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Netherlands Tour - FAQ

Note: We will send you detailed information about the tour in a Pre-Departure Packet once you register.

What is the weather going to be like?
In July the average high in Leeuwarden (the major city in the tour area) is 68 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 55. The Netherlands is a coastal country with a maritime climate. On any one tour, we average four days of sun, two days of clouds, and one or two days of rain. Because the temperatures are mild and the rain generally comes and goes quickly, the weather is actually often excellent for skating. On some tours we have experienced much higher temperatures (in the 80s), so you should be prepared for anything.

Which time of the year is best to go there?
As a temperate climate, The Netherlands can be cold from October through April. May, June, and September are also variable leaving July and August as the two best months to travel. In northern Friesland, our tour location, it never gets too crowded so staying away from high season is not an issue.

What is the best way to get to the tour and where do we meet?
Amsterdam is a major European hub and we meet you in the city on the first day of the tour. If you arrive the morning of the tour we will pick you up from the airport.

What should I do if I want to extend my vacation in the area?
Amsterdam. This is the single most exciting city in The Netherlands and one of the most exciting in Europe. It is easy to walk (or skate) to all major tourist areas, the people are friendly, and there is lots to do. There are several major museums (the Van Gogh being one) and, naturally, you should visit the Red Light District for the experience. The topper (for skaters) is the Friday Night Skate which you can join both before and after the tour. We will send you a list of hotels all in one area of the city which you can book yourself.

What ability level do I really need to be for this tour?
This Tour is rated for Advanced Beginners and up. The skating in The Netherlands is flat; the only hills are those going up or down the dikes and you can see for miles standing on a chair! The only difficulty are the "cobblestones" (actually bricks) in many towns; with some practice you will have little problem. In general, the pavement is smooth.

For what type of people would you recommend this tour?
The Netherlands Tours are for almost anyone but especially for those people who really enjoy their skating. The landscape is vast and we have no problem finding multiple routes each day with enough miles for anyone. Plus, this is a "pure" tour in that you get to skate from one hotel to the next while we transport your luggage.

Where can I find more information about the area?
See our hotlinks page.

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