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TRIP NAME: TRIP CODE: TRIP DURATION: CASTLES AND WALLED TOWNS HCW 8 DAYS GRADE: INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE 2 ACTIVITY: GUIDED CYCLING AND BARGE ACCOMMODATION: 7 NIGHTS BARGE castles and walled towns A UTracks holiday is all about exploring Europe your way. It s about U + the walking tracks and cycling trails you want to discover. Since we began in 2006, UTracks has quickly become known as the leaders in active European holidays. Our itineraries are creative and very affordable. Set your own pace on a flexible self guided trip or enjoy the benefits of an experienced local guide on a guided tour. Together with our sister company Sherpa Expeditions, we offer over 400 active tours across the continent and it s many exotic islands. There s an active holiday idea everyone including families, culinary enthusiasts, history buffs, experienced alpine walkers or those that just want to see Europe differently. The physical demands range from introductory to challenging with all offering unique opportunities to discover the untrodden Europe, spanning postcard landscapes, centuries old cultures, rural lifestyles and tempting culinary delights. Compare the price and you will see that we offer exceptional value active programs that are virtually all inclusive, giving you more time to enjoy the natural and cultural wonders you ve come to experience. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2 star or 4 star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want. explore europe your way TRIP COST Joining Amsterdam standard plus barge twin share: $1390 All prices are per person OPTIONS & SUPPLEMENTS Comfort departure supplement - Category A: $110 Electric Bike Supplement (on request and where available): $310 Single Supplement Category A or B Barge(only on request & where available): $350 As the trip price is based on twinshare, a single supplement is payable if a single cabin is required. Please refer to the price options for costs or ask our office for details. Note regarding single cabins some boats do not have single cabins available in which case you will be matched with another person of the same sex. Other boats only have a limited availability of single cabins. Single cabins are always on a request basis. IMPORTANT NOTES 1 - Comfort barge departures, Category A (twin lower berths only) operate - supplement applies. Amsterdam Holland Kampen Zutphen DATE DETAILS: JUN - 24 JUN 1, 08 JUL - 15 JUL, 15 JUL - 22 JUL 1, 29 JUL - 05 AUG 1, 19 AUG - 26 AUG highlights Cycling through countryside Holland Visit majestic castles and impressive walled towns Cycle past a variety of landscapes including the dykes, country paths and picturesque canals Exploring the towns of Kampen and Zutphen enroute to Amsterdam Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable barge the trip This itinerary takes in the majestic castles, handsome walled towns and antiquated fishing villages of the Netherlands by bike and barge. We do as the locals do pedalling by day to explore the dykes and country paths, while evenings are spent aboard our cosy hotel barge which cruises at a relaxed pace along the picturesque canals. There is plenty of time to discover the Hanseatic towns of Kampen and Zutphen and explore the old streets of their historic centres. We visit markets and museums along the way including the famous Kršller MŸller Museum which houses 278 works by Van Gogh, as well as smaller collections of Picasso and Mondrian World Expeditions Travel Group - Erin Williams 1/18/ :04:30 AM Page 1 itinerary at a glance Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam, join barge and warm up cycle (15km / 9.5mi) Day 2 Cycle to De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the Kröller-Müller museum (50km / 31mi) Day 3 Cycle past colourful villages & the walled town of Zutphen on IJssel River (50km / 31mi) Day 4 Day 5 Day cycle to visit museums and small canals (60km / 37mi) Sail to Deventer, cycle to the Hanseatic town of Kampen (60km / 37mi) Day 6 Morning at leisure during sailing, followed by a cycle around Harderwijk (30km / 18.5mi) Day 7 Day 8 Cycle to traditional fishing village enroute to Amsterdam (60km / 37mi) Trip concludes Amsterdam detailed itinerary Note: Itinerary subject to change where required by organisational necessities. DAY 1 Arrive Amsterdam, join barge and warm up cycle (15km / 9.5mi) After boarding the barge in Amsterdam from 12:30pm, we sail the Amsterdam-Rijn canal to Wijk bij Duurstede, our destination for the night. During the sailing you will have a light snack on board (lunch is not included). In the evening we go for a short warm-up ride in the vicinity which passes by the castles Zandenburg and Walenburg. meals: D DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 Cycle to De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the Kröller-Müller museum (50km / 31mi) The barge sails the River Nederrijn to the lock near the village Heveadorp, where we disembark to commence cycling to the National park De Hoge Veluwe. This is the largest national park in the country, set on more than 5500 hectares and made up of forests and heath covered moors. Within the park there are red deer, boar and a type of sheep, the mouflon. You will also find the museum Kröller-Müller, which has a fantastic exhibition of Vincent van Gogh paintings, as well as a small collection of Picasso. A visit to the famous statue garden is also very worthwhile. The cycle trip ends in Arnhem, where the ship is moored on the River Nederrijn. Cycle past colourful villages & the walled town of Zutphen on IJssel River (50km / 31mi) Today we will cycle past the castle Rosendael to the ferry near Rheden. The ferry takes us across the river IJssel and we continue cycling through the villages Doesburg and Brummen to the Hanseatic walled town of Zutphen, situated by the river IJssel. Day cycle to visit museums and small canals (60km / 37mi) As the barge stays in Zutphen, today s cycle will be a round trip. We begin by cycling past the castle Vorden and the rural community of Lochem. After passing Mansion Verwolde we follow the Twente canal back to Zutphen. Alternatively you may wish to spend a day shopping and/or visiting the museum in Zutphen. The Stedelijk Museum has an interesting cultural historical collection that creates a telling image of Zutphen and its surroundings World Expeditions Travel Group - Erin Williams 1/18/ :04:30 AM Page 2 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 DAY 8 Sail to Deventer, cycle to the Hanseatic town of Kampen (60km / 37mi) Today we sail by barge to the Hanseatic town of Deventer, where we disembark and begin the day s cycle. