Volendam, North Holland. Photo via Flickr:Jose A.
Tulips are everywhere in Holland! Photo via Flickr:Duncan Harris

Open Air Museum in Zaanse Schans, Zaandam. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Niels Kim
4.3/5 (20 calificacíones)

Tour al norte de Holanda

Holanda Tours en bicicleta y barco

En bici por el norte de Holanda

  • Este viaje comprende la península del norte de Holanda comenzando por Ámsterdam, y sus innumerables atracciones, ciudad de vasta cultura e historia palpable en su rica arquitectura y museos como el Rijksmuseum y el museo Van Gogh.

    Dejando atrás el centro de la ciudad hacia la zona rural, la ruta en bici pasa por Marken hacia el viejo pueblo pesquero Volendam donde se siguen usando las ropas tradicionales holandesas. Enkhuizen es una pequeña ciudad tranquila con un puerto pintoresco y típicas casitas de campo, y tiene un museo al aire libre donde se muestra el rico pasado de la ciudad como centro mercantil. Con 80 km de senderos para caminar y de bicicleta, la isla de Texel es el paraíso para vacacionar, con playas de arenas blancas, la perla de las islas de Wadden, la isla más antigua de Holanda. El pueblo más grande de la isla es Den Burg, con su iglesia del siglo XV. Luego calmarás tu apetito con el famoso queso de Alkmaar, pesado y vendido en el Waag. Irás al Zaanse Schans en Zaandam, gran museo al aire libre que describe la vida holandesa durante los siglos XVII y XVIII. El tour terminará en Ámsterdam, capital de Holanda. (Durante la temporada de los tulipanes en abril y mayo, pasearás en bici rodeado de un colorido exuberante).

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    Precios 2018

    Angela Esmee

    Pre -Temporada: Abril 14 y Abril 21, 2018
    Temporada media: Mayo 5, Mayo 12, Mayo 19, y Septiembre 8, 2018
    Temporada Alta: Salidas semanales desde Junio hasta agosto 25
    (excluyendo Julio 7 y Agosto 4), 2018
    Temporada baja: Septiembre 16, 2018

    Angela Esmee

    CamarotesPre tempTemp MediaTemp AltaTemp baja
    Doble Inferior NOK 6890 $ 827 $ 1,047 689 £ 656 kr 6360 NOK 8790 $ 1,055 $ 1,335 879 £ 837 kr 8114 NOK 9190 $ 1,103 $ 1,396 919 £ 875 kr 8483 NOK 8590 $ 1,031 $ 1,305 859 £ 818 kr 7929
    Doble Superior NOK 8190 $ 983 $ 1,244 819 £ 780 kr 7560 NOK 10090 $ 1,211 $ 1,533 1009 £ 961 kr 9314 NOK 10490 $ 1,259 $ 1,593 1049 £ 999 kr 9683 NOK 9890 $ 1,187 $ 1,502 989 £ 942 kr 9129
    Single Inferior NOK 9090 $ 1,091 $ 1,381 909 £ 866 kr 8391 NOK 11090 $ 1,331 $ 1,685 1109 £ 1056 kr 10237 NOK 11590 $ 1,391 $ 1,761 1159 £ 1104 kr 10698 NOK 10790 $ 1,295 $ 1,639 1079 £ 1028 kr 9960
    Single Superior NOK 10390 $ 1,247 $ 1,578 1039 £ 990 kr 9591 NOK 12390 $ 1,487 $ 1,882 1239 £ 1180 kr 11437 NOK 12890 $ 1,547 $ 1,958 1289 £ 1228 kr 11898 NOK 12090 $ 1,451 $ 1,836 1209 £ 1151 kr 11160
    Triple Inferior NOK 6690 $ 803 $ 1,016 669 £ 637 kr 6175 NOK 8590 $ 1,031 $ 1,305 859 £ 818 kr 7929 NOK 8990 $ 1,079 $ 1,366 899 £ 856 kr 8298 NOK 8390 $ 1,007 $ 1,274 839 £ 799 kr 7745
    Triple Superior NOK 7990 $ 959 $ 1,214 799 £ 761 kr 7375 NOK 9890 $ 1,187 $ 1,502 989 £ 942 kr 9129 NOK 10290 $ 1,235 $ 1,563 1029 £ 980 kr 9498 NOK 9690 $ 1,163 $ 1,472 969 £ 923 kr 8945
    Cuádruple Inferior NOK 6590 $ 791 $ 1,001 659 £ 628 kr 6083 NOK 8390 $ 1,007 $ 1,274 839 £ 799 kr 7745 NOK 8790 $ 1,055 $ 1,335 879 £ 837 kr 8114 NOK 8190 $ 983 $ 1,244 819 £ 780 kr 7560
    Cuádruple Superior NOK 7890 $ 947 $ 1,198 789 £ 751 kr 7283 NOK 9690 $ 1,163 $ 1,472 969 £ 923 kr 8945 NOK 10090 $ 1,211 $ 1,533 1009 £ 961 kr 9314 NOK 9490 $ 1,139 $ 1,442 949 £ 904 kr 8760

