|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||30 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Jun 21; Jul 12; Aug 2 and 9, 2014|
|Start city:||Amsterdam, Holland|
|End city:||Amsterdam, Holland|
In the Middle Ages a treaty existed among many trading towns that were located nearby waterways. On this cycle tour through the eastern part of the Netherlands, you will visit several of these so-called Hanseatic towns. In the vicinity you will find lots of grand castles and estates often situated in pretty nature areas.
You leave Amsterdam by barge and head for Wijk bij Duurstede, a fortified town founded in the year 1500 BC. You visit national park De Hoge Veluwe and the Kröller Müller Museum, that shows a fine collection of Van Gogh paintings. From Arnhem you pass castle Rosendael and follow the river IJssel through Doesburg in direction of Hanseatic town Zuthpen. Your cycle tour takes you through the typical rural villages like Lochem and you make a stop for a visit to Mansion Verwolde. In Deventer you leave the barge and pedal on the banks of the river IJssel to the Hanseatic town of Kampen. An evening walk through the historical center shows you lots of monumental buildings.
After a sailing trip on the lakes between the new and the old land you leave the barge in the hanseatic town of Harderwijk. A roundtrip by bike leads through the moorlands and the forestries that surround this lively town. Spakenburg is a former fishing village that values religious traditions. The costumes you see here are typical for this village and the surrounding area. Before arriving in Amsterdam you first bring a visit to the castle Muiderslot.
In the evening you can see and experience the glory and history of Amsterdam by making a round trip of the canals.
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Day 1: Tour of Amsterdam (9 miles/15 km)
After the embarkation in Amsterdam you’ll be sailing the Amsterdam-Rijn canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, the stop for the night. In the evening there’s a short ‘warming-up’ cycle trip in the vicinity which passes the castles Zandenburg and Walenburg.
Overnight in Wijk bij Duurstede.
Day 2: De Hoge Veluwe National Park (30 miles/50 km)
The barge sails the river Nederrijn to the lock near the village Heveadorp, where the cyclists disembark to start their cycle trip. You will cycle to National park ‘De Hoge Veluwe’ . In this park you will find the museum Kröller-Müller, where you’ll find a fantastic exhibition of Vincent van Gogh paintings. A visit to the famous statue garden is also very worthwhile. The cycle trip ends in Arnhem, where the ship is moored in the river Nederrijn.
Overnight in Arnhem.
Day 3: Arnhem - Zutphen (30 miles/50 km)
Today you will cycle past castle Rosendael to the ferry near Rheden. The ferry takes you across the river IJssel and the trip continues through the villages Doesburg and Brummen to the Hanseatic & walled town of Zutphen, situated by the river IJssel.
Overnight in Zutphen.
Day 4: Lochem and the Twente Kanaal (38 miles/60 km)
As the barge stays in Zutphen, you make a roundtrip. You will pass castle Vorden and the rural community of Lochem. After a visit to Mansion Verwolde you follow the Twente canal back to Zutphen. Alternatively you may wish to spend a day shopping and/or visiting museum in Zutphen. The Stedelijk Museum has an interesting cultural-historical collection that creates a telling image of Zutphen and its surroundings.
Overnight in Zutphen.
Day 5: Deventer - Kampen (38 miles/60 km)
Today you sail by barge to the Hanseatic town of Deventer, where the cyclists disembark. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes while following the river IJssel to Diepenveen, castle Oude Rande and the rural estate Hoenderloo. Through the village of Windesheim the trip ends in Kampen, a historic Hanseatic town.
Overnight in Kampen.
Day 6: Around Harderwijk (19 miles/30 km)
Today’s motto is ‘relaxing aboard’ as there’s a 4 hour sailing trip to Harderwijk, where you’ll stay for the night. In the afternoon there’s a cycle trip through the rural area around Harderwijk.
Overnight in Harderwijk.
Day 7: Spakenburg - Amsterdam (36 miles/60 km)
By barge you will sail to Spakenburg today. After the disembarkation you will cycle to Spakenburg, a former fishing village which is still famous for the traditional costume. Via the lake area called Ankeveense Plassen you cycle to castle Muiderslot. After a visit to this beautiful situated castle, you continue cycling to Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a walk through the centre or you may (on your own account) go for a round trip of the Amsterdam canals.
Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast you say good bye to your tour leader and the crew, as your bike and barge holiday comes to an end.
Saturdays: Jun 21; Jul 12; Aug 2 and 9, 2014
|Lena Maria and Jelmar Boats, twin cabin|
|When you book, please enter the citizenship and birthdate of each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.|
June 21 and July 12, 2014
The LENA MARIA was built in 2005/06. The meals are served in the dining room on the upper deck. You can also enjoy a drink on the sun deck. It has 12 luxurious cabins on the lower deck and can hold 24 people.
All cabins have:
- Low beds
- Bathroom (shower and toilet)
August 2 and 9, 2014
The Jelmar barge has 10 cabins and can hold up to 20 people.
