About half of The Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea and almost a quarter of it is below sea level, creating a country with a latticework of canals, rivers and lakes. Explore this flat, pretty land by weaving through the stunning waterways on a barge, with bikes onboard. Cycle out to discover storybook villages which have been the inspiration of many painters, and at the end of the day return to your floating hotel. The Netherlands is perfect for biking and the Dutch are incredibly cycle-friendly. Cycle beside dykes, through tulip fields and admire the hush of a windmill’s sails gently turning.
Built on a maze of extensive waterways, many lying below sea level, Amsterdam is a city known for its canals. Cycling is without question one of the main forms of transportation, with bike lanes getting the green light in the busy central city streets, and where multi-storied parking buildings are home to thousands of bikes every day. Bikes aside, the waterways which meander across the land abound in history with classic Dutch architecture, including Anne Frank’s home, hugging the banks. It’s a city proudly showcasing great art museums which play a major role in the heritage of this laid-back city. This place buzzes by day and night: restaurants, ‘space cake’ cafés, street artists, a lively Red Light District and a vibrant cheese market.