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Highlights of this tour

A spring break overflowing with flowers

Historical cities of Amsterdam & Haarlem

Flower market, Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans

Ships with 22 to max. 40 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 5 days

Bike and barge The Netherlands: 5-day Tulip Tour | Fluvius & Mecklenburg

Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break dominated by flowers. This 5-day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy some unforgettable days on board of a passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.

Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. There are many unique museums, enticing shopping and, recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, the canals in the heart of Amsterdam certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight. Visit the famous flower market in the center of the capital and discover the Zaanse Schans open air museum including windmills, a traditional cheese maker, a clog maker and an authentic traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park Keukenhof, near Lisse and the largest flower auction* in the world in Aalsmeer.

2020: *: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on the departure dates April 9 and 10 a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Day to day program

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam 

Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you on board, takes place at 2 p.m.. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam | Zaandam – Haarlem (24 km/14 mi. or 34 km/21 mi.)

After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Bavo church. Your barge will be berthed not far from the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (38 km/23 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)

Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit you will get back on your bicycle at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour (28 km/18 mi.)

This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction* in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world. By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge  where a late breakfast will be waiting for you while sailing through Amsterdam. During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do! Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.

2020: *: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on the departure dates April 9 and 10 a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Day 5: Amsterdam

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.: End of your trip.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • On this Tulip Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bike option.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 12 a.m.

 


Prices & information

Prices & availability

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For April
Small twin cabin below deck (Fluvius) 2 pers. €599 Twin twin below deck 2 pers. €629 Small twin (Fluvius) or twin cabin below deck for single use (Fluvius & Mecklenburg) 1 pers. €943.50 Twin cabin upper deck (Fluvius) 2 pers. €749 Double cabin upper deck (Fluvius 2 pers. €899
Included in this tour

5 days/4 nights

4 x breakfast

Packed lunches

4 x 3-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board during breakfast and after the bicycle tours

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin

Daily briefings

Fully guided cycling tours (Fluvius: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups | Mecklenburg: 1 tour leader)

Some short walking tours

Fees for ferries

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi (Mecklenburg: data use not included)

Excluded in this tour

Coffee and tea on board at other hours

Drinks

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information 2020

2020:

  • Rental bicycle: €55 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike: €105 per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • You can find a description of the bicycles under ship.
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle €10/tour
  • Limitation of liability (damage) rental e-bike €25/tour
  • Please click on this link for more information
  • Helmets: In the Netherlands bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.
  • Canal cruise AmsterdamTicket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam – special price for our guests: € 13 (at the ticket desk approx.: € 18). Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
  • Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.


Reviews

Netherlands: 5-day Tulip Tour Rated 9.7 out of 10 based on 50 reviews
5 stars

Carol Cheyne

Everything was wonderful! Bikes were great, comfortable, easy to use. Guides were excellent, food was absolutely phenomenal! How they could turn out meals for 40+ in those areas was a miracle! Food so fresh as was picked up at each stop…exceeded my expectations! Did two trips back to back Holland & Italy..each one was just as good as the other.…

5 stars

customer

We had a wonderful time on this trip. The staff is very friendly, helpful and courteous. The two tour guides are so nice, they made us feel like we have known them for a long time. The food was delicious and the boat was very comfortable.

5 stars

Leong

Very nice boat – clean and comfortable. The cycling time table is really full. Start from 0900 until 1600 – stop a few times for viewing, lunch etc… Delicious food, helpful & smiley staff, professional & experienced cycling guides. We are very happy and enjoy the 5 days Tulip Trip. The cost is really worth.

5 stars

Diana Todd

I had a wonderful time! I expected the tulips to be the highlight of my 5-day Tulip Tour on the Magnifique III, and yes, they were gorgeous, but I was continually surprised by all the other marvelous things I hadn’t expected. My suite was beyond my expectations, with a sliding glass door and an oh-so-comfortable mattress. The guides (Arie and…

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Ship Fluvius Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
max. 44 passengers
22 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Ship Mecklenburg Belgium, Netherlands
max. 22 passengers
11 cabins
3 tours available with this ship

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