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Experience Dutch tulips in style
Amsterdam Round tour.
From €899 p.p.
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Highlights of this tour

Experience Holland in style: with a gorgeous spring break overflowing with flowers. This 5-day mini-cruise treats you to Dutch delights in the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to hidden botanical gems in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy unforgettable days on board a custom-built barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary. Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. It boasts many unique museums, as well as enticing shopping, and the UNESCO-listed canals in the heart of city certainly make a visit […]

Including entrance Keukenhof

Vistit mill at Zaanse Schans

Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve

Ships with 30 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 style: with a gorgeous spring break overflowing with flowers. This 5-day mini-cruise treats you to Dutch delights in the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to hidden botanical gems in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy unforgettable days on board a custom-built barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.

Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. It boasts many unique museums, as well as enticing shopping, and the UNESCO-listed canals in the heart of city certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a fine Holland 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 a traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park Keukenhof, near Lisse. Optional is a visit to the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer (closed during weekends and on public holidays).

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 our Ride with GPS app and our BBT cycling map (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 centre 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 (39 km/24 mi. or 57 km/35 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 –Nieuwe Meer (28 km/18 mi.) | Nieuwe Meer – Amsterdam

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. After a short bike ride you will join the barge for an afternoon of sailing through Amsterdam. In Amsterdam you have the opportunity 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!

*: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on some departure dates a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Day 5: Amsterdam

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

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.

The bicycles of Boat Bike Tours

Always the best rental bikes

The rental bikes on our ships are unisex bicycles with a low bar and a comfortable upright sitting position. These are stable and dependable bikes, good for miles in the saddle. Decide which kind of bike you want to rent and simply fill in your preference with your reservation. We’ll make sure you get the right bike for you. On most of our tours, the bike rental cost is not included in the tour’s price.

Every Boat Bike Tour rental bike is well equipped. The bikes consist of a lightweight aluminum frame and have highly-responsive handbrakes, at least seven speeds, an adjustable gel seat, normal flat pedals (no clips), an easy-to-use lock attached to the frame, and special puncture-resistant tires. All told, this is a light, stable and reliable bike, very suitable for touring long distances pleasantly.

Our e-bikes also have at least seven speeds and handbrakes. The motor runs on a 400Wh battery and offers three levels of power-assistance. The e-bikes include comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted for height, have a lock attached to the frame, and sport anti-puncture tires. Note that some of the ships have their own bikes on board. They may look a bit different, but qualitatively they are equal to Boat Bike Tours’s e-bikes.

Bicycle helmets
The use of bicycle helmets is not required in the Netherlands, but for safety’s sake they are suggested. If you wish to rent one, you can do so during the booking process. If you book a premium tour and rent a bike or e-bike, then the helmet and a “limit of liability for damage or loss” for your bike or e-bike is included in the rental price.

Other rental items
Other items such as children’s bikes, tandems, family tandems (child & adult), tag-along, trailers to carry toddlers and child seats are available on request.

Taking your own bike or e-bike?
The fee for parking your own bicycle is €10 per week. For an e-bike the fee is €25 to cover parking and charging the battery. For safety reasons it is not always possible to charge your e-bike batteries in your cabin. The crew will tell you where you can charge the battery on board the ship. Neither the crew nor Boat Bike tours is responsible in any way for any damage, loss or theft of a guest’s own bike or e-bike or its accessories. Note: not all the ships are suitable or have enough room for extra bikes, so make sure you check with us well ahead of travel.

Cyclists in a green landscape

Touring bikes

Our bicycles have a lightweight aluminum frame and are furnished with highly-responsive handbrakes, at least seven speeds and a gel seat whose height can be adjusted. Attached to the frame is an easy-to-use lock and the wheels carry puncture-resistant tires.

E-bikes

Our e-bikes also have highly-responsive handbrakes and a minimum of seven speeds. The motor runs on a 400Wh battery and offers three levels of power-assistance. The e-bikes include comfortable gel seats that can be adjusted for height, have a lock attached to the frame and special anti-puncture tires.

Taking your own bicycle

It is possible to take your own bike or e-bike with you, as long as it doesn’t have mirrors or other elements that stick out. There’s only limited space available on board for guests’ bikes. You can reserve a place for your bike for a small fee. Boat Bike tours is not responsible for damage to your bike or for theft.


