Duration: 5 Days
Location: Netherlands | Amsterdam
Price: From € 499,-

Bike and Barge Holland: Tulip Tour | MS 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 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.

Guided bicycle tours and some city walks.

NEW: The Fluvius will have two tour guides for guided cycling in smaller groups; guests can opt for longer/shorter of quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route).

Amsterdam – open air museum „Zaanse Schans“ –
Haarlem – flower park „Keukenhof“ – flower auction
Aalsmeer* – flower market Amsterdam
*:The flower auction is not open in weekends and on public holidays. For this reason we will change the order of the program slightly and offer the visit of the flower auction on a weekday instead.

NEW: In winter 2017-2018, 4 additional upper deck double cabins will be created. The capacity of the vessel will be expanded from 36 to 44 passengers.



  • Dates/Prices (Book Here)


  • Ship information

    MS Fluvius

    The comfortable river cruiser MS Fluvius has been a popular choice for guests for a number of years now on the Amsterdam to Bruges cycle tour. On board this cozy ship, which caters for a maximum of 44 guests, are a total of 18 twin and 4 double bed cabins. The lower deck has 14 twin cabins (approx. 10 M² = 108 sq.) and one smaller twin cabin (approx. 9 M² = 97  sq.) and on the upper deck there are 3 twin cabins (approx. 10 M² = 108 sq.). In winter 2017-2018, 4 additional upper deck double cabins (approx. 12 M² = 129  sq.) with a large panoramic window (ceiling to floor) that can be opened will be created.

    All twin cabins have 2 low separate single beds, the 4 new cabins have a 140×200 cm double bed. All cabins have an air-conditioning unit that is individually adjustable, a ventilation system and a window (windows in twin cabins are fixed) and en-suite bathroom with shower/toilet and hairdryer. The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large sun deck of the 70 meter-long ship are sitting places (tables and chairs) and storage room for the bikes. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and management.

  • Program/Route

    Tour Details Holland: Tulip Tour | MS Fluvius

    Day 1: Embarkation: Amsterdam | Noon: Amsterdam – Zaandam
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 PM to 4 PM in the center of Amsterdam. Your five day tour will start with a short “dinner cruise” to Zaandam, famous for its windmills where your barge will berth in the center of the city. In the evening enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

    Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (Approx. 17 km/10 mi.) | Zaandam – Haarlem
    After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” (entry incl.) with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon after returning to your ship by bicycle you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (approx. 22 km/13 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy while enjoying the scenery as your barge makes the approx. 2,5 hour trip. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt, St. Bavo church and the Teylers and Frans Hals-Museums. Your barge will be berthed in the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

    Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (Approx. 40 km/ 25 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.

    Bike tours: Haarlem – Keukenhof approx. 18 km (11 mi.); Keukenhof – Oude Wetering approx. 22 km (13 mi.).
    Entry Keukenhof: approx. €18

    Day 4: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour (Approx. 27-35 km/16-22 mi.)
    This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (06:30 AM) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer (not open in weekends and public holidays*). Early in the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world. By 09:00 AM you will return on the your barge in Oude Wetering where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam on board the barge. During the afternoon and evening 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.

    Bike tours: Amsterdam (Veemkade) round tour through Waterland approx. 27 – 35 km / 16-22 mi.
    Entry flower auction: approx. €7. Canal tour Amsterdam approx. € 10.
    *: The Aalsmeer flower auction is not open in weekends and on public holidays. For this reason, for tours where such a visit is scheduled for a weekend or holiday,  we will change the order of the program slightly and offer the visit of the flower auction on a weekday instead: this way, for each departure date, all highlights can be included.

    Day 5: Amsterdam
    Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM: End of your trip. After consultation with the crew it may be possible to leave your luggage on board until approx. 3.30pm to give you more time to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

    Details: Parts printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    Program and information provided are subject to change, such as, for example, changes in weather conditions, nautical reasons or force majeure.
    The company retains the right to change the program or to change the shipping time and/or the order of the program in the case it deems it necessary to do so.

  • Included

    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 5 days/4 nights from/to Amsterdam;
    – Full board; breakfast, (picnic) lunch, three course dinner;
    – Use of bed linen and towels (daily change of towels possible);
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Welcome drink, presentation of barge and crew and briefing on the first evening;
    – 2 Tour leaders (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free); daily fully guided bike tours;
    – Daily complimentary coffee and tea;

    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam;
    – Other transfers;
    – Rental of bicycle or e-bike;
    – Rental bike helmet;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Parking fees;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Fees for ferries;
    – Drinks on board
    – Personal insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle with 7 gear, hand- and pedal brakes or handbrakes only, pannier bag: €50
    Rental E-Bike with 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only,  pannier bag: €95 (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended).
    Rental bike helmet: € 10 per piece/week

    Vegetarian meals are possible at no surcharge. Other diets (like gluten free or for lactose intolerance) are possible at a surcharge of €35. All diets and vegetarian meals must be booked and confirmed well in advance;

  • Cabin types and prices

    Tour 1: Thu. 5 April – Mo. 9 April
    Tour 1: Mo. 9 April – Fri. 13 April
    Tour 2: Fri. 13 April – Tue. 17 April
    Tour 3: Tue. 17 April – Sat. 21 April


     Cabins: for: Tour 1 – 4
    Twin cabin below deck 2 pers.  €    549
    Small twin cabin below deck 2 pers.  €    519
    Twin cabin upper deck  2 pers.  €    649
    Upper deck double cabin 2 pers.  €    699
    Twin cabin below deck for single use  1 pers.  €    749
    Twin cabin upper deck for single use  1 pers.  on request

    Minimum number of passengers for this tour is 16.

  • Good to know

    The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring or trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears, hand- and pedal brake and pannier bag. There are some bikes with only hand brakes available. There are a few E-Bikes available (on request and at additional costs); these have 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only.
    Other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, etc.) and child saddles (rear) on these tours are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and in very limited numbers. Bike rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles or E-bikes (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
    In the Netherlands cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. Guests can bring their own helmet. Helmets are not available on board.  If you pre-reserve a rental bike helmet (€10 per piece), we can bring it on board for you.

    The General Conditions (travel conditions) of Boat Bike Tours apply to cycling cruises, as well as to confirmation and cancellation of such tours. In principle, children are very welcome on board. However, before booking, we advise you to satisfy yourself that your child is able to manage a cycle trip of approx. 55 km (34 mi.). Of course you may stay one or more days longer on board (children under the age of 18 years must be under supervision). The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    Minimum number of passengers for this tour is 16.

    Updated: Jan. 10th, 2018

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