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Tulip Blossom of Holland Sail + Bike

map Bike and sail to Holland’s tulip blossom


Tour profile

The cycling tours lead you on paved bike paths, and side roads with less traffic. There are no uphill climbs.

Route Zaanse Schans – Amsterdam

Day 1: Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar
Individual arrival. Embarkation between 13:00 and 14:00. Your ship is moored next to Zaanse Schans, a unique open-air museum where people still work and live in the traditional houses and windmills. This village is dominated by its windmills, the oldest of which was built in 1673.

Day 2: Round trip Alkmaar approx. 34-40 km
Today you have the opportunity to explore the beautiful North Holland Dune Reserve. The drinking water for almost all of North Holland is extracted in the dunes. After a visit to the beach and the artists’ village of Bergen, you cycle back to Alkmaar, where you can visit the beautiful old town.

Day 3: Alkmaar  Den Helder, approx. 30-53 km
Today’s cycle tour takes you north of Alkmaar towards the North Sea along more beautiful tulip fields. The sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in the Netherlands, a perfect place to enjoy the magnificent view. The route continues through the North Holland dune reserve to Den Helder: this piece of land wedged between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer is home to the largest flower bulb field in the world.

Day 4: Den Helder  Oudeschild, round trip to the island of Texel, approx. 43-48 km
During breakfast, the ship sails to Texel, the largest Wadden Sea island. You cycle through beautiful nature parks and blooming flower fields! Your next destination is the “Ecomare” seal sanctuary. At the end of your cycle tour, you can enjoy a locally brewed, well-earned beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild.

Day 5: Oudeschild  Enkhuizen, sailing day
Today is all about sailing! Help navigate and set the sails or simply relax and enjoy the scenery around the IJsselmeer. In the afternoon you will reach Enkhuizen, explore the historic harbor and the old town. In the evening there is no dinner on board - try one of the restaurants in Enkhuizen or enjoy a picnic on the banks of the IJsselmeer.

Day 6: Enkhuizen – Hoorn – Volendam, approx. 24 km
In the morning you sail across the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, once the seat of the Dutch East India Company and an important port in the 17th century. In the afternoon, your cycle tour takes you to Volendam, a picturesque fishing village on the banks of the IJsselmeer. On the way you will pass Edam, famous for its Edam cheese, which was popular with sailors in the 17th century due to its long shelf life and was often used as a means of exchange.

Day 7: Volendam  Keukenhof Amsterdam, full-day coach excursion
Today you can expect a relaxed coach trip through the oldest tulip fields in Holland to the famous Keukenhof park. This enchanting bulbous flower park offers an overwhelming blaze of color with seven million blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and many other flowers. In the afternoon, the coach will take you back to Amsterdam, where you will enjoy your last night on the ship.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast until 09:30 and individual departure.

Route Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

Day 1: Amsterdam – Volendam
You can check in between 13:00 and 14:00. The crew will welcome you on board with coffee and tea. At 14:30 the ship leaves the harbor and sets course for the fishing village of Volendam. In the late afternoon, you will have the opportunity to take a short test ride on a bicycle. After the first dinner on board, the tour guide invites you to take a stroll through Volendam.

Day 2: Volendam – Hoorn – Enkhuizen, approx. 24 km
After a delicious breakfast, your cycle tour begins to Hoorn, once an important port of the Dutch East India Company. On the way you pass Edam, famous for its wax-wrapped cheese, which became the world’s most popular variety in the 17th century. Edam was also known for its shipbuilding and harbor. In the late afternoon, the ship will take you to Enkhuizen, a town with a centuries-old maritime tradition. Explore the beautiful old harbor and the historic old town of the “herring town”.

Day 3: Enkhuizen – Oudeschild, sailing day
Today your ship sails to the island of Texel. If you wish, you can help navigate and set the sails - you don’t need any sailing experience! Of course, there is also the option of simply relaxing and watching the landscape of the IJsselmeer pass by. You will finally reach the port of Oudeschild in the afternoon. There is no dinner tonight - choose one of the lovely restaurants or have a cozy picnic!

