Nordic Walking in the Netherlands: A Walk-and-Barge Adventure

Sail from bustling Amsterdam to medieval towns and fishing villages as you explore the art, history and culture of the Netherlands on Nordic walking adventures with local experts.
Program No. 24047RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Originally designed as a summer training routine for cross-country skiers, Nordic walking is the newest exercise craze sweeping its way across the world. Different than traditional walking, this sport utilizes Nordic poles, similar to ski poles, to engage 80-90% of your muscles as you walk. Alongside experts, you’ll exercise both your mind and body on a Nordic walking adventure through the Netherlands’ picturesque landscapes. Learn about medieval architecture and local wildlife as you walk along bike paths to quaint villages and local farms. When you’re not on the road, learn about the people and landscapes of the Netherlands as your barge sails past wildflowers and windmills on the way to your next stunning classroom.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to 8 miles per day on flat terrain, primarily on dedicated paved paths, some beaches. Nordic poles will be provided.
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 ...

  • Ride a barge through Amsterdam’s historic canals like a local as you explore this diverse city with experts.
  • Study the Netherlands’ medieval architecture on Nordic walking adventures through the small villages, like beautiful Alkmaar.
  • Discover the farms and homes of Twisk, where the wealthy once bought second homes, to learn about the unique history of this town.
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Frank Behrendt
Frank has been helping people see the world for over 40 years. An Amsterdam native, Frank has traveled extensively throughout European countries. He lived in the Netherlands, Turkey, Greece, Israel, England and the United States. Frank is fluent in several languages, is a master storyteller and knows precisely where the best bakery in the next town can be found. Frank loves teaching the art of Nordic walking. He is an instructor certified in Austria and the Netherlands and has the patience of a saint.

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

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