A Cycling Journey: Bike and Barge in Holland and Belgium
From your floating home on a river barge, set out on a bicycle journey through lovely, historic towns to discover the local history, culture and art of Holland and Belgium.
Program No. 10530RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Dutch provinces of South Holland, Brabant, Zeeland, Limburg and Gelderland and the Flanders region of Belgium as you barge along scenic rivers and canals and cycle past windmills and through picturesque villages. With experts onboard the barge and in the field, learn about Dutch history and architecture, Roman influence in the Netherlands, the difference between the Flemish and the Walloons and much more.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Novice to experienced cyclists welcome! Cycling up to five hours (20-30 miles) daily on primarily flat terrain with frequent water and rest stops. Must bring your own helmet. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about Antwerp’s medieval and Renaissance architecture, and admire Rubens masterpieces in its Gothic cathedral. Cycle to the charming 13th-century trading town of Bergen op Zoom and Maastricht one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Experience lively Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, with its canals, terraces and fascinating museums.

General Notes

Program itinerary subject to change due to water levels, lock and bridge schedules, local conditions. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Kees Grandia
Kees was born and raised in the city of Rotterdam. He received a teaching certificate in Dutch and English at the teachers training college in Delft and studied history at the University of Leiden and the University of Texas in Austin. In 1999 he returned to education at the Albeda College as a teacher of Dutch to immigrants. Kees currently works as an educational manager with Albeda College in Rotterdam. He enjoys a game of tennis, loves opera and is interested in American politics.
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