Netherlands

5-day Tulip Tour

Lots of flowers and historic highlights
Amsterdam Round tour.
From €739 p.p.
Cyclists in front of windmill Town of Haarlem with a canal, boats and houses in the picture

Highlights of this tour

Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break dominated by flowers. This 5-day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy some unforgettable days on board of a passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary. Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. There are many unique museums, enticing shopping and, recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, the canals in the heart […]

A spring break overflowing with flowers

Historical cities of Amsterdam & Haarlem

Flower market, Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans

Ships with 22 to max. 40 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
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5 days

About this tour

Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break dominated by flowers. This 5-day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy some unforgettable days on board of a passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.

Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. There are many unique museums, enticing shopping and, recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, the canals in the heart of Amsterdam certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight. Visit the famous flower market in the center of the capital and discover the Zaanse Schans open air museum including windmills, a traditional cheese maker, a clog maker and an authentic traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park Keukenhof, near Lisse and the largest flower auction* in the world in Aalsmeer.

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

Fully Guided
Accompanied by a competent, professional and multilingual tour leader, you and the group will visit interesting sights and places on the daily cycling tours. During the bike tour, they will explain the local history and culture behind the things you encounter along the way. You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board).

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Day to day program

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam 

Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you on board, takes place at 2 p.m. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam | Zaandam – Haarlem (24 km/14 mi. or 34 km/21 mi.)

After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Bavo church. Your barge will be berthed not far from the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (38 km/23 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit you will get back on your bicycle and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour (28 km/18 mi.)

This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction* in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world. By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge  where a late breakfast will be waiting for you while sailing through Amsterdam. During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do! Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.

*: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit.

Day 5: Amsterdam

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.: End of your trip.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • Detailed cycling maps, route tips and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Prices & availability

To view the availability of this tour and/or book online please click on the button below. A new screen will open.

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2023
Cabin type For all dates
Small twin cabin below deck (Fluvius) 2 pers. € 739 Twin cabin below deck 2 pers. € 769 Twin cabin below deck for single use 1 pers. € 1133.50 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 889 Upper deck double cabin 2 pers. € 1009
Included in this tour
  • 5 days/4 nights
  • 4 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 4 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours
  • Some short walking tours
  • Fees for ferries
  • Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • Wi-Fi
  • Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit
Excluded in this tour
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Helmet rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Bicycles/E-Bikes
  • The bicycles on board is a unisex city bike with a low-entry and a riding position that is upright and comfortable. The bike is handmade in the Netherlands by Azor, specially designed by Boat Bike Tours. The bike consists of a lightweight aluminum frame and is equipped with responsive roller brakes (handbrake), a Shimano 7 speed nexus drive, Selle-Royal gel saddle (adjustable), an easy to use lock (fixed on frame) and the Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyre. This all results in a lightweight, stable and reliable bike, good for many miles on the saddle.
  • The E-bike is an Azor Steps with Nexus 7 gears and hand brakes. The crank Shimano motor (400 WH) offers 4 support levels, The E-bikes have a comfortable gel saddle and a lock on the frame (or a comparable brand/model).
  • Bicycle rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles/e-bikes (limited number of parking places available). Guests can book a parking place for a normal bicycle or a parking and charge station for an e-bike for a small additional fee. For safety reasons it is no longer possible to charge the batteries of your own e-bikes in the cabin. The crew will inform you where on deck/ on board you can recharge your battery. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles or e-bikes.
  • Other bikes (e.g. bikes with back pedal brake, children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, etc.) and child saddles (rear) on these tours are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and in very limited numbers.
Additional options & information - 2023

2023:

  • Rental bicycle: € 60 per tour (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike: € 110 per tour (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle € 10/tour (only bookable in advance)
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike € 25/tour (only bookable in advance)
  • Please click on this link for more information
  • Parking own bicycle: € 7 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: € 17 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Please click on this link for more information about the rental and own bicycles/E-bikes
  • Helmets: In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. A helmet can be rented for € 10 per tour, only on prior reservation and payment.
  • Canal cruise AmsterdamTicket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 15 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 19). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.


Reviews

based on 11 reviews on

We had a wonderful time on this trip. The staff is very friendly, helpful and courteous. The two tour guides are so nice, they made us feel like we have known them for a long time. The food was delicious and the boat was very comfortable.

customer

My husband and I loved the Tulip Tour Bike and Barge trip. The barge was beautiful, clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the wonderful meals, and we looked forward to the chef’s announcement each evening of the dinner we were about to be served! The two leaders, Andre and Arie, were outstanding! Each day was well organized, with the perfect combination of biking and sightseeing. The biking routes were scenic, with rest stops along the way at quaint cafes and villages. Safety was paramount, and I appreciated that the longer bike route was not offered when the weather turned rainy and windy. A daily briefing was held each night after dinner, and the following day’s activities were explained so there were no surprises. The rental bikes were in good working order and very comfortable for a day of riding. My husband and I were celebrating our 40th anniversary, and what a special way to celebrate! Thank you for a trip we will always remember!

Nancy Lucow

Sadly, whilst we enjoyed much of this tour there were several issues that need to be addressed. On the positive side the restaurant staff were exceptional and the food served each night was very good indeed. The boat Fluvius was very comfortable too, so no complaints there. However the timetable we were given was not adherred to. We were not allowed to board day one at the time advised and had to wait an hour or more before doing so. Also we departed from Amsterdam too late to arrive at Zaandam to explore by bike. Team leaders took off at times leaving some behind to catch up, and were not particularly understanding of the guests needs to appreciate aspects of the ride. It has to be stated that the boat’s captain liked a “tipple” every night, and considered to be excessive for a person in charge of moving the vessel on the next day! It was pointed out by the tour leaders to the group on many occassions that this was the first tour this season and mistakes have been made, but improvements would be made in future! HOWEVER, this is unacceptable. Every aspect of the tour should have been handled in a professional accomplished manner!!

Geoffrey Rodwell

Cycling along murky canals, through fields of tulip colour blocks and backstreets of elegant towns and timeless villages – Boat Bike Tours is just a wonderful way to experience a fascinating country. Well done and thank you to the great team that you are. I look forward to the next trip I can take with you!

Fiona


Available ships for this tour

Cycling cruise ship Fluvius Belgium, Netherlands

Deck chairs

Panoramic windows

TV in cabins

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 44 passengers
22 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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