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Biking Vacation Netherlands Bike & Barge​

Activity Level: Easy  |  Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 mi  |  Daily Biking: 2 – 4 hr
Pre-trip Extension:
Paris · 2 nights $545

Post-trip Extension:
Haarlem · 2 nights $295
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If you dream of windmill-dotted canals laced with flat bike paths, landscapes out of a Vermeer painting, and serenely drifting on your own canal barge, look no farther.
For seven nights, our private barge delivers us to remote corners of the Netherlands that are best explored by bike. We’ll pedal into old fishing villages … medieval Hanze cities … and the undiscovered soul of Holland. For real Dutch treats, we’ll savor a traditional pancake lunch with locals and share a picnic hosted by a local couple. Our barge, The Iris, affords us every comfort – including special meals prepared by our very own onboard chef.

What's Included

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 7 nights aboard a canal barge
  • 16 meals – 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Transfers
  • 7 nights aboard a canal barge, 1 night in an Amsterdam hotel at both the start and finish of the barge tour
  • 18 meals – 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Guided walking tour in Amsterdam
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Paris – 2 nights for only $545  Post-trip: Haarlem – 2 nights for only $295

Both Vacation Options Include

  • 1 glass of wine with all dinners aboard the barge
  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • 6 days of cycling with FULL VAN SUPPORT during the cruise portion of your trip
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount

Cultural Highlights

  • Enjoy guided tours of Amsterdam and Deventer
  • Unpack once, and explore for seven nights aboard our private barge
  • Explore medieval cities of the historic Hanseatic League
  • Learn the true story behind “A Bridge Too Far”
  • Join a local couple for a picnic lunch at their home
  • Rub elbows with the locals over a pancake lunch

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain through the trip. Our VBT support shuttle is available every day at designated waypoints for those who need assistance.
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 miles
  • Average Daily Cycling Time: 2 – 4 hours
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