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Holland's Tulips 5-day Bike & Barge Tour (FV)
Conventional wisdom has it that Spring is the prettiest season of the year, with the blossom on the trees, the green green grass and the countless bulbs in full bloom. In springtime, we offer five-day tulip tours through the flowering walhalla of Holland. In 2017, we can welcome you on board another comfortable barge.
Your tour starts in Amsterdam. You cycle from the Twiske nature reserve to Zaandam, where you can marvel at an astonishing array of windmills, wooden houses, museums and stores of yesteryear, all in their original timber construction. Once aboard our barge we proceed to the picturesque village of Spaarndam. From there, you cycle on to Haarlem. This city is full of courtyards and monumental buildings. On many occasions, Haarlem has been acclaimed as the best place to shop in The Netherlands.
On Day 3, a visit to the world’s largest flower gardens of Keukenhof in Lisse is on the agenda. You will be amazed at the millions of flowering bulbous plants, such as tulips, hyacinths and crocuses. At the end of the day, we pull in for the night along the banks of the Westeinder Plassen (lake). Early on the morning of Day 4, visit the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer (not available on weekends). From there, the barge returns to Amsterdam. You can either climb aboard, or get back on the bike and cycle to the capital.
In the afternoon, visit the museums, the stores or – if you want to wonder at even more spectacular floral displays – check out the well-known flower market. Your tour ends on Day 5 after breakfast. (** the auction is closed in the weekends and on holidays, therefore we offer you a free ticket for the canal tour in Amsterdam instead).
Twin cabin upper deck at 749 EUR p.p. or double upper deck 899 EUR p.p. Book at our office: [email protected]
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when you make a booking: [email protected]
Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €55
Rental E-Bike: €105 (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)
Vegetarian meals are possible at no surcharge. Other diets (like gluten free or for lactose intolerance) are possible at a surcharge of €35. All diets and vegetarian meals must be booked and confirmed well in advance.
Slow tours offers a number of other Tulip Tours in Holland
Tour Details Holland: Tulip Tour
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.
Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (approx. 17 km/10 mi.) | Zaandam – Haarlem
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.
Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (approx. 40 km/ 25 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 at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.
Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour (approx. 27-35km/16-22 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 onto your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle. During the afternoon you will join the barge sailing through Amsterdam. Later in the afternoon there is time 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 the April 10 tour 2020, a visit to the flower auction is not possible.
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.: End of your trip.
Really can’t begin to say how much we enjoyed this bike and boat tour - it totally surpassed our expectations, and we knew when we booked it would be an amazing trip. Right from the minute we stepped on board, the crew looked after everything for us. They were very professional, but friendly and fun also. Vases of tulips greeted us in the dining room and salon area - nice touch!! The meals were incredible - never expected an Italian chef, that was a huge bonus!! Our cabins were a good size and had lots of storage, and were tidied up daily for us. The bikes were light weight and set up for us - great for the cycling we did. Our cycling tour guides really made the trip for us - they were fun, caring, so informative about the area and went out of their way to do little extras for us. Such amazing ambassadors for you!!! We have been talking nonstop about our trip since we got back - and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a country up close and personal!! Robert, 28 April 2019
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Apr 06 2020||Apr 10 2020||20||Single rooms||944€|
|Apr 10 2020||Apr 14 2020||20||Single rooms||944€|
|Apr 14 2020||Apr 18 2020||20||Single rooms||944€|
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