F.A.Q.

Bike & Barge

  • How long are the daily cycling stages

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles). But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

  • What happens when it rains?

    Most of the participants then wear rainwear. When the weather is so bad that cycling becomes really impossible (and that is almost never the case!), The guide organizes an alternative program with, for example, cultural excursions and city tours.

  • Can I choose my own itinerary without a guide

    Cyclists can choose a longer route than the group takes. The guide will gladly advise you on the choice of an alternative route.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets

    Yes, this must be notified when booking, but at least 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet or vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50,- per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • How large is the group on board a Bike & Barge holiday

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 10 and 170 participants. A guided cycling group consists of no more than 26 people.

  • Is WiFi available on board

    Yes, free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck.

  • What biking level are the Bike & Barge tours in the Netherlands

    The lightest cycling holiday, suited for everyone and people of all ages. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle. For each of our holidays you should at least have the basic skills of cycling. Also a good physical condition is required.

  • What is the average age of the participants

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger (even babies and kids) and older guests. In particular it is quite possible during the school holidays that children might be booked on your tour.

  • What is the average daily temperature during my holiday in the Netherlands

    The average daily temperatures per month are listed below:

    April: 13°C / 55.5°F
    May: 19°C / 66°F
    June: 21°C / 70°F
    July: 23°C / 73.5°F
    August: 23°C / 73.5°F
    September: 20°C / 68°F
    October: 15°C / 59°F

    The rain is spread pretty evenly over the year, so there is not much point in trying to avoid the Dutch drizzle. 

  • What packing list do you suggest

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you travel in April or October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good solid shoes/ sneakers
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume​​​​​​
    •    personal care and beauty items
    •    hair dryer (220V; available on the barges Zwaan, Sailing Home and Provence)
    •    insect repellent
    •    sunscreen

    Your travel documents include the final packing list we suggest for your booked tour.

  • Where can I park my car when I book a tour in the Netherlands/Belgium

    In Amsterdam and Bruges you can park your car in various car parks. For further information, please check the additonal travel information. In Amsterdam the nearest parking is Parking Oosterdok, about € 150,- for 7 days (7 x 24 hrs).

  • Which countries do the participants come from

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. An Bord die gemeinsame Sprache ist Englisch.

  • Do I have to wear a safety helmet in the Netherlands

    No, but it is of course sensible to wear one. We provide a safety helmet with all our own rental bikes.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant). Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to purchase a cancellation insurance. This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to, among other things, a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Premium Package. This package offers you more flexibility. That is always nice given the present circumstances. F.i. free cancellation until 4 weeks prior to the tour; free rescheduling until 2 weeks prior to the tour. It also includes the cancellation and bike insurance. 

    Bike insurance (not available on all bike tours. This is indicated on the tour page under ‘Rent a bike’). The bicycle insurance covers the cost of the repair or replacement of bicycle parts in case of an accident. It also protects against theft of the bike while it was locked.

Bike & Hotel

  • What is the average daily temperature during my holiday in the Netherlands

    The average daily temperatures per month are listed below:

    April: 13°C / 55.5°F
    May: 19°C / 66°F
    June: 21°C / 70°F
    July: 23°C / 73.5°F
    August: 23°C / 73.5°F
    September: 20°C / 68°F
    October: 15°C / 59°F

    The rain is spread pretty evenly over the year, so there is not much point in trying to avoid the Dutch drizzle.