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Netherlands Adventure Vacations & Biking Tours

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Discover the idyllic meadows, cobblestone villages and charming culture of northern Holland on our Netherlands adventure vacations and biking tours.

What the Netherlands lacks in size, it more than makes up for in its iconic canals, scenic roads, dense forests and culinary delights. And what better way to immerse yourself in these vibrant landscapes than on a Netherlands adventure vacation and biking tour. Winding your way through the delightful neighbourhoods of Haarlem, across wooden drawbridges and alongside narrow canals, you'll gain a deep appreciation for the mix of cultures ever so present in Holland. Influences from Germany and Belgium are mixed with Dutch traditions to bring unique experiences and new foods to sample at every village. As you cycle through endless fields of wildflowers, you'll be happy you've worked up an appetite as smells from nearby bakeries entice your tastebuds. If you've been dreaming about quaint towns and endless rolling green hills, hop aboard a Netherlands adventure vacation and biking tour and let your stresses vanish into the warm breeze.

Netherlands Trips

Europe

Netherlands Biking Adventure

4.79

  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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 ADULT ONLY

Experience the endless beauty and warm culture of the Netherlands as you bike amid postcard landscapes and charming villages. From the tulip fields of Keukenhof to the canal-laced village of Giethoorn, each day offers fascinating trails.

Trip Start: Amsterdam Trip End: Amsterdam

Europe

Netherlands Family Vacation

AustinAdventures

Operated by our sister brand Austin Adventures

4.83

  • Duration days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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 FAMILY VACATION

Enjoy an easygoing family bicycle tour through the Netherlands pristine northern territory. Feast your eyes on emerald pastures, wildflower-strewn meadows, cobblestone villages, and working windmills on this seven-day adventure.

Trip Start: Amsterdam Trip End: Amsterdam

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Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2024

Tiptoeing through the Tulips!

"We had an extraordinary experience through the Netherlands. Initially, we were very concerned about the mileage on our bikes each day. Being 80 and 72 years old we were by far the oldest in the group. We also chose not to use an electric bike which gave us all the more of a challenge, especially during the days of relentless headwinds on a long dike. The exceptional character of our guides, Mirjam and Tom put forth a remarkable degree of effort to make every moment of our trip special. When I said my hands were so uncomfortable from cold Tom pulled out a bag of oversized winter gloves.... when Mirjam witnessed me hopelessly loosing ground biking into the strong headwinds she pedaled right beside me for miles talking with me, distracting me, encouraging me, and eventually getting me to our final stop.

The tulips were in full bloom, we enjoyed this colorful bit of nature most everyday. A cacophony of color opened up before us as we wound our way next to fields and fields of tulips, quaint villages with bridges and canals and the ever necessary dikes.

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"We had an extraordinary experience through the Netherlands. Initially, we were very concerned… read more

"We had an extraordinary experience through the Netherlands. Initially, we were very concerned about the mileage on our bikes each day. Being 80 and 72 years old we were by far the oldest in the group. We also chose not to use an electric bike which gave us all the more of a challenge, especially during the days of relentless headwinds on a long dike. The exceptional character of our guides, Mirjam and Tom put forth a remarkable degree of effort to make every moment of our trip special. When I said my hands were so uncomfortable from cold Tom pulled out a bag of oversized winter gloves.... when Mirjam witnessed me hopelessly loosing ground biking into the strong headwinds she pedaled right beside me for miles talking with me, distracting me, encouraging me, and eventually getting me to our final stop.

The tulips were in full bloom, we enjoyed this colorful bit of nature most everyday. A cacophony of color opened up before us as we wound our way next to fields and fields of tulips, quaint villages with bridges and canals and the ever necessary dikes.

Everyday was filled with a bit of culture, history, vigorous biking, wonderful dinners, and a true sense of accomplishment. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

P Paula | April 2024

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2024

Excellent Cycling Trip

"The guides, Tom and Mirjam, were amazing. Perfect mix of cycling and touring sights. They made sure to point out spots of interest and provided running commentary on the history of areas we were traveling through. We were well fed and looked forward to our rest stops.