Day 4: Tour of the island of Texel, Oudeschild  Den Helder, approx. 43-48 km
You cycle through beautiful nature parks and blooming flower fields to the seal sanctuary “Ecomare”. At the end of your cycle tour, you can enjoy a well-earned, locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild. In the late afternoon, the ship will take you back to the mainland to the port of Den Helder.

Day 5: Den Helder  Alkmaar, approx. 32 - 53 km
The cycle tour begins in the northern part of the province of North Holland, where the largest flower bulb field in the world is located. Spectacular tulip fields and beautiful sandy beaches await you here. Visit the artists’ town of Bergen before continuing on to Alkmaar. This historic city, known as the Dutch cheese city, fascinates with well-preserved buildings from the 17th century and picturesque canals.

Day 6: Alkmaar – Keukenhof – Alkmaar, full-day coach excursion
Today’s program includes a relaxed coach tour through the oldest tulip fields in Holland and a visit to Keukenhof Tulip Park, the largest and most beautiful flower bulb park in the world. Around 7 million blooming tulips, hyacinths and daffodils await you at this magical place in a magnificent 80-hectare setting of traditional and modern garden architecture. In the afternoon, the coach will take you back to Alkmaar.

Day 7: Alkmaar – Zaanse Schans, approx. 33-43 km
In the morning you cycle through the colorful tulip fields of Egmond and Limmen. Take a break in the Hortus Bulborum museum garden and admire over 4,000 historic bulb flowers in full bloom. Then continue to Zaanse Schans, a unique open-air museum with traditional houses and windmills.

Day 8: Zaanse Schans
Disembarkation after breakfast until 09:30 am and individual departure.


Due to different wind and weather conditions, as well as organizational necessities, we reserve the right to change the itinerary. The skipper and his crew discuss the possibilities daily with the guests and will do everything to offer you an unforgettable, varied and active week.


  • 7 nights in the booked cabin category with shower/WC

  • Full board (7x breakfast, 5 packed lunches and 1x lunch on board, 6x three-course dinner and 1x "lunch" box on Texel)

  • Coffee and tea in the afternoon

  • Welcome drink

  • Bedding and bed linen, on request daily fresh towels

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Bike tour guide (fully guided tours)

  • Daily route explanaton

  • Some short city tours

  • Full day excursion by bus including Keukenhof Gardens

  • Rental pannier

  • GPS tracks

  • WI-FI

  • Detailed maps and information material per cabin

  • For the environment’s benefit: use of a biodegradable water bottle and compensation of the CO2 emitted by the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
    S2   12.04. - 19.04.25
    Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam (MV MARE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S2   26.04. - 03.05.25
    Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam (MV MARE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S1   05.04. - 12.04.25
    Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans (MV MARE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S1   30.03. - 06.04.25
    Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam (MV LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S2   13.04. - 20.04.25
    Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam (MV LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S2   27.04. - 04.05.25
    Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam (MV LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S2   06.04. - 13.04.25
    Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans (MV LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN)
    S2   20.04. - 27.04.25
    Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans (MV LEAFDE FAN FRYSLAN)


    Bicycle & equipment
    7-speed-bike-Unisex 91
    E-bike 245
    Rental helmet 10
    Parking own bicycle 14
    Parking own E-bike 28
    Additional nights Amsterdam
    S1* (dbl/sgl) TBA
    S1* Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) TBA
    S2** (dbl/sgl) TBA
    S2** Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) TBA
    Gluten and lactosefree diet (payable locally) 70
    Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicyle per week 14
    Limitation of liability (damage) rental E-bike per week 28

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR


    Welcome on board!

    Two elegant and extravagant three-masted schooners offer you a very special holiday experience on the Frisian Sea!


