Bike Touring Holland
The Land of "If You Wish..."
With the bike tour of France under our belt, we decided that another bike tour was in order. Jayne's primary criteria were that the tour be in a flat country with interesting scenery that was bicycle friendly. The availability of recumbent bicycles was also important for our comfort. After a bit of internet work, we determined that Holland would meet our needs quite well, so we began to plan...
We decided to try a group tour for this trip and selected Cycletours Holland Bike and Barge tour. We would spend a week touring the country by bike and live on a boat with 30 other people - what an adventure! The Cycletours program provides meals, accommodations, bikes, and a guide.
Though standard upright bikes are included in the package, we wanted to ride recumbents (primarily for their comfort, but Steve would be preparing an article on recumbent bikes for the online magazine Bent Rider Online, so we figured we should ride 'bents). After a bit of web searching and emails, we selected Ligfeitswinkel Amsterdam to supply the bikes. Owner Gerhard Diddens worked with us to select the bikes and made the rental process very easy.
Our schedule was simple: fly to Amsterdam, spend a couple of days seeing the local sights and getting over jet lag, do the tour, then take the train to Bruges, Belgium for a Easter, then back to Amsterdam for the trip home.