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Family Cruise - Holland
If you are a family with children, we are able to create a bespoke itinerary and substitute a maximum of 4 excursions from our Classic Cruise Itinerary with your preferred family activities.
The following activities can usually be arranged on-board directly with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge (unless otherwise stated):
Bowling alley in Amsterdam offering bowling and restaurant facilities. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are reserved for “disco bowling”. Suitable for all ages.
A 900 sq. metre arena offering laser tag, where up to 24 people in six teams can play in one game. Food and drink facilities are available on site. Suitable for all ages.
Medieval Castle, Moat and Gardens
Discover the hidden story behind the 13th century Muiden Castle, situated approximately 15km southeast of Amsterdam. As well as exploring the maze of narrow passages and dead ends in the castle and the beautiful gardens, there are plenty of activities for children including treasure hunts and displays of birds of prey. Restaurant facilities are available. Suitable for all ages.
An observation tower originally built for the 1960 Floriade, an international exhibition and garden festival which is held now once a decade in the Netherlands. Visitors will climb 96m (315ft) in an elevator to the observation deck to take in breath-taking views of the city of Rotterdam. Restaurant facilities are available. Suitable for all ages.
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Traditional Crafts and Museums
A living museum in which 18th and 19th century Holland is brought to life. Stroll past the bakery, and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at a warehouse where clogs are made. A cheese factory, pewter (tin/lead) foundry and various windmills are also open to the public, making it fun for all the family. Learn about how raw materials were processed and how products were made and transported at the various museums spread over the site. Restaurant facilities are provided. Suitable for all ages.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site 15km east of Rotterdam, Kinderdijk is a small village with the largest concentration of old windmills in the world. The windmills are located on a public road, but if you would like to enter the mills a ticket will need to be purchased from the visitor centre. The windmills were built around 1740, and played an important role to pump and regulate the water level and protect Kinderdijk from flooding, as much of the land surrounding the village is below sea level. Today the windmills have been replaced by a fully automated pumping station but are still operational, and help to teach future generations about how the Dutch kept their lowlands dry. Inside you can see how a miller lived, and even dress in a miller’s overalls and try on a pair of clogs! Suitable for all ages.
Artis Royal Amsterdam Zoo
The Artis Royal Amsterdam Zoo was founded in 1838 and is just as serene and enchanting as it was when it first opened. The zoo is a haven for nearly 700 animal species and 200 tree varieties, many on the verge of extinction. It is also one of the few zoos in Europe to have so many listed buildings within its grounds, namely the Large Museum, the Library building and the Aquarium. Restaurant facilities are provided. Suitable for all ages.
Tennis Club in Pouilly-en-Auxois founded in offering court hire by the hour. Suitable for all ages.
Paintballing (12 years+)
Paintballing grounds near the town of Dijon set in 6 acres Protective clothing is provided, including masks, gloves and breastplates for women and children. Three formulas are possible – 1 ¼ hours (200 balls), or 2 ¼ hours (500 balls), or a full day of play. Must be booked in advance. Check the time slot allocated by the barge’s itinerary before booking. (Supplement Payable).
Other activities* – shown below – can be arranged but, due to their nature, they should be booked directly by the client with the activity provider. These activities are:
Climbing Wall (4 years+)
Wall Climbing is offered at the Klimmuur Centraal in Amsterdam and is suitable for climbers of all levels of expertise. There are plenty of walls to climb, making your visit challenging and enjoyable. Introductory courses are available for children who are new to climbing. (Supplement Payable).
Quad Biking (10 years+)
Aimed at both experienced and novice drivers, the Action Planet Quad Biking Experience is a great day out for friends and families on an off-road terrain of nearly 20 acres. A driver’s licence is not required, but some experience handling motor vehicles is recommended. (Supplement Payable).
Please Contact Us to discuss your specific requirements – we will be very happy to help.
*Activities are payable by the client directly to the provider, whose individual terms and conditions apply.
All activities are subject to availability. Children’s bicycles, bicycle helmets, child car seats and high chairs and available without cost.
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