Family Special Tales and Castles – Family Friendly Bike and Barge Holiday

Bike / Barge Tour from Amsterdam Family Special Tales and Castles (8 days)

Family Special Tales and Castles Castle Loevestein

Castle Loevestein by Karrow (Wiki Commons)

This attractive holiday, Family Special- Tales and Castles,  is especially created for parents and their children 7-11 years old.

From Amsterdam the itinerary leads southward across the beautiful Dutch river lands. You’ll pass some picturesque old Dutch towns like Gouda and Gorinchem.  In addition you will also visit the medieval castle Loevestein and the world famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. Maybe you would enjoy playing a sportive game of Dutch farmer’s golf using a club with a wooden shoe at the end? It’s all possible when you join the family special tales and castles tour.

The daily cycling trips, since the tour is designed to accommodate children, average 20 km.  The routes follow several winding dikes, therefore rivers and canals are always nearby. Halfway through the tour you have a day off to spend with your family. You may choose to visit the fairy tale attraction park Efteling, to splash in a swimming pool or to cycle, walk, relax in a natural reserve nearby.

Route: Amsterdam > Gorinchem >Heusden > Waspik > Gouda > Alphen aan de Rijn > Kudelstaart > Amsterdam


$675.00 USD per person based on a family of 4: 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years of age.
$725.00 USD per person based on a family of 3: 2 adults and 1 child under 11 years of age.
$640.00 USD per person based on a family of 2 or 3: 1 adult and  1 or 2 children under 11 years of age.

Pricing available on request for additional family members
Due to possible currency fluctuation this price could change.  Therefore payment in full at the time of booking will protect your price.
Payment in full at time of booking will protect against any future currency fluctuation.

Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate.

2019 Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August  3, 10, 17, 24.

Day by Day Itinerary

Family Special Tales and Castles route

Family Special Tales and Castles route

Saturday  Cycling ± 10 km.

First of all, upon your arrival in Amsterdam,  you will check  in aboard the barge. You’ll meet the crew and your tour leader. We embark and sail trip to Vreeswijk where you stay for the night. While moored we will have a short test ride to get to know your bicycle.

Sunday:  Cycling ± 20 km.

First the barge takes you Vianen where you start today’s cycle ride. You follow a winding canal until reaching the town of Gorinchem, the stay for the night.

Monday  Cycling ± 20 km.

In the morning you visit a cozy market in down town Gorinchem. A ferry transports you to Castle Loevestein.  The castle used to be a prison in the middle ages. Once a famous Dutchman escaped from here in a bookcase. In addition to the visit is today’s cycle trip to picturesque Heusden, a fortified town, where we will moor for the night.

Today is Family Day! As a result you are free to spend the day with your own family  or join another family  you may have befriended.  Ideas for your family day include a visit to fairy-tale park Efteling, going to a swimming pool or spending the day at the dune area of Drunen.  There is a playground just a walk away from the dune area in Drunen. At the end of the afternoon you cycle back on your own to the barge in the village of Waspik.

Wednesday  Cycling ± 20 km.

An early sailing trip  takes us to the famous 19 windmills of Kinderdijk.  Nowhere in the world can you find so many traditional mills together! From here you cycle through the polderland Krimpenerwaard which is approximately 2 meters below sea level.  Finally you arrive in the town of Gouda, famous for it’s marvelous cheese.

Thursday Cycling ± 20 km.

From Gouda you cycle to a cheese farm.  At the farm you have the chance to play a game of Dutch golf.  This game of golf is called Dutch because your golf club is a wooden shoe! In the afternoon there’s time to explore the town of Alphen aan de Rijn where you have the opportunity to visit Avifauna, a birds zoo.

Friday Cycling ± 25 km.

The barge drops you off at Kudelstaart and you make the cycle trip alongside the river Amstel all the way to the port in Amsterdam. The afternoon is free for visiting Amsterdam. After dinner your guide invites you for a short city walk or  you may wish to take a canal tour of Amsterdam.

End of your tour,  you say goodbye to the crew, your tour leader and your fellow travelers.

(subject to changes)
Family Special Tales and Castles Inclusions:

  • Stay aboard (8 days/7 nights)
  • Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 2-courses dinner)
  • Tour leader
  • Visit Castle Loevestein
  • Farmer’s golf
  • Information booklet and map
  • Bicycle with gears and cycle bag
  • Bike Compensation
  • 1 City walk

Family Tales and Specials Exclusions:

  • Airfare
  • Transfers between airport and barge
  • Drinks aboard
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Excursions out of program
  • Travel Insurance