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"The guides, Tom and Mirjam, were amazing. Perfect mix of cycling and touring sights. They… read more

"The guides, Tom and Mirjam, were amazing. Perfect mix of cycling and touring sights. They made sure to point out spots of interest and provided running commentary on the history of areas we were traveling through. We were well fed and looked forward to our rest stops. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

N Nicole | April 2024

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Surprising Trip in The Netherlands

"My trip with Active Adventures truly exceeded my expectations. I felt immersed in the biking culture of The Netherlands during my visit and pampered every day of the tour. From the hotel choices to the biking routes, you can see that the company cares about the comfort of its guests. I’d book with the company again without hesitation!

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"My trip with Active Adventures truly exceeded my expectations. I felt immersed in the biking… read more

"My trip with Active Adventures truly exceeded my expectations. I felt immersed in the biking culture of The Netherlands during my visit and pampered every day of the tour. From the hotel choices to the biking routes, you can see that the company cares about the comfort of its guests. I’d book with the company again without hesitation! read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

C Camie | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Fabulous trip through the Netherlands

"This trip exceeded my expectations. Each day was carefully planned out by our knowledgeable guides. The accommodations were above average, at times exceptional, and we were surprised with fine dining with wine and cheese tastings, drinks included as part of the package price. Being in a small group of 8 riders and two guides, we bonded interpersonally over a span of 7 days. Guides told us many wonderful stories about their cycling adventures and went out of their way to accommodate our individual needs. I highly recommend this trip.

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"This trip exceeded my expectations. Each day was carefully planned out by our knowledgeable… read more

"This trip exceeded my expectations. Each day was carefully planned out by our knowledgeable guides. The accommodations were above average, at times exceptional, and we were surprised with fine dining with wine and cheese tastings, drinks included as part of the package price. Being in a small group of 8 riders and two guides, we bonded interpersonally over a span of 7 days. Guides told us many wonderful stories about their cycling adventures and went out of their way to accommodate our individual needs. I highly recommend this trip. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

E Elizabeth | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Amazing Trip

"The bicycling routes were perfectly curated. Our rides included beaches, forests, farms, quaint villages, windmills, canals, dikes, and several surprising sights along the way. We biked a good amount but we spent even more time enjoying meals, breaks, and sight-seeing.

The guides, hotels, meals, and special touches all exceeded expectations. The Dutch people are fantastic and their country is beautiful. Each day was different and very enjoyable.

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"The bicycling routes were perfectly curated. Our rides included beaches, forests, farms, quaint villages, windmills,… read more

"The bicycling routes were perfectly curated. Our rides included beaches, forests, farms, quaint villages, windmills, canals, dikes, and several surprising sights along the way. We biked a good amount but we spent even more time enjoying meals, breaks, and sight-seeing.

The guides, hotels, meals, and special touches all exceeded expectations. The Dutch people are fantastic and their country is beautiful. Each day was different and very enjoyable. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

K Kathy | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Netherlands Bike Tour

"Fantastic way to experience the smaller cities, towns and landscape of the Netherlands. While the scenery is lovely, the outstanding part of the trip is the experienced, dedicated, knowledgeable and hard-working guides. Peter and Thomas are a great pair and clearly love their country and their long time occupations as guides. My first but not my last trip with Active Adventures!

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"Fantastic way to experience the smaller cities, towns and landscape of the Netherlands. While the… read more

"Fantastic way to experience the smaller cities, towns and landscape of the Netherlands. While the scenery is lovely, the outstanding part of the trip is the experienced, dedicated, knowledgeable and hard-working guides. Peter and Thomas are a great pair and clearly love their country and their long time occupations as guides. My first but not my last trip with Active Adventures! read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

B Bradford | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Netherlands Biking Trip

"The combination of daily biking trips, great meals, and enjoyable conversation made for an exceptional vacation. The trip was thoughtfully organized and executed perfectly. The two guides were knowledgeable and fun travel companions. Kudos to Active Adventures.

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"The combination of daily biking trips, great meals, and enjoyable conversation made for an exceptional… read more

"The combination of daily biking trips, great meals, and enjoyable conversation made for an exceptional vacation. The trip was thoughtfully organized and executed perfectly. The two guides were knowledgeable and fun travel companions. Kudos to Active Adventures. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

R Roger | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

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"The trip was professionally run. We had challenges on the trip with strong headwinds, light to heavy rain and cold temperatures. the guides handled these well, he group giving appropriate breaks to handle these conditions when they occurred. The group was kept together and was managed to offer both desires for challenging segments as well as less challenging ones.