    Anna Antal
    Cabina doble de camas literas/Cuchetas: NOK 8990 $ 1,079 $ 1,366 899 £ 856 kr 8298 Cabina doble de camas literas/Cuchetas para uso single: NOK 11550 $ 1,386 $ 1,754 1155 £ 1100 kr 10662 Cabina de dos camas bajas: NOK 10500 $ 1,260 $ 1,595 1050 £ 1000 kr 9692

    Liza Marleen
    Cabina Doble: NOK 11350 $ 1,362 $ 1,724 1135 £ 1081 kr 10477 Cama doble (Cabina extra grande): NOK 12350 $ 1,482 $ 1,876 1235 £ 1176 kr 11400 Cabina Triple: NOK 10450 $ 1,254 $ 1,587 1045 £ 995 kr 9646 Cabina de dos camas para uso single: NOK 16000 $ 1,920 $ 2,430 1600 £ 1524 kr 14769

    Wending
    Cabina Doble: NOK 10500 $ 1,260 $ 1,595 1050 £ 1000 kr 9692 Cabina Triple: NOK 9950 $ 1,194 $ 1,511 995 £ 948 kr 9185 Cabina de dos camas para uso single: NOK 12550 $ 1,506 $ 1,906 1255 £ 1195 kr 11585

     

    Opciones extra

    2018

    En el Angela Esmee
    Alquiler bicicleta eléctrica: NOK 950 $ 114 $ 144 95 £ 90 kr 877 Alquiler de Tándem disponible!
    Alquiler casco: NOK 100 $ 12 $ 15 10 £ 10 kr 92 Tour por el Canal en Ámsterdam, se paga a bordo: NOK 125 $ 15 $ 19 13 £ 12 kr 115 Comidas sin gluten y sin lácteos, se pagan a bordo: NOK 500 $ 60 $ 76 50 £ 48 kr 462

    En el Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Wending, y Zwaan

    Alquiler bicicleta eléctrica: NOK 800 $ 96 $ 122 80 £ 76 kr 738 Alquiler Casco (se requiere reserva previa): NOK 100 $ 12 $ 15 10 £ 10 kr 92 Mapas de las caminos y sendas para la bicicleta para la opción de viaje auto guiado (Se requiere reserva previa): NOK 200 $ 24 $ 30 20 £ 19 kr 185 Ámsterdam City Card: Pregúntanos
    Museo Card: Pregúntanos
    Noche extra en Ámsterdam: Llamar por precios
    Descuentos para niños disponibles. ¡Pregúntanos por detalles!

    Nota

    *El precio está basado en los costos de combustibles a julio de 2014. Si el costo del combustible aumenta 5%, cargos extra pueden aplicarse (mismo para reservas ya efectuadas).

    Si viajas solo, podemos encontrarte un compañero de habitación del mismo género para evitar el mayor costo por camarote single.

    Las tarifas están basadas en ocupación doble.

    Información importante para leer antes de hacer tu reserva..

    Recomendamos comprar un seguro de viaje de bicicleta..

    Por favor consultar "Preguntas Frecuentes"

  • Viaje

    Vuelo a Ámsterdam.

    Transporte local

    Llegada a Ámsterdam, traslado corto en tren al centro de Ámsterdam donde podrás abordar el barco alrededor de las 4:00 p.m.

    Clima

    Chequea el clima antes de viajar. La temperatura media de la región en °C es aprox. 12° en abril, 16° en mayo, 19° en junio, 20° en julio, 21° en agosto y 18° en septiembre.

