Who knew?! 10 fun facts about the Netherlands

Do you think you know the Netherlands? Take care… we believe that we can still surprise you with some amazing facts about this unique low-lying country. Even if the Netherlands isn’t very big, it’s still home to some amazing world records, inventions and curiosities. How many of these facts are you familiar with? 1. There are over 1,000 historic windmills To this day, windmills are an integral part of the Dutch landscape. The winged giants first appeared in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and by the 19th century their…


5 surprise highlights from the Hansa tour

Margriet has been with the Boat Bike Tours team for years. Originally in marketing, she’s currently helping make the company more sustainable. And when it comes to boat bike tours you could say that she’s an old hand. Nevertheless, there are always a few new discoveries awaiting her when she joins one of our tours. She recently took our Hansa Highlights tour and was pleasantly surprised more than once by a lot of unexpected aspects of the trip. The tour wound its way over eight days through picturesque Dutch towns…


More than a cheese capital: The four Cs of Gouda

On our Southern Tour of Holland, our intern Alina cycled through the Green Heart of Holland to the city of Gouda, with its 73,000 inhabitants. Here she shares some interesting things she learnt about this most Dutch of cities. Anyone who’s ever visited Gouda knows how impressive the city looks – especially when you’re staring up at the fairytale town hall from the middle of the market place. The Four Cs of Gouda Despite its name being synonymous for cheese, Gouda is so much more than a cheese capital. On…


5 reasons to spend your summer holidays in the Netherlands

Summers in the Netherlands can be a real celebration. The days are long and sunny, yet not too hot. And the period between mid-June and the end of just August is just perfect for an active outdoor holiday. Here are our five favorite reasons to love the Dutch summers. It’s perfect cycling weather Pleasant temperatures of  62 to 71 degrees, plenty of sunshine and maybe a fresh sea breeze: that’s a typical summer day in the Netherlands. These are ideal conditions for getting out and exploring surroundings on a cycling…


Our top travel trends for 2020

A new decade has dawned and change is in the air. Maybe 2020 is the year you try something different – from choosing to travel more slowly and consciously, to setting out on a real sailing ship for an active adventure. Whatever your travel plans, we hope your year is full of moving experiences and inspiring impressions. To help get things started, we’ve compiled six of our favorite trends and tours for you. 1. Personalized premium travel There’s a new form of luxury in town. It’s not bigger, but it…


Highly recommended: Why 96% of our guests would suggest us to family and friends

What did guests think of our tours in 2019? Now that the cruise and cycling season has drawn to a close, we’re taking time to review everyone’s feedback. At the end of each tour for which Boat Bike Tours is the organizing tour operator, we ask guests to fill in a survey about their cycling cruise experience. What do we do with all that information? Learn from it and then act on it, of course! Feedback is the best Being Dutch, we’re not too sensitive about receiving constructive criticism. We…


A review of “Hansa Highlights”

During the 2019 season we invited travel blogger Rachel Heller of travel blog Rachel’s Ruminations to join us on our Hansa Highlights Tour. Afterwards she wrote a wonderfully detailed account of her experience. If you want to get a good idea of life on our tours then Rachel’s account will give you a very clear idea about it. (Note: it’s a long post!) “One of the first people I met on my recent week-long trip with Boat Bike Tours was a retired Canadian man named Peter, who told me right…


More important than Christmas: How the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas

Ever heard of Sinterklaas? No? In the Netherlands, children spend the whole month of November looking forward to this big day, setting shoes filled with carrots by the door and watching the Sinterklaas news on TV every evening. In this blog you can find out all about this Dutch festival, which keeps the whole county in suspense for weeks, and why Dutch children look forward to it more than Christmas. 1. Who or what is Sinterklaas? Sinterklaas, also called Sint for short, is the Dutch version of St Nicholas: a…


10 reasons why a trip to the Netherlands is so much fun

Each year, over 17 million foreign visitors come to the Netherlands, more than the entire Dutch population! And tourist numbers keep rising… Why so popular? There are so many reasons why the Netherlands is such a fun destination. Here are our top 10: 1. The finest bike paths Love cycling? Then there’s no doubt about it, you’ll also love the Netherlands. Discover true cycling luxury: generous boulevards for two wheelers in city centers and perfectly maintained bike paths through flat meadows. Infrastructure like this makes cycling an absolute delight. A total…


Petra’s 5 favourite trips in spring 2020

Why does spring always give us the travel bug? Is it the pleasant temperatures? The budding trees and scent of blossom? Or maybe you’re a clever traveler with a flexible schedule who likes to avoid the crowds and high prices. Whatever takes you traveling in the blissful spring months, now is exactly the right time to think about your next spring trip! So forget the dreary autumn weather outside for a moment and let yourself be inspired! Petra’s spring travel trips for 2020 We asked our travel expert Petra about…