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Great places to stay

After a day of gentle cycling adventures, we think you’ll appreciate a place where you can feel at home and put your feet up. That’s why, whether you choose cycling holidays in the UK or Europe,  we personally select and visit all the accommodation featured in our cycle breaks. We choose our accommodation partners carefully and to clear standards.

At our base under huge Suffolk skies, we’ve been listening and learning from our walking and cycling break customers since 1991 too. Our customers share their experiences with us and many come back to book with us again – proof that our high level of service, valuable knowledge and attention to detail is very much appreciated and considered good value for money.

The facilities you need

All accommodation is well-located and comfortable and includes en-suite facilities – and although evening meals are available at most of our properties – our detailed documentation provides further top tips on local places to eat.

Our accommodation is generally offered on a bed and breakfast basis, but tours in some parts of France do include dinner as well and a small selection of our tours in England include some evening meals (see individual tour descriptions for details).

The quality you’d expect

All our accommodation is personally chosen and visited by us. It is selected to clear standards and ranges from 2 to 4 star properties according to local classifications in the different countries. In England we also feature a couple of 5 star B&Bs which have won the much-coveted Gold Award for quality.

And plenty of local character too

Half-timbered, historic coaching inns; Italian neo-classical treats with elegant terraces; family-run ‘auberges’; creeper clad ‘Gasthöfe’ with balconies dripping Geraniums; relaxing country hotels; well-positioned seafront or lakeside hideaways; converted flint-faced barns; modern city centre rooms with culture on the doorstep – you’ll find a great collection of hotels with local flavour in our portfolio.

Go on, spoil yourself

Fancy a four-poster for the night in your half-timbered East Anglian inn, a little additional luxury or waking up to wonderful view across the Suffolk beach to the crashing waves? Upgrades are available at a number of our hotels in England , and at some destinations we can arrange for you to stay, if you prefer, in especially sought-after establishments.

Or why not stay a little longer?

For all our cycling tours, short breaks and holidays in England and Europe, we are also pleased to book additional nights at either at end of your tour, or sometimes along the way too, if available.

 


About our accommodation in England

Characterful, comfortable and well chosen

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Converted flint-faced barns or an old inn on a leafy Georgian square, a hidden stately manor, a pantiled pub gone warmly provençal, half-timbered coaching inn confections and the smartest seaside hotels.

Our accommodation in East Anglia is not just comfortable, but brimful of character. In Suffolk, our special single centre breaks feature a Tudor mansion and more modern club hotel. These, like all our establishments, are well-located for your gentle adventures, but also offer great leisure facilities so you can really relax into your time away.

All our accommodation is of a very high standard, with many hotels and B&Bs awarded three or more stars according to national classifications. We also feature a couple of 5 star B&Bs which have won the much-coveted Gold Award for quality.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

Our hotel stays in Suffolk and Norfolk are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis but in our route notes, we point out great places to stop for lunch, tea, a picnic or refreshing pint. We also give tips for evening meals, either at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

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About our accommodation in France

Accommodation in the Loire

Well-located and well chosen

Inviting family-run ‘auberges’, comfortable corner hotels, modern city centre rooms and even a beamed beauty from the 15th C. Our hotels here are comfortable, often full of character and well-located – maybe close to the château, river or bustling city centre. They are rated at least 2 star according to local classifications. Many of our standard itineraries in this region blend 2 and 3 star accommodation to create what we believe to be a great balance between comfort, location, character, quality and value for money.

On many of our standard itineraries in the Loire region, we now also offer an upgrade to 3 star accommodation throughout, just to allow that extra little indulgence.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

To help you make the most of the delicious regional cuisine, our hotel stays in the Loire are arranged on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, including a three or four course supper at the hotel or nearby restaurant in the tour price. In our route notes we also point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink.

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Accommodation in the Dordognehot_fd_rocamadour

Location, location, location

Sometimes alongside the river, in an historic, honey-coloured stone building, maybe with cosy shutters and shaded restaurant street terrace, our hotels here are all full of character, well-positioned and are rated 2 star according to local classifications.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

To make sure that your break gives you a real flavour of the region, our hotel stays in the Dordogne are arranged on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, including a three or four course supper at the hotel or nearby restaurant in the tour price. In our route notes we also point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink.

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Accommodation in Provence

Full of colour and character 

From a villa-style property with a pool and a stone house complete with predictable blue shutters alongside an inviting courtyard, to the most modern boutique chic right in the heart of historic town, our hotels in Provence are well-located and full of local character. Many have lovely outside dining opportunities and all are rated 2 star according to local classifications.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

Our hotel stays in Provence are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis but in our route notes, we point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink. We also give tips for evening meals, either at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

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Provence Bike & Boat

The Boat L’ESTELLO:

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Technical details: Length 39 m, width 5.2 m, depth 1.6 m, max. 20 passengers.

