Itinerary

Tulip Tour with Boat & Bike

5 days / 4 nights | Ships: Fluvius & Mecklenburg | Colourful Spring around Amsterdam

Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break by bike and boat - dominated by flowers. This 5 day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to colourful areas in "the 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 y most beautiful season of the year and will tak ear and will take you to gor ou to gorgeous ar geous areas such in “the Gar such in “the Garden of Amster den of Amsterdam”. Enjo ”. Enjoy some unfor y some unforgettable da gettable 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 hear in the heart of Amster t of Amsterdam cer dam certainly mak tainly make a visit to Amster e 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.


* 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 14 and 22, 2021 a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam | Noon: Amsterdam – Zaandam

Embarkation and check-in, wher Embarkation and check-in, where the cr e the crew will welcome y ew will welcome you on boar ou on board, takes place es place at 2 p.m.. As soon as all guests ha As soon as all guests have arriv e arrived a shor ed a short cruise will bring y t cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot ou to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arriv night. Upon arrival you can enjo ou can enjoy taking y y taking your new bik our new bike for a brief test ride thr e for a brief test ride through the ough the surrounding ar ounding area. In the e ea. In the evening, enjo ening, enjoy a shor y a short walk thr t walk through the pictur ough the picturesque center of esque center of Zaandam.

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

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 mak cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon y . In the afternoon you have a choice to e a choice to make: you can either cy ou can either cycle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or tak cle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the bar e it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Ba and St. Bavo church. Your bar our barge will be ber ge will be berthed not far fr thed not far from the center of Haarlem for om the center of Haarlem for the night, so y the night, so you will ha ou will have time to enjo e time to enjoy a shor y a short city walk in the afternoon or in the t city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (Cycling 39 km / 24 miles or 55 km / 34 miles)

Today you will cy ou will cycle to the K cle to the Keukenhof, ar enhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the guably the most famous flower park in the world wher world where you can admir ou can admire hundr e hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hy eds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and acinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit you will get back on your bicycle and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

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

This morning y This morning you are in for a r e in for a real treat – an early visit b eat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest y 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 y eturn on the your bar our barge wher ge where a late br e a late breakfast will be waiting for y eakfast will be waiting for you while sailing ou while sailing through Amster ough Amsterdam. During the afternoon y dam. During the afternoon you either ha ou either have the oppor e the opportunity to mak tunity to make a last beautiful cy last beautiful cycling tour thr cling tour through the wetlands of W ough the wetlands of Waterland or to disco aterland or to discover this er 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.
2021: *: 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 14 and 22 a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Day 5: Amsterdam

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


Note: 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. 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.

Good to know
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 off tour leaders will offer a long and a shor er a long and a short (or a quick t (or a quicker and a mor er and a more relaxed) bik ed) 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 boar ailable on board). GPS tracks will be sent to y d). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks befor ou 4 weeks before the star e the start date of t date of the tour.
In case y In case you prefer a da er a day of rest, you can skip the bik ou can skip the bike tour and r e tour and relax on boar elax on board while d while cruising to the next town.
On the arriv On the arrival day is it possible to bring y y is it possible to bring your luggage on boar our luggage on board from 12 a.m.