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…


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.…


At home on all the boats: On the road with our logistics hero Erik

At the office, the maps and documents stack up high. Erik takes one quick look at the schedule to see which boats will be heading out today. But that is really just a formality. He knows the routes and schedules of all 22 tours and 20 ships off the top of his head.    Erik is the beating heart of our logistics operation in the Netherlands. Are all the maps and programs on board? Are cabins ready for our guests? Which boat moors when and where in the harbors of…


The difference between Holland and the Netherlands

Did you ever wonder which is the correct name for the land of windmills, clogs and tulips? Well, you’re not alone. And you’re certainly not the first! Here we set the record straight for the true name of this low-lying land. The correct name of the Dutch nation The official and correct name for the home of the Dutch is the Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, or the “Kingdom of the Netherlands”. This is usually shortened to “the Netherlands”. The terms Nether or Neder are derived from Germanic words meaning “low”, which…


How to prepare for a boat bike tour: Our 5 top tips

Laura works in the marketing department at Boat Bike Tours and most recently traveled with her mother on the 5-day Premium Tulip Tour. Here’s her advice on how to prepare for a cycling cruise. Have you booked a bike and barge tour but don’t know what to expect? Here are five good ways to prepare in advance, so that you can make the most of your trip: 1. Make sure you have a basic level of fitness Of course, with a bit of grit you’ll get along, whatever your fitness…


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…