You are served a nutritious and varied breakfast buffet every day, after which you make your own packed lunch (sandwiches, fruit and something to drink). You usually leave the ship between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. While the ship sails to the next harbor, you set off on your cycle ride, over mostly quiet paths and lanes and past all the interesting sights.
The daily cycling distance varies – depending on your trip – from around 25 to 60 kilometers. Every day you will have lots of time to go sightseeing, explore the towns and villages, enjoy a break at a café or visit one of the many museums en route. At the end of the day you will be welcomed back on board by the crew. And by the other guests (from different nationalities), to whom you can talk about your and their interesting day!
Staying on board
If you do not feel like cycling for a day, just stay aboard to enjoy watching the countryside pass by. Simply find a nice spot on the sun deck or in the salon. That is what is so perfect about our bike and barge tours! Because the ship can’t sail completely parallel to the bicycle route, you can’t stop cycling halfway and hop on board. If you decide to stay aboard, you are requested to make your packed lunch in the morning too, because there is no service during the cruise. The crew will be busy preparing dinner or cleaning cabins.
In the evenings you will be served a delicious three-course meal. Various drinks (such as coffee, tea, beer, wine, water, soft drinks) are available at the bar (for a set fee). You can spend the rest of the evening in the salon, at the bar or outside on deck. The tour leaders will tell you about next day’s ride and there will be several city walks (no extra costs) for you to go on. Of course if you would rather explore on your own, that is fine too. The ship is usually docked close to or in the town center, making sure the sights, museums and shops are all in walking or cycling distance.
Your room travels with you
Your hotel room will be sailing along with you on your bike and barge tour. You do not have to move from room to room and unpack your luggage every day. You will spend each night in the same bed and have a new view every day!