|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||21 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Departing from Bruges: Saturdays: May 31; Jun 28; Jul 26; Aug 9; Sep 6, 20, 2014. Departing from Amsterdam: Saturdays: May 10; Jun 7; Jul 5; Aug 2, 16; Sep 13, 27, 2014|
|Start city:||Amsterdam, Holland or Bruges, Belgium|
|End city:||Bruges, Belgium or Amsterdam, Holland|
During this tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities of Holland and Flanders: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, where you still can feel the charm of the days long gone.
After embarking from Amsterdam, you will cross through a beautiful part of the Netherlands, before you bike along the winding small river Vecht with its impressive mansions and country houses on its banks. You will visit a real Dutch cheese farm and the 19 Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk.
Passing through Dordrecht and the fortified town of Willemstad, the ship cruises through the “Delta” Province of Zeeland to Belgium. You will spend the night in Antwerp, the city of Rubens, whose paintings can be admired in the cathedral. You will cycle from Antwerp to Ghent along the beautiful tidal river Lower Schelde.
The destination of your tour is Bruges, the “Pearl of Flanders” with its picturesque medieval town centre.
You will travel on board of the premium barge MS Magnifique, which holds 28-32 guests, and is one of the most beautiful barges for boat and bike tours. In the winter of 2012/13, the barge will be extended with a new section of 42 feet (13 ms), that will hold 5 additional twin cabins and large lounge.
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Route from Amsterdam to Bruges
Day 1: Arrival to Amsterdam; cycling from Nigtevecht – Breukelen (9 miles/15 km)
Embarkation and check-in on 01:00 PM. Around 2 PM the ship leaves Amsterdam and sails to Nigtevecht. From here starts a short bike trip to Breukelen along the winding river Vecht. By the end of the afternoon the barge takes you to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.
Overnight in Vianen.
Day 2: Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (16-30 miles/25-50 km)
After breakfast you will cycle a beautiful route to silver city Schoonhoven. Then further through the Alblasserwaard to Kinderdijk. There an impressive row of19 large windmills appears (UNESCO cultural heritage). You can visit one of these mills. Then the barge takes us further to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland. Dordrecht is an important intersection in the shipping. Night in the historic port of Wolwevershaven.
Overnight in Wolwevershaven.
Day 3: Tholen – Kreekrak lock (21 miles/35 miles)
During breakfast the ship sails to Tholen. Then a bike tour through a forest area, “the Wouwse Plantage“, via Bergen op Zoom, towards the south to the impressive Kreekraksluis (lock). The ship is docked at the end of the dam and from here it will sail through the impressive port of Antwerp to the city. Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of painter Rubens. You will find some of his paintings in the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe (our lady) Cathedral”. After diner: a visit to the beautiful old city centre.
Overnight in Antwerp.
Day 4: Antwerp – Temse – St-Amands / Dendermonde (25 or 34 miles/42 or 56 km)
After breakfast you cycle out of the port to the Zeeschelde. You follow this beautiful but capricious tidal river upstream to Dendermonde. There is a beautiful bike path along the river, and the landscape around the Schelde is magnificent. You will cycle either to St-Amands or Dendermonde, a friendly little town along the river.
Overnight in St-Amands/Dendermonde.
Day 5: St-Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent (32 or 24 miles/53 or 40 km)
Bike tour from St-Amands or by barge to Dendermonde. From Dendermonde the bike tour follows again the river Schelde in the direction of Ghent. Ghent is a lively university city, again one with a rich past. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the city some more, or to shop in the lively centre. The city was founded in Roman times, where the rivers Leie and Schelde converge. The convenient location has over the years brought much prosperity, culminating in the late 13th, early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth. In the city, many old patrician preserved. The Cloth Hall (1425) came cloth merchants together. The main church St. Bavo Cathedral, which is built in different ages and in different styles. In the cathedral are some masterpieces of medieval art, which "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck is the most famous. The ship is docked at the lock in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.
Overnight in Ghent.
Day 6: Ghent – Bruges (28 miles/45 km)
Our last bike tour starts just outside the city and goes through the pleasant country side of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, is maybe the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old centre, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was at that time a metropolis and center of commerce and art. You can still see this glory at the beautiful buildings. But Bruges is a also a nice town for shopping or going out.
