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Holland - Windmills and Golden Beaches - Bike and Barge Holiday

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28 Jul to 4 Aug - The classic artist's landscape, with long canals, windmills and the historic towns and villages are best explored by boat and bicycle - spend the days exploring by bike and the evening relaxing on a comfortable barge on the canals and lakes.

Holiday Highlights

  • The historic village of Monnickendam
  • Forests, dunes and beaches
  • The beautiful city of Hoorn
  • Staying overnight on the isle of Texel
  • The city of Den Helder, the Dutch naval port, situated at the mouth of the Noord-Hollandskanaal
  • The unique nature reserve Het Zwanenwater (The Swans’ Water),

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival Amsterdam - Loop Ride 9 Miles / 15 Kms Approx. D  
2 Amsterdam to Hoorn 29 Miles / 46 Kms Approx. B L D  
3 Hoorn to Enkhuizen 21 Miles / 34 Kms Approx. B L D  
4 Enkhuizen to Texel 21 Miles / 34 Kms Approx. B L D  
5 Loop Ride - Texel and the Wadden Islands 22/30/39 Miles / 35/48/62 Kms Approx. (3 options available) B L D  
6 Texel to Alkmaar 36 Miles / 58 Kms Approx. B L D  
7 Alkmaar to Amsterdam (via Zaanse Schans) 34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx. B L D  
8 Departure Amsterdam   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

An easy paced family cycling holiday in Holland, a country with the most extensive cycle network in the world! Holland is the classic artist's landscape: flat, fertile and open, providing long canals, beautiful windmills and many historic towns and villages.  Holland is best explored by boat and bike, a theory epitomised in our holiday itinerary. Spend your days cycling from place to place and then unwind and relax on a comfortable canal barge.
Travelling north from Amsterdam you'll cycle across an area not recovered from the sea until the 17th Century. The land was reclaimed using hundreds of windmills many of which are still in working order with those we visit in Zaanse Schans a classic example. The cycling holiday route takes you over small dikes, along country roads, through vast polders and through the most beautiful dunes in the Netherlands, from Bergen to Schoorl.
You'll cycle through Alkmaar, the capital of Dutch cheese with its own cheese market. You will be able to see cheese made by hand and how clogs, typical Dutch shoes, are carved out of one piece of wood. Crossing to the island of Texel you'll cycle in this magnificent nature reserve before moving onto Enkhuizen, Hoorn and Volendam, important ports during the Golden Age of Dutch history with its traditional costumes and sailing ships.
These tours are run in conjunction with our partners in Holland and you will join their guests on the tour. Your accommodation for the week is on a specially designed boat, where you will be able to share experiences of the day with other cyclists over dinner. During the day route descriptions are provided and you are free to explore at your own pace if you wish.

For more information download our trip notes

Is this holiday suitable for your family?

This trip is place to place, however your barge accommodation meets you at your destination each day and you are always welcome to spend the day on the boat. You will generally be cycling with the group, with a guide leading the way, who will help with any issues with the bikes. If you would like a little more freedom, you can buy maps and go at your own pace. In this case it’s best if you‘re happy and comfortable fixing common issues like punctures. You will experience traffic cycling in and out of the bigger cities, so your children must be comfortable cycling in this environment.

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Anna Antal: £800

Wending: £950

Liza Marleen: £1040

Zwaan: £1060

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7 nights barge accommodation

6 days riding

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Last Updated: 02/11/2017