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes while following the river IJssel to Diepenveen, castle Oude Rande and the rural estate Hoenderloo. Through the village of Windesheim the trip ends in Kampen, a historic Hanseatic town. Kampen is full of impressive gothic architecture and it is worth exploring the three ancient surviving city gates. Morning at leisure during sailing, followed by a cycle around Harderwijk (30km / 18.5mi) Today s motto is relaxing aboard as there is a 4 hour sailing trip to Harderwijk, where we spend the night. It is a cosy port known for its amazing dolphinarium. In the afternoon a cycle trip is planned through the rural area around Harderwijk. Cycle to traditional fishing village enroute to Amsterdam (60km / 37mi) By barge we will sail to Spakenburg. After disembarkation we cycle to Spakenburg, a former fishing village which is still famous for their traditional costume. Via the lake area called Ankeveense Plassen you cycle to castle Muiderslot. After a visit to this beautifully situated castle, you continue cycling to Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join your guide for a walk through the centre of the city or you may wish to explore the streets, canals and wonders of Amsterdam on your own. Trip concludes Amsterdam Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure. meals: B additional deposits Due to the specific arrangements we have with our tour partner, we require the prepayment of an additional deposit which is non refundable. This payment is required at the time of booking together with our normal per person deposit. This prepayment should not be viewed as an additional cost. We recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of booking. inclusions 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks). Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch onboard. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish. 7 nights accommodation aboard a standard plus barge (Category B) with ensuite facilities on a twinshare basis or on a comfort barge Category A (Supplement applies to comfort barge departures). If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. Cabins are configured with two lower beds. 7 speed bike rental with pannier, lock and insurance Visit to Kröller Müller Museum (exhibition van Gogh) and Hoge Veluwe National Park Information pack including route notes and maps per cabin tour leader for cycle tours and city walks items not included Travel to and from Amsterdam Drinks and other items of a personal nature Helmets mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well fitted helmet Items of a personal nature Entrance fees and excursions not specified Transfers 2011 World Expeditions Travel Group - Erin Williams 1/18/ :04:30 AM Page 3 Travel insurance mandatory Tips while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR30 60 per person (to be distributed between the leader, captain and crew). getting there BY CAR BY TRAIN BY AIR TRANSFER SERVICE Driving routes can be accessed via the following websites: com Amsterdam has regular services from around Europe. For timetables see www. We are happy to assist with Rail pass and ticket bookings. Your closest airport is Amsterdam Schiphol. There are good connections throughout Europe and the rest of the world to this airport. You are then able to take a train directly from the airport to Amsterdam Central. Taxis are readily available to / from the ports in Amsterdam, all located near Amsterdam Central station. trip grading - introductory to moderate INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE GRADE 1 2 The cycling is introductory to moderate (1 2) grade with daily cycling distances from 15 to 60km / 9.5 to 37mi. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos, visit a museum or enjoy the market places in many of the interesting towns visited. It is considered suitable for beginners and children. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list. the boats The TIJDGEEST began accommodating tourists in 1897 as a passenger ship on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship was completely renovated and rebuilt into a good quality hotel ship and a further renovation occurred in In our boat classification system the TIJDGEEST belongs to category B standard plus. The boat accommodates between 20 and 36 guests. Some of the cabins are suitable for 3 people. On the lower deck you ll find the 14 cabins, all with private facilities. A number of cabins are configured with twin beds, in other cabins, bunk beds whilst two cabins have a lower double bed. On the upper deck there is a very spacious living/dining room with a panoramic view. Due to the availability of a WIFI point you have the possibility to use your devices aboard although service is not guaranteed. A laptop for general use is also available. LENA MARIA The LENA MARIA was constructed in winter 2005/06.The meals are served in the dining room on the upper deck. You can also enjoy a drink on the sun deck. All 12 nicely appointed cabins on the LENA MARIA offer lower beds and private facilities. This spacious barge is classified A comfort category. JELMAR The cabin deck of the JELMAR was completely renovated during the winter 2006/ twin cabins with level beds, washbasin and shower/toilet, and 1 twin cabin with bunk bed and washbasin with private facilities just outside the cabin have been constructed. The smartly upgraded ship is a category A and is part of the comfort barge fleet. THE BARGE EXPERIENCE Page 4 During your week long barge and bike experience you will be travelling with a group of cyclists of different ages, nationalities and physical condition. All have a common wish to experience a relaxed and somewhat active holiday, so the cycling speed will always be easy going. The barges are not only a means of transportation; you also sleep, eat and relax aboard. The ships are equipped with a dining area, sometimes with a separate bar, a modern galley and a spacious sundeck. From the recreation room there is an excellent view of the surrounding scenery. Depending on the waterways the ships sail between 8 and 15 km per hour. The crew consists of a captain and a cook, both professionals, who are sometimes assisted by an extra hand. The captain is responsible for the safe transportation of the passengers and their luggage. The chef takes care of your meals. The barge travels with you from port to port and will transport your luggage. The barges range in standard from D to A+ with A+ being the highest level of comfort and facilities. These ratings are based on the barges in the fleet servicing France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany and Romania. We ask that you carefully consider the standard of accommodation you are comfortable with as the range is quite diverse. The following is an indication of what the ratings mean. Please note that none of the barges could be called luxurious. D standard barges with shared bathroom facilities. 