Your accommodation: This is in an outside-facing two berth cabin. 

L’ESTRELLO has 10 x 2 berth cabins (7-8 m2 ; 9 x twin /1 x double).

Bed sizes: 1.90 / 2.00 m x 0.75/0.80 m .

Cabin facilities include: en-suite facilities including shower area and WC, wardrobe space, power socket, full-length mirror, air-conditioning and 2 fixed portholes, including one in the bathroom.

On board facilities: The living area is air-conditioned and is divided into a restaurant with large picture windows and an open bar / lounge area with sofas and armchairs.  There is a sundeck with tables / chairs and a fixed awning.

Free wifi is usually available in the restaurant/ lounge bar area. Travel books, board games and pétanque/boules sets are available for your enjoyment.

Currency on board: Euro

Important remarks regarding routing/program: Due to navigation conditions, the exact details of itineraries / embarkation points may be modified at the discretion of the Boat’s Captain. Some sailing during breakfast and /or the evening meal make take place to ease exit from town moorings or to shorten river cruise stretches.

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About our accommodation in Austria

 
Characterful, comfortable and well chosen
From creeper-clad chalets to town centre ‘Gasthof’, relaxed lakeside properties to a pastel-washed places with a cosy ‘Biergartl’, our Austrian hotels are mainly rated 4 star according to local classifications, although our Ten Lakes Tour (ALS8) does include some 3 star properties. Most hotels have saunas; some have swimming pools and one or two even offer the option of a relaxing massage.

Making sure you get a taste of the place
Our hotel stays in Austria are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis, but in our route notes, we point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink. We also give tips for evening meals, either at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

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The Cruise Ship MS Normandie

 

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Technical details: Length 91,2 m, width 10,50 m, depth 1,60 m, max. 100 passengers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin on the lower deck.  Cabins are available on the upper deck (supplement payable). MS NORMANDIE has 49 x 2-bed cabins and 2 x1-bed cabins.

All 2 bed-cabins (10-11 m2) are equipped with two lower beds; one can be folded against the wall during the day. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), individual air-conditioning and picture window. Only windows in the upper deck cabins can be opened.

Single cabins: 1-bed cabins (approx.7 m2 ) have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

 

On board facilities: These include an upper deck panorama lounge with bar and a small sauna (advance booking at the reception only); on the main deck, a comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone), plus chairs and ordinary chairs and tables on deck.

On board activity programme and optional excursions programme.

 

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/program: The MS Normandie shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

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About out accommodation in Germany

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Characterful, comfortable and well chosen

From great ‘Gasthofe’ adorned with wall paintings and carved gables to convenient town centre hotels and relaxed lakeside properties, our German hotels are rated 3 or 4 star according to local classifications with the occasional inclusion of an unrated property especially selected for its comfort and good location. Some hotels have saunas and swimming pools.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

Our hotel stays in Germany are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis, but in our route notes, we point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink. Half board is an option on most tours and we also give tips for evening meals, either at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

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About our accommodation in Italy

 

hot_i_bolzanoLocal colour and character 

Our Italian hotels have plenty of character from facades flowing with flowers or adorned with red and white shutters to 19th C. neo-classical treats with elegant terraces or a Patrician villa complete with chapel and cloister, to bright modern properties in cheerful colours or with classy glass fronts. Most are rated 4 or 3 star according to local classifications, although our Treasures of Tuscany tour does include one very good 2 star hotel. Some have pool facilities and rooms with balconies.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

Our hotel stays in Italy are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis, but in our route notes, we point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink. We also give tips for evening meals, either at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Local Hotel Taxes
From late 2011, some municipalities in Italy have started to introduce an additional tax at some locations.

These taxes are not included in the price of our holidays.

Our local partners in Italy have advised us that they cannot pay these taxes in advance, the tax is payable either at check in or check out at each hotel. In most cases the cost approximates to the star rating of the hotel priced in euros per person per night (eg a 4 star hotel is 4 euros per person, per night).

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About our Bike & Boat holiday accommodation in Italy  

 

The barge AVE MARIA

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Technical details: Length 41 m, width 7.5 m, draught 1.05 m, 40 passengers.

Launched in 2011, Ave Maria is an Italian vessel through and through, designed by a well-known team of Italian boat technicians and architects.  

Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin. All standard cabins are situated on the lower deck.

Ave Maria has 17 cabins. There are 10 standard 2-bed cabins (approx. 11 m2) and are equipped with two single beds next to each other. An overhead drop-down bunkbed is available in 3 of these cabins to accommodate a third person. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC and air-conditioning. Hairdryers are available on request.

In addition on the lower deck, there are 3 smaller (approx. 7.5 m2) bunkbed cabins also suitable for single occupancy. 

Cabins are also available on the upper deck: there are 4 superior 2-bed cabins (supplement payable). Two of these cabins can accommodate up to 4 people by 2 overhead drop-down bunkbeds. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, air-conditioning and a window which can be opened. Hairdryers are available on request.

On board facilities: The 41 metre long barge has two sundecks with sitting areas plus a dedicated storage area for bikes. There is a comfortable, air-conditioned salon divided into a lounge with a large screen TV for video / internet and restaurant area. Free wi-fi is available on board and there is also a hot drinks machine for free refreshments including Italian ground coffee.

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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The barge VITA PUGNA 

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Technical details: Length 36 m, width 5.4 m, draught 1.6 m, 21 passengers.

Vita Pugna is a Dutch barge which was originally cruising the waterways around Amsterdam and has been sailing the River Po area since 2008. Under the warm Italian sun, she may be a little way from her original home, but she is definitely not a ship out of water here!  

Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin. All standard cabins are situated on the lower deck.

Vita Pugna has just 10 cabins. All are standard 2-bed cabins (approx. 7-8 m2) and are equipped with two single beds next to each other. An overhead drop-down bunkbed is available in one of these cabins to accommodate a third person. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC and a porthole which can be opened for ventilation. The corridor in the cabins area has air-conditioning.  

On board facilities: The 36 metre long barge has a sundeck with a sitting areas plus a dedicated storage area for bikes. There is a spacious, air-conditioned lounge / restaurant with a large screen TV for video / internet. Free wi-fi is available on board and there is also a hot drinks machine for free refreshments including Italian ground coffee.

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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About our accommodation in Spain

Local colour and character

hot_s_catalonia_stfeliuOur Spanish hotels are well located and mainly modern, although some have real local character such as smart colonial style buildings on the coast. These carefully selected properties are rated 4 or 3 star according to local classifications. Some have pool facilities.

Making sure you get a taste of the place

Our hotel stays in Catalonia are arranged on a bed and breakfast basis although half board is an option. Our tour in Mallorca (SMP8) includes bed and breakfast with a buffet dinner on some evenings. In our route notes we point out great places to stop for lunch, a picnic or a refreshing drink. We also give tips for evening meals where appropriate, either at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

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About our accommodation in Holland & Belgium  

 

MS Magnifique I 

 

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Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin. Premium cabins are available (supplement payable). All cabins are situated on the lower deck.

MS MAGNIFIQUE I has 17 cabins. These are mainly 2-bed cabins, although there are some single berth cabins. A third bed may be added to some cabins on request (above one of the other beds).

All standard 2 bed-cabins (approx. 11m2) are equipped with two single beds next to each other. Premium cabins (approx. 14m2) also include a small sitting area. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, individually regulated air-conditioning system, flat screen satellite TV and a porthole window. All windows are fixed and cannot be opened for safety reasons.

Single cabins are equipped with same features.

On board facilities: The salon has large windows and is situated on the upper deck. It includes the restaurant area, bar and lounge area with a wide screen TV and wifi (limited use of data). There are two partially covered teak sun decks furnished with tables and chairs. There is a whirlpool / jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck. The front deck is used for bike storage. 

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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MS Magnifique II

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 Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin on the lower deck.  Cabin Suites are available on the upper deck (supplement payable).

MS MAGNIFIQUE II has 18 cabins. These are mainly 2-bed cabins, although there are some single berth cabins. A third bed may be added to some cabins on request (above one of the other beds).

All standard 2 bed-cabins (approx. 11m2) are equipped with two single beds next to each other and a porthole window. All windows on the lower deck are fixed and cannot be opened for safety reasons. Cabin Suites (approx. 14m2) also include a small sitting area and have large panoramic windows (one window can be opened).

Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, individually regulated air-conditioning system and flat screen satellite TV.

Single cabins are equipped with same features.

On board facilities: The salon has large windows and is situated on the upper deck. It includes the restaurant area, bar and lounge area with a wide screen TV and wifi (limited use of data). There is a partially covered teak sun deck furnished with tables and chairs on the aft deck. The front deck is used for bike storage. 

