Safe and pleasant travel in times of COVID-19

Looking back at 2020, looking forward to 2021

It’s been a tough time for travel in 2020. The coronavirus turned all our plans – and lives – upside down. But, despite all the obstacles, we found a way to adapt and resume our tours, so that we could continue to offer memorable vacations over the summer of 2020. With smaller groups and strict hygiene measures, we carved a path to make travel possible in corona time. We are proud of what we were able offer guests in spite of everything. And we’re especially grateful to our guests for the trust they placed in us!

Looking back at 2020

At Boat Bike Tours, the effects of the coronavirus hit hard at the start of the year. Just a few days before our season was due to start, we had to cancel all tours. This was a huge shock, of course, but we immediately got to work adapting our travel concept to the new corona rules with a special Boat Bike Tours Corona Protocol. As soon as the weather and government measures allowed, we would be ready to let our guests travel safely. We also introduced a number of new, shorter trips in the Netherlands and Belgium to adapt to smaller, more flexible, travel tendencies.

So in June, while the giant cruise liners remained stuck in port, our ships and barges were the first to set sail in the Netherlands and a select number of other European countries. We were so happy to finally welcome guests back on board and to take them to all our beautiful destinations. From the tour leaders and ship crews to our guests especially, everyone enjoyed being back on the road!

What did guests say about our 2020 tours?

We’re incredibly proud that we received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from our guests on Trustpilot, an independent review platform. Here’s a sample of their impressions:

“We were the first guests who were allowed to make the trip despite corona and can highly recommend the tour. The hygiene measures were convincing, one felt safe at all times without being significantly impaired. The Wapen fan Fryslân is a great ship with a lot of comfort. The cook Alex is outstanding, she surprised us again and again with her creative compositions. Thank you very much for a wonderful week!”
Helga and Frank, Sail & Bike Wadden Sea Tour

Looking ahead to 2021

With both optimism and realism we’re looking ahead to our next season. A new travel approach is emerging, and our concept fits it perfectly: with relatively small groups, plenty of personal service and attention, and being active outdoors. What’s more, we’re working to do it all as sustainably as possible. Our first 2021 boat bike vacations are planned to start in late March, and will feature our classic tours combined with several new routes.

Corona-Covid19-protocol for cycling cruises

Of course, we’re highly aware of the ongoing need for caution and to continue to take all possible precautions. That’s why our Corona Protocol ensures important health and safety measures on all tours. We’ve done a lot of careful planning and, to be able to sail safely in 2021, we’ll continue to work closely with local and government authorities.

Want to know more?

Do you have a question about travel during corona time? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer, or you’d like more detail, then feel free to contact us! For general updates about travel to the Netherlands please visit this Dutch government webpage (in English).

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