Overnight in Bruges.
Day 7: Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (30 miles/50 km)
The last bike tour takes you to a quiet canal along where you’ll find lots of poplars, through an attractive polder landscape with nice small farm houses to the North Sea coast. A 12 kilometer long sandy beach, numerous cafés and the attractive dune landscape of “Het Zwin” (an unique nature reserve) provide enough variety during your lunch break. Then back to Bruges.
Overnight in Ghent.
Day 8: Bruges
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 10:00 AM.
Departing from Bruges to Amsterdam
Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Bruges
Arrival and embarkation early afternoon in the beautiful city of Bruges, also called “Pearl of Flanders”. The crew will welcome you. You will have plenty of time to discover the beautiful historical city of Bruges. Afternoon and evening with city tour in Bruges.
Overnight in Bruges.
Day 2: Bruges – Ghent (28 miles/45 km)
Today, your day starts on the water and the barge will leave Bruges early. Just outside, your first bike tour to Ghent through the flat land of West-Flanders will start. Your destination today is the historical centre of Ghent. Enjoy the beautiful parts of Ghent during an afternoon stroll. The barge is docked in Merelbeke (a small suburb of Ghent).
Overnight in Ghent.
Day 3: Ghent – Dendermonde / St-Amands (24 or 32 miles/40 or 53 km)
Today, the barge will sail over the river Schelde to Dendermonde, a nice town on the conjunction of the rivers Dender and Schelde. The bike tour leads along one of the most beautiful parts of the Schelde, a tidal river. You will follow this beautiful tidal river downstream. The departure time will be set by the skipper and is depending on high or low tide. The tide has affect on the speed of the barge. By bike or by barge from Dendermonde to St-Amands.
Overnight in St-Amands.
Day 4: St-Amands – Temse – Antwerp (25 miles/42 km)
Today we will follow the Schelde further downstream over Temse to Antwerp. There is a beautiful cycling track along the river and the scenery is magnificent. Harbor city Antwerp whit it’s beautiful inner city is well known as diamond city and the city where the famous painter Rubens was born.
Overnight in Antwerp.
Day 5: Tholen - Willemstad (15-28 miles/25-45 km)
The barge will sail over the Schelde-Rhine Canal, over the huge Kreekrak locks to Tholen, a former fishing village amidst the large streams of the province of Zeeland. From Tholen you will cycle along the impressive large Volkerak locks to the fortified town of Willemstad, then further to end in Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. Today, the skipper will discuss with you which part of the tour will be covered by bicycle.
Overnight in Dordrecht.
Day 6: Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven – Vianen (30 miles/50 km)
Today the barge will bring you to Kinderdijk, the most famous windmills in the Netherlands with 19 windmills in line (don’t forget your camera!). The windmills were constructed in the 18th century to pump water out of the low Alblasserwaard polder. You can visit one of the windmills. Then bike tour via silver city Schoonhoven to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. In the evening you can explore this town.
Overnight in Vianen.
Day 7: Breukelen - Amsterdam (21 miles/35 km)
First the ship cruises to Breukelen, where you disembark and your cycling tour starts. Ride along the small Vecht river: this area is well known for its beautiful mansions, small castles and beautiful houses with large gardens and parks. Over the small villages of Nieuwersluis, Loenen and Vreeland to Nigtevecht, where you can visit a traditional cheese farm. Continue over Abcoude and Ouderkerk on the Amstel river to reach Amsterdam. You will meet your barge again in the harbor of Amsterdam.
Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 8: Amsterdam
After breakfast: end of the tour and disembarkation till 10:00 AM. If you wish, you can visit Amsterdam or one of its numerous museums, do some shopping or make a canal tour (not included).
Departing from Bruges: Saturdays: May 31; Jun 28; Jul 26; Aug 9; Sep 6, 20, 2014. Departing from Amsterdam: Saturdays: May 10; Jun 7; Jul 5; Aug 2, 16; Sep 13, 27, 2014
|Tour package: MS Magnifique|
The MAGNIFIQUE is 207 feet (63 m) long, and can accommodate 28 – 32 guests. It sails under the Dutch flag and management, and was completely modernized in 2010, along with being extended by 46 feet (14 m) during the winter of 2012/13.