The ride itself was interesting and filled with new experiences.

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"The trip was professionally run. We had challenges on the trip with strong headwinds,… read more

"The trip was professionally run. We had challenges on the trip with strong headwinds, light to heavy rain and cold temperatures. the guides handled these well, he group giving appropriate breaks to handle these conditions when they occurred. The group was kept together and was managed to offer both desires for challenging segments as well as less challenging ones.

The ride itself was interesting and filled with new experiences. read less

4 Stars (84 reviews)

J John | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure

"Beyond expectations! A trip for a lifetime! The bicycling, cultural and epicurean experiences far exceeded the itinerary. The guides, Tom and Peter, were equally outstanding as they were our ambassadors to this life changing experience; their personable characters, genuine and authentic demeanors, knowledge based on all platforms, and gentle persona enhanced the overall encounters on this journey. The entire experience was a fulfillment.

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"Beyond expectations! A trip for a lifetime! The bicycling, cultural and epicurean experiences… read more

"Beyond expectations! A trip for a lifetime! The bicycling, cultural and epicurean experiences far exceeded the itinerary. The guides, Tom and Peter, were equally outstanding as they were our ambassadors to this life changing experience; their personable characters, genuine and authentic demeanors, knowledge based on all platforms, and gentle persona enhanced the overall encounters on this journey. The entire experience was a fulfillment. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

W William | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Biking thru Netherlands

"Excellent bike trip and experience!

I was very impressed by Active Adventures. The guides, bicycles, support, bike paths, scenery, history and cultural backgrounds, accommodations and food were all first class. We were guided by Tom Litjens and Peter van Glabbeek. Both of these men were excellent guides; very friendly, personable, knowledgeable and fun. It was a pleasure to meet them. We had 8 riders in our group and it was a good size to get to know everyone.

Bikes: Cannondale, all great quality, shifted very well, no mechanical issues, with pannier with side bag storage, as well as front handlebar storage. Bikes were lined up ready to ride every morning; storage of the bikes in the evening was secured by Tom and Peter.

Daily directions (extremely concise and detailed) and briefings were provided for self guided experience, although we chose to remain as a single group for the most part. Points of interest, historical and cultural attractions were replete along the daily routes. I especially enjoyed the Stork Restoration Center.

Snacks/water were available on periodic stops along the routes daily.

Meals as provided were all excellent and provided opportunities to try many types of food. My wife is a vegetarian and there was always…

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"Excellent bike trip and experience!

I was very impressed by Active Adventures. The guides, bicycles, support,… read more

"Excellent bike trip and experience!

I was very impressed by Active Adventures. The guides, bicycles, support, bike paths, scenery, history and cultural backgrounds, accommodations and food were all first class. We were guided by Tom Litjens and Peter van Glabbeek. Both of these men were excellent guides; very friendly, personable, knowledgeable and fun. It was a pleasure to meet them. We had 8 riders in our group and it was a good size to get to know everyone.

Bikes: Cannondale, all great quality, shifted very well, no mechanical issues, with pannier with side bag storage, as well as front handlebar storage. Bikes were lined up ready to ride every morning; storage of the bikes in the evening was secured by Tom and Peter.

Daily directions (extremely concise and detailed) and briefings were provided for self guided experience, although we chose to remain as a single group for the most part. Points of interest, historical and cultural attractions were replete along the daily routes. I especially enjoyed the Stork Restoration Center.

Snacks/water were available on periodic stops along the routes daily.

Meals as provided were all excellent and provided opportunities to try many types of food. My wife is a vegetarian and there was always consideration to accommodate her needs. (I think only one meal was on our own.) We would constantly mix up seating for the opportunity to meet/speak with the guides and members of the group.

Lodging/service was excellent throughout with the various hotels and a chateau lodge.

The bike path infrastructure in the Netherlands is the best that I have experienced (I have ridden in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Norway, and extensively in the US). The paths took us along tulip fields, wooded/forested areas, canals, towns, windmills, wind turbines, villages, dams (dikes), open fields, etc.

