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Offline ginhol

Bike Barge Holland
« on: March 21, 2012, 06:40:41 am »
Hi,  Hoping to do a bike barge tour of Holland first part of May 2012 - any boat / tour company suggestions?   Thanks!

Offline Belgium

Re: Bike Barge Holland
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 08:24:08 am »
Unless you are very unpractical and unadventurous, or not so healthy, or a little bit lazy, or just too rich, there's no need to book these kind of tours.  Why?
Bicycle Rental: Available in all cities and bigger villages.  Renting is cheaper if you do it in a smaller city and not in Amsterdam!
Tracks: It's not even necessary to buy lots of maps.  The Netherlands are crisscrossed with signposted tracks, connecting all places.

Accomodation: Go for the 4500 families of 'Vrienden op de Fiets' (= Friends on the Bike).  They allow other cycletouring members of the organization to stay in their home for a modest price.
Freedom: If you like a place, you can stay one more night for visiting some of their tourist attractions.  A main disadvantage with Bike Barging is that you always arrive in late afternoon/early evening and that you leave (very early) the next morning.
Local people, local food: On the boat, the same cook prepares all the dishes and you're always surrounded by other tourists.  If really interested in a country, going to local restaurants and staying with locals is far more recommendable.
Belgium: Everything I mentioned above, is also valid for Flanders (Belgium).