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TOWNS OF THE GOLDEN AGE (COMFORT) (SGP)

Bike / Barge Tour from Amsterdam (8 days)

Route: Amsterdam > Haarlem > Leiden > Delft > Schiedam > Dordrecht > Gouda > Amsterdam

Price: $1,283.00 USD per person based on double occupancy.
Please note this price may fluctuate based on the current exchange rate.
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.

Single Supplement: No single supplements for comfort barges. Singles will share with someone of the same gender.

Please Contact Nancy for 2013 departures dates for this tour.

During this tour you will visit seven important cities of the Dutch Golden Age: Haarlem, Leiden, Delft, Schiedam, Dordrecht, Gouda and of course Amsterdam. These towns still breathe the atmosphere of the 17th Century, a period of great wealth. The influence of the Golden Age is still noticable in the many monumental buildings ànd the different crafts you get to know on this tour.

In Haarlem a beer connoisseur tells you about the history of the many Haarlem breweries and offers you a local beer, Jopen, during a special beer dinner.

In Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt, the tour leader takes you for an evening walk. In Delft you will visit pottery "De Porceleyne Fles" where the world famous Delft Blue chinaware is still being manufactured. Schiedam is famous for the high windmills and gin distilleries. Maybe you would like to try our national "borreltje" (drink).

From Dordrecht, a historical harbour town, you cycle to the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk, and go on to the cheese town of Gouda.

Your holiday ends in Amsterdam where you can admire the glory and splendour of the Golden Age while making a canal cruise.


Day by Day Itinerary

Saturday
Cycling ± 10 km. In Spaarndam you leave the barge and cycle to Haarlem. During the ages lots of Flemish moved here to try their luck and fortune. Partly due to them the linen commerce expanded . The wealth that came along with this development attracted lots of artists, among them Frans Hals. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious meal and a special guest will tell you all about the history of the Haarlem breweries.

Sunday:
Cycling ± 45 km. After a short sailing cruise you cycle right through Holland’s Green Heart to Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt and Jan Steen. The Leiden university is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. You may wish to bring a visit to the local museum De Lakenhal, where you’ll find an interesting collection of industrial art and paintings from the 17th-20th century. In the evening you can make a city walk through the historical centre of Leiden.

Monday
Cycling ± 50 km. From Leiden on you go biking to the city of Delft. In the 17th century the Delft potters were so impressed by the chinaware that was brought in from overseas that they created their own Delftware (Delft Blue). A visit to Delftware factory ‘De Porceleyne Fles’ gives you a good impression of the Delft Blue and modern ceramics.

Tuesday
Cycling ± 30 km. After a city walk through the centre of Delft you cycle via the Westland region to the city of Schiedam. Here you will find the five highest windmills of the world. Schiedam is also famous for its many gin distilleries (called 'jenever' in Dutch) that were founded there during the Golden Age. You might want to try a 'jenevertje' in the Jenever Museum.

Wednesday
Cycling ± 50 km. Today the programm consists of a cycle tour past small rural villages and a part of the National Reserve ‘De Biesbosch’. The cycle trip ends in Dordrecht, one of the first ports of transhipment of the Netherlands. In the Dordrecht Museum you will find a interesting collection of several Dutch masters.

Thursday
Cycling ± 40 km. How Dutch can a landscape be? After leaving Dordrecht you get the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk in sight. After visiting one of the mills you continue to Gouda. On the central marketsquare markets have been held since the Middle Ages. The famous St. Jans church with the beautiful stained glass windows is certainly worth a visit. You will visit a potter who shows his crafts in making earthenware and Gouda clay pipes.

Friday
Cycling ± 25 km. Early in the morning the barge leaves Gouda direction Amsterdam. Around noon you disembark and cycle alongside the river Amstel into Amsterdam. In the afternoon there’s time left to visit the Dutch capital. In the evening you may wish to make a round trip of the Amsterdam canals (for your own account) or join your guide for a walk.

Saturday
Breakfast, say farewell to your tour leader, the crew and fellow travellers. Your bike & barge holiday has come to an end.

Included in tour:

  • Stay on board 8 d/7 n in double cabin with lower beds and shower/toilet
  • Full board (breakfast+packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
  • Bicycle with gears and pannier
  • Map with marked route
  • Information package
  • Tour leader
  • Visit Mills Kinderdijk
  • Visit Porceleyene Fles
  • Beer lecture
  • Visit Jenever Museum
  • Several citywalks
  • Compensation Bicycle damage


Not included in tour:
  • Airfare
  • Transfers between airport and barge
  • Drinks aboard
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Excursions out of program
  • Travel Insurance



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