On the lower deck are a total of 17 cabins:
All cabins are equipped with:
On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen TV and large windows. Two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables and cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.
Layout of boat (before renovations in winter of 2012/13):
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
You can bring your own bicycles (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Please note that helmets are NOT available to rent on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own, or purchase one when you arrive at your destination. In the Netherlands, bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet, but we strongly recommend everyone to wear a helmet.
The tour follows flat terrain routes that has occasional hills. The route is on dedicated bicycle paths about 50% of the time, follows roads shared with traffic about 30% of the time. The remaining 20% of the route follows quiet roads.
Nearest airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Nearest train station: Amsterdam Centraal
Nearest airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Nearest train station: Bruges
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Belgium is a fascinating place to visit with its diversity of culture and language. Distinct regions have emerged that reflect the language of their respective border countries. It’s an unusual experience to travel within one small country and witness the diverse influences of the French, Germans, and Dutch across Belgium.
Brussels houses some of the most important museums, art galleries, and collections in the world. World-class shopping and exciting nightlife are also attractions of Brussels. Known as the "Venice of the North," Bruges is popular for its charming canals and intact medieval architecture. Outside of its cities, Belgium boasts pastoral landscapes crossed by rivers and canals leading to the sea. The dune-lined Belgian coast is home to quaint, historic port towns with a cozy atmosphere and cobblestone streets.
As the headquarters of many international organizations like NATO and the EU, Belgium is a significant player in international affairs. Its significant international population has led to a diverse cuisine scene. It’s most famous for its waffles, chocolate, and beer, but the paper cones of fries and (optional) mayonnaise sold by street vendors are always a favorite for visitors.
From the famed canals and impressive art collections of Amsterdam and attractions of Rotterdam to the tulip fields carpeting the lush countryside, Holland packs a considerable punch for such a small country. Outside of the large cities, visitors can revisit the Middle Ages through its remaining castles and grand estates. Other highlights of the Dutch countryside include the marshlands, wetlands, and beaches. The walled towns of Holland’s trade and commerce routes are delightful to explore, and the maritime tradition of this coastal land is still seen in its quaint harbor towns.
Dutch tulips are iconic – a symbol of Holland. Mid-March through mid-May transforms the already beautiful countryside into a sea of reds, pinks, purples, and yellows. Another charming symbol of the country, Holland's many windmills are scattered across the landscape and make for postcard-perfect scenery.
"The whole group (6 couples) had a great time. Not sure we could ever duplicate it. Boat was beautiful, crew was terrific, guide (Tom) was outstanding, food was excellent (Peter was chef). Carl was an excellent Captain and sqeezed the Magnifique into places I never thought was possible."
-Bob and Kathy R.
"My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful experience during our week on the Magnifique. We found every facet of the trip enjoyable. The accommodations were excellent and the food, though not fancy, was very good. Ramon, the cook, did a superb job. Even with some not so great weather on the way, the biking was beautiful. The countryside was just delightful, and our guide, Tom, did a great job of explaining and pointing out landmarks along the way. No one need fear that the biking is too strenuous for them. It was very leisurely and enabled us to soak in the wonderful country scenes. The staff could not have been better. They made the trip special with their hard work and countless efforts to meet our every need. They deserve an A+.
"When we decided to take this trip we weren't sure how much we would really enjoy it. We finished the week talking about how we would like to do it again. I would highly recommend a bike and barge tour for anyone who wants to get some exercise while enjoying rural countryside and river sites along the way, especially if you can ride in a barge and have the services of a staff like we experienced on the Magnifque"
"We had a great time. Very comfortable boat, great guide (Tom). Cycling was very easy and flat and bikes in great shape."
- Kathleen H.
Sailing together to pleasant waters
We can help you with almost any requirement you may have, from the hire of a ship, to the complete organisation of your event down to the last detail. It's not only private groups, but also businesses, schools and social clubs that go sailing on the ships. Individuals are welcome too. You don't need any sailing experience, as the crew will teach you the basic principles. Let us know of any specific wishes you may have. Thanks to our many years' experience, we will be able to satisfy them to perfection.
