|Tuesday, May 11, 1999
|An Oddball Combination: Bike and Barge Brewery Tours Through Belgium and Holland For a Hair Over $100 a Day
Specializing in barge tours through Europe, 4Winds Specialty Tours
(formerly known as Bon Voyage Specialty Tours) has recently added a
new trip to its repertoire, and it's unique, to say the least--a nine-day
bike, barge and brewery adventure for $975.
The first tour is scheduled for October 1 and will begin with a
one-night stay in Amsterdam before boarding the barge bound for,
amongst other places, Bruges. Highlights of the trip will include a visit
to Maximiliaan (one of the youngest breweries of Holland) and a
"brown pub" in Amsterdam, a bike ride from the barge to Utrecht's De
Utrechtse Stoombier brewery (which is located in an old castle in the
city center) and a visit with the famous "beer professor" Jan de Bruyne
Participants should expect to bike 10-15 miles a day but the focus of
the tour is on breweries and beer appreciation than biking (and a good
thing too, as we don't want to be advocating drunk driving of any sort).
Accommodations (except for the night in Amsterdam) are in double
cabins (complete with a private bath) aboard a barge. Singles can
request to be paired up at no additional charge. All meals (except for
one lunch) are included, as are entrance fees and the use of a 3-speed
bike. The tour is for adults of all ages and group size is limited to 20.
For more information, check out the 4Winds Web site at www.4windstours.com or call
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