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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Bike & Barge

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 arrange a cancellation insurance. This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.
Cancellation insurance including  air flight:
when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

What languages do the guides speak?

All tour guides speak English. Some of the the tour guides speak German and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
The common language on board is English.

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.

Can you choose your 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.

What happens if it rains?

Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

Do you have to wear a safety helmet in Holland?

No, but it is of course sensible to wear one. We provide a safety helmet with our rental bikes, child seat, slipstreamer (tag-along) and child’s bicycle.

What are the cabins like?

The Standard Plus category has bunk beds.
The Comfort category is similar to Standard Plus, except there are low beds in the cabins.
The ComfortPlus category is similar to Comfort, but the maximum capacity is 14 people (instead of 20/24 people).
The Comfort DeLuxe category gives you about 9 square meters in the cabins, very well furnished with low beds and a comfortable equipped bathroom.

In all categories the cabins have private shower/toilet and a porthole or window.
There is room for a moderately sized suitcase per person.

Can you rejoin the barge before the end of a stage?

No, the ship 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.

Where can you park your car when you book a Bike & Barge tour in Holland/Belgium?

In Amsterdam and Bruges you can park your car in various car parks. For further information, please check the Welcome on board section on the tour page.

In Amsterdam the nearest parking is Parking Oosterdok, about € 150,- for 7 days (7 x 24 hrs).

How large is the group on board?

The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

Which countries do the participants come from?

The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

The common language on board is English.

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. Current weather forecast
Visit www.worldweather.org/037/c00143.htm

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

For everyone
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.

The Grand Tour of the Netherlands:
For experienced cyclists: daily distances up to 85 km/ 54 miles per day. You spend about 5 to 6 hours on your bicycle.

For each of our holidays you should at least have the basic skills of cycling. Also an average physical condition is required.

For more information see Cycling and Safety under ‘ Travel preparation’.

What packing list do you suggest?

What you need to bring with you on the Bike & Barge tours starting and/or ending in the Netherlands and along the Mosel & Saar:

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 booked a tour in April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
•    good shoes/ sneakers
•    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
•    shower gel
•    shampoo (available on the barge Sailing Home)
•    insect repellent
•    hairdryer (220V) (available on the barges Sailing Home and Zwaan)

The final packing list we suggest for your tour will be included in your travel documents.

What is the average age of the participants?

The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

What biking level is the Mosel & Saar tour?

Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for people with less experience.

What biking level is the Saar & Mosel tour?

Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for people with less experience.

Is WiFi on board available?

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

Do you accommodate for special diets?

Must be notified when booking, but at the latest until 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; 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.