Many of the fabulous sailing ships in the fleet have been through less glorious times, languishing in a harbour, or doing service as a houseboat. But as time passed, there were more and more enthusiasts who were prepared to lovingly restore the ships. Gradually, they brought guests along to keep the costs of maintaining the ships down. Over the years, it has grown into a renowned organisation with a very impressive fleet.
Harbours and sailing areas
The ships depart from different ports. Together we have eleven official 'home ports' in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we are active outside the Netherlands and sail around Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spits Bergen, France, the Channel Islands, England, Sicily, the Lipari Islands, the Balearic Islands, Spain & Morocco, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean.
11.1 In the event of cancellation by the Customer, the following percentages shall be due:
Cancellation costs in % of the tour price (agreement)
11.2 Cancellation must be made by fax, with receipt to be confirmed by Supplier, or by registered mail. The date of cancellation shall be the date of receipt by the Supplier.
In these General Conditions, as well as in the related Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings: a. Supplier: The owner of the Ship or the tour operator b. Customer: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who enters into an Agreement with a Supplier.
c. Agreement: Any agreement that is entered into between a Supplier and a Customer, including any amendments and additions thereto, whereby the Supplier agrees to conduct a Tour aboard his Ship, and to which these General Conditions apply. d. Guest: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who is authorized by the Customer to make use of the services of the Supplier. e. Voyage or Tour: The entire tour with inclusions as published, including stay aboard the Ship, taking place during the period set forth in the Agreement. f. Luggage: Any luggage, consisting of easily transported or wheeled items, in the possession of a Guest. g. Ship: The Ship referred to in the Agreement. h. Price: Price of the Tour, as set forth in the Agreement. Scope of Application 2.2 General conditions that conflict with the provisions hereof shall apply only if expressly accepted by the Supplier in writing and only with respect to the Agreement(s) concerned. 2.3 Amendments or additions to any provision of the Agreement or these Conditions shall be effective only if made in writing. 2.4 The Agreement and these Conditions constitute the entire agreement setting forth the rights and obligations of the Supplier and the Customer. 2.5 In the event of a conflict between the Dutch-language version of these Conditions and any version in another language, the Dutch-language version shall prevail. 2.6 In the event that any provision of these Conditions should be invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue to have effect. The invalid provision shall be replaced by a provision that approximates, to the extent possible, the intent of the invalid provision. 2.7 The contracting parties are the Supplier and the Customer. These conditions shall also apply between the Supplier and Guests, who are not parties to the Agreement between the Supplier and the Customer, and the Customer shall be responsible forensuring this. The Customer shall indemnify the Supplier for any and all liability of the Supplier vis-à-vis a Guest that would have been excluded if the Guest had been bound by these Conditions. Liability of the Supplier Liability of Customer and Guests 4.2 The Customer shall not be entitled to rely on the Guests' own liability. 4.3 This article shall apply without prejudice to other or additional rights, including rights vis-à-vis third parties, of the Supplier. Supplier Suppliers Right to Suspend Performance 7.2 The right to suspend performance shall include the Suppliers right to deny the Customer or any of the Guests access to the Ship. Further Rights of Supplier Payment Terms 9.1 Unless otherwise agreed, the Price is valid for Tours as published in the brochures of Supplier or tour operator. 9.2 The Customer shall pay the Supplier the sum due in the currency expressed in the Agreement within the time period provided therefor in the Agreement, without any discount, deduction or set off. The Customer shall at no time be entitled to suspend his obligation to make payment. Payment shall be deemed to have made on the credit date indicated on Suppliers bank or giro statement. Complaints Rescission Force Majeure Applicable Law
2.1 These Conditions shall form part of every Agreement. These Conditions shall also apply to the precontractual relationship between the Supplier and the Customer, as of such time as the Supplier has provided them to the Customer and the Customer has not objected to their application within 7 days thereof.
2.8 These Conditions shall also inure to the benefit of any legal or natural person upon whom, in the widest possible sense, the Supplier relies or has relied in the execution or performance of the Agreement or in the conduct of his business activities.
2.9 In the event of a conflict between the provisions of the Agreement and the provisions of these Conditions, the provisions of the Agreement shall prevail.
