Tulip Boat Bike Tour
Apr 28 to May 2
Day 1 —
Amsterdam to Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you onboard, will take place at 2 p.m. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival, you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.
Day 2 —
Zaandam – “Zaanse Schans” – Zaandam | Zaandam – Haarlem
After breakfast, you will enjoy a 3-mi bicycle ride to the open-air museum “Zaanse Schans” with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (14 mi) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Bavo church. Your barge will be berthed not far from the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.
Day 3 —
Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering
Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit, you will get back on your bicycle and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.
Day 4 —
Oude Wetering – Amsterdam
This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world. By 9 a.m. you will return to your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you. You will join the barge sailing through Amsterdam During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do!
Day 5 —
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
Experience Holland in style: with a gorgeous spring break overflowing with flowers. This 5-day
mini-cruise treats you to Dutch delights in the most beautiful season of the year and will take you
to hidden botanical gems in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy unforgettable days onboard a
custom-built barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.
Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. It boasts many unique
museums, as well as enticing shopping, and the UNESCO-listed canals in the heart of the city
certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a fine Holland highlight. Visit the famous flower market in the
center of the capital and discover the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, including windmills, a
traditional cheesemaker, a clog maker, and a traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip
are the historic city of Haarlem, the world-famous flower park Keukenhof, near Lisse. Optional is a
visit to the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer.
5 days/4 nights
4 three-course dinners
Coffee and tea on board
Use of bed linen and towels
Daily cleaning of the cabin
Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
- Some short walking tours
Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
Use of a helmet
Use of a waterproof pannier bag
Entrance to Keukenhof
Entrance to North-Holland Dune Reserve
Visit to the mill at Zaanse Schans
Fees for ferries
The bicycles on board are unisex city bikes with a low entry and a riding position that is upright and comfortable. The bike is handmade in the Netherlands by Azor, specially designed by Boat Bike Tours.
The bike consists of a lightweight aluminum frame and is equipped with responsive roller brakes (handbrake), a Shimano 7 speed nexus drive, Selle-Royal gel saddle (adjustable), an easy to use lock (fixed on frame), and the Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tire. This all results in a lightweight, stable, and reliable bike that's good for many miles on the saddle.