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Southern Tulip tour by Bike + Boat / Guided

Tulip bloom in Holland

map Southern Tulip tour by Bike + Boat


Tour profile / Level 1

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

Day 1: Amsterdam – Oude Wetering, approx. 10 km

Individual arrival. Embarkation between 12.20 and 1.30 pm. When you arrive on board at 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: Oude Wetering – Gouda, approx. 45 km

From Oude Wetering 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 along magnificent polders via Kinderdijk to Rotterdam. The 19 windmills of Kinderdijk have been listed as a USECO World Heritage Site. Until 1950 the mills were actively used - nowadays a large pumping station is responsible for the water level in the polder. You will have the opportunity to visit some of these mills. From Kinderdijk you will take the ferry to Rotterdam, where the ship is already waiting for you. Aboard the ship you will finally continue to Delft.

Day 4: Delft – Leiden, approx. 36 - 48 km

From Delft you will cycle to The Hague today. A quiet bike route will then take you further through the dunes to Wassenaarse Slag. At Wassenaarse Slag you will still find the remains of the Atlantic Wall. The route continues through the dunes to Katwijk aan Zee and then along flower fields to Leiden, a historic city with numerous typical hofjes, gables and buildings from the 15th to 18th century. The city center invites you to shop, but also to relax on the terrace of a waterfront sidewalk café. The ship is moored next to the Zijlpoort, the lock gate that was once 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

You will take a boat from Haarlem to Spaarndam, a picturesque village on the outskirts of Haarlem. Then continue by bike towards Zaanse Schans with its traditional wooden houses, warehouses and windmills.

Day 8: Amsterdam

Disembarkation after breakfast until 10 am and individual departure.


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


  • 7 nights in cabin with shower/toilet

  • Full board (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)

  • Coffee & tea on board

  • Bike tour guide

  • At least 3 city walks with the guide

  • Entrance fee Keukenhof (including public transportation to get there)

  • All port, bridge and lock fees

  • Maps and information material per cabin

  • GPS tracks (on request)

  • WIFI (limited available in the lounge and on deck)

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period


    Discount for children with min. 1 full paying adult
    0-2,99 yrs -100%
    3-11,99 years -30%
    Bicyles & equipment
    24-speed-bike incl. helmet and insurance 110
    E-bike incl. helmet and insurance 220
    Children bike 60
    Children seat  15
    Tagalong 55
    Children trailer 199
    Additional nights Amsterdam
    S1* (dbl/sgl) 119/206
    S1* Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 150/238
    S2** (dbl/sgl) 169/256
    S2** Arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 200/288
    special diet (glutenfree, lactosefree, vegan) 75
    must be mentioned when booking (vegetarian meals are free of charge). When ordered upon arrival € 100,- per diet per week, to be paid on spot.


    *S1: March to October except dates from S2
    **S2: Fair dates March 29-31, April 20, April 26-28, May 09-11, May 17-19
    A minimum stay of 2 nights is required on these dates!

    Locked dates: May 13-16, June 05, June 13-19, July 05-11, September 13-17, September 25-28

    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!

    These boats are extremely cosy canal boats converted into floating hotels for approx. 14-26 people with a very personal atmosphere. Enjoy your ride!

    MV WENDING (Comfort)

    The barge Wending has a roomy and cosy saloon, equipped with a complete music installation. After a strenuous bike ride it is a great place to relax. The barge provides place for 24 persons. Outside there is a sun deck/ a deck for the bicycles. >>more

    MV ANNA ANTAL (Standard Plus/Comfort)

    The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge which was converted into a luxury motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012 the salon and cabins were renovated. The Anna Antal has a cozy salon, a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles. >>more

    MV LIZA MARLEEN (Comfort)

    The “Liza Marleen” is a luxury motor passenger barge, built in 1997-98 on the completely dismantled shell of a seafaring freight logger. The tastefully decorated lounge is equipped with an audio installation, television and video. In the evenings it is possible to come together in the spacious sitting area. In the winter of 2015 on 2016 The Liza Marleen was converted to a more luxurious barge. >>more


    Important Information: It is not allowed to bring own e-bikes on board!


    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    Te available bikes for this tour are either 24-speed bikes or our 7-speed E-bikes. Bikes are equipped with a helmet, panniers, a lock and a water bottle You can also rent:

    • childrens bikes
    • tagalongs
    • trailers
    • child seats

    E-Bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    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.


    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
    per train to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 17 min. - costs approx. € 6,-
    per taxi approx. 30 min. - costs approx. € 60,-

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Amsterdam Centraal
    The docking place is in walking distance (about 10 to 15 minutes) from Amsterdam Centraal. A taxi from the Central Train Station to the barge takes about 5 minutes. Costs about € 10,-

    Arrival by car

    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.

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


    Minimum: 12 persons


    Travel stories

    5,8 of 6 Stars | 5
    his was a fantastic holiday from beginning to end! Our bike leader Paul led us safely, shared information throughout Holland and skillfully answered all questions...K.K. 05/18
    6 08.05.2018 | Karen K. Southern Tulip tour by Bike + Boat / Guided

    Perfect Holiday

    This was a fantastic holiday from beginning to end! Our bike leader Paul led us safely, shared information throughout Holland and skillfully answered all questions. Meals on board the Zwaan by Chef Rick were outstanding; our captain Leisa kept us safe ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
    6 07.05.2015 | Susan D. Southern Relax Tulip tour by Bike & Boat / Guided

    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
    5.5 29.04.2015 | Stephen M. Southern Relax Tulip tour by Bike & Boat / Guided

    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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