Backroads Reintroduces Bike Trip in Holland

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Backroads will relaunch a biking program in Holland next year as part of its focus on developing more family-oriented itineraries.

The firm, which specializes in bicycling, walking, hiking and multisport tours, has featured the Netherlands in its product line in the past but discontinued the itinerary, said Peter Mandell, Backroads' trip development coordinator.

Biking in Holland"It was great riding, but many of our guests had been to Holland or were looking for more challenging rides," he said.

An increase in family clientele prompted the firm to re-enter the Holland market with a six-day program set to begin in June 1999.

"Holland lends itself perfectly to the family market because almost all of the riding is on bike paths and all of the inns take kids," Mandell said.

As part of the firm's effort to run more trips for families, the Holland itinerary will incorporate activities for children, Mandell said. Although the activities have not been determined, Mandell said examples include attractions such as toy factories, parks and museums.

The Holland program will incorporate biking in three provinces: Utrecht, Gelderland and Zuid-Holland.

Highlights will include the town of Arnhem, which will give participants an opportunity to bike to the Dutch Open Air Museum, and through Hoge Veluwe National Park to the Kroller-Muller Art Museum. Accommodations will be at Groot Warnsborn, a property situated on a 1,600-acre estate.

Clients then will pedal along canals into the province of Utrecht and ride through Rhenen to Bosch en Duin. Accommodations will be at De Hoefslag, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.

The last portion of the program will feature a visit to a family-run cheese farm in Kamerik and a tour of a wooden-shoe factory in Lekkerkerk.

Prices for the Holland bicycl-ing program have not been set.
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