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5 beautiful landscapes in North Holland

North Holland is known for its beautiful monumental cities: places like Amsterdam, Haarlem, Alkmaar and Hoorn. But the province also has plenty of nature reserves, where you can see wild horses grazing and hear birds chirping. It’s perfect for cyclists! If you like biking on flat terrain, you can cycle through the meadows, but there are hilly places too. For example, cycle through the dunes near Alkmaar or the forests on the Wadden Island of Texel. The cycling and boating tours “North Holland landscapes and seascapes” and ‘‘Northern Tour of…


Slow travel – that’s what we do!

The concept of slow travel is a trend nowadays: everyone is talking about it like it’s something new, but it’s not! We’ve been doing it all along! See all our tours What is slow travel? Slow travel includes a number of elements that are good for travelers, good for the earth, and good for the people who live where you are traveling: 1. Traveling slowly This is the most obvious of slow travel’s definitions: you travel more slowly. Rather than speeding from one sight to another in the style of…


8 things that make Hvar in Croatia special

First things first: Hvar is a small island off the southern coast of Croatia in the Adriatic Sea, straight south from the ancient city of Split. You may never have heard of it before, but it’s a very special place, and very much worth visiting! According to Conde Nast magazine, Hvar is one of the best islands in Europe for 2023. Here’s why: See our tours in Croatia 1. The glamour of Hvar town Hvar’s capital is a Mediterranean hotspot for celebrities and the just plain wealthy of Europe, who…


Sailing in the Aeolian Islands near Sicily

Volcanoes, beaches and pasta Delicious Italian food, beautiful nature areas and wide sandy beaches: just north of Sicily lie the volcanic Aeolian islands, each of them charmingly unique. They owe their name to Aiolos, the Greek god of the wind. Sabine Boerema spent a week with Boat Bike Tours on board the Sundial, a wooden sailing ship built in Turkey using ancient shipbuilding techniques. She visited no fewer than five islands: the spa island of Vulcano; hip Panarea; green Salina; historic Lipari; and Stromboli, with its active volcano, also known…


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…


Exploring the Wadden Sea: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Have you ever heard of the Wadden Sea? It’s the shallow body of water along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unparalleled ecological and cultural significance. So why is the Wadden Sea a UNESCO site? And what does that mean for conservation and exploration?


Bernadet’s enjoyable adventure from Paris to Montargis

As logistics manager at Boat Bike Tours, Bernadet works primarily behind the scenes. She ensures that everything runs smoothly on our trips. For example, she makes sure that the berths in the ports are reserved, that the right bicycles are on board and that the tour leaders are scheduled. That's why it was a very special experience for her to take one of our tours. Bernadet is a real Francophile, so she decided to take the Paris to Montargis tour. This tour takes you along the Seine through the beautiful rural surroundings of the French capital. Bernadet came back from the trip full of impressions she’d like to share with you. Curious what it was like? Read on!


Michael’s travel report: Sail & Bike Wadden Sea

A week on a boating and cycling tour is a week full of impressions. Nevertheless, it’s never overwhelming because of the pace; traveling by ship and bike gives you time, both on and off the boat, to immerse yourself in the experience. If you’re curious what a Boat Bike Tour is like each day, this report will give you a clear idea. The author, Michael, traveled solo on the Sail & Bike tour. Why did he like this trip so much? Find out in this blog! Or check out our…


Pedal and Cruise Southern Holland: 12 of the Most Picturesque Routes

Looking for a new way to see Holland? It doesn’t get much better than a boat and bike tour—the views are fabulous on land and on water. There’s nothing like exploring the Green Heart of Holland on a bike or capturing the perfect shot the medieval spires of Haarlem as you sail along the river. Don’t believe us? Check out some of the sights and experiences that await you on a tour of southern Holland.   1. Marvel at the magnificent castles along the River Vecht The River Vecht traces…


6 of the best nature destinations in the Netherlands

The Netherlands may have a reputation for windmills, farms and flower fields, but it has many hidden pockets of superb natural beauty too. From dunes to forested woodlands, tidal wetlands to rolling hills covered in heath, nature in the Netherlands has a fairytale quality that is utterly transporting. Are you curious to learn about some of the most beautiful natural areas in the Netherlands? Here’s our pick! Our Tours in the Netherlands 1. Wadden Sea Maybe one of the best-kept secrets in the Netherlands, the Wadden Sea is the largest…