    Recomendado

    Amsterdam City Card
    Museum Card

    Observaciones

    Ten en cuenta que serás parte de un grupo internacional, pero tu guía del tour y la tripulación siempre hablarán inglés.Importante: a bordo del Angela Esmee, el guía del tour no guía al grupo. Información detallada de las descripciones de rutas y mapas será entregada. El guía del tour dará diariamente un resumen descriptivo de la ruta e irá por la ruta, pero no como guía/líder.


Salidas de los tours

Fechas 2018
En el barco Confort Plus :
Ángela Esmee:
Temporada baja (súper descuento): Abril 14 y Abril 21, 2018
Temporada Media: Mayo 5, Mayo 12, Mayo 19, y Septiembre 8, 2018
Temporada Alta: Salidas semanales desde Junio 2 hasta Agosto 25 incluido.(Excluyendo Julio 7 y Agosto 4), 2018
Temporada Tardía: Septiembre 16, 2018
En el barco Confort:
Liza Marleen: Mayo 26, Junio 9, Junio 23, Julio 7, Julio 28, Agosto 25, y  Septiembre 8, 2018
Wending: Mayo 19, Junio 2, Junio 16, Junio 30, Julio 21, Agosto 4, Agosto 18, Septiembre 1, Septiembre 15, y Septiembre 29, 2018
En el barco Standard Plus :
Anna Antal: Agosto 18, 2018

Alojamiento

Barcos de distintas clases. Ver salidas y precios.

Incluido

  • Liza Marleen, Wending
  • Alojamiento por 7 noches a bordo del barco
  • Desayuno buffet, almuerzos empacados, cenas con 3 opciones de platos
  • Ropa de cama y 2 toallas (Cambio de toallas es posible)
  • Café y te
  • Guía de ciclismo para el tour
  • Un minimo de 3 caminta por la ciudad con el guía del tour
  • Bicicleta hibrida de 24 velocidades
  • Libro de viaje (1 por cabina)
  • Costos de los ferries que se usen en la ruta
  • WiFi limitada sin cargo en el lounge y en el deck (para más de 100 MB habra un costo adicional
  • Angela Esmee
  • Alojamiento por 7 noches a bordo del barco
  • Desayuno buffet, almuerzos empacados, cenas con 3 opciones de platos
  • Ropa de cama y 2 toallas (Cambio de toallas es posible)
  • Repaso de limpieza diario de la cabina
  • Café y té de cortesía todos los dias hasta las 4 pm
  • Coctel de bienvenida en la primera noche
  • Guía del tour a bordo (ver debajo)
  • Libro de viaje (1 set por cabina)
  • Minimo 2 caminatas guiadas por la ciudad
  • Descuentos en entradas y excursiones mencionadas en el programa
  • 1 x pase para show de música en vivo abordo
  • Uso de WiFi en el lounge
  • Por favor note : Los tours a bordo del Angela Esmee no son 100 % guiados, pero si son apoyados por un guía que se asegurara de la seguridad y todas las cuestiones técnicas que puedan surgir. El guía hará el recorrido con el tour y podrá ser ubicado a través del celular por cualquier contingencia.

Noincluido

  • Transfers de arribo
  • Entradas a los museos
  • Bebidas (incl. alcohol) (Disponibles a bordo)
  • A bordo del Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Wending: Mapas para la opción de viaje auto guiado (Ver precios)
  • Cascos: Angela Esmee, disponibles a pedido, se debe solicitar al momento de la reserva. Ver precios
  • Cascos: Anna Antal, Liza Marleen, Wending, disponibles a pedido, se debe solicitar al momento de la reserva. Ver precios.
  • Costos del ferri en las rutas, dentro del barco Angela Esmee
  • [Proteccion de la bicicleta] (/Acerca de bicicletas/)
  • [Seguro de viaje](/Acerca/ del seguro de viaje/)
tourBici+Barco
TipoAmbos
DificultadFácil
Duración8 días
Desde689 Precios
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Nível de dificultad

Fácil. Tours guiados con distancias diarias de alrededor de 48 km en terreno plano y caminos bien asfaltados con poco tránsito. Es más liviano y accesible que otros tours de Holanda en bicicleta y por tanto más apropiado para niños.

