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Holland: Tulip Tour, Amsterdam – Amsterdam

Duration: 7 days
Price: from € 950
Level: Easy
  • Tulips, cheese and Dutch history

    This wonderful bike and barge trip that starts and ends in Amsterdam, takes you through the provinces of South- and North Holland while spring flowers are in bloom. You will spend time in the historical cities of Haarlem, Leiden,  Gouda and Alkmaar and learn about the water management of these lowlands at the North Sea. You will also visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, known by the hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulb flowers. The world-famous Aalsmeer flower auction is on the program where an astonishing volume of beautiful flowers are being traded daily and exported all over the world the World. One night the barge mooring is at  the open air museum ‘the Zaanse Schans’ with its windmills, cheese farm and picturesque wooden houses. You will be surprised by the beautiful, varied scenery and the wonderful bikeways of Holland.

    Itinerary Fleur / Sarah / Allure: Amsterdam – Haarlem – Leiden – Gouda – Kudelstaart – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar – Amsterdam

    Itinerary Iris: Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar – Haarlem – Leiden–Gouda – Uithoorn – Amsterdam

    NB: On Fleur and Iris, from 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride. On the Sarah and Allure there will be 1 guide.

     

  • Available dates 2018:    
    Tulip Tour (Fleur)
    Tulip Tour (Sarah)
    Tulip Tour (Iris)
    Tulip Tour (Allure)
    single supplement on request
    April 7 / April 14 / April 21 / April 28 / May 5
    April 7 / April 14 / April 21 / April 28
    April 28 / May 5
    May 5
    € 950 / € 1.050
    € 829 / € 929
    € 1.150
    € 929

  • Barge Fleur (20 passengers/10 cabins)                               Premium

    The Fleur started cruising in 2002. This tasteful passenger barge with its sleek lines was built to fit the smaller locks and canals in France and has been cruising the French waters ever since. Reint Dragt has been the owner for many years now. These years of experience and commitment are reflected in every detail and guarantee that your vacation will be a pleasant one. The Fleur can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests on her trips on the French waterways
    The Fleur has two decks. On the top deck there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a half-covered sun deck. The sundeck is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif.  In the lounge the Fleur offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The salon has central heating and air-conditioning.
    On the lower deck the Fleur has 10 comfortable guest cabins (8 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Also the cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

    Barge Iris (24 passengers/12 cabins)                    Premium

    The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. The Iris is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers and 50 day passengers. Since 2011 Lenny Versteeg is the proud female owner of the Iris. You will definitely recognize her ‘female touch’ by the tasteful interior as well as by the many details that make the Iris such a pleasant place to stay. Her hospitable crew looks forward to welcome you on board.  The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
    The Iris has two decks. On the top deck there is the lounge, a roomy sitting area with wide screen TV, a cozy bar and a sun deck. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck. In the lounge the Iris offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The whole barge has central heating and air-conditioning.
    Below deck, the Iris has 12 spacious and comfortable guest cabins (10 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

    Barge Sarah (22 passengers/10 cabins)

    The Sarah, with her length of 45 meters and width of 6.6 meters, is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. During the conversion of the barge from cargo vessel to passenger barge, the owners of the Sarah decided to choose quality instead of quantity. The Sarah is spaciously built for a small group of passengers of max. 20-22 passengers and offers an attractive, “feels-like-to-be-at-home” atmosphere.
    The Sarah has a cozy lounge / restaurant. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals are served – weather permitting, of course.
    In front there are 10 twin cabins (2 with 1 extra bunk bed) with private bathrooms. The cabins also have central heating.

    Barge Allure (20 passengers/10 cabins)

    Former owner of the Allure, Jossie Verkerk, started cruising in 1998 with this barge after having it redesigned herself. Jossie turned it into a comfortable passenger ship and from then on, the Allure has been cruising successfully on several bike and barge vacations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since 2011 Martien van de Velde is the new owner of the Allure and under his management it is a very popular river barge for tours per boat and bike.
    The Allure has a comfy air-conditioned lounge, with a TV, sitting area and a small bar. Aboard the barge you’ll also find a large deck, whereat – if the weather allows it – the excellent meals can be served. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck. In the lounge of the Allure there is free Wi-Fi and central heating everywhere on the barge.
    There are 10 comfortable guest cabins in the front: 9 twin cabins (9 m², single beds) and 1 double cabin (9 m², double French bed). All of the cabins have a private shower, toilet and basin, central heating, a small safe and hair dryer. The windows can be opened and the corridor has air-conditioning.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Haarlem
    Bike tour: about 15 km
    14.00 h Arrival
    14.30 h The barge leaves the harbor.
    The crew will welcome you aboard the barge with coffee and tea.
    15.00 h Safety lecture
    16.00 h Test-ride from the lock of Spaarndam.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Walk through the city of Haarlem

