Country:
Netherlands / Netherlands
Travelcode:
3NLSUE197_EN17

Southern tour / Relax Tulip tour by Bike + Boat / Guided

Tulip bloom in Holland

  • The route leads through vast fields of tulips.
    You will of course visit the world-famous, 32-hectare park The Keukenhof, where you can admire the wonderfully colourful fields with flowering bulbs in peace and quiet.








    Tour profile:

    flat, perfectly built bike-path and side streets, suitable for children.

    Day 1: Amsterdam - Uithoorn, approx. 15 km

    Individual arrival. Embarkation at 02:00 pm .
    The barge needs to leave the mooring place in Amsterdam at 2.15 PM. It is very important you are on time. The barge can’t wait due the opening hours of bridges and/or locks. When you arrive on board the ship, you can put you luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. During this coffee break there is plenty of opportunity to get to know your guide, the crew and your fellow passengers. During dinner aboard the ship, the program for the next day and the global planning of the week are discussed. After dinner you will make your first kilometers on your bike.

    Day 2: Uithoorn - Gouda, approx. 45 km

    From Uithoorn you will continue your tour over country roads, banks and channels through the Green  Heart and polders to the city known for its cheese: Gouda. Who thinks of Gouda, not only thinks of cheese, pipes, ‘stroopwafels’ (treacle-waffle) and pottery, but also of stained-glass windows, a fairy-like town hall and atmospheric canals. Gouda is beautiful Old-Dutch city with a mostly intact city centre. As on most days, after dinner you will take a walk through the city.

    Day 3: Gouda - Delft, approx. 40 km

    From Gouda you cycle past scenic polders via Kinderdijk to Rotterdam. Kinderdijk has the largest group of windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills at Kinderdijk were still actively used until 1950. These days, a large pumping station is responsible for controlling the water level in the polder. Here you can visit a windmill. In Rotterdam you embark and from there the ship takes you to Delft. Delft, the town famous for its pottery, the ’Delft blue’. The Prinsenhof Museum is housed in the former St Agatha’s monastery. In 1572 William of Orange chose the convent as one of his residences. It was from here that he led the revolt against the Spanish tyranny of Holland. He was murdered on the steps of the Prinsenhof on July 10, 1584, by Balthazar Gerards, a Spanish sympathiser. Two bullet holes in the wall of the stairs bear witness to this event.

    Day 4: Delft - Leiden, approx. 40 km

    From Delft we cycle in the direction of The Hague, through the Haagse Bosch, a large park, and past the Royal Huis ten Bosch Palace. A tranquil cycle path through the dunes leads you to Wassenaarse Slag. Here some remains of the Atlantikwall can still be seen. Five bunkers are connected by nearly 3,000-feet-long brick tunnels. Now the underground network serves as a bat reserve. Continue through the dunes, to Katwijk aan Zee, an old fishing village. The old inhabitants of Katwijk still speak their own dialect, ’Kattuks’. Following the course of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) river we cycle to Leiden. Leiden boasts 14 museums, including the Rijksmuseum. The ship is moored near the Zijlpoort, a gate that once formed part of the city walls.

    Day 5: Leiden - Visit to Keukenhof by public transport

    Today you visit the Keukenhof gardens, the most beautiful spring park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. In the Keukenhof various gardens and gardening styles can be found: the English Landscape Garden, the Historical Garden, the Natural Garden, the Japanese Natural Garden, the Formal Garden and three special colours gardens. Spread throughout the entire park there are approximately eighty sculptures from well-known Dutch artists. There are also several other art objects, such as the collection ’Surprising Tulips’.

    Day 6: Leiden - Haarlem, approx. 40 km

    From Leiden you cycle through wonderful flower beds in the direction of Haarlem. In the period of March to May the bulb fields are blooming, starting with daffodils and followed by hyacinths, tulips and lilies. Once in the city of Haarlem you make a short tour through the city to see some typical ’hofjes’ (almshouses), old houses around a central courtyard, now usually housing elderly people. These ’hofjes ’ are definitely worth a visit. Haarlem, which rendered its name to Harlem, New York, is a lively city with good shopping possibilities. The ship is berthed in the city centre, with a view of St Bavo’s Church and with easy access to the Grote Markt with its many outdoor cafés.

    Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, approx. 40 km

    From Haarlem you sail to Spaarndam, a picturesque village on the edge of Haarlem, in the direction of Amsterdam. Spaarndam’s name comes from the dam built in the Spaarne River to limit the danger of flooding from the sea. Here you can find the statue of Hansje Brinker on the IJdijk. Hansje is a character from an American novel, which saved the country from flooding by putting his finger in the dike. The Buitenhuizen ferry takes you across the North Sea Canal and from there you cycle to the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans, with its traditional weatherboard houses, warehouses and windmills may give you the feeling of stepping back into the 17th or 18th century. Yet this is no open air museum, but a lively neighborhood where people live and work. Among other things a cheese farm, a clog maker and an old bakery can be visited here.

    Day 8: Amsterdam

    Disembarkation after breakfast until 10 am and individual departure.

    Important Information:

    Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.
  • DATES

    Arrival Day: Saturday

    MV Sailing Home: May 6, 2017

    MV Wending: April 8./15., 2017

    MV Liza Marleen: April 8.,15./29., 2017

    MV Anna Antal: May 6, 2017


    ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport:
    Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx.. 20 min. - costs approx. € 4 
    per taxi approx. 30 min. - costs approx. € 50


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: 
    Amsterdam Centraal


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking:
    Parking Oosterdok (approx.€ 80/ week, 500 m to the docking place,near Amsterdam Centraal)
    http://www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 12 persons

     


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  • Included services:

    • 7 nights on board in cabin with private facilities
    • full board (breakfast, packed lunch for bike days, dinner)
    • coffee & tea  on Board
    • cycling tour guide
    • entrance fee Keukenhof
    • all port, bridges and dock charges
       
    • maps and information material per cabin

     

     

  • Extras

    Discount for children
    with min. 1 full-paying person
    0 - 2,99 years -100%
    3 - 10,99 years -30%
       
    Bicyles & equipment
    24-speed-bike 75
    E-bike 140
    Children bike 50
    Children seat  15
    Tagalong 50
    Children trailer 85
    Helmet 10
       
    Additional night  
    Amsterdam 3-4* (dbl/sgl) 90/135
    Amsterdam 3-4* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 105/170

    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 of our barges!

    Our barges are cozy, swimming hotels for approx. 20 - 30 guests with very personal atmosphere.

     

    MV SAILING HOME (Comfort DeLuxe)

    EQUIPMENT

    Capazity: 26 persons
    Length x width: 45 x 6,5 Meter

     
    Cabins:

    13 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating

     

     

     

     

    MV WENDING

    EQUIPMENT

    Capazity: 26 persons
    Length x width: 41,5 x 6,3 Meter


    Cabins:

    8 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating

    2 x 3-bed-cabins (one bed is placed over the other two), private facilities, central heating

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MV LIZA MARLEEN (Comfort)

    EQUIPMENT

    Capazity: 22 persons
    Length x Width: 38 x 6,6 Meter


    Cabins:

    8 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds, private facilities, central heating and air condition

    2 x 3-bed-cabins, private facilities, central heating and air condition

     

     

     

     

     

    MV ANNA ANTAL (Standard Plus/Comfort)

    EQUIPMENT

    Capazity: 18 persons
    Length x Width: 38 x 6,1 Meter


    Cabins:

    5 x 2-bed-cabins with low beds (Comfort), private facilities and central heating

    4 x 2-bed-cabins with bunk beds (Standard Plus), private facilities and central heating

     

     

     

     

    Only when booked in category Comfort DeLuxe daily cabin cleaning!


    CATERING

    Full board consisting of breakfast (buffet), packed lunch for bike tours and dinner.


    LANGUAGES ON BOARD

    German, English


    WIFI

    on board, limited available (free up to 100 MB


  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    24-speed bike with a lock and a water bottle or

    E-bike

    With an e-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern e-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

  • Diese Reise wurde mit
    5,7 of 6 Stars | 3 Ratings
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    So wurde die Reise im Detail bewertet
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    6,0 Susan V. | 07.05.2015

    TULIPS 2015

    Our goal was to see the tulips in bloom and it was an amazing journey.Our bike leader Marcel was exceptional and the service on board the barge amazing.Wonderful crew and this set the tone for the whole week.Wonderful company, great food and an amazing ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,5 Stephen M. | 29.04.2015 Southern Relax Tulip tour by Bike & Boat

    A very enjoyable tour

    There are so many good things to say of this tour that it’s difficult to condense them into a few words. Marcel was a wonderful tour guide, finding interesting places to visit during the day’s ride and then giving fascinating city walks in the evenings, ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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