5 of the best nature destinations in the Netherlands

Summer’s here and our tours are finally sailing again! We’re thrilled to be escaping the cities and getting back into nature. The Netherlands may have a reputation for windmills, farms and flower fields, but it has many hidden pockets of superb natural beauty too. From dunes to forested woodlands, tidal wetlands to rolling hills covered in heath, nature in the Netherlands has a fairytale quality that is utterly transporting. Are you curious to learn about some of the most beautiful natural areas in the Netherlands? Here’s our pick! 1. Wadden…


Enchanted Germany: The most beautiful river valleys by bike and boat

Whether you’re enjoying some wanderlust planning a future trip or you’re ready to travel in Europe this season, we have some wonderful inspiration: the enchanting river valleys of Germany! Home of the fairytale, Germany is both familiar and fantastical at the same time, with so many beautiful places to discover. Whether you’re enjoying some wanderlust planning a future trip or you’re ready to travel in Europe this season, we have some wonderful inspiration: the enchanting river valleys of Germany! 1. The warm welcome Spend the day exploring verdant landscapes by…


Holidays at last: What it’s like on our first tours of the season

It’s been an exciting week for us. After months of waiting and careful preparation, our ships are sailing again. Under a bright sunny sky the 2020 season finally launched! Of course, we’re all curious to hear what it’s like on the first tours after the ‘corona break’. So we got in touch with Ilse and Francien, tour leaders on the Best of Holland Tour aboard the Magnifique, to find out. Here’s what they told us about their experiences so far: Hello you two, how are you? Ilse: Good! We’re so…


Let’s Go Green: Our sustainability journey so far

In 2019 Boat Bike Tours started a journey to become carbon-neutral by 2021. Here’s the story so far – as told by our sustainability coordinator Margriet Lakeman. At an annual meeting in October 2019, we were brainstorming how to make our tours more sustainable with tour leaders, skippers and office staff. Ideas were noted down on a big sheet of paper: Avoid food waste No disposable plastic on board Reuse cycling maps Slower sailing More suggestions were made until a skipper grumbled, “What’s the point? We did this last year.”…


Five reasons why boat bike tours are the perfect way to travel

Summer is just around the corner and the Netherlands is in full bloom. After weeks of being confined at home, we’ve just heard that restaurants, cafes and museums will reopen from June 1st, and from July 1st, campsites and hotels will also open their doors to visitors. We, too, will be hitting the waterways from June 17. For those of you who are yearning to have an adventure but care about safety, Boat Bike Tours offers a great way to travel while avoiding the crowds. Read about why our tours…


Seven Reasons You’ll get hooked on Boat Bike Tours

What is it that makes the combination of biking and sailing so addictive? Over the years, Boat Bike Tours has noticed that once people go on one trip, they usually come back for more. Some of them have even been coming annually for over a decade! So what is it that makes our tours so popular? Here are just a few of the reasons:     1. Enjoy luxury and adventure in one Often when you’re planning a holiday you have to make a choice: do you go stay at…


6 things to know about post-corona travel

Are you wondering what travel will be like after the coronavirus has settled down? We all are! The constantly changing situation means it’s hard to know what the future holds. While it’s not wise (or even possible) to travel right now, there will come a time when it’s safe to hit the road again. And that will be good. Travel is a meaningful part of modern life, it teaches us about the world and ourselves. It connects us with our beautiful planet, its people and its places. Thinking about travel…


New year, new travel luck: Our plans for 2021

At Boat Bike Tours we love to be on the road experiencing new things. Travel’s in our blood! Staying at home, drinking tea and waiting and isn’t exactly our thing. But even during this travel hiatus we’re not getting down about it – we’re already eager to make plans for the future. We know we’re not alone in feeling the travel bug itch, so we’d like to share some of our 2021 plans with you. There are exciting new journeys and a brand-new ship to look forward to, not to…


Travel after Corona: How we’re adapting our tours.

It’s the question that’s been occupying us all: What will life be like after Corona? Or in other words, how do we manage to find a new normal when travel restrictions are eased? Usually at this time of year we at Boat Bike Tours have our hands full with the start of the sailing season in April and May. But this year everything is different. However, that doesn’t mean that we’ve been idle. Instead of welcoming guests on board, we’ve been working flat out to prepare for the time when…


Virtual tours: See Europe’s best sites from your own living room

Let’s be honest: we all expected spring to go a little differently. Due to the new coronavirus and the resulting lockdowns across the world, everyone’s plans, not to mention our entire lives, have been turned upside-down. We’re now facing unprecedented circumstances – and it also applies to travel. Unprecedented situation The virus has caused aircraft to be grounded, borders to close, and entire nations to stay at home. Many spring trips have been cancelled and what will happen to summer vacations is anyone’s guess. All over the world, restaurants, tour…