All cabins have:
- Low beds
- Private facilities
Bikes included in the tour package price:
- Hybrid touring bikes, 7-speed
The bikes are equipped with the following:
- Saddle bag
- Bottle of water
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.
Helmets are NOT available to be rented. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet, or purchase one upon arrival.
This tour will be relaxed and easy cycling through the flat Holland countryside. The daily distances range from 9 miles up to 38 miles, with most days being around 30-35 miles of cycling. It will be easy cycling, though will be a few hours spent on the bike each day, so you should be use to cycling for a few hours at a time.
You can choose to stay on board the boat on any day, if you would like a break from the cycling.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Amsterdam
Nearest train station: Amsterdam
There is a very regular rail service between the airport and Amsterdam Central rail station, and the boarding point is a short bus or taxi ride from the rail station.
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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.
HAT Tours is an independent Dutch travel organization that specializes in cycle holidays and barge cruises in Europe. Since 1990 to today, they offer their international clientele a wide choice in attractive, interesting and small-scale holidays.
Their main objective is a direct and personal contact with all their customers. HAT Tours is a family-owned company that offers both sailing trips on small passenger ships and cycle holidays in Europe.
Where is HAT located?
In which countries do they offer tours?
Most European countries: Croatia, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, and more!
What are some of HAT's special strengths?
- Cycle and sail holidays (also known as bike and barge holidays): Guided tours with a stay aboard an attractive and comfortable hotel barge
- Cycle and hotel holidays: Cycling in a relaxed way from one hotel to another with the help of detailed maps and an information pack
GENERAL CONDITIONS INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS
All bookings will be accepted on the basis of these conditions and terms.
1. If a reservation is cancelled each participant will be charged for cancellation costs. The following terms are valid:
a. on cancellation up to 56 days before the departure day: EUR. 35,00 subject to a maximum of 25% of the travel sum;
b. on cancellation less than 57 days and up to 28 days before departure: the down payment subject to a maximum of 25% of the travel sum;
c. on cancellation less than 29 days and up to 14 days before departure: 50% of the travel sum.;
d. on cancellation less than 15 days and up to 7 days before departure: 75% of the travel sum;
e. on cancellation less than 8 days and up to the departure day: 90% of the travel sum;
f. on cancellation on the day the holiday commences or at ‘no show’: 100% of the travel sum.
Immediately after the receipt of a cancellation (signed and in writing only!) customer will receive an
invoice. The stated amount has to be credited to our bank account within three weeks after the date of
invoice. We request customer to refer to the booking number (P- number) at the payment.
2. Participants of bike and barge tours agree to observe the skipper’s orders for navigation and his rules forgood sailing. Regulations affixed aboard the ship are to be observed as such. Participants acceptresponsibility for their actions for the duration of the tour.
3. During bike and barge tours the skipper is entitled to change the place of departure/arrival according to his own judgement in case of heavy fog, stormy weather or other urgent circumstances. HAT Tours nor theskipper will be held responsible for damages as a result of bad weather conditions to participants nor to theirparaphernalia.
4. Participants of bike and barge tours will be liable for any wilful damage to the vessel and/or to any third party. Third party insurance covers vessel and crew as well as passengers. Liability of participants is limitedto any wilful damage not recoverable or not being reimbursed by the insurance company. The ‘own risk’ clause of the insurance policy is for account of participants.
5. HAT Tours is not liable for damages suffered by participants, unless such damages are due to default or gross negligence. Nor is HAT Tours liable for damages resulting subsequently.
6. Both parties of this contract are entitled to cancel this agreement immediately and without any legalconsequences, only if either or both parties would fail to fulfil his obligation pertaining to this agreement notwithstanding the right to claim full compensation. This clause is only valid if participants are not able tooffer a reasonable alternative.
7. Any costs/expenses incurred as a result of default by either party will be due and payable immediately ascompensation for resulting damages.
8. This agreement is governed by the law of the Netherlands. Any differences arising from this agreement are to be judged by the Court of Law at Amsterdam.
9. HAT Tours is entitled to cancel any bike and barge tour at the latest 14 days before the departure date, if there are less than 15 participants booked. In the case of such a cancellation, participants will not becompensated for any damage that may have occurred because of this cancellation. HAT Tours will only makea refund for any down payment that has been made for the tour concerned.
10. Surcharge fuel costs Bike& Barge Tours: In case fuel prices from 15th September of the previous yearwill raise more than 10%, HAT Tours preserves the right to charge a surcharge of max. Euro 20,00 a person.The surcharge is to be paid cash aboard at the beginning of the tour, after having been informed about thisupon arrival.
11. Important: If the insurance premium(s) has (have) been filled in, this reservation is also the insurance policy together with the insurance terms and conditions wich will be added to the travel documents. The participants will be insured according to the current conditions and with regard to the travel -insurance according to the specified combination. The chosen combination has to be mentioned on the reservation. In case of damage this insurance policy has to be submitted.
This contract has been translated into english. The original text in dutch will however prevail.