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Holland: Tulip Tour, Amsterdam – Amsterdam

Duration: 7 days
Price: from € 979
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 cycling paths of Holland.

    Itinerary : Amsterdam – Haarlem – Leiden – Gouda – Kudelstaart – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar – Amsterdam

    NB: On Fleur, with 18 guest or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option.

    On Sarah and Allure the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by one tour leader.


  • TOUR DATES 2019 – FLEUR: Departures on April 6, 13, 20 and 27

    Cabin type Max passengers Price
    Single (on request)
    € 1129
    € 1693

    TOUR DATES 2019 – Sarah: Departures on April 6 and 13, May 4
    TOUR DATES 2019 – Allure: Departures on April 6 and 13

    Cabin type Max passengers Price
    Single (on request)
    € 979
    € 1468

    Check availability here and book

  • 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 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, airconditioned 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. The corridor is airconditioned. In each cabin you will find a hairdryer.

    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 – Spaarndam | Spaarndam – Haarlem (6 km/3 mi. or 14 km/8 mi.)
    You are welcome to check in between 1 PM and 2 PM. The crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2.30 PM  the barge leaves the harbor. While the barge sails to Haarlem, your tour leader will tell you about the tour, the cycling and safety. From Spaarndam you have the option to do a little test ride. After dinner on board, the tour leader will take you on a town walk through the beautiful city centre of Haarlem.

    Day 2 (Sun): Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden (38 km/23 mi.)
    Today’s 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, daffodils and many other colorful flowers. In the afternoon you cycle to the city of Leiden. Dinner on board and after that you can join the walk through town.

    Day 3 (Mon): Leiden – Zoeterwoude | Zoeterwoude – Gouda (31 km/19 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)
    Breakfast while sailing out of Leiden. Your cycling tour starts just outside Leiden and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit a 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 centre 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. After dinner you can join the walk through town.

    Day 4 (Tue): Gouda – Alphen a/d Rijn | Alphen a/d Rijn – Kudelstaart (27 km/16 mi. or 44 km/27 mi.)
    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. We leave by barge around noon and have a light lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn you cycle through the ‘green heart’ of South Holland via river Drecht and Amstel-Drecht channel to Kudelstaart.

    Day 5 (Wed): Kudelstaart – Flower auction | Aalsmeer – Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans (32 km/19 mi. or 41 km/25 mi.)
    At 6.30 a.m. you can drink an early cup of coffee. After that you cycle 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. After your visit you return on board (around 9 a.m.) for a late breakfast while the barge sails to Amsterdam. You will enjoy a nice cruise, right through the city.
    Today’s cycling 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.Bike

    Day 6 (Thu): Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (29 km/18 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)
    This morning you cycle 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. Your cycling tour continues to Egmond at the Northsea. The tour goes through the dunes to Alkmaar. This 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. Dinner in town at your own account.

    Day 7 (Fri): Alkmaar – Amsterdam (37 km/22 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)
    After breakfast your cycling tour leads you to the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. Your next stop is 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 back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.

    Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

    Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – Packed lunches
    – 6 x 3-course dinner
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Welcome drink
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate-controlled cabin (only Fleur)
    – Daily briefings
    – Fully guided cycling tours (Fleur: from 18 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
    – Some short walking tours
    – Maps (1 per cabin)
    – GPS tracks
    – Use of a helmet
    – Use of a waterproof pannier bag
    – Water bottle
    – Fees for ferries
    – Entrance Keukenhof
    – Visit original Dutch cheese farm
    – Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve
    – Entrance flower auction Aalsmeer
    – Wi-Fi

    Not included
    1 x dinner (Alkmaar)
    – Drinks
    – Bike rental or E-bike rental
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Entrance fees and excursions excursions (not mentioned under included)
    – Transfers to / from the docking place
    – Parking fees

    Bike rental: € 85 per week
    E-bike rental: € 175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Gluten free or lactose free diet: € 50 per week. only on prior reservation and payment

    Canal cruise Amsterdam:
    Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam
    – special price for our guests: € 12,50 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
    Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.

  • Good to know
    Fleur: With 18 guest or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group. When there are less than 18 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
    Sarah and Allure: The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders
    During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.

    You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.

    In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

    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.

    Type of bike
    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Gudereit with 11 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: There are only 2 E-bikes of the brand Gudereit with 8 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.

    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: There are only 4 E-bikes of the brand Stella Arturo with 3 support levels and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: Of the brand Batavus Mont Blanc with handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    N.B. E-bikes are only on request, limited number available, early booking 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 2 p.m.
    If you will be arriving late Saturday night, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’.
    Tour operator is:
    For the Fleur: Fleur BV in Monnickendam (NL).
    For the Allure and Sarah: Allure Active Leisure in Burgerveen (NL).

    Tel Fleur: +31 (0) 622738010 / +31 (0) 631783857
    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