    The MARE FAN FRYSLAN was built in 1960 as a freight ship, was then completely renovated in 2006 and has been used as a beautiful, three-mast schooner on Dutch waters since 2007. »»more


    The imposing LEAFDE FAN FRYSLÂN, a three-masted barquentine, makes its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owners-operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. For many years, they have run the MARE FAN FRYSLAN, a three-masted clipper. For the 2024 season, the ship will be expanded by a 4th mast, 14 meter and various features and cabins. »»more 



    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rental:

    • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and 7-or 8-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
    • E-Bikes
    • Other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!

    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.

    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles is ony available in a limited number and a fee needs to be paid as there is not much space. Due to safety reasons you must not charge your E-Bike batteries in your cabin!

    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes.

    Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.


    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schipol (AMS)
    From Schiphol airport to the ship you best take a train to train station Zaandijk Zaanse Schans. These trains run every 15 minutes and take only 30 minutes. You can buy a ticket in the central arrival hall at the airport.
    Travel planner (also in English) for the Dutch railway - find information >>here.
    You can also take a taxi from the airport to the ship. We recommend to use the official Schiphol Travel Taxi - find more information >>here.

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal
    Travel to train station Zaandijk Zaanse Schans. The docking location is situated approximately 1000 meters (1 km) from the train station. It is an 11-minute walk to the docking place. Or you can take a taxi. There is no connecting public transport.

    Travel to Amsterdam Central Station. Walk to the busplatform at the IJside exit. Take Connexxion bus 391 (direction Zaandam – Zaanse Schans) and get off at bus stop Zaanse Schans. This bus runs every 15 minutes and takes about 45 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the driver.
     From here it is a 10-minute walk to the docking place. Walk towards the Julianabridge. walk into the parking lot on the right before the bridge and follow the path to the left of the white arbor. This path passes under the bridge and at the end you will find the ship.
    Find your Travel planner >>here.

    Arrival by car

    Navigation system: Kalverringdijk 1, Zaandam. (the ship is docked under the bridge)
    Drive to the Zaanse Schans and park your car at the Kalverringdijk just to unload your luggage. Walk towards the water on the path left of the white arbor and follow that path under the bridge. At the end you will find the ship.
    Please drive to the Kalverringdijk first and drop-off your luggage and your bike (in case you brought your own), and then drive to the parking location.

    Parking lot of ZVV Zaandijk (soccer team) free parking. Diederik Sonoyweg, located on the other side of the road.
    Parking lot at Wezelstraat 12, Koog aan de Zaan, free parking. This is about 1,2 km from the docking place. From here you have to walk to the docking place (about 15 minutes).
    Parking lot at Zuiderweg 72, Wijdewormer free parking. This is 2,5 km from the docking place. From here you can take Connexxion bus 391 to the Zaanse Schans and from here you have to walk towards the Julianabridge. The ship is docked under the bridge.

    Almost everywhere in Amsterdam - within the Ringweg ring road - parking is only allowed in official car parks and multi-storey car parks. Parking in the city centre of Amsterdam is now charged at around €5,-/hour. There are several car parks in the city centre. Some are connected to the parking guidance system. The blue and white signs of this system point to the next car park where there are still free spaces. Parking on yellow kerbs is prohibited. Caution: Wheel clamps (Wielklemm) may be used. Fines for parking violations are high.

    Oosterdock car park
    A monitored multi-storey car park right next to the Central Station (exclusively for cars up to 2.10 m high). The economy rate is about € 275,- per week. No advance reservation possible. You can find more information >>here.

    Centralparking.nl/Valet Parking Services
    We are happy to reserve a parking space for you on request and subject to availability. On the day of arrival, your car will be picked up at the pier and returned to the ship on the day of departure. Cost per week (8 days/7 nights) - car: approx. € 175,- (payment in cash on site) >>booking-form.

    For more information and other P+R parking spaces, please visit the Iamsterdam page under "Plan your trip" / "Transport" / "Parking in Amsterdam".

    Additional information

    Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, supplement € 65,- payable locally. (except vegan diet) Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

    In the netherlands the use of helmets is not mandatory.


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