Prices & availability

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Prices & information

On selected departures you will receive a 200 euro discount per person. Simply enter the discount code SPROLY when booking or give it to us when booking by phone. The discount is only valid for new bookings and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Pricing overview - 2024
Cabin type For March - April 5 April 6 - 25
Twin cabin 2 pers. € 899 € 1059 Premium Twin cabin (MAGII) 2 pers. Not available € 1209 Upper deck suite 2 pers. € 1299 € 1459 Single cabin (MAGIII) 1 pers. € 1159 € 1399 Twin for single use 1 pers. € 1348.50 € 1588.50
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 (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
  • Some short walking tours
  • BBT cycling map (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a helmet
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • Entrance Keukenhof
  • Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve
  • Visit mill at Zaanse Schans
  • Fees for ferries
  • Wi-Fi
  • Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit
Excluded in this tour
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
  • SGR Insolvency protection
SGR Insolvency protection (mandatory consumer contribution SGR insolvency protection guarantee scheme: € 5 per person - will be specified separately on the booking confirmation)
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.
  • Prices of other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”/tag-a-long, tandem bicycles etc. and child’s saddles (rear) are on request.
Additional options & information - 2024

2024:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: € 65 per tour (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: € 160 per tour (optional, only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: € 6.25 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: € 15.75 per tour (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Canal cruise AmsterdamTicket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 16 (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 62 reviews on
25 Apr 2023

Rebecca Hay

This was my second bike tour with this company and hope to travel with them again. The bikes were quality and easy to ride. Helmets and panniers were provided. The food was excellent and plentiful. Thanks especially for the black licorice! Guides and crew were pleasant and helpful. I really only have positive things to say and have recommended this tour to many people.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 25 Apr 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your bike tour experience with us! It's great to hear that you had a fantastic time and that you enjoyed the quality of the bikes, as well as the provided helmets and panniers. We're thrilled to hear that the food was excellent and plentiful, and that the black licorice was a highlight of your trip. We're glad to hear that the guides and crew were pleasant and helpful, and that you had a positive overall experience with the tour. Thank you for recommending this tour to others, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another unforgettable adventure in the future! Warm Regards, Romy

24 Apr 2023

Fiona Bell

The boat was beautiful, the staff so friendly and helpful. Everything was well organised, the bikes were amazing and the food was delightful.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 25 Apr 2023

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you found the boat beautiful and that the staff was friendly and helpful. We're delighted to know that everything was well-organized and that the bikes provided were amazing. It's great to hear that the food was delightful and met your expectations. Thank you for choosing this tour, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another fantastic adventure in the future! Warm Regards, Romy

23 Apr 2023

Steven

We cannot say enough about our wonderful bike boat tour that we did to see tulips, and the Netherlands. The board of self was beautiful. We appreciated that it wasn’t a large ship. We got to know other passengers on the ship easily by having meals together. The crew is fantastic. The meals were great, and it felt like an overall well run operation. I especially want to call out. Andre and Corrie were our bike tour guides. They were kind and friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable of the areas we were traveling through places we need to stop and how to keep us all on schedule. As a photographer, I especially appreciated the fact that they made a special effort to allow us to stop and take pictures from time to time of the beautiful blooming flower fields. My wife and I highly recommend bike, boat tours, and hope to do another adventure with them in the future.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 25 Apr 2023

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience on the bike boat tour in the Netherlands! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed seeing the tulips and appreciated the beauty of the boat. We're glad to know that the ship's size allowed you to easily get to know other passengers and have meals together. It's great to hear that the crew was fantastic, the meals were great, and that the operation was well-run overall. We're thrilled to hear that Andre and Corrie were exceptional bike tour guides who were kind, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the areas you were traveling through. We're delighted to know that as a photographer, you appreciated the effort they made to allow you to stop and take pictures of the beautiful blooming flower fields. We're glad to hear that you highly recommend bike boat tours and hope to do another adventure with them in the future. Thank you for choosing this tour, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another fantastic adventure soon! Warm Reagrds, Romy

21 Apr 2023

Elizabeth

This was such a well run tour! The magnifique IV was a great boat and home for the week. The crew and guides were fantastic, as was the food and service. It was an amazing stress free way to explore the area outside of amsterdam by bike with a floating hotel room.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 25 Apr 2023

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time and that the Magnifique IV was a great boat and home for the week. It's wonderful to know that the crew and guides were fantastic, and that the food and service were top-notch. Thank you for choosing this tour, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another fantastic adventure soon! Warm regards, Romy


Available ships for this tour

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Premium ship Magnifique II Belgium, Netherlands

Panoramic windows

Jacuzzi

Intimate and exclusive

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 37 passengers
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Premium ship Magnifique III Belgium, Germany, Netherlands

Spacious teakwood deck

Jacuzzi

Intimate and exclusive

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 40 passengers
21 cabins
5 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
The Magnifique IV in Amsterdam
Premium ship Magnifique IV Belgium, Netherlands

Spacious teakwood deck

Jacuzzi

Restaurant and separate lounge

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 36 passengers
18 cabins
6 tours available with this ship

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