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I'm still working on plans for a birthday celebration. The plans started big and are getting smaller, more realistic. My latest was thinking of something somewhat active like combining a visit to see the spring tulips in the Netherlands with a bike tour. Bike/BednBreakfast or Bike/ Barge overnight or something like that. Was trying to squeeze it all into a short break we have with the kids at around May 8-12, 2013.

I spent some time online looking for tour options and they are plenty over all of Europe. A smaller outfit would suit us fine as long as it is reputable. I don't want to go tooo budget on this trip. Can imagine that a nice place to hang at the end of the day would be a bonus. My challenge is working specifically at that May timeframe since we don't want to take the kids out of school for a length of time. It seems that with the organized tours for a 3 or 4 day overnight it was boiled down to the Netherlands anyway as other countries start at a given Saturday or Sunday of the week for a 7 day trip. I think it might be at the tail end of tulip season.

Has anyone stayed on a barge hotel overnight? I once did a boat hotel as a college student in Amsterdam. Given the fact it was New Year's Eve and firecrackers exploding everywhere was my only memory. Not a good memory as I was terrified.

Other options- I read about Italy- many advanced hills and potentially dangerous biking situations abound. That would be out. France seemed to offer more beginner to moderate cycling but tours were longer. Slovenia was a recent idea- it looks gorgeous and I would never have thought to go there before seeing a travel program. Hilly with the Julien alps. I have not included the Mosel since we took two family trips there recently and as much as I love the destination would like to see something else.

I think a beginner pace would be fine for the kids and myself- husband a former cyclist could certainly handle more, but hey, it's my birthday!

We live in Europe and a flight to any major city is pretty easy. Any suggestions as to tour companies or destinations that I may have overlooked?

I like easy to moderate biking, quaint towns, scenery, interesting stops for the kids, good food and good wine, pleasant people.

Any thoughts are more than welcome!

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