trip ends in Kampen, a historic hanseatic town.

Day 6, Thursday: Cycling ± 30 km. Today's motto is "relaxing aboard" as there's a 4 hrs sailing trip to Harderwijk, where you'll stay for the night. In the afternoon there's a cycle trip through the rural area around Harderwijk.

Day 7, Friday: Cycling ± 60 km. By barge you will sail to Spakenburg today. After the disembarkation you will cycle to Spakenburg, a former fisherman's village which is still famous for the traditional costumes. Via a lake area called Ankeveense Plassen you cycle to the attractive port town of Muiden. You continue cycling to your hotel barge right in the centre of Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a walk through the centre or you may (on your own account) go for a round trip of the Amsterdam canals by touring boat.

Day 8, Saturday: After breakfast you say good bye to your tourleader and the crew say. Your bike and barge holiday has come to an end.

Note: Tour itinerary is subject to changes at discretion of captain.

Tour Includes:
- Stay aboard (8 days/7 nights)
- Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
- Map with marked route
- Information package
- Tour leader
- Visit Mansion Verwolde
- Visit National Park Hoge Veluwe
- Visit Kröller Müller Museum (exhibition van Gogh)
- Several city walks
- Bicycle with gears and pannier
- Compensation Bicycle damage
- Banking fees

Tour Excludes:
- Airfare
- Transfers between airport and barge
- Drinks aboard
- Gratuities to crew
- Excursions out of program.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices :
- $1,085.00 p/p (double occupancy), on Standard/Standard Plus barge.
- $50.00 discount for all adults paying in full when booking based on exchange rate at time of booking.
- Some single use cabins available - single supplement fee of $300.00.

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