Highlights of this tour

A spring break overflowing with flowers

Historical cities of Amsterdam & Haarlem

Flower market, Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans

Ship with max. 44 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 5 days

Bike and barge The Netherlands: 5-day Tulip Tour | Fluvius

The perfect mini-cruise for anyone looking to experience the very best of what spring has to offer in Holland. The excitement in the air as spring bursts into life can be felt at every stop along this tour which includes visits to “the Garden of Amsterdam”, countless museums, the renowned flower market in the city center, the UNESCO-listed canals, the historic city of Haarlem and the impressive flower park Keukenhof, near Lisse, not to mention Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum celebrating every aspect of Dutch culture from windmills to clog-making.

You’ll meander along the canals and waterways in and around Amsterdam on board a custom-built barge where you’ll experience top-class service and an itinerary that changes day-by-day. Depending which tour you book and with which barge, there’s also the option to visit the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer*.

*The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. If you’re travelling on April 10, it is not possible to visit the flower auction.

Day to day program

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam 

The tour kicks off with check-in between 1pm and 2pm where the crew will welcome you onboard before a short cruise takes you to see the windmills at Zaandam where your barge will berth for the night. After a quick test ride of your new bike you’ll be able to enjoy a walk through Zaandam’s picturesque center.

Day 2: Zaandam – “Zaanse Schans” – Zaandam  | Zaandam – Haarlem (24 km/14 mi. or 34 km/21 mi.)

Day two begins with an easy 5km bike ride to Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum featuring traditional wooden houses, an entire old Dutch village, beautiful windmills, a working cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can spend the afternoon cycling or relax on the barge as it drifts on to our end destination, Haarlem. Here the barge will be berthed right near the city centre, this giving you the option to explore Haarlem during the afternoon or evening at your leisure.

Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (38 km/23 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

The next stop on our tour, Keukenhof, is a veritable Garden of Eden, overflowing with thousands of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and countless other flowers in full bloom. We’ll spend the entire morning here before hopping on our bikes at noon to cycle to the small village of Oude Wetering where your floating hotel will welcome you for an evening of fine food and wine.

Day 4: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour (28 km/18 mi.)

It’s an early start on day four as we hop on the bus at 6:30am for one of the highlights of the tour, a visit to the world’s biggest flower auction at Aalsmeer*. The millions of flowers that are auctioned off here are instantly shipped off to all parts of the world and the bustle of this busy market is an experience in itself!

By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you while 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! Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.

*: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on the departure date April 10 a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Day 5: Amsterdam

The end of our mini-tour! We bid our passengers a fond farewell after breakfast with disembarkation taking place until 9:30am.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • On this Tulip Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 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) bike option.
  • 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 and route notes (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 12 a.m.

 


Prices & information

Included in this tour

5 days/4 nights

4 x breakfast

Packed lunches

4 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and after the bicycle tours

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

Some short walking tours

Fees for ferries

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi

Excluded in this tour

Coffee and tea on board at other hours

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees



Available ships for this tour

Ship Fluvius Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 44 passengers
22 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
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