Barcos de los tours

Itinerario

Tour al norte de Holanda Map

Itinerario del Liza Marleen, Sailing Home y el Wending
*A bordo de estos barcos es posible hacer el viaje auto guiado con descripciones de ruta. Por favor, especifícar al momento de la reserva si se desea hacer el tour auto guiado. Mapas disponibles con un bajo costo adicional. Contáctanos para mas información a info-es@tripsite.com

Día 1: Abordando en Ámsterdam a las 4:00 p.m., opcional bicicleta, 20 km.
Día 2: Ámsterdam–Volendam, 42 km
Día 3: Volendam-Enkhuizen 58 km ó desembarco en Hoorn 25 km
Día 4: Enkhuizen-Den Oever 54 km ó desembarco en Medemblik ó Oude Zeug 42 km, navegando hacia Texel.
Día 5: Texel, ida y vuelta, 40/50/66 km
Día 6: Texel – navegando a Den Helder- bicicleta a Alkmaar, 58 km, ó embarque en Zand/Schagerbrug/St. Maartensvlotbrug, 40/30km
Día 7: Alkmaar- Ámsterdam 59 km, ó desembarco en Zaandam, 20 km.
Día 8: Salida a las 10:00 p.m.

* Las distancias son aproximadas. El itinerario puede cambiar debido a cambios en el viento, del tiempo y cualquier otra circunstancia imprevista que tenga que ver con requisitos de anclaje, etc.

DÍA 1: Abordando en Ámsterdam a las 4:00 p.m.; opcional bicicleta, 20 km
El abordaje comienza a las 4:00 p.m. y podrás  disfrutar de una taza de café o té a bordo. Se distribuirán las bicicletas y podrás hacer un corto recorrido en bici por partes tranquilas de la ciudad. Y si el tiempo alcanza, podrás ir fuera de la ciudad en bici. El palacio en la plaza Dam es comunmente llamado la 8va maravilla del mundo por su construcción. A la tarde cenarás a bordo.

Día 2: Ámsterdam-Volendam; 42 km
Dejas atrás Ámsterdam y un ferry te lleva hacia el norte a la región rural de ‘Waterland’ y luego a la isla de Marken. Marken fue una isla real hasta 1957 y se inundó varias veces y las casas fueron luego construidas a 2,5 metros sobre el nivel de la calle. Esta ciudad es estrictamente para visitantes a pie estando prohibidos los automóviles excepto los vehículos de los habitantes de la isla. El viaje en bicicleta sigue a Monnickendam y después por el dique del Gouwzee a Volendam, que fue originalmente un pequeño pueblo de pescadores fundado por los sobrevivientes de un barco hundido español.

DÍA 3: Volendam- Enkhuizen, 58 km ó desembarco en Hoorn, 25 km
Si eliges ir en bici toda la ruta, visitarás primero Edam, conocida por sus quesos, donde se respira la atmósfera típica de pueblo holandés bien preservado. Luego pasarás por vastas praderas verdes hacia Hoorn. Aquellos que prefieran ir en barco hasta Hoorn comenzarán aquí en bicicleta. Hoorn era una importante ciudad comercial durante el siglo XVII. Cruzando el dique apreciarás bellísimas vistas sobre el Markermeer de un lado y las ciudades de Frisia al oeste por el otro. La ruta de hoy termina en Enkhuizen, que tiene muchos museos interesnates, dependiendo de tu tiempo de llegada y sus horas de apertura, podrás visitarlos.

DÍA 4: Enkhuizen – Den Oever 54 km, ó desembarco en Medemblik ó Oude Zeug  42 km, navegando a Texel.
La ruta en bici comienza sobre el dique de Ijsselmeer, e irás hacia una reserva natural y unos pueblitos al oeste de Friesland. En Medemblik descansarás, y si lo deseas podrás volver al barco. Después de Medemblik la ruta sigue hasta el polder de Wieringermeer, creado al mismo tiempo que el famoso Afsluitdijk en 1932. La crisis de alimentos generada por la primera guerra mundial originó la necesidad de destinar más terrenos para la agricultura, y los trabajos en el Wieringermeer comenzaron. Los diques y las estaciones de bombeo se construyeron en el mar abierto. Finalizaremos el día navegando por el mar de Frisia hasta el puerto de la isla de Texel.

