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Holidays on the Flora: “As relaxed as in your own living room”

Are you familiar yet with our boutique ships? On these special ships, you’re part of the family as soon as you step on board. You’ll be greeted personally by the captain and it won’t be long before you know the other passengers by name. You’ll travel in a small group of maximum 24 guests. This creates real contacts and sometimes even real friendships.   The skippers give each of our boutique ships their very own, personal character: the heart and soul on board. Together with their handpicked crew, they ensure…


More than a week on Boat Bike Tour: How it works

You know the feeling: you feel like you’ve only just checked in, but then suddenly the holiday is already over. When you’re enjoying yourself and having fun, time just flies by. This can also happen to you on our trips by bike and boat. Most of our tours last eight days and they’re over so quickly! Would you like the fun to last longer? Then read the tips here and find out how you can stretch your vacation by bike and boat; we’ll introduce you to our longer trips and…


Meet a repeat traveler on Boat Bike tours

So you’ve taken a Boat Bike Tour and you’re thinking of taking another, but you’re not sure? Meet Ene, who has just taken her seventh Boat Bike Tour! Born and raised in Estonia, but a Swedish resident, Ene took her first Boat Bike tour in 2014. She chose this company because she didn’t want a group tour, yet didn’t want to travel entirely alone. It turned out that these tours allow her to make friends over dinner, for example, but to cycle mostly alone during the day, even on the…


5 hidden gems in South Holland and nearby

When you think of a cycling/boating holiday through South Holland, you might think of Johannes Vermeer’s Delft, the cheese market in Gouda or the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. And you’d be right: we see all of that. But that’s not all. Tour leader Mariëlle Nagelkerke is happy to open up about some hidden gems our guests see during this astonishing journey. “During the route through South Holland you see a lot of the Netherlands. At the same time as being physically active, we get to see a lot of lesser-known…


Highlights of the Hanseatic League: Discover our tour leaders’ favorite tour!

Cities straight out of a picture book, exciting bike paths through forests and heathland, and boat trips through idyllic river landscapes along the historic Hanseatic route on the IJssel River: if you ask our tour leaders about the Hanseatic tour, they won’t stop raving. The multi-faceted journey through the lesser-known east of the Netherlands is their secret favorite. Why? Read on, and we’ll tell you! It doesn’t always have to be the North Sea Sure, the Dutch coast has its own special charms – but there is also life beyond…


The north of Burgundy is so beautiful by bike and boat

Can you imagine a better job? Our colleague Jossie and her companion Lenny got to travel around France by bike and boat for us. Why? To review all the intricacies of our new tour of Northern Burgundy. It all kicks off on May 23rd and, of course, we want to be sure that everything is perfect as our guests cycle through the rolling hills of Burgundy, cruise down winding river valleys, stroll through quaint French villages, sip the local wine and try other goodies. Fancy a taste? Read Jossie’s travelogue…


Our travel tips for seeing the heather in bloom in the Netherlands

In every season, nature surprises us here in Holland with its colors: in spring, a rainbow of flowers pop up everywhere. In fall, the leaves of the trees glow in orange, red and yellow. And summer has its own special color too: purple! In August and September the heather blooms in radiant violet and lends the landscape a certain magic. Do you want to witness this spectacle with your own eyes? Then read on, as our guide José has some great tips on enjoying the heather fields in bloom. Where…


8 things to consider when choosing a Boat Bike Tour

Have you been browsing our website but having trouble making a decision about which tour to take? The Boat Bike Tours website has so many tours on offer: nature-focused, city-focused, tours by sailboat, tours by motor barge, tours in a single country or several. It’s hard to choose! To help you out, here are some questions and some advice to help you make your choice: 1. What country or countries would you like to see? Since we’re based in the Netherlands, it’s not surprising that we have the most tours…


From Friesland to the Caribbean and back: Captain Eelke of the Lena Maria’s passion is living and traveling on the water

Eelke and his wife Carlijn have been the proud owners of the Lena Maria since 2020. Eelke himself, as the captain, steers the guests of Boat Bike Tours to the most beautiful places in the Netherlands. We talked to Eelke about his great passion for boats, traveling on the Lena Maria and his plans for the future. Eelke can’t really remember when his enthusiasm for ships, boats and life on the water started. “It’s actually always been that way. I spent every spare minute I could on the water,” he…


Where are the best tulip fields in Holland?

Holland is famous for its tulips. In fact, our most popular Boat and Bike Tour routes are the springtime ones that center around seeing the tulips. So where are the best tulip fields in Holland? Here are our recommendations: Keukenhof Certainly Keukenhof is the most famous place to see tulips. Claiming to contain about 7 million (!) tulips, it has grown from a castle garden to become an exhibition park: a place for bulb growers to display their wares. The grounds are carefully landscaped to show off the amazingly wide…