Support: although we had excellent weather, we did face some strong winds. Some of the riders were transferred by van for short periods to provide a rest. It was comforting to know that support was available,able in the event of severe rain/wind or mechanical issue- No one had a mechanical issue.
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5 Stars (84 reviews)

J John | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2023

Attention to details

"Our April 15-22, 2023 biking adventure was almost perfect: the perfect temperature to bike (no sweating), mostly sunny, perfect tulip time, great traveling group (just 4 couples and two amazing guides), history, landscape, wildlife, exquisite food, and a challenging enough ride to enjoy a celebratory beer and great night's sleep!

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"Our April 15-22, 2023 biking adventure was almost perfect: the perfect temperature to bike (no… read more

"Our April 15-22, 2023 biking adventure was almost perfect: the perfect temperature to bike (no sweating), mostly sunny, perfect tulip time, great traveling group (just 4 couples and two amazing guides), history, landscape, wildlife, exquisite food, and a challenging enough ride to enjoy a celebratory beer and great night's sleep! read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

N Nan | April 2023

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2022

Netherlands Biking Adventure

"The guides were fantastic. The scenery and things we did, all of it was great. Our group got along without any friction. The food was outstanding. My first time in Europe, it was a blast!

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"The guides were fantastic. The scenery and things we did, all of it was great.… read more

"The guides were fantastic. The scenery and things we did, all of it was great. Our group got along without any friction. The food was outstanding. My first time in Europe, it was a blast! read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

A Ammon | April 2022

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2022

Netherlands Biking Adventure

"The itinerary and guides were wonderful! Well planned bike rides along beautiful trails-we saw tulips, farms, rode along dikes next to a huge lake, saw small towns and got a close-up look at homes and villages. Peter and Ben were gracious, funny, smart and went out of their way to make an unforgettable experience.

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"The itinerary and guides were wonderful! Well planned bike rides along beautiful trails-we saw tulips,… read more

"The itinerary and guides were wonderful! Well planned bike rides along beautiful trails-we saw tulips, farms, rode along dikes next to a huge lake, saw small towns and got a close-up look at homes and villages. Peter and Ben were gracious, funny, smart and went out of their way to make an unforgettable experience. read less

5 Stars (84 reviews)

M Mary | April 2022

Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2019

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Netherlands Biking Adventure - April 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best part of the Netherlands?

Amsterdam! A picturesque cluster of canals over the Amstel River, in the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is the largest and most alluring city in the Netherlands. Vibrant, cosmopolitan, and steeped in culture, it greets visitors with fabulous museums, exciting nightlife, and a decidedly unique café scene.

What language does Netherlands speak?

The language spoken in the Netherlands is Dutch. A West Germanic language spoken by about 25 million people as a first language and 5 million people as a second language, constituting most of the population of the Netherlands and about 60% of the population of Belgium.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

What is the time zone in the Netherlands?

For the majority of the summer season the Netherlands is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What is the currency in the Netherlands?

The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro €.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the food like in the Netherlands?

Dutch cuisine is shaped by its location in the fertile North Sea river delta of the European Plain, giving rise to fishing, farming, and trading over sea. Breakfast usually consists of sliced bread with any of the following toppings: appelstroop, cheese, cold meats, jam, honey, hazelnut-chocolate spread or sweet sprinkles, known as hagelslag (the type you would normally put on your cake: in chocolate, aniseed or fruit flavors). Typical Dutch dishes for lunch and dinner are stamppot boerenkool (mashed kale), Hutspot (stew of potatoes and carrots), erwtensoep (split pea soup) and bruine bonensoep (brown bean soup).

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

How many people are there on each of your Netherlands trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What's included on your Netherlands trips?

Accommodation
On your Netherlands trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. You'll stay in a 1810 4-star hotel located in the heart of the fascinating medieval city of Haarlem, afew modern hotels with superb cuisine and splendid views, and a luxurious 4-star amidst woodlands and heath fields.

Transport
Your transport will be a mainly private vehicle and bike on our trips in Netherlands, spending most of your time biking everywhere! All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long bikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

Can you help me find international flights to the Netherlands?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!out!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Do I need vaccinations to visit the Netherlands?

You don't need any vaccinations for the Netherlands. Easy!

Do I need a visa to visit the Netherlands?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

What is the best part of the Netherlands?

Amsterdam! A picturesque cluster of canals over the Amstel River, in the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is the largest and most alluring city in the Netherlands. Vibrant, cosmopolitan, and steeped in culture, it greets visitors with fabulous museums, exciting nightlife, and a decidedly unique café scene.

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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