DÍA 5: Texel Ida y vuelta  40/50/66 km
Hoy podrás ir a la playa o dar un paseo en bicicleta por la isla de Texel. Hay muchos senderos de bicicleta aquí. Al norte se encuentra la reserva natural ‘de Slufter’ con conexión al mar. La ciudad más grande de la isla es Den Burg, típicamente holandesa con sus canales alrededor de una antigua iglesia. Encontrarás la mayoría de los comercios de la isla en esta ciudad. El museo local y el centro turístico De Koog con su centro de rescate de focas, son otras de las atracciones. Si recorres en bici al punto más extremo de la isla al norte, podrás ver Vlieland, la próxima isla que conforma la cadena de las islas Frisias. Esta parte de la isla se llama Slufter, una reserva natural abierta al mar. Recorrerás las ciudades de Den Doorn, Osterend y de Waal, que escaparon de las influencias arquitectónicas modernas y protegidas, hoy protegidas.

DÍA 6: Texel – navegación a Den Helder- bicicleta a Alkmaar, 58 km o embarque en ‘t Zand/Schagerbrug/St. Maartensvlotbrug  40/30 km
Irás en barco hasta Den Helder, ó ‘t Zand, Schagerbrug ó Maartensvlotbrug. En bici por las dunas entre Schoorl y Bergen, las más altas de Holanda, y por Hondsbosse Zeewering con su espectacular vista sobre el mar del Norte. Verás las dunas de un lado y un dique de 5 km. Si el tiempo lo permite, cruzarás hasta la isla de Texel y seguirás hasta Den Helder. De lo contrario, harás un tour tranquilo por el terreno rodeado de diques. Esta parte del país conocida como Kop van Noord Holland, es famosa por las plantaciones de tulipanes que florecen entre abril y mayo. Esta etapa finaliza en Alkmaar, "ciudad del queso".

DÍA 7: Alkmaar-Ámsterdam, 59 km o desembarco en Zaandam, 20 km
Puedes recorrer en bicicleta a lo largo de toda la ruta o navegar hasta Zaandam. Iremos al mercado de queso en la mañana. Luego de Alkmaar irás en bici a los pueblos  del siglo XVII: Schermerhorn, Graft y De Rijp.Cerca de Zaandam visitarás Zaansche Schans, área industrial y residencial. Finalmente la ruta te llevará hasta un parque llamado “Het Twiste” y luego a Ámsterdam. Llegando a Ámsterdam devolverás la bici  teniendo tiempo para visitar la ciudad y el anillo de los canales que datan de la era dorada, el palacio en el Dam.

DÍA 8: Ámsterdam - Día de partida.
Desayuno y salida alrededor de las 10:00 p.m.

Itinerario del Angela Esmee:

  1. Llegada y embarque en Amsterdam | Tarde-noche: Amsterdam – Zaandam
  2. Zaandam – “Zaanse Schans” – Alkmaar  (aprox. 50 km / 31 millas)
  3. Alkmaar– Callantsoog – Den Helder (aprox. 60 km / 37,5 millas) | Noche:  Den Helder –  Oudeschild (isla de Texel)
  4. Isla de Texel:   recorrido de la isla saliendo desde Oudeschild hasta volver a Oudeschild (según preferencia 15 – 65 km / 9 – 41 millas*) | Noche:  Texel – Den Oever
  5. Durante el desayuno: Den Oever – Medemblik |   Medemblik – Enkhuizen (aprox. 30-50 km / 19-31 millas *)
  6. Enkhuizen – Hoorn – Volendam (aprox. 50 km / 31 millas)
  7. Volendam – Waterland – Amsterdam (aprox. 35 – 50 km / 22 – 31 millas *)
  8. Amsterdam: final del recorrido

* Los pasajeros podrán elegir libremente entre ambas alternativas
(Texto en cursiva es el itinerario en barco)

 *Itinerario para el Elodie

  1. Ámsterdam - Volendam, 10 a 14 km
  2. Volendam - Enkhuizen, 40 km
  3. Enkhuizen - Texel, 40 km
  4. Texel, 45 km
  5. Den Helder - Alkmaar, 26 to 48 km
  6. Alkmaar - Zaandam, 40 km
  7. Zaandam - Ámsterdam, 16 km
  8. Partida

*Ten en cuenta que a bordo del Elodie este tour puede ser combinado con el Viaje al sur de Holanda armando 15 días. Contáctanos para mayores detalles.

Las distancias son aproximadas. El itinerario puede cambiar debido a cambios en el viento, del tiempo y cualquier otra circunstancia imprevista que tenga que ver con requisitos de anclaje, etc.

Contáctanos para un itinerario diario detallado para el Angela Esmee y Elodie.

*Los documentos tales como la confirmación de reserva e información sobre el viaje solamente están disponibles en inglés, neerlandés y alemán.