    Day 2 (Sun): Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden
    Biking: about 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Todays trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colors; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres’ background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, narcisses and many other colorful flowers.
    In the afternoon you bike to the city of Leiden.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 3 (Mon): Leiden – Gouda
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast while sailing out of Leiden
    9.00 h Your bike tour starts just outside Leiden and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit the cheese farm where you will learn about the cheese-making process and you will have the opportunity to taste the results. In the afternoon you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese.
    Gouda has an attractive compact center with her pretty market square and Gothic town hall. The main church of Gouda, devoted to Saint John, is world famous for its stained glass windows.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 4 (Tue): Gouda – Kudelstaart
    Bike tour: about 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h We stay in Gouda this morning. You have the opportunity to do some shopping and to visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or you can visit the St. Johns church.
    12.00 h We leave by barge around noon and have a light lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn you bike through the ‘green heart’ of South Holland via river Drecht and Amstel-Drecht channel to Kudelstaart.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 5 (Wed): Kudelstaart – Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    7.00 h Early coffee
    7.15 h Today you go by bike to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest of Europe. Here huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day, after which they are distributed all over Europe.
    9.00 h After your visit you return on board for a late breakfast while the barge sails to Amsterdam. You will enjoy a nice cruise, right through the city.
    11.30 h Todays bike tour takes you from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 6 (Thu): Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h After breakfast your bike tour leads you to the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in De Rijp’s wooden facades, beautiful church, lock and town hall.
    From here, your ride continues across the Beemster Polder, an almost untouched open polder landscape. Your next stop is at the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. After that you bike to Alkmaar. The town is known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s Old Town, with its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals
    18.30 h Dinner in town at your own account

    Day 7 (Fri): Alkmaar – Amsterdam
    Bike tour: about 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h This morning you bike to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here.
    After that your bike tours leads through the unique Waterland back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans
    Bike tour: about 15 km
    13.30 h Arrival
    14.00 h The barge leaves the harbor and sails to the Zaanse Schans. The crew will welcome you aboard the barge with coffee and tea.
    15.00 h Safety lecture
    16.00 h Test ride from Zaandam to the Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating wind mills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 2 (Sun): Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h After breakfast your bike tour leads you to the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in De Rijp’s wooden facades, beautiful church, lock and town hall. From here, your ride continues across the Beemster Polder, an almost untouched open polder landscape. Your next stop is at the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. After that you bike to Alkmaar. The town is known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s Old Town, with its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 3 (Mon): Alkmaar – Haarlem
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h This morning you bike to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here. After that your bike tours leads through the dunes of the north-sea cost to Haarlem.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 4 (Tue): Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden
    Biking: about 50 km
    7.45 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Todays trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colors; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres’ background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, narcissus and many other colorful flowers. In the afternoon you bike to the city of Leiden.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 5 (Wed): Leiden – Gouda
    Bike tour: about 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast while sailing out of Leiden
    9.00 h Your bike tour starts just outside Leiden and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit the cheese farm where you will learn about the cheese-making process and you will have the opportunity to taste the results. In the afternoon you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese. Gouda’s has an attractive compact center with her pretty market square and Gothic town hall. The main church of Gouda, devoted to Saint John, is world famous for its stained glass windows.
    18.30 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Gouda

    Day 6 (Thu): Gouda – Uithoorn
    Bike tour: about 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h We stay in Gouda this morning. You have the opportunity to do some shopping and visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or you can visit the St. Johns church.
    12.00 h We leave by barge around noon and have a light lunch on board. From Alphen a/d Rijn you bike through the ‘green heart’ of South Holland via river Drecht and Amstel- Drecht channel to Uithoorn.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 7 (Fri): Uithoorn – Amsterdam
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    7.00 h Early coffee
    7.15 h Today you go by bike to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest of Europe. Here huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day, after which they are distributed all over Europe.
    9.00 h After your visit you return on board for a late breakfast.
    10.00 h Todays bike tour takes you to Amsterdam. Just outside the city the ship will wait for you for a very nice afternoon sail through the city.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the price
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 6 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide (Fleur & Iris: from 18 guests 2 guides)
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate-controlled cabins (Fleur & Iris)
    – Welcome drink
    – Entrance Keukenhof
    – Entrance Hortus Bulborum (Iris)

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80 per bike
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    On request
    – E-bike rental
    – Special diets

  • Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
    NB: On Fleur and Iris, from 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride. On the Sarah and Allure there will be 1 guide.

    Bike rental
    Iris / Fleur: 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per bike (Pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    Sarah / Allure: 8 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per bike (Pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    E-Bike rental: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

    The trip starts and ends in Amsterdam
    In Amsterdam the barge is docked in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.
    You are expected aboard the barge at approx. 14.00 hrs.
    If you will be arriving late Saturday night, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT:
    Tel Fleur: +31 (0) 622738010 / +31 (0) 631783857
    Tel Iris: +31 (0) 620245095
    Tel Sarah / Allure: +31 (0) 619531474
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Oosterdok weergeven op een grotere kaart