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.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 10530RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Dutch provinces of Utrecht, South Holland, Brabant, Zeeland, Limburg and the Flanders region of Belgium as you barge along scenic rivers and canals and cycle past windmills and through picturesque villages. With experts aboard 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
Outdoor: Spirited
Novice to experienced cyclists. Cycling up to 20--30 miles (5 hours) daily on primarily flat terrain with frequent stops. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.
Small Group
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.
Featured Expert
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Joppe Schipper
Joppe Schipper was born and educated in the Netherlands. He lived in Germany for about 20 years where he worked as an interior architect and designer. Upon returning to the Netherlands, Joppe worked as a truck driver, exploring the continent behind the steering wheel of a sixteen wheeler. He has been married for over 50 years and has two sons. In his spare time, Joppe likes to bike, play soccer and go swimming.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Hendrik Robberecht
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