*Se tomarán como válidos los detalles y descripciones de las rutas de los viajes a los que están circunscriptos en las páginas en inglés.

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Comentarios de viajeros

  • Jill L. 2 weeks ago

    A number of things stand out. First, the size of the room (which was shown as 4 single beds but ended up being a tiny room with two bunkbeds where we could not all stand in the room). Second, the fact that after active days covering 50 Kms or more there was no water provided (a bottle of water was provided at breakfast only) and no food available in the hours before dinner. Third, all meals had to be taken at the same assigned table reducing any opportunity to mingle with other guests. Fourth, on an active holiday with healthy active people, the meals did not include any colorful vegetables. The staff were mostly lovely and the rides were picturesque, but the overall experience was not positive.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Alene G. 3 weeks ago

    This was our first time at a bike & barge trip and it was a great adventure! Staff was amazing and the other guests all gelled - we all worked together to have a fun experience. Getting to see various areas in Northern Holland up close was amazing. Be prepared for weather changes! Layer and bring clothes for rain! But most of all be prepared for a great vacation!

    Boat: Wending

  • D. Dray 3 months ago

    We have been on seven self-guided bike trips (two of them with boats) and this was truly one of the best! The accommodations on our Prague ship, the MS Florentina were nicer (larger lounges, expansive deck, etc) than the Angela Esmee to be frank, but the Angela's superb crew, the charming towns as ports of call, and along the route, and our tour leader, Margaret, more than made up for it. I highly recommend this tour!

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Cathy G. 1 year ago

    I already have recommended this trip to several people. By far this trip was the best trip I have ever been on. Thank you.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Kim E. 1 year ago

    Complete day from start to finish! Staff were super friendly and efficient! Breathtaking views of countryside and timeless villages! Supper dining was plentiful, varied and delicious! Basic rooms were always tidy and clean. Wow...what an incredible adventure.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • J. Post 1 year ago

    The wifi on the barge needs to be upgraded. It was inadequate and inconsistent.This is really the only criticism I have - the rest was great. But it is important to travelers these days.

    Boat: Liza Marleen

    • Jehiel 1 year ago

      Hi J. Post,
      I'm sorry you found the onboard wifi inadequate. We often tell our guests that onboard wifi is not guaranteed and that signals can be weak from time to time. It is because of this we recommend looking into Portable Wifi for travel found on our FAQ page.

  • K. Jevons 1 year ago

    It was a great bicycle trip. Beautiful countryside, bike paths were excellent and the guide "Hugo" was exceptional. Barge was perfect. We were able to see the real Holland, not the typical tourist city Holland. Communication and arrangement of the tour with Tripsite was very good. Thanks.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • C. Abernethy 1 year ago

    The small tour group was perfect for my 12 year old son and I. The biking was awesome - we both loved cycling through the farms and along the canals. Although it was rainy and windy for majority of the time - we still enjoyed it very much. The food was fantastic!!

    Boat: Wending

  • J. Caffrey 1 year ago

    We have been on 4 barge based bike trips plus 3 hotel based bike trips, all in Europe and this was the best. There are simply not enough superlatives to use to praise this trip. From the guide to the cook to the quality of the bikes and the barge we add the wonderful route and great scenery.

    Boat: Wending

  • L. Scrutton 1 year ago

    I would have liked was some variety in the lunch fruit. Apples every day but one ...... got a bit boring. I would also have liked to have a condiment (mustard or mayonnaise) to add to the meat/cheese sandwiches as they were a bit dry. All in all, a great trip! Too bad the weather wasn't a bit better, but nothing could be done about that.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Margaret Terrett 2 years ago

    I would recommend the trip with reservations. The food on the boat was not special but ok. While our leader was competent I did not find him helpful at times and other times I found him condescending. The route descriptions were well done but we had to argue to have one for each rider even though it clearly stated we would each a have one. I would have like much more about the places we were visiting included on the daily route descriptions. Carrying a visitor guide is not easy on a bike. The bikes were not in good shape for our trip. The mechanic tried to do his best but they were not a "freewheeling" experience. On mine the gears did not work, others had similar issues. When the holiday depends on a good cycling experience then the bike becomes a priority.
    I cannot recommend the experience whole heartily except for the amazing landscape of northern Netherlands. That part I really enjoyed. Also I enjoyed being part of a group. I would not recommend a person or couple try the trip because no effort was made to mix the people. I was part of a big group and so I always had people to cycle with.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Sue Cousineau 2 years ago

