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Bike and Barge Tours: The Best of Both Worlds

As more travelers seek out experience-based vacations and stray further away from traditional “tourist traps”, bike and barge tours have emerged as a booming trend—particularly among people over the age of 50.  With adventure travel and river cruising also rising in popularity, bike and barge tours offer the best of both worlds: the excitement of read more…

2012 Netherlands Waterway Cruise – Itinerary

Once everyone was collected at the “Meeting Point by the Burger King Restaurant,” by John and Ellen Pruiksma Zijp, we were walked to the motorcoaches and on our way. Our first visit was to a small cheese and wooden shoe making shop. The owner demonstrated how he made wooden shoes from a block of wood, read more…

Alkmaar and Amsterdam

The last of the tulip fields drifted by our boat around 7:30 this morning, so in this case it was true that  “You have to get up pretty early in the morning” to see the flowers!  Now we’re on our way to Alkmaar, well known for the cheese auction that takes place every Friday in read more…

Amsterdam – Seeing the Sites

I decided to head to Amsterdam two days before the start of the Netherlands Waterways Cruise, as I’ve never been to Amsterdam and wanted time to see sites I knew I couldn’t fit into the time we’d be there at the end of the cruise.  I purchased a guide book to get information on costs, read more…

Viking River Cruise

River cruising is one of the best ways to travel through many of the world’s most fascinating places.  Once you board the vessel, you can unpack (just once) in a very spacious river-view stateroom, then relax in comfort for the duration of the cruise.  Each day enjoy the beautiful scenery from almost everywhere on the read more…