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Holland's Tulips 5-day Bike & Barge Tour (MG4)
Some people call Amsterdam the smallest metropolis of Europe. The canals in the heart of Amsterdam, that were recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, are certainly one of the many highlights of this tour.There are of course many unique museums and plenty of places to shop but this 5 day mini-cruise is a gorgeous, short spring break primarily dominated by flowers. The tour plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to many stunning locations such as "The Garden of Amsterdam". You may like to visit the famous flower market in the centre of the city and while you are there discover the "Zaanse Schans" open air museum. See windmills, watch a traditional cheese maker and clog maker and view an authentic, traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this tour include visits to the historic city of Haarlem and Keukenhof near Lisse - a world famous flower park. The tour will also visit Aalsmeer that hosts the largest flower auction in the world. Enjoy some unforgettable days onboard a passenger barge that offers an excellent service and an alternating itinerary.
If you would like to rent a bike (65 EUR) e-bike (130 EUR) , please contact our office when you make a booking: [email protected]
(2023 bike prices 70 EUR or e-bike 135 EUR)
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 Bike & Barge Tours in Europe
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 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.
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 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 (25km/16 mi. and/or 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 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 March 25, April 2 and April 15 tours 2020, a visit to the flower auction is not possible.
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
I really enjoyed our Tour of the Netherlands. I loved biking every day. The pace was just right and we were allowed enough time to stop and look around. The food on the ship was excellent. Our cabin on the ship was excellent too. It was great to meet other tourists on the ship and have someone to share meals with. I highly recommend this type of vacation - April 2022
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Mar 30 2023||Apr 03 2023||40||Single rooms||1,229€|
|Apr 03 2023||Apr 07 2023||40||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Apr 07 2023||Apr 11 2023||40||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Apr 11 2023||Apr 15 2023||40||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Apr 15 2023||Apr 19 2023||40||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Apr 19 2023||Apr 23 2023||40||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Apr 23 2023||Apr 27 2023||40||Single rooms||1,379€|
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