    1. Food was mediocre - not great...lots of canned or frozen vegetables. Meat was consistently over cooked and dry. There was lots of choices for breakfast and we especially liked the variety to make our lunches. Had to pay for hot water, tea & coffee after 4:00 pm was a ridiculous and cheap policy which angered many.
    2. Room service - towels were not replenished each day as expected until the guide told us to put them in the shower to indicate we wanted towels refreshed each day. This was a problem of no signage to indicate this practice and that the guide forgot to tell us until day 4 when someone complained.
    3. Maps and route descriptions - we always marvel at the signage for cycling in the Netherlands. Our country should adopt this method. But we were only given one map/booklet per room. Again, a very cheap practice as all travelers are paying cyclists and each want their own maps. Can't guarantee that those who room together actually cycle together. This again angered many in our group all of whom are avid cyclists who have traveled extensively by bike in Europe.
    4. Route - Wonderful! Northern Netherlands is so beautiful, the route selected was varied and very picturesque, and towns we visited were charming.
    5. Staff - Every staff person, but one, was extremely polite, helpful and courteous, from the kitchen staff, the captain, servers, and bike support fellas. The one exception was our guide who was rigid, rude, impatient and grumpy. He warmed up as the week progressed but his welcoming manner was less than desirable. He didn't seem to like to deal with women or English clients, as we saw that he got along very well with the German clients. It could have been a factor of language and fatigue due the fact that it was the end of the season.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Paul Hough 2 years ago

    The nickel and diming on the boat was annoying - i.e., free coffee until 4 pm but nobody gets back before then; coffee and tea not included with dinner (extra cost); bottled water sold at the same price as a beer (one token worth 2.5 Euros). Our guide, Marcel, was clearly out of sorts and was not someone I would recommend - rude, disinterested, unhelpful, condescending, and refused to answer questions. I trust that other guides are much better.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Diane Thomson 2 years ago

    The bikes did show some wear but the two mechanics on our barge were wonderful in making repairs overnight. The maps were on the whole very good but each person on the trip should be given their own set of maps and the accompanied daily itinerary descriptions.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Carolyn Dunbar 2 years ago

    This was a nice trip which I chose after research. I learned that I prefer smaller groups.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Thomas Reid 2 years ago

    Marcel is a great guide/tour leader.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Susan Monaghan 2 years ago

    There was some disconnect in passing along information. For example the barge had to leave earlier than 6:30 but info was not passed on. Fortunately my friends and I arrived and boarded the sister ship and got the info that the Angela Esmee was instructed to leave the port due to some Dutch holiday celebration. Good thing we took the initiative. There was no one waiting on the dock to give us this info.
    Info about running a tab for drinks was false. We had to purchase tokens from a machine to use at bar. Bikes were somewhat rickety, having seen their 2nd season (according to a mechanic I talked to). Mine and some others made a grinding noise the entire time. The mechanic tried to fix it, but eventually I just tolerated it. I heard one mech say the bikes had a couple more trips this season. Good luck to the next owner.
    Food was very good and the staff were very friendly. I would recommend a Bike and Barge trip to friends, but we ran into another group on a similar tour riding green bikes...they LOVED their bikes. We couldn't come close to saying that about ours. The green bike tour paid similar costs.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Marnie Terrett 2 years ago

    I found the conditions of the bikes quite poor. They were obviously wearing out after a season of use. The food was adequate but not spectacular. The information about how to get clean towels was given 5 days into the trip.
    The routes were well described but I would have liked further information about the towns we were passing through and where we were staying the night. Our group happened upon a cemetery with Canadian war dead but it was just luck. That type of information should be included I the route description of the day. Despite the things mentioned I did enjoy the trip and would recommend it to others.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Fair Rapsey 2 years ago

    I had a lot of trouble with the bike seat. That created pain/discomfort for the whole week. We saw other barges participants en route with much better bikes than we had. Ours were quite old and clunky but they worked OK when you got used to them. The bike mechanics were great. The seven gears were adequate for the terrain.

    We should each have our own maps and route descriptions, not just one per cabin. You don't necessarily cycle with your cabin mate and sometimes people get separated from cycling partners during the day.

