The Netherlands: GETTING THERE
The Dutch company HAT Tours (0031 299 690 771; hat-tours.com) operates this trip and similar ones in Holland. The minimum age for cycling is seven, and the recommended upper age for children is 13 (there is no upper age limit for parents, nor indeed grandparents). Trips leave from Oosterdok in central Amsterdam, 10 minutes' walk from Centraal Station.
Bookings are heavy for family cruises this year, though there are some remaining spaces on Dutch-Belgian departures.
Similar trips are offered by HAT Tours' rival, Cycle Tours (cycletours.com).
Simon Calder paid a total of €1,923 for four, which included full-board accommodation from lunchtime on Saturday to breakfast the following Saturday; bike rental (€18 supplement for a tandem); transport aboard the barge Amsterdam; admission to the Zuiderzee Museum; an hour or two of kayaking in Weerribben nature reserve; and two guides. This works out at €59 per person per day, excluding flights. Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; aerlingus.com) flies from Dublin and Cork to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. A train to Centraal Station takes 20 minutes from the airport (€3.40 each way).
Netherlands Board of Tourism: 0044 207 539 7950; holland.com/uk.