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Holland's Tulips Premium 8-day Bike and Barge Tour

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Tulips and Dutch history Premium 8-day Bike & Barge Tour

This wonderful Bike and Barge Tour that starts and ends in Amsterdam, takes you through the provinces of South and North Holland while spring flowers are in bloom. You will spend time in the historical cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda and Alkmaar and learn about the water management of these lowlands at the North Sea. You will also visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, known by the hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulb flowers. The world-famous Aalsmeer flower auction is on the program where an astonishing volume of beautiful flowers are being traded daily and exported all over the world. One night the barge mooring is at the open-air museum ‘the Zaanse Schans’ with its windmills, cheese farm and picturesque wooden houses. You will be surprised by the beautiful, varied scenery and the wonderful cycle paths of Holland


There are 2 premium barges that take this 8 day Tulip Tour:

Ship 1: This beautiful ship has 16 lovely cabins on the lower deck, all with two very comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, mini-safe and hairdryer. The 5 suites on the upper deck also have a small sitting area and large windows. The air conditioned restaurant and lounge area are situated around the prominent bar; ideal spots to enjoy life aboard! Let’s not forget about the Jacuzzi and deckchairs on the top deck.

Ship 2: This barge has a capacity of max. 32 guests in 16 cabins. All beautifully decorated cabins are on lower deck and have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, a mini-safe and a hair-dryer. Twelve twin cabins are approx. 11 m²; four junior suites have queen size beds (two single beds set together) and are approx. 15 m². The upper deck has a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with sitting corners, air-conditioning, TV and large panoramic windows.

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 6 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 (from 18 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
  • Some short walking tours
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a helmet
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Water bottle
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance Keukenhof
  • Visit original Dutch cheese farm
  • Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve
  • Entrance flower auction Aalsmeer
  • Wi-Fi

Not included in the tour:

  • 1 dinner
  • Drinks
  • Rental bicycle or E-Bike
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees & excursions (not mentioned under included)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place in Amsterdam
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)


  • When there are less than 18 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader. During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
  • Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available onboard). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a rest you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day please bring your luggage on board from 11am.
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be applied-booking is necessary).


  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request
  • Departure Saturday only

If you would like to rent a bike (100 EUR) or e-bike (250 EUR),  please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Embarkation: Amsterdam

    Amsterdam - Spaarndam | Spaarndam – Haarlem 6km or 14km

    You are welcome to check-in between 1pm and 2pm. The crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2.30pm the barge leaves the harbour. While the barge sails to Haarlem, your tour leader will tell you about the tour, the cycling and safety. From Spaarndam you have the option to do a little test ride. After dinner on board, the tour leader will take you on a town walk through the beautiful city centre of Haarlem.

  • Day 2

    Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden 38km

    Today’s trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof Gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colours, seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres’ background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, daffodils and many other colourful flowers. In the afternoon you cycle to the city of Leiden. Dinner on board and after that you can join the walk through town.

  • Day 3

    Leiden – Gouda 32km or 40km

    Breakfast while sailing out of Leiden. Your cycling tour starts just outside Leiden and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit a cheese farm where you will learn about the cheese-making process and you will have the opportunity to taste the results. In the afternoon you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese. Gouda has an attractive compact centre with her pretty market square and Gothic town hall. The main church of Gouda, devoted to Saint John, is world-famous for its stained glass windows. After dinner you can join the walk through town.

  • Day 4

    Gouda – Alphen a/d Rijn | Alphen a/d Rijn – Kudelstaart 20km or 44km

    We stay in Gouda this morning. You have the opportunity to do some shopping and to visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or you can visit the St. Johns church. We leave by barge around noon and have a light lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn you cycle through the ‘green heart’ of South Holland via river Drecht and Amstel-Drecht channel to Kudelstaart.

  • Day 5

    Kudelstaart – Flower auction | Aalsmeer – Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans 32km or 41km

    At 6.30am you can drink an early cup of coffee. After that you cycle to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest of Europe. Here, huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day, after which they are distributed all over Europe. After your visit, you return on board (around 9am) for a late breakfast while the barge sails to Amsterdam. You will enjoy a nice cruise, right through the city.

    Today’s cycling tour takes you from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm.

  • Day 6

    Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar 29km or 40km

    This morning you cycle to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here. Your cycling tour continues to Egmond at the North sea. The tour goes through the dunes to Alkmaar. This town is known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s Old Town, with its well-preserved 17th-century buildings and narrow, winding canals. Dinner in town at your own account.

  • Day 7

    Alkmaar – Amsterdam 37km or 54km

    After breakfast, your cycling tour leads you to the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. Your next stop is the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in De Rijp’s wooden facades, beautiful church, lock and town hall. From here, your ride continues back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.

  • Day 8


    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30am

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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 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! - April 2022

Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 01 2024 Apr 08 2024 24 Single rooms 2,324€
Double rooms 1,549€
Apr 08 2024 Apr 15 2024 24 Single rooms 2,549€
Double rooms 1,699€
Apr 15 2024 Apr 22 2024 24 Single rooms 2,549€
Double rooms 1,699€
Apr 22 2024 Apr 29 2024 24 Single rooms 2,549€
Double rooms 1,699€
Apr 23 2024 Apr 30 2024 24 Single rooms 2,189€
Double rooms 1,699€
Apr 29 2024 May 06 2024 24 Single rooms 2,549€
Double rooms 1,699€

Car rental in Netherlands

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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