British bachelor party stranded abroad buys bikes to take epic 230-mile journey home


A bachelor party stranded abroad after his flight was canceled went on an epic 230-mile mission home – and was forced to buy bikes to get back on the ferry.

A group of British boys had enjoyed a drunken weekend in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam and spent two days enjoying the sights and sounds of the city.

They were booked on an EasyJet flight to return from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to London Gatwick at 1.25pm ​​on June 4, which was later abandoned, reports The Mirror.

Their options for returning to Britain by plane or train were limited, so the group of 14 decided the best route was to catch a train to Calais and board a ferry.

The crew had a great time in Amsterdam

However, when they called to ask about the crossing to Dover, they were told that foot passengers were not allowed – although bicycles were.

Undeterred, the group spent the afternoon shopping for two-wheelers in Brussels and Lille by running to shops and looking on Facebook.

Amazingly, 13 out of 14 managed to buy a bike in just three hours – at a total cost of over £1,300.

And, having arrived in Calais, the last member of the group convinced a young couple to let him get into their car for the crossing.

This meant all 14 arrived safely in Dover in the early hours of Sunday (5/6) – just 12 hours after their flights were cancelled.

Groom-to-be Alex Sisan, 29, said: “We had the craziest day but just wanted to get home – we ended up spending €1,540 (£1,300) on bikes!

“At the time, it didn’t seem like fun, but I had two of the best days of my life with 13 best friends and that just topped it off.

The guys didn't let logistical issues dampen their morale
The guys didn’t let logistical issues dampen their morale

“Looking back, the experience was so stressful and felt like something out of a Top Gear movie or challenge.

“But it was such a fun and brilliant story that I will tell at the wedding, and hopefully to my kids – and then their kids.”

The bachelor party arrived in Amsterdam on Thursday and stayed at a downtown hotel.

They were then booked on an EasyJet flight to return from Schiphol Airport two days later and arrived five hours early to avoid the queues.

Thirteen of the fourteen forts in the group managed to obtain bicycles
Thirteen of the fourteen forts in the group managed to obtain bicycles

But, after waiting in line for hours for security, they were dismayed to learn that their flight had been cancelled.

After trying to reach EasyJet for assistance, it was decided that leaving the airport was the best option at the time.

Unsuccessful attempts to hire a car and obtain Eurostar tickets ensued, before it was suggested that a ferry to Dover would be viable.

The group then boarded a train for Calais, which passed through Brussels and Lille.

But, while traveling, they discovered that health and safety rules prevented pedestrians from using the only service they could provide that day.

That’s when someone offered to try to buy 14 bikes during layovers in European cities.

They peddled through Calais in an attempt to get home
They peddled through Calais in an attempt to get home

Some managed to buy bikes in Brussels, while the others did good business in Lille.

Alex, who is getting married next month, said: “We had to spend two hours running around Lille to get bikes.

“We had booked a crossing from Calais to Dover but needed bikes to get on – no foot passengers allowed.

“I was on Facebook Marketplace for two hours, with the pin location set to Lille, trying to arrange to buy some of these bikes. They ranged from €40 to €220!”

Thirteen members of the group managed to find bicycles, bartering with the locals in flea markets.

But, back at Lille station, they run into another snag.

Deer Alex Sisan holds his bike aloft in triumph
Deer Alex Sisan holds his bike aloft in triumph

The only service that would get them to Calais on time would only take folding bikes – no exceptions.

This meant the group had to hail taxis to drive them to the port – at a cost of €350 per car.

Arriving in Calais with less than an hour to spare, the group boarded the ferry – with the help of a charity couple who left the member without a bike in their car.

They then landed in Dover around 11:30 p.m.

Alex, from Worthing, West Sussex, said: “Overall we all had to spend at least £400 each – then we had to take lifts from Dover.

“But it ended up being the best weekend of my life.”

They managed to get on the ferry at the end
They managed to get on the ferry at the end

Thousands of Britons are still stranded in Europe in continued travel chaos due to various issues, such as staff and weather.

An EasyJet spokesperson said: “We are very sorry that the group’s flight from Amsterdam to London Gatwick has been cancelled.

“We have directly informed customers of their options to rebook or receive a refund and are providing hotel accommodation and meals if required.

“Our customer service opening hours and hotel accommodation supply have been extended to support affected customers and help them get to their destination as quickly as possible.

“Nevertheless, we fully understand the disruption this will have caused to their plans and we are truly sorry.

“Our team is contacting the band to discuss their options and reimburse them for all reasonable expenses.”

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