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Netherlands – Rhine & IJssel Tour by Bike and Barge (2021)

NETHERLANDS: Rhine & Ilssel Tour by Bike and Barge 8 days and 7 nights' cabin accommodation with full board (7x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7x three course dinner) and coffee and tea on board. Free Wi-Fi is limited but available in lounge and on deck, for more than 100 MB there is a surcharge. Also use of bed linen and 2 towels (change of towels possible) is provided. Tour guide, cycles with the group and provides a minimum of 3 city walks. There is one road book provided per room. Ferry fares are also included during the rides. This is an easy 274 km ride. 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 per day. You cycle through the Rhine valley, along its very beautiful tributary the IJssel and across the so-called border lakes. During the whole tour you travel through wood and moorland sections of the Achterhoek, Veluwe and Gooi nature reserves; this area is very suitable for cycling tours and loved by the Dutch cyclists. This region has a rich history. Arnhem, for example, is well-known for its role during WWII, Operation Market Garden. You also visit seven towns Hanseatic Towns situated along the river ‘IJssel’. In the 14th and 15th century, they formed a trader’s union that lead to enormous prosperity and wealth. You can still sense the rich history of the cities Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle, Hattem, Deventer, Zutphen and Doesburg. These seven cities were once important centers of commerce and culture. Today they are pleasant and romantic towns that attract many tourists who want to enjoy the historic character and the local cuisine, shopping possibilities and flora and fauna. Take your time to soak in the breathtaking sceneries around the river IJssel. The cities have numerous shops, museums and restaurants. Wonderful area to explore with your guide the surrounding areas with its wooded river dunes, castles and waterfronts of the old Hanseatic League. The route then leads you to the so-called border lakes of the IJssel Lake which lie between the “old” land of many beautiful harbour towns and new Flevoland (once the bottom of the IJssel Lake) which was reclaimed in 1932. In this area you visit some picturesque fishing harbours. Not to be missed: Spakenburg (it is one of the few places left in the Netherlands where some women still wear local traditional clothes).

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