2 bed bunkbed cabins but also may have multishare cabins. C standard barges usually bunk beds in cabins generally with private facilities but often without air conditioning. Cabin sizes are compact with little space to move around comfortably within the cabin. B standard plus barge combination of lower twin beds and bunk beds in the cabins with private facilities which are generally more spacious (although never as spacious as a hotel room). A and A+ are comfort barges offer more space per person, some have air conditioning and the beds are lower berths. All barges are equipped with double cabins with private facilities (except D category or unless otherwise noted). Cabins on comfort barges are equipped with two level beds instead of bunk beds. The crew on the barge will ensure that your stay aboard is as pleasant as possible. The trip will be accompanied by an enthusiastic and multilingual tour leader. He/she guides you along the fixed cycle itineraries, or remains on board providing daily briefings (Danube trips), answers your questions, assists with problems and may invite you to accompany him/her on some interesting city walks. The details of the barge you will be travelling on follows. Note there is often more than one barge used on different departures of this trip and in that case more than one barge description follows. Barges are also subject to change without notice. Please speak to your travel agent or UTracks consultant who will provide the name of the barge you will be on. This information is also on your tour voucher. trip organisation The experience of sailing on a barge through Holland is one that should not be missed. During the trip you ll find out that the perspective constantly changes: on a narrow canal the ship seems huge, on big water it is more like a tiny nutshell. From the sundeck you can enjoy the view as it passes by. While the skipper will bring you safely to the next harbour, the cook is preparing a delicious meal. Along the various sailing routes there will be embarkation points where you begin cycling. You are supplied with a packed lunch and bike to explore the backroads, canal routes, villages and national parks. The leader speaks English and one or more other languages and usually cycles with the group. The leader will ask one of the group members to act as a sweep, taking up the rear position in the group. After the cycling is over for the day you return to the barge to relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner. If we are moored in a town there are also opportunities to take in further sights at your leisure. equipment provided BIKES Page 5 During the trip you will be provided with a 7 speed bike with hand brakes. You will be provided with panniers to carry your gear during the day. Helmets are not supplied but are highly recommended. Electric bikes are available for an additional cost (must be pre booked). dietary requirements Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets but may not be able to assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances). On this trip, whilst vegetarian options are always available, lactose or gluten free diets may not be catered for. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater to medically recommended dietary requirements. Usually those with special requirements will need to provide their own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut free or allergen free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self administering these medications. joining instructions On confirmation of your booking you will receive a pre departure kit. Three weeks prior to your departure from your home country you will receive your final travel vouchers with details on how to join the trip. On embarkation or at the first group meeting you will receive your information pack. Embarkation generally begins at 12:30pm. about your group You will be joining a group with a mix of participants from different countries, speaking different languages including English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. Your tour leader is likely to be guiding in more than one language to cater to all participants. This is not an English only speaking tour. Daily briefings will be conducted in German and English. The length and format of these briefings will be tailored to the makeup of the group. the region Eastern Netherlands is made up of the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel. This trip takes place principally in Gelderland Province of Central eastern Netherlands, bordered on the southeast by Germany. The capital is Arnhem. It is mainly an agricultural region based on livestock and dairying, flowers, wheat, and vegetables. fast facts COUNTRIES VISITED VISAS CLIMATE Holland Visas not required for citizens of Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand for up to 90 days in a period of 180 days for all Schengen countries (see www. visa countries list/ for countries part of the Schengen). Please ensure your passport is stamped on arrival in the Schengen area. For all other nationalities and for longer stays in countries covered by the Schengen Agreement (Australian New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders), please contact the relevant embassy. Stays of longer than 90 days in the Schengen area require a long stay visa for the country you are spending most time in. However long stay visas are unlikely to be issued unless there is a valid reason (eg. studying in country). Unfortunately we cannot assist in obtaining visas for long stays due to individual country visa requirements. The trip runs between June August during the European Summer. These months
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