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Amsterdam to Brussels by Bike and Barge

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 25 people
Destination(s): Netherlands   Belgium  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Boating and Sailing  
Season: May - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 669 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 669 Euro (EUR)

On the arrival day you stay in Amsterdam and have time to visit the city. The first days you pass the beautifully restored stately homes at the river Vecht, the impressive Castle De Haar and cross the Betuwe, also known as Hollands fruit garden. You arrive in the old town of Hertogenbosch. The St. Jans cathedral is certainly worth a visit.

Leaving the fortified town of Willemstad you cross the Belgian border to arrive in the Flemish port town of Antwerp which is another highlight. Belgium is famous for its tasty beer, so a visit to one of the pubs is included. Your holiday ends with a visit to Belgium's capital Brussels. Standing at the Market Square in Brussels the Dam Square in Amsterdam seems miles away!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Saturday: (cycling approximately 15 km/9 miles). This day your ship will stay overnight in Amsterdam. Your tour leader will invite you for a small try out trip on your bike. In the evening you have the possibility to make a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.

Day 2, Sunday: cycling approximately 35 km/22 miles). Your ship takes you to Breukelen, where you disembark. Via castle De Haar and Montfoort you’ll cycle to Vianen, the stay for the night.

Day 3, Monday: (cycling approximately 40 km/24 miles). Sailing trip to Tiel. Crossing by ferry to the rural area between the rivers Maas en Waal. After passing many dikes and rich polderland you’ll arrive in the town of Hertogenbosch, the charming capital of the province of Noord-Brabant.

Day 4, Tuesday: (cycling approximately 45 km/27 miles). The day starts with a sailing trip on the river Maas. At Geertruidenberg you’ll mount your bike for a very varied tour to the attractive walled town of Willemstad.

Day 5, Wednesday: (cycling approximately 40 km/24 miles). In the morning after breakfast a cycle tour to the peninsula of Tholen in Zeeland is planned. You’ll pass the village from where the parents of the American president Roosevelt left for the USA. You’ll embark for a sailing trip across the Belgian border to the port town of Antwerp. You'll be tasting some special beers during a cosy beer seminary in a typical Belgian bar.

Day 6, Thursday: (cycling approximately 40 km/24 miles). The morning is at your disposal to see more of the great city of Antwerp. You cycle across the Flamish countryside to the charming town of Mechelen, where the barge will be waiting for you.

Day 7, Friday: (no cycling). By train to Brussels. Your tour leader shows you the way by means of a small city walk. Time enough to visit all the highlights of the capital of Belgium. In case you become hungry or thirsty, try one of the culinary specialties: mussels, french fries, chocolate, waffles and - of course - a special beer. Late in the afternoon you'll return to Mechelen by train.

Day 8, Saturday: After breakfast your guide and crew say goodbye and your bike and barge tour has ended.

- For this tour, please provide dates of birth (mm/dd/yy), current age, and nationality for everyone in you party in the "Comments" section of our booking form
- On alternating weeks, the tour runs from Brussels to Amsterdam. Please see dates. Route:
Day 1: Brussels
Day 2: Antwerp
Day 3: Willemstad
Day 4: Den Bosch
Day 5: Vianen
Day 6: Amsterdam
Day 7: Amsterdam
Day 8: Departure
- The Ships. Holland. May 28, June 4. Aboard the well maintained ship Holland the owner is succeeded in using the available space as optimal as possible. All 10 cabins have private facilities and bunk beds. The chef will serve your meals in the spacious living. When the sun is shining a comfortable sit at the sundeck is the place to be. The crew guarantees your stay aboard will be unforgettable
- Tijdgeest. July 30, August 6, 20 and 27. The 4,5-star Tijdgeest has sailed with tourists since 1897, in the early years as a passenger ship on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship was been completely renovated and rebuilt into a luxurious hotel ship. On the lower deck you’ll find the 13 cabins, all with private facilities and bunk beds. At the upper deck a very spacious living/dining room with panoramic view. The ship has a bar, air conditioning, and 220 volt electricity. Number of passengers: 20-36.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Tour package: EUR 669
- Single room surcharge (1 person, 1 room): EUR 125.

- Using own bike: EUR 20
- Child age 0-3 in cabin with 2 adults: 60%
- Child age 4-11 in cabin with 2 adults: 33%
- Additional adult in 3- or 4-person cabin: 18%.

Price Includes:
- Stay aboard (8 days/7 nights)
- Full board (breakfast, packed lunch, 3-courses dinner)
- Bicycle with gears and pannier
- Map
- Information package
- Tour leader
- Beer tasting in Antwerp café't Waagstuk
- Train Mechelen - Brussels, Brussels - Mechelen
- Several City Walks
- Compensation Bicycle damage.

Dates 2011:
- May 28 Amsterdam
- June 4 Brussels
- July 30 Amsterdam
- August 6 Brussels
- August 20 Amsterdam
- August 27 Brussels.

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