Highlights of this tour

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
  • Multi guidance: For this tour various types of guidance are available
Fully-guided 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

A spring break overflowing with flowers

Historical cities of Amsterdam & Haarlem

Flower market, Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans

Ships with 30 to max. 40 passengers

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

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 centre 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.

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 between 1 p.m. and 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 centre 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 (39 km/24 mi. or 57 km/35 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 to 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.

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
Cabin type For April 8 - April 16
Small twin cabin below deck 2 pers. €549 Twin cabin below deck 2 pers. €579 Twin cabin below deck for single use 1 pers. €729 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €679 Upper deck double cabin 2 pers. €829
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 (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

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

Excluded in this tour

Coffee and tea on board at other hours

Drinks

Wi-Fi (unlimited data package to be purchased on board: € 10)

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

Rental bicycle: €50 per week (optional)
Rental E-Bike: €100 per week (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

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 Amsterdam:
Ticket for a 1-hour canal cruise through Amsterdam
– special price for our guests: € 12,50 (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

Rated 9.8 out of 10 based on 19 reviews
5 stars

Michael and Christina

First class holiday. Luxurious barge, brilliant crew and chef. Bike tour leaders excellent. Really enjoyed ourselves.

5 stars

Kathy and Dale Strattman

Everything about the biking and the barge accommodations was great. The staff was so helpful and personable. The food was delicious and the boat was very nice. Beautiful views while biking, especially the tulip fields and villages.

5 stars

William and Kerryn Thomas

Japke Anita Gjesbert were simply the best in every way. The content was amazing

5 stars

DB

Excellent trip! The Magnifique III was so nice. The chef, Michelle, prepared wonderful meals. All of the crew and our two guides, Andre and Hilko, went out of their way to be sure we had a wonderful time. Will look forward to another BoatBike tour as soon as we can find the time. Exceeded our […]

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

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