A travel report from our Sail & Bike Tuliptour

Tamara Veenendaal is one of our most experienced tour leaders. For seven years she’s been leading boat bike trips with us. But that doesn’t mean she’s seen it all. Far from it. This year she stepped aboard one of our sailing ships for the first time. Here she shares what she learned from the Sail & Bike Tulip Tour, and why she liked it so much. Hello, Tamara! You already have lots of experience with cycling and boat tours, but this was your first trip on a sailing ship. How…


5 things you need to know about the IJsselmeer

Besides being the biggest lake in the Netherlands, the IJsselmeer (IJssel Lake) boasts some other remarkable facts thanks to its dramatic transformations through time: from when it was the stormy Zuiderzee to its modern identity as a freshwater lake. Here are five fascinating things about the IJsselmeer, truly one of the Netherlands’ most incredible combinations of nature and engineering: 1. The IJsselmeer was a lake, then the sea, then a lake again In ancient Roman times, a body of water quite separate from the sea, known as Lacus Flevo, was…


More please! Plan your 2020 vacation with one of our new tours

It’s glorious summer and whether you’re basking in sunshine or already at your desk again, the prospect of going back to the usual routine is never very appealing. But there’s a bright side. One of the few consolations of returning home from a vacation is… looking forward to the next one! That’s why this summer we’re already busy with one of our favorite activities: travel planning! Our tours have become so popular that they’re being booked a year in advance. To keep up with demand, we’re introducing a bunch of…


The pros and cons of e-bikes: Find out your bike type!

To e-bike or not to e-bike? That is the question! Some people turn their noses up at the idea, while others are crazy about it: with e-bikes, opinions are divided. In this blog we look at the pros and cons of motorized bicycles, and ask the fundamental question: are e-bikes really just for lazy people? How an e-bike works First of all, the defining feature of an e-bike, also known as a “pedelec”, is the small, battery-powered electric motor that makes pedaling easier. An electric bicycle does not ride by…


What should I bring on a cycling vacation? A handy equipment checklist

At Boat Bike Tours we offer full-service boat and bike tours in 14 countries across Europe. Our multi-day tours are fully-catered-for in every way, from gourmet meals to cycling equipment. European cycling vacations offer the curious traveler an inexhaustible wealth of experiences and adventures, but the huge range of possibilities can be overwhelming: what equipment do you need to bring for day trips, bike-packing, bike touring, or even a boat and bike tour? Seven things you need for bike touring Luckily, at Bike Boat Tours we have more than 40…


Meet the Chef: Bas on the Magnifique II

First course was the most divine zucchini soup I’ve ever tasted; second was perfectly seared salmon and fennel with a mustard cream sauce; and dessert was homemade chocolate cake garnished with strawberries and a passionfruit coulis. After our first delicious dinner, I found a new appreciation for one of the most important ingredients on a cycling cruise: the chef! The next day I sought out Bas van Os, chef aboard the Magnifique II on our Tulip Premium Tour, to learn a bit about his background, how he plans the menu,…


Divine delights: Why discovering the landscapes of France is a great idea

Do you ever have an insatiable yearning to be in a particular country? For many of us Francophiles around the world, that country is la belle France. Why, I hear you ask? Maybe it’s because of the warm summer evenings with their aroma of lavender and pine trees. Or perhaps it’s the incomparably beautiful landscapes, the atmospheric historical cities, or the good wine… Or maybe it’s just the dangerously good pastry shops that keep calling us back. There are so many great reasons for a holiday in France that it’s…


From freighter to luxury passenger ship: The Magnifique IV’s magical makeover

The activities in the shipyard certainly don’t look like a vacation: a massive boat hull is being busily welded, drilled and painted. The shipbuilders are hard at work. But next year, thanks to their efforts, you’ll be able to relax on the sun deck, enjoying a coffee as you watch the passing countryside. We’re in the Frisian town of Franeker where the Magnifique IV, the fourth ship in our popular Magnifique fleet, is being built. But there’s still plenty to do before we can welcome the first guests on board.…


Behind the scenes with Jossie on the Sail & Bike Tulip Tour

When Jossie imagines a map of Europe, she doesn’t think in terms of roads, she sees waterways instead. Jossie is a sailor with all her heart and soul. For more than 20 years she navigated Europe’s rivers, large and small, for tour operators. More recently, however, she swapped the steering wheel for the desk chair: Jossie is now responsible for developing our new boat bike tours. From time to time, you can still find her back on the water, as Jossie joins our cycling cruises to learn how guests experience…


Waterland in spring: 5 great reasons to cycle through Amsterdam’s green hinterland

Tulips, more sunshine than at any other time of year, and many exciting events: a spring trip to Amsterdam is simply the best. So it’s no wonder that the canal metropolis gets particularly crowded. But what if you need a breather from the hustle and bustle of the big city? One of our favorite quick escapes is to go cycling through the Waterland nature reserve north of Amsterdam. Let yourself be surprised by the city’s idyllic hinterland; where green meadows, cows and farms are so much closer than you think.…