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A look behind the scenes: Azor bikes

When we talk about boating and biking vacations, we usually talk about the ship: its size, what type it is, and what facilities it offers. But at least as important are the bikes, because the fact is you spend a lot of your time on a bike during your tour. Most of Boat Bike Tour’s bicycles are from the Dutch brand Azor, based in the eastern town of Hoogeveen. Director Jan Rijkeboer was happy to tell us about this business that he founded 25 years ago. Our bikes The bicycle…


Blogger Jessica discovers the good life in Burgundy, France

You can both literally and figuratively taste the good life in France during a cycling and sailing vacation through Burgundy. Blogger Jessica de Korte sailed with us on the ship Fleur for a week. She cycled from medieval Moret-sur-Loing to the wine town of Auxerre, with the most beautiful encounters along the way. Take, for example, visiting a cider maker, a music-making pub owner and a wine producer, not to mention her fellow-passengers. A swan perches on the water. Frogs croak. Slowly we sail on the Yonne, a tributary of…


Discover the 5 most beautiful mills in the Netherlands

They are an integral part of the typical Dutch landscape: the historic windmills. Along with cheese, tulips and clogs, they are among the most famous symbols of Holland. There are still over 1,000 of them across the country, so it’s quite likely that you’ll come across one of these impressive structures on your bike rides through the flat countryside. In this post we’ll tell you where to find the most beautiful windmills in the Netherlands. Join us on a tour of discovery! Why is it so interesting to visit a…


5 tips for a wonderful time by the water in Friesland

Friesland is located in the very north of the Netherlands, and this province is not only famous for its many natural areas and beautiful little towns, but above all for its abundance of water. The Wadden Sea, the Ijsselmeer, large lakes and small ponds, wide canals and narrow, winding rivers: in Friesland there is at least as much water as there is land! Perfect for a relaxed holiday by bike and boat! On our voyage of discovery through Friesland you will experience unforgettable moments of pleasure on the waters of…


5 places for your Dutch bucket list

Have you ever thought about building up a bucket list for your trip through the Netherlands? Or even better – do you already have one? Well, if so, maybe you can still spice it up. Here are 5 must-visit places for your trip through the Netherlands. Endless expanses, picture-perfect villages and huge metropolises – You can see all of these very different but terrific spots in the Netherlands. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a pad and a pen and get your bucket list started. Or check out our…


The perfect day on the Dutch coast: 5 highlights of a bike tour through the dunes

One minute you’re cycling through rolling dunes, the next through vast agricultural fields and (if you’re lucky) through colorful flower fields. And all of this only a few miles away from Amsterdam! The province of North Holland is surprising and multifaceted. If you’re on vacation here, you should definitely take a bike ride through the dunes. The North Holland Dune Reserve is one of the largest and most exciting nature reserves in the Netherlands. Let us take you on an unforgettable trip on the North Holland coast! Or check out…


The 5 most beautiful Hanseatic cities in the Netherlands

Have you ever heard of the Hanseatic League? It was a German trading association in the Middle Ages whose goal was to promote trade: a medieval version of the European Union, but with as many as 150 member cities! While Amsterdam and Rotterdam were still small, insignificant villages, trade and culture flourished in the Hanseatic cities in the east of the Netherlands. The prosperity that trade brought allowed them to build magnificent merchant houses, richly-decorated trading offices and imposing city walls. Painters, master builders, poets and philosophers settled in these…


5 reasons why the Netherlands is the best destination for your group travel

You’ve finally made time for your friends, your family or your hobby. And for being on the road together and discovering new places: traveling with your own group is always a special experience. You’ll carry fond memories of the experience: enjoying and sharing your most beautiful photos and savoring your best stories from your trip together. Because we at Boat Bike Tours know how important it is to spend time with your loved ones, we can make it possible for you to book an entire ship with us for your…


Kit Parks, of Active Travel Adventures, interviewed Charlotte for her podcast

On a recent Active Travel Adventures podcast, host Kit Parks interviewed Charlotte, who is 70 years old and has taken eleven Boat Bike Tours so far! In the interview, they mostly talked about the Southern Holland route, which Charlotte took this past September. As they talked, though, Charlotte dropped lots of great advice into the conversation that would apply to any of the routes. Here’s just a selection of her tips:   Impressions of Boat Bike Tours Charlotte had a lot of positive things to say about Boat Bike Tours.…


Kit Parks, of Active Travel Adventures, interviewed Jim for her podcast

One of the things we’re most proud of here at Boat Bike Tours is the number of repeat guests we have. Jim, 76, has enjoyed six of them! “You never know what’s around that next turn,” he says, as he describes his latest experience on the Historic Hanseatic Cities tour – Hansa tour, for short. “We’re biking through woody areas, hilly areas, parts of the Netherlands none of us knew existed. It was a real surprise!” Kit Parks, of Active Travel Adventures, interviewed Jim for her podcast and wrote about…