3.1 The liability of the Supplier to pay damages for death or personal injury pursuant to part 3 of title 10 of Book 8 of the Civil Code, shall be limited to the sum of EURO 136.134,= per Guest. In the event that such damages take the form of an annuity, the capital shall not exceed EURO 136.134,= per Guest.
3.2 The liability of the Supplier to pay damages for loss of or damage to Luggage shall be limited to EURO 1.000,=. Damage shall be limited to the current value of the Luggage. The Supplier shall have no liability for any non-pecuniary loss, indirect or consequential damages arising from the loss of or damage to Luggage.
3.3 The Supplier shall not be liable for any loss attributable to delay (irrespective of the cause thereof and whether arising before, during or after transportation), or to any deviation from the agreed upon time for starting and ending.
3.4 The Supplier shall have no liability for damages resulting from a thing, brought on board by a Guest, that the Supplier would not have permitted on board, had he been aware of its nature or character, if the Guest knew or should have known that the Supplier would not have permitted such a thing on board. The Guest shall be liable to the Supplier for any expenses and damages that may arise as a result of his having brought or having had such thing on board.
3.5 Without prejudice to article 6:107 Civil Code, in the event of personal injury suffered by a Guest, only that Guest shall have a cause of action for damages. Without prejudice to article 6:108 Civil Code, only the surviving spouse, children and parents who depended on the Guest for their support shall have a cause of action for damages. The value of the claims provided for in this section shall be based on the relative position and affluence of the claimant.
3.6 In the event that the Supplier proves that damage, loss or injury is attributable to the fault or negligence of the Guest, the Suppliers liability shall accordingly be set off, either completely or in part.
3.7 In the event that persons assisting the Supplier in performing his obligations render, at the request of the Customer or Guests, services that the Supplier is not obligated to perform, such persons shall be deemed have acted under the instructions of the Customer and/or the Guests to whom the services were rendered.
3.8 The Customer waives the right to set-off based on comparative negligence.
3.9 Should at the time of payment a dispute arise about the amount due, or a calculation be required for its determination which can not be carried out quickly, Customer shall be obliged to pay immediately that portion of the fee about which both parties agree and to furnish security for the portion disputed by the Customer, or the part of the sum which has not yet been determined.
3.10 All expenses incurred in collecting costs owed by Customer, whether legal or extralegal, are for account of
4.1 The Customer and the Guests shall be jointly and severally liable for any damage, loss or injury to the Supplier caused by the Customer, Guest or their Luggage. This shall apply to damage to the Ship, to injury and damage to any persons or property located on board, as well as to injury and damage caused by the Customer, Guests or their Luggage to persons or property not located on board the Ship, in the event such damages are sought from the Supplier.
5.1 The Ship and its crew conform to the legal requirements.
5.2 Pursuant to the Agreement, the Supplier is obligated to use his best efforts to carry out the Tour. Supplier is entitled to cancel a tour when the number of applicants is less than the minimum number required as announced in the publication of the tour. Supplier shall inform Customer to this effect no later than four weeks before scheduled start of a tour, unless another period is announced in the publication of a tour (also refer to 5.7)
5.3 The sailing route shall be determined by the Supplier in consultation with the Customer.
5.4 The Supplier and/or the Captain shall at all times be entitled to decide that, as a result of weather conditions, high or low water, blocked sailing routes and similar conditions, including those relating to the Ship, the Ship cannot sail, or that it is necessary, in the broadest sense, to modify or cancel the Tour, or to change the place of departure or arrival.
5.5 The Supplier shall, in such case, make every effort to cooperate in finding an alternative or a solution, provided that any additional costs in connection therewith shall be reimbursed by the Customer. It shall be within the discretion of the Supplier to determine whether an alternative or solution is capable of being implemented and whether the Supplier can reasonably do so.
5.6 The provisions of this article shall also apply in event that the Supplier or Captain is forced to take one of the decisions referred to herein as a result of the actions or failure to act of one or more Guests, in the case of a delay, howsoever caused, and in the event the Supplier cannot reach the place of departure or arrival agreed to with the Customer.
