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Bite-sized adventures: Discover our short tours!

Do you know the feeling when you’ve been on vacation for a few days, but it actually feels like a week or more? The days are rich with new experiences and your mind is full of fresh memories and impressions. Small is beautiful too! That’s why, with our short tours, we make it easy for you to dive into a mini adventure of just a few days. Discover all our four- or five-night short trips here: A full dose of spring From ‘A’ for Amsterdam to ‘Z’ for Zaanse Schans:…


What are your New Year’s resolutions?

2020: the year in which “negative” was the most positive word. The year in which working from home and staying at home became the new normal for many of us. We had time to reflect, to put things into perspective, and to make new plans to do things differently or better next year. Perhaps you already have a number of resolutions for 2021. What we have learned most from the past year is that we must seize opportunities when they present themselves and that we must be kind to ourselves…


Four special places where you can experience Dutch flower fields

When it comes to immersing yourself in the wonder of Dutch tulip fields, we all know of the spectacular destination of Keukenhof. With seven million bulbs on display each spring, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. But there are many other magical hidden hotspots that are often overlooked. In this blog we take a peek at four corners of the Netherlands where floral magic happens. 1. The living bulb archive Hortus Bulborum is a foundation that manages a unique collection of tulips, narcissus and hyacinths. Based in the…


The top six perks of booking your bubble

At Boat Bike Tours we make it easy for guests who want to travel in their own “private bubble”. You can charter a whole ship with a group of friends and family, and enjoy new adventures together. With us it’s not only possible to book your bubble and receive a discount, but you can also adjust a tour to suit your needs or preferences. Curious to know more? Read on to discover all about the perks of booking your own travel bubble for your next tour.     1. Uninterrupted…


Journeys of discovery with the Bay Area Senior Cyclists

With thousands of kilometres of bike trails, beautiful scenery and so many cultural sites to explore, Europe is a bikers paradise. So no wonder that many cycle groups choose to go on trips by bike and barge. They can indulge in doing what they love best with the added pleasures of sailing and discovering a new country. We interviewed Mary Maraggio, a member of Bay Area Senior Cyclists in Cape Cod, about her and her club’s experiences of cycling through Europe with Boat Bike Tours.     When did you…


How the Zuiderzee became the IJsselmeer

When we look at the ocean, it seems so mighty and powerful that we can’t possibly imagine the landscape changing. Yet, that is exactly what happened in the Netherlands when the Dutch used impressive engineering systems to convert the bay of the Zuiderzee into the IJsselmeer, a lake that is now a beloved sailing channel bordered by picturesque villages. A catastrophic flood forced the Dutch to create the enormous Afsluitdijk On the night of 13th of January in 1916, a fierce storm battered the coastline along the Zuiderzee, destroying the…


Combining learning with pleasure: exploring the cultural riches of Europe

Taking a vacation isn’t only fun, it’s also one of the best ways of learning about other cultures and histories that you may not normally be exposed to. Many charter groups choose to sail with Boat Bike Tours for just that reason: they want to give their students a unique experience that combines learning with pleasure. Last year, we had a great time hosting a group from the University of Alaska Fairbanks as we explored the rich cultural history of the Netherlands together. Here we interview Michelle Bartlett, director of…


From Bruges to Amsterdam: what an experience!

Shortly after we started offering our trips again, Els van der Drit joined one of our tours from Bruges to Amsterdam. She works in health care and had had an intense period in the first months of the corona outbreak. Els really needed a vacation, but was hesitant to travel by plane. Boat Bike Tours seemed like the perfect solution. Flying to another country? A beach vacation? I don’t feel up to it, even though I really need a holiday. Then I see an advert about Boat Bike Tours. I…


Trip with the Fluvius

We went on a week-long cycling and sailing holiday with the Fluvius from Amsterdam to Bruges with a group of four people. We heard about the trip thanks to my brother. The tour departed opposite central station in Amsterdam and arrived at a dock in Bruges which was also close to the station. It turned out to be an unforgettable week. We were looked after with great care on board, with delicious meals and well-kept bedrooms. The crew tried to please everyone and the atmosphere was very friendly! Sailing from the…


Not your normal cruise: Why our tours are perfect for the new travel era

Bigger is not always better these days, especially when it comes to travel. The ongoing impact of the coronavirus means that large-scale travel such as big cruise ships and mass tourism are out, while small-scale travel is increasingly in. Due to the virus, entire industries need to change and adopt new habits and values. It’s forcing us all to reassess how and why we travel. Here at Boat Bike Tours we feel lucky to be already embracing a different approach. For us, this means seeing the world at a slower…