Proposed Holland Trip; 21st – 28th June 2021

UPDATE 19th  July

Proposed Holland Trip: 2021

We have earmarked the trip for 21st to 28th June 2021. We will use the overnight ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland, staying in Dordrecht for 5 nights. Members will also be able to make their own alternative travel arrangements; partners (riding or non riding) would be welcome.

On our last visit in 2019 we had 35 participants and 4 riding groups; A, B1, B2 and C (who had a great times combining shorter rides with train, boat trips and site-seeing). The cycleways in Holland are unbelievably good, safe, well signposted with neither traffic nor hills!

We enjoyed a good meal on the ferry in both directions; the restaurant was both pleasant and clean – as were the cabins.

The hotel was basic but clean with very pleasant staff. The rooms contained two single beds and a pair of bunk beds. Some people shared, others had a room to themselves. The hotel was great value for money; staying half board helped keep down the cost of the trip.

Detailed prices for 2021 are  (in Euros) €340 pp single occupancy; €310 pp double occupancy and €245 for 3/4 persons – for 5 nights including food!

The ferry cost yet unknown but are likely to be in the region of  £200 return which includes cabin, excellent evening meal and breakfast.

Members who were not booked for 2020, but who are interested in joining the proposed 2021 trip, should contact Heather or Chris.

Bookings plus a deposit of £100 need to be made to Heather by 27th September 2020, they are refundable by the hotel up until March 2021.

Finances and Insurance

The club are prepared to make the bookings on behalf of members so that we can benefit from the ‘group discount’. Deposits are classed by the hotel as ‘returnable’. The club do not underwrite or guarantee the financial performance of the hotel.

Members are invited to join the trip on the basis that they arrange their own travel/health insurance prior to the trip. The club can take no responsibility for the welfare of individual members, nor for their safe return to the UK in the case of accident or sickness. Members should monitor the Brexit negotiations to establish if any reciprocal health agreements are likely to be in place after the turn of the year.


2020 Cancelled Trip

This is copy of an email issued on 2nd July  by Chris Simms to to the 33 riders who had confirmed bookings for this year.

As you know the Meridian Club holiday for 2020 had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

We cancelled our booking with the Stayok Hotel in early March and requested that they return our deposit.  I am pleased to say that I have now received a full refund.

It is our intention to run the same holiday next year (2021) – the proposed dates are 21st June to 28th June.  I would, therefore, like to give you the option of signing up for next year’s trip – in which case the Club will retain your £100 deposit to be used for next year.  Please note that this will still be refundable until about 60 days prior to travel (to be confirmed).  The prices are also still being confirmed but are not expected to be significantly higher than this year.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to participate in next year’s trip I can refund your deposit now.  In this case please let me know how you would like the money to be paid.

The easiest and cheapest method is by BACS transfer.  I will need to know:

If you prefer a cheque then please let me know the exact name to which you would like it made out and please also confirm your address.