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Netherlands for Families
26th July 2019 - 2nd August 2019 (8 days)
Based at a hostel in the Dutch province of Friesland, this tour provides an opportunity to tour abroad in comfort, in the company of other families. Using a tried and tested format, families set off together at about 9:30am, visit a cafe, then a place of interest with another stop in the afternoon, and return about 5:30pm. After this the children get together and play whilst the adults drink a bottle of wine and generally relax knowing that the children are having fun. Ages range from 6 months to 16 years with the commonest age being between 8 and 12. The Tour Manager's 11-year old son goes as well. The pace is relaxed, and everyone stays broadly together. Route sheets and gpx files are provided, so if you wish to stay awhile at a location, you are most welcome. All this will allow a lovely environment to enjoy your holiday.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Gary Hill
- Grade Leisurely
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hostel
- Board Basis Half Board
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03326
Friday 26th July
Arrive any time after 5pm, meeting for introductions at 8pm. Stay 7 nights.
Saturday 27th July
Route 1. Circular led ride circumnavigating Fluessen Lake, passing through the settlements of Harich, Koudum (possibly bakery/cafe stop), Gaastmeer (supermarket), Oudega and Woudsend (bakery/cafes). 53km.
Sunday 28th July
Route 2. Circular led ride via Bulk to the town of Lemmer, best known for its lovely beach and fishing. Lunch at Lemmer will prepare you for the return via Spannerburg and Woudsend (bakery/cafes). 51km.
Monday 29th July
Route 3. Circular led ride heading to the green beach of the Oudemirdumer Klif and through Het Rysterbosk, a wooded area that was landscaped in the 17th century. The route continues through the beautiful landscape of Gaasterland with its gentle slopes, cliffs and extensive woods and through the Rijsterpolder, an open and hilly landscape with many exciting vistas to surrounding deciduous forests. 66km.
Tuesday 30th July
Free day for sightseeing or relaxing. This region of Friesland is well known for its fishing, water sports and beaches. Various boats can be hired/chartered for the day. There is an option to chill-out at the centre, by hiring their wood-fired sauna/steam cabin.
Wednesday 31st July
Route 4. Circular led ride west to the North Sea coast via Oudega and Mokverum to Stavoren (cafes) before heading north along the coast for lunch at the town of Hindeloopen or Workum. Returning via North Oudega, Gaastmeer and South Oudega. 70km.
Thursday 1st August
Ride 5. Circular led ride to the town of Sneek known for its canals and ornate watergate (Waterpoort - 1613). Other points of interest are the 15th century Town Hall (Stadhuis), the Martini Church (1498) and the Frisian Shipping Museum. 48km.
Friday 2nd August
End of holiday. Hostel to be vacated by 10am.
Please note: the day on which each of the above rides takes place is subject to change.
Accommodation & Meals
There are plenty of twin-bedded rooms for parents so most adults can room separately to their children, with three larger bunk rooms for the children. There are a number of shared/communal showers, bathrooms and toilets. A buffet breakfast is provided from which you can make a packed lunch. The evening meal is also a buffet.
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £400 is based on a minimum number of 25 people taking part in the holiday and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 euros to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 17th May 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.
- 7 nights hostel, sharing room, half-board
- Cleaning charges and heating/electricity costs
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs.
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from the Netherlands and to the hostel
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
A deposit of £250 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £150 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 17th May 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 17th May 2019
From 17th May 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
Based in the south west of the Dutch province of Friesland, the hostel is located on the shores of Fluessen Lake, the second largest lake in Friesland. The rides will circumnavigate the lake, visit the North Sea coast and head out to the towns of Workum and Sneek.
Rides & Rest Days
Five circular routes are available from which a route will be chosen that is appropriate for a given day. Each route has been selected to lead to a point of interest that would appeal to both children and adults alike.
Rides will leave the hostel at roughly 9:30am. A morning and afternoon stop will be incorporated, varying from a café in a village/town or another point of interest such as a windmill. Lunchtime will usually be in a town that offers a choice of places to eat. It is intended to return to the hostel by about 5:30pm.
All rides are led, and it is anticipated that the group will all cycle together. This is nice for the children, especially those on solo bikes, as they feel they are cycling with friends whilst still under the watchful eye of their parents. The average speed is leisurely at about 6kmph (10mph) waiting at difficult junctions for anyone behind to catch up if need be. The roads are mostly tarmac, though on occasion paths may be used that will be suitable for most types of bike.
This holiday is not designed for the absolute beginner. Your family should have been cycling before and all should be capable of covering 48kms (30 miles) in a day. Children can often cycle further than parents expect when they are with a group. However, shortcuts to the main ride can be suggested if you feel any given route is too long. If children cycle on their own bike, it is important that parents keep an eye on them.
Accommodation & Meals
The hostel has a professional kitchen with a 10-burner stove, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, oven and extensive crockery. There is a spacious lounge area with a large fireplace, a projector with screen, a music system and a bar with beer on tap. A recreation room has a pool table, darts board, table football and seating. Doors lead on to the large terrace by the water with lounge sofas and a covered barbeque area. There is also a playroom with games, toys and cuddly toys.
The Water Sports Centre (WSC) is at Mardyk 13, 8581 KG Elahuizen, on the southern shore of Fluessen Lake. Approximate distances from the nearest ferry ports are:
Calais 458km (285miles)
Dunkirk 418km (260 miles)
Zeebrugge 358km (222 miles)
Europoort, Rotterdam 221km (137 miles)
Ijmuiden 154km (96 miles)
The maximum number of participants will be 40 excluding the Tour Managers.
Weather & Clothing
At this time of year it should be warm and dry, but rain is always a possibility, and you should carry clothing to ensure that you and your children can remain warm and (reasonably) dry. Sun cream is strongly recommended.
Cycles & Equipment
Any combination of tandem, cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable, but this must be in good working order, especially the brakes. Everyone in your family should have ridden their cycle before the tour to ensure you are happy with its handling. Lights will not be necessary. Please ensure that you have suitable panniers for carrying rainwear, spare clothing, picnic food, sun cream etc. Each family will also be expected to bring/carry sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
For more information about cycling in the Netherlands, see: traffic rules and regulations for cyclists.
Maps & Guides
Whilst the rides will be led, daily route sheets and gpx files containing enough information to navigate during the tour will be provided. If you prefer to carry more detailed maps, several maps of the area are available through the internet, but a map showing the whole area covered by the tour won’t have enough detail. The following maps cover the area of the tour:
Netherlands North Michelin Regional Map 531, 1:200,000, ISBN 9782067183377, £5.99.
Netherlands North Super-Durable Cycling Map, 1:200,000, ISBN 9789058810144, £14.99.
Friesland Lakes Cycling Map 03, 1:50,000, ISBN 9789028725041, £9.99.
The Rough Guide series of guidebooks for Netherlands can also be recommended.
Travel Insurance & Advice
In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.