5.7 Should the ship unfortunately be unavailable, Supplier shall attempt to replace it with a comparable Ship. Should this be impossible, Supplier shall be entitled to terminate the contract and cancel the Tour. Should Supplier terminate the contract due to a circumstance that can not be attributed to the Customer, Supplier shall offer Customer a Tour of comparable quality or an alternative tour of different quality with appropriate compensation of Price. Should Customer refuse to accept this offer, Customer shall be entitled to full refunding of the Price or remittance, or – should the tour already partially have been participated in – a proportional part of the price. Any liability on the side of the Supplier shall remain limited to the amount paid or due under contract by the Customer.
Obligations of Customer and Guests
6.1 The Ship shall be made available upon the commencement of the Tour, clean and with its complete inventory. Unless otherwise agreed, the Customer shall, no later than the day of debarkation, leave the ship behind in the same condition as he found it upon embarkation, i.e., clean, and with its complete inventory.
6.2 The Customer and the Guests must strictly comply with all requirements and instructions, whether prescribed by law or given by or at the behest of the Supplier or the Captain, in particular but not exclusively those relating to order and safety. In the event that such requirements or instructions are not followed, the Supplier shall be entitled to suspend performance or to rescind the Agreement.
6.3 The Customer and Guests shall not bring anything on board other than the Luggage.
6.4 The Luggage belonging to the Customer and Guests shall not constitute a nuisance. The Customer and Guests shall in no case be permitted to carry with them dangerous substances (in the broadest sense of the word), or to bring on board drugs or contraband. In addition, no pets or animals may be brought on board without prior permission.
7.1 In the event of non-performance, inadequate performance or late performance by or on behalf of the Customer, the Supplier shall in all circumstances be entitled to immediately suspend performance of his obligations under the Agreement, while reserving all remaining rights vis-à-vis the Customer, including any exclusion of Suppliers liability for damages.
7.3 In the event of non-performance, inadequate performance or late performance of these obligations by or on behalf of the Customer, followed by recourse by the Supplier to this right to suspend performance, the Supplier shall nevertheless be entitled to receive payment in the amount agreed upon, and shall not operate to the detriment of other or additional rights that the Supplier is entitled to enforce against the Customer pursuant to these Conditions and/or basic contract law.
Access to the Ship, as well as to the Tour and the lodging and catering services, may be denied by the Supplier where necessary due to capacity, safety, public order, potential damage or nuisance, as well as in cases of past overdue invoices, all without prejudice to the other provisions of these conditions and reserving all remaining rights against the Customer, including any exclusion of Suppliers liability for damages.
9.3 The Supplier shall be entitled, at any time up to twenty days prior to the initial date of the Tour, to increase the Price as a result of extreme changes in the cost of carrying out the Tour. The Customer shall, in such a case, be entitled to cancel the Agreement, provided he does so within ten days of receipt of notice to this effect.
9.4 Failure by the Customer to fulfill his obligation to make payment to the Supplier within the time period agreed upon therefor, shall automatically constitute default without any notice of default being required. From the time that the Customer is in default until the time of payment in full, interest for late payment shall be due in the amount of 2% of the amount due per month or partial month, without prejudice to the Suppliers legal right to full damages.
9.5 All costs connected with the collection of the amount due from the Customer, including court costs, shall be borne by the Customer.
10.1 Complaints concerning invoices shall be made within fourteen days of the invoice date. 10.2 The Customer and/or Guest shall communicate any complaints concerning the performance of the Agreement to the Supplier and/or the appropriate personnel present immediately (during the trip), in order to give the Supplier the opportunity to take measures aimed at correcting any situation that is the subject of a legitimate complaint.
12.1 In the event a. the Customer is declared bankrupt, makes assets available to creditors, submits a request for a moratorium on payments, has an attachment levied on all or part of his assets that is not lifted or placed in custodianship within ten days after the date of attachment; or b. decides to proceed or proceeds with the cessation or transfer of all or a significant part of his business activities, including the contribution of his business activities to an existing or to-be-established company, or changes the objects of his business enterprise; or c. fails in full or in part to fulfill any legal or contractual obligation vis-à-vis the Supplier, after having received written notice of default; or d. fails to pay any invoiced amount or portion thereof within the time period provided therefor, the Customer shall by operation of law be deemed to be in default, and any remaining payments shall immediately fall due.
