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Holland Bike and Barge Towns of Golden Age (SGP)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 26 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Barging  
Season: July - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1275 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)

- Tour price: $1,275.00 per person w/double occupancy. Inquire about a discount per adult fare when paying in full when booking. Discount dependent upon current exchange rate.
- Dates: July 6, 16, August 13, 20 - all dates tour is on comfort barge.

In Haarlem a beer connoisseur tells you about the history of the many Haarlem breweries and offers you a local beer, Jopen, during a special beer dinner. In Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt, the tour leader takes you for an evening walk. In Delft you will visit pottery "De Porceleyne Fles" where the world famous Delft Blue chinaware is still being manufactured. Schiedam is famous for the high windmills and gin distilleries. Maybe you would like to try our national "borreltje" (drink).

From Dordrecht, a historical harbour town, you cycle to the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk, and go on to the cheese town of Gouda. Your holiday ends in Amsterdam where you can admire the glory and splendour of the Golden Age while making a canal cruise. Biking is moderate on this tour.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Saturday: Cycling ± 10 km. In Spaarndam you leave the barge and cycle to Haarlem. During the ages lots of Flemish moved here to try their luck and fortune. Partly due to them the linen commerce expanded. The wealth that came along with this development attracted lots of artists, among them Frans Hals. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious meal and a special guest will tell you all about the history of the Haarlem breweries.

Day 2, Sunday: Cycling ± 45 km. After a short sailing cruise you cycle right through Holland’s Green Heart to Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt and Jan Steen. The Leiden university is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. You may wish to bring a visit to the local museum De Lakenhal, where you’ll find an interesting collection of industrial art and paintings from the 17th-20th century. In the evening you can make a city walk through the historical centre of Leiden.

Day 3, Monday: Cycling ± 50 km. From Leiden on you go biking to the city of Delft. In the 17th century the Delft potters were so impressed by the chinaware that was brought in from overseas that they created their own Delftware (Delft Blue). A visit to Delftware factory ‘De Porceleyne Fles’ gives you a good impression of the Delft Blue and modern ceramics.

Day 4, Tuesday. Cycling ± 30 km. After a city walk through the centre of Delft you cycle via the Westland region to the city of Schiedam. Here you will find the five highest windmills of the world. Schiedam is also famous for its many gin distilleries (called 'jenever' in Dutch) that were founded there during the Golden Age. You might want to try a 'jenevertje' in the Jenever Museum.

Day 5, Wednesday: Cycling ± 50 km. Today the programm consists of a cycle tour past small rural villages and a part of the National Reserve ‘De Biesbosch’. The cycle trip ends in Dordrecht, one of the first ports of transhipment of the Netherlands. In the Dordrecht Museum you will find a interesting collection of several Dutch masters.

Day 6, Thursday: Cycling ± 40 km. How Dutch can a landscape be? After leaving Dordrecht you get the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk in sight. After visiting one of the mills you continue to Gouda. On the central marketsquare markets have been held since the Middle Ages. The famous St. Jans church with the beautiful stained glass windows is certainly worth a visit. You will visit a potter who shows his crafts in making earthenware and Gouda clay pipes.

Day 7, Friday: Cycling ± 25 km. Early in the morning the barge leaves Gouda direction Amsterdam. Around noon you disembark and cycle alongside the river Amstel into Amsterdam. In the afternoon there’s time left to visit the Dutch capital. In the evening you may wish to make a round trip of the Amsterdam canals (for your own account) or join your guide for a walk.

Day 8, Saturday: Breakfast, say farewell to your tour leader, the crew and fellow travellers. Your bike & barge holiday has come to an end.

Tour Includes:
- Stay on board 8 d/7 n in double cabin with lower beds and shower/toilet
- Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
- Bicycle with gears and pannier
- Map with marked route
- Information package
- Tour leader
- Visit Mills Kinderdijk
- Visit Porceleyene Fles
- Beer lecture
- Visit Jenever Museum
- Several citywalks
- Compensation Bicycle damage.

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.

Discount up to $50.00 per person for favorable exchange rate when paid in full at time of booking - until further notice.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights accommodations aboard barge
- Full board
- Coffee and Tea on board
- Tour guide
- Route description with map.
- Credit card fee
- Booking fee.

Price Excludes:
- Airfare
- Entrance fees to museums
- Drinks (other than coffee & tea on board)Alcoholic beverages available.
- Transfer between airport and barge in Amsterdam.
- Gratuity for barge crew.

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