    Our guide Marcel appeared to have a very arrogant attitude towards guests, particularly those who asked for clarification of various things. He was rude to me when I asked a question about the availability of public washrooms along the way - and what was customary in Holland. He snapped "So you think Dutch people don't go to the toilet?" He seemed to make a lot more effort as the week went on and was quite knowledgeable about a variety of things. He got off to a bad start with quite a few people however.

    Re Food: The food was good and varied. We had a lot of salads/vegetables (generally overcooked) which I appreciated. Tea, coffee and water should be available for free all the time, not just till 4. A euro for hot water and a tea bag is chintzy.

    I enjoyed the trip and the route. The route was quite varied in a lot of ways and very beautiful. Luckily the weather was reasonably cooperative and our group had a great time. The barge is a fun experience, and I would recommend it and consider another trip for myself as well.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Bob Rodney 2 years ago

    Marcel was a very good guide-Johnan helped keep our bikes in very good order.

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Buford and Gina 4 years ago

    The tour was excellent. We’d have no reservations about booking another tour comparable to this, or recommending the trip to others—in fact, we already have. We enjoyed every minute.

    We were somewhat anxious about how the trip would work out: would we find the boat ok?; would we be able to get everything on-board ok?; would we have a good time? The trip worked like clockwork—everything worked exactly as it should!

    Our accommodations on-board the Angela Esmee were quite comfortable. The rooms were small, as we expected. However, they were very comfortable. Additionally, we spent very little time in our cabin. Most of our time was spent either on the bikes, walking in the great port villages, on the top deck, or in the dining salon, enjoying the company of the others on the tour or the wonderful staff. Food on-board the ship was very good, and quite filling. Just right to get us off to a good start, or to replenish us after a great day of riding.

    The staff was most accommodating. We really bonded with Arie, the tour leader. He proved to be very helpful, and knowledgeable. However, beyond that, he was personable! He is very well schooled, and has a great sense of humor. He was someone we enjoyed spending time with on our vacation. In addition to Arie, the Captain and ship’s crew (Matthew, and Peter), the hotel manager (Yvonne), cook, and the wait staff and cabin cleaning crew were all very personable, and willing to help with anything we needed.

    The cycling was fantastic. The tour routes were obviously well thought out—they led us through picturesque small villages, and natural terrain. Traffic was negligible throughout the routes. Additionally, all of our many stops resulted in very positive, enjoyable conversations and interactions with everyone we encountered. At one stop, we were offered tea, coffee, and great conversation when we stopped into a local hardware store along our route between Enkhouzen and Hoorn. We also encountered the Wervershoof bakery owner’s wife, a fantastic lady, at one of our many bakery stops. There’s a reason Dutch Apple Pie is famous, though in Wervershoof, it’s the cookies that steal the show.

    Thank you for helping us arrange rental of the Hase Pinos! They were quite enjoyable for the trip. TomTom rentals(info@tomtomtandem.nl) really went out of their way to help us get the bikes adjusted and to ensure we were comfortable on the bikes. They were with us for approximately two hours before departure to ensure everything was just right. In addition, Tom left us with a tool kit with anything we may have needed during the tour—fortunately, we didn’t need anything, the bikes performed flawlessly. I would suggest that you offer these Hase Pino Tandems as a routine option. There may be others who desire such a bike—especially cases where one rider is significantly stronger than another, or for cases where one rider may have a physical limitation that wouldn’t allow them to participate on their own. The advantages of the Pino are that two riders will stay together with their heads so close that they can carry on conversations. Plus, both have a beautiful view of the route ahead. My wife actually rode with her i-phone/camera dangling from a wrist strap—ready to snap photos at a moment’s notice, which she did quite often. During our tour, we encountered one other Hase Pino. It appeared the rider in the front may have been blind. Nevertheless, on this bike they could still participate in the ride.

    We did have one minor annoyance. I’d like to emphasize “minor.” The Wi-Fi service on-board the ship only worked sporadically. We had wanted to use this service to maintain a blog, and keep friend and family at home appraised of the trip. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t reliable enough to enable us to do this. Nevertheless, in the grand scheme of things, we consider this a minor annoyance against what was otherwise a FANTASTIC trip.

    We plan on doing a similar vacation again. When we do, you can bet that we’ll return to Tripsite for your outstanding support.

    Thank you!

    Buford and Gina

    Boat: Angela Esmee

  • Beth Davidson 4 years ago

    I loved the Northern Tour aboard the Elodie. It is a nice small boat with a wonderful crew and fantastic bikes. I hope to do it again some day.

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