12.2 Under the circumstances set forth in the previous section, the Supplier shall be entitled, without giving rise to any liability in damages and without prejudice to his other rights, such as rights relating to overdue fines, interest, and the right to demand damages, and without giving notice of default or seeking judicial intervention: a.to rescind the Agreement in whole or in part, by sending written notice to that effect to the Customer; and/or b.to demand immediate payment of any sums due to the Supplier from the Customer; and/or c.before performing the Agreement any further, to obtain from the Customer security for the (timely) performance of his payment obligations.
12.3 In the event that the Supplier elects to rescind the Agreement, the Customer shall pay liquidated damages consisting of the Price, or the amount of actual damage, if this exceeds the Price.
In the event that the Supplier is prevented by force majeure of a permanent or temporary nature from performing of continuing to perform his obligations under the Agreement, the Supplier shall be entitled, without giving rise to any liability in damages, by giving notice to that effect and without judicial intervention being required, to rescind the Agreement in whole or in part, without prejudice to the Suppliers right to demand payment from the Customer for performance rendered prior to the commencement of the force majeure, or to suspend in whole or in part the performance or continued performance of the Agreement. The Supplier shall notify the Customer forthwith of any situation involving force majeure. In the event of suspension of performance, the Supplier shall retain the right to subsequently rescind the Agreement in whole or in part.
14.1 Both the Agreement and these general conditions shall be governed exclusively by Dutch law. 14.2 Any dispute shall be submitted to the competent court in the district in which the Supplier has his place of business. In the event that the Customer is a Consumer, he shall be entitled, within one month, to designate a different court within the Netherlands.
c. Agreement: Any agreement that is entered into between a Supplier and a Customer, including any amendments and additions thereto, whereby the Supplier agrees to conduct a Tour aboard his Ship, and to which these General Conditions apply.
d. Guest: Any person, whether natural or juridical, who is authorized by the Customer to make use of the services of the Supplier. e. Voyage or Tour: The entire tour with inclusions as published, including stay aboard the Ship, taking place during the period set forth in the Agreement.
f. Luggage: Any luggage, consisting of easily transported or wheeled items, in the possession of a Guest. g. Ship: The Ship referred to in the Agreement. h. Price: Price of the Tour, as set forth in the Agreement.
Scope of Application
2.2 General conditions that conflict with the provisions hereof shall apply only if expressly accepted by the Supplier in writing and only with respect to the Agreement(s) concerned.
2.3 Amendments or additions to any provision of the Agreement or these Conditions shall be effective only if made in writing. 2.4 The Agreement and these Conditions constitute the entire agreement setting forth the rights and obligations of the Supplier and the Customer.
2.5 In the event of a conflict between the Dutch-language version of these Conditions and any version in another language, the Dutch-language version shall prevail. 2.6 In the event that any provision of these Conditions should be invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue to have effect. The invalid provision shall be replaced by a provision that approximates, to the extent possible, the intent of the invalid provision.
2.7 The contracting parties are the Supplier and the Customer. These conditions shall also apply between the Supplier and Guests, who are not parties to the Agreement between the Supplier and the Customer, and the Customer shall be responsible forensuring this. The Customer shall indemnify the Supplier for any and all liability of the Supplier vis-à-vis a Guest that would have been excluded if the Guest had been bound by these Conditions.
Liability of the Supplier
Liability of Customer and Guests
4.2 The Customer shall not be entitled to rely on the Guests' own liability. 4.3 This article shall apply without prejudice to other or additional rights, including rights vis-à-vis third parties, of the Supplier.
Suppliers Right to Suspend Performance
7.2 The right to suspend performance shall include the Suppliers right to deny the Customer or any of the Guests access to the Ship.
Further Rights of Supplier
9.1 Unless otherwise agreed, the Price is valid for Tours as published in the brochures of Supplier or tour operator.
9.2 The Customer shall pay the Supplier the sum due in the currency expressed in the Agreement within the time period provided therefor in the Agreement, without any discount, deduction or set off. The Customer shall at no time be entitled to suspend his obligation to make payment. Payment shall be deemed to have made on the credit date indicated on Suppliers bank or giro statement.