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Duration: 5 Days
Location: Netherlands | Amsterdam
Price: From € 549,-
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Bike and Barge Holland: Tulip Tour | Magnifique/Magnifique II/Magnifique III

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 premium 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: These ships 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). 

Enjoy the personal service, delicious meals and excellent accommodation on board of the premium barges „MAGNIFIQUE“, “MAGNIFIQUE II” and “MAGNIFIQUE III”

Highlights:
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.
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  • MS Magnifique

    The MS Magnifique is 63 meters long, accommodates max. 35 guests, sails under Dutch flag and management and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended with 14 meters during winter 2012/13. The lower deck has 16 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twins (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 1 single cabin (approx. 8 M²); all cabins have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (with unlimited data use). Two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables & cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.

    NEW: Impression (short clip) of the ship in ca. 150 seconds: www.boatbiketours.com/videos

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    MS Magnifique II

    The luxurious MS Magnifique II was constructed between March 2015 and February 2016. The 63 meter long barge can accommodate 35-38 guests and sails under the Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 14 cabins: 1 premium twin cabin (approx. 13 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other) and 1 single cabin (approx. 8 M²); the upper deck has 4 beautiful suites (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area) with large panoramic windows. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have a 2 meter wide window (one of which can be opened). All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower and toilet), individually regulated air conditioning, a flat screen satellite TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in 2 twin cabins and 1 upper deck suite (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant, bar, a lounge with a wide screen TV, large windows and Wi-Fi (unlimited use of data). There is a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and table on the aft deck for the use by guests and a cycle shed (front deck). The barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax on Top deck for beautiful views around.

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    MS Magnifique III

    After the overwhelming success of the premium barges Magnifique and the in 2016 launched Magnifique II, we can proudly announce the construction and launch of the new premium barge Magnifique III for April 2018. 

    Facts & figures:
    Number of guests: 40
    Length/width/draught: 70 m / 7.2 m / 1.6 m

    All cabins and suites have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Most cabins can also be booked as cabins with a double bed (on previous request only).

    Lower deck
    • 14 regular twin cabins (approx. 11 M² , 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
    • 2 single cabins

    Upper deck
    • 5 upper deck suites with a small sitting area and large windows (a part of the windows can be opened). (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
    • the spacious salon with large windows combines a restaurant area, bar and lounge
    • 2 screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real time position of the barge
    • large doors open to the partially roofed sundeck

    Top deck
    • a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax

  • Tour Details Holland: Tulip Tour | MS Magnifique / MS Magnifique II / MS Magnifique III

    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. 10 km/6 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. 10 or 22 km/6 or 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 on 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);
    – 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 coffee and tea;

    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;
    If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds).

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam;
    – Other transfers;
    – Rental of bicycle or e-bike (incl. pannier bag + helmet);
    – Reservation fee;
    – Parking fees;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Drinks on board
    – Personal insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag, helmet: €50
    Rental E-Bike incl. pannier bag and helmet: €95 (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.

  • TOUR DATES 2018 „TULIP MINI-CRUISE“ MAGNIFIQUE:
    Tour 1: So. 25 March – Thu. 29 March
    Tour 2: Thu. 29 March – Mo. 02 April
    Tour 3: Mo. 02 April – Fri. 06 April
    Tour 4: Fri. 06 April – Tue. 10 April
    Tour 5: Tue. 10 April – Sa. 14 April

    PRICES 2018 PER PERSON:

    Cabin:for:Tour 1+ 2 Tour 3 + 4 + 5
    twin cabin2 pers. €  599€  649
    premium twin cabin2 pers. €  719€  769
    single cabin1 pers. €  849€  929
    triple cabin3 pers. €  549€  579
    premium 3-pers.3 pers. €  609€  629

    Triple cabins are on request available (limited, 2 triple premium cabins and 2 triple cabins). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    TOUR DATES 2018 „TULIP MINI-CRUISE“ MAGNIFIQUE II:
    Tour 1: Tue. 27 March – Sa. 31 March
    Tour 2: Sa. 31 March – Wed. 4 April
    Tour 3: Wed. 4 April – So. 8 April

    PRICES 2018 PER PERSON :

    Cabin:for:Tour 1 + 2Tour 3
    twin cabin2 pers.€  599€ 649
    premium twin cabin2 pers.€  719€ 769
    upper deck suite2 pers.€  799€ 849
    single cabin1 pers.€  849€ 929
    triple cabin3 pers.€  549€ 579
    3-pers. In upper deck suite3 pers.€  629€ 659

    Triple cabins are on request available (limited, 1 triple upper deck suite and 2 triple cabins). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

    TOUR DATES 2018 „TULIP MINI-CRUISE“ MAGNIFIQUE III:
    Tour 1: Tue. 3 April – Sa. 7 April
    Tour 2: Sa. 7 April – Wed. 11 April
    Tour 3: Wed. 11 April – So. 15 April
    Tour 4: So. 15 April – Thu. 19 April
    Tour 5: Mo. 23 April – Fri. 27 April

    PRICES 2018 PER PERSON :

    Cabin:for:Tour 1 – 5
    twin cabin2 pers.€  649
    upper deck suite2 pers.€  849
    single cabin1 pers.€  929
    triple cabin3 pers.€  579
    3-pers. In upper deck suite3 pers.€  659

    Triple cabins are on request available (limited, 1 triple lower deck and 1 triple upper deck suite). Please contact us if you want to book a triple cabin.

  • BICYCLES:
    The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, handbrake and pedal brake, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels. Some smaller frames are available on board for smaller persons.
    There are a few e-bikes available (on request and at an additional charge).  The e-bike is Kreidler Vitality P-200 Shimano with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).
    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. There are bike helmets available on board (for free).

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
    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.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Minimum number of passengers for this tour is 16.

    Updated: April 25th, 2017