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Tulips, windmills and the North Sea: Discover the most beautiful parts of North Holland!

This is a bike tour that you’ll never forget: visit real historical windmills, take a walk on a North Sea beach and cycle through colorful tulip fields. Today we will take you on one of the most beautiful bike routes that you can experience: our Tulip Tours. See 5 highlights of this route and discover how varied a day on a bike in North Holland can be! 1. Holland like in a picture book: Zaanse Schans It doesn’t get more Dutch than this! Windmills, a wooden shoe workshop, a cheesemaker…


What’s new at Boat Bike Tours? This is what you can expect in 2022!

This summer has shown that we can travel again. Even though there were still some restrictions, our tours could go ahead and the guests were enthusiastic. At the moment everything looks like we can pull out all the stops in our 2022 season. We’re all really looking forward to the new season! So what can you expect at Boat Bike Tours next year? In this interview, our company boss Laurens Winkel reveals our new plans! The travel program for 2022 is ready. What’s new at Boat Bike Tours? We have…


Why a Boat Bike Tour is so relaxing

The last couple of years have been a stressful time. Do you want to really relax and feel like yourself again on vacation? You’ve come to the right place! When you hear “relaxing vacation,” the first thing you might think of is a wellness resort, where you can lie around all day, get a massage and soak in healing thermal baths. But that‘s not the only way to leave the stress of everyday life behind and really rest. Our cycling and boat trips are also a real treat for body…


5 undiscovered places in Holland

Who wouldn’t want to spend a day shopping or soaking up history in the old center of Amsterdam or hip Rotterdam? The Netherlands has plenty of hotspots. But there are also lots of great places that have not yet been overrun by tourism. Especially now, in the age of corona, it’s fun to discover the hidden gems where it’s not so busy, and where you can cycle through ancient streets or savor a cappuccino with a view of the water. The great thing about a cycling and boating holiday with…


10 great places for your summer vacation in Friesland!

The province of Friesland has it all: wide landscapes, wild and romantic islands, tiny historical towns and beautiful natural areas. Especially in summer, when the meadows are in bloom and the cows are in the pastures, you can spend wonderful long days in the fresh air here. And you can enjoy what Friesland has in abundance: water! Take a boat across the IJsselmeer, spend a day at the beach on the island of Terschelling, or bicycle along the shores of the Frisian lakes. Feel that vacation feeling! We have collected…


Is it a barge or a riverboat?

These two words are sometimes used interchangeably, and it’s no wonder because a barge is a riverboat. However, not every riverboat is a barge. Confused? Let us explain: 1. Flat bottoms (No, not that bottom!)   Both barges and riverboats have a flat bottom. They’re both built for travel on inland waterways like rivers and canals, which aren’t deep and don’t have waves like the ocean. 2. Narrow build   It doesn’t come as a surprise that both barges and riverboats are long and narrow. Riverboats, in general, are longer…


How to find the right ship for your group trip!

Would you like to book an entire ship and experience a unique travel adventure with your own group? We at Boat Bike Tours will work with you to put together a tour that meets your expectations to a T. And that includes choosing the right accommodation for your travel group! Which floating hotel would you most like to stay in? On a stately sailing ship with classic furnishings and a surprising amount of comfort? On a family riverboat, on which you feel as at home as in your own living…


6 beautiful fortresses on the Dutch Water Defense Line

Historically, the Netherlands used a waterlinie, a series of “water lines” many miles long, as an ingenious means of defense, made up of waterworks and fortresses. It’s not surprising in a country that is so focused on keeping the sea at bay and regulating its water that the water itself would be used for defense: strips of land could be flooded during an attack to keep the enemy out. Today, the Netherlands still has more than a hundred fortresses along water lines. Many have become nature reserves, or there is…


5 types of water management in the Netherlands

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Dutch are water management experts! Anyone who cycles and sails through the Dutch landscape will see structures everywhere that ensure that our feet stay dry. More than half of the Netherlands is below sea level, after all, so locks, pumping stations and dikes are badly needed. For centuries, water even played a role in defense. Those who don’t have an eye for all that skilled engineering and history can just pass it by. But that’s the nice thing about a cycling and…


“Water management is our character”: An interview with Tour Leader Thomas Wuts

Especially on bicycles and boats it is easy to see what the Netherlands is doing about water management. You will pass dikes, weirs, locks and pumping stations. Tour leader Thomas Wuts explains what he finds so special about water management and which stories he likes to share with his guests. What do you find so fascinating about water management? “It is in part what makes the Netherlands unique and shapes our character. Water management is so wrapped up in who we are and how we live. Fascinating! I actually only…