An Intergenerational Cycling Journey: Bike & Barge in Holland
Sweet Dutch pancakes. Wooden shoes and windmills. A seal rehabilitation center. Explore magical North Holland by bike and barge as you soak up friendly locals’ welkom at every turn.
Program No. 22665RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Explore the magical province of North Holland and its renowned canals by bike and barge with your grandchild on an active educational adventure. Pedal to a seal rehabilitation center. Barge to a sun-dappled island, where grazing sheep and their highly prized wool are everywhere. Savor sweet Dutch-style pancakes the size of a Frisbee, paint traditional wooden shoes by hand and learn how to steer the barge from the ship's captain. Windmills and friendly locals along bike paths and waterways will create memories of a lifetime for you and your grandchild on this journey that begins and ends in the lively capital city of Amsterdam.
Activity Level
Novice to intermediate cyclists welcome! Cycling up to five hours (15-25 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 ...

  • Observe the six iconic windmills in the quaint village of de Zaanse Schans, and learn how authentic wooden shoes are crafted as you decorate your own pair to take home! Interact with seals at a seal and bird rehabilitation center, and learn about sharks and other fish from the North Sea as you watch them swim in aquariums. Discover a historic fishing village where locals still wear traditional costumes, and learn about the town's fishing fleet.
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Marijke Visser
Marijke was born in The Hague in The Netherlands. She studied English at Vrije Universiteit and has had many jobs including working as an English teacher. Marijke has led cycling and cultural explorations since 1981 and love to be active, whether cycling, hiking, swimming or playing tennis. She is passionate about history, literature, poetry, culture, religion, photography, travelling and visiting old towns and museums. Marijke lives in the village of Oegstgeest, situated between near the North Sea. She is married and has three children.
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