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/program: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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MS Fluvius

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 Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin on the lower deck.  Cabins are available on the upper deck (supplement payable).

MS FLUVIUS has 19 cabins. These are mainly 2-bed cabins, although there are some single berth cabins.

All standard 2 bed-cabins (approx. 10m2) are equipped with two single beds next to each other and a window. All windows on the lower deck are fixed and cannot be opened for safety reasons. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, individually regulated air-conditioning system and flat screen satellite TV.

Single cabins are equipped with same features.

On board facilities: The salon has large windows and is situated on the upper deck. It is a large room for communal use with a semi-separate restaurant area. The partially covered sun deck is furnished with tables and chairs and includes a bike storage area. 

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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Angela Esmee

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Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin on the lower deck. Cabins are available on the upper deck (supplement payable).

ANGELA ESMEE has 41 cabins. These are mainly 2-bed cabins, although there are some single, triple and quadruple berth cabins.

All 2 bed-cabins (approx. 9 m2) are equipped with two single beds next to each other. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, air-conditioning and ventilation system (partly regulated centrally) and a window. Only windows in the upper deck cabins can be opened.

Single, triple and quadruple cabins: 1-, 3- and 4-bed cabins are equipped with same features.

On board facilities: These include the salon with large windows, separate restaurant area and bar plus a lounge area with seats, tables, wifi and full panoramic windows at the front of the vessel. The sun deck is large and partially roofed and furnished with tables and chairs. There is a separate deck for bike storage.

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/program: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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MS Gandalf

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Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin. All cabins are situated on the lower deck.

MS GANDALF has 10 cabins. These are all 2-bed cabins (approx. 8m2) and are equipped with two single beds next to each other. Cabin facilities include: shower and WC, central heating and porthole which can be opened.

On board facilities: The 45 metre long barge has two sundecks with sitting areas furnished with tables and chairs, plus a storage area for bikes. There is a comfortable salon which also doubles as the barge’s restaurant.  

MS Gandalf has its own double array of solar panels, so it rarely needs to use a generator for electricity – so you can look forward to still and quiet nights on board.

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, it reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses and in extreme situations, reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

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Mare fan Fryslân

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Accommodation: This is in a standard two berth cabin. There is a Premium twin cabin also available (supplement payable). All cabins are situated on the lower deck.

MARE FAN FRYSLÂN has 14 cabins. These are mainly 2-bed cabins, although there is one single berth cabin available. A third bed may be added to some cabins on request (above one of the other beds).

All standard 2 bed-cabins (approx. 10m2) are equipped with two single beds next to each other. The Premium twin cabin (approx. 12m2) also includes a small sitting area with a flat screen TV. Cabin facilities include: shower, basin and WC and ventilation system. Single cabins are equipped with same features.

On board facilities: The air-conditioned saloon on the lower deck has wooden panelling and also serves as the ship’s restaurant. Next to this is the ‘Wheelhouse’ which has a bar and large panoramic window as well as music and video systems  / TV. The wooden upper deck or sun deck is furnished with seating and includes a whirlpool / jacuzzi, barbecue and outdoor bar. Free wifi (limited use of data) is available throughout the ship when in harbour.  Smoking is allowed only on the sun deck.

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program or cancel the journey at short notice due to nautical (tide / current), technical or meteorological reasons. No legal right shall be constituted in these situations.

The cycling routes are dependent on the sail programme, weather and weather expectation.

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Wapen fan Fryslân

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Accommodation: This is in a standard, outside-facing two berth cabin. All cabins are situated on the lower deck.

WAPEN FAN FRYSLÂN has 12 cabins. These are all 2-bed cabins (approx. 10m2) and are equipped with two single beds next to each other. A third bed may be added to some cabins on request (above one of the other beds). Cabin facilities include: shower, basin and WC and porthole which can be opened.

On board facilities: There is a large and very comfortable salon which also doubles as the ship’s restaurant. On deck the ‘Pilothouse’ is a stylish and intimate bar with a full 360° panorama  window and the afterdeck has an outdoor café serving draft beer on tap, plus a whirlpool / jacuzzi. The middle deck offers pleasant seating areas for dining al fresco and the sun deck also has plenty of seating including deck chairs.  Free wifi (limited use of data) is available throughout the ship when in harbour.  Smoking is allowed only on the sun deck.

Currency on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards accepted.

Important remarks regarding routing/programme: The shipping company reserves the right to make changes of routing and program or cancel the journey at short notice due to nautical (tide / current), technical or meteorological reasons. No legal right shall be constituted in these situations.

The cycling routes are